Thursday, December 23, 2010

Washington Capitals Fist Pump With Pauly D and the Jersey Shore Dance Mix

The Washington Capitals began the NHL season as one of the favorites to win Lord Stanley's Cup, and for all intents and purposes, they remain one of the favorites. However, thanks to a painful eight game losing streak there were plenty around the Washington DC area who were ready to throw all their Caps gear into the Potomac River and wait for next year's Redskins to take the field.

The Caps finally broke their streak earlier this week, and currently they have won consecutive games and appear to be back on the right track heading into their big Winter Classic showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 1. As part of the preparation for the Winter Classic HBO is filming one of their 24/7 series and it features the Caps and the Pens.

One of the best parts of the 24/7 is the fans get to catch some great behind the scenes footage of their favorite athletes. In the most recent episode that meant watching the Watching Capitals celebrate their second consecutive win by getting down Jersey Shore style. That's right the Caps are fist pumping to the hits spun by Jersey Shore's Pauly D.

Monday, December 20, 2010

College Coaching Rumors: Ralph Friedgen Fired by University of Maryland


After listening to rumors circulate all weekend, Walker Sports can now confirm that University of Maryland and ACC football coach of the year Ralph Friedgen will be let go from his position with the University after the team plays in the Military Bowl in late December.

According to Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington, Friedgen has come to a deal with new AD Kevin Anderson that will allow the university to buy out Friedgen's deal at the end of this season. The University of Maryland athletic department has scheduled a press conference for Monday at 3 pm where they will announce their plans for the future.
It is well known that Ralph Friedgen butted heads with former Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow before she departed. The school looked into firing Friedgen last season after a two win campaign, but they were unable to afford the buyout clause in his contract. Now after going 8-4 the Friedge has been let go.

The University of Maryland has already put together a search committee that will help in finding a replacement for Friedgen. The number one candidate for the job is former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. While Leach has not spoken with Kevin Anderson the AD at this point, it is believed that a VIP associated with the Maryland athletic department has contacted Leach about his availability.



Friday, December 17, 2010

Anthony Pettis Amazing Kick off the Cage

We like MMA here at Walker Sports and yes I know we did not discuss the GSP fight in the UFC last weekend frankly because while we like MMA we are far from experts and no one on staff can truly break down a fight. As a result we are relegated to showing flashy highlights and things we think are cool.

Tonight in the WEC we saw something that we thought was only possible in the Street Fighter II video game when using Vega. During his match Anthony Pettis uses the cage to catapult himself at his opponent and connects with an amazing kick. Now most of us thought using the cage for any advantage was illegal but perhaps even the rule makers within the WEC never envisioned a guy leaping off the cage ala a WWE wrestler using the top rope.



Without a doubt this is one of the sickest moves ever executed within the cage. Anthony Pettis has to be given credit for being that creative and that daring. There is plenty of risk involved when pouncing off of the side of a metal cage.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lamar Odom Poses For Kim Kardashian Christmas Card


In what may be a first for Walker Sports we get to mention the Kardashians in an actual blog post, and it has absolutely nothing to do with who Kim Kardashian is dating. Actually this time we are all talking about all of the Kardashians young, old skinny fat, whatever they got, and their spouses.


It has come to our attention that like most things in the Kardashian house, they take Christmas cards to an extreme. Sure we have all had to stand in front of a fireplace or some cheap fake backdrop in a mall photo booth for a Christmas card, but when your a Kardashian, cheap simply will not do.


The Kardashians went all out for this year's Christmas card and they choose to use a glam theme which saw the men wearing tuxedos and the women in long dresses. Making this Christmas card even more interesting is the inclusion of two champions, Olympic champion Bruce Jenner, and NBA champion Lamar Odom both of whom are married to Kardashian women.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

High School Basketball Player Attacks Ref

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I am not always the most even tempered person, especially when I'm playing sports. When I was in high school there were times I would go off on the occassional ref and speak my mind (always in a polite manor). However, once I moved from the hardwood and the gridiron to rugby, I soon learned the rugby culture does not tolerate such exploits and as I've aged I have become calmer with my dealings with those in the position of power.

One guy who could use a lesson in staying calm is this young man who plays for an unknown high school. After obviously getting into an altercation with one of the players on the other team, he decides to argue with the ref who called the foul on him. While this is just silly (perhaps he was channelling his inner Dennis Rodman) he then proceeds to bump the ref. This is never a good idea, and is a sure fire way to find your way to the locker room early. However, just to get his full money's worth the young man in question then takes the ref down to the floor, and we soon see why the guy is playing basketball and not wrestling in the winter.

This is some unbelieveable footage right here.



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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oregon Ducks Unveil New Uniforms for BCS Championship game

It's no secret that the Oregon Ducks are the favorite school of Nike, and as a result they get some of the best uniforms in the country. There has been plenty to be made of the multiple uniform options the Ducks have at their use.


Today Nike has leaked out images of the uniforms they are providing for Oregon's trip to the BCS Championship game on January 10.


Considering some of the options the Ducks have gone with in the past, these uniforms are pretty good.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jets Employee Trips a Miami Player On the Sidelines

The New York Jets love controversy. All you have to do is watch them during the 'Hardknocks' series on HBO and you can tell the Jets thrive when there is controversy surrounding their team. Rex Ryan is as outspoken of a head coach in the NFL today, and in many ways the New York Jets have taken on their coaches personality.

One thing the Jets have not been up to this point in time is a cheater, but all of that changed on Sunday afternoon. In the late moments of a close game against the Miami Dolphins cameras caught a Jets employee tripping one of the Miami Dolphin players as he ran down the field to cover a punt.




While it was just a subtle movement, it is very obvious that one of the Jets employees went out of his way to get a piece of Miami corner back Nolan Carroll.



The guilty party was strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. There is no doubt the NFL will deal with situation and Alosi and possibly the Jets organization will dealt a severe punishment. Everyone knows there are plenty of gray areas in football and teams will do anything they can to gain an advantage, but there is such a thing as crossing the line, and that's exatly what Sal Alosi did. He should be banned from the sidelines and NFL forever.


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College Coaching Rumors: Al Golden Hired by the Miami Hurricanes


According to multiple reports close to the school an offer has been made to Temple football coach Al Golden from to fill the vacancy with the Miami Hurricanes.

Golden has spent the past five seasons calling the shots at Temple University where he turned the around the 1-11 program and made them bowl eligible each of the last two seasons. The Owls won 19 games over the last two seasons and went 8-4 this year, but were excluded from bowl play due to poor traveling numbers.

Before Golden arrived at Temple the Owls had been kicked out of the Big East due to poor performances on the field. Under Golden's guidance the school has worked their way back into the conference and are currently in the midst of one of their best era's in school history.

Golden met twice in person with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt, once in New York and then in Philadelphia, during the interview process. Marc Trestman, the coach of the two-time defending CFL Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes, also received strong consideration for the job, as did UConn coach Randy Edsall and Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. Jon Gruden was also considered but the Hurricanes were unable to lure him out of the booth.

Many readers of this blog will remember Al Golden from his time roaming the sidelines at the University of Virginia where he was a defensive coordinator under Al Groh.

While the official details on this deal have not been finalized, it appears to a be a locked deal. The official announcement will be coming later this week with more details on the contract.


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College Coaching Rumors: Florida Gators Hire WIll Muschamp


It did not take long for the Florida Gators to find their replacement for Urban Meyers who stepped down from his position earlier this week. The Florida Gators are turning to Will Muschamp to lead the Gators as the 23rd head coach in Florida Gators history.

Many will know Will Muschamp as the defensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns where he has roamed the sidelines for the past few seasons. In 2008 Muschamp was tagged to be the coach-in-waiting to replace current Longhorns coach Mack Brown whenever he chooses to step down.

Instead of choosing to wait his time, Will Muschamp is taking the opportunity to return to his onetime hometown of Gainsville Florida.

“I have great memories watching SEC football with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the back yard with my two brothers right here in Gainesville.” Will Muschamp

At 39 years old Muschamp is the second youngest coach in the SEC. The Gators went 7-5 this season which is a disappointment for a program that won two national titles in the last six years. The Gators are in the midst of a rebuilding process but there is no doubt they are in a better position than the Texas Longhorns are currently experiencing.

Current Florida head coach will end his tenure with the Gators after their bowl game in January. Meyer stepped down after six seasons in Gainsville citing health and family issues.

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Video of the Metrodome Roof Collapse

Early this morning while the stadium was empty, the Metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota suffered a roof collapse due to the excess strain from the near two feet of snow the city has experienced over the past few day. Luckily no one was hurt during the collapse, but there were cameras running inside the dome and we have great footage of the collapse.

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Obviously today's Vikings game against the New York Giants is postponed and will be played on Monday evening in Detroit in the Superdome.

The Vikings owner Ziggy Wolfe has been lobbying the state for a new stadium and with the collapse of the dome, it's pretty obvious they are now in desperate need of a new home.



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Friday, December 10, 2010

College Coaching Rumors: Chris Petersen in Talks with Florida Gators


When Urban Meyer suddenly announced his retirement on Tuesday evening it did not take long for the rumor mill to begin churning out names for who would be his successor in Gainesville. One name that has consistently come up to replace Urban Meyer has been Chris Petersen of Boise State, and finally thanks to credible sources it appears that Perterso\en's name is moving to the top of the list of applicants.
According to close sources to Walker Sports, Chris Peterson has been in talks with the University of Florida about their vacant coaching position. It is still unclear if or when this meeting/interview will take place. But we can safely say the two sides have been in contact, and there is a mutual interest between Peterson and the Florida Gators.

Chris Petersen has built a powerhouse program in Boise State, and he was two missed field Goals away from his third undefeated regular season as head coach of the Broncos. Many are speculating that with the recent snubbing Boise State suffered, and the effective collapse of the Mountains West with BYU, Utah, and TCU leaving for BCS conferences that Chris Petersen may finally have had enough of the mid-major lifestyle.

There is no doubt that Chris Petersen can coach, and he employs many of the same formations and offensive strategies that are currently in place at Florida.
We will keep you up to date about this situation as details emerge.


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

College Coach Rumors: Urban Meyer Resigns


Breaking news coming from AOL sports today is report that University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer is stepping down from his position at the University of Florida.

For those who remember, Meyer stepped down at this time last season citing health issues. However, Meyer was only gone for a brief sabbatical and ultamently

returned to the sidelines.

This time it appears to be in stone that Meyer is not returning to the Gators for the 2011 campaign.

In regards to his retirement, Meyer's had the following to say;

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” said Meyer, who spent six years at Florida. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”



In an interesting twist Urban Meyer has already been linked to the now vacant coaching seat with the Denver Broncos.


More to come.


Monday, December 06, 2010

Albert Haynesworth Speaks to DC Media and Blast Redskins

Anyone who has followed the NFL this season knows the soap opera that has followed the Washington Redskins all season. Being based in Alexandria Va, Walker Sports has had the honor of watching the entire drama unfold just outside our doorstep. Today things appear to have come to a head with Albert Haynesworth coming forward and explaining himself, and his actions for the past four months.

Albert Haynesworth first butted heads with new Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan in April when the new Redskins coach announced he was switching the team to a 3-4 defensive scheme. This irked the big man and subsequently he chose to skip all OTA's. Mike Shanahan did what any head coach would do to punish his $100 million player, he embarrassed Haynesworth and forced him to run repeated shuttle runs as part of a fitness test before he was allowed to join the team in pre-season practice. Of course this warranted a response from Haynesworth and the two sides have been feuding ever since.

On Sunday the Redskins deactivated Hayneswoth without giving an explanation. The rumor was Albert was out drinking on Thursday night and had a horrible practice on Friday as a result. Haynesworth denies his being hungover but who knows.

On Monday night Albert Haynesworth reached out to my good friend Rocky Parrish of the Kevin and Rock Show on 106.7 the fan and said he was ready to tell his side of the story. What came next was one of the best and most candid player interviews you will ever hear.

I'd like to give a huge shout out to Kevin and Rock for getting this amazing interview, believe me you want to hear this.





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Drew Stanton Celebrates Touchdown by Doing the Douigie

The Detroit Lions have put together a pretty good season for themselves. It is obvious they have improved their play on the field and they are moving in the right direction. What makes The Lions season even more impressive is they are down to their third string quarterback this past weekend when Drew Stanton took over as the signal caller.

Stanton is a third string quaterback, and he made the most of the moment, by rushing for a touchdown against the Bears. Once in the endzone Drew Stanton had a celebration ready and he had his dancing shoes ready to go. While a lot of NFL purest would say, "Act like you've been there before." For Drew Stanton there's a good chance he'll never be there again, and because of that I like his attitude and make the most of the moment.




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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nelson County Lady Govs win State Championship


This is without a doubt a first for Walker Sports, but it is simply too good to pass up. A huge congratulations are in order for the Nelson County Lady Govs volleyball team as they brought home a state championship to Lovingston Virginia. The championship marked the first in school history for the Lady Govs, and the first for head coach Vicki Crawford after guiding the Governor's for the past 29 seasons.


The Lady Govs clinched the title by knocking off top seeded Mathew Blue Devils in three sets. Both teams entered the contest with identical regular season records (17-1) but thanks to a loss in the distract tournament earlier this season the Blue Devils held a slight edge over the Governor's.
However, the Lady Govs were not intimidated by the Blue Devils. They did reach the state semi-finals last year, and in 2010 they were determined to take the extra step. Many of the girls wore the slogan "Not this time." over their hearts as a reminder they had unfinished business to take care of. After losing the first game to the Blue Devils the Lady Govs rallied to win two consecutive games and bring home the title.

Why is this worthy enough to make the front page of Walker Sports? Because this writer hails from Nelson County Virginia, and thanks to the Lady Govs success on the court I can say I am proud to be from Nelson County.

Congratulations to the team and the coaching staff.

King James wants Spoelstra to bow to him

It is not often we do this, but sometimes a story is simply too good, and an auther needs to be given the credit and exposure they deserve. Adrian Wojnarowski is a well respected and reporter working with Yahoo Sports, and he has done some of the best work covering the NBA that we have seen in the past decade. However, even Wojnarowski out did himself with with recent offering about LeBron James and his systematic destruction of the Miami Heat. Please give this a read and enjoy.

Erik Spoelstra reached out to Mike Brown over the summer and searched for insight into both basketball’s blessing and curse: Coaching the two-time MVP LeBron James(notes).

Over and over, Brown uprooted his offensive system to appease James only to have it never work. Brown praised James’ character publicly when he would’ve preferred to have been truthful about James’ narcissism. James defied Brown in public and private, disregarded his play calls to freelance his offense, and belittled him without consequence within the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Erik Spoelstra's efforts to hold LeBron James accountable have been met with resistance.

Meticulous in his preparation, Spoelstra spoke with several past coaches, and league sources said a clear and unequivocal picture appeared on how to proceed: End the cycle of enabling with James and hold him accountable.

And surprise, surprise: LeBron James has responded with a test of his own organizational strength, pushing to see how far the Heat will bend to his will. This season, James is hearing a word seldom uttered to him in Cleveland: “No.” And it keeps coming out of the coach’s mouth, keeps getting between the King and what he wants.

Can I stay overnight to party in New Orleans after a preseason game?

Can I play the clown in practice?

Can I get out of playing point guard?

No. No. No.

Wait, what?

No, LeBron.

No.

Even within a month of the season’s sideways 9-8 start, the NBA witnessed a predictable play out of the James-Maverick Carter playbook on Monday morning. They planted a story and exposed themselves again as jokers of the highest order. They care so little about anyone but themselves. Still, no one’s surprised that they’d stoop so low, so fast into this supposed historic 73-victory season and NBA Finals sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. They want Spoelstra – and Pat Riley – to bend to them, to bow to the King the way everyone has before them.

Nevertheless, here’s what was surprising – even troubling – when the Heat talked on Monday before a victory over the Washington Wizards: In the blink of an eye, Dwyane Wade(notes) signed up with Team LeBron to scapegoat and sell out Spoelstra.

“I’m not going to say he’s ‘my guy,’ but he’s my coach,” Wade said.

Wade’s always been loyal, and that’s why it was so surprising to witness him bail this fast on Spoelstra, whom Wade knows too well. Spoelstra is a good NBA coach. Everyone knows that Wade isn’t a star who plays hard all the time, knows that he takes plays off on defense. They know that Spoelstra did a terrific job coaching 90 victories out of that flawed Miami roster the previous two seasons.

As much as ever, the Heat need Wade to influence James. Only now, it’s clear James is influencing Wade. With Udonis Haslem(notes) out for the regular season, the locker room misses one of its vital voices. Now, Wade is struggling on the floor and James is the devil on his shoulder, whispering that he doesn’t need to be accountable, that there’s an easy fall guy for everyone: Spoelstra.

Those who know Wade well, who care about him, were disappointed Monday. When Spoelstra needed Wade to stand up for him, Wade never shrunk so small. Spoelstra was Wade’s guy, but Wade’s finding it much easier to align himself with James’ coward act than do the right thing. This was something that you’d expect out of Chris Bosh(notes), who’s never been a leader, never a winner, but Wade?

“He knows better than this,” one of Wade’s former assistant coaches said. “I’m not saying he hasn’t changed some, but he knows right from wrong. And this is wrong.”

The fundamental problem for Spoelstra isn’t that James doesn’t respect coaches – he doesn’t respect people. Give LeBron this, though: He’s learned to live one way with the television light on, and another with it off. He treats everyone like a servant, because that’s what the system taught him as a teenage prodigy. To James, the coach isn’t there to mold him into the team dynamic. He’s there to serve him.

Wade was one of the Team USA players who’d watch incredulously as James would throw a bowl of fries back at a renowned chef and bark, “They’re cold!” Or throw his sweaty practice jersey across the court and command a team administrator to go pick it up. Everyone wants James to grow out of it, but he’s never showed much of an inclination for self-examination and improvement. And he’s never surrounded himself with people who’d push him to do so.

What’s more, the timing of this leak was no accident, because James and his business manager had to like the idea of someone else going on trial this week. When the public wanted to talk about James’ return to Cleveland, about the callous way with which he left, about the disjointed start in Miami, they thrust everything onto Spoelstra.

Part of them believed they could deflect Hell Week at home in Ohio, and part of them probably believed they could indeed align the public with them against Spoelstra.

After all, the coach had it coming to him. Of this, LeBron James was sure. Spoelstra had the audacity to do something that Mike Brown never had ownership’s backing to do in Cleveland: To push James, call him out, coach him.

The funniest part had to be how they leaked the idea that Erik Spoelstra was panicking now, behaving like he feared for his job. Truth be told, he’s been behaving in the opposite way. Spoelstra isn’t running from LeBron, but running at him.

Someone’s scared here, but it isn’t the coach.



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Derek Anderson Press Conference Meltdown

There must be something in the water down in Arizona. That can be the only explanation for why every time the Arizona Cardinals play on Monday night they A) Meltdown and look horrible against whatever team they are playing B) Someone from the Cardinals organization melts down when they read the podium during the post game interviews.

It was a few years ago on a Monday night that Arizona head coach Dennis Green gave us the memorable "They are who we thought they were." quote that has lived on in every montage of coaching meltdowns.

On Monday night it was Derek Anderson's turn to take the mic and give us a few memorable quotes. Needless to say, this season has not progressed in the fashion the Cardinals or Anderson would have liked. Hell Anderson was sitting at home just a few months ago, and now he is getting his doors blown off by the 49'ers. No wonder the guy is ready to blow off some steam.




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Monday, November 29, 2010

TCU Accepts Bid to Enter Big East


According to several sources, and Walker Sports can confirm TCU has accepted a bid to enter the Big East Conference, effective in the 2012-13 season. The move will allow the Horned Frogs to play in a conference that receives an automatic bid into the BCS, which is a luxury TCU is not currently afforded in the Mountain West Conference.


TCU is currently third in the BCS standings and will most likely qualify to play in their second consecutive BCS game this January. It could be argued that the prestige of playing in a major conference could give TCU the added boost they need to be considered a major football power. One thing is for sure the addition of TCU in the Big East automatically increases the profile of the conference. Currently Connecticut is leading the Big East with a 7-4 record.






Sunday, November 28, 2010

Andre Johnson Fight vs. Cortland Finnegan

Football is a violent sport, there's no doubt about that, and sometimes when you get guys slamming into each other at full speed, their emotions can get the best of them. With that being said, it is not uncommon to see a scuffle break out between players on the field. Typically the fight takes place between a few of the big uglies up front when an offensive and defensive linemen go at it.

However, every now and then you get a good shake up between a few of the skill position players. On Sunday, fans witnessed a fight for the ages when Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans got into it with corner back Cortland Finnegan from the Tennessee Titans. These two guys simply went at it unlike anything I have seen in years.



Usually fights on the football field are limited to some pushing and shoving, maybe someone will get hit in the head. Andre Johnson went full hockey style on Cortland and made sure get Finnegan's helmet off before he went for the ground n pound.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Michael Jordan Responds to LeBron James With New Commercial

LeBron James has plenty of enemies over the past four months thanks to his move from Cleveland to South Beach. He only increased the number of people who hated him when James recorded the "What Should I do?" commercial for Nike. In the commercial LeBron took shots at everyone from his critics, the fans, and Charles Barkley, as he tried to pass the buck and explain why he made the move he did.

One other person LeBron took a shot at in his new commercial was Michael Jordan. The man who LeBron has attempted to model his entire career after (both on and off the court). For those of us who grew up watching and studying Michael Jordan, we all know that at the core of it all Jordan is a fierce competitor. He hates to lose, and he will hold a grudge till the bitter end. If you don't believe me just give a listen to Jordan's Hall of Fame acceptance speech where he took shots at everyone, and that was 10 years after he left to game.

With LeBron's latest commercial he has officially pulled on Superman's cape, and finally Superman is ready to respond. Despite the fact that both men are inked to Nike deals Jordan was able to use his influence to create his own response to LeBron James. What Jordan and the creative team came up with was pure gold, and a commercial that will surely have plenty of people talking in the upcoming days.




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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


It's a holiday here in the States. In sports terms, Thanksgiving means lots of football both college and of NFL. And of course we love football here in the United States. That being said, Thanksgiving is also about family, friends and loved ones. So in between servings of turkey and games, take a moment to think and say what you are thankful for.

Here at Walker Sports we are thankful for all the loyal readers, and fans. Four years is a long time to be around on the Internet, and it would not be possible without you.

From Walker Sports to all of you, we say thank you!


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Brad Childress Fired as Vikings Head Coach


It has come to our attention that the Minnesota Vikings have come to terms with head coach Brad Childress, and he has been released from his contract. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been promoted and will coach the team for the remainder of the season.
The Vikings were Super Bowl contenders entering the season, and pretty much everything has gone wrong for them this year. Childress, 54, compiled a 39-35 record in five seasons in Minnesota, including 3-7 this season.

Brad Childress and veteran quarterback Brett Favre were seen in a heated argument on the sidelines during yesterday's game, and one can expect that was the final straw for the Vikings.
Several players on the Vikings came forward last week in a Chicago newspaper and admitted they had no faith in Brad Childress as a head coach, but would continue to play for him because they are professionals and that is what they do. Brett Favre has openly critized the coach during his two year tenure in Minnesota. It is widely thought that most players look to Favre as the coach of the team and simply ignored Childress.
More details to come as they come in.


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Put the Fun Back in NFL


NFL head man Roger Goodell has been a one man wrecking crew when it comes to levying fines, and taking the celebrations and fun out of the NFL, and there is little doubt he will take another step today to insure no one has any fun anywhere near a football field.


Sunday evening, the lowly Buffalo Bills took on the disappointing Cincinnati Bengals. What ended up taking place in Paul Brown stadium was a very exciting football game that saw the Bills pick up just their second win of the season via a comeback nonetheless. However, the entire comeback may not have been possible if not for the outlandish actions of one Buffalo receiver, and now the league is ready to punish him for sparking the comeback.


Bills receiver Steven Johnson has had a decent year. He's perked up for a few big games this season, but due to poor quarterback play, it has been a difficult year for the wide out. On Sunday the third year receiver decided he was going to have some fun, at the Bengals expense.


Cincinnati's dynamic duo Chad Ocho Cinco and Terrell Owens like to call themselves Batman & Robin. This inspired Bufallo's Steven Johnson to take a page from Batman's most notorious villain, the Joker. Hidden under Johnson's jersey was a shirt with the phrase "Why so serious?" written on it. An homage to the line made famous by the late Heath Ledger in the most recent Batman movie.


After scoring his first TD on the day Johnson lifted his jersey to reveal the message written on his shirt. At the time the Bills were down 10 points. Steven Johnson would go on to score two more touchdowns and finish the day with eight receptions and 137 yards. The Bills won the game, I dare say none of this would have been possible without Johnson sparking the Bills with his simple message scrawled across his chest.


And now how will Steve Johnson be repaid for saving the game? Mr. Goodell is sure to fine Johnson for excessive celebration. A shame. I remember when the game was fun, for the players and for the fans. Steve Johnson sparked his teammates and brought some drama to the field. That is good for football. Please let the players put the fun back in the NFL


Blake Griffen Earns Amare Stoudemire Respect

When Blake Griffen left Oklahoma for the NBA two years ago, he was one of my favorite players to watch. It's not often you see a bigman with the blend of power and athleticism that he posses. Sure D. Howard down is Orlando is doing this thing, but in regards to overall offense he is still lacking. While in many ways Blake Griffen is already a well rounded player, who has shown a great knack for running the court, reading passing lanes and even spotting up for the occasional 15 footer. To match all of that Griffen also has the ability to jump out of the gym.

On Sunday night Blake Griffen and the LA Clippers took on the New York Knicks who are now led by Amare Stoudemire one of the most athletic bigmen in the league. While both men put up monster numbers, Griffen had 44 points, 15 boards and seven assist, Stoudemire had 39 points and 11 boards, it was Griffen who stole the show with another jaw dropping dunk. This time the victem was Knicks rookie Timofey Mozgov.



The dunk was so impressive that Amare took a second to acknowledge Blake Griffen while standing at the free throw line. While it's not uncommon to see players from opposing teams acknowledge each other, it is interesting to see these two in particular. Before the injuries of the past few seasons Amare was a high flying big man who competed in the slam dunk contest and with Steve Nash by his side terrorized opposing teams. Now Blake has exploded onto the scene, and is showing no affects from the knee injury that sidelined him for all of last season.

The brief acknowledgement between the two was almost like the passing of the torch. Now the question is can Blake Griffen impress reigning athletic big man king Dwhight Howard?

Happy 5th Birthday Walker Sports


Happy Birthday Walker Sports

Wow it's hard to believe we have have been at this five years, but some how we made it. Through the ups and downs Walker-Sports has survived and grown stronger than ever thanks to some of our new partnerships and friends.

Today is a joyous day as we have worked hard to get to this point and there is a lot to be proud of. Most of all, we want to thank you the reader for coming back and making it all possible. If it was not for the readers, we would have closed our doors a long time ago.


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Vince Young Out in Tennessee



Vince Young has barely been the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback for three season's but he has made a life time's worth or headlines thanks to his off the field antics. Thanks to a post game meltdown on Sunday it appears the former rookie of the year, may now be paving his path for an exit from the Titans organization. With no quarterback in waiting, and backup Kerry Collins not getting any younger, the sudden change in direction could have massive affects on the future of the Titans franchise.

Late in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, Titans quarterback Vince Young injured his thumb while completing a pass down the field. The injury was enough to take Young out of the game, and replace him with rookie quarterback Rusty Smith. The rookie quarterback came in for Young during the third quarter and led the Titans to overtime where they would eventually fall to the Redskins by a field goal. While Rusty Smith was getting his first reps as an NFL quarterback on the field, Vince Young was doing all he could to get back in game on the sidelines.

After the injury occurred Young went to the locker room for X-Rays and treatment, Upon returning to the sideline, Vince Young had his thumb taped and re-taped in an effort to get it ready so he could return to the game. Despite all of his efforts and pleading with Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher, Young was not allowed to return to the game, and Rusty Smith was handed the reigns to the Tennessee Titans offense.

After the game, a displeased Vince Young paused at the entrance way to the tunnel and threw his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands in frustration. Once in the locker room, Vince Young blew by reporters after getting dressed and exited the stadium. When head coach Jeff Fisher was asked about this, he did little to show his disappointment in his young star.

"He threw half his uniform in the stands. I think clearly that is no way to respond, and so we have some things that we have to sort out with him," Fisher said of Young.

Fisher would go on to announce the Titans will start Rusty Smith next week, and Young has lost his starting job for the foreseeable future. This move is also being driven by the fact that Vince Young may need surgery to repair the damaged flexor tendon in his thumb.

Vince Young finally opened up to the media on Sunday night where he addressed a few of the issues he is now facing. When asked about throwing his jersey into the stands the Titans quarterback responded by saying he was giving his jersey to the daughter of Titans executive Don MacLachlan who is a huge Texas Longhorns fan.

"She's been very supportive of me and I wanted to give it to her as a sign of thanks because she knows what I'm going through," Young said.

As far as tossing his jersey and other items into the stands Young had this to say about the incident.

"I throw my shoes into the stands after every game, my hat into the stands after every game, my wrist bands into the stands after every game," Young said. "If it's a problem, I'll pay for my jersey."

While Vince Young is denying, or putting spin as to why some of his equipment ended up in the stands, and downplaying the post game confrontation he had with head man Jeff Fisher, it is obvious that there is a rift between QB and coach. Fisher went to bat for Vince Young two year's ago and gave him a second chance by letting him earn his starting job back from Kerry Collins last season. Now Young is throwing Fisher under the bus by saying his coach does not support him.




One thing is apparent, Vince Young does not handle adversity well. If things start to work against him, he does not have what it takes to remain strong and fight his way to the finish. Fisher had one of the toughest quarterbacks of all time when he coached the late Steve McNair, many thought Young would be the second coming of McNair when he arrived in town, and that has yet to be the case. Thanks to his most recent blowup, it is apparent that Jeff Fisher no longer has the patience or the time to coddle the now veteran quarterback. Vince Young would be an interesting target to move during the off season, and you can expect the Titans to be willing take on all incoming offers.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Kobe Bryant in Call of Duty Black Ops Commercial


Okay so this commercial surfaced a few weeks ago, and to be honest I didn't think much of it at the time, but of course the hand wringers got a hold of it and all of that changed. Kobe Bryant made a guest appearance in a commercial for the video game Call of Duty Black Ops, and now many are up in arms over the spot citing the games violent material.

During the few seconds Bryant is in the commercial he can be seen firing a massive assault rifle and taking out an armored car. For what it's worth Kobe is also rocking a Nike shirt so maybe they are proponents of violence as well.

For what it's worth, this whole thing is the biggest joke going today. Call of Duty is a long running video game series that is rated MA Mature. This means the game is meant for adults, not the small impressionable children who watch violent television shows and then go crazy. Oh wait, that's not how it works. A video game does not turn a kid into a killing machine. Kobe Bryant appearing in a commercial definitely doesn't add to that.

This entire thing is absurd.

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Walker Sports College Football Pick'em Week 12


Another week, and we are making picks once again. The college football season is nearing it's conclusion and that's a shame because it's been a great year for us here at Walker Sports.

North Carolina -3 v. NC State: UNC has put together an impressive year despite the off the field issues and suspensions. For NC State this has been a great year. The boys are primed for their first trip to the ACC Championship if they can get over the final few hurdles.

Winner: NC State wins in a slug fest and picks up the win and covers the three.

Arkansas -3 v. Mississippi St.: The year has not gone as the Razorbacks would have liked it. The same can be said for Ryan Mallet who has watched his draft stock slip due to his lack of performance in big games.

Winner: Expect Arkansas to come up with a big win, and the closest thing to marque win for the Razorbacks on the season.
Florida State -4 vs. Maryland: The Terps are in the midst of a magical season. The Fridge has saved his job (for another year) and things finally seem to be moving in the right direction in College Park. Winner: Florida State wins the game in a close one, while Maryland covers the spread.
Nebraska -3 v. Texas A&M: Nebraska is the class of the Big 12 North, and while A&M is showing some life as of late, they simply do not have enough to stand toe to toe with the Cornhuskers.

Winner: Nebraska comes up with the big win to cover.


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Northwestern To Use Only Endzone During Game at Wrigley


The Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois are set to play each other in a Big 10 battle on Saturday. While the two schools are located relatively near each other, school officials decided to spice this rivalry game up by bringing it back to the heart of The Windy City at Wrigley Field. Most readers of this blog know Wrigley as home to the Chicago Cubs, but before Solider Field was built it was also home to the Chicago Bears.

On Saturday football will make its return to Wrigley after a near 40 year absence. Upon it's return we realizing there was a good reason why football is not played at Wrigley. It's not safe. The storied Ivy of Wrigley field and the outfield wall make for incredibly shallow endzones, and tight sidelines. The east end zone is only a few feet away from the right-field wall, and while Wrigley officials installed padding, there still were concerns that players could be injured there. There was enough concern that both team's coaching staffs came together to find away to make things safer for their players.

The final decision became both teams would only attack the West Endzone because it offers more space. Confused on how this will work? Here are some guidelines for you.

All offensive plays will head toward the west end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.

• All kickoffs will be kicked toward the east end zone.

• After every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the west end zone.

• As a result of a coin toss held by the conference office Friday morning, Illinois will occupy the west team bench in the first half and Northwestern will occupy the west team bench in the second half and for all overtime periods.

Sound weird? It should, this game has the possibility to resemble more of a backyard pick up game than an actual NCAA football game.






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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Walker Sports College Football Poll: Things are Getting Tight

With the college football season working its way to a conclusion, as far as the top 25 polls we have clarity to who's the top team in the country, but the entire poll is floating in a delicate balance. Time to find out who has what.

1) Boise State Broncos:

2) Oregon Ducks:

3) TCU Horned Frogs:

4) Stanford Cardinals:

5) Wisconsin Badgers:

6) LSU Tigers

7) Ohio State Buckeyes:

8) Nebraska Cornhuskers:

9)Oklahoma State Cowboys:

10) Michigan State Spartans:

11) Arkansas Razorbacks:

12) Alabama Crimson Tide

13) Missori Tigers:

14) Virginia Tech Hokies

15) South Carolina Gamecocks

16) Nevada

17) USC Trojans

18) Iowa Hawkeyes

19) Mississippi State Bulldogs

20)North Carolina State

21) Texas A&M

22)Arizona Wildcats:

23) Northwestern

24) Miami Hurricanes

25) Utah Utes:

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Daily Erin Andrews: Check Out Michael Phelps New Girlfriend


Michael Phelps made his big splash into the national spotlight back in 2008 with his triumphs in the the pool at the Summer Olympics. Since that time the record breaking Olympian has made his more headlines with his out of the pool actions than he has in the water. Yesterday Michael Phelps made headlines yet again when it became public news who he is now dating. Phelps has been connected with Brittny Gastineau. If that names sounds familiar, it is because she is the daughter of NFL great Mark Gastineau.






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Friday, November 12, 2010

Walker Sports College Football Pick'em Week 11

Utah -6 vs. Notre Dame:

Oregon vs. Cal - over

Auburn -8 vs. Georgia

Florida -6.5 vs. South Carolina

Oklahoma State -6 vs. Texas


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RFD Lock Pick's of the Week

It is the official RFD weekend, and while most of the members of the RFD are gathering in Charlottesville to watch Virginia take on Maryland, they have not forgotten their duties, of making their lock picks for Walker Sports. This week joining in on the action is none other than RC, making his RFD debut and hoping to make a big impression on his first time out.

Bloomer: Lock, Oklahoma State gets 6 TDs vs. Texas and give me the over 56. RFD Game: RFD's first game day win. Money line, UVA straight up.


RC: Gimme Texas A&M to win and cover, (-3) against Baylor. A&M's new quarterback and a balanced running game have the Aggies playing with new life as they look for their first Big 12 title in over a decade.

For the UVa - Md , gimme the under (50.5). Both teams coming off heartbreaking losses will them to come out and try to play conservatively.

Black Dragon: None of the lines are that appealing this week, but that's not enough to scare me away from laying some cash on a lock pick of the week. This week, it's Utah coming up big in South Bend and covering the 5.5 points against. Utah is simply too good, and after an embarrassing loss at home last week they will be out for blood against a woeful Notre Dame squad that is limping through their first year under Brian Kelly. Don't shy away from the over (54) either.

For the RFD game, despite a disappointing loss last weekend in South Beach the Terps are in the midst of an amazing season. They are also currently in the midst of a three game losing streak to Virginia. Look for all that to change on Saturday when the Terps travel down 29 south and pick up the win and cover the -1.5 points.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Denzel Washington Performs the Haka With All Black Legends

One of the best parts of rugby is the sport's ability to bring many different people together to support a common cause. Earlier this week, Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington met up with a few of the legends from the All Blacks, and some school children. What happened next was most likely a bit confusing for Denzel, and something the kids in attendance will never forget.

I'd like to give a shout out to our boys over at Play Rugby for providing this video.

Monday, November 08, 2010

USA Eagles Pre-Game Meal with The Saracens

For those who do no know, November is an important time of year for the rugby world. During non-World Cup years, teams will use the month of November as a chance to travel abroad and test theis skills against other nations during a period known as the "Autumn Internationals." While this time period is well established abroad with teams from the Southern Hemisphere traveling north, it is a bit of rareity for the USA Eagles to travel abroad for the Fall Tours.

For the first time in four years the Eagles made the trip across the pond to Europe will they will take part in a four game tour that includes two ranking test matches, another rarity for the USA Rugby program. The first stop for the Eagles found them in England, where they will take on the Saracens.

Now part of what makes rugby such a special sport is the comrodery and the sportsmenship between athletes both on and off the field. Since the Saracens are the hosting team, their club took it upon themselves to host the traveling Eagles for a team dinner, and give everyone a chance to relax and enjoy some social time before the take the field against one another. What resulted was some of the American athletes letting their hair down, and having a good time.



In many ways this video shows what is great about rugby. Could you imagine the Cowboys and the Redskins sitting down for a respectable team meal before a game? It's nearly unheard of here in the United States. While the Eagles will have their hands full on the pitch come Tuesday evening, they will always remember the time the spent around the dinner table breaking bread with their brothers in sport, and enjoy what rugby is all about.

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Walker Sports College Football Pick'em Week 10


Okay it's November and that means we are down to the good stuff when it comes to college football. I know we are a bit late getting this post up, but there is still time to get those bets to the window. With that being said, we will keep it short and simple. Enjoy this week's Walker Sports Lock Picks of the Week.

Virginia -1.5 v. Duke: UVA has struggled all season under first year coach Mike London. Last week they made a strong home stand and knocked off Miami. That's the type of win the Cavaliers can build on for the future. This weekend down at Duke the Hoos keep the ball rolling and pickup the win.

Winner: UVA wins and covers the 1.5
Oregon -36 v. Washington: The Ducks are on a roll this season, and their high powered offense appears to be unstoppable. One thing is for sure, the depleted Washington Huskies will not stop the Ducks. However, it's not the line I am so interested in, as I am interested in the over, set at 68 points. Oregon averages 56 points a game, and they know they need to win with style points to keep their spot atop the poll.

Winner Oregon wins the game, but the play is taking the over 68 points.

TCU -5 v. Utah: This is a battle of unbeaten teams and could prove to be the best game on the weekend that nobody watches. TCU is scary good and may be the best overall team in the country. Currently they are giving up just 8 points a game. Utah has some offensive firepower and will likely break that streak.
Winner: TCU wins the game and covers the 5. Take the under (51) to pad your bet.

Stanford -8 v. Arizona: The Wildcats have flown largely under the radar this season and in the process they have shot up to a top 10 ranking. The Stanford Cardinals have possibly the No. 1 NFL Draft pick in quarterback Andrew Luck. One thing is for sure both these teams can get at it and score points. That's what's most important when picking this game.

Winner: Stanford edges Arizona in a close one but the play is taking the over at 56 points.

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