It's a great day in Tallahassee... Unless you're a Miami Heat fan. The Heat were absolutely trounced by Coach Pop's Spurs last night especially in the first half. Knowing the current state of the NBA media you would expect an blame fest for the losing side, but what we saw was absolutely refreshing. Mostly everyone just praised San Antonio for just being dominant last night, a fact we are happy about. Now comes the question, can Miami tie it up tomorrow?
The U.S. Open is this weekend, and we delve into all the Vegas front runners for this years event at Pinehurst. Rory Mcilroy is by far the best in the sport when he is on his game, but he is not a majority of the time. Phil Mickelson has famously never won the event while looking for a career grand slam at the major tournaments. So who exactly do you trust with the tournament on the line? A young gun? Or a been there done that superstar?
The NFL draft looks like it will be moving out of Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the front runner to host the event next season is Chicago. Only the most diehard of diehards usually go to the draft, and with that could you go to the draft and endure hardcore NFL fan. This somehow leads to a discussion about Intern Ryan's Jags jersey collection, and it's all downhill from there. But speaking of the draft here's something to make you smile (unless of course you are a Jets fan.)
We delve a little bit more into last night's NBA Finals game 3, and it is hard to say anything except that the Spurs had about as perfect of a game as you could ask for. Jeff is still leaning towards this heading into seven games, and Tom is rooting hard for that for creative purposes (which is just a fancy way of saying he does not want to make up things to talk about.)
As we do every week we discuss "Who's Hot and Who's Not" presented as always by our friends at Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning (now with an awesomely epic new intro.) This week we delve into the performance of Kawhi Leonard, Justin Verlander, and others who are either on fire or ice cold.
Final hour of The Jeff Cameron Show (at least for this week) starts with more talk about the NBA, and a look at the upcoming weekend. We'll be playing hooky from the studio tomorrow to head to Miller's Ale House to watch the opeing game of the World Cup, and game 4 of the NBA Finals. We'll be back there on monday to watch the U.S. Men's National team so feel free to come by and hang out with us.
3-time PGA Tour winner Kenny Knox joins the program to talk about the U.S. Open, and discuss the field with Jeff. Pinehurst is sure to provide some high drama this weekend, and storylines abound for the major tournament. Speaking of golf, if you want to help improve your golf with a class or purchase some of the best putters and wedges around head to kennyknoxgolf.com. You and your golf game will be glad you did.
Don't you love the way games are overanalyzed in today's sports media cycle? The Spurs won game 1 and it sounded as if the Spurs would roll on to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Now, the Heat won game 2 and it will be going back to Miami with the series tied. Today's media coverage makes it seem like Miami cannot lose, much like San Antonio "couldn't lose" after it won game 1. At least Miami won in pretty typical fashion. If it won because of something San Antonio did (or didn't do), that would be overcovered like LeBron's cramping. If Miami lost, issue probably would have been taken for Dwayne Wade's body language which was overwhelmingly negative for parts of the contest, or this flop while being defended by Manu Ginobli.
The Belmont Stakes was this weekend, California Chrome did not win the Triple Crown as he finished 4th. The horse's owner Steve Coburn took offense to some of the horses in the race, including the winner, Tonalist. Coburn says it should be a rule that the horses that run in the Belmont Stakes should also have run in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Coburn accused those who don't do that "cowards" and likened it to himself (a 6'2" man) challenging a child in a wheelchair to basketball. My beef with the man is that if you thought this was an unfair advantage for the other horses, say so before the race, not immediately after you lost.
The 97.9 ESPN Radio crew will be at Miller's Ale House this Thursday starting at 4:00 for the World Cup's opening match between Brazil and Croatia and for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. You will even see some of the US Open if you show up early, golf's second major also starts on Thursday. We have some fun at Tiger Woods' expense, since he will not be competing in that tournament he will have a lot of free time that weekend. Jeff and Tom suppose that Tiger could live-tweet during the event.
It is dissapointing that Florida State Baseball is not one of the topics today. Whether it be FSU's dominating performance en route to the College World Series, or about tonight's winner-take-all game for a trip to Omaha... it's unfortunate that these are just hypothetical situations. We go back to the NBA Finals and fans have experienced a treat through the first two games. Save for the air conditioning fiasco in game one, this has been a tightly contested competition between Miami and San Antonio, and there still at least three more games to go!
We are now t-minus 82 days until the start of Florida State Football season! Let us help you fill in some of that time with the first edition of Warchant.com's top 40 countdown of the best FSU players. Below is the video where our own Jeff Cameron, Warchant.com Founder Gene Williams and Orlando Sentinel writer Brendan Sonnone reveal players #40-36. Check out Warchant.com for updates to these rankings!
The Cavaliers are looking for a new head coach after they fired Mike Brown... twice... in three years. The latest news in their coaching search is their offer to Kentucky Basketball Head Coach John Calipari. Cleveland offered Calipari a 10-year, $80 million contract to be the Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Cavaliers. That offer comes days after Calipari signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the University of Kentucky. Calipari turned down the offer from Cleveland, Wildcat fans you can relax.
This week's Vision Check, brought to you by The Hour Glass, is on the news that Florida State's season tickets have sold out for the 2014 season! This is big for the atheltic department and school as a whole because it helps keep FSU with the Joneses monetarily speaking. For example, the schools in the SEC will be getting a major boost in revenue when the SEC Network launches on the ESPN family of networks. It is now important for the Seminoles to go out and make those season ticket purchasers happy. If they are able to win at least six of the seven home games in 2014 that should be enough to keep the excitement for future seasons.
Have a great night everyone, talk to you tomorrow!
We are closing in on T-minus 87-days until the REIGNING. NATIONAL. CHAMPIONS. hit the field in Dallas to take on Oklahoma State, and FSU remains 17.5 point favorites over the Cowboys. Jeff and Tom are beginning to make preparations on getting to Dallas. Our host has just booked his flight and our gracious producer has scheduled his living arrangements in Jerry World. As a recent college grad with no money to spend on a trip like that I am pretty jealous and hope the stars align in the way so I can enjoy the season opener in person as well!
Tomorrow night the 97.9 ESPN Radio Crew will be at the Midtown Pass for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Spurs and Heat. The NBA is such a unique game when compared to other team sports where one single person cannot win a game on his own: Dan Marino, Barry Sanders, Barry Bonds, Felix Hernandez, all-time greats at their position and in their sport, but have not won a title. This is different in the NBA where LeBron James can take over a team and lead them to at least the NBA Finals. Check out the starting lineup below from the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers when they made the NBA Finals.
A little tease for tonight's Seminole Headlines that begins at 5:00 tonight. Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat had the chance to sit down with Jimbo Fisher and asked the Head Coach about each play on the game-winning drive for the National Championship game. Corey gives his persepective on his interview with Fisher on Seminole Headlines tonight!
Great news for Florida State Basketball as Center Kiel Turpin has been granted a 6th-year of eligibility. He missed the entire 2013-2014 season due to injury and was awarded a medical redshirt. It is a big deal that they are getting him back, he is a big body in the paint who is also able to hit 12-14 foot jump shots. That is something that the other big men on FSU, Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo cannot provide for the team. FSU b-ball will also welcome playing time for 2013 top prospect Xavier Rathan-Mayes who was academically ineligible to play last season.
Today is the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment going to the US Senate to be voted upon in the legislation process, it was passed and ratified a few days later in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan with other states following suit. Jeff and Tom poke some fun at the expense of women and discuss who their favorite female athletes are.
We have a new segment on the Jeff Cameron show: "Who's Hot, Who's Cold" brought to you by Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning. This is a new weekly topic coming at you every Wednesday at 4:30. We start with who is cold: The Tampa Bay Rays. They are 23-36 this season, that record is the worst in the American League and is 2nd worst in the MLB, just two games better than the Chicago Cubs. Tampa has lost eight of their last nine games and have a -46 run differential, and their ace David Price is not pitching like one. Who is hot? How about hot prospects in this week's MLB Draft. Now more than ever you have seen great talents like Stephen Strasburg, Chris Sale and Buster Posey, fly through the minor league system to reach The Show. It is great to find players you follow in college reach the Major League level at a fast rate.
Stay tuned, Seminole Headlines is coming up next, have a great night everybody!
Florida State was eliminated from the College Baseball Tournament this weekend, much to the surprise to many of the Florida State faithful. These players are still amateurs which makes it seem uncomfortable to criticize them, but everyone shares some of the blame for the Seminoles elimination. Mike Compton started the first game and did not even make it out of the second inning. The offense scrapped together just two hits, but some credit for that needs to go to the Georgia Southern starter Sam Howard and how well he performed. Howard is projected to be an early round selection in this week's MLB draft and proved it on Friday night, the Seminoles offense only had SIX. 6. Seis. Sechs. balls leave the infield.
Game two against Alabama was mostly the same until the ninth inning. The 'Noles found themselves down 6-0, and failed to score any runs in 17 innings at home. That was when FSU staged a massive rally and scored five runs and had the winning run on base before the magic ran out and the season ended. One massive blunder was made in the 9th by Head Coach Mike Martin. Junior First baseman John Nogowski lead off the 9th with a single, and was promptly benched in favor of the speedster Nick Gragenella. Martin said he benched Nogowski because he wanted the home crowd to give him an ovation in what might have been his final game in garnet and gold. Isn't that kind of an admission of defeat? Why do you want Nogowski's ovation to be when you are down six? Aren't you going to come back and win this game? Martin has had an unprecedented career at Florida State, and has not made too many inexcusable decisions, but that might be one of them.
The NBA finals is setup and we will have a rematch from last year's Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. There are a lot of good matchups to look for on the court between these teams. It could be Chris Bosh against Tim Duncan, the Miami bench against the Spurs bench and you cannot discount the importance of having the best player in the world in your side, the Heat will have that advantage with LeBron James.
Kennsaw State defeated Alabama this afternoon to win the Tallahassee Regional and advance to the Super Regionals vs Louisville. You should check out the strike three call that elminated Alabama from the tournament.
Yeah... that's not a strike. I am sure Alabama was not happy that was the call that ended their season, especially with the go ahead run on 1st base. We wonder if there are just instances in a game where the umpire just does not see where the ball crossed the plate. Whether they blinked, or the catcher got in the way, etc. This might have been one of those instances. I believe that Baseball is one of the hardest, if not the hardest sport to officiate just because their are so many bang-bang plays. For example, a close play at first base. What is the umpire using to judge the play? There is no way you can see both the ball hitting the glove and the foot hitting the bag. In my *very* short umpring career, I was taught to watch for the foot hitting the base and listen for the distinctive sound of the ball hitting the glove.
Today's final hour begins with another recap of this weekend's disspointing performance from Florida State Baseball. The pitching was certainly a sore spot for this weekend, it is never good when you pull your second best starter after he does not even get out of the second inning. That being said, the offense was just as bad, if not worse. Your pitching staff can give up all the runs they want, they could also be great and give up just one or two runs. None of that matters if your hitters cannot score at all. That was the case for Florida State hitting this weekend where they were held scoreless for 17 of the 18 innings they played on Friday and Saturday.
Today's Vision Check, brought to you by The Hourglass, is about the NBA and how unimportant the NBA regular season is. If you use the Vegas Sportsbooks as a reference, the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Indiana Pacers were the most likely teams to win the FInals from the beginning of the season to the end of the season. The bookies out in Vegas basically predicted the conference finals matchups before the season started. That does not really matter now however, because a benefit of that is now we have the best two teams duking it out again for the NBA championship. It should be one that even non-NBA fans might enjoy.
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Jeff is beyond convinced that tonight's game 2 in Indiana is a must win for the Pacers. Indy needs a win tonight to take this series to seven games and prove that they truly are the eternal thorn in the side of the Miami Heat. Elsewhere on the other coast the Serge Ibaka injury has proven fatal for the Thunder. OKC gave up an ungodly number of points in game one against the Spurs last night, and on top of the the Spurs just look better. From coaching, to health, to depth Jeff thinks it's a foregone conclusion that the Spurs will play for the title once again.
The first few weeks of the ACC football schedule came out today, and it does not exactly have a ton of intrigue. This of course means that we here at the JCS must take this opprotunity to harrass Clemson and Miami. We first turn our attention to the hapless Canes who under the watchful eye of University of Miami President Donna Shalala have become worse and worse with each passing year. The Canes have fallen so far in her tenure at Coral Gables that Jeff suggests we honor her at half time of a game at Doak (not Sun Life Stadium because no one would see it there.) From there on we make fun of Clemson WR coach Jeff Scott who was harrased by 'Noles fans on a flight to Tallahassee. It was said that there were anywhere from 14 to 51 insults thrown Scott's way.
As he usually does at this time the Tallahassee Democrat's Ira Schoffel joins Jeff to talk some FSU Baseball. Ira and Jeff discuss how Florida State's destination (40 wins again, quality wins, etc.) is what we thought it would be to start the season, but the journey has not been as dominant. From there the two talk about how the injured arms in the pitching staff are coming along, and how DJ Stewart winning ACC Player of the Year with his numbers is an indicator of how the college game has changed since the bats were killed. After that they talk about how most of the national media got it wrong about Jameis Winston again, this time about the claim that he was at the Chris Casher and Ronald Darby hearing today (even though he was not.)
We have more discussion on today's hearing. Tim Jansen, Jameis Winston's attorney was present but also told the press Winston's presence was not requested. This is the beginning of the misunderstandings that have arisen out of national media reports that have painted this as a hearing for Winston. It was not until paragraph nine of the article in question that Jameis not being in any current legal trouble was brought up, and even then the angle taken is one of Winston getting a way with a crime. An angle that Jeff finds unfair and quite frankly makes him angry.
We discuss the gifs (posted above) of two individuals at two different MLB games last night failing in the art of catching a baseball. First we have an Angels fan diving over an elderly woman to catch a foul ball, with no remourse for the shocked woman. Then there is the case of a guy trying to catch a ball an outfielder at a Cleveland Indians game had thrown into the stands. As shown above the man makes a play and then crumples like a kid getting hit on the schoolyard as the ball comes flat down on his nose. Consider this your daily reminder to own your mistakes like a grown up and not be a jerk while attending a baseball game.
The show's final hour (at least for today) starts with more baseball talk. FSU's record vs. top RPI teams is not exactly shiny and spectacluar (the 'Noles did however take a series against Miami) but at the end of the day they won enough games and fared well enough against top compeitition to more than likely get a national seed. As far as the ACC tournament is concerned it is not that big of a deal, but 'Noles fans would love to get another crack at the Virginia Cavaliers. FSU is 17-17 in the last 8 ACC tournaments in the state of North Carolina so FSU needs to get a little bit more what for if they want to win some games in Carolina.
A topic so good it bears repeating, FOOTBALL! Granted it is not exactly the best brand of ACC football that will be played in the first few weeks of the conference's 2014 campaign, but they are now games with real dates and times. The conference does have the ACC Championship in primetime again, and will have plenty of primetime appearances including FSU vs. Oklahoma St. Georgia and Clemson's opening weekend game will also be interesting considering both teams have so many question marks.
How much are college quarterbacks worth? That's the topic of a new article from FiveThirtyEight's Seth Gitter and Peter Hunsberger. Jameis Winston is worth 3 million dollars more than the average quarterback in the NCAA's recent history according to the duo's model. The big winner? The king of all neckbeards Andrew Luck who was worth almost 3.47 million to the Stanford Cardinal during their 2010 campaign. Colt McCoy, Johnny Manziel, Pat White, and other notable names were also big earners on the list.
Florida State Baseball took the weekend series against Duke on Friday, but could not break out the brooms on Saturday as the team continues its search for a third starter. Next up for Seminole Baseball is the ACC Tournament which starts for them on Wednesday. They will play the winner of Tuesday's play-in game of North Carolina vs North Carolina State. Rumor has it the Wolfpack will not start its ace Carlos Rodon for the game against the Tar Heels, taking a chance so if it does get passed UNC, NCST will have their ace to counter FSU's ace Luke Weaver.
Congratulations to DJ Stewart, he was named the 2014 ACC Player of the Year! He joins J.D. Drew, John-Ford Griffin, Marshall McDougall, Tony Thomas, Jr., Buster Posey and James Ramsey as the Seminoles to be awarded the ACC Player of the Year honors. Other Seminoles that have been awarded conference honors are: John Nogowski (First Team), Luke Weaver (First Team), Josh Delph (Third Team), Gage Smith (Third Team). DJ absolutely deserves the honor, but when you compare his statistics to the other FSU baseball stars that have also been given the title, you can see the era that College Baseball is now in. In his two years at FSU, DJ Stewart has a .363 batting average, .474 On-Base percentage (OBP) and 12 home runs with 106 RBIs. Buster Posey from 2007-2008 hit .432, got on base at a .510 rate with 29 home runs and 158 RBIs. Finally, in 1996-1997, JD Drew hit .421, with a .550 OBP, 52 home runs and 194 RBIs.
The NBA Conference Finals are now underway. The Pacers took game one over the Heat yesterday and tonight is game one for Oklahoma City vs San Antonio. Indiana is now in the mainstream media experience of each and every game being over analyzed. For example, some analysts are saying that the Heat are in trouble. Already? Looking at the Western Conference, Jeff admires the work that Gregg Popovich has done coaching his team to this level year in and year out, but our host will be rooting for the Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals.
A mish-mosh of discussions happen to kick off the second hour. First, we talk about the overreactions that probably will happen no matter if FSU wins their first game of the tournament (CHAMPIONSHIP!!) or if they lose (I TOLD YOU THEY WOULD STINK). The NFLPA is going against expanding the number of teams that make the NFL playoffs. This is fine by us, we do not need 6-10 teams in the dance for the Super Bowl. Next North Carolina State football will be getting new helmets. What is special about these is the "Wolf Pack" eyes in the back of the helmet. It reminds us of the video board in Clemson on 3rd downs and the LSU Tiger Eye that is at the 50-yard line.
With the NFL draft in the books, Vegas has upated their over/under win totals. According to the bookies in Vegas, we are likely to witnesss a Super Bowl rematch between Denver and Seattle, they are set to win the most games at 11. Other teams Vegas predicts to achieve a double-digit win total are New England, San Francisco, and Green Bay. Finally, the teams vying for the Jameis Winston sweepstakes are Tennessee, Tampa Bay, the New York Jets, Cleveland, Buffalo, Minnesota, Oakland, and Jacksonville. Vegas figures these teams to win seven games or fewer.
Speaking of LSU, there is an article that praises the LSU defense for being one of the few teams that stifles the spread-style offense that has emerged in the SEC. There are commonalities between LSU and the current FSU defense. LSU is not afraid to start inexperienced, underclassman week in and week out. Florida State had two true freshman start and perform very well last season and will look to contribute even further this season. The one difference that emerges though, is the defensive line. When a star D-lineman leaves LSU, it is not a big deal because it is assumed that "they have another one coming." That is not the same for the Noles this season, they just lost Timmy Jernigan to the NFL draft and his replacement is a question mark going into the 2014 title defense.
FSU baseball only hit 24 home runs in the regular season, it seems to be a low number compared to other contenders, but the park a team plays in makes a huge impact in how many homers they hit. One of the parks that does not call for a lot of home runs is T.D. Ameritrade Park, where the College World Series is held. You might win games and make it to Omaha via the long ball, but once you get to Ameritrade park, the home run is not a form of offense you can rely on anymore. That is one of the things going in FSU's favor as the College World Series keeps approaching, they have won games without a reliance on home runs.
It is time for the Vision Check brought to you by the Hourglass. We put the pool that FSU has been placed in for the ACC tournament under the microscope. FSU is in Pool B along with Virginia, Maryland, and the winner of tomorrow's North Carolina vs NC State game. FSU is 8-4 overall vs other teams in Pool B, it has a 2.58 ERA against those teams and it has outscored the other programs 80-35. Holtmann and Leibrandt will not be available for the tournament, so the likely starters will be Luke Weaver, Mike Compton and Billy Strode. It is important to note that the results of the ACC tournament for FSU has not correlated at all for the NCAA tournament. There have been years where FSU did not do well in the ACC tourney, but advanced to Omaha, and then there were the seasons where FSU won the ACC, and failed to reach Omaha.