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Saturday, March 30, 2013

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WJKW-TV: News: Video: News Following 1980 Presidential Debate

The 1980 Presidential debate is where Ronald Reagan won the Presidential election. Because a majority of Americans had already decided that they wanted a change and a new President but weren't sure yet that. Ron Reagan was the person they wanted until the debate.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Washington Times: Sports: Stephen Whyno: Capitals Ready to Build off of Momentum After Beating the Boston Bruins

Confident Capitals see opportunity ahead after comeback victory - Washington Times

The question about the 2013 Capitals is not about talent or even coaching. They know what they have and know they have a very good team at least on paper and why they play their game. Can play with a beat any team in the NHL at home or on the road. The question is more about chemistry and getting the whole team on the same page and all facets of the team playing their game at the same time. And I think that starts with defense because they have the weapons to score against anyone. But they've been giving up way too many shots and scoring opportunities and as a result the goaltending has been a little shaky as well. If the Capitals protect goaltender Brandon Holtby and not give up so many shots, all he has to do is his job and not have. To be anyone special and the Capitals know he can be a good goaltender but when you are consistently giving up 40-50 shots per game. Unless you are Patrick Roy or someone like that in their prime. You are going to give up your share of goals and allow in a few cheap ones as well.

Monday, March 4, 2013

ESPN: Video: Baseball Tonight: Orioles Manager Buck Showalter on The 2013 Orioles



The Orioles are not only competitive and winners but now they are legitimate contenders who not just Oriole fans will be expecting a lot from. But perhaps even the national media alone and the Orioles really just have two questions as far as their season goes. Jake Arrietta, will he bounce back and finally develop in the ace caliber pitcher he has the potential to be. If that happens the Orioles will go from having a good pitching staff to one of the best pitching. Staffs in MLB with three ace caliber starting pitchers in Jason Hammel, Chris Tilman and Jake Arrietta. The other question being Brian Roberts, does he stay healthy for the entire season or at least most. Of it and is he back to where he was in 2009 as one of the best leadoff hitters in MLB. If that happens the Orioles go from having a very good lineup to one of the best lineups in the. American League with B Rob consistently getting on followed by Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and. Company so thats the really the only two questions I have for the 2013 Orioles.

If both Jake Arrietta and Brian Roberts bounce back in the 2013 and the Orioles stay healthy for the most part. Look for them to win the AL East with the New York Yankees taking a step back and Boston Red Sox not back yet as a contender. And perhaps a two team race between the Orioles and Tampa Rays in the AL East.

The NBA History: Video: 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers: The Dynasty Continues



The 1987 Los Angeles Lakers are a special team for me because I became a Lakers fan almost as soon as I became an NBA fan. In the mid 1980s even though I grew around Washington watching the Bullets growing up they were a very mediocre team. Where just making the NBA Playoffs was a good season for them but I saw the Lakers first in 1983 or 84 and I not only knew they were. Very good but they played a type of basketball that I love thats up and down but based on the ability to play great defense and rebounding. Which how all of those fast breaks started but a team that was also a very good half court team. With Earvin Johnson at point guard and then of course Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy in the post. And thats exactly what the 1987 Lakers were, just with Kareem older but with Magic and big game James better. And with the emergence of power forward AC Green just making the fast break even better and their defense quicker as. Well with AC Green strong enough to defend the power forward but also quick enough to defend big small forwards. Who score in the post like Mark Aguirre, Larry Bird and others.

The 1987 Lakers are at least the best basketball team in my lifetime. Because they had everything that teams need to be great. Loaded at talent, as well as athletic ability, intelligence, three franchise players in Kareem, Magic and James. But with also great role players like Byron Scott who was also capable of scoring twenty points as well as being a very. Good defensive player and then you had Mychal Thompson, Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis off the bench. Three players who could start for most teams in the league who could all play at least two positions as well. Other people are going to say that the 1996 Chicago Bulls, or 1993 Bulls or 1986 Boston Celtics or 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. All great teams are the best team of all time but the Lakers had Kareem, Magic, James and then of course Pat Riley as their head coach. You put that entire package together and you are not going to find another team. That were as great both on offense and defense and had great franchise players but a supporting cast as well.

The Showtime Lakers of course won another NBA Finals in 1988 in one of the best Finals of all time against the Detroit Pistons. But the 1987 Lakers were even more special and basically just blew way the Western Conference to get to the NBA Finals. Where the 1988 Lakers had more of a struggle to get there and weren't as dominant as the 1987 Lakers.