Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2010 Yahoo! Contributor Awards Acceptance Speech: Content of the Year

“I’d rather be lucky than good.”

My Uncle Pat often used that phrase in his all too short life. Little did I know it was actually New York Yankee’s pitcher Lefty Gomez who came up with the idiom I would grow to live by. I’ve been a writer since I could hold a pencil in my hand-and was often caught writing my own stuff in class; and while it often got me in trouble with the teachers, I sure am glad that I did it. In winning this award, I think my Uncle Pat would be proud of me when I say-I’d rather be lucky AND good. Uncle Pat was full of wisdom, and he never backed down from sharing it. He was the best Broncos fan I ever knew, and made sure my brother and I were swift in our allegiance. If I know anything about sports, it’s because Uncle Pat inspired me and my brothers and sisters took the ball and ran with it to make sure I fully understood whatever stats we were discussing.

In early January, I was notified by Yahoo!/Associated Content that I was a finalist for the PMA Content of the Year Award for an article I wrote in September about the suicide of Denver Bronco Kenny McKinley at the age of 23. McKinley was far too young to leave this Earth by taking his own life, and though we will never know the depths of his pain-perhaps his tragic death will shed some light on how badly access to mental health care needs to be increased. I believe at times we all need a mental tune-up. Therapy is nothing to be ashamed of-avoiding problems, however, is. It is a tough world, jobs are scarce, people live in constant fear; what we really need to do is embrace each other.

I am so blessed to have an incredible support system, and I would be remiss not to thank my best friends, siblings and their spousal units for their constant support of my writing, never letting me quit and always watching games with me; Michaela, Manny, Teresa, Kathleen, Jenny, Luke, Jeff, Sarah (Gertrude), Erica, Cory, Marty, Johnson (Steve), Erin (Karen), Micah (Doug) and my niece Stephanie (who we are proudly making a sports lover.) I had the joy of learning from three teachers who inspired me greatly and helped me discover I could be anything I dreamed of being-Ms. Coleman, Mr. Madison and Madame Casey. Also thank you to my own emotional mechanic, McG, who tunes me up when the screws are getting a bit loose. Most of all my parents-Becky and John-my dad’s spiritual support and unconditional love is something I’m incredibly grateful for; and I know how lucky I am to have him as my daddy. My mother is the woman who never let me falter and even when I stumbled, would be right there to help me dust myself off and encourage me to keep on keeping on. She has been my rock all of my life and I don’t know what I would do without her.

I wish Kenny McKinley had my mom, I wonder if the lessons she taught us could have saved him. Mom raised us to believe above all, and no matter what, we were loved. That, along with a somewhat deranged loyalty to Denver Sports teams, is a gift I hope to pass on to my children. It is my wish that anyone who feels alone, isolated or otherwise troubled seek help. Talk to a teacher, a doctor, a friend, a member of the clergy-anyone-just talk to someone who will listen and know that none of us are alone. We need not lose one more person to suicide if we just reach out to one another.

“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
– T.H. Thompson and John Watson

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2010: a New Year's Poem in Four Parts

Bong, bong – the century-old courthouse clock bonged the last stroke of midnight. The next bong from that old clock would be inside 2010.

The night is so dark.
Twinkling stars sparkle in the cold.
I can see my breath
By the light of the corner street lamp.
A flake of snow just landed on
The tip of my nose.
I lift my eyes skyward.
Dear Lord, what will happen to us?

Part II

You took her to be with you
What were you trying to teach us?
I don’t know if I’ll ever understand, Dear God,
Right now I’m crawling-
Unable to stand up
To face all of the realities of my life.

Part III

The snow is falling heavily now.
This first night of the new year.
It crunches under my footsteps.
I keep walking forward into 2010
Forward into a new life.
I turn the knob to go inside
The clock bongs one more time.
“Go” it seems to say.

Part IV

The covers were twisted and twirled
At dawn I finally fell into a deep sleep.
I felt someone touch me.
They told me to be strong – follow my gut!
At 8:00 of the first day of 2010 my phone rang.
Come! Follow the sunshine.
I could see the trail of the sunbeams
They headed out my bedroom
To my back door. Happy New Year!
Come with us my Father, continue to lead us.
Standing tall, I walked out of the door
For a new beginning in the new year.

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2010 New Year's Eve Activities at Raleigh, NC Downtown Churches

This year’s Raleigh, NC New Year’s celebrations will include many churches in the downtown area. Head out to any of the churches below for fun, music, entertainment and New Year’s festivities.

This will be Raleigh’s 19th annual First Night Out Celebration. So duck into a church to get out of the crowd, yet enjoy some great holiday, New Year’s celebrations.

The churches helping First Night Raleigh, NC celebrate the New Year for 2009 – 2010 are:

First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

At 7:00 PM, Jeff Little with Helen White and Wayne Henderson will sing, blending old time music with blue and jazz infused American root tunes. These three will also play again at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 PM. For more information on these players, you should visit Jeff Little’s website and the website of Wayne Henderson.

At 7:30, 8:30 and 10:00 PM – Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble will perform to the beat of old rhythms. This particular show will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. For more information on this group, visit their website.

Edenton Street United Methodist Church Sanctuary

At 7:00 PM, William Weisser will play organ music. For those who love organ music, this is definitely the place to be. Weisser will also play an encore at 9:00 PM. Visit William Weisser’s website.

At 8:00 PM, the Opera Company of NC will perform opera. This opera company will perform a second time at 10:00 PM. Opera lovers, don’t miss this New Year’s Eve celebration with the Opera Company of NC.

Church of Good Shepherd Sanctuary

At 7:30 PM, th’ Bullfrog, Willard McGhee, a Raleigh, NC musician, will play the blues for all you blues lovers. Visit th’ Bullfrog on his MySpace Page.

At 8:30 PM, Bob Margolin will become unplugged. Bob Margolin is a North Carolina Blues Artist. For more information, visit his website.

Christ Church Parish Hall

At 7:30 PM, The Lenny Marcus Trio Jazz band will hold a concert. For more information on the Lenny Marcus Trio, visit their website. At 9:00 PM – bring your instrument and play along with the Lenny Marcus Trio Jazz band.

First Baptist Church Sanctuary, Wilmington Street

At 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 PM, Lyndale Lewis and New Vision will perform.

First Baptist Church Sanctuary, Salisbury Street

At 7:30 PM, Taylor Flemming will perform.

At 8:30, 9:15 and 10:15 PM, Justin David will perform. Justin is a Nashville, TN country music artist. Don’t miss this one! For more about Justin David, visit his website.

First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Salisbury Street

At 7:30 and 10:30 PM, Music and Dance Productions will present Latin Dancing. Head over to the First Baptist Church and go dancing!

Keep in mind that the People’s Procession will start at 6:00 PM at the State Capitol Grounds and Fayetteville Street. Also, the First Night Tram will operate in a continual circle to deliver you to your next event. You will need a First Night Admission button to ride.

Don’t forget about the Resolution Oak Tree in the 200 block of Fayetteville Street. If you want to record your resolution for 2010, you can write it on an oak leaf and add it to the First Night Celebration.

Don’t miss First Night Karoake from 7:30 – 11:00 PM on the Wake County Courthouse steps!

Happy New Year to All! Have a great time!

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2010-11 NBA Season Top 5: Eastern Conference Teams

It’s now October, which means the NBA Pre-Season has started. Teams have new players, which were gained by either the draft or free agency. Some teams have gained a lot this off-season and others have lost a lot also. With every new NBA season comes the same question as to who people think are the top teams heading into the new season. In my opinion these are the Top 5 Teams in the Eastern Conference for the start of the 2010-2011 NBA Season.

5). Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks were eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks have a new head coach this season. At the end of the last season they decided not to renew Mike Woodson and hired Larry Drew to replace him. The Hawks didn’t have any big signings this off-season but they did retain their core rotation. You can expect the Hawks to be leaded by Joe Johnson as they were last year. Johnson averaged 21.3 PPG and 4.9 APG last season. The Hawks had 5 players average over 10 PPG last season but the rest of the team with exception of Mike Bibby averaged less than 6 PPG each. The Hawks starting 5 are very talents players but their lack of depth will be one of their biggest problems this year.

4). Chicago Bulls. The Bulls squeezed into the playoffs last year at the number 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. They fired Head Coach Vinny Del Negro back in May and have hired Tom Thibodeau to take over. Thibodeau had been the Boston Celtics Assistant Head Coach for the past three years. He is sure to bring a new mind set to this young Bulls team. The Bulls are lead by their young explosive point guard Derrick Rose. Rose averaged 20.8 PPG and 6.0 APG last season and I can only see him getting better with the new additions made to the team. Over the off-season the Bulls have acquired two-time All-Star Carlos Boozer, Kyle Kover, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson. Boozer averaged a double-double last season with the Utah Jazz: 19.5 PPG and 11.2 RPG. He adds a much needed scorer in the front court to go alone with high energy player Joakim Noah. Kover, Brewer, Watson also add much needed depth to the team that it was missing last season.

3).Orlando Magic. The Magic went deep into the playoffs last season, making it to the Conference Finals. They were eliminated by the Celtics in 6 games after not having lost a game in the previous two rounds. The Magic made no big moves during the off-season. The Magic still have arguably the best Center in the NBA in Dwight Howard. Howard averaged 18.3 PPG, 13.2 RPG and 2.8 BPG last season. Vince Carter showed some glimpses of his old self last year. Also the Magic have one of the top 5 Point Guards in Jameer Nelson. During the playoffs Nelson upped his game by averaging 19.0 PPG and 4.8 APG. The Magic should not be underestimated this just because other team in the east have made some big moves.

2).Miami Heat. The Heat were eliminated in the first round by the eventual Eastern Conference Champions the Boston Celtics. The Heat made the biggest splash this off-season by signing two All-Stars in LeBron James and Chris Bosh. They also re-signed Dwyane Wade to form the New Big Three in the East. All three players averaged more than 20 points a game last year. They also signed veteran players Mike Miller, Zydrunas Llgauskas, Eddie House and Juwan Howard. The reason the Heat aren’t the top team in the East is because they only have 6 players returning from last season’s team. This team has a lot to live up to and only a Championship will be acceptable for many. By being the big winner of the off-season, this team will go through some hard times during the season as they learn to play together but with that being said I do see them going deep into the playoffs. This team will win at least one Championship but I don’t think it will be this year.

1).Boston Celtics. The Celtics made it to the NBA Finals but lost to the Lakers last season. Boston still has the original Big Three in Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. The Big Three are another year older but last year the star of the Celtics was neither of them but Point Guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo showed during the playoffs that he is one of the top Point Guards in the NBA. He averaged 15.8 PPG and 9.3 APG during the playoffs. With the retirement of Rasheed Wallace they signed Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal to help out Kendrick Perkins at center. The Celtics are the top team in the East because they have shown they can win and with of the two O’Neals(especially Shaq) they have add size to match up better with teams that have a lot of size such as the Lakers. I see them making it to the Finals and it will all depend on if the older players on the team can stay healthy and how well the Miami Heat mesh.

Thank you for reading my Top 5 Eastern Conference Teams for the 2010-2011 Season and you should also read my thoughts on who are the Top 5 Western Conference Teams.

Sources:
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2010 New Year's Poem

2010 New Year’s Poem

Another decade past yet
Many memories one wishes to forget
Sorrow and joy
Encompass everyone

Another decade past yet
What have we learned?
Green living is in but
The cost of living green is not fun

Another decade past yet
It is hard to leave things in the past
Our minds are like a bursting gut
Many memories one wishes to forget

Another decade past yet
The future is a head with many opportunities
To make changes that will improve
Everyone

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2011 Academy Awards in Review: Why the Grammys was Better

Despite the promise to be ‘young and hip,’ the 2011 Academy Awards proved to be yet another boring ceremony. The 2011 Grammy Awards, on the other hand, was an exciting night full of great performances and over the top fashion. The Oscars can learn a thing or two from the Grammys, including how to cut out the boring awards, increase viewers, and give the people what they want.

Why the Grammys was better: Cut out the Boring Awards

The format of the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards are constantly evolving. New categories have been added over the years to recognize different genres, making the list of categories longer every year. There are two ways to handle this situation: air the presentation of each award live like the Academy Awards, or cut out the less anticipated awards like the Grammy Awards.

The Grammy Awards has successfully identified the need to have a pre-show during which all the lesser known, often technical awards are given out, saving the popular categories for the live show. This helps de-clutter the live award show and create a more pleasant experience for the viewer.

The Academy Awards, on the other hand, give out each and every award live, making the ceremony long and often boring. Although I was happy to see my favorite film, “Inception,” win four technical awards, most viewers don’t even know the difference between ‘Sound Editing’ and ‘Sound Mixing.’ By cutting out the less anticipated or talked about awards, the 2011 Academy Awards would have moved at a much quicker pace, keeping a hold of the attention of their viewers better.

Why the Grammys was better: Increased Viewership

The 2011 Academy Awards reached 37.6 million viewers. Although that may sound like a lot, the viewership is down almost 10% from last years 41.3 million. Most importantly, the key demographic of 18 to 49 years olds fell in 2011. This was despite the fact that Anne Hathaway and James Franco were the youngest co-hosts in Academy Award history. Looks like the tactic may have backfired.

The Grammys, however, were up 3% from last year, with 26.66 million viewers for the 2011 Grammy Awards show. Even though the Grammys reached fewer viewers, they managed to increase their viewership this year. Since these award shows make a profit through the sales of commercial time, it is in their benefit to increase viewership by giving viewers what they want.

Why the Grammys was better: Give the People What They Want

Even though the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards claim to aim at giving praise to talented artists, at the end of the day, both award shows aim to please their viewers. An award show full of lively performances and wacky fashion is much more entertaining than a prim and proper award show with no excitement.

The Academy Awards has always been known to be a more elegant affair, but if they are looking to appeal to a younger demographic, they may begin looking to shows such as the Grammys for advice. Having Anne Hathaway and James Franco as co-hosts was a good step, now lets see what the 2012 Academy Awards will have up their sleeves.

Sources

Deans, Jason, Oscars 2011: ABC’s audience down by nearly 10%, The Guardian
Lavach, Renata, The 2011 Grammy Award Winners: A Review, Associated Content
Lavach, Renata, 2011 Oscar Countdown: Will Franco and Hathaway be Fab, or a Drag?, Associated Content
Webb Mitovich, Matt, Ratings: Grammys Hit An 11-Year High Note, TVLine
2011 Academy Awards Nominees and Winners

Other articles from this contributor:
‘The King’s Speech’ Sweeps the Academy Awards, Wins Oscar for Best Picture
Natalie Portman Wins Academy Award for Best Actress for Work in ‘Black Swan’
Jennifer Hudson Oscars 2011 Appearance: Will Hudson’s Weight Loss Go Too Far?

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2010 New York Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is the day that this nation honors and remembers those who have given their lives for their country. Many people also celebrate Memorial Day as their unofficial start of summer, but it is really a day for remembrance.

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and this year falls on Monday, May 31st. Memorial Day officially became a federal government holiday in 1971; however it has been celebrated in many cities and towns since the civil war era. Waterloo, NY is considered by many the birthplace of Memorial Day.

As befitting the state that gave birth to Memorial Day, there are several celebrations taking place throughout the week.

On Sunday, May 30th, Waterloo, New York observes its 144th annual Memorial Day celebration. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend there will be plenty of family friendly activities such as a pizza eating contest, biker rally and train ride. They also have a Civil War Room which covers the history of the civil war for visitors and a Memorial Day History Room which has exhibits of those individuals who were instrumental in developing the idea of Memorial Day, images and poetry from the 19th century celebrating Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was initially known), and also highlights the contribution of Waterloo, NY to the development of Memorial Day.

The events culminate in their annual Memorial Day parade. The parade will also include Civil War re-enactors portraying Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

For those readers who are interested in learning more about the history and origins of Memorial Day, a visit to Staten Island is in order. The Blue Heron Nature Center which is part of the Blue Heron Park Preserve and located at 222 Poillon Avenue is the sight of the Urban Park Rangers’ History Club. On Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 pm, the History Club will host their History of Memorial Day. This is a talk describing the how Memorial Day came to be.

Another event that many individuals in New York City are familiar with is Fleet Week. Fleet Week has been in existence since 1984 and honors those in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Thousands of Sailors come into town to see all of New York’s sights and many New Yorkers participate in events by the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum.

Fleet Week activities include musical performances, eating contests, tours of visiting ships and ship parade which all culminate with a ceremony on Memorial Day. The Intrepid is located at West 46th street at 12th avenue in Manhattan. You can call (877) 957 – SHIP for updates on 2010 Fleet Week activities.

So when Memorial Day comes around, instead of just thinking about the virtues of hot dogs versus hamburgers, take a moment to think about those who have given so much of themselves for us.

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2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Set forth in this article is the 2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule: it includes each game date, opponent, location, score/time, team record, and AP and USA Today rankings, if applicable.

Led by junior guard Ashton Gibbs, the Pitt Panthers basketball team enters the 2010-2011 season as the favorite to win the Big East title. Last year, Pitt finished the season with a 25-9 overall record and a conference record of 13-5.

The 2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule includes games against familiar foes and perennial Big East rivals: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, St. John’s, Syracuse, Villanova, and West Virginia . The 2010-2011 schedule also includes non-conference games against American, Duquesne, Maryland, Maryland Eastern Shore, North Florida, Penn, Rhode Island, Robert Morris, and Tennessee, among others.

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 8, 2010
Opponent: Rhode Island
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 83-75
Record: 1-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 10, 2010
Opponent: Illinois-Chicago
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 97-54
Record: 2-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 13, 2010
Opponent: North Florida
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 95-49
Record: 3-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 18, 2010
Opponent: Maryland
Location: New York, New York
Score/Time: W 79-70
Record: 4-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 19, 2010
Opponent: Texas
Location: New York, New York
Score/Time: W 68-66
Record: 5-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 23, 2010
Opponent: Robert Morris
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 74-53
Record: 6-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: November 27, 2010
Opponent: Penn
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 82-58
Record: 7-0
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 1, 2010
Opponent: Duquesne
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 80-66
Record: 8-0
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 4, 2010
Opponent: Rider
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 87-68
Record: 9-0
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 8, 2010
Opponent: Delaware State
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 70-42
Record: 10-0
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 11, 2010
Opponent: Tennessee
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: L 83-76
Record: 10-1
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 18, 2010
Opponent: Maryland Eastern Shore
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 97-64
Record: 11-1
AP Ranking: 8
USA Today Ranking: 8

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 22, 2010
Opponent: American
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 61-46
Record: 12-1
AP Ranking: 6
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: December 27, 2011
Opponent: Connecticut
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 78-63
Record: 13-1
AP Ranking: 6
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 4, 2011
Opponent: Providence
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Score/Time: W 83-79
Record: 14-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 8, 2011
Opponent: Marquette
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 89-81
Record: 15-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 12, 2011
Opponent: Georgetown
Location: Washington, D.C.
Score/Time: W 72-57
Record: 16-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 15, 2011
Opponent: Seton Hall
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 74-53
Record: 17-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 5

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 17, 2011
Opponent: Syracuse
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 74-66
Record: 18-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 22, 2011
Opponent: DePaul
Location: Rosemont, Illinois
Score/Time: W 80-50
Record: 19-1
AP Ranking: 5
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 24, 2011
Opponent: Notre Dame
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: L 56-51
Record: 19-2
AP Ranking: 2
USA Today Ranking: 2

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: January 29, 2011
Opponent: Rutgers
Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
Score/Time: W 65-62
Record: 20-2
AP Ranking: 2
USA Today Ranking: 2

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 5, 2011
Opponent: Cincinnati
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 71-59
Record: 21-2
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 7, 2011
Opponent: West Virginia
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Score/Time: W 71-66
Record: 22-2
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 12, 2011
Opponent: Villanova
Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 57-54
Record: 23-2
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 16, 2011
Opponent: South Florida
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 67-55
Record: 24-2
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 19, 2011
Opponent: St. John’s
Location: New York, New York
Score/Time: L 60-59
Record: 24-3
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 4

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 24, 2011
Opponent: West Virginia
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 71-58
Record: 25-3
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: February 27, 2011
Opponent: Louisville
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Score/Time: L 62-59
Record: 25-4
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 2, 2011
Opponent: South Florida
Location: Tampa, Florida
Score/Time: W 66-50
Record: 26-4
AP Ranking: 4
USA Today Ranking: 6

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 5, 2011
Opponent: Villanova
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Score/Time: W 60-50
Record: 27-4
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

2010-2011 Pitt Basketball Schedule and Scores

Date: March 10, 2011
Opponent: Big East Tournament – UConn
Location: New York, New York
Score/Time: L 76-74
Record: 27-5
AP Ranking: 3
USA Today Ranking: 3

Source(s):

“Pitt Men’s Basketball: 2010-2011 Schedule,” University of Pittsburgh

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2010-11 NHL Season Preview: Los Angeles Kings

The 2009-10 NHL Season saw one of the best Los Angeles Kings teams in franchise history take to the ice. Led by upstarts Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, the Kings certainly made themselves look like a team to be reckoned with. It does not look likely at this point that the Los Angeles Kings can replicate their success from last season.

Same Team
The good news is that the Los Angeles Kings have not seen many of their players leave. Their biggest loss was Alexander Frolov, but he was not the same player in the 2009-10 NHL season that he had been in previous years. In his place will be Alexei Ponikarovsky. Ponikarovsky has shown he can consistently score 20 goals, though he has yet to show he can play the well rounded game that was demanded of Los Angeles Kings players last season.

The defense will also look a little different, as Randy Jones and Sean O’Donnell both left for greener pastures. The Los Angeles Kings plan on relying on prospects to fill at least one of those holes, with Davis Drewiske being the most likely candidate.

Concussion-riddled Willie Mitchell was also brought in. If Mitchell can star healthy then it should provide some additional support. That is probably wishful thinking, though, as Willie Mitchell has only played over 72 games twice in his 9 season NHL career.

Time for Injuries?

Part of the reason the Los Angeles Kings found success in the 2009-10 NHL season was a relative lack of injuries. Division rivals like the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars had to go extended periods without star players. The Kings did not have to worry about that as their key personnel all remained healthy. Los Angeles has one of the most injury-free teams in the NHL, so something is bound to happen sooner or later.

Competition
The biggest issue facing the Los Angeles Kings is an increase in competition. The Pacific Division has become one of the NHL’s most competitive divisions since the lockout, with former bottom feeders like Los Angeles and the Phoenix Coyotes crawling out of the bottom.

The talent in the division is downright scary, though. Olympians Dan Boyle, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow, Corey Perry, Joe Thornton, Jonas Hiller, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Karlis Skrastins, Ilya Bryzgalov, Evgeni Nabokov, Lubomir Visnovsky, Antero Niittymaki, Toni Lydman, Sami Lepisto, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Thomas Greiss, Douglas Murray, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Jack Johnson, Dustin Brown and Michal Handzus all compete in the Pacific Division.

This year, however, the Los Angeles Kings will not have the benefit of a team like the Anaheim Ducks having eight or nine of their top players playing big minutes at the Olympics. In fact, an Anaheim Ducks resurgence could threaten both the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes improved standings from 2009-10.

Log Jam
The Los Angeles Kings remain a very good team. Unfortunately, it looks as though the Kings will be a victim of the ultra-competitive NHL Western Conference. They will remain in the playoff hunt until the final weeks of the season, but there is a good chance a hungrier team will come around to steal the final spot in the post season.

Predicted Standings
Pacific Division: 4th
Western Conference: 9th
NHL: 14th

Depth Chart

Forwards
Ryan Smyth – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Michal Handzus – Dustin Brown
Brad Richardson – Jarret Stoll – Wayne Simmonds
Richard Clune – Brayden Schenn – Scott Parse
Andrei Loktionov

Defense
Drew Doughty – Jack Johnson
Willie Mitchell – Rob Scuderi
Matt Greene – Davis Drewiske
Peter Harrold – Alec Martinez

Goaltenders
Jonathan Quick
Erik Ersberg
Jonathan Bernier

Sources

http://www.nhl.com
http://www.tsn.ca
http://www.espn.com
http://www.hockeydb.com
http://ift.tt/1ycqhNO

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2011 Academy Awards Nominations Announced

It’s arguably the biggest awards show of the year, and this morning the 2011 Academy Awards nominations were announced.

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and Mo’Nique did the honors, sharing the various nominees for the coveted Oscar trophy.

Of course, Natalie Portman is up for Best Actress while Colin Firth will compete in the Best Actor race.

Meanwhile, “Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech,” and “The Social Network” will all slug it out for the Best Picture honors.

The 2011 Academy Awards will be hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco and will broadcast live on ABC on Sunday February 27th.

The complete list of Oscar nominees is as follows:

Best Picture
‘Black Swan’
‘The Fighter’
‘Inception’
‘The Kids Are All Right’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’
‘Toy Story 3’
‘True Grit’
‘Winter’s Bone’

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’
David O’Russell, ‘The Fighter’
Tom Hooper, ‘The King’s Speech’
David Fincher, ‘The Social Network’
Joel and Ethan Coen, ‘True Grit’

Best Actor
Javier Bardem, ‘Biutiful’
Jeff Bridges, ‘True Grit’
Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network’
Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’
James Franco, ‘127 Hours’

Best Actress
Annette Bening, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Nicole Kidman, ‘Rabbit Hole’
Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’
Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, ‘The Fighter’
John Hawkes, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Jeremy Renner, ‘The Town’
Mark Ruffalo, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Geoffrey Rush, ‘The King’s Speech’

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, ‘The Fighter’
Helena Bonham Carter, ‘The King’s Speech’
Melissa Leo, ‘The Fighter’
Hailee Steinfeld, ‘True Grit’
Jacki Weaver, ‘Animal Kingdom’

Best Animated Feature Film
‘How to Train Your Dragon’
‘Illusionist’
‘Toy Story 3’

Best Foreign Film
Mexico – ‘Biutiful’
Greece – ‘Dogtooth’
Denmark – ‘In a Better World’
Canada – ‘Incendies’
Algeria – ‘Outside the law’

Best Original Screenplay
‘Another Year’
‘The Fighter’
‘Inception’
‘The Kids Are All Right’
‘The King’s Speech’

Best Adapted Screenplay
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’
‘Toy Story 3’
‘True Grit’
‘Winter’s Bone’

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2010-2011 NBA Playoffs & Finals Predictions, Picks

Eastern Conference
1st Round
#1. Boston Celtics vs. #8. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are still a young team on the rise, but no match for the Celtics in any area of the game. Rondo can run the floor like no other and with the Celtics array of big men, the Bucks have no answer.
Prediction: Celtics win the series 4-1

#2. Miami Heat vs. #7. New York Knicks
The Heat may not be as strong as everyone predicted, but the Knicks are no match even with great coaching and a chemistry that got them into the playoffs. At least New York will sell out a couple of playoff games in the Garden.
Prediction: Heat win the series 4-0

#3. Orlando Magic vs. #6. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers give the Magic all they can handle, but Dwight Howard is too much down low for Hibbert to handle. This team is a year away from putting together a contender.
Prediction: Magic win the series 4-3

#4. Chicago Bulls vs. #5. Atlanta Hawks
A great first round series that ends with the Hawks moving up in a 7 game battle. The Bulls just don’t have the overall team to move on in the playoffs even with stars like Boozer, Rose, and Noah. Joe Johnson needs to stay healthy after battling early injuries, but the Hawks should be fine.
Prediction: Hawks win the series 4-3

2nd Round
#1. Boston Celtics vs. #5. Atlanta Hawks
Hawks are younger overall than the Celtics, but the Celtics are too strong down low and have the experience needed to advance.
Prediction: Celtics win the series 4-1

#2. Miami Heat vs. #3. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic will continue to move on even against the star-studded Miami Heat. Impact players around the ball will give the Magic the upper hand. As long as the Magic can keep the injury bug away, I’m picking them to move past the Heat and into the Eastern Conference Finals.
Prediction: Orlando Magic win the series 4-2

Eastern Conference Championship
#1. Boston Celtics vs. #3. Orlando Magic
The two teams with the best big men in the Eastern Conference end up meeting for the right to play in the NBA Finals. Both teams have very strong benches, great big men, and solid point guards. You can flip a coin on this series, but I will pick overall experience and past results over the Magic.
Prediction: Boston Celtics win the series 4-3

Western Conference
1st Round
#1. LA Lakers vs. #8. New Orleans Hornets
No real challenge here for the Lakers, they advance with ease.
Prediction: LA Lakers win the series 4-1

#2. San Antonio Spurs vs. #7. Portland Trail Blazers
The Spurs have the best chance to dethrone the Lakers as the #1 seed in the Western Conference, but either way they shouldn’t have many issues with either team they would face. The Trail Blazers can play with the Spurs, but I am not sold on Wesley Mathews playing the 3 for the Blazers and I like San Antonio’s bench better.
Prediction: San Antonio Spurs win the series 4-2

#3. Dallas Mavericks vs. #6. Denver Nuggets
Not a big fan of the Nuggets lineup or bench outside of Carmelo and Billups, Mavericks can score 100+ on anyone. The party ends in Denver and Carmelo leaves for other opportunities, along with Billups.
Prediction: Dallas Mavericks win the series 4-0

#4. Utah Jazz vs. #5. Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lead the Thunder to a tough fought series victory over the Jazz.
Prediction: Thunder win the series 4-2

2nd Round
#1. LA Lakers vs. #5. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder could have won another series in the playoffs if they didn’t have to face the defending champions in the Lakers. Lakers take the series.
Prediction: LA Lakers win the series 4-2

#2. San Antonio Spurs vs. #3. Dallas Mavericks
Scoring vs. Defense, who wins? The saying is that defense wins championships, but I am going with the Mavericks to break through in a 7 game series.
Prediction: Dallas Mavericks win the series 4-3

Western Conference Championship
#1. LA Lakers vs. #3. Dallas Mavericks
I just don’t see the Lakers losing a series with their current roster and Phil Jackson sitting on the bench. This will be one great series to watch, Lakers advance.
Prediction: LA Lakers win the series 4-3

NBA Finals
LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
Both #1 seeds advance to the Finals where we once again get to hear non-stop Kobe vs. Shaq coverage and get to see a great battle on the court. The Celtics are the one team I can see dethroning the Lakers, unless the Heat get more production of of their bench. The Celtics have enough depth to hack away at Gasol and to clog up the lanes when Kobe tries to penetrate. It’s as if they designed this team to stop Kobe.
Prediction: Boston Celtics win the NBA Championship 4-2

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