Thursday, July 17, 2014

Double K’s Take: The Warriors off season sofar…


                                                                                                                If you have been watching ESPN like everyone else you know that the Golden State Warriors have not been very loud this offseason. They have made a couple of moves that I think will help the team but they haven’t really made any huge splashes!! Well I may be wrong about that the 1st move that the Warriors made after their 1st round exit from the playoffs was firing the 1st man to take the Warriors to the playoffs in back to back seasons in over 20 years!! Mark Jackson was a great coach and he really did nothing wrong, he was a great coach and most of the roster was devoted to him. I do believe that he will find a job elsewhere in the NBA!! After that the Warriors shocked the NBA world by hiring another in experienced Head Coach in former player and GM Steve Kerr. Kerr takes the job over the Knicks job and coaching for his mentor Phil Jackson. The roster he has inherited isn’t a bad one at all but they are still trying to add pieces to make it better so let’s get into that a little bit…


Warriors are in talks to trade for the Timberwolves PF Kevin Love – This has been a ongoing thing for the past couple of months. There have been reports that the holdup is that the Warriors are unwilling to part with SG Klay Thompson in the deal and Minnesota wants him badly. I personally think you keep Thompson of the table because the thought of having a starting lineup that consist of the “Splash Brothers” Curry & Thompson, Igodala, Love and Bogut in the front court. That is a starting 5 that can have NBA Western Conference Finals, if not NBA Finals aspirations. But we have yet to see this deal come to fruition so for now all it is, is a dream. Also the LeBron James situation has pulled Loves interest to two teams and the Cavaliers have more to offer the Wolves than the Warriors so it looks like we are going to have to sit back relax and watch the cards fall…


Warriors sign G Shaun Livingston and F Brandon Rush to contracts – These two guys make sense for what the Warriors are trying to do. Rush is a former Warrior who performed well when he was with the team and to his credit is a very good defensive forward. He can come in and give Igudala a rest and allow the team not to miss a beat on the defensive end. Livingston can provide a rest for Thompson from time to time and once again not lose a beat on the defensive side of the court. But both will be critical to the bench if the Warriors are going to contend in the Western Conference. These are the 1st two new pieces to Kerr’s Warriors, lets see what he can do with them…




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Double K’s Take: The LeBron James situation…

The LeBron James Situation…


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So after all the hub bub and a very long wait the prodigal son is returning to Cleveland. That’s right something that I thought was never going to happen has become fact. This offseason started out with the inevitable with Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract In New York. A little south of the Big Apple down in Miami the King made his decision to opt out of his contract with the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Now when Bosh and Wade opted out of their contracts I thought for sure that this was all part of the master plan. That LeBron and his buddies had planned this all out to save Miami some money under the cap to allow them to go after some of the top free agents that were available this summer…


                                                                                                                                                That is not what turned out to be; once again the decision was the focus of everything that I saw on ESPN. Where was LeBron going to go? (The whole time I thought for sure he was resigning maybe even taking a pay cut to bring them more help to the Heat!!) Who would follow him back to Miami or any other destination he went to? Then there were the rumors that the Cavaliers had made enough moves to have the cap space to bring him home!! (Still didn’t think it was going to happen!). Then the fateful day came and the announcement was made “LeBron James was going home, he was going back to Cleveland” (What!?!) The more disturbing part was the reaction of the Cleveland fans that a little over a year ago were still hoping that he would choke on those darn title rings he won in Miami. They somehow miraculously forgave him for everything and were ready to accept him home as the prodigal man!!...


                                                                                                                                                Now with that story told let’s look at the Cavaliers moving forward. There are rumors that the team can get all star forward Kevin Love away from the T’Wolves and that is a very scary thought. That combination of players would result in Cleveland being an instant contender for the Eastern Conference crown with the Bulls who just added former Lakers PF Pau Gasol to replace Carlo Boozer who they will most likely amnesty for salary cap reasons. Let’s not jump the gun though that trade has not been made and the roster as constituted is really young and really talented but I don’t know if they are truly ready for where LeBron can take them. I know that they are the “Vegas Favorites” to win the title in 2014-15 seasons. I personally don’t like this because I don’t have as much faith in what this young roster can do. I definitely think that this team has a lot of potential but are they championship ready? This guy here says that you have to wait for things to really be good and LeBron put them on a two year clock that might expire after a year if the King isn’t happy. I think that he is poised for a long stay in Cleveland I just don’t know how many titles are in the city with him…

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West Coast Bias: Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes wins the 2014 HR Derby, 1st back to back champ since Ken Griffey Jr (98’ & 99’)…



                                                                                                                On Monday night July 14th 2014, the world of baseball held its annual display of power as the All Stars got together for another Home Run Derby. This field included som big time HR hitters of recent memory (Jose Bautista) and up and coming guys that may be winning HR titles in years to come (Puig/Frazier). For the second year in a row though the title went to a unsuspecting young Cuban who isn’t exactly leading the league in homers. Matter of fact this young kid hadn’t hit a homer in almost his last 100 at bats!! He stumbled through the first round having to knock out his own teammate to get into the bracket round. But once in that round he hit 25 homers to take out both Adam Jones and Jose Bautista to get to the finals and pound on Todd Frazier to claim his second title in as many years. From all of us here at Double K’s Classroom CONGRATS and welcome to a exclusive club…


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Double K’s Classroom: What is a Dynasty in today’s sports game??...


                                                                                This is a question that has been asked many times in the most recent decades. So let’s take a look at a couple of recent dynasties and how they have been rated. The Lakers of the early 2000’s that was lead by a young Kobe Bryant and a veteran Shaquille O’Neal in 2000-02 this team won three championships and was about as dominant as any team I have seen in a long time. Both Shaq and Kobe were brought in via trade or free agency (Bryant: Draft day trade, O’Neal: free agency). This was not as much of a issue back then because doing what it takes to win a championship was the Lakers way. The Bulls are another dynasty that was pieced together with draft and free agency. They did draft the player that would become one of the best of all time (Jordan) and one of their best bench players (Grant). But one of the biggest acquisitions came on a draft day trade as they got forward Scottie Pippin for center Olden Polynice. This would trigger a run of at least 10 years of dominance with a 2 year break they won 6 NBA titles during that time and were consistently in competition for Eastern Conference Championships year in and year out. Even though the Bulls have seen success and have made the playoffs many times in the years since they still have never experienced that level of success again. The next two teams that I am taking a look at are the 2 teams that are both playing for another NBA Championship to add to their team’s current dynasty…


San Antonio Spurs (1st title: 1999, Last Title: 2007, Last Finals appearance: 2014): This Spurs team was built they were drafted and brought in thru free agency. The core of the team Ganobili, Parker, Duncan and Leonard all came in through the draft. But they have brought in sharp shooters like Jackson and Belonelli (SP?) to support these guys and complete the team in that way and it has lead to continued success over the past almost decade. To me that is a dynasty!!...


Miami Heat (1st title: 2006, Last Title: 2013, Last Finals appearance: 2014): The Heat are a team that is widely despised and I really don’t know why?? Yes the core of the team LeBron, Wade and Bosh all came together because of a wishful plan that played out just perfectly enough to make it happen. Despite their want to make it happen; Pat Riley is the real master mind that made this all possible. He is the one that gutted the Miami roster to allow for the cap room to get the Big 3 on the same team. The result has been 2 titles and now 4 finals trips and a possible third title on the way. I think I could live with all the hate for those results….


                                                                                 Now most people compare these two teams and say it is Build vs. Bought. I agree with the initial statement but not the implication that is gives. The thought process behind this thought is that one is better than the other; in my personal opinion both ways are just methods of obtaining the ultimate goal… a NBA Title. I could see the point against the Miami Heat if they had done anything illegal or wrong. The fact of the matter is they didn’t, many players over the years have dreamed of playing together on an all star team and some have seen that dream come true like Wade and Shaq did in their one title run. But not all the time dose it result in championships. A great example of that is the Lakers squad that consisted of for future hall of famer’s in O’Neal, Bryant, Malone and Payton. They reached the NBA Finals in their 1st year together and almost won a title but lost to a better TEAM in the Detroit Pistons. The same way that the Miami Heat reached the finals in their 1st season together and lost to a better TEAM in the Dallas Mavericks. The only difference is the fact that the Heat were able to bounce back and win the next 2 NBA Finals whereas that Lakers team flamed out after that one Finals appearance. Like I said before Weather you came together like the Spurs over time or you came together in one spectacular offseason of free agency. As long as you are winning titles that’s all that counts…right??


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Double K’s Classroom: The crowded San Francisco 49ers backfield…

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!!

                                                                                The football season is still months away but I can’t tell you how often I hear people talking about their favorite teams. My personal favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers!!! Let me tell you even with the losses in the big games it is good to be a 49ers fan right now. The team made a lot of good moves and brought in a lot of players who have the potential to make a instant impact like DB/S Jimmy Ward. But today that is not my focus; today my focus is on the stable of running backs that sit in the 49ers offensive backfield. I am going to give you my opinions on every back that sits on the current projected starting depth chart for the upcoming season. Let’s start at the back of this long line….


#4 RB LaMichael James (5’9”/195lbs, 24yo, Oregon University, 3yrs pro): This particular back has a very cloudy future when it comes to the 49ers. James has been a great team player considering he has been bottom of the totem pole for most of his career with the 49ers. Most of the 3 seasons he has spent with the team he has seen action mainly as a special teams player and returner. This is a role that he will be expected to complete again this year. I done see him breaking the top 3 and seeing much time on the field as a returner and if he continues to struggle there he may lose that job to rookie wide out and return specialist Bruce Ellington out of South Carolina. This could be James last season with the 49ers so he will have to put his best foot forward so to speak so that any potential teams scouting him can take a good look at what he has to offer…


#3 RB Kendall Hunter (5’7”/199lbs, 25yo, Oklahoma St, 4yrs pro): Hunter has been one of those backs that has played well over his draft position. I believe the 49ers picked him up in the 2nd or 3rd round and he has proven to be clutch in the Red Zone. He has also proven to be a viable backup when Frank has needed rest or has needed to take some plays off. In his 4 years with the team I think that Kendall Hunter has earned the right to remain Frank Gore’s immediate backup and though he is #3 on this particular depth chart. I expect him to take the bulk of the snaps that starter Frank Gore doesn’t get, unless Hyde just out performs him in the preseason…


#2 RB Carlos Hyde (6’0”/235lbs, 22yo, Ohio State, Rookie): Hyde is sort of the wild card of this bunch mainly because he is the exact style of back that Frank Gore is. The main difference between the two is that Hyde is a slight bit bigger than Gore is. With a six foot 200 pound frame Hyde can take a lot more punishment; he is a downhill runner who looks to find his notch late in games when Gore needs rest and he can take advantage of tired defenses which he can just bowl over. I don’t expect him to see a lot of carries early in this season but as time goes on this kid has the skill and the size to supplant another rookie on this roster looking to take over the starting position once it is relinquished via Gore retirement (because personally I think that’s the only reason the starting position will become available)…



#1 RB Frank Gore (5’9”/217lbs, 31yo, Miami (FL), 10yrs pro): Gore is a player that has been around for awhile and has earned his stripes as one of the best backs In the NFL. Frank is a stalwart and tough back who seems to get better with age. In the past 3 years under coach Harbaugh Gore has really set himself apart for backs that have been in the league as long as he has as he seems to have not lost a step in recent years. I personally think that Frank has another 3 to 5 years left in him. So whatever back does end up as his backup will have a little bit of a wait to take over this starting position and become a star…

Impact Backs (Not on the current depth chart)


RB Marcus Lattimore (5’11”/221lbs, 23yo, South Carolina, 1yr pro): Lattimore is a bit of a X Factor because he has the size and tools to take over the starting role when Gore is gone. The question is how patient is he to get his moment in the sun? Lattimore is a talented back who spent all of his rookie season on the injured list and looks to have a bit of a hill to climb to get his much deserved chance. I expect him to see a lot of snaps during the preseason and for Harbaugh to take a serious look at this investment. Though I do expect him to make the roster I don’t expect to see him much once the season starts unless one of the top 4 backs gets injured…


FB Bruce Miller (6’2”/248lbs, 26yo, Central Florida, 4yrs pro): Miller will take his rightful place as the #1 fullback he has been critical to a lot of Frank Gore’s success in recent years. This guy is a converted DE who has become one of the most solid FB in the NFL today. I don’t remember how many pro bowls he has made if any but I know this guy enjoys his position and it shows on the field…


RB Jewel Hampton (5’9”/210lbs, 25yo, Southern Illinois, 2yrs pro): Jewel Hampton is a great back and has a lot to offer any team that he plays for. The small amount of time that I have seen him in action he has performed well. Unfortunately I think that he will end up being the odd man out in this very crowded backfield. It reflects nothing on his talent its just there are only so many roster spots and I don’t see them keeping more than 5 backs maximum. They may try to sign him to the practice squad but that will be the best I see for him…


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Double K’s Classroom: UFC 172 Review and Contender list….

UFC 172 from Baltimore, MD



                                                                                  This month’s UFC 172 took place in Baltimore Maryland and it saw a 5 fight card. The Main Event saw MMA legend UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones who is not only one of UFC’s top fighters but some consider him the best in the game today. His opponent was a man that was on a 20 fight winning streak and is one of the hardest hitters in MMA, that man is Glover Teixeira. The co main event saw Anthony Johnson face off again Phil Davis both young and strong fighters coming up in the game. So getting into the actual card….

Max “Blessed” Holloway vs. Andre “Touchy” Feili (Featherweight Bout) – With Feili being a year older and having 3 more inches in reach it should give him an advantage in this fight. The first round went convincingly to Feile who was dominant through most of the round. The second round Holloway had a great round and dominated including blocking at least 3-4 of the 5 takedown attempts by Feili. The third round was a close one that was dominated by Holloway, late in the round Holloway hit Feili with a couple of hard shots before taking it down to the ground and locking in the Guillotine Choke to get the submission victory…

Holloway (Win by Guillotine Choke Submission in Round 3, 3:39)

Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros (Lightweight Bout) – Miller a MMA vet was clearly the favorite to win this fight. He also had a lot more to lose with a shot at the lightweight title on the line for him.  This fight ended rather quickly as they bounced back and forth for a couple of minutes. When Miller locked in that Guillotine Choke it was over the tighter he got the less likely it was that Medeiros wasn’t going to break it and as he went limp the referee had to stop the fight…

Miller (Win by Guillotine Choke Submission in Round 1, 3:38)

 Luke Rockhold vs. Tim “The Barbarian” Boetch (Middleweight Bout) – This looks like a pretty even matchup with the height and reach advantage going to the younger Rockhold, which should make him the favorite but Boetch has the experience advantage. This was another fight that ended quickly as Boetch got into trouble early and one Rockhold locked on his legs into a leg triangle and he got a hold of his wrist and locked in the Komura and forced Boetch to tap. Very exciting match and a serious candidate for “Fight of the Night”…

Rockhold (Win by Komura Lock Submission in Round 1, 2:08)

“Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (Co-Main Event) (Light Heavyweight Bout) – Looking at the fighters this looks like a fight that should be dominated by Johnson. But with Davis’s grappling skills he may prove to be to be too much for Johnson. The 1st round clearly went to Johnson; everything that Davis had to throw at him just wasn’t enough. Davis couldn’t get a single takedown because Johnson was just too strong. The 2nd round went to Johnson as well. Davis gave a good run but once again couldn’t get Johnson on the ground and because of that he looked bad all round. The 3rd round was clearly won by Johnson just like the rest of the fight. Davis tried really hard but Johnson was just too powerful and thus won the fight by unanimous decision…

Johnson (Win by Unanimous Decision)

© Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Glover Teixeira (Main Event) (Light Heavyweight Championship Bout) - Jones being the champion and the bigger competitor I can a see why he should be the favorite against a very strong competitor in Teixeira. The crowd has gotten really rowdy for this main event! The 1st round was won clearly by Jones as he had the only takedown in the round and landed a impressive spinning back kick that for me gave the round to him. The 2nd round again won by Jones he just dominated for most of the round. There was a spot where Teixeira rocked Jones for a second but Jones recovered. Round 3 once again owned by Jones he dominated every aspect of this round. Teixeira took shot after shot from Jones it seemed as if he did what he wanted to do with Glover and there was nothing he could do about it. Once again the 4th round would go to the champ Jones just did what he wanted to every time that Teixeira got anything going Jones would counter and bring it to a stop. At this point the challenger needed a knockout to get the win. The 5th and final round would be the only one in which Teixeira looked alive and like he cared. Other than that this fight was dominated by Jones he pretty much put on a clinic and stayed inside of Glover all night….

Jones (Win by Unanimous Decision)


And now for the Contenders to the crown…

Rashad Evans - At 21-3-1 Evans seems to be a viable contender for Jones crown. He lost to Jones by decision at UFC 145 in April of 2012. So it has been a couple of years since his last title fight and he has gone 2-1 since beating Henderson by decision and Sonnen by TKO and losing to Nogueria by decision at UFC 156. Is Evans the top contender?? Who knows???...

Glover Teixeira – At 22-3 Teixeira is still a beast who was just beaten by a better man on that night. Glover is a solid competitor and if he can build a win streak even a quarter of what he has done in recent years then I can see him competing for the Light Heavyweight Championship again in the future. But as for anytime soon I just don’t see it happening…

Alexander Gustafsson – At 16-2 Gustafsson is a very imposing fighter as he is one of the only light heavyweight fighter who can look Jones eye to eye as he stands at 6’5” he lost by unanimous decision in a great bout at UFC 165 last year. He has had one fight since and won by KO over Manuwa. So Gustafsson looks like he could be a contender in the very near future…

Daniel Cormier – Cormier to me is the logical choice as he as seemed to just tear through the light heavyweight division. He has never faced Jones and is currently on a 14 fight winning streak having knocked out Patrick Cummings most recently at UFC 170. He has a upcoming fight against Dan Henderson at UFC173 next month. I think if he wins that fight his next fight should be Jones for the title…

Anthony Johnson – With an impressive 17-4 record Johnson is another one that is a viable candidate to face Jones for the title soon. He just destroyed a very capable opponent in Phil Davis and extended his current win streak to 7 fights his last loss was to Vitor Belfort by submission and there is no shame in that. Johnson is a true contender and a true threat to Jones crown in the coming months…

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Double K's Classroom:The 2014 Oakland Athletics and their run at greatness…


                                                                        Let me start this out by saying that I have been a fan of the Oakland Athletics for a very long time. I watch the 89’ team led by the likes of Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Dennis Eckersley face off against a monster Giants team that had memorable names on it like Will Clark and Dave Reghetti. But I have to say that even those team didn’t have the look and feel of this year’s Athletics team. They are currently on another 6 game winning streak and have won 9 of their past 10 games (the only loss being a 4-2 loss to the White Sox in which Gregorson gave up a 8th inning 3 R-HR to the MLB Home Run leader Jose Abreu). The Athletics are hot right now they sit at 28-16 and have the best record in baseball (Leading the Giants 28-17 by 0.5 games). The Athletics also have the largest run differential at a +95 this is only through 44 games. This is just plain impressive I believe the next closest team is the Rockies at +58! That is a 37 run difference. There are two parts to this success and I’m going to go into both….


                                                                        First up is the hitting, the team is led in average by catcher Derrick Norris who is hitting .354 there should be all star 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson in homerun’s with 10 and are being led in RBI’s by Brandon Moss with 39. Now you look at just those three stats and you see three different names. That to me is important because it shows that any hitter on this team from catcher John Jaso to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes they are all dangerous. They have been patient at the plate and have managed to frustrate some of the top pitchers in baseball. My favorite example of that is of Felix Hernandez he has a tendency to dominate the Athletics. His most recent start he was shelled by the Athletics hot bats. This lineup learns if you have good stuff as a pitcher you may dominate this bunch the first time around but definitely not twice in the same season. They are just a team to be reckoned with; in the last game they played they clobbered the Indians for 13 runs to close out a sweep of that series. And that was the third time in the last 5 games that this lineup hit for double digits in s single 9 innings. If they keep up at this pace they will be heading for a third straight year ending the season as division champs. The next part to this equation is the pitching and that’s what I’m looking at next…



                                                                        The Athletics pitching has been dare is say some of the best in all of baseball. With a 2.92 ERA second only to the Atlanta Braves (2.82). This Is surprising because the bullpen has not exactly lived up to the hype of the beginning of the season. But in recent weeks yes they have turned it around but still sit toward the bottom of the league in saves with only 7 on the season in 15 save opportunities. But at 28 wins they are only matched by their cross town rivals the Giants. This team is well balanced and it shows on a game to game basis. The Starting Rotation was thought to be one that was going to struggle with the loss of both Jerrod Parker and AJ Griffin to surgery. The spectacular part is that Scott Kazmir a free agent that the Athletics picked up this offseason after he chose to leave the Indians. HE has started this season hot by winning 5 of his first 9 starts and posting a sub 2.50 ERA. His 9 starts are tied for the team lead with Sonny Gray and just like his 5 wins. Both pitchers have been amazing but the one guy that surprised us all was new Athletic Drew Pomeranz who has pitched 2 amazing starts in replacing optioned pitcher Dan Straily. Drew also has a 1.14 ERA in his 11 appearances this season. The bullpen is getting better as the season goes on, they had a rough run of it early blowing like 5 of the 1st 6 opportunities and have blown 8 overall for the season. But recently they have turned it around completing 6 of their last 9 save opportunities. So once they get it all complete this is going to be a dangerous team to face. They have it on both sides of the ball and look to be able to sustain this success throughout the season they are a very deep club with a lot of youth even at the AAA level and they seem to be able to plug it in at will. Will this result in the World Series title… I don’t happen to think that it will, but as the season progresses the team seems to come together more and more. As a fan all I can say is that it is good to be a fan of Bay Area baseball right now…


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