It’s been no secret that Miami Heat and NBA star LeBron James is a big fan of college football. He’s always on twitter sounding off with his comments on the happenings of the collegiate gridiron. One of the teams that James has pledged his allegiance to in recent years has been the Florida State Seminoles. […]
It was reported on Dec. 7 that the Minnesota Twins have contacted John Buck‘s agent with the possibility of signing him for the 2014 season. While Buck wouldn’t be a fantastic pickup for the Twins (who already lost out on higher caliber free agent catchers such as Jarrod Saltalamacchia), he definitely wouldn’t be a bad choice either.
Buck is one of the better catchers still available on the free agent market, but there are slim pickings for the Twins, who are looking to find depth in the catcher position after the decision to move Joe Mauer to first base in 2014.
With potential in Josmil Pinto, who gained some experience and showed promise behind the plate in his 2013 rookie season, the Twins should be looking for a catcher with veteran experience who could easily step in to give Pinto a rest.
While it’s uncertain how interested the Twins are in signing the 33 year old, Buck would be a good complement to the youthful Pinto, and he probably wouldn’t break the bank either.
Buck isn’t the type of superstar pick up that would turn the program around, but his consistency would be a welcome addition to a Twins team currently lacking in that category. Over his 10 years in the MLB, Buck has maintained an average in the middle .200s nearly every season and has demonstrated decent power. Buck was also a member of the 2010 American League All-Star team, and proved his dependability behind the plate when he registered an Mlb high 1008 putouts in 2011.
As Pinto will probably log the majority of innings behind the plate, Buck would make a solid safety net for Minnesota and could also be utilized as a DH if necessary. Buck’s experience would also contribute to the veteran core the Twins have already started to develop by picking up Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline
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The Atlanta Hawks signed Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract last year and have not looked back since. Mack has taken full advantage of his opportunity with the Hawks. Since coming to Atlanta, Mack has been exactly what the Hawks were looking for off the bench. Mack gives the Hawks a capable backup point guard who can run the offense at a very efficient level.
Mack has a number of tools that are very similar to the man he plays behind, Jeff Teague. Much like Teague, he can shoot from the three-point line and drive to the hole. When a player such as Mack has these skills, this makes the offense run a lot smoother. The threat to shoot from outside keeps the defense on its toes and forces the defense to account for Mack at all times. His ability to take it to the hole makes him that much harder to contain on defense as well. The combination of these skills opens up the offense for the Hawks by creating space. This spacing creates more opportunities for Mack’s teammates to get open shots and be more productive.
Where Mack is underrated is his ability to distribute the ball. He has a quick first step that allows him to get by his defender and drive into the lane. This causes another defender to have to step up and defend Mack, opening up the passing lanes for him to be able to distribute the ball. Just look at Mack’s numbers so far this year. In limited minutes, he is averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 assists per game. These numbers don’t jump off the page, but for a backup, those are solid numbers. Averaging 3.1 assists per game off the bench is huge, and the Hawks will need him to continue this kind of production in order to be successful.
People underestimate the importance of a deep bench in the NBA. With players such as Mack, Lou Williams and Cartier Martin coming off the bench, the Hawks have a good one. If the starters hold up their end of the bargain and the bench continues to shine, Atlanta will find themselves in the playoffs.
You simply cannot count this team out. Without their best weapon out of the game and down 12 points with only 2:43 left in the game, Tom Brady led the New England Patritots on back-to-back touchdown drives as they come out on top of the Cleveland Browns 27-26.
The Patriots struggled offensively once again in the first half, heading in to the locker room trailing 6-0. The Browns took a 12-0 lead early in the 3rd quarter when quarterback Jason Campbell connected with tight end Gary Barnidge on a 40-yard score.
Also in the 3rd quarter, Brady connected with star tight end Rob Gronkowski down the seam for a 21-yard reception. Cleveland safety T.J. Ward attacked Gronkowski with a low hit, and the New England star pass catcher instantly went down in pain. Gronkowski had to be carted off the field with what appears to be a serious right knee injury. He did not return to the game.
The injury to Gronkowski seemed to light a fire under the Patriots, as they finally got on the board with a Stephen Gostkowski 33-yard field goal and Shane Vereen 6-yard touchdown run. Explosive Cleveland WR Josh Gordon scored on a 80-yard touchdown catch and run, as the Browns headed in to the 4th quarter with a 19-11 lead.
Gostkowski added three more with a 50-yard field goal mid-way through the 4th quarter, and the Patriots had life. The Browns seemed to have the game sewn up when Campbell found Jordan Cameron on a four-yard touchdown after a play-action fake that made the score 26-14 with 2:47 remaining.
Brady then led the Patriots to two consecutive touchdown drives. The first was capped off by a two-yard TD reception by Julian Edelman. The Patriots then recovered an onside kick. Early in the next possession, Brady attempted a deep pass to Josh Boyce, who drew a pass interference penalty that set New England up at the one yard line. On the next play, Brady found Danny Amendola for the eventual game winner. The Browns were able to put Billy Cundiff in position to kick a 58-yard field goal for the win, but the kick came up about five yards short.
Brady finished the game with 32 completions on 52 attempts, 418 passing yards and two touchdowns to one interception. This win guarantees the Patriots a trip to the playoffs, and with a 10-3 record, they control their own destiny for a first-round bye. Brady was simply incredible down the stretch. You cannot count the Patriots out of a game, because even when it seems impossible, Brady finds a way.
If Gronkowski is seriously injured, this will only get more difficult for New England. They have struggled to find weapons for Brady all season long, and now he has lost his best one in Gronkowski. It certainly will not be easy, but as long as No. 12 is under center, do not count out New England.
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