PLAYER FOCUS  : ALEX SMITH by Rhodri Jones

PLAYER FOCUS : ALEX SMITH by Rhodri Jones

The selfishness of a starting Quarterback is almost forbidden on a football team. In fact, I can only think of one situation in where I’d allow it. When an NFL franchise picks a Quarterback in the first round of the draft, it’s an obvious statement to the whole franchise. The front office is telling everyone

NFL 1st QUARTER - By Rhodri Jones

NFL 1st QUARTER – By Rhodri Jones

There is something romantic, or maybe maniacal, about a man who comes to work every day, pours his heart and soul into preparing for a game and does so well that he grades off the charts, but loses that game nearly every week and still comes back every Monday for more. In Greek mythology, a guy

RACIAL INEQUALITY IN AMERICA

RACIAL INEQUALITY IN AMERICA

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.     At one point in all our lives we must stand up for something we believe in. There’s massive racial inequality still very much alive in the United states

RHOD'S CORNER - Clear eyes, Full hearts, Can't lose !

RHOD’S CORNER – Clear eyes, Full hearts, Can’t lose !

Earlier this week I watched the film Remember the Titans for about the 217th time and got that same shiver of inspiration I had the first time I saw it. For those that haven’t seen it, It’s the true story of T.C Williams high school football coach Herman Boone and the struggles he had coaching

RHOD'S CORNER - INCOGNITO

RHOD’S CORNER – INCOGNITO

There is something truly poetic about this time of year. My heart has been on a roller coaster these last few weeks but I do my most creative thinking and writing when I’m tested emotionally. I am used to physical and emotional trials in both love and life and I always find a way to

RHOD'S CORNER - UPRISING

RHOD’S CORNER – UPRISING

The autumn leaves are turning as is much in the pro football world. It was the beginning of December last year and I was awaiting a subway train at Canal street station in the lower east side of Manhattan, New York City. I was headed uptown to enjoy a night out with friends when I heard

RHOD'S CORNER - INHERITED TRAITS

RHOD’S CORNER – INHERITED TRAITS

My mother wrote this poem during her treatment for cancer a few years ago. Her courage during her illness is something that has and always will inspire me and something that speaks volumes of the person and mother she was. Growing up as a promising athlete, I went through many of the trials and emotions

RHOD'S CORNER - NFL CHANGE

RHOD’S CORNER – NFL CHANGE

In both football and life so many things are uncertain, but one certainty in both is change. How effective that change is comes down to the individual or people in control of the thing or circumstance that is changing. In the NFL, Every franchise goes through a certain amount of change during each off season

"Don't Blame it on the Whistle"

“Don’t Blame it on the Whistle”

Referees do not play the game, they officiate the game. Yes, officials do make incorrect calls at times, and yes some of those calls do happen to occur at more costly moments in a game then others. It needs to be understood that through the minutes of a game, through the blood, sweat, and tears

RHOD'S CORNER : ROOKIE WATCH, NCAA AND THE REPLACEMENTS

RHOD’S CORNER : ROOKIE WATCH, NCAA AND THE REPLACEMENTS

week 2 In my second column of the season for sportcitychefs.com, I thought I’d bring up a few topics that have had me thinking a little this past week. In last weeks column I talked about a few rookies that impressed and also a few that struggled. I’ll get back to my rookie watch later but wanted to start

RHOD'S CORNER: ROOKIE WATCH - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND BRANDON WEEDEN

RHOD’S CORNER: ROOKIE WATCH – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND BRANDON WEEDEN

WEEK 1 The 791 points scored since the Wednesday opener has set a Week 1 record and with five teams breaking the 40 point barrier on Sunday and Monday it was pretty easy to get creative when I sat down to write my first blog of the season for sportcitychefs.com. Until Monday night I was going to write about how the replacement

BEST OF THE REST

BEST OF THE REST

With the NFL lockout over I thought I would take a look at the players that went undrafted back in April’s NFL draft and pick a few I think can still be very successful at the next level. On opening weekend of the 2010 regular season, there were 59 undrafted free agents on 53-man rosters.

IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL

IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL

With the 2011 NFL draft just a week away I thought I would put pen to paper and mention a few players I feel owners, General managers, scouts and coaches should be careful of letting pass bye during the draft. To make it a little more interesting all the players I will mention are ranked

Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday

Lace-up those Nike’s – the Madness has resumed! But it’s not just NCAA that’s ripe for the taking, oh no, the NBA has also given us a multitude of scenarios to pick over. What’s Good? Jimmer Fredette aka WHITE VADER not a reasonable NBA starter? Get the f out of here! Everyone is trying to

Big Ego Conference

Big Ego Conference

After the 1st weekend of the 2011 NCAA tourney one thing is pretty clear, the once mighty “Big East” has only 2 school remaining after sending 11 to the dance. Which leaves me wondering,  is the “Big East” really the best conference in college basketball? For those of you that know me know that I’m a stat

Dancing with Cinderella

Dancing with Cinderella

Every March millions of sports fans fill out bracket sheets with hopes of predicting the NCAA basketball tournament. The one thing every March has in common is the love-feast that comes into play for the Cinderella team aka The Underdog. Yes we all love a feel good story that shows David playing Goliath. We  love

Ridin Kansas Bandwagon

Ridin Kansas Bandwagon

As the 2011 NCAA Tournament approaches we all have our favorite to cut down the nets in Houston.  As I sit down to fill out my brackets (yea I fill out about 2-5 every year)  I find it very difficult to not select Kansas to win the tourney. With all due respect to Ohio State (the overall

A Method to the Madness

A Method to the Madness

With so much swirling around in our heads, let’s take this madness one step at a time. First, a look at who really deserves the top spots in each region. The ONE’S OHIO STATE KANSAS DUKE PITTSBURGH Take into account that OSU, KU & Duke all ran their respective conference tournament’s and all either won

MAJOR'S NCAABB TOP-25

MAJOR’S NCAABB TOP-25

If you haven’t come down with it yet, don’t worry the fever should hit you soon enough. Madness is brewing and after a hearty weekend of fun-filled fisticuffs all around the league, there is no better time like the present to show us what you got for the big dance. Conference tournaments are already in

MAJORS NCAABB TOP-25

MAJORS NCAABB TOP-25

With every great massacre there is always clean-up. Here are my Top-25 teams in NCAABB for the week. Let’s see how well they hold up come Monday morning. 10. WISCONSIN The cheesy ones just sneak in. Thanks to surprising losses by Arizona & Georgetown, they inherit the last of the best. It’s not like their

Majors NCAA Top-25

Majors NCAA Top-25

How swiftly the crown falls. Seeing as most of the top-10 suffered an L in the past week, it’s going to be a lovely little massacre in the poll come Monday. Waiting is for the foolish, so lucky for you, here’s the dish on my Top-10, with bonus coverage of the top-25. 10. ARIZONA Believe

Major's NCAA Top-10

Major’s NCAA Top-10

Because most of the time, the pollsters get it wrong. And in the kitchen, we like our sports spicy. 10. WISCONSIN (19-5) When others lose, someone has to win. The troubles of Villanova, Syracuse & Connecticut make it easy to vault the Badgers into top-10 territory. I completely respect their win over Ohio State Saturday,

January Madness?

January Madness?

Well the calendar has just turned to February but its beginning to feel a lot like March Madness to me.  Last week marked an unbelievable week full of upsets in NCAA basketball.  Of the top 25 teams, 17 of them lost last week, including 7 out of the top 10.  One of the biggest upsets

A LOOK AHEAD : Linebackers

A LOOK AHEAD : Linebackers

The Monday following the draft two seasons ago I spoke with great NFL analyst Gil Brandt and the first thing I asked him was why two of my favourite players Rey Maualuga and James Laurinitis had fallen into the second round of the draft. With their talent level I was shocked. Gil said that Laurinitis’

A LOOK AHEAD : Defensive tackle

A LOOK AHEAD : Defensive tackle

To be a good defensive tackle you need great quickness (Chicago’s Tommie Harris ), functional football strength (Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata ), instincts (Dallas’ Jay Ratliff), the ability to use one’s hands to shed blockers and the athletic ability to drop into coverage on zone blitzes. To be effective, defensive tackles need to have great stamina and be

A LOOK AHEAD : Defensive Ends

A LOOK AHEAD : Defensive Ends

To win games, and ultimately championships, teams must be able to stop the run and pressure the passer, which is why defensive line talent is so important. Much like the 2010 draft class offered defensive line depth, the list of front four prospects for 2011 is also deep. The trickledown effect of a solid defensive

A LOOK AHEAD : Offensive line

A LOOK AHEAD : Offensive line

Offensive linemen keep getting bigger, faster and stronger and last April’s draft was no exception. Of the 51 offensive linemen at the 2010 NFL Combine, none weighed less than 300 pounds and none measured under 6-foot-2. For years, everyone heard or read about how important it is to have an outstanding offensive line. To be

A LOOK AHEAD : Wide receiver

A LOOK AHEAD : Wide receiver

Speed is important at the wide receiver position, but the ability to run routes (Steve Largent and Wes Welker for example), have a burst (Jerry Rice) and catch the quick slant for a first down to keep a drive alive (Michael Irvin and Cris Carter) are all important as well. Speed is an important trait for success because

A LOOK AHEAD : Tight end

A LOOK AHEAD : Tight end

Tight ends will line up outside to try and create matchup problems in pass coverage. They will also line up in the backfield and force coverage by linebackers or to help block blitzers.

A LOOK AHEAD : Running backs

A LOOK AHEAD : Running backs

The running back position has changed a great deal over the past 10 years. Most teams use two and some even three to share carries. Carolina had two backs — DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart — gain over 1,100 rushing yards in 2009. Since 1998, 41 running backs have been selected in the first year

A LOOK AHEAD : Quarterbacks

A LOOK AHEAD : Quarterbacks

With the new NFL regular season only a few weeks away we are all focused on how our teams are going to start the season. We are excited about what players are going to perform and which rookies are going to make an impact. Here in sport city we love all things football related and

The Campus Tailgate Show

The Campus Tailgate Show

Attention All College Football Fans .. the Sport City Chefs will be launching a brand new show Saturday July 31 at 9:30 AM EST. We are proud to present The Campus Tailgate Show. The one hour program will break down College Football every game day. We will look into conferences, players, and the hottest topics

THE BREAKDOWN PRE-PRESEASON TOP 10

THE BREAKDOWN PRE-PRESEASON TOP 10

I Know it’s early but as a college football fan i’m chomping at the bit for the season to start! Some people wont agree with my top ten but….IT’S MY TOP TEN!! So without further ado here we go!!!! #10. IOWA- Yes the hawkeyes lose bulaga and spievey but with a healthy ricky stanzi and

A Legendary Rest....

A Legendary Rest….

John Wooden was pronounced deceased yesterday after entering the Los Angeles area hospital with an illness that was gravely taking over his body.  He fought through the illness the last few years of his life living a tremendous 99 years being a mastermind of basketball for the UCLA Bruins he was also well known as

The Great UConn Debate....Gino vs Jim

The Great UConn Debate….Gino vs Jim

Let the UConn great debate being. The two head coaches have cemented their legacy in college basketball. We all know the facts of the Men’s game vs the Women’s game. Lets throw the sex part of the sport out of the window for this one instance.  Gino Auriemma has lead the UConn women to their

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

My oh my have the mighty fallen. The Syracuse Orangemen are the most recent top seed in the NCAA tourney to bow out before expected.  The Butler Bulldogs pulled out a 63-59 victory against the favorite Orangemen. Syracuse is the second #1 seed to fall after Kansas was upset last weekend. What do you think

Another One Bites The Dust

Another One Bites The Dust

First it was Notre Dame and Marquette. Next came Georgetown and Louisville. Today it was Villanova. I am sure most people predicted a lot of Big East teams to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Well to shock everyone it seems like every Big East team is falling dead one game after another. Yes the

The Chefs Bracket Buster

The Chefs Bracket Buster

Scott and Jeff Gentile announced on Monday’s Wingman Show that the Chefs will be hosting a NCAA March Madness Bracket Buster. Any listener, caller, or blogger can join into the bracket buster for free. The first place prize is a $50 Visa gift card.  If you would like to join in the bracket buster you

Monroe leads Gtown to the Final

Monroe leads Gtown to the Final

Its time to give credit where credit is due.  Greg Monroe has the hoyas playing some big time basketball when it matters the most.   In making picks the other night I predicted Marquette would win a close one over Georgetown, but I couldnt have been any farther off.  Monroe poured in 23 points, 13 rebounds

Orange Crush!

Orange Crush!

There is an old saying that “It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row”  And that rang true on Thursday as Georgetown took it to the Syracuse Orange.  Syracuse goes 1 and done in the big east tournament and are now possibly looking at losing their #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Its the most wonderful time of the year!!

Its the most wonderful time of the year!!

With the regular season over its time for the best part of the year in my opinion…Conference Tournament time and then straight into the NCAA tourney.  The Big East tournament is one of the premier if not the most anticpated conference tournament every year and this year especially.   With a #1 seed in the big

On a Sad Note... A Sweet Shooting Hoya!!

On a Sad Note… A Sweet Shooting Hoya!!

Austin Freeman the Junior Forward/Guard for the Georgetown Hoyas has been sidelined and diagnosed with Diabetes.  This is a huge downer for the Hoyas because he has been the leading scorer for the team and now he has been ill and sidelined for the past couple of games and now is the worry will he

Statement Saturday

Statement Saturday

Did you hear that sound?  That was the sound of the bubbles bursting for some mid-major teams whos hopes of getting an at-large bid to the big dance just took a major blow.  Saturday started off with a shocker as Georgetown got handled easily at home by Notre Dame who was without Luke Harangody for the

Tarheels are going Down Heel....

Tarheels are going Down Heel….

Despite the return of a key player returning to there team the North Carolina Tarheels let another game slip away against the Boston College Golden Eagles 71-67.  Tyler Zeller the 7 foot Center returned and could not help his team enough to out duel the BC Eagles in a game that basically closes UNC from

A gilmmer of hope for UCONN

A gilmmer of hope for UCONN

That fading light that was the UCONN Huskies men’s basketball season, all of a sudden has gotten a little bit brighter.  Coach Jim Calhoun’s return may have sparked the Huskies a little more than people anticipated.  The Huskies upset #3 Villanova and now, I believe can still make it into the big dance in March

A Calhoun Calling!!!!

A Calhoun Calling!!!!

The Connecticut Huskies responded to their coach returning to the sideline against Villanova.  The UConn Huskies have bounced back after a let down loss against Cincinnati in beating The Wildcats 84-75 what a way to respond for an unranked notable team against the third ranked team in the Country.  

A Classic State-Line Big East Battle!!

A Classic State-Line Big East Battle!!

UConn men faced The Syracuse Orangemen and throughout the game the Orangemen held the lead but toward the end of the game the Huskies made it a good game until they let the game slip away.  Boeheim helped the team overcome the final push from the Uconn team and they prevailed in a 72-67 game. 

Streaking........

Streaking……..

What can motivate a team? What can drive a player to become better?  What makes you streak at the right moment??  The Cavs, Thunder, UCONN Women’s Basketball team, Kevin Durant, Washington Capitals and the L.A. Kings are all streaking at the right time!! Which ever or whoever you support you have to like this.  Sport

Tarheel or Blue Devil???

Tarheel or Blue Devil???

Which Carolina Blue are you pulling for in the epic match up that is known nationwide. Even though Duke is not at their normal dominating facet but North Carolina is really under the radar this year and we all are waiting to see if they can perform against The Nation’s most hated team in College

Who said 62 was a bad number???

Who said 62 was a bad number???

UCONN Womens Basketball are truly dominating the nation and you have to wonder who will stop the nations powerhouse?? Geno is the mad scientist and he has the female Frankensteins causing havoc to the NCAA Basketball world!