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Well Done Schedule Makers

By. Michael Vislosky

Being a schedule maker for sports has to be a somewhat difficult job. With at least 30 teams in the 4 major sports, figuring out when a team is going to be home, back to backs, trying to not have a team play a game on the east coast, then have to go to the west coast and everything else that goes along with it, you can’t always make everyone happy. On rare occasions though it’s almost like the schedule makers can see the future.

The end of the regular seasons in the NBA and NHL just took place. Most teams had clinched their playoff berths well before the last days of the seasons, but in the western conference in both the NBA and NHL, the last playoff spots were up for grabs going into the final day. Only two teams in each league had a chance at those spots, and wouldn’t you know, they played each other! In the NHL the Blues took on the Avalanche, and in the NBA the Nuggets played the Timberwolves. Both turned out to be great games with the Avalanche and Timberwolves clinching playoff berths.

Situations like that don’t happen that often in the NBA or NHL. There have been many NFL seasons that have had win and your in games played but the NFL plays 16 games not 82. One could say that the schedule makers looked at what the teams were expected to do in the season and thought that could happen, but still any sports fan knows the game isn’t played on paper.

With the playoffs starting in the NBA and NHL, I say well done schedule makers on making the last day of those sports regular seasons must watch tv.

Stop the Nonsense

By. Michael Vislosky

I lay here at 11:30 this Monday night, my 2 month old asleep in his bassinet, my wife and dog asleep in bed, and I am on ESPN like most nights. Today is different though, today is that day after Prince James finally won something some what on his own. Every article is all about LeBron, as it should be, and the Warriors collapse. Not all of these articles are about the game though, many are trying to compare LeBron  to Michael, and now compare the Warriors to the 96 Bulls again. As I lay here I get more and more mad as I see what people say in the articles and on the message boards. So I’m going to give my opinion, I mean that is the point of having your own blog right?

First lets talk about Michael and LeBrick, sorry I mean LeBron. 6-0 vs 3-4. End of story.  I do not care about anything else. I hear people everyday say that LeBron is clearly the best, look at the era he plays in compared to Michael, well let’s. Anybody who wants to say that league is tougher now, does not have any clue what they are talking about. Do your homework, be a true fan of the game. Many of today’s stars would not be on teams in the 90’s. LeBron would be a star if he played in the 90’s without question, but if Michael played today he would still be Michael.  Michael might have more rings if he played today. The way games are called today, Michael would shoot 25 free throws a game! LeBron complains everytime he gets hit, let’s see how he would have felt playing the Knicks, the Pacers, even the Heat of the 90’s. LeBron is an all-time great yes, but please stop comparing him to Michael, that shipped sailed years ago.

Number 2, the Warriors vs the 96 Bulls. As I said in my last blog, I found myself rooting for the Dubs this year despite the fact that they were chasing my childhood team. That being said, there is no comparison between the teams, the Bulls would beat them 10 out of 10 series. I read message boards today saying that the Bulls in today’s game would win 50 games! I mean really? The Bulls today would have won 75. People were trying to say that the NBA was watered down in the 90’s! Please people be smarter then this, do not be prisoners of the moment. Today’s NBA is a joke compared to back in the day. You have a 76ers team who is younger then this years National Championship winning team! With all the one and dones in the NBA today it’s the Pacific Ocean! I am not taking away from what the Warriors did this year, I am just tired of reading comments from people who are ignorant to the history of a game I love. Each era is different, but if you are going to make comments, at least take the time to understand what it is you are talking about.

I am not and never will be a fan of LeBron. I was spoiled to watch Michael. I was spoiled to watch art on a hardwood floor. Michael didn’t go join his friends who had championships already, he took his beatings then destroyed everyone in his path, after trying a different sport as well. That being said, congratulations to LeBron and the Cavs for ending 50 years of hardship in Cleveland. To the victors go the spoils.

Warrior nation “RELAX”

By Michael Vislosky

I have grown up as a Chicago Bulls fan. I was spoiled as a kid to see the second of the three-peats that the Bulls had in the 90’s. That’s why to my surprise I found myself rooting for the Warriors this year, despite the fact that they were aiming to beat the record of the first Bulls team that I truly watched. Going into to game 7 of the finals, I have a message for Warrior fans, to quote future hall of famer and Chico native Aaron Rodgers, “RELAX.”

As I watched game 6 the other night, I thought about the Bulls teams of the 90’s. Despite winning 6 championships, the playoffs were always a grind.  The 91 and 96 teams were the only ones that breezed through the playoffs. Watching the Warriors battle and stay in a game where they were playing a driven team, and refs that seemed to want a game 7, I thought to myself, they are going to be fine. After Steph got ejected, I felt even better. The emotion he showed was missing throughout the series, and with one of a thousand LeBrick James flops it was back. Sometimes even the best athletes in the world need that little extra, and that in my opinion was it for Curry.

I told Baca after game 3, that the Warriors would win game 4 by 10 and Steph would have 30, and I nailed that one pretty well. With that being said, the Warriors will win game 7 by at least 7 and Steph and Klay are going to go crazy. I feel 40 each, but I will say at least 30 each.

You play all year for game 7 at home for all the marbles, especially when you have the best NBA record of all-time. The Warriors will not lose this game, so Warrior fans, sit back and “RELAX.”

 

Warriors and Kobe Bryant

By. Michael Vislosky

The final night the NBA season last night was something special. The Golden State warriors did something that many people didn’t think would happen for years in breaking the Chicago Bulls win record, and Kobe Bryant went out like no one ever has, not even the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan.

The Warriors season was magical. The winning streak to start the season, ending the almost 20 year streak of futility in San Antonio, the MVP making 400 3’s, winning 73 games, and doing this while missing their head coach for a huge chunk of the season was remarkable. As a die hard Bulls fan my entire life, I never expected the Bulls record to be broken so soon, but I do not think I could imagine a better team doing it. The love that you can see this team shares for one another and the fun they have on and off the court is the reason why they were able to do this and why look out NBA for years to come.

I was never a huge Kobe Bryant fan when I was younger. I thought he was cocky and very arrogant. Then came a time when I realized something, I don’t like him because he is the closest thing to Michael Jordan there might ever be and in my eyes there could never be another Michael. I watched him and saw the things that I used to see Michael do when I was a kid, and saw how he and Michael talked about each other in interviews and realized as a Michael fan, I have to respect Kobe.

Last night was something no one saw coming, not even Kobe. A season of turmoil in LA, which at times probably made Kobe wish he did not come back, was almost wiped away with what he did last night. 60 points is almost unfathomable to say for a person who was retiring. Love him or hate him, last night everyone who saw that had respect for the man.

What will the NBA give us an encore in the Playoffs? LeBron getting a championship in Cleveland,(Johnny Football will bring a championship to Cleveland before LeBron does) the Warriors going 16-0? Whatever it is, and however great it is, no one will forget what they saw last night to end the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.

Kings rescue game on road versus Nuggets

DENVER (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 48.3 seconds left, and the Sacramento Kings edged the Denver Nuggets 114-110 on Tuesday night.

Cousins came up big down the stretch, scoring eight of the final 13 points for the Kings, who blew a 17-point lead in the second half before rallying at the finish.

The All-Star center stole the ball from D.J. Augustin and was fouled on his way to the basket. He made both free throws to give the Kings a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Cousins preserved the win by stripping the ball away from Darrell Arthur in the final seconds.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers say they want to focus on getting a new stadium built as part of a non-contiguous expansion of the downtown convention center.

The measure could face strong opposition if any funding would require approval of two-thirds of the voters on the November ballot.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Commissioner Ron Roberts had preferred a new stadium be built at the site of aging Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Garrett Celek (SEH’-lehk) to a four-year contract extension, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month.

Celek played 11 games last season and started eight for San Francisco, catching 19 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns before missing the final month with an ankle injury.

The four-year pro has 27 career receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns in 39 games.

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — New Padres bench coach Mark McGwire is absent from spring training while he takes care of family matters back in Southern California.

New manager Andy Green says McGwire, the one-time home run king, was in camp earlier, and the two talk by phone every day.

Says Green: “Family to us is the most important thing. We consider ourselves a family here. We want to make sure he’s got ample time to make sure he feels good about where his family is before he comes back this way.”

The Padres are scheduled for their first full-squad workout Wednesday.

Big Mac had been the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the last three seasons before being hired by Green.

Green vs Hart

This past weekends All-Star Saturday Night may have been one of the best the NBA has seen. From Klay getting revenge on Steph, to the amazing display during the dunk contest, it was hours of entertainment on a slow sports weekend. Forgotten may be the challenge that actor Kevin Hart sent out to Warrior Draymond Green for a shootout, that Draymond accepted. What was all fun and games, turned into to a good battle, check it out…

Dubs dismantle Spurs; move to 41-4

(AP) — Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors showed they still rule the West by routing the San Antonio Spurs 120-90 on Monday night.

Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 in Golden State’s 39th straight home win at raucous Oracle Arena, where a star-studded sellout crowd saw a lopsided showdown in what was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview.

The Warriors (41-4) snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Spurs (38-7), off to the best start in franchise history but without Tim Duncan this time. The teams had the highest combined winning percentage in NBA history by opponents meeting at least 40 games into the season.

(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins set a Sacramento record with 56 points, most by an NBA player this season, but the Charlotte Hornets beat the Kings 129-128 in double overtime Monday night after Troy Daniels hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9 seconds left.

Daniels made eight 3s and scored a career-high 28 points, enough to help the Hornets overcome a dominant performance down low by Cousins. The All-Star center grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out early in the second overtime. He surpassed his career best of 48 points set in the previous game, Saturday’s victory over Indiana.

Cousins broke Chris Webber’s mark of 51 points for a Sacramento team, also in an overtime game.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points for the Hornets, who won their third straight. Marvin Williams had 21 points and fouled out in the first overtime.

Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists. Spencer Hawes scored a season-high 18 and fouled out late in regulation.

 

Dubs dismantle Cavaliers in Finals rematch

(AP) — The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their ugly, blowout loss in Detroit by completing a two-game season sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 132-98 pounding of the Cavs in Cleveland. Curry’s final trey put Golden State up by 40 late in the third quarter, and the lead stretched to 43 before the Cavaliers avoided the worst home loss in team history. Curry says it was a great bounceback win for the Dubs….

Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) finished with 20 points for the Warriors, who held LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to a total of 27 points on 11 of 32 shooting. James scored 16 points, Irving had eight and Love delivered just three.

The Warriors improved to an NBA-best 38-4 as they try to win their second straight title. They top the Western Conference by two games over San Antonio.

Also in the NBA:

— The Hornets had dropped nine of their previous 10 games before Kemba Walker poured in a franchise-record 52 points in a 124-119 win over Utah in double overtime. Walker shot 16-for-34 from the field, including six of his 11 3-point tries. He also was 14 of 15 from the line in breaking the previous team mark of 48 points, set by Glen Rice in March 1997.

— The Los Angeles Clippers squandered a 12-point lead over the last three minutes of regulation before Jamal Crawford, J.R. Redick and Chris Paul drained consecutive 3-pointers in a 140-132 overtime win against Houston. Redick shot 9-for-12 from beyond the arc and finished with 40 points in the Clippers’ 10th victory in 11 games.

— Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points and Deron Williams added 10 of his 20 points in overtime to push Dallas past Boston 118-113. Nowitzki contributed 14 points in the final period and seven in OT after the Mavericks blew a 17-point, first-half lead.

— Chicago knocked off Detroit 111-101 behind Pau Gasol’s (pow gah-SAHLZ’) 31 points and 12 boards. Derrick Rose had 20 points for the Bulls, who dominated after falling behind by 13 in the first quarter.

— Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ third straight win, 101-99 over New Orleans at Memphis. Matt Barnes, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee also had 16 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who trailed 80-75 before putting together a 10-1 run.

— Kyle Lowry hit for 31 points and DeMar DeRozan added 30 as Toronto beat Brooklyn 112-100. Lowry hit three of his seven 3-pointers while scoring 13 points in the third period to help the Raptors tie a season high with their fifth consecutive win.

— Al Horford scored 15 points and Jeff Teague (teeg) had 14 in Atlanta’s second straight win, 98-81 over Orlando. Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks dealt the Magic their seventh loss in eight games.

— C.J. McCollum dropped in 25 points and Damian Lillard had 16 in Portland’s 108-98 win at Washington. The Trail Blazers blew a 17-point, first-half lead and trailed in the third quarter before responding with a 23-1 run.

— Carmelo Anthony drained a tying 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in regulation before finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in New York’s double-overtime win against Philadelphia, 119-113. Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 25 points, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis (KRIS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) delivered 16 points and 12 boards before sitting out the overtimes because of an injured right foot.

 

 

Chico State men prevail in Double OT; Home teams reign supreme in NFL Playoffs

By Mike Baca

The Chico State men’s basketball team is in a tie for first in the CCAA after gritting their way through two games this weekend without top scorer and rebounder, Robert Duncan.

The Cats knocked off San Francisco State 60-51 on Friday in a grind-it-out affair sweeping the season series from the Gators. Saturday night saw the Cats trailing for most of the game against a Sonoma State team that had beaten them in late December behind the super-human effort of James Davis (33 points/30 in the 2nd half) in Rohnert Park. On this night it was the Wildcats who would outlast Sonoma and Davis winning in Double OT 75-70. It marked a big weekend for the Wildcats showing they could win two tough games against tough opponents without Duncan.

Corey Silverstrom scored 21 on Saturday and Jalen McFerren scored 18 as Chico moves to 14-3 overall, 12-3 against Division-II opponents and 8-2 in CCAA play. The Cats are in a flat-footed tie with UC San Diego who stumbled at Monterey Bay on Saturday. Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona both sit one game back after Humboldt split their weekend match-ups and Pomona was stunned on back-to-back nights on the road versus Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills.

Chico only plays one game over the next 12 days as they travel to San Diego to take on Cal State San Marcos on Thursday. Chico beat the Cougars in early December after McFerren buried a 60-foot heave as time expired giving Chico an improbable 83-82 win. You can hear the game on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and right here on KpaySports.com

The Butte College Roadrunner men’s basketball team lost their first road game of the Golden Valley Conference season. The Shasta Knights nipped the Roadrunners 71-61. Butte was led by Josiah Wood with 23 points.

Butte only trailed by one at the break but went eight minutes without a bucket to start the second half and that would doom them. Butte now sits at 12-7 overall and 1-1 in the GVC

(AP) — The AFC and NFC championship game matchups are set. The Denver Broncos will be home against the New England Patriots, and the Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals.

The Broncos have advanced by rallying in the fourth quarter of a 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers led 13-12 with less than 10 minutes left when cornerback Bradley Roby punched the ball from Fitzgerald Toussaint’s arms before teammate DeMarcus Ware recovered at the Denver 35. Peyton Manning led a methodical drive into the end zone as C.J. Anderson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run before Demaryius (deh-MAR’-ee-uhs) Thomas caught the 2-point conversion for a 20-13 lead with three minutes remaining.

Pittsburgh’s last opportunity to tie the game ended on Ware’s sack of Ben Roethlisberger on the next drive. Brandon McManus iced the victory with his fifth field goal of the game, a 45-yarder with 53 seconds left. The five field goals tied an NFL playoff record.

Manning was victimized by several drops, yet he was able to complete 21 of his 37 throws for 222 and no interceptions. Anderson finished with 72 yards on 15 carries.

Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards, with Martavis (mahr-TAY’-vihs) Bryant grabbing nine passes for 154 yards as the featured receiver in place of the injured Antonio Brown.

The Broncos are in the AFC title game for the second time since 2005. They had lost three of their four previous divisional playoff games.

In Sunday’s NFC divisional game, the Panthers carried a 31-0 lead into the second half before holding off the Seattle Seahawks 31-24. Carolina built its lead on two touchdown runs by Jonathan Stewart, a TD pass by Cam Newton, a pick-six by Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) and a 48-yard field goal by Graham Gano (guh-NOH’).

However, the Panthers couldn’t move the ball in the second half, allowing the Seahawks to close their deficit. Russell Wilson threw two of his three touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse before Steven Hauschka’s (HOWSH’-kahz) 36-yard field goal got Seattle within a touchdown with 1:12 remaining. The Seahawks’ rally ended when the Panthers recovered the onside kick.

Stewart finished with 106 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Panthers, including a 59-yard burst on the first play from scrimmage. Newton completed 16 of his 22 passes for 161 yards and no interceptions.

Wilson’s two interceptions led to 10 Carolina points. Kearse finished with 11 receptions for 110 yards, and Wilson was 31 of 48 for 366 yards.

The Panthers are in the NFC title game for the fourth time, and first since 2005.

In all four divisional playoff games this weekend the home teams prevailed.

(AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope held his own against Stephen Curry for most of the night, scoring 20 points as the Detroit Pistons handed the Golden State Warriors their second loss in three games, 113-95 on Saturday.

Much of the pregame talk centered around how well Caldwell-Pope might be able to defend Curry. The Golden State star scored 38 points, but Caldwell-Pope gave the Pistons a boost offensively. The Warriors (37-4) reached the midway point of the regular season a win short of the best 41-game start in NBA history. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls started 38-3.

Detroit retired Ben Wallace’s No. 3 jersey at halftime, and by that time the Pistons led 65-49 on a raucous night at the Palace.

The Warriors have a showdown match-up against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Cleveland. Golden State knocked of the Cavs in 6 games to capture the 2015 NBA FINALS Championship in June and also beat Cleveland in Oakland on Christmas Day.

(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Omri Casspi added 17 points and the Sacramento Kings stopped the Los Angeles Clippers’ 10-game win streak with a 110-103 victory on Saturday night.

J.J. Redick scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and reserve Jamal Crawford added 20 points for the Clippers, who were tied with the idle Spurs for longest active win streak in the NBA.

Chris Paul, who finished with 15 points, hit two free throws that drew the Clippers to 104-101 with a minute left. Rajon Rondo turned the ball over on a bad pass, but his former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce missed a 3-pointer for Los Angeles and Rudy Gay grabbed the rebound. Gay got fouled and made the first and missed the second, leaving the Kings ahead 105-101.

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