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Perspective is good!

In my cross-cultural journalism class, we talked about the idea of how understand the power of diverse inputs, insights and perspectives will lead to greater journalistic success. What that is referring to is that getting multiple perspectives and sources in your story will help you develop your argument and ultimately allow you to achieve journalistic success. Also having multiple perspectives in your story will open it up to a greater audience and have a greater impact on a more diverse group of people. 

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The BS Report | Brad Shulkin

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James Harden

The NBA season is well underway and with that comes ChicagoSportsWeekly’s winners and losers thus far. Before I begin, let me just say that the reason that I haven’t blogged in quite some time now is because of one simple thing…PLEDGESHIP. But since that is over with and I can now call myself a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi, I will continue to write blog posts on a more frequent basis.

WINNERS

Memphis Grizzles– In my mind, the Grizzles are the most well balanced team in the NBA. They are tough, the can score the basketball, and they have a top 10 defense and offense in the league. In fact, they score the 7th most points in the league, while allowing 92.6 points per game (ppg), which ranks 7th in the NBA. I guess this is no surprise as most of the team is returning from last year, but with Zach Randolph bouncing back from the injury he sustained last year as well as he has, and Marc Gasol playing at the level that he is, I really think this team can make a statement in the Western Conference and give OKC and both LA teams a run for their money.

Charlotte Bobcats– After drafting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick of the draft, things looked to be heading in a new direction for the Bobcats…what am I kidding; it didn’t do anything to brighten the horizon for a team that has failed under the leadership of the guy that has been dubbed the best player ever to play basketball on this planet. That was at the time of the draft, but now as I continue to watch the youth of the Bobcats develop, with the likes of  Kemba Walker, Kidd-Golchrist, and dynamic shot blocking ability of Bismack Biyombo, things actually seem to be looking up in Charlotte. And who could forget former Bulls shooting guard Ben Gordon, who after a horrible stint with the Pistons, is trying resurrect his career with the Bobcats. Although it’s early in the season I will be optimistic, but in the back of my head I will always keep in mind that they are in fact…THE BOBCATS.

LOSERS

Indiana Pacers– In the first 10 games of the season, Roy Hibbert had only two games of 10 or more rebounds and only three games in which he scored double digit points. In those 10 games, the Pacers lost seven of them. To make things better, in the next two games he averaged 15 points, over seven blocks, 11 boards, and in those two games, the Pacers won both of them. My point is, is that the Pacer’s success on the court is solely dependent on Hibbert. If he can’t execute his offensive game, defenders spend less time worrying about him and more time on sharp shooter Paul George and Forward David West, ultimately leading to a lower amount of open looks. No one will doubt Hibbert’s defensive presensce for the Pacers, heck he had a triple-double the other night with 11 blocks, but if he can’t get his offensive game tuned up soon it is going to be a long season for the Pacers.

Sacramento Kings– It is very hard for me to say this as one of my brothers of my fraternity is a huge Kings fan. To be honest, I really feel bad for him. This team has so much individual talent, but once they step onto the court and try to play as a team, nothing falls their way. They have Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, and Marcus Thornton and still can’t find a way to even break even. Well at least at the end of the season they can say one thing…WE BEAT THE LAKERS!

Playoff Predictions 

EAST

  1. Miami Heat
  2. New York Knicks
  3. Brooklyn Nets
  4. Boston Celtics
  5. Philadelphia 76ers
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks

WEST

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Memphis Grizzles
  5. Los Angeles Lakers
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Denver Nuggets
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves

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NBA Draft Preview 2012

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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis- At 6’10, 220 lbs, Davis is the all around best player in the upcoming draft class. He is a versatile shot blocking machine with outrageously long arms and the ball handling abilities of a guard. Just like in most drafts, there is an obvious number one, and 2012 is no exception. Davis will enter the NBA and have an immediate impact on the defensive end, but I think he will struggle offensively. Similar to what we saw in the championship game against Kansas, his dominant interior defense of six blocked shots and 16 rebounds stole the show.  

Thomas Robinson- Unlike the NBA ready Davis, Robinson’s game must evolve if he wants to succeed at the next level. His big frame and quick, explosive style is everything that an NBA team could want in a draft prospect. But, he must be more consistent on both ends of the floor, including developing a post-up game and improving his ball handling skills if he wants to succeed in the NBA. Overall, Robinson’s physical abilities should overshadow the aspects of his game that can be improved with practice and time in the gym.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- In my opinion, Kidd-Gilchrist is the safest pick in this year’s draft. He is explosive around the rim and doesn’t need the ball to have an impact on the game. He is an exceptional defensive player, which I think will be his bread and butter in the NBA. His high energy and intensity makes him a great pick and a great leader to build a team around.

Andre Drummond- When talking about pure size, mobility, power and athleticism there is only one player that comes to mind: Andre Drummond. At 6’11, 270 lbs, Drummond has drawn comparison to Amar’e Stoudemire because of his explosiveness around the rim and his ability to finish. Overall, I think Drummond will be a top 10 pick, but will struggle as a rookie as he tries to translate his game to the NBA. His non-existent post-up move will come to bite him as he goes up against some of the best centers in the league.

Harrison Barnes- It seems like every guard or small forward in this draft class struggles to create his own shot. In Barnes’ case, it is his lack of explosiveness that prevents him from doing that. In his sophomore season at UNC, Barnes averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. In the NBA, I see Barnes getting lost under all the talented players surrounding him. We all know that he will be a top ten pick, but in my opinion, his game is just not good enough to translate into a good NBA player.

Draft Order

  1. New Orleans
  2. Charlotte
  3. Washington
  4. Cleveland
  5. Sacramento
  6. Portland (from Brooklyn)
  7. Golden State
  8. Toronto
  9. Detroit
  10. New Orleans (from Minnesota via L.A. Clippers)
  11. Portland
  12. Milwaukee
  13. Phoenix
  14. Houston
  15. Philadelphia
  16. Houston
  17. Dallas
  18. Minnesota
  19. Orlando
  20. Denver
  21. Boston
  22. Boston (from L.A. Clippers via OKC)
  23. Atlanta
  24. Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers)
  25. Memphis
  26. Indiana
  27. Miami
  28. Oklahoma City
  29. Chicago
  30. Golden State (from San Antonio)

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CSWonline | Question of the Day 4/30

Question– Will we see someone win the Triple Crown this season in the MLB?

CSWonline– Over the past couple of years, we have seen the types of players in the MLB evolve to fit the changes to the game. No more are bullpens comprised of just a setup man and closer, but instead, a group of six or seven guys, each of whom have a specific job and a specific inning in which they can pitch. The cleanup hitter, for example, was once just a home run and rbi machine. But in today’s day and age, if you want to win a World Series, he must do more in terms of hitting for average and on base percentage, in an effort to maximize their production and ultimately, maximize the number of runs the team scores as a whole. Now that you understand that, lets get to the main question. Because of the way the game and players has evolved, the triple crown is at least within reach. When you mention Triple Crown this year, two names come to mind: Josh Hamilton and Matt Kemp. Their numbers 20 or so games into the season are astronomical, breaking records within their respective clubs. Hamilton is batting .395, with nine homers and 25 rbis. Likewise, Kemp is batting .425, with 11 homers and 24 rbis. Both are have a shot, but it is almost too early to say. The reason why the Triple Crown is so hard to achieve is because the longevity of the MLB season and the constant pressure the crown has in the back of your head.

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CSWonline | Question of the Day 4/29

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Alex Brard– Hey man, how do you feel about derrick rose, and how will the franchise be if he doesn’t play next year?

CSWonline– Well, a torn ACL is an injury which requires a minimum of six to nine months of recovery/rehab, which means Rose will miss time into next season, probably coming back around the All-Star break if everything goes smoothly. In terms of the Bulls chances to succeed without him now, I think they have a legitimate shot to get past Boston in the second round, considering how much preparation guys like John Lucas III and Ronnie Brewer have had in Rose’s absence this season. Against the Heat, it is a whole other story. Although the Bulls tied the season series against the Heat during the regular season, this is the playoffs, and everything is on the line. Even with Rose on the floor, I still don’t think the Bulls had a chance, due to the fact that Rose’s still wasn’t in game shape from the x-number of injuries he suffered during the shortened season. Looking to next year, I think the Bulls will be fine for the regular season, but once again the Bulls playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of the leagues reigning MVP. If he can’t recover in time to at least play post All-Star break, there is no chance the Bulls make another run at a championship.

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2012 Major League Baseball Picks

American League

American League East

  1. Tampa Bay
  2. Toronto
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Boston Red Sox
  5. Baltimore Orioles


American League Central

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Minnesota Twins
  5. Kansas City Royals


American League West

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Oakland Athletics

National League

National League East

  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Washington Nationals
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. New York Mets
  5. Atlanta Braves


National League Central

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Chicago Cubs


National League West

  1. LA Dodgers
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. San Francisco Giants
  5. San Diego Padres

KEY
Wild Card Team
Division Winner

National League Champion
LA Dodgers

American League Champion
Texas Rangers

World Series
Texas Rangers over LA Dodgers

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Will 2012 be the year for the “Lovable Losers” or the “South Side Sluggers”?

Chicago Cubs

I am sorry to break it to you, but the Cubs will not win a World Series this year or any time in the near future. They are in a rebuilding mode, attempting to turn their awful farm system into a big league squad that can somewhat compete in a very weak Central Division. But let’s not get away from the big picture here. Theo Epstein’s vision of turning the Cubs into a team that can sustain success for multiple decades and revamping the farm system from the bottom up is all in the best interest of the team; I guess a few more years of losing can’t hurt.

Over the past few years, I have really gotten a sense at what the Cubs organization is all about. When the Ricketts family was forced to bring in the all-star crew of Epstein and Jed Hoyer, I knew it was really bad. Something must be terribly wrong if the top headlines surrounding the organization revolve around all-star front office personnel and not all-star talent on the field. Its only a matter of time now before the dominoes start to fall and each level of the Cubs organization begins to takes shape.

What to look forward to- I really like what the Cubs are doing on the player development side. Up until this year, they had one of the worst player development systems in the league, destroying young talent by sending them up to the big leagues to early. But now under the management of Epstein, the system is starting to take shape. Ultimately structure was lacking, and I give the Ricketts family a lot of credit for bringing in the best guy to fix the problem. This year is really an experimentation of players and seeing which can withhold the duration of an entire season. One player that I am really looking forward to seeing come up from AAA-Iowa is Anthony Rizzo. The cubs acquired Rizzo in a trade with San Diego, with the goal of making him their first baseman of the future. He has the potential to be a big force in the big leagues, but hasn’t shown it quite yet. Although his big spring did help his cause, hitting .364 including five hits in 10 at-bats against lefties, he has to prove that he can do this on a consistent basis. If Bryan LaHair should struggle in the big leagues, Rizzo will absolutely get the call later in the year.

White Sox

I really thought the Sox had a playoff run in them last season, but I guess that didn’t pan out. With Mark Buehrle and Manager Ozzie Guillen leaving, I can’t see them even coming close to last season. There are just so many questions surrounding this team and being in a division as tough as the American League Central, I can almost guarantee you that the postseason is not in their future.

What to look forward to- I am really curious to see how the bullpen will do this year. Going into this season, the Sox really didn’t have a true closer to come in the ninth inning and shut down batters. They had a bunch of candidates but not a true guy. Also, I am dieing to see if Adam Dunn will rebound from his worst statistical season of his career. We all know that he has the potential to be great, but if he can’t become mentally ready, you can kiss the Soxs playoff chances goodbye.

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