Category Archives: Sports

Mixtape Masters: Aquille Carr

aquille carrBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

 And this week’s high school mixtape of Aquille Carr is ridiculous. 

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Mixtape Masters: D Rose’s high school mix is ridiculous

derrick roseBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

 And this week’s high school mixtape of Derrick Rose is ridiculous.

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The Marcus Smart shove from all perspectives

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BY TROY PHILLIPS

First things first; there are no winners in this Marcus Smart debacle.

Texas Tech booster Jeff Orr was wrong for heatedly yelling at a student-athlete in the midst of heated competition; Smart was wrong to respond physically. It left the athletic department at Oklahoma State with a PR headache and no choice but to sideline a future lottery pick and hinder the long-term outlook for one of the best collections of talent in Cowboys hoops history. Mistakes were made, tempers flared, and now everyone involved is worse for the wear.

But that doesn’t mean the involved parties are without rationalizations.

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The local lawyer Super Bowl ad you have to see to believe

jamie casinoBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Super Bowl commercials over the years have gotten more and more ridiculous as companies from all over the world spend millions of dollars just to grab America’s attention span for up to a few minutes.

But this local two-minute Super Bowl ad in Savannah, Georgia takes the cake for most ridiculous ad of the night. World, meet Jamie Casino, local personal injury lawyer/flaming sledgehammer-wielding bad ass.

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C.M. Punk leaves WWE: Poor Scholars reacts

c.m. punkBY POOR SCHOLARS STAFF

With WWE superstar C.M. Punk’s sudden departure from WWE this week, the Poor Scholars staff figured we would shed some light on the situation with a couple of thoughts from staff members Brian Chimino, Raj Nation and Scott Phillips.

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Extra Points: Thoughts on eliminating football’s PAT

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@49ers

BY JACK MARSHALL

Recently, my favorite “non-profit organization” sponsor Roger Goodell made the bold proposal to remove the extra-point and change the touchdown to 7 points. The option will be given to teams for a 1-point conversion run/pass play (substituting the 2-point conversion).

The extra-point! C’mon Goodell! Oh, the audacity you have to make such statements! The extra-point is oh-so engraved within our hearts as being… nothing.

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20 Thoughts: Royal Rumble

Photo Credit: Creatively Endeavored

Photo Credit: Creatively Endeavored

BY POOR SCHOLARS STAFF

After last night’s WWE Royal Rumble, four members of the Poor Scholars Staff gave five thoughts each on the annual fan-favorite WWE event. See what Brian Chimino, Raj Nation, Rambo Nomolos and Scott Phillips thought of this year’s event.

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Super Bowl XLVII: The People’s Championship

Super Bowl BY TROY PHILLIPS

Let’s start with the obvious.

There are those who stake their undying fanhood to each and every one of the 32 teams in the NFL. Somehow, there are even masochists that back futile franchises like the Jaguars and Browns, the kind that make squandering hopes as much the spectacle as anything that takes place on the field each week. But that’s what makes competition work on a national scale: the fist pumping, the floor pacing (ahem, Redskins fans, ahem), the blind faith and broken hearts. The foolhardiness and bandwagon-jumping and bitter rivalry which inevitably result when you align your ambitions with the success of young, athletically-gifted celebrities who showcase their talents on behalf of an assigned city.

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Pro Bowl Weekend: Revamping the NFL’s All-Star Festivities

Photo Credit: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

BY MICHAEL CAHILL

In recent years, the NFL has had trouble attracting attention to the Pro Bowl. In 2010, the league moved it from after the Super Bowl to the weekend between the Super Bowl and the Conference championships. While this move does attempt to bring more relevancy to the game by sandwiching it between the two highest watched NFL weekends, it still garners lower ratings than most regular season games. The NFL also moved to a “draft” system this year, much like the NHL and the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge. While the issue of star players not wanting to injure themselves is an inherent flaw of the Pro Bowl, the NFL can change the format of Pro Bowl weekend to at least make it viable (Roger Goodell reportedly was very close to cancelling the Pro Bowl this year).

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NFL Bowl Week: More Football for All

131223205851-jim-schwartz-t2-single-image-cutBY TROY PHILLIPS

I must say, it feels good to be back! Worry not, I haven’t become some sort of exclamation-slinging maniac (an exclomaniac?) in my time away, I’m just glad to get back to the old grind.

It’s been about a year since we started for the first time here at Poor Scholars, which made me consider doing a “then vs. now” type intro. Then I realized no one wants that, myself included. Sharknado. The Miami Heat. Peyton Manning. Terrio Vines. You get it because you lived it.

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