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nickfeely8

  • joined Apr 23, 2008
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
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28 years old.
Sports editor at The Villages Daily Sun in The Villages, FL.

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  • MLB Atlanta Braves
  • NBA Boston Celtics
  • NFL Buffalo Bills
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Thoughts on Nicholson?

Hey guys, I'm not an Orlando Magic fan, so let me just say that up front. I'm a Boston Celtics fan, but I beg you, don't hold that against me and close out of this fanpost quite yet.

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Anyone going to Raymond James Stadium?

I just got my ticket to the Syracuse at South Florida game scheduled for Oct. 27 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. I moved to Florida about two years ago and this will be my first chance to see...

It's an epidemic...

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The Tennessee Volunteers lost to the D-II Indianapolis Greyhounds.

UCONN's Ater Majok likely to leave school

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From the Hartford Courant: Ater Majok's playing career at UConn has likely ended, multiple sources have told The Courant. Coach Jim Calhoun said that is a distinct possibility, but not a done deal. "We're talking to Ater about his future, yeah," Calhoun said. "That's all I can say. … He hasn't made any decision yet, but he could certainly go back and play in the Australian professional league. Nothing's been determined yet, but there's a chance that kind of thing could happen."

PFT: High-Ankle Sprain for Wang

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We're told that the early diagnosis is a high ankle sprain, but that MRI results likely won't be fully reviewed and interpreted until Sunday. At a minimum, he's expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he apparently could be healthy for the start of training camp.

CJ Spiller Highlight Video - YouTube (Warning: Lil Wayne soundtrack NSFW)

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CJ Spiller Highlight Video - YouTube (Warning: Lil Wayne soundtrack NSFW)

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LOST Discussion—Episode 6x11 "Happily Ever After"

For all of you people out there thinking that the Sideways world for our castaways was an unnecessary Season 6 ploy....in your face. While I had my skepticism about how Lindelof, Cuse, and company...

ESPN NBA Draft Blog: Evan Turner vs. Wes Johnson - Who's #2?

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(It's ESPN InSider, so I've copied and pasted it here for those who don't have a subscription.) While Kentucky's John Wall is the consensus No. 1 selection in June's NBA draft, the jockeying for the No. 2 spot continues. Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors has been most frequently mentioned in that spot, but lately a pair of wings -- Syracuse's 6-foot-7 Wesley Johnson and Ohio State's 6-7 Evan Turner -- have entered the conversation. But which one is better? While Johnson and Turner are putting up similar numbers -- Turner is averaging almost 19 points and almost 10 rebounds and Johnson is putting up 17 points and 9 rebounds -- they will offer NBA teams tantalizing talents with different strengths from different positions on the court. Here is a breakdown of both players: Evan Turner, G, Ohio State When I talked with Gene Pingatore, the coach at Saint Joseph's High School in Westchester, Ill., early in the season, he told me of discovering a 6-3 point guard in his freshman class seven years ago. It was Evan Turner, and as he grew to 6-7, he remained a player that Pingatore could always trust with the ball in his hands. The coach has a history of great guards at Saint Joseph's, including Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, and it's obvious that he spawned another one in Turner. What has made Turner a player who intrigues NBA clubs is that feel for the game he has always possessed, his above-average athleticism and the fact that he excels in almost every fundamental area. He has proven that he can be a playmaker at his size, and he gets into the lane off the bounce -- especially using his right hand -- at will. His rebounding ability on the defensive end allows him to use those guard skills in the open court, and he has the strength to finish inside while getting bounced around. He has a high turnover rate, but I'm not particularly worried because the ball is in his hands so often. Another factor in Turner's rise to the top of the draft boards has been his intangibles. His work ethic and character make him a low-maintenance player for NBA teams. The attitude that Pingatore talked to me about has always been evident at Ohio State. Going back to Turner's performances at the end of his freshman season when he helped the Buckeyes win the NIT, he has always been a clutch performer and has morphed into their team leader. When Buckeyes coach Thad Matta told Turner he would be the team's point guard this season, Turner spent the summer working on his left-handed dribbling. A great example of Turner's off-the-charts intangibles is the way he responded to fracturing two vertebrae in his back Dec. 5. He missed only six games and returned a month earlier than was originally projected. His physical strength and toughness at the NBA level should not be an issue. While Turner hasn't needed a jump shot to dominate in the Big Ten, his midrange game, especially off the dribble, is effective. He will have to hone an NBA 3-point shot if he wants to become an even more well-rounded player, but there is nothing structurally wrong with his form. He has hit 35 percent of his 3s over his college career, and the expectation is that his work ethic will take care of that issue. Some NBA people are comparing Turner to Brandon Roy, and while that might be wishful thinking at the moment, there are similarities in overall skill level, basketball acumen and character. Like Roy, Turner has a game that is not flashy but understated in an old-school way. Wesley Johnson, F, Syracuse I saw Wesley Johnson when he was a skinny 6-6 freshman at Iowa State and remember saying during a broadcast that I thought he had a chance to play in the NBA someday if he grew and filled out. He had a lithe, athletic frame and a nose for the basketball on the boards. And he was thrust into action for a young Cyclones team that needed him to play heavy minutes. For old-timers, he reminded me of NBA great Alex English. I couldn't have foreseen how much Johnson has developed since he transferred to Syracuse. He went into hiding for a year and has emerged as one of the nation's best college players. Now about 200 pounds, Johnson is a legit small forward prospect who may be the best athlete in the draft. He is terrific in transition, scores along the baseline and on the backboards and has improved his shooting range. While not a great ball handler, the truth is, with his length, he needs only a dribble or two to get the rim, especially in the open court. He has proven to be a very efficient scorer, needing only 11.5 shots a game, and he has fit perfectly into a Syracuse team that has a very balanced offensive attack. If there are concerns about Johnson, one area would be his ability to create his own shots off the dribble, especially to his right hand, in a half-court offense. Most of his scoring comes in open midrange and college 3-point jump shots, lob dunks and offensive putbacks. He hasn't had to move without the ball and read defenses to get himself open like he will working against NBA small forwards and shooting guards. Another area of concern would be his defense because he has sat in the Orange's vaunted zone all season. (In fact, his basketball frame makes him the prototypical zone defender.) As a former coach, I believe that Johnson, with his athleticism, length and good basketball IQ, should pick up NBA offensive and defensive concepts pretty easily. His lack of strength is something else that Johnson must attack, and that will come with time and effort. His attitude, like Turner's, is tremendous, so an NBA team would be drafting a player with a high ceiling and a work ethic to match. Whom Do You Take? While both players are almost assured of being drafted by the middle of the lottery, I think Turner will have the easier adjustment to the NBA because of his all-around offensive ability, including his playmaking skills. In that regard, the Brandon Roy comparison is fair. Johnson, on the other hand, is likely to be more Shawn Marion than Corey Brewer, but his specific skills will have to fit into a team, while Turner's unusual skill set will allow a team to mold its players around him. In a close call, I will go with Evan Turner.

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Brian Schottenheimer

I'm going to start by saying that I'd be happy with truly any of the candidates that have been mentioned for the Bills' head coaching vacancy recently.   If Leslie Frazier is the frontrunner for...

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My (Incredibly Early) Mock Offseason vol. 1

Alright, so we all know the season just ended on a somewhat high note.  I'm extremely excited about 2010 for our Buffalo Bills and here's my first look at how I think the offseason should play out. ...

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Syracuse to be on ESPN Classic twice next week

ESPN Classic is going to be airing the best games of the decade coming up starting on December 26 and running until January 2.   As you can probably guess, Syracuse is featured twice during the...

Andy Levitre visits Olean!

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Nice to see our rookie Andy at least has the charity side of things down. Plus, it's always awesome to see my hometown in anything dealing with the Bills.

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Tickets for Thursday's practice?

I'm looking to go to Thursday night's practice and I was wondering if anyone knew if there were any tickets available or if anyone had an extra.  I couldn't really find on the website how to get...

Buster Olney - Early Deadline Returns

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The Phillies landed the biggest pre-deadline prize in Cliff Lee, and Detroit might've acquired the biggest difference-maker in Jarrod Washburn, but Atlanta may have done the best overall work in summertime deals so far. The Braves have reshaped their offense by acquiring Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche, and only four teams scored more runs than the Braves in July. They already have outstanding starting pitching, of course; only the Giants' and Cardinals' pitchers have lower ERAs. As of Sunday morning, the Braves are four games behind the Giants and Rockies in the wild-card standings, and they are dangerous.

ESPN Ultimate Team Rankings

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We're down from 57 to 91 this year, but Brian is quoted in the article, so it's cool. Plus, they hate on Dick Jauron, too!

Hitler is mad about the T.O. signing. But, hey, at least he's a Bills fan.

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Hitler is mad about the T.O. signing. But, hey, at least he's a Bills fan.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: NFL.com's Top Ten T.O. Moments

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I don't know if you guys have a favorite, but mine is definitely the Sharpie thing. It was one of the first really creative celebrations and I, for one, didn't think it was showing up the other team or anything. Just having some fun out there. Your favorites?

Report: Buffalo offers Evans contract extension

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-Details of the offer are unknown... -It seems like Lee is optimistic about the offense... -Look at the notes at the bottom, it says that Hardy made a "nifty" catch over Terrence McGee today. Nice.

ESPN - Demetrius Bell and Karl Malone

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Here's a really good article by ESPN's Jemele Hill about new Buffalo Bill Demetrius Bell and his battle with being Karl Malone's illegitimate child. Really well written and quite shocking to read about Malone's actions off the court. Makes me love the Bills' pick even more, seems like a stand-up guy and hopefully he'll turn into a great OT, too.

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Someone really hates...

..our old pal Stevie Fairchild.  Check out his Wikipedia page.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Fairchild This is probably one of the greatest things to ever slip by the Wikipedia "editors".  I...

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One more play to discuss...

We had one last chance to win this game and we couldn't.  With seven seconds left, we inexplicably allowed a seven yard out to Patrick Crayton.  If you watch the replay (you can watch it on any...

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Wilfork fined for hit on Losman.

New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork has been fined $12,500 by the NFL for a hit that was "late and low" on Bills QB J.P. Losman.  As we all know, the hit came on the first play of the game.  Now,...

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Bills last...

...in my blog's power rankings for the second straight week.  It is very painful to do, but this team hasn't shown me anything that says "But Nick, we aren't the worst team in football."  Injuries...

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Bills Bringing Back Nall!

Apparently, the Bills have agreed to a 1-year deal with pre-season cut QB Craig Nall.  With Losman's injury likely to keep him out until the bye week, bringing in Nall to back up Trent Edwards is a...

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New Sports Blog...

Hey everyone.  I've changed my "Atlanta Braves-only blog" over to a new format. I'm going to try an "all sports" format for a while.  My first post is my list of Players of the Week in the NFL this...

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Send your messages to Kevin!

Here is a link from Buffalobills.com to send e-mail messages to Kevin Everett.  The page also has a snail mail address where you can send cards/letters.  I'm sure Kevin would love to see how much...

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Bills signings...

Buffalo has signed FS Bryan Scott and DE Copeland Bryan to fill some holes on the defense.  Would've been nice to get Darius, but the Dolphins picked him up yesterday, and the Texans also nabbed...

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Patriots cheating...

I'm pretty sure we all knew they were cheaters right from the get-go.  This comes as no surprise to me as I always knew they were a dirty team.A little bright spot in this trying week for Bills...

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2008 Mock Draft....yes, already!

http://nflspot.com/articles/190844226.shtmlHere's the link to an early (VERY EARLY) mock 2008 draft from the NFL Spot Draft page.  (Our fearless leader, Brian, currently writes for the draft page,...

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Madden Update: Bills are champs!

Yup, I won the SB against the Redskins.  Yes, that's correct.  John Madden Football actually predicted the Mark Brunell-led Redskins to the Super Bowl.My real test was in a fourth-quarter comeback...

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