Let me start by saying I am a proud New Jerseyan. I love my state and couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else. New Jersey has long been a national punch line and has received much criticism over the years due to their politics and corruption. They have a large image problem as most people nationally perceive us as basically all Tommy Devitos from Goodfellas. That image was unfortunately only reinforced by the very popular Jersey Shore program, which is a misnomer considering only a couple people from the cast were actually from Jersey. Still, I love the people here and all my state has to offer. New Jersey is so diverse geographically and one of very few states where you can go from mountains to the beach in about an hour.
New Jersey is facing another image problem and that is all the negative attention Rutgers University has been getting. Rutgers is making the state of New Jersey look bad and people need to be held accountable for their actions. This all started when a video surfaced of ex Rutgers basketball head coach Mike Rice berating and abusing players on his team. He was eventually let go as well as the athletic director, Tim Pernetti. But there has been a significant amount of debate over whether or not university president Robert Barchi should get fired. To say he only saw the video of the abuse when the rest of the nation did sounds a little sketchy and is a bad way to start his tenure at Rutgers considering the abuse took place within his first couple months. They also hired former Rutgers player Eddie Jordan as the new head basketball coach, but then a minor stir was created when reports came out that he never actually graduated from there after it was reported for years that he did. Continue reading
This NBA season has been full of interesting storylines–the emergence of new powers in the Western Conference such as the Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls surprising many people by getting to the second round, the coaching carousel and more, but a major theme throughout the year was that the San Antonio Spurs were much too beat up and old to make a trek back to the NBA Finals. Yet come the first week of June, that’s exactly where they’ll be competing against the Miami Heat in search for Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich’s fifth title with the franchise.
All this team knows how to do is win. Popovich missed the playoffs just once with the Spurs. It was in his first year at the helm, back in the 1996-97 season. He has only lost in the first round of the playoffs three times. This team is the model of consistency in professional sports, yet are constantly overlooked by flashy superstars and bigger cities. Yet the Spurs always play their game and play it very well. They play team oriented and while they do have a superstar and all-time great in Tim Duncan, have plenty to complement him as well such as Danny Green, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and more. They are also one of the more international teams in the NBA which is probably why many people in the United States find the Spurs boring. But it is that same “boring” style of play, that has made the Spurs to be as successful as they are. They are the best sports franchise in the United States since the millennium, including teams such as the New England Patriots. The Pats missed the playoffs in 2 seasons of the 2000’s. The Spurs haven’t missed the playoffs since I was 7 and have more titles than New England as well. Continue reading
For the second time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the luxury of selecting the first pick in the NBA Draft. They beat out the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats, who had the highest chances to secure the first draft pick. To represent the Cavaliers team, as it was when they won first draft pick two years ago, was Dan Gilbert’s son Nick, who was born with Neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. He has seemed to be a lucky charm for them and with two number one picks, the Cavs are going to be pretty good in the near future. Continue reading