Tuesday, December 28, 2010


With soccer and basketball being the two main sports in Israel, the commissioner of the Israel Football League (I.F.L.) wants to take football to the next level. Uriel Sturm is attracting players from all over the country and has them feeling like a family and feeling healthy, offering them an exciting escape from the mundane routine of their daily lives. Many believe the I.F.L. will bring football to a professional level in Israel but at the same time football has been omnipresent their for 22 years, albeit flag football and not professional. Only time will tell where it goes but it is exciting to see the influence that the sport is having on the world. Read the article from the NY Times: Tackle Football Gains a Following in Israel by Ben Solomon

Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Monday, December 27, 2010

According to the Onion SportsDome, the retired safety, once known as the NFL's dirtiest player as the leader of a dominating Patriots defense from 2003-2008, has no idea he ever played football. The two-time Pro Bowler claims he never knew he was part of a complicated game but rather just thought he was chasing and hitting people, preferably in the head. He also added that if he forced them to drop anything they were holding then all the better. Interesting comments from a player who revolutionized the safety position. Watch Host Mark Shepard and analyst Ronde Barber discuss.


Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ho, ho, ho, everyone! With the Steelers dominating the Panthers 27-3 this Thursday, they opened themselves an early Christmas gift in the form of a clinched position in the playoffs, putting them in a merry mood. Here's something from Daniel Tosh and the crying Giants fan that should get your holiday spirit going with a laugh. I can only imagine how he reacted after last week's meltdown against the Eagles. Enjoy and have a great and safe holiday from JZ Sports! 


Tosh.0Tosh Tuesdays 9pm / 8c
Web Redemption - Crying Giants Fan
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Posted on Saturday, December 25, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The New York Jets are on the brink of a playoff berth, only needing a win over the Bears on Sunday to clinch. Unfortunately, there appears to be another off the field issue clouding the team, Rex Ryan's foot-fetish. It seems elementary and unimportant to the game of football and it is. The videos Ryan and his wife made are slightly disturbing and make it clear he has a foot fetish... but who cares? Can the media just leave the Jets alone? His foot fetish, true or not (seemingly true when Ryan labeled it a personal matter), has nothing to do with football. Braylon Edwards' arrest earlier in the season wasn't football related but it was a legal issue, which can affect one's status in the NFL. A foot fetish doesn't apply. Let the man live his life and let his personal matters stay between he and his wife. Just another shot taken at the Jets, they'll look to silence everyone this coming Sunday. If they beat the bears, the media will go in a frenzy but this time it won't be a personal matter.

Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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     In searching for the perfect holiday gift, a new plasma television for the family or Nike Zoom T5 White and Yellow soccer cleats on become.com, shoppers can explore all opportunities. Similar to amazon.com, become.com is a user-friendly site that has all products that one needs for the home, as well as anything else one yearns for. From outdoor lacrosse wall equipment to a mini foam basketball set, the prices beg for attention, competing with all the cheap shopping sites. 
     It's the walmart of shopping sites. To help shoppers, the site has editor's picks and top 10 lists, as well as user-friendly tabs and searches for any product a shopper wants to pursue. It's a pleasure to experience become.com with your family and friends in searching for gifts and house supplies, as well as video games and watches. The site has it all and doesn't lack any products. 

Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The women's basketball team at the University of Connecticut set the NCAA basketball record for most consecutive wins with 89 straight after beating Florida State on tuesday. Coach Geno Auriemma had a less than stellar view of the record, claiming that nobody truly cares because it is the women that accomplished this feat, beating the men's record of 88 straight, set in 1974 by UCLA His comments are borderline controversial, albeit honest and direct. He might have a point as he brings sexism into the picture. Watch what he says as Jemele Hill and Skip Bayless discuss his comments. 


Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Watch: Boomer Esiason on Behind the Mic talking about Tim Tebow.
The University of Florida legend played with poise and fervor in his first NFL start, becoming the third player to throw a touchdown pass of at least 30 yards and run for a score of at least 40 yards in the same game. While Tim Tebow only finished 8/16, 138 yards and no interceptions, his critics still doubt him. He is a scrambling quarterback. The Broncos can force him to throw as much as they please but it is his legs and his drive that got him drafted and in the NCAA history books. The ubiquitous question continues to be whether he is the future and how high is ceiling is as far as being a top-notch signal caller. Underneath is the highlight reel from his first start, enjoy. 


Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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JZ Sports welcomes our new contributor, Bill Eckert. This is his first piece for us, with more to come. He discusses his love for the Steelers and his expectations of the Giants, who he was raised to follow by his father. It's a dichotomy of one team's expectations to win and the other team's expectations to blow it in the final seconds. Enjoy the article and thanks Bill. 
A Steelers’ Giant Curtain
W.T. Eckert
     I knew I was going to write this column before I watched the games this Sunday. I wanted to compare the two teams that I watch most. Two teams that I believe couldn’t be more different. I discussed the teams and my plans for this column at length with Zack of JZ Sports Inc. and hung up at the start of game one: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles. The winner would top their division. The game went just as I expected. Game two came after: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets. If the Steelers win they would claim their place in the playoffs and clinch their division. This was a game that could have gone to either team, but the match up also went as I expected.
     I blame my father for putting me in the situation of following two teams, however it is a situation I have grown comfortable with. You see, my pop is a diehard New York Giants fan. His love of the game spread throughout my family and every Sunday I’m subjected to the screaming and moaning that comes along with watching the Giants lose with disgrace or scrape by, winning by the skin of their teeth, possibly fumbling their way into the playoffs and Super Bowl. I say I’m “subjected” to this because, though I am supportive in the G-Men’s struggle to make the playoffs and Super Bowl, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan at heart.
     Sometime in the early eighties my folks bought me a Pittsburgh Steelers Starter coat (the ones with the zip-up hoods, very old school). I have never been a guy who could wear a team’s colors and not support them. I went through a long-standing period where I could have cared less about sports and enjoyed the hard hitting sounds of 80’s Metal. It wasn’t until the mid to late 90s, with a little help from John Madden’s video game that I reemerged interested in the NFL and the Steelers.
      Having watched the two teams over the years, I couldn’t help but notice what polar opposites they have become, more so now then ever. Interesting, for a team that has a shared ownership through actress Kate Mara’s parents. The Steelers are a solid team. They are the kind of team that other teams use to test themselves against in order to find out what they are made of. It’s what the Jets did this week. The Giants have become, I feel, a team that the opposition isn’t as concerned with. As Desean Jackson said after the Eagles embarrassed the Giants this week, “No worries, I got nothing to say. We’re a dominating team.”
     The quarterbacks for each team couldn’t be more different: Eli Manning, who at times doesn’t seem he could run a bath, never mind an offense, does, at times, display serious heart by fighting off defenders while remaining in the pocket. His snap decisions, however, seem faulty at best. Though he had overall success in their remarkable loss to the Eagles this week, any success he found in his snap decisions were deeply rooted in luck, or receivers who knew they have to make a faulty play work.
     A prime example where Manning was fortunate enough not to give the ball away on a snap decision occurred this week when the blitz pressured Manning into quickly throwing the ball away, off of his back foot. But he doesn’t just throw the ball away; he bombs the thing down field into a flock of Eagles surrounding a singular Giant. The play should have resulted in a turnover. It didn’t out of luck, I say. I always get the impression that a hit is something that Manning is running away from.
     Ben Roethlisberger, on the other hand, comes off as the gladiator type, welcoming any and all defenders to have a try at taking him down. He stays in the pocket as long as needed but he is an unusually large QB. The greatest example of his toughness came in the matchup against the Ravens in week 13. With an already injured and taped ankle, Roethlisberger received a broken nose during a sack by Haloti Ngata. Carrying on like a leader, he finished the game and the Steelers walked away victorious. His snap decisions are designed to move his team forward and often times he finds success in these decisions.
     Though they lost against the New York Jets this week, they battled through. Going into this game, I knew the Jets were going to have something to prove, especially after the way they have embarrassed themselves over the last few weeks.
     Watching the game was exciting. It was a true battle with neither team resting on their laurels. The absence of the Steelers’ Safety Troy Polamalu (due to an ankle injury) always makes a difference in their secondary, but I can take nothing away from the kind of game the Jets played.  In the end, the Jets worked harder. From the opening kick return by Brad Smith to the Jets defensive damage with a safety during the last three minutes of the game, putting them ahead by 5.
     I’ve always had a problem with making plays with your backfield while in the end zone. And if you are going to make a backfield play, why wouldn't you have your explosive starting back who is going to get out of the end zone fast with a few yards. Granted Mewelde Moore is quick and elusive, but what the Steelers needed was a hole-puncher and a few yards and that would have been easily found in starting running back Rashard Mendenhall.
     The Giants played a very different kind of game. After being exposed to the Giants’ style of football, I have come to understand that, no matter how great their lead may be, the game isn’t a sealed deal until the final seconds have been completely removed from the clock. Their game against the Eagles proved my point perfectly. New York was so dominating throughout the first half of the game and then something happened; they played Giants football. The 24-3 lead at the start of the second half improved to 31-10 and it says a lot about the Giants when coach Tom Coughlin is as excited to see his team wax successful as I was from my living room couch. It wasn’t the only view that Coughlin and I shared.
     Giants’ football is a very special kind of football. It’s the kind of football where they have the ability to blow a 21-point lead in seven and a half minutes. Coughlin knew it too. When Vick made that 65-yard score with the help of Brent Celek, Coughlin folded his arms and had that “Oh no, not again” look on his mug. He knew what I knew. I said it before the game to Zack, Coughlin said it after the game to the press, “The game’s never over until it’s over.”           
     It should make my pop glad to know that Coughlin feels the same way he does. “It’s about as empty you get to feeling in this business,” Coughlin said in his response to the disastrous meltdown his team had. Of course Coughlin did the right thing and took the blame for this Giants tragedy, well, I thought he did until he followed, “I’ll take full responsibility for the last play,” with talking about how punter Matt Dodge was “a young punter. He was told to punt it out of bounds and he got a high snap and didn’t feel like he could.” Way to take the blame coach!
     In both games the death knell came in the sign of a punt return. For the Steelers it started the game and for the Giants it ended the game, both in time and in success. Between the two teams, I got what I came to expect. The Steelers can’t win every game, but they put up a fight and did so until the bitter (and it was bitter) end. The Giants had a great first 3 and a half quarters. Eli did an overall great job putting points on the board but Vick got the best of the Giant defense in the waning minutes of the game. He just, as Coughlin put it, “slithers his way out of there. Whether he ducked down or however he did it . . .” Yeah, however he did it. It’s all right coach, your head was probably so cocked off to the side in disbelief, as usual, that you probably missed that play. But hey, I’ll explain that to my father who, after 50 years of calling himself a Giant’s fan, decided to rip down all the NY Giants ornaments from his Christmas tree and call himself a free agent of football fandom. “I’m watching the game for the love of the sport with no specific attachments,” I recall the phone statement.
     Between my pop and my brother, I thought they had never watched a Giants game before the way they get that Coughlin reaction of bewilderment when the Giants cough up a win. I’ve since learned to keep my NFL emotional attachments in Pittsburgh where, if we lose, we know we did so taking no guff, some busted appendages and we leave with some heart. And pop, there’s room for you on my couch if you ever want to wear the ol’ black and gold while wielding a Terrible Towel!

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Is this what most young athletes miss out on during their early years? These are clearly trained athletes, yet they seem to be exerting as much effort as if they were taking a stroll in the park. This is their typical boring wednesday. Time to start saving for a trampoline. Seems to be an exuberant way to kill time, albeit detrimental to one's blood flow to the head. Enjoy the video...


MPORA Action Sports >>

Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010



Raw security footage of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome collapse this weekend, which caused the postponement of the Vikings-Giants game, forcing the Vikings to play away from home. It could force them to play in Detroit or at a University stadium for the remainder of the season. Talk about high maintinence!

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by Jake Silver

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It seems like a tidal wave has hit the usually optimistic and positive Gang Green. The season began with such promise and at 9-2 most believed the New York Jets had the season under control and the playoffs in their near future. Those same fans are now questioning the team's recent play and the flustered lack of confidence from the face of the franchise, Mark Sanchez. Be realistic. Sanchez isn't ready to carry this team, amidst a recently struggling run game and questionable pass-blocking. The Jets will prosper with an elite defense and a dominating running game that now needs their offensive line more than ever.

Fans began to cringe after the game against the Lions in week 9. Close to a loss in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Jets were saved by a Nick Folk field goal. The game was ugly as Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller had catches pryed away by defenders for statistical interceptions. The next week in Cleveland against the Browns was the same story, with an overtime touchdown by Santonio Holmes securing the win. Lacking a dominant victory, the Jets still compiled inspirational wins that built team spirit, so it seemed.

The poor play caught up to the Jets as the Patriots held their ground with a 45-3 trampling that broke the Jets' spirits. Perspiration omnipresent, fans and players seem to be at a loss for words. Even their chatty and colorful head coach has been subtly avoiding the media, aside from his burial of the ball used during the loss to the Patriots.

Their games have been slightly less entertaining than watching a microwave timer dwindle. Sanchez has no confidence, Ladainian Tomlinson isn't getting holes to squirt through or accurate chucks to allow him to run after the catch and the offensive line has lost its swagger. All good teams have hick-ups, but unless they start playing with some pizzazz and heart, it could be an epic fail towards the playoffs.

They can turn it around and they need to, but will they? To add insult to injury, their strength coach, Sal Alosi, was suspended for the season for tripping the Dolphins' Nolan Carroll. It will be a tough climb to the top with games against the 10-3 Steelers and 9-4 Bears, as well as their week 17 battle against the fiery Bills, who refuse to be called pushovers.

In the end, the season is in the Jets' control. Find the dominant offensive line that has become the cream of the crop and that will instill energy in the whole team. Last year they were a team that surged in the second half, now it seems to be the opposite. The real Gang Green will show their grit in the coming weeks and will define what team they are right now. As Broadway Joe Namath said, "First I prepare, then I have faith." Only time will tell how much faith the Jets have.

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jamarcus has been busy since he was shoved out of the league. Rejected by the UFL, the once future king of Al Davis land has found a new business venture, and it's not making sports memes for Spleaze.

Instead, he will the face of cough syrup. Not sure how this liquid medicine is taking over, since I'd rather swallow Mexican food vomit than drink Robitussin, but it surely is. Just ask Lil Wayne, though Sorry 4 The Wait 2 wasn't bad.

Anyway, we wish Russell the best of luck, though doubt we see this being sold at NFL stadiums any time soon.



(The original site can be found, herehttp://2.media.sportspickle.cvcdn.com/c/f/sportspickle.b3b74a0c394cc7762c096d1f3dae5d9a.jpg)




Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The big sweaty hold out from the summer finally got what was coming to him. Perennial whiner Albert Haynesworth has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season by head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan has suspended him citing "Conduct detrimental to the club, refusal to listen to the coaching staff, and not abiding by the terms of his contract"

This is undoubtedly the final straw that will destroy his chances of remaining on the team, and that was already unlikely. The Redskins basically threw $41 million in guaranteed money into the toilet when he signed his contract, this suspension is basically just hitting 'Flush'.

The ballyhooed signing back in the spring of 2009 was met with controversy, as Redskins owner Dan Snyder was taking a well documented complainer, locker room problem, and me-first player and turning him into the highest paid defensive player in the league. Said contract guaranteed the tackle $41 million and was potentially worth $100 million. What Snyder failed to realize was that Haynesworth is not a Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, or Larry Fitzgerald. Guys like those will take their huge contract extensions and still play like it is their rookie season. Sweaty Haynesworth on the other hand, was happy to take his money, grab a double bacon cheeseburger, and stop playing period. For a player to be worth that kind of money, they can't just be physically good, they have to be leaders and improve the team overall.

After his signing in '09, Haynesworth was basically a non-factor last season, plagued by both injuries and his own unwillingness to put his heart in the game. His brash and outspoken manner was certainly one of the factors that led to the ousting of former coach Jim Zorn. Two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan on the other hand, has a reputation for not allowing his players to oppose him. Just ask Jake Plummer. When Shanahan came to Washington, he brought with him a vision of changing the Redskins to a 3-4 defense, a move which Haynesworth immediately opposed, citing that the new scheme would hurt his stats. Not that he couldn't play a 3-4, but that he wouldn't get enough stats playing nose with only 2 other D-linemen. In protest, Haynesworth sat out the first few minicamps and OTA's.

Shanahan of course, was having none of Haynesworth's childlike antics, and immediately set forth a public conditioning test which he probably knew the lazy Haynesworth would fail, and he promptly did. This public humiliation created an irreconcilable rift between player and coach, and the season thus far has just been plagued with more bad blood between the two of them. It has all led up to this week after the Giants game when Haynesworth told Redskins GM Bruce Allen that he will not speak to Shanahan anymore. Now Haynesworth's time with the Redskins is all but over.

For some players, one might hope they land on their feet, but Fat Albert deserves no more respect than Mr. Purple Drank himself, Jamarcus Russell, and maybe even less respect at that.

Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 by Jake Silver

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This Saturday night game between the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League featured a unique move by 17-year-old defenseman Travis Walsh to win the shootout for Muskegon. He told the Huffington Post, "I didn't have the move planned, but for some reason I got an urge to do it. "I came up with it five years ago when I was messing around with pucks on an outdoor rink. I didn't really think I was going to do it until right before I did it. It ended up working out well." I have to admit that I don't follow minor league hockey, but I do keep tabs on the NHL as an avid New York Islanders fan and this is no routine goal, especially for a tall and bulky defenseman such as Walsh. I'm going to have to keep tabs on this prospect from now on. Enjoy the video...

Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Here's the ex-Broncos coach attempting to exude some confidence in his team, but instead having some harsh words for them. It was the beginning of an epic fall for the second youngest head coach* in the NFL. This video is a classic and defines McDaniels' career as head coach...



*Youngest coach in the NFL is Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4 months younger than McDaniels)

Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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He was hired with so much enthusiasm and expected to bring a title to a team that needed a young exuberant leader to take them over the top. After being hired, McDaniels immediately attempted to trade his star quarterback to receive Matt Cassel from New England, where he was previously the Offensive Coordinator. This did not sit well with Jay Cutler when the trade fell through and the rumors got out. He immediately requested a trade and was eventually traded to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton. Things only got worse... Here is a timeline of his major transactions as head coach of the Broncos:


January 2010: McDaniels and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan "agree to part ways." The move is shocking because Nolan transformed the Broncos' defense from the 29th ranked unit in the league in 2008 to the 7th in '09. 


March 2010: Trades running back Peyton Hillis to Cleveland Browns for Quarterback Brady Quinn


April 2010: Brandon Marshall is traded for two 2nd round picks


End of April 2010: After trading down twice in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft to take wide receiver Demaryius Thomas out of Georgia Tech, McDaniels wastes the extra picks Denver received in previous trades and moves back into the first round to select former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow 24th overall. 


October 2010: The Broncos suffer the worst home defeat in their history, losing 59-14 to the Oakland Raiders, a team that had only 10 first downs and three field goals total in a 17-9 loss to the 1-5 San Francisco 49ers the week before. The team is 4-13 in the past year. 


December 2010: McDaniels is fired and replaced by running backs coach Eric Studesville


Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Friday, December 3, 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

"StatSheet, a Durham, N.C., company... serves up sports statistics in monster-size portions... The company, with nine employees, is working to endow software with the ability to turn game statistics into articles about college basketball games."                             
- Randall Stross, NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/business/28digi.html 
    The transformation from print to online journalism continues to increase at astounding levels, yet this is a new technology completely. Is it far fetched to envision computers writing articles in the future, or rather in the now? It makes sense in the business sense because it is far more cost efficient. Perhaps more importantly, computers capable of performing this new skill can cover smaller schools that don't attract the same national attention that the powerful Division I colleges do, such as Ohio State and USC. The powerhouse schools have a plethora of writers covering their games, while the smaller schools have maybe a dozen. With the statistical analysis, all games can be thoroughly covered.
     There is more to cause me to believe this is quite risky. Without the common sense of a human writer, routine words can be missed. An example in the article is when the computer put "victory over Buckeyes." Forgetting "The Buckeyes," the article seems sloppy and lacks precision. This is the fine-tuning that only a human can take thorough care in. More importantly is the human effect. Computers lack the emotion and unique creativity that humans exert on a daily basis and it doesn't seem plausible for computers to exert human traits that engage readers. If human writing can be so easily replaced, we are seemingly destined to relinquish control in many more jobs. Any thoughts?

Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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The often humble receiver is miked up during the Texans/Titans game and we get a close-up look at what provoked the heavyweight battle between Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson during week 11 of the 2010 NFL season. Watch and enjoy.

Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

         
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Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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If this was put on television, it would be the greatest commercial of all time. It is, however, a mash-up of Jordan's "Maybe It's My Fault" commercial and Nike's "Rise" commercial featuring LeBron. We were emphatically disappointed to discover that this was not a real response by Jordan, albeit perfectly fitting. Perhaps the message does reveal Jordan's true feelings. Watch and Enjoy.

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Monday, November 29, 2010

This fight will never get old. The NFL needs to adapt the hockey mindset and allow the tossing of gloves. Let the players throw punches and blow the whistle. Sure it's a ludicrous thought, yet it does get fans riled up. Do the players deserve suspensions or can $25,000 fines suffice as Roger Goodell believes. If they didn't fine Richard Seymour for slugging Ben Roethlisberger, they have no choice but to follow the same method with these two. Either way... enjoy the video.

Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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 This is a profile piece I wrote about Tay Firefly Fisher for Campus News, run by Darren Johnson. I will post the link to the issue when it is published. Read and enjoy. 

A True Love of The Game
written by Zack Pumerantz

     It was a game searching for excitement, yearning for something special. The pressure was palpable throughout the arena as the players fought to maintain composure. Tay Fisher knew better as he was ready to make a name for himself and his team. The Siena Saints, ranked 13th in the 2008 NCAA Basketball tournament, had to face the heavily favored Vanderbilt Commodores, ranked 4th. "It was a great feeling, it was definitely a great opportunity, not only for myself but for my team as well," said Fisher. But this story isn't about the upset victory that Siena eventually had over Vanderbilt, nor is it about the six consecutive three-pointers that Fisher hit to conserve Siena's lead in the game. This surrounds Tay "Firefly" Fisher and his quest to find the best in himself and the happiness in those around him.
     Known as a three-point specialist at Siena, the 5-9 guard was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2008 to compete for a roster spot. Starring during high school in Kingston, NY, Fisher never let his height limit or hinder his development. "I was short, shorter than most of the players on the court but I was able to hold my own, " Fisher said. "My goal was just to play professional basketball. Everybody says they want to play in the NBA, other people say they want to play in Europe; my goal was just to play professional basketball," said Fisher. He knew he was on track when he scored 61 points in a game during his Senior year at Kingston, which got him in the Faces of the Crowd section of Sports Illustrated Magazine. He was recruited by Siena College and finished as the second most prolific three-point shooter in the school's history. He believes the game against Vanderbilt got him noticed by the flashy professional club. After getting the call from the Globetrotters, he knew he was on the brink of his dream. "They actually contacted me, that's what made it even better."
     While his dream of playing professional is coming to fruition, he has other aspirations as well. He runs a youth basketball camp and says he would like to be an elementary school teacher when his basketball career is over. He says that with the Globetrotters schedule, he is rarely home and he misses seeing the kids at his camp having a good time. On the other hand, he gets a thrill from teaching youths about the history of the Globetrotters, as he says most of them think the team began in the 21st century. "For me to tell them that the Globetrotters have been around for 85 consecutive years, it's just the best thing ever," he says. "A lot of these young kids need to be able to be educated on not only basketball but the culture and history."
     A self-proclaimed New York fan, Fisher has always rooted for the Knicks, Giants and Yankees. He is excited to play at Madison Square Garden for the first time to showcase his skills to his family, friends and fans. "My parents are really happy, especially my Mom, she used to be a basketball player at Kingston as well," he says. "For her to see me play, because she doesn't get the opportunity to come as much, is really great." He has two brothers and two sisters that he says he would do anything for. "I have a great family that's just really proud of me... I know they'll be with me no matter what."
     Fisher has always worked hard for his goals and dreams and knows that there is no time for regrets. "I'm pretty sure there are things that, if I had a chance to do them over I would, but I can't say I have any regrets as of right now because they got me to where I wanted to be," he says. "My whole goal was to graduate from high school, graduate from college and play professional basketball." The first person in his family to graduate from a four-year college and play professional basketball, Fisher wants to continue to please his fans.
     More than playing professional basketball with the revered Harlem Globetrotters, Tay Fisher gets to travel the world and feels lucky to be able to be exposed to international customs. "You're able to learn new languages, you're able to see the types of things they eat, how they live," he says. He says that most people don't get that opportunity and he is very grateful for what he has. However, he says, nothing supplants playing in the United States. "Coming here, wearing the red, white and blue. Going on the military tour. These are the highlights of my life, he says."
     He is a person before an athlete, a leader and a teammate. Fisher has proven that he always plays hard and never looks back in defeat. He sustains his zeal every second and thrives off success, getting hungrier every day to change the lives of his fans. "I want to keep entertaining people, I want to keep them smiling." He will be revolutionizing basketball moves to the tune of Sweet Georgia Brown for years to come.


Download: Tay Fisher Interview w/ Zack Pumerantz


Full schedule of eight NYC area games:

>Thursday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (doubleheader) - Prudential Center
> Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. - Madison Square Garden
>Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. - IZOD Center
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Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Monday, November 22, 2010

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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 by Jake Silver

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Friday, November 19, 2010

With the recent rash of injuries to oft-injured players such as Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Miami quarterback Chad Pennington, JZ Sports is asking, what does it mean to be injury prone? Is it all physical, or are there mental aspects as well? Jake and Zack debate.



Zack: I see it as a combination of many factors. Physically, one might be muscularly weaker or unable to fully heal from past injuries that might or might not have been serious.

Jake: What about somebody like Pennington, who has had multiple surgeries on the same shoulder? Would you say it is because he is unable to fully heal? Or is it his fault for something in his style of play?

Zack: Well it's interesting because coaches teach quarterbacks how to fall correctly when being tackled because they have been known to be more fragile. In terms of Stafford, he could be fighting for more yardage or falling down the wrong way, which can aggravate previous injuries or create new ones. Some players seem to fight harder for yards than others, do you think this is a positive or a negative?

Jake: Well I think it depends on the player. We have to look at a guy like Bob Sanders on the Colts or Ronnie Brown on the Dolphins and figure they are doing something wrong. Sanders always seems to be  injured, and it is usually something like a knee or elbow injury, which means he is not taking care of himself during hard plays. It also cannot be excused by his effort, because how often is Troy Polamalu injured? Aside from that, do you think there might  be a mental aspect to these injuries?

Zack: There is definitely a mental aspect to it. In Stafford's situation, it must be devastating for a quarterback to come into the league with such promise, separate his shoulder in his rookie year, then separate his other shoulder twice in his second season. Mentally, this must cripple him and almost force him to feel like he needs to pressure himself to get back quicker, even if he's not fully healed. Perhaps this brings some hesitation to his game and inhibits his development. We saw this happen to Chad Pennington when he looked like a rising star.

Jake: Agreed. Injuries can cripple the psyche of the players. Bad injuries can alter careers forever or even end them. Even worse, it can cripple them after their careers are over. One such type of injury is concussions, which I think are a matter of real concern. Concussions seem to be on the rise, as more players are getting concussed every week. In the past, one could attribute frequent concussions to the play style of the victims, such as Wayne Chrebet and Brian Westbrook. However, nowadays every player seems to be prone to concussions, and one has to wonder whether it's due to the players themselves or something else, like poor helmet technology.

Zack: The equipment technology is also on the rise and I don't see the helmets as the problem. James Harrison put it perfectly when he said that he looks to hurt players when hitting them. It has become a more violent game with players wanting to make Sportscenter highlights with big hits. It seems like being "injury prone" is less due to physical attributes and more due to mental state and style of play. Would you agree?

Jake: Yes. I think if we go back and look at most of the repeat-injury players, their later injuries usually result from a mistake on their part. Of course there are always injuries that are unavoidable accidents, but when we see the same players going down again and again, we have to assume that they are doing something wrong. After all, can we really think that Peyton Manning's bones are stronger than Ronnie Brown's?

Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 by Jake Silver

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a special guest, former Siena guard and current Harlem Gloebtrotter Tay "Firefly" Fisher for a profile I am going to write on him in the coming weeks. He is most known for his crunch-time play to lead #13 Siena to victory over #4 ranked Vanderbilt to advance to the second round of the 2008 March Madness. He is a role model to all that know him and has a Basketball Camp for kids, adding that he wants to be a teacher after he is done with basketball. Once scoring 61 points in a high school game in his hometown Kingston, NY, Fisher describes his appreciation for the game and his drive to be the best he can, never letting up.   
Download Podcast: Tay Fisher Interview w/ Z.P.

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Monday, November 8, 2010

"He gets to do whatever he wants to. Whatever he does, we have no choice but to live with it."                        - cornerback Terence Newman on owner Jerry Jones

According to sources on ESPN.com, Dallas Cowboys' head coach Wade Phillips has been fired by Jerry Jones and co. Less than a year ago he was given a 2-year extension after leading the Cowboys to their first playoff win in ten years. Jerry Jones claimed to be deterred from firing Phillips mid-season because of the low success rate of interim coaches, but after the 45-7 beating they took from the Green Bay Packers last night, the straw broke.

This seems like a move that should have been made a long time ago. Sure, their overrated quarterback is hurt and they are ridden with injuries, however they have too much talent to have gone 1-6 before Romo was knocked out of last week's game against the steaming Giants. Keep in mind that I am the Jets fan, as opposed to Jake (the Giant fan), so in no way am I biased. This is the right move for the 1-7 Cowboys. It's the only move at this point to make for a team that is falling apart and needs a spark. Phillips had lost control of this team and in my opinion hasn't had control in any of their loses during his reign as head coach for "America's team." Check the story about Wade Phillips out for yourself. 

Posted on Monday, November 08, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010



JZSports' very first video! Matched with our Podcast for the roast of Week 8 coaching, watch, comment, and enjoy!

Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by Jake Silver

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Here are the predictions for week 9 in the NFL. Listen to the podcast and enjoy.
Download: Week 9 NFL Predictions

Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Enjoy our second podcast, when we unload on the two worst coaches of week 8. We have been fed up with the decision making of coaches this year. Enjoy listening and enlighten us with your responses.

DownloadWeekly Roast

Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Saturday, October 30, 2010


This is JZ Sports' first podcast, our NFL week 8 predictions. The first of many, we will have weekly predictions and will have video predictions coming next week. Thanks and enjoy!





Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

~ Here is our first article by Jake Silver, who will be writing for this site as well. Read and enjoy his piece on Andy Reid's interesting season so far...

It is understandable for a head coach to become indecisive when he has two good quarterbacks on his roster. After all, that situation creates a lot of pressure to sit/start the right player, especially if the coach recently traded away one of the greatest quaterbacks of our time.
The only thing is, Andy Reid doesn't actually have this problem; there is only one good quarterback on the Eagles roster, and that player is Michael Vick. Kevin Kolb on the other hand, is at best a second-rate passer with potential to be a starting caliber quarterback in a few years with some serious work, and at worst a washout who should never get off the bench. I dont say this out of hatred for Kolb, the evidence is there.

Everyone loves to talk about how Kolb threw for 300+ yards in his first two starts in 2009, being the only player to ever do so. What people seem to forget is those games were against the Chiefs and the Saints; one team not exactly known for great defense, and the other with such an explosive offense the Eagles had no choice but to pass on every down. There was also the little game against the Ravens in 2008 where Kolb managed to throw 4 picks in 1 half, including a 108 yard pick 6. Oh yeah, I want him on my team....

With that in mind, this season has seen some of the strangest waffling by a head coach in recent memory. The season started off as expected, with Kolb as the starter and Vick getting some token snaps in the Wildcat formation to keep him quiet. Clay Matthews changed all of that in the blink of an eye. Kolb went down in game 1 with a concussion, and suddenly there was Vick, going 16/25 for 175 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for an additional 103 yards. This is all after Kolb got sacked several times and threw a pick.

Even after Vick's stellar performance, Andy Reid went to the press and confirmed that if Kolb was cleared to play, Vick would be riding the bench once again. Though Kolb wasn't cleared for week 2, Reid made it clear that he would play when the doctors gave the green light. Vick put up another fantastic game against the Lions, and still Andy Reid went with his golden boy. In the middle of the week between games 2 and 3, Reid shocked the world by announcing Vick was to start over Kolb, despite Kolb being cleared to play. This created locker room buzz, despite what the players said to the camera, don't be fooled into thinking there was no drama behind closed doors. Vick went on to another good performance against Jacksonville before getting hurt against the skins.

Obviously, Vick's rib injury had to keep him out for a few games, but the circumstances surrounding Kolb's start against the Titans in week 7 was fishy, especially since Vick basically said he felt ready to play. It is also a little too convenient that Vick now has his job back after Kolb performed poorly against Tennessee. It almost seems like Reid was pushing the envelope to give Kolb another chance, and if that's true, it cost the Eagles a win.

The problem here is that the flip flopping of quarterbacks is going to affect team chemistry and psyche. Quarterbacks and their wideouts need to practice together, and it screws up the recievers if they are practicing with a different guy every week.

The main issue is Reid's ego battling his common sense. Reid fought so hard, and made such controversial moves (read: McNabb) to get Kolb his job, its almost like Kolb is Reid's little pet project. His ego cant take it that his project was surpassed by a washout on his comeback. On the other hand, Reid knows deep down that Vick is the superior quarterback. His talk of possibly using both quarterbacks in equal capacity reveals the depth of his madness, as no sane man would use Kolb over Vick at this point.

Reid obviously has staked a lot in Kevin Kolb, but the way the Eagle's season is going right now, he'd better throw his chips in with Vick if he wants to avoid the hot seat.

Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Jake Silver

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

 "Rome wasn't built in one day." 
         ~ Lebron James, after loss to Celtics
          It was a strange game, seeming like a vivid dream that one waits to wake up from. While every sports blogger is discussing the Miami Heat's loss to the elderly Boston Celtics, I will continue to do the same. It was an awkward showing, the Heat looking tense and the Celtics displaying youth that I personally doubted they still had, even with 38-year-old Shaquille O'Neal manning the center position. Rondo, with 17 assists, albeit only four points, led the Celtic offense and got everyone involved. The Celtics, however, are a team that has meshed, having played together for four years now. The Heat haven't yet reached that level of comfort.
          During the 88-80 loss, the Heat committed 17 turnovers, eight from Lebron James and six from Dwayne Wade, and only had 15 assists, two less than Rondo had by himself. The Heat looked uncomfortable and most of their shots looked forced. Lebron didn't seem his explosive self, settling for contested jump shots and sloppy passes.
          After the Lebron signing (fiasco) in the off-season, most fans lost respect for him and his tainted legacy. Looking like a man who could transform the game of basketball with his ability and the legacy he was on the way to making, he decided he wanted to play with his buddies Wade and Chris Bosh and didn't care about having "his own team."
          If last night's game is any indication of how close the Heat are to jelling, they have some progress to make. I don't believe we should make too big a deal out of the first game of the season in an 82-game season, yet it is an interesting topic to discuss as basketball is a team sport and I am interested to see if three individual superstars can share the ball and win as a team or if they will continue to exist on their own islands, forcing shots, turning over the ball and continuously begging for more time.

Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Thanks BroBible.com's joePA for a quick guide to successful tailgating. It's always helpful to know the keys to tailgating and having a top-notch, festive experience before the game. Read and enjoy!
 Tailgating
Via: Medical Insurance

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Cameron Hughes earns a six-figure salary for being the crazy, sometimes annoying, superfan in the stands."                                                        ~

One man is living the dream for all the young fans out there. Cameron Hughes has found the pot of gold, a euphoric situation. It is truly inspiring to know that a fan out there gets paid a six-figure salary to stimulate the crowd and produce team spirit. Teams ranging from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Lakers, teams pay him a nice check to be a fanatical and fervent fan. Once an aspiring actor, Hughes gets to act as himself and be a kid at a ball game passionately rooting for ‘his team.’ Home-team fans don’t know where his loyalties truly are as they change every gig, but he gets to bring the team spirit out of everyone every time. He’s a role model and an inspirational figure for fans in the team spirit spectrum of sports.

Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

 "It was the right thing to do."                                   
~Darius McNeal, DeKalb Barbs

Sportsmanship is always a major issue in sports. From pee-wee league to professional athletics, athletes are ubiquitously scrutinized for there lack of sportsmanship, but not too often for the sportsmanship they display. This story surrounds two teams that witnessed true acts of sportsmanship, propelling a story that should be read by everyone. In the town of DeKalb, Ill., an 18 year old, Johntel Franklin (pictured), who had seen his mother in remission after a five-year fight with cervical, had to see a detrimental decision made hours before DeKalb's non-conference game against Milwaukee Madison. It was decided that his Mother's life-support system would be turned off, crushing the young man, who was very close with his Mother, according to his coach Aaron Womack Jr. Womack wanted to cancel the game but Franklin said he wanted his team to play. Expecting Franklin to grieve and not come to the game, Womack and his team were ecstatic when he showed up in the second quarter, and was surrounded by hugs from teammates and fans. He decided he wanted to play, yet the only way to get him in the game was to take a technical foul, giving two free throws to the other team, which Womack easily agreed to, backing up his player altruistically. The sportsmanship came when the player taking the free throws for the opposing team, Darius McNeal, purposely missed the two free throws with the support of his coach, Dave Rohlman, after the referees forced the team to take the shots as part of the rules. "Yes, DeKalb would go home with a loss. But it was a trip they'll never forget." A touching story of true sportsmanship. I only hope others can learn from this story. 

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Monday, October 18, 2010

"I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me."                                                    
                                                                         ~ Dock Ellis, former Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher



It's difficult to decide how to feel about Dock Ellis and his epic pitching performance against the San Diego Padres on June 12th, 1970. Do I feel ecstatic or dumbfounded. Ellis, who won 19 games in 1971 for the World Champion Pirates, played for six teams in his career, including the Mets and Yankees, but is best known for the no-hitter he threw while under the influence of LSD, a powerful hallucinogenic drug.

The first question that came to mind was what he thinking taking acid before a game? However, it turns out he was visiting friends in Los Angeles thinking he was off. He was still high when his friend's girlfriend told him he was pitching that night. He boarded a shuttle flight to the game and pitched a masterpiece, not being able to remember parts of the game.

It's a remarkable performance in a game that requires concentration and focus. Pitching in the major leagues is difficult enough in its own right, let alone while hallucinating. It is an experience that the sport of baseball will probably never see again, albeit not knowing about it until 13 years later. However, it is arguably the most phenomenal and unique pitching performance in the history of baseball.

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

"The Giants have yet to score more than four runs in a game this postseason, yet five games in, they are 4-1 and now hold an early lead over the mighty Phillies in the NLCS. That's a credit to their pitching staff, which has allowed just 2.4 runs per game and more than three runs just once in those five contests, each of which has been decided by just one run."
                                                                                                                            ~ Cliff Corcoran
                                                                                                                             Sports Illustrated

          Coming into the playoffs I believed that Philadelphia had the best pitching rotation with Halladay doing what he has continued to do for years, Cole Hamels causing a plethora of swings and misses, seemingly finding his groove and recently acquried Roy Oswalt, a bonafide number one starter, being able to play a more supporting role. With Superstar Tim Lincecum, hard-throwing Matt Cain and young phenom Madison Bumgarner carrying the Giants rotation, they definitely matched up well, however the Phillies' offensive lineup carried more muscle, all-around threats crowding the lineup.
          While they are 4-1 in the playoffs thus far, the Giants have yet to score more than four runs. Their pitching staff has supplied the team with all the power it needs, allowing 2.4 runs per game, while only giving up more than three runs once in five games. I expect Philly to pick it up and hit the baseball, yet the series will continue to be dominated by pitching.
            It is refreshing to see the game played by natural athletes, allowing pitching to have a serious impact and a scrappier game to be played.

Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2010 by Zack Pumerantz

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