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Preview: 2008 Hawaii Bowl

blog_bowl-badgeEd. NoteSparty and Friends has accepted an invitation by Gunaxin.com to join several other sports blogging communities in Gunaxin’s 2008 Blog Bowl.  In addition to creating three entries representing S&F’s projected bowl winners for straight bowl pick ’em at ESPN.com’s College Bowl Mania, we will be submitting at least one bowl-specific post, such as this one, during the three bowl periods: games between 12/20 – 12/28, games between 12/29 – 1/3, and the games from 1/5 – 1/8.

Our pick ’em entries will be scored against all the other blog bowl picks submissions and progress can be followed here throughout the remainder of the bowl season.  We also encourage you all to head over to Gunaxin.com and check out the other blog bowl posts.

Now, back to your scheduled program…

2008 BCS FRAUD BOWL

2008 BCS FRAUD BOWL

The 2008 BCS FRAUD Hawaii Bowl feature’s the two teams that have had the worst showings over the past 3 years in BCS bowl games. The Irish got blasted by Ohio State in 2006, followed the next season by an LSU domination. Hawaii set non-BCS schools back about 10 years (and cost Boise St. an invite this year) by getting absolutely hammered by Georgia last January in the Sugar bowl. Continue reading

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2008-2009 NBA S&F “Expert” Predictions

These are the Authors predictions for the coming NBA season. We are likely to be wrong because this stuff is hard to pick. Got an issue with somebody’s pick? Call ’em out in the comments. Got an issue with Big D not having picks? Try (and fail) to get in touch with him at his potentially 16 hour poker tournament today. Without further relay, our “expert” picks… Continue reading

Boston Celtics Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here. We knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the Express Grizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the hornsantlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, put the King in check, Blazed the Trail, Warrior’d up, Nugg’d it, rapped with the Raptors, cowboy’d up with the Mavs, might as well have been walkin’ on the Suns, couldn’t figure out a good pun for 76ers, were the Wiz and nobody beats us, we Rock’d it, delivered a “Trey” o’ Magic, searched for Atlantais, Jazzed it up a little, we got ourselves a Cavalier attitude, we even became a little Horny, got Pist-on by Sparty, found a Spurring partner, got tickets for the Lake Show, and today everybody’s got a little irish in them…

I’d love to sit here and tell you that the Celtics are just as hungry for a title as they were last year. I’d love to tell you that they had made one or two major acquisitions that clearly catapulted them to the top of the NBA heap. I’d love to say that they were the Odds-On Favorites to repeat as NBA Champs (actually, they are. They’re 3/1, so are the Lakers). I’d absolutely love to tell you that the C’s are head and shoulders above the Lakers, Spurs, Suns, Hornets, Pistons, Cavs and Sixers.

But the truth is, I can’t tell you that. Because I don’t believe it.

Let’s hit the facts before hitting up some conjecture…

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Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here. We knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the ExpressGrizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the hornsantlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, put the King in check, Blazed the Trail, Warrior’d up, Nugg’d it, rapped withthe Raptors, cowboy’d up with the Mavs, might as well have been walkin’ on the Suns, couldn’t figure out a good pun for 76ers, were the Wiz and nobody beats us, we Rock’d it, delivered a “Trey” o’ Magic, searched for Atlantais, Jazzed it up a little, we got ourselves a Cavalier attitude, we even became a little Horny, got Pist-on by Sparty, we had a session with our Spurring partner, now we are going on the Lake Show…

The Lakers are heavy favorites to represent the West again in the NBA Finals, and rightly so. The Spurs are banged up and Tim Duncan isn’t getting any younger. The Suns are relying on a post prime Shaquille O’Neal. The duo of Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson have never posed much of a threat to the Lakers, Golden State lost their motor when they lost Baron Davis to the Clippers…We could go on down the list – but the reality is, the Lakers will have only one team to contend with when it is all over…and that team will be New Orleans. But right now – season unseen, my chips are on Kobe Bryant, Pau GAsol, and Andrew Bynum over CP3, Peja Stojakovic, an Tyson Chandler.

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San Antonio Spurs Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here. We knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the ExpressGrizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the hornsantlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, put the King in check, Blazed the Trail, Warrior’d up, Nugg’d it, rapped withthe Raptors, cowboy’d up with the Mavs, might as well have been walkin’ on the Suns, couldn’t figure out a good pun for 76ers, were the Wiz and nobody beats us, we Rock’d it, delivered a “Trey” o’ Magic, searched for Atlantais, Jazzed it up a little, we got ourselves a Cavalier attitude, we even became a little Horny, got Pist-on by Sparty, and now we have a session with our Spurring partner…

I have to admit something before you read this preview. It may come as a shock to you. You may have heard me say it before. I hate the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, they are probably the franchise/school that I hate the most that does not have a rivalry with my own team. The only other non-my-own-team-related hatreds I have are for the Colts and Notre Dame football. I should also point out that I have a strong dislike for the Raiders, Steelers, Knicks, Pistons, and UConn Basketball. Those go on top of my hatreds that are related to my teams. For the record that means that I hate the Yankees, Cowboys, and Duke as well as having the strong dislike for the Giants, Eagles, and Florida State football. I think that just about does it. So I hate six teams and strongly dislike eight more. Wow. I am a hateful person. But back to the Spurs… Continue reading

Detroit Pistons Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28that 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here. We knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the ExpressGrizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the hornsantlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, put the King in check, Blazed the Trail, Warrior’d up, Nugg’d it, rapped withthe Raptors, cowboy’d up with the Mavs, might as well have been walkin’ on the Suns, couldn’t figure out a good pun for 76ers, were the Wiz and nobody beats us, we Rock’d it, delivered a “Trey” o’ Magic, searched for Atlantais, Jazzed it up a little, we got ourselves a Cavalier attitude, we even became a little Horny, and now we are ready to be Pist-on by Sparty…

I feel absolutely retarded trying to write a preview for any NBA team, especially when we have a friggin’ guru like Guyinthecorner, who has been writing about 95% of them.  He has more knowledge about everyone else than I do about my own team, and I love the Pistons. Continue reading

New Orleans Hornets Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28that 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here. We knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the ExpressGrizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the hornsantlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, put the King in check, Blazed the Trail, Warrior’d up, Nugg’d it, rapped withthe Raptors, cowboy’d up with the Mavs, might as well have been walkin’ on the Suns, couldn’t figure out a good pun for 76ers, were the Wiz and nobody beats us, we Rock’d it, delivered a “Trey” o’ Magic, searched for Atlantais, Jazzed it up a little, got a Cavalier attitude, and now we are getting Horny

If you thought the Hornets were going to be a one year thing… YOU LOST! (Bonus points for anybody who gets that joke and proves it in the comments) But seriously, the Hornets are good. Any team run by CP3 is going to compete for a title as long as he has some moving parts around him. It just so happens that he does. Not only do they have a secondary star (David West), a defensive stopper (Tyson Chandler), a Sparty (Mo Peterson), and a cold-blooded shooter (Stojakovic), but they just picked up the ultimate role player (James Posey)? Well then. Sounds like they improved enough to make a run at a championship! Wait. (skimming roster…) Where did…? Oh no. (shaking head…) Seriously? Europe? I can’t believe he would jump ship. But I can believe you would hit the jump. Continue reading