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Fri, 30 Nov 2007 20:37:59 UTC
2007-11-30T21:48:29ZWelcome Back Friends. I am back blogging as the opening of the season is upon us. As we enter the season I look at this year's edition of the Red Knights as a team that has a lot of potential and promise. I will give a summary of what I expect to see out of the contributing players in our... Welcome Back Friends. I am back blogging as the opening of the season is upon us. As we enter the season I look at this year's edition of the Red Knights as a team that has a lot of potential and promise. I will give a summary of what I expect to see out of the contributing players in our lineup. 1. Jermaine Jackson: I expect big things out of Jackson this year. He got the college decision out of the way and can fully concentrate on his senior year. I think you will see him take on a leadership role as this year develops. In the postseason you could see him start to do this. I think you will also see someone who is very driven to bring home some hardware to the castle on the hill, because lets face facts this is his team and he is the face of the 2007-2008 edition of the Red Knights. I still think he will score in the 15 point per game range but he will be the guy this team leans on when the team is in need of points in a close game. 2. Jordan Burdine: To me Burdine is the most talked about and exciting part to the team this year. I think the year away from Reading will help him as a person and as a player. A lot of times with high school kids they need an eye opening experience to help them grow up. As a player I think he will be an upgrade over Lawson in that he isn't just a shooter and he has the talent to become one of the better shooting guards in recent Red Knights history. I expect him to average in the 15 ppg range. But I think it will take him a few games to get totally comfortable with his new teammates, but it is good that he did get to play with them over the summer and in the scrimmages as well. 3. Nelson Leon: Leon was one of the bigger surprises from last year's squad. He is a nice complimentary piece to this team. He seems to excel being the third or fourth option on team. He has the talent to be a number 2 option on a less talented team but what makes him great is that he is fundamentally sound and rarely makes a careless mistake on the court. Also, if you're going to be a championship team you need players like Nelson Leon. 4. Justin Rodriquez: The vocal leader of the team. I love the confidence this kid plays with and really gives the squad a swagger. He needs to improve on his jump shot to become a great player. But with that being said he has no fear which helps make him the player that he is. 5. Demrick Cook: Cook is the best rebounder on the team and when he is on the court we are a totally different team. The big thing with Cook is to keep him on the floor and out of foul trouble. Cook is coming off a good football season where he was a first team Lancaster Lebanon League selection on the defensive line. So hopefully this can catapult him into a solid season on the hardwood. 6. Trenity Burdine: Burdine has a lot of potential and great size. I believe he needs to become more forceful on the court. At times last year he look lost and felt at the beginning he was rushed into playing time. Hopefully he will continue to develop and improve as the season goes along. 7. Gaston: I do apologize for not knowing his first name. I believe Gaston could me a very intriguing player who can play 3 different positions and give match up problems to the opposition. I think he could make himself into a very good player. When he saw varsity time last year the thing that stood out was his excellent defensive play. I see Gaston as a defensive stopper who you put on a team's best perimeter player. 8. Marcus Dawkins: Dawkins is this year's player who will start on the JV squad but push for varsity time. From all reports the kid has great talent and will be a valuable asset when he gets action on the varsity level. Tonight's opener against Al[...]
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 22:45:42 UTC
Here are my thoughts on the past week's happenings in the Cleveland sports scene. 1. I must say that this year's NCAA tournament has been well underwhelming. Besides the Duke game and a few close games in the second round the tournament has been on the boring side. 2. I think that the Duke loss was simply a great moment....
Here are my thoughts on the past week's happenings in the Cleveland sports scene.
1. I must say that this year's NCAA tournament has been well underwhelming. Besides the Duke game and a few close games in the second round the tournament has been on the boring side.
2. I think that the Duke loss was simply a great moment. There is nothing like the big bully getting punched in the gut and brought back down to earth. Then after the game I strolled onto espn.com and read that Duke Vitale called this year one of coach K's greatest coaching jobs ever. Just great Dick and I guess Romeo Crennel should have been coach of the year last year too using your logic.
3. On the questioned non call in the OSU-Xavier game, I think the proper call was made. I watched the replay and think it was definitely a flop and quite simply an official is going to need to see blood before he calls it intentional in that situation.
4. Final thought on the tournament is how many more years do I need to be told what I don't know about basketball my Billy Packer. Quite simply Bill Rafferty and Verne Lundquist is the best thing CBS has in terms of announcers for college hoops. I also think Gus Johnson and Dan Bonner is a good B crew. My only complaint with them is Gus can you turn your volume down a few decibels but still like the passion that he brings to the table. I also thought the Dick Enberg, Jay Bilas crew earned high marks for knowledgeable analysis as well.
5. Ok on to the Browns and Winslow situation. I think we should take the story with the grain of salt considering who the story is coming from. If he is out for this season I think the Browns have to seriously consider drafting Calvin Johnson even though I don't like putting lots of the salary cap into one position.
6. I love the Robaire Smith signing since we finally got a defensive lineman who has a track record of being a good and dependable player and who isn't 38 years old when we picked him up. I'm ok with the Shaun Smith signing but I'm less likely to worry about it since Phil Savage has a good eye for talent on the defensive side of the ball. I loved the signing of Seth McKinney cause it gives us more depth on the offensive line and quite simply it is a low risk high reward 1 year contract that we gave him just like we gave to Jamal Lewis.
7. On the Cavaliers front I think the light bulb has finally gone on with this team and is playing the best ball in more than a decade. I think the Charlotte game on Tuesday could be the classic sandwich game and if they win it will show that this team has grown. I also think that the Dallas game at the Q could be a finals preview and I think we match up very well against them.
8. I urge everyone to listen to the Steve Czaban morning show on WKNR2 and then also the Tony Rizzo show on WKNR both are great shows and fun to listen to. The other reason why there good shows is that they give the fan a voice unlike any show on ESPN radio which is fed with thousands of interviews with coaches and players who tell you nothing and leave you bored listening. Quite simply I think Mr. Rizzo is the most knowledgeable host in Northeast Ohio.
I would love to hear comments from all readers or just shoot me an email at email@example.com
Wed, 07 Mar 2007 04:40:54 UTC
1. Ok my first thing to talk about is the biggest news story of the past few days and that would be the goonery at the end of the Duke-UNC game. This was clearly planned out and premeditated. No one goes to try and block a shot at the velocity that Henderson did. I see this as another in the...
1. Ok my first thing to talk about is the biggest news story of the past few days and that would be the goonery at the end of the Duke-UNC game. This was clearly planned out and premeditated. No one goes to try and block a shot at the velocity that Henderson did. I see this as another in the long line of punkish behavior that is exemplified by the Duke Basketball team. Other acts have been Brandon Dockery's push of the face of Hansborough in last years game, grabbing of an official by a white bench player named Christensen after a NCAA tourney loss to Indiana a few years back, Jon Scheyer 1000 faces after officials call him for any kind of foul, and the stomp by Christian Laettner in 1992 against Kentucky.
2. All of these have not warranted any penalty from the man who on his AMEX commercials says he is a leader. Yeah some leader, this is the same guy who begged out of the 1995 with a supposed bad back and then making sure that all the losses were taken off of his career coaching record.
3. If these said offenses happened at Temple or Miami the media would be calling for the firing of said coaches at these programs.
4. Attention Charlie Manuel your bullpen is not good enough and it will come back to bite you in the ass.
5. I must say as a Browns fan I love the Steinbach signing. The guy constantly kicked the Browns ass every year. I think Phil Savage is doing a smart thing at not throwing bushels of money at sub par talent like some teams are. But the offensive and defensive lines are the biggest Achilles heel of this team right now and need to be addressed in free agency and the draft. I think the Antwan Peek signing was a decent signing and since he will be in a more comfortable defense to him that this could turn in to an even better signing if he performs well since we didn't break the bank for him. Now I'm not as wild about the Kenny Wright signing but I'm ok with it if he is a nickel back, if we ask this guy to start were just asking for trouble.
6. From one week of spring training its tough to tell how good of a team the Indians will be but I love the quiet confidence that this team is showing.
7. Attention CBS, why don't you please get some stones and tell Billy Packer to shut up and hire an announcer who doesn't think he invented the game of basketball.
8. It seems odd to me that college basketballs two announcers who do the big games i.e. Vitale and Packer are truly unbearable to listen and I feel like my ears are being raped every time they do a game.
9. If the NCAA Men's tournament committee leaves Drexel out of the field of 65 and includes Syracuse this damn committee needs to be overhauled. Not only did Drexel beat Syracuse they also have won 13 road games and only played 13 of their 31 games on their home court.
Sun, 25 Feb 2007 01:08:21 UTC
I'm back from the game at East Pennsboro, and this by far has to be one of the most disappointing and upsetting defeats in recent history. Below is my 7 point analysis on today's game. 1. I couldn't fault the effort by either team today. I thought Reading left it all on the floor today. 2. I thought Reyes...
I'm back from the game at East Pennsboro, and this by far has to be one of the most disappointing and upsetting defeats in recent history. Below is my 7 point analysis on today's game.
1. I couldn't fault the effort by either team today. I thought Reading left it all on the floor today.
2. I thought Reyes would go deeper on the bench, but when playoff time comes most teams will shorten their bench.
3. It was so clear to see how much better Cook makes this team. I thought he should have played more in the second half.
4. I thought today it was very clear to see the lack of experience we had and the wealth of experience Carlisle had.
5. I thought the officiating was fair and balanced today, but can't help but say that the technical called on Jackson was totally wrong. He was hanging on to the rim for his safety. The other two officials should have come in and got the call right. The game changed from that point. But I don't want it to sound like sour grapes, because Carlisle made the plays when they had to.
6. I do think that this will be a tough loss to overcome as we get ready for the consolation round. It is very obvious that no one in the district committee has a geography degree. District 3 did Reading a disservice by giving in all effect Carlisle a home game. For the folks who disagree this is what the PIAA website says on determining sites for Quarterfinal games. It is the policy of the Board of Directors to schedule all second round, quarterfinal round, and semi-final round regional Contests in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, soccer, and softball at available sites which represent a reasonable geographic midpoint or a reasonable equal distance travel point between the competing member schools.
7. It really doesn't take a genius to figure out that a neutral site would be to have this game in Lancaster or Lebanon County. Garden Spot was available as a site so they can't use the answer we only had so many venues offering to host the game. I will be sending a letter to the PIAA requesting that the coaches and players being given an apology for having to play a road game. If they want to continue doing this practice then why do we seed teams if were going to give a 12 seed a home game.
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:55:27 UTC
On to the quarterfinals we go and the Thundering Herd of Carlisle is our next opponent. I think as being the higher seeded team we are getting the shaft in terms of the site of this game. Carlisle is a good team playing in a great league. I think both teams are evenly matched. Below are my keys to...
On to the quarterfinals we go and the Thundering Herd of Carlisle is our next opponent. I think as being the higher seeded team we are getting the shaft in terms of the site of this game. Carlisle is a good team playing in a great league. I think both teams are evenly matched. Below are my keys to the game.
1. Play sounder on offense. Handle the ball with more care and attack on offense.
2. The team that plays better defense will win this game.
3. Wear them down with our size in the post.
4. Shoot better from the foul line.
I see this as a game where it will be played at a faster tempo that will suit us much better. Call it
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:31:09 UTC
Below is my 8 point analysis on last night's Hempfield win. 1. It is inexcusable to come out with no energy in a first round district playoff game. The idea that you're playing for your season should be enough motivation. 2. I was disappointed to see that Cook started the game last night. Like I said before he needs...
Below is my 8 point analysis on last night's Hempfield win.
1. It is inexcusable to come out with no energy in a first round district playoff game. The idea that you're playing for your season should be enough motivation.
2. I was disappointed to see that Cook started the game last night. Like I said before he needs to earn his starting spot back.
3. It was also disappointing to hear how Lawson had a disciplinary issue after he has been such a good kid the whole year.
4. I think Merriweather is a good player but I think some of the fans get blown away with what he is. He is never going to be a star but I think he can be a complementary piece to the puzzle.
5. I for one liked seeing Gaston in the starting lineup getting time. The kid has great athleticism and the more time he gets the better he will become.
6. Attention Governor Mifflin administration the next time you host a game would it be possible to turn the thermostat under 80 degrees.
7. Attention to the three referees last night no one from either side came to watch you officiate the game please let the players decide the outcome.
8. After attending the game last night and seeing empty seats, I can think back to the 1994 district quarterfinal between these two teams and how the gym at Warwick was sold out. My how the sky has fallen.
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 00:25:17 UTC
Welcome back everyone to my blog. I'm back for the Hempfield preview. I don't know about you guys but this feels like we play Hempfield in the first round every year. I feel like we have played this team in the playoffs as much as the Colts and Patriots have met in the playoffs. The only two losses in...
Welcome back everyone to my blog. I'm back for the Hempfield preview. I don't know about you guys but this feels like we play Hempfield in the first round every year. I feel like we have played this team in the playoffs as much as the Colts and Patriots have met in the playoffs. The only two losses in the playoffs to Hempfield that I can remember are one during the Tulley area when he kicked off numerous seniors for not practicing before the game and went with a JV squad that was heroic in defeat. The other loss that I can remember is the first year of the Walck area when we lost to Hempfield at Hersheypark Arena in the district semifinals. Usually in this series the better team has won.
When scouting Hempfield, the first thing comes to mind is that it is nice to be playing a program that has classy players, students, administration, and coaching. The last few years Hempfield has not had the talent that they have had in the 80's and 90's. They will come into Wednesday's game looking to force the game to play in the half court setting. When you look at their results during the season their high output for a game was 57 points. They average giving up 49 points per game. So they play excellent defense. They have 3 players who shoot over 75% from the foul line. Mark Vogel is their leading scorer at 11.1 points per game and he has contributed 28 bombs from three point land. Vogel is a 5'11 senior guard. They have no players over 6'4 and their heaviest player is 200 pounds.
Keys to the game
1. Establish tempo make them play 94 feet.
2. Get out to a lead and play from in front. This is where Hempfield is out of their element.
3. Get Jermaine Jackson involved early. Get him touches. Hempfield will have no answer for him.
4. Attack the glass this is where we have the biggest advantage.
Prediction: I see this as a game where Reading will get off to a decent start playing in a familiar setting. I don't think either team will be rusty. I think the time off will have helped the Red Knights get over the loss to Wilson and I don't think Hempfield will be tired at all since they have played 2 games in 14 days, so I think it will take a little bit more than usual to wear them down fatigue wise. I think Cook will play some but I hope for discipline sake he doesn't start the game. So I call it.
Sat, 17 Feb 2007 05:18:38 UTC
I'm back from the Sovereign Center with my 11 point analysis on tonight's disappointing loss. 1. All my keys to Wilson game we failed. This team didn't look like they were ready to play and that is the coach's responsibility, so I think Coach Reyes deserves criticism. But on the other hand give credit to Wilson they were the better...
I'm back from the Sovereign Center with my 11 point analysis on tonight's disappointing loss.
1. All my keys to Wilson game we failed. This team didn't look like they were ready to play and that is the coach's responsibility, so I think Coach Reyes deserves criticism. But on the other hand give credit to Wilson they were the better team tonight in all areas.
2. I thought the team was out hustled and looked fatigued. But this is not an excuse since Wilson played in a game last night as well.
3. I thought Jackson and Lawson played hard tonight and I can't fault their effort or their performance. If you would have told me we were going to get 16 from each of them I would have thought our chances to win were good.
4. I think the light bulb in Jackson's head has gone on how he has to play to be very effective.
5. I also thought Macho played hard tonight. I think the more and more he realizes when he attacks the basket the better he will become.
6. To me I was very disappointed in the play of the two Nelson's. They were nonexistent and besides ill advised shots by Diaz I can't remember anything either of these two did tonight. I can take Leon having a bad game since he is a young player and I think he has improved as the season has gone on. But Mr. Diaz you are a senior this team looks to you as one of its leaders.
7. My vote for coach of the year has to go to Coach Coldren. If there is a team that runs a more precise and well oiled half court offense I sure as heck haven't seen it.
8. Memo to Wilson fans: Booing and heckling opposing cheerleaders, doing chants while the opposition's cheerleaders are doing their routines at center court shows no class. Maybe you could learn some class from your coach because he surely has class.
9. Memo to the Sovereign Center: On your coming attractions you might want to remove the Luther Vandross concert from the scoreboard. It seems according to Wikipedia that Luther died on July 1, so I don't think Luther will make the show.
10. I hope Demrick Cook realizes that he not only let down himself but his teammates. I also think it would be a mistake for him to start on Wednesday. I hope he learns from this.
11. It looks like we will be playing Hempfield on Wednesday. My early thoughts are they play a similar style to Wilson but with less size. Ill have the preview up by Tuesday Evening.
Fri, 16 Feb 2007 05:44:24 UTC
What a great victory tonight for the Red Knights against Oley Valley. I was impressed with the way they took care of business early in this game and look focused on the task at hand. Below is my 5 point analysis on tonight's game. 1. I must commend Coach Reyes on a great game plan and forcing the tempo and...
What a great victory tonight for the Red Knights against Oley Valley. I was impressed with the way they took care of business early in this game and look focused on the task at hand. Below is my 5 point analysis on tonight's game.
1. I must commend Coach Reyes on a great game plan and forcing the tempo and wore down the Lynx.
2. My keys for this game were
a. Force the tempo and wear Oley down. PASS
b. Get off to a fast start. PASS
c. Make Reich work for his point. Leon held him to 10 points and none of them were easy. PASS
3. I liked how we use our whole bench and kept everyone involved. I thought at the end of the game we could have pulled our starters out earlier. But on the other hand I thought it was a really important thing to get accomplished in this game was to get some confidence back in Lawson's game.
4. Outstanding team defense tonight that took the will of Oley Valley as the game went on.
5. It was really nice to have a game where you didn't have to question the officiating.
This is the game that this team and our city has wanted get the arrogant, cocky, dirty Wilson team back in primetime under the bright lights of the Sovereign Center. Below are my keys to the game.
1. Make this game a full court game force the tempo just like we did tonight.
2. Attack the glass offensively and defensively.
3. Make Wilson's guards score points
4. Make Smith a jump shooter, while a average shooter from outside when he shoots and misses 3's it will start our fast break. Talk to him everytime he misses a shot, this kid is a loose cannon and you can take him out of his game, you did it the first time we beat them.
5. No matter who the officials are play through it.
6. Play with intensity and feed off the crowd that is behind you. Their jersey's say Wilson that all the motivation you should need.
I think this game will be played more like the second game where the tempo will be played more at our liking and the crowd will give Reading a boost. I think this will be the game that Lawson will be remembered by and I think he will have a better game but we need balanced scoring to meet Wilson. I call it
Hope to see you all there.
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 01:49:16 UTC
I want to thank Moneck for his response to my blog. I was glad to get some feedback the same day of my first entry. His question was about if the icy response the three officials got before the game on Monday had any impact on the game. I know some of our fans think it did, I personally don't...
I want to thank Moneck for his response to my blog. I was glad to get some feedback the same day of my first entry. His question was about if the icy response the three officials got before the game on Monday had any impact on the game. I know some of our fans think it did, I personally don't think it had much of an impact on the game. First, Snip is not one of the official's favorite coaches to work with. Secondly, Mike Schorn is probably as good as were going to get in Berks county and he has done college games as well so I don't think Mr. Schorn would let any kind of bias enter into his job. I also think that Mr. Schorn is thinking of a run at the mayor's office in the City of Reading and he readily knows that he wouldn't want to alienate any of his voters. I also thought that the other two officials weren't great but they were consistent and that is all we can ask from any official.
So now lets move on to bigger and better things and that would be the semifinal game against Oley Valley. I think the postponement to Thursday helps the Red Knights since it's another day removed from Monday's victory and the euphoria of Monday's victory should wear off by game time Thursday. I also think playing the late game helps us since we will have more fans in the building and if Wilson wins our players will witness this and that should focus the team even more on the task at hand.
When I scout this team the one stat the jumps out to me is they are 10-3 at home and they are 4-7 in road/neutral site games. I also see that Reich averages 17.2 but the next leading scorer is Wheaton at 8.9. So I think it is important to make Reich work for his points. Oley will obviously want to slow the game down so I think it is imperative to force the tempo and wear this team down. Also, I think it is very important to get out to a fast start and not give Oley any hope early in the game. Because the longer the game is close the more Oley believes they have a chance to win. Also, if we can get out in front in this game it should give us a chance to rest some of our players so they can be as fresh as possible for a possible championship game on Friday.
For my prediction I see this as a game where Reading will push their will onto Oley and make it a fast paced game and Reading should wear Oley down as the game goes on. I see big games for Macho and Leon as the difference. Call it
Oley Valley 51
Also I think Wilson will win a close game over Tulpehocken. Call it
Hope to see everyone at the Sovereign Center on thursday.
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 20:42:53 UTC
This is my 8 point analysis on last night's game as well as other action in High School Basketball. 1. I thought the biggest key for RHS last night was to get an early lead and for good things to happen. The confidence that it gave this group gave the team helped them build the lead in the first half....
This is my 8 point analysis on last night's game as well as other action in High School Basketball.
1. I thought the biggest key for RHS last night was to get an early lead and for good things to happen. The confidence that it gave this group gave the team helped them build the lead in the first half.
2. Macho, Lawson, and Leon were way too quick for Central's guards and they could get to the rim at will.
3. I've only missed attending 3 games this year, and I've heard moaning and groaning about Reyes coaching, and then today on the Pennlive message board I see some comments about how he out coached snip. Personally I think this argument is a little overrated. Reading had the better players so naturally they won. I think he deserves credit for the discipline that he has instilled into this team. The only off the court issue that we have really had this year is the Cook academics issue. Also the people complaining that he doesn't shake hands with the opposing players before the game I think are kind of silly. He does shake the opposing player's hands after the game. To hear some on the board it is as he is Buddy Ryan and runs off the field following the game.
4. I also thought last night the officiating was about as good as we are going to get in berks county. I thought the 3 person crew was very fair and I don't think we are ever going to get a lot of calls in Berks County because of how we are looked at by outsiders as goliath to the other teams David.
5. I thought last nights game told us a lot about the character on this team. In a similar situation last night Holy Name folded like a tent and got blown out and we came to played and showed what this team is made of.
6. Congrats to Tulpehocken and Oley Valley on their wins, but I don't seem them being as successful Wednesday night. But I do think it is a great thing for their program that they have the opportunity to play at the Sovereign Center under the bright lights.
7. Memo to WEEU is it too much work to do two games in a night tomorrow and Wednesday. I think your station does a terrific job but it would be nice to be able to listen to the RHS girls game tonight on the radio.
8. I think RHS will need to come in focused on Wednesday night or whenever the game with Oley Valley is played. In betting terminology this is the classic sandwich game. But I don't think OV has enough talent to beat us though.
Any comments or questions are welcomed on my blog or in my email at firstname.lastname@example.org Ill respond to all who email to me.
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 20:41:42 UTC
Welcome to my blog. I encourage you to voice any comments, questions. I love feedback. This blog will be where I state my opinions on various items in sports today. I will go into detail on this blog on the teams I follow. Those teams are Reading High basketball, Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavs as well as the Philly pro...
Welcome to my blog. I encourage you to voice any comments, questions. I love feedback. This blog will be where I state my opinions on various items in sports today. I will go into detail on this blog on the teams I follow. Those teams are Reading High basketball, Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavs as well as the Philly pro sports teams and Miami Hurricanes football. I will try and post as often as I can.