Weekend Update

Bryan and I were both out of town for Fourth of July weekend and weren’t on the internet at all. There were some pretty big things that happened in the world of sports that we feel should be mentioned but didn’t have the opportunity to write full posts on. I’ll just give a quick one or two sentences about each one.

- Steve McNair was shot to death in his downtown Nashville apartment. It currently looks as though it was a murder suicide by the girl whose body was found next to his.

- Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick for his 15th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, passing Pete Sampras previous record of 14 career Grand Slam victories.

- Tiger Woods won the AT&T National this weekend. This gives Tiger 68 career PGA Tour wins, five short of Jack Nicklaus and 14 short of Sam Snead’s record 82 career wins.

- Manny Ramirez returned from suspension and hit a home run in his second game back.

- USA beat Grenada in soccer to win their first round match of the 2009 Gold Cup and will face Honduras in their second game.

- Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams to win Wimbledon on the women’s side and then the two teamed up to win doubles.

- Three stages into the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is currently in third. He is seven seconds behind Tony Martin and 40 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara.

- Some big name NBA free agents have agreed to terms with different teams from the ones they played with this past year. The most notable are: Ben Gordon to the Pistons, Hedo Turkaglu to the Raptors, Trevor Ariza to the Rockets, Charlie Villanueva to the Pistons, Rasheed Wallace to the Celtics, Marcin Gortat to the Mavericks, and Ron Artest to the Lakers.

- And most importantly Bryan and I got the oportunity to play two games of Schleuderball over the weekend and we won both games.

Hansbrough vs. Harangody

The more college basketball I watch, the more I can’t help but wonder about the future careers of North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody. Both are elite college power forwards whose size doesn’t really translate to that position at the next level. Hansbrough is listed at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. Harangody is listed at 6-foot-8 and 251 pounds. Now, this doesn’t mean they can’t be NBA power forwards. Elton Brand is a damn good power forward and he is 6-foot-8 254 pounds. I think what will determine the better NBA player is the combination of skill and versatility, which I think both go to the less-publicized Harangody. Continue reading

Stat of the Day (Blocked Shots)

The NBA record for blocked shots in a season and block shots per game was set in the 1984-85 season by Mark Eaton of the Utah Jazz. That season, the 7-foot-3 Eaton blocked 456 shots in 82 games. That is 5.6 blocks per game. Hakeem Olajuwon was second in the league that season with 220 blocks and 2.7 blocks per game for the Houston Rockets.

7-foot-6 Manute Bol has the second most blocks in an NBA season with 397. He did it for the Washington Bullets the season after Eaton set the record. Artis Gilmore blocked 422 shots in the 1971-72 ABA season, where he played 84 games for the Kentucky Colonels.

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