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There’s a lot to figure out about the Peyton Manning situation. So let’s start from the very beginning.

After the Indianapolis Colts earned the number 1 pick in the NFL draft this spring, they decided to clear house and give the keys to Andrew Luck, QB from Stanford. Luck is the most polished quarterback since Peyton Manning going into a draft. I understand how Indianapolis moved away from Manning and decided to look to the future rather than the past. It’s just very ironic that Luck pushed out Manning….who pushed out Tim Tebow (more to come on that later in this post).

Before we get started, remember not blame Peyton, Peyton is a team player and will do whatever it takes for the team to win. (Sounds like what Tebow wants?) Manning said “I know what kind of player Tim Tebow is, what kind of person he is, what an awesome year it was. If Tim Tebow is here, I’m going to be the best teammate. If other opportunities are presented to him, I’m going to wish him the best.” Peyton also elaborated that he will be the best teammate and will do whatever it takes to win, and would do so in any capacity he could help in. Total Pro.

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I wasn’t surprised that Denver decided to pursue Manning. He’s a Future Hall of Famer and a total professional. He is what every franchise hopes their quarterback can become.

I was just a little bit surprised that John Elway, Vice President of Operations for the Denver Broncos, decided that he would blow off Tim Tebow like he did. I always knew that Elway was not a fan of Tebow. He never embraced Tebow-mania. He sat in the suites at the playoff game against Pittsburgh and cheered for Tebow begrudgingly. Elway always wanted Tebow out because he wasn’t hand picked by him.

Tebow was the former Broncos head coach’s pick (Josh McDaniels). McDaniels was the one who supported Tebow and drafted him in the first round. YET even McDaniels gave up on Tebow. McDaniels never felt comfortable starting Tebow and is showed. After Tebow’s rookie season where he showed lots of potential and won a few games to end the season & McDaniels was fired, the new Broncos coach, John Fox,  decided last summer that he was the team’s third best quarterback (behind Brady Quinn & Kyle Orton). He felt that Tebow had awful fundamentals and was not worthy of being the team’s starter.

Yet midway through the season, the Broncos looked dead in the water. They played unmotivated and were not winning. The fans spoke and called for Tebow. Fox put Tebow in the game and although the  team lost to the Chargers, he pumped some energy into the team. Tebow brought the passion back into a dead franchise. Although he plays an unconventional game, although his stats are awful, although his PER is among the worst in the league, Tebow is a winner. He brought the Denver Broncos back from the dead. He pumped passion into the team, the fan base and NFL. Tebow deserves to be the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. Tebow saved John Fox’s job and pushed Elway into a corner to support him as the franchise’s long term answer to the quarterback position. Elway always weaseled his way out of the corner. As great as Peyton is, Tebow is the future. Tebow had the fan base and the team on his side. Denver may have Peyton for 3 years, but they could have had Tebow for 15. Tebow is a transcendent athlete that is a once in a decade.

Elway never gave Tebow his props. Elway said that “Tebow provided a spark in the franchise and will work hard in the offseason to try to be our quarterback of the future.” What more must a quarterback do, John? Win a playoff game? Lead the team back from the dead? Be better than you at one point in your career, John? Why not give the young quarterback a chance to grow? As the Broncos once did with you, Mr. Elway.

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Apparently that is not enough.

Nevertheless, Tebow is out in Denver. Peyton is In.

When Tebow was told that Peyton was going to be the starting quarterback and they were signing for him, Tebow said “That’s Great. We have to sign him, it’s Peyton Manning.”

Who says that? Tebow should have said ‘You guys never trusted me. You guys never wanted me to be the Broncos quarterback. You guys never wanted me to do well. You guys never supported me. And now you replace me with a 36 year old quarterback who may never be the same again after his neck injury.”

Yet Tebow smiled and said “Denver has to sign Peyton.”

What a complete and total pro. He understands that Denver was never going to be a proper home for him because Elway would never give Tebow a nod of confidence. Tebow smiled and just rolled with the punches like he always does. He just does what he thinks is the right thing to do. He says the right thing and praises God in the meantime. I can’t knock him for that. I respect him for standing up in what he believes in while being a professional.

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Overall, this move is the best for everyone.

Peyton has the chance to be Elway’s buddy and finish off one of the greatest careers ever with another Super Bowl win(s).

John Elway gets rid of Tebow, a quarterback that he despised and never wanted to do well.

Tebow gets to be traded to a team that really WANTS HIM AS THEIR STARTING QUARTERBACK.

Overall, as much as I wanted Tebow to win long term in Denver, this is the best move for everybody.

It’s a win-win-win.

Shut Up Nick

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I’m just Tebowing in my living room, hoping Tebow makes it to the right home for him to flourish as a NFL quarterback.

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Welcome one and welcome all!
Let me educate you on the NBA and update you on how some teams look from around the league. I’ll attack the Western Conference first then hit up the eastern.

Western Conference Initial Thoughts

-Oklahoma City Thunder are good. REAL good. Kendrick Perkins looks like a whole new man. Of course, KD and Russ are studs. I look to see James Harden to score close to 19 points per game this season. The turnover bug has been a huge problem for Westbrook in their first two games..Thing is, it’s just his game. His style of basketball is and always will be turnover filled. He will turn the ball over and then make a great play in the lane. It’s just what he does. Look for the Thunder to Make the Finals this year and win 50 games. 50 Games is incredible in a 66 game season by the way.

-The mavs need help. I do not know what is wrong with them….oh wait, it’s the roster. Brendan Haywood is a backup in this league and so is Vince Carter. Carter is over the hill and looks like he has nothing left in the tank. He is well known for being one of the biggest wastes of talent of all time. He doesn’t practice hard and never developed his game when he was young and one the the brightest stars in the NBA. Bad habits die hard. Now he’s old and doesn’t like to practice. He will be waived by February. The Mavs need to sign one of the NBA players stuck in China such as JR Smith or Kenyon Martin. I Expect Lamar to fit in nicely with Jet and Dirk.

-LA Lakers. Need depth. Who is their fourth best player? Josh McRoberts? Metta World Peace? Any team with them as your fourth best player will not win a lot of games. I expect the Lakers to pull a desperation trade in an attempt to please Kobe Bryant. If I am Mitch Kupchak, I trade for Brandon Jennings. He is a talented young point gaurd who needs a larger market.

-LA Clippers. Looked impressive in opener. Should win a lot of games this year and go deep in the playoffs. THe battle for LA should be on.

-San Antonio Spurs. Pop knows how to coach in a lock out season. After the last lock out shortened season, the Spurs won their first championship to kickstart their mini dynasty.

-Memphis Grizzlies. I expect them to be a top 5 team in the west. Their only issue is figuring out what to do with Rudy Gay. Trade him or try to work in him as a complimentary piece?

-New Orleans Hornets. The trade with LA Lakers will scar this franchise for a long time. It will be remembered forever. They took the better trade with the Clippers and should be a fairly awful team this season. They have a nice trade piece in Chris Kaman and his cap friendly expiring contract. Should finish with 20 wins. if they are lucky.

-Portland Trailblazers. This franchise looks to enter a new era, post-Brandon Roy. They had the offseason pick up of the year in my opinion in Jamal Crawford for 2 years $10 million. Such a nice steal. Gerald Wallace will have a great season along side last year’s all star snub in Aldrich.

-Houston Rockets. Still mad that they didn’t get Pau Gasol in the LA-NO trade. Would have been perfect for the deepest team of mediocre talent in the league. They are a full 15 deep team. Being in the middle of the league is the worst a franchise can do. You either want to have the high draft picks and be awful or be really good and a championship contender. Otherwise might as well blow it up…That’s what I suggest if Trades cannot be made by Houston.

-Denver Nuggets. Have a great 10 man deep team. I look for them to surprise a lot of people this season and maybe push George Karl to be Coach of the Year.

– Sacramento Kings. They have a lot of nice young pieces. I am curious to see if Tyreke Evans and Jimmer Fredette can work together. Will there be enough shots to go around with the two of them and DeMarcus Cousins? We’ll see…

-Golden State. New coach. Same Players. No Defensive Players. Coach Wants Defense. No one currently fits the coach’s coaching philosophy. Not a lot of wins for Curry and Ellis this season.

-Phoenix Suns. They have Steve Nash and nothing else. No young talent besides Brook Lopez. Might as well trade Nash and get fifty cents on the dollar. Will Struggle this season and will end up in the bottom third of the rankings.

-Minnesota Timberwolves. Coach Adelman will have this team working hard every night this season. He is known to get the most out of very mediocre talent. He will install lots of cuts to the basket that will get easy points for this team. Adelman has some interesting talent to deal with. Between Rubio and Derrick Williams, I think this team is easily the most interesting in the league after the Clippers. Prediction: Rubio Will be a Knick once his contract is over in Minnesota. You heard it from me first!

-Utah Jazz. Not a lot going for them. Enes Kanter is going to be a nice talent in the league. Dark horse for rookie of the year. Otherwise…it’s a bad situation in Utah. They’ll regret not trading up to draft Jimmer.

Playoff Prediction: 

1. Oklahoma City

2. LA Clippers

3. Memphis

4. Dallas

5. Denver

6. Portland

7. LA Lakers

8. Minnesota

As every sports fan knows, the NBA is locked out until who knows when. Some players are taking their talents overseas (Deron Williams, Nenad Kristic, Jordan Farmar, Timofew Mozgov, Sasha Vujacic, Nicholas Batum) while others are considering it (Kobe). Yet some have resisted the urge to go overseas just to cash in the large paycheck….well at least thus far, who knows if they’ll give in and go play when the actual season is being canceled. Kevin Durant, the next face of the NBA, has taken his talents home to Washington DC to play with some local legends, fellow NBA players (Michael Beasley, John Lucas III), and D-1 college players. He has played 3 games, highlighted by his 66 point explosion at Rucker Park. Rucker Park is well known as the most famous street court in the world and is the crown jewel of street courts. This park brings out all the local DC fans to watch some great talent on the court play, talk smack, and show off their skills. One thing I noticed in this video is that their is the token white guy on the sidelines, other than that it’s your idea of a typical black street basketball game. Pretty sick stuff in my opinion. I wish I could play there. Without further ado, here is Durant at Rucker park.

 

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Let’s take a look at the Ohio State debacle.

Jim Tressell knew that several of his players, including star quarterback Terrell Pryor, was selling autographed memorabilia to a booster. This all happened during the course of the team’s season which cultivated in their winning the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. I’m not going to go into much detail about what happened since we all know the story by now. If you don’t, feel free to check it out on espn.com….which is the wal mart of the sports world by the way

Anyhow, Tressel lied about knowing that his players were inelligable, yet decided to play them anyway instead of punishing them and informing the NCAA. Yes, Tressell has been suspended for 5games and fined over $250,000. In the grand scheme of things, how much is 250 k when you make 3.5 million per year? Almost nothing..

By Tressel admitting to the fact that he cheated after the NCAA caught him for having his band in the cookie jar, he deserves to be smacked by the NCAA with a big time punshiment. Ohio State deserves to have their wins vacated from last season including their thrilling bowl victory.

The most equal comparison to the Tressel scenario is the one in Tennessee with former men’s basketball head coach, Bruce Pearl. Pearl had lied to NCAA investigators when they came knocking at his door. It’s eerily similar to what Tressel has done. Pearl had great success at Tennessee, reviving the program to elite status and helped it emerge out of the shadow of Pat Summit’s women’s team. Tressell will not get fired at the Ohio State University, but he should get severely punished since his equal, Bruce Pearl was fired.

Look at former Oklahoma State standout wide receiver, Dez Bryant. He lied to the NCAA about having a lunch with Oklahoma State Heisman trophy winner, Barry Sanders. His punishment? He was suspended for an entire season.

Tressel should not get off easy. He deserves a similar punishment from the NCAA and should not get treated better because he’s one of the best coaches in the college game. My opinion will never be the same of Tressel. He wasn’t just a coach to many people, but a role model. He wrote a book titled “The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life,” where he wrote about about the fundamentals for success and how to do it the right way. What irony! I think the NCAA should punish Tressel for an entire football season to send a message that lying will not be tolerated no matter what your title is in college athletics. The NCAA should send similar punishments to it’s players like Dez Bryant as it should to legendary coaches like Jim Tressel.

Well, ok, maybe that’s an over exaggeration, but tonight’s win was huge for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 101-94 in Denver. This was a little preview of what the matchup between these two teams will be with this four and five seed playoff matchup.

This is why we traded for him.The Nuggets were red hot going into tonight’s game and were 15-4 since trading perennial All Star and whinny baby, Carmelo Anthony. Did anyone anticipate that? I certainly did not. The Nuggets were also 9-0 at home without Melo. Shut up Nick, they were playing easy home games. Since when were games against the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and the Memphis Grizzlies easy games? Not this year. They have proven that they don’t need a star to win and will continue to impress every NBA fan. Meanwhile, Melo is struggling in New York and still plays the worst defense in the NBA. The Knickerbockers are a mere 11-12 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony. Forget About it New York. You won’t do well in the playoffs this season. Tell D’Antoni to learn how to coach defense and I’ll give this team a shot at winning in the playoffs. The Nuggets are the winners of this trade thus far and it’s not even close. They will be a scary out for the OKC THunder, but I expect the Thunder to win in 6 games.

Kendrick Perkins will dominate the paint and Kevin Durant will be too much for the Nuggets to defend. They have nobody on their roster that can stop him. Tonight’s win actually was Kevin Durant’s first win in Denver. This was the first time the Thunder have ever won a game in Denver technically. The last time the Thunder won a game in Denver, they were still known as the Seattle SuperSonics. The only member left over from that team that won in Denver? Nick Collison. This was a huge step tonight for the Thunder and it will give them loads of confidence since they will know that they can win in Denver.

As always, thanks for reading Shut Up Nick! for analysis on games and current events in the NBA, MLB, NFL, NCAA sports, etc.

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-Nick D.

Welcome ladies and gentlemen! It is finally here! MLB’s Opening Day!

At long last the baseball offseason is over. It’s time for teams to show the league and the nation what they have learned during their break. Here are some of my pre-season picks for this season and who I think will be I think will be in the World Series.

AL East

Boston wins the division since they spent the most money in the offseason. The higher the payroll, the better chances a team has to win the World Series. The past winners have proven that.

New York Yankees will make the postseason as the wild card.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox will win this division because they have the easiest inter-league schedule in the entire Major League. Shut Up Nick! assures that the White Sox will win this division

AL West

Texas Rangers have way too much experience after their improbable run to the World Series last year. Expect to see them in the post season again.

NL East

This division is easily the best in baseball in my opinion. Look for the Philadelphia Phillies to win the division with about 93-98 wins. I expect their bullpen to dominate hitters and their lineup to struggle hitting the ball. Utley is beat up and the rest of their hitters are getting old. Yet, they should have enough to hold off my favorite team and the most underrated team in the National League, the Atlanta Braves. The Braves should coast to 90 wins behind the bats of newly acquired Dan Uggla, young gun Jason Heyward, and the old balls, Chipper Jones. Jones should be ready to go and I expect a huge bounceback season from him to show the media that he’s still got it. Philly wins the division and Atlanta wins the wild card.

NL Central

I look for Cincinnati to win the division. No one in the media is picking them, but I think that Joey Votto proves he isn’t a one season mistake. Within this division, every team has a chance to win it, minus the Pittsburgh Pirates. St. Louis lost a valuable pitcher but can definitely expect Albert Pujols to have a monster contract year before he says screw you St. Louis and leaves them ala LeBron James. It’s gonna be “The Decision with Albert Pujols 2.0.”

NL West

Sorryboutcha San Francisco. I expect the LA Dodgers to win the division. New manager. New feel. New life. I expect the players to  play hard for Joe Mattingly on their way to the division title.

Bold Statement: The Atlanta Braves upset the Philadelphia Phillies on their way to the World Series, where they lose in a game 7 to the Boston Red Sox.

Thank you for reading Shut Up Nick! and as always, Go Braves!

When one says that “Bigger is Better,” I can’t agree with them in the terms of basketball and football. Bigger food portions? Can’t fight that when I eat it all. Anyhow, in sports, it has come to my attention that the sports world doesn’t need that extra portion sometimes.

Let’s take a closer look at things by starting with the NCAA College Football and their bowl system. In the past few years, the NCAA has tacked on several bowl games and it has ballooned up to a whopping 35 games. The top 70 teams make a bowl game to top off a season’s success. The problem is that teams can make a bowl game despite having a losing record, like finishing at 6-7 for example, since only 6 wins are required to become bowl eligible. What does this mean? More football does not mean it’s good football. Yes, some of the seats may be sold, but the majority of the seats are empty at the Little Caesar’s Bowl featuring a tasty matchup between Florida International and Toledo. Yawn. It’s time to cut these games and tell college football teams that you have to be actually had to have a winning and successful season to earn a bowl bid. Hopefully one day, it will become prestigious again to get invited to a bowl game, not expected.

My proposal? Let’s cut these games with the reasoning for low attendance and for the sake of good football. Warning: Some of the names of these games are all real and not made up….They are just stupid. And here are the bowls that we can get rid of.

1. The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Let’s get rid of this game because it usually is not a good game. This bowl is smart by getting big time mid major schools that aren’t in the power conferences to play in it every year. It’s usually not a good game and is typically very lopsided. Bad matchups and low attendance are reasons for it. Despite as cool of a city Las Vegas, bowls should be in warm weather. Let’s cut this one.

2. Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl: It’s in Detroit and typically features Central Michigan. No history and pageantry behind it as well.

3. Humanitarian Bowl: How would you like to be a player from well anywhere and you are bowl eligible. You are keeping your fingers crossed for a nice, warm place to celebrate your football season and word gets around to you that your team will be playing in Idaho! It’s just a bit of a downer..Cut it.

4. GoDaddy.com Bowl: Need I say more?

5. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

6. Meineke Care Care Bowl.

7. Poinsettia Bowl

8. BBVA Compass Bowl: It’s formerly known as the Papajohns.com Bowl in case you didn’t know. What you didn’t know this!?!?!

9. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

There we have 9 games that we can get rid of. If I actually had some say in NCAA business, I would beg of them to get rid of some of these bowls. Bring back good Football.