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OT: Brooklyn's newly discovered "hard knock" history, from Talmage to Jay-Z

It's a hard knock life being a Nets fan, but I just discovered some hard knock history. The term "college/school university of hard knocks" was coined by a once-famous, now-forgotten Brooklyn...


CHINA IMPORTS TO BROOKLYN?: Josh Boone, Marcus WIlliams (AZ), Stephon Marbury

Some Chinese Basketball League imports for your consideration: Josh Boone, Marcus Williams, and Stephon Marbury. JOSH BOONE: Sign him for the minimum. He's better than Petro and he's better than...


Phoenix Suns honor Brooklyn's Connie Hawkins--how about the Brooklyn Nets?

Brooklyn's Connie Hawkins turns 70 years old in July. He's just been honored by the Phoenix Suns. Can't the Barclay's Center name anything after The Hawk? A Connie Hawkins passageway somewhere?...


China Update: Marcus Williams scores 40; Josh Boone available now?

The regular season in China finishes this week. Players on non-playoff teams can be signed immediately for the NBA. The playoffs finish in March.


China Update: Marcus Williams must be a Net; J. R. Smith scores 60

There's one more month in the Chinese Basketball regular season, then the playoffs in March.


Rasheed Wallace -- hey, why not?

Rasheed Wallace is looking to come back to the NBA. Dennis Horner supposedly hurt himself in practice last night. If Wallace wants some playing time (rather than sitting on the bench) and an...


China Update: Josh Boone player of the week (again)

Josh Boone was player of the week again in China. Bleacher Report has told us that the Nets will lose tonight to Miami (91-108), so lets get on to the important stuff.


China Update: Gani Lawal has two great games

Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors had almost identical numbers at Georgia Tech. Favors went #3 to the Nets. Lawal went in the second round to Phoenix. This week in China, Lawal (an unrestricted free...


Hump out? My case for Ike Diogu's inside scoring.

If Hump is out (and even if he isn't), I'd like to make my case for signing Ike Diogu, a proven inside scoring threat.


Introducing the lineup for your Dallas Nets (Kidd, Carter, Williams, Wright, Yi)

Call them the MavNets. Has any NBA champion ever signed so many New Jersey Nets?. Meet the newest MavNet--Yi!


China update: Josh Boone does well (twice again)

Two games (Dec. 28 & 30) were played since the last China update and Josh Boone put up some impressive numbers. Can any team in the NBA use a big at vet's minimum who will provide defense and...


China update: Wilson Chandler-Peter John Ramos vs. Josh Boone-J. R. Smith (51 points!)

J. R. Smith scored 51 points in a losing effort. The Chinese Basketball Association scoring leader (an unrestricted NBA free agent) might be available in March.


China Update: Kenyon Martin & Peter John Ramos

People playing in China can play in the NBA in March. I've mentioned about re-signing Josh Boone. Now let's talk Nuggets (Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler, J. R. Smith) and a tall dude named Peter...


Josh Boone (or, a guy like Sam Dalembert is worth what?)

Josh Boone has played well in China. He'll sign pretty reasonably, in a time when bigs are going for big money. He's better than Sheldon Williams and Johan Petro and Jordan Williams and Dennis...


"Poop" (thanks, Shawne!), "Pop" and "Swish" -- NYC additions to the basketball lexicon

"Shawne Williams poops from the corner!" I just had to add "poop" to the NYC sports lexicon on my website, and I took another look at "pop" and "swish" as well.


"Anything can happen in Brooklyn" -- a fitting and classic slogan for the Barclays Center

  It would be nice if the Barclays Center can promote Brooklyn with this classic line: "Anything can happen in Brooklyn" -- Brooklyn slogan, inspired by the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. ...


Who would you call-up to the New Jersey Nets?

Nets fan here. We should have signed Anthony Tolliver. The Nets have an open roster spot and are looking for talent at any position. Who would you recommend?

Dallas signs Austin, Coleman, Hannah

Updated: April 23, 2009, 6:40 PM ET IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed their final three free agents: receiver Miles Austin, running back Alonzo Coleman and tight end Rodney Hannah. The signings Thursday meant Austin, a restricted free agent, would return to Dallas after being courted by the New York Jets. The Jets never made an offer.

Atlanta gets TE Tony Gonzalez from KC

Updated: April 23, 2009, 3:37 PM ET Chiefs trade Gonzalez for 2010 draft pick ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons obtained tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday for a draft pick next year. The Falcons will send a second-round pick in 2010 to Kansas City in exchange for Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history selected to 10 Pro Bowls, the Chiefs announced. Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008. He owns NFL career records for tight ends with 916 receptions, 10,940 yards receiving, 76 TDs receiving and 26 100-yard receiving games.

Cowboys get 6 national tv games: Wade Phillips interview

NEW YORK -- The Dallas Cowboys will open their new $1.1 billion stadium in a nationally televised Sunday night game against the New York Giants on Sept. 20. The NFL released its complete 2009 regular-season schedule Tuesday. The always-popular Cowboys lead all teams with six scheduled nationally televised games, even without Terrell Owens. (Two-minute Wade Phillips interview in link. He talks about Austin and Hurd to replace Owens. -- B.P.)

Cowboys have #11 toughest 2009 schedule

Team Win Loss Tie Pct. 1. Miami Dolphins 152 104 0 .594 2. Carolina Panthers 151 104 1 .592 3. New England Patriots 151 105 0 .590 4. Atlanta Falcons 150 105 1 .588 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 148 107 1 .580 6. Buffalo Bills 146 110 0 .570 7. New York Jets 145 110 1 .568 8. New Orleans Saints 142 113 1 .557 9. Philadelphia Eagles 137 119 0 .535 10. New York Giants 134 120 2 .527 11. Dallas Cowboys 131 123 2 .516 (...) For those surprised that the Cowboys, who open their palatial new stadium this season, are not featured in a night game in Week 1, well, baseball got in the way. So Dallas, the NFL's biggest TV draw, which is moving to Arlington, Texas, near the Rangers' ballpark -- the Rangers are home that weekend -- will have to wait until the second week, when the Cowboys are expected to host the Sunday nighter. "We have the chance to get on the national game the second weekend with not being able to get on the first weekend," Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Monday at the owners meetings. "We're having to work with the league on some things." The Cowboys and Lions get to keep their traditional Thanksgiving hosting slots. The Lions go back to meeting the Packers that day, a matchup that occurred every year from 1951 to '63 and will happen for the 19th time. The Raiders will be at the Cowboys following that, and the NFL Network night game will feature the New York Giants at Denver.


Eminem disgraces Romo, Simpson, Palin

Eminem got some publicity for putting a Sarah Palin look-alike in his latest video and treating her as a sex object. The same video treats Tony Romo and Jessica SImpson with similar respect.  I...


Aikman OK with Owens getting cut; talks chicken wings Aikman OK with Owens getting cut  IRVING, Texas -- Troy Aikman thinks the Cowboys made the right move by getting rid of Terrell Owens. Now...

Tank Johnson to join Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals added some much-needed size on their defensive line by reaching a one-year agreement with defensive tackle Tank Johnson. For Johnson, whose career started with the Bears and most recently continued with the Cowboys, he will get a chance to go back to a more natural position along the defensive line. Johnson will play the "three-technique'' for the Bengals, giving him the chance to do some pass rush and shoot the gaps to make plays. The Cowboys tried to make him a nose tackle in their 3-4 defense the past couple of years. His agent, Jerrold Colton, told The Associated Press the Bengals' defensive scheme is a better fit for Johnson than his previous team, the Dallas Cowboys.

ACORN vote fraud includes Cowboys names

FRAUD RAID SACKS BAM ACTIVISTS 'NFLERS' ON ACORN VOTE LIST By MAGGIE HABERMAN October 8, 2008 Officials yesterday raided the Las Vegas headquarters of a major pro-Obama community-organizing group as part of a probe into alleged voter fraud that includes using the names of Dallas Cowboy players on sham registrations. At least four Nevada agents swept into the offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, in the morning with a search warrant. (...) Walsh claimed there were reports from investigators that the names of Cowboys football players had been used on some of the dummied voter registrations. "Tony Romo is not registered to vote in the state of Nevada, and anybody trying to pose as Terrell Owens won't be able to cast a ballot on Nov. 4," said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, who is a Democrat.

Jim Cramer: NFL gambling is more respectable than Wall Street.

Tell me about it, Mad Money Cramer! The 2,000 shares that my father gave me in Lehman Brothers went from $67 to $0 in a matter of months. Caveat emptor ("Buyer beware") is a fine doctrine, but I had no idea that Lehman was taking such risks with my money. Nor did I have any way of knowing. This is (so far this week) the worst bankruptcy in U.S. history, far worse than Enron and 15 times worse than WorldCom. If I had bet six figures on a Cowboys game, it would have been a safer bet than putting my money in the stock market. Cramer wonders why everything is melting down and no one is angry. I'M ANGRY, JIM!


Gene Upshaw was great; the GU patches are not-so-great Thurman Upshaw, Jr. (a.k.a. Uptown Gene) (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008) was an American football player for the Oakland Raiders and executive...

Seinfeld-Bill Gates ad flops (premiered during game)

(Maybe we should have a section here about football game tv advertising?--B.P.) Critics Say Gates-Seinfeld Duo No Laughing Matter Microsoft Ads Draw Attention, Not Praise; Missing the Creativity? By NICK WINGFIELD and SUZANNE VRANICA September 8, 2008 Jerry Seinfeld's long-running sitcom is often described as a show about nothing. The same might be said of a baffling new Microsoft Corp. commercial featuring the comedian and Bill Gates -- not, as "Seinfeld" characters might say, that there's anything wrong with that. The first highly anticipated commercial in an ambitious $300 million campaign to burnish Microsoft's Windows brand was mostly panned by early viewers. The TV spot -- which began airing during an NFL game on Thursday and was later seen hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube -- follows Messrs. Gates and Seinfeld around a shopping mall as the Microsoft chairman tries on shoes, but doesn't mention Windows once. A blogger for Computer World wrote: "It's one of the worst, most pointless ads in history" while a headline in the Sydney Morning Herald read: " 'Bizarre' Microsoft ad misses mark."

Jessica Simpson Calls Tony Romo 'Her Future Baby's Daddy' (FBD)

Jessica Simpson Calls Tony Romo 'Her Future Baby's Daddy' In secret, of course... Wednesday 03rd Sep 2008 Jessica Simpson apparently has a secret nickname for beau Tony Romo which she uses with her girlfriends – 'FBD', or 'Future Baby’s Daddy.' "She knows he's not ready to get that serious, so she's playing it cool," a source tells Star. "Tony doesn't know, of course."

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