The Footie Archives for January 2011

Byron Mullens – Fantasy Basketball Sleeper

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If your fantasy basketball team is struggling to find a center, consider looking at a sleeper such as Byron Mullens of the Charlotte Bobcats. While the 7-footer out of Ohio State is barely owned in fantasy leagues, his potential is relatively high.

The 22-year-old spent the last two years at the end of the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dwyane Wade Delivers Another Game Winner

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When the chips are down and the Miami Heat need a bucket, who do they go to? That would be NBA champion and Finals MVP Dwyane Wade. For the second time this season, Wade delivered the game-winner for the Miami Heat.

This time, Wade's shot downed the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 103-101.

Paul Pierce Returns, Celtics Win

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Perhaps all the Boston Celtics needed was their best player. Losers of their first three games this season, the Celtics welcomed back Paul Pierce and then welcomed themselves to the win column with a 96-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

In his debut, Pierce had 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Pictures: Usain Bolt Drunk

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Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. Apparently, he doesn't need to train hard to keep that title. In his home of Jamaica, a drunk Usain Bolt was photographed. As you can tell in the Usain Bolt drunk pictures, he can drink just about as fast as he can run.

These pictures probably won't do much to help his reputation.

Peyton Hillis Claims Madden Curse

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Peyton Hillis was everyone's favorite player last year. This year, the Cleveland Browns running back has struggled. Why is Hillis struggling? He claims he's the victim of the Madden Curse.

Said Hillis: "Things didn't work in my favor this year. There's a few things that happened this year that made me believe in curses.

NBA Power Rankings – Season Starts

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Even though the 2011-12 NBA season is less than a week old, we are already seeing the cream starting to rise to the top. Some teams are surprisingly bad, while a number of teams are better than pundits projected. So which ten teams are the best teams in the NBA?

Here's our NBA power rankings:


Amare Stoudemire Injury Update – Sprained Ankle

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Amare Stoudemire is a walking injury concern. Just a couple games into this shortened season, Amare Stoudemire has sprained his left ankle. The injury took place during the New York Knicks game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Officially, Amare Stoudemire is listed as day to day.

Blazers Top Nuggets, Stay Undefeated

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In matchup of undefeated teams, the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 111-102. These two Western Conference sleepers played a fantastic game that featured a lot of back of forth action. Don't be surprised if the Blazers and Nuggets face each other in the 2012 NBA playoffs.

Tony Romo Injury Update – Bruised Hand

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The Dallas Cowboys are facing a must-win game against the New York Giants on Sunday. Unfortunately, quarterback Tony Romo won't be completely healthy. He bruised his throwing hand in Week 16 and has been practicing with a wrap heading into Week 17.

That said, the Cowboys and Romo are confident that he will play this week.

Suns Sign Michael Redd

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After losing their first two games of the season, the Phoenix Suns have brought in help in the form of former All-Star Michael Redd. The Suns gave Redd a one year contract. In his 11-year career, all spent with the Milwaukee Bucks, Redd has averaged 20 points and 4.1 rebounds.

At 32, Redd is a good gamble for the Suns.

Tom Brady Injury Update – Shoulder X-ray

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Fans of the New England Patriots can't be feeling too happy right now. Tom Brady, the Patriots franchise quarterback, has a shoulder injury that was serious enough to warrant a shoulder X-ray. Brady also sat out practice on Thursday.

The good news for the Patriots and their quarterback is that Brady's injury isn't considered serious.

Pictures: Paris Hilton Partying in Las Vegas

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Paris Hilton was recently in Las Vegas doing what she does best party, party, party. Check out the Paris Hilton pictures below where she can be seen partying in Encore hotel.

In recent years, Paris Hilton wasn't always welcomed in Las Vegas due to being busted for cocaine while in the city.

Pictures: Russell Brand Without Wedding Ring

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Are Russell Brand and Katy Perry getting a divorce? That's the latest rumor in the entertainment industry, at least. And there was just some gasoline thrown on those flames when Russell Brand was pictured without a wedding ring while in London.

Where is Katy Perry? She's in Hawaii.

Hmmm, interesting.

Kevin Durant Fights with Russell Westbrook

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After the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated last year in the playoffs, the talk surrounding the team was concerning how well Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could coexist. While Westbrook is a talented point guard, he's also a player who looks to score first and that doesn't mesh well with Durant, who is arguably the NBA's best scorer.

Hawks Blast Wizards for Fast Start

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Everyone is overlooking the Atlanta Hawks this season. They didn't do much in the offseason but now that the regular season has started, Atlanta is on fire. After beating the Washington Wizards by a final score of 101-83 on Wednesday, the Hawks are now 2-0 with a total margin of victory of 54 points.

Complete 2012 AFC Pro Bowl Rosters

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The rosters for the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl were announced on Tuesday. Although there weren't many surprises, there are a number of exciting young players added to the mix. Here's a complete look at the AFC Pro Bowl rosters for 2012:


QB Tom Brady, New England
RB Ray Rice, Baltimore
WR Wes Welker, New England
WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
TE Rob Gronkowski, New England
FB Vonta Leach, Baltimore
T Joe Thomas, Cleveland
T Jake Long, Miami
G Brian Waters, New England
G Logan Mankins, New England
C Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
DE Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
DE Andre Carter, New England
DT Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
DT Vince Wilfork, New England
LB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
LB Von Miller, Denver
LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore
CB Darrelle Revis, N.

Texas Rangers Win Yu Darvish Bidding

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Yu Darvish is the most sought after pitcher on the free agent market this offseason. The native of Japan hasn't pitched in the MLB but he already has front offices drooling. After posting a $51.7 million bid, the Texas Rangers now have a chance to sign him.

If Yu Darvish signs, his team in Japan the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters will get $51.

Derrick Rose Signs Contract Extension

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While it seems like every young player in the NBA wishes they were in a different market, Derrick Rose is happy in Chicago. To prove his happiness, Rose signed a five-year extension with the Chicago Bulls. The reigning MVP will be paid nearly $95 million over the life of the contract.

Derrick Rose doesn't sound like a player that will get fat and lazy now that he's a rich man: "I think I live a humble life.

Kobe Bryant Injury Update – Sprained Wrist

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Kobe Bryant suffered a sprained wrist in the first preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The injury could keep Kobe Bryant out of the Lakers second and final preseason contest.

However, the good news for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant is that he should be ready to go once the regular season begins on Christmas Day.

Scottie Pippen Bankrupt? No, No, No

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Dear Scottie Pippen,

Please read the entire title of this blog post before you sue me for $1 million. Please. I don't have $1 million to give you even if you really are bankrupt.

In case you haven't heard, Scottie Pippen is suing every media outlet on the planet that ever claimed he was bankrupt.

Nene Gets $67 Million from Nuggets

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Nene was one of the biggest names in available in the NBA free agent market. On Tuesday, the Denver Nuggets re-signed their starting center for $67 million over five years. A number of other teams were interested in him including the Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets.

Last season, the 29-year-old averaged 14.