Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Official (Way Too Long) SuiteSports 2014-2015 NBA Preview: Part I - The Worst of The Worst

How Rajon Rondo handles a disappointing Celtics season will hint as to his future with the team.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin)

We’re down to less than a week before the season starts. Are you ready?

We’ve taken a pessimistic look at all 30 teams. We’ve taken an optimistic look at all 30 teams. Now it’s time to split the difference and be realistic. We’re going a bit longer with these - instead of breaking the league into three groups of ten, we’re going with five groups of six so that we can really tackle each team. And instead of going in the order of last year’s standings, we’re going to go in the order that I project them to finish this season. We’re starting off with the worst of the worst - the six teams most likely to win the NBA Draft lottery next May. Let’s start at the bottom.

Philadelphia 76ers
2014 Record: 19-63
Over/Under Wins: 15.5
Odds To Win Championship: 1000-1

In all my years watching basketball and looking at gambling lines (despite never, ever gambling - because that would be illegal), I’ve never seen a team enter a season with 1000-1 odds to win the title.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Like This Team - A Glass Half-Full NBA Preview (Part III)

LeBron has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love thinking Championship
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin)

This is the third and final installment of the positive half of our extreme NBA previews. Last Week, I told you why all 30 teams are terrible. Friday and Monday, I told you why 20 teams are great. Here are the last ten, featuring some of the best teams from a season ago (plus the new-look Cavaliers).

As with the first two sections, I've included each team's best-case scenario for the season. With most of these teams, the talent level is close enough that everyone's best-case scenario is to win the title. As such, I've tried to be as specific as possible as to how and why those best-case scenarios might manifest themselves. Put on a pair of rose-colored glasses and look on the bright side. 

Eastern Mass HS Football Power Rankings: 10/21/14

Could St. John's Prep's big win over BC High push the Eagles up our Power Rankings?
By Mike Uva (@mike_uva)

Yesterday, editor Joe Parello brought you his latest Central Mass High School Football Power Rankings, and today correspondent Mike Uva checks in with his latest Top-5 for the Eastern part of the Commonwealth.

See his rankings below.

Bob Lobel: Back to School at Salem State

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

I always thought I wanted to go  back to college.

It was for all the wrong reasons which, up until now, seemed to be all the right reasons.

I'll make this simple: Got out of high school in Apple Creek, Ohio and made my college decision because I had visited the campus for some high school competitions, because it was close (within 50 miles) and most importantly, it was cheap (I mean inexpensive to the tune of $150/quarter). There are no zeros missing. 

It was what it was. I had chosen the home of the Golden Flashes, Kent State University. I loved being in college so much, I decided to stay an extra year. Perhaps, it was because I left school before my senior year to join some fraternity brothers in Lake George, NY and learn the fine art of being a busboy for migrating bottle-blonde Florida waitresses.

They were suppose to give us bus kids about 10% of their tips. What a joke! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Like This Team - A Glass Half-Full NBA Preview (Part II)

With Derrick Rose back in action, the sky is the limit for the Bulls.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin)

After spending most of last week being mean, we turned the tables on Friday and started to say nice things about every team. This continues the Era of Good Feelings (or were those in the 1820s - I can never remember), and I explain how and why each of these teams has a shot at the postseason (or better) this season. This group has the last few lottery teams from last year, and the first group of playoff teams. It also includes the first two teams (one from each conference) with a semi-realistic shot (or better) of reaching the Finals.

New York Knicks

And underrated part of the trade that sent Ray Felton and Tyson Chandler to Dallas in exchange for Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert (and other spare parts) is that it reunites Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. Back before he got hurt in 2012, Bargnani was enjoying the best offensive season of his career, thanks in large part to a robust foul rate, and was doing most of his best work when he shared the floor with Jose Calderon. In 2013, Bargnani was injured and Calderon was traded mid-season and they never really clicked. But now they have another chance.