Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:08 am
Edited on: June 12, 2009 2:09 am
 

The Great Debate

Kobe or LeBron?

Everyone is asking the question but what is the answer? And to tell you the truth I have no idea! And I don't think that anyone else has a clue either. The two players are so different in size and style that it is very hard to compare the two.

I think that there are a couple of questions that can be answered about the debate though. If you are asking which player is the most skillful it would have to be Kobe Bryant hands down. His work ethic and commitment to the game is like none other. Kobe's ability to make shots with defenders draped all over him is the best in the league. His basketball IQ is also one of the best in the NBA.

If Kobe was in LeBron James' body I think Kobe would easily be the best basketball player the world has seen, but that's the problem, Kobe is 6' 6" and 200 pounds. The God given size is where LeBron wins. He is 6' 8" and 250 pounds. LeBron has a much larger frame and still has great speed, Which enables him to do many more things with more ease. It seems like every time the game is on the line all LeBron has to do is drive it in for an uncontested lay-up, If anyone dares to stand in the way of 250 pounds he goes to the foul line where he is much improved.

Both players are better in certain areas of the game but if you were to ask me who I would rather have on my team I would pick LeBron James. He is hard to say no to. The fact that he improves every season even when you already think he is the best is amazing. His size and athleticism gives him the ability to be a lockdown defender and do anything he wants on the offensive end. And even though I would have to say that Kobe has a better jump shot, it seems like LeBron's is improving every single season and he is only 24!

I pick LeBron over the two but that does not mean he is better than Kobe. The two players are easily the best in the NBA with guys like Dwayne Wade and Chris Paul right behind them.

I know that I didn't answer the question we are all asking but I'm not so sure that this is even an answerable question.

Note: LeBron's shoes are better than Kobe's!

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 10, 2009 2:56 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2009 2:58 pm
 

Packers Wide Receivers: Best in Business?


I never hear about the Packers WR group, and I can't believe it because I think it is extremely talented and extremely deep. The Packers have a formation called the Big 5 where they spread the defense by putting 5 Wide Receivers on the field, and if you look at the Big 5 I'm guessing that every single on of those WR's would be at least the number 1,2,or 3 WR on other teams. Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Ruvell Martin. That is the Packers Big 5. You can't tell me that Ruvell Martin would be the number 5 WR on other teams, his size and hands make him a good target.

A lot of people speculate that Donald Driver's age is catching up with him, but I disagree. I have the NFL season ticket thing and I watch the Packers every week and there is nobody in the NFL that can make people miss like Donald Driver can. I don't think its his age that is holding him down as much as it is the emergence as one of the top young WR's in the NFL Greg Jennings. And Driver is still a 1,000 yard WR so its not even like he's not productive anymore.

Just the duo of Jennings and Driver I believe is second best in the NFL the only team that has a better duo in my mind is the Cardinals with Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, but it looks like the Cardinals duo might be broke up sometime soon.

The Packer are one of the few teams with two of their Wide Receivers getting over 1,000 yard seasons, Arizona is the only team that had 3 over 1,000.

Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin
2469 Yards   23 TD's

Green Bay Packers: Greg Jennings and Donald Driver
2304 Yards   14 TD's

New England Patriots: Wes Welker and Randy Moss
2173 Yards   14 TD's

Those are the only teams with multiple WR's over 1,000 yards receiving but the Kansas City Chiefs had a 1,000 yard receiver and a 1,000 yard TE.

Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe
2080 Yards   17 TD's

And the Arizona Cardinals had a third 1,000 yard receiver in Steve Breaston.

I think that we can all agree that the Arizona Cardinals have the best WR group, but I never hear anyone praise the Packers WR group when I think they are easily top 3 in the NFL.

What do you guys think?

Posted on: June 10, 2009 1:08 am
 

Rodgers: Better than Brett


I know that to say Aaron Rodgers is better than Brett Favre is insane this early into Rodgers career but just think about it, and check out the stats.

Aaron Rodgers first starting season with Packers:

Passing
63.6 pct       4,036 yards        28 TD       13 INT      93.8 rate

Rushing
207 yards       4 TD



Brett Favre's first starting season with Packers:

Passing
64.1 pct        3,227 yards       18 TD       13 INT       85.3 rate

Rushing
198 yards      1 TD


While both players had great first seasons, Aaron Rodgers was especially impressive considering the circumstances. He was filling in the colossal shoes of a legend. And he did a much better job than most had imagined.

I know that Favre is a first ballot Hall of Famer and to say that Rodgers is better is a hard statement to back up, but all that I am saying is that Rodgers had an amazing start. And he is giving Packer fans such as myself a case of short term memory loss.

What do you guys think? And do you think that Rodgers can back up his great season with another one? I think he can with his weapons at WR, but don't get me started on the Packers WR core. haha  :D

Posted on: June 10, 2009 12:26 am
 

2009 NFL Comeback Team: Green Bay Packers

In 2007 the Packers were the surprise team as they finished 13-3 and were one play short of their first Super bowl appearance in ten years. It was a different story in 2008 as the team finished with a disappointing 6 - 10 record. The reason to blame? You would think you could put the blame on the fact that it was the first time Brett Favre had not been running the offense since 1993, but you would be wrong to put the blame there. Aaron Rodgers gave Packer fans short term memory with his first season as he finished with over 4,000 yards and unlike Brett Favre, Rodgers had many more touchdowns compared to interceptions. But the Pack still finished 6-10. So where does the blame go? The Packers defense was also one of the good surprises of 2007 but 2008 was another different story as they lost Key players like Nick Barnett, Atari Bigby, Al Harris, and Cullen Jenkins for a considerable amount of time. Their Defense was not able to stop anyone in key situations. The Packers lost a huge amount of games by 4 points or less. They were the best team with the worst record. Give them and extra 4 points in every game and now your looking at the 2008 Packers with a 11 - 5 record compared to 6 - 10!

Now in 2009 I believe the Packers will have a great opportunity to get back into the playoffs and hopefully deep into the playoffs. As long as Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy I don't see a reason why he wouldn’t be as productive as last year, and with Ryan Grant being able to attend training camp and not having to worry about contract issues that should help him get off to a better start to the season. As far as the defense goes they should improve immensely. They hired Dom Capers as the new defensive coordinator and he will be transitioning the defense from a 4-3 scheme to 3-4. And the Packers addressed their new defense in the draft by getting a beast of a nose tackle in B.J. Raji from Boston College and Clay Matthews a solid outside linebacker from USC. With the two inside linebackers being A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett and the outside ones being Aaron Kampman and Clay Matthews I believe that would give the Packers one of the better line backing corps in the league. They will be paired alongside what is in my mind on of the best secondary corps in the NFL when healthy. With annual Pro Bowlers such as Charles Woodson, Al Harris and Nick Collins with young improving players like Atari Bigby and Tramon Williams the Packers Defense should be able to stop teams enough times to help out their dynamic offense.

The Packers also have one of the easiest schedules helping them out this year. These are all reasons why I believe that the Packers will be able to win at least 10 games and get back into the playoffs.

NOTE: For those who play in fantasy football leagues I will bet money that the Packers second year TE Jermichael Finley is going to break out and have a terrific season. Plus I am sure that nobody will pick him in the fantasy football drafts. So keep him in mind in free agency.

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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