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Fan Voting for All-Star Games

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In the past decade, the MLB, NFL, and NBA have instituted fan voting to send players to the All-Star game. This was in effort to bring more attraction to the game, and get fans more involved in the process. However, this idea has backfired, and as recently as yesterday, it was very clear.

Yesterday, Sixers’ guard Allen Iverson was elected as a starter in the All-Star game. Iverson is averaging a career low in points per game with 14.4, which doesn’t even rank in the Top 40 in the league. Names that would surprise you that are in front of Iverson in this category are Toronto forward Andrea Bargnani, New York’s Al Harrington, and the Clippers’ center Chris Caman. Not only that, but Iverson has played for a total of 18 games this season. Yes, it is a nice way to honor Iverson, who may be in the last year of an illustrious career. However, it is the All-Star game. It’s not the honoree game. Cal Ripken Jr. played in the All-Star game during the last year of his career, but he was worthy of being there. He had the statistics that put him at the top of the league, and deserved the trip. Allen Iverson doesn’t have the statistics that fit in the All-Star game, not to mention being a starter. It is sad because I am a fan of Iverson, want him to succeed, and would love to watch him in one last All-Star game. He is just not worthy of it though, and some player will be snubbed of a roster spot.

Next on the list of the undeserved is Tracy McGrady. McGrady has not officially made the All-Star team, but was leading the voting for quite a long time. However, McGrady has played a giant total of 6 games this season, and is averaging 3.2 points per game. No that wasn’t a misprint. It is 3.2 points per game. That would surely be the lowest by any player to ever make the All-Star team, yet he lead the fan voting. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

This is not just a problem in the NBA. Players elected to the game undeservedly in baseball lately are Cubs’ OF Kosuke Fukudome in 2008, Red Sox DH David Ortiz in 2008, and Giants’ OF Barry Bonds in 2007. The NFL has also had issues with fan voting recently. Most of these issues stem from fan bases wanting “their guys” representing their team in the All-Star game. However, this should not be the case. It should be a game where the best players on a given year unite, and play a spirited, hard fought game. Although, it is never like that either.

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NFL Season Preview: #10 Baltimore Ravens

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Overview: The Ravens had always been known for defense, but had struggled on offense, mostly because of their uncertainsituation at quarterback. This changed when Baltimore took QB Joe Flacco in the first round of last year’s draft, and he led the Ravens to an 11-5 record, and an AFC Championship game berth.

Offseason Moves: Baltimore lost some integral parts of its defense this past off season to the Jets. New York picked former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to be head coach, and Ryan brought LB Bart Scott with him. The Ravens also released longtime CB Chris McAlister. The additions began through the draft, when the Ravens took Ole Miss T Michael Oher in the first round. Baltimore also signed TE L.J. Smith, and C Matt Birk for the offensive side of the ball. On defense, the Ravens brought in CBs Chris Carr and Dominique Foxworth to boost the secondary.

Upcoming Season: The offense should only be better, as QB Joe Flacco gained a lot of experience his rookie year. Flacco is also helped by his weapons, such as the trio of RBs Le’Ron McLain, Willis McGahee, and Ray Rice, and WRs Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton. The defensive side of the ball has to be considered weaker than last year, but the Ravens still have LBs Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed. Even with the loss of LB Bart Scott, Baltimore’s defense is one of the top in the NFL.

Derrick MasonPlayer to watch: WR Derrick Mason was dear friends with deceased QB Steve McNair. Mason struggled with his friend’s death, and had retired earlier this off season. Realizing that his actions were a result of McNair’s passing, Mason came back to the Ravens in the middle of training camp. One has to think that this could be Mason’s last year, and that he could play for McNair. With those thoughts in mind, look for Mason to have one of his best, if not his best, seasons ever. Of course, it helps that Mason is QB Joe Flacco’s No. 1 target.

Prediction: 11-5, 2nd in AFC North

The Ravens still have to deal with rival Pittsburgh in their division, and you can’t go against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Baltimore will be in the playoffs of course, and could go deep into January once again.

Odds and Ends

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After not posting anything in two weeks, I figure it’s time to cover up some odds and ends. First, I was totally wrong on the Penguins, and congratulations to them for winning the Stanley Cup. Also, congratulations to the Lakers for winning their 15th title.

Other things I am waiting on:

  • Stephen Strasburg to sign with the Nationals…which could never happen.
  • Brett Favre to come back… which might not happen this time!
  • Terrell Owens’ first accusation of secret meetings between Trentto Edwards and Lee Evans in Buffalo.
  • The Flyers to let longtime wing, and fan favorite Mike Knuble walk.
  • The New York Mets to somehow overcome their injuries, only to collapse to the Phillies again in September.
  • The Cowboys, even without their alleged problem in Owens, to once again lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Ricky Rubio to return to Spain, just because he doesn’t want to play in Minnesota.
  • Stephen Curry’s first trade request out of Golden State.lebron
  • LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Curry to unite in New York, and lift the Knicks to a title.
  • The Padres to trade Jake Peavy, for much less value then they had been asking for.
  • The Blue Jays collapse down the stretch, after they decide to keep ace Roy Halladay.
  • The Orioles to get good! Of course, this won’t happen for another five years, but they are the future of the AL East.
  • The Indians to trade Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee, and anyone else who could actually be apart of a winning ball club that they apparently don’t need.
  • The Cubs to win a World Series.

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Yes, I am waiting on a lot, much of which could conceivably happen.