The NBA’s Next Big Superstar
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laFor those who don’t get a chance to see the NBA’s Best of the West aka the Western Conference – you’re definitely missing seeing a gem and the upstart Portland Trail Blazers! If you don’t know who is LaMarcus Aldridge and you happen to ask the 6 foot 11 inch power forward – he’s perfectly fine with that. The humble superstar is attempting to do what the next generation of stars such as: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitski and Paul George have done over the last few years. These all stars have made themselves into household names in the NBA by carrying their teams deep in the playoffs. In the first two games of the series against Houston, Aldridge has had his way with the Rockets front line of Dwight Howard, Omer Asik and Terrance Jones. In Game 1, he did it in the post, by shooting 12 for 17 from inside the painted area. Then in last night’s win in Game 2, he hit 13 out of 19 shots from mid-range areas on the floor. The Rockets have refused to double team him in both games and Aldridge has made them pay. His 89 points in the first 2 games are the 4th highest first 2 playoff scoring games in the NBA’s history. Last time, I checked only all time greats – Michael Jordan and Jerry West have scored more points. Continue reading

Your Tax Dollars at Play at Sports Stadiums
Ted Hicks

bssMoneyOn Wednesday’s at 9PM ET – you can always expect some banter on #InsideTheBarbershop from this Long Islander about athletes chasing the dollar, contracts, mergers or acquisitions or what’s happening in the social media world.  Since April 15th was our official tax deadline filing date – I thought it was apropos to share an infographic of your tax dollars at play in sports stadiums. (Ask yourself – what are two things that are always being built in America – it’s ballparks and penitentiaries)  You already know professional sports are a big business – NFL teams earn revenue in the hundreds of millions, with the most successful being valued at more than $2 billion. But these teams are nowhere without their stadiums. Get a look at how financing has changed over the years and where taxpayers have footed the bill.  We’ll look at three of the oldest professional sports venues currently in operation – Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.  Continue reading

NHL Western Conference Playoff Breakdown
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Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild- To me, Colorado is the surprise team in the NHL. You thought they might be pretty decent, but ultimately that this was a rebuilding year under rookie head coach Patrick Roy. First overall draft pick last year Nathan MacKinnon showed everyone why he was that and then some. Next thing you know, they find themselves winning their division over the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. They will face wildcard qualifier Minnesota Wild that will have a tough mountain to climb. Now, Colorado is young and untested so this series has the potential to produce the first round shocker we’ve become accustomed to. To win, Minnesota must slow the game down and exploit the inexperience of Colorado and their head coach. I’ll go with Colorado in 6. Continue reading

Top 5 2014 NCAA Basketball Recruiting Classes
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It started with the Fab 5 of Michigan in 1992 and we still continue to see it today as with the run the Kentucky Wildcat freshman made this past season. Basketball is team sport that’s no question but just one player can have such an impact on the team that it will change the outlook of the season. With the “one and done” rule freshman can come in for 1 season at the program and move onto the NBA the next year. Carmelo Anthony spent one season at Syracuse for one season and brought home Jim Boheim’s only championship before declaring for the draft and becoming a super star. This season’s recruiting class has a ton of talent although not quite the plethora of talent like last year’s freshman class led by Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Tyler Ennis. Continue reading

Was #Illmatic the greatest HIP HOP album of all time? @Nas
Ted Hicks

nas4forverEvery Wednesday at 9pm ET, on the “Inside the BarberShop” live teamcast – there’s a running joke about “Teddy 2 teams” being around for a historical moment in time.  Yes, by way of this blog – I admit that I’m the Wolverine – spanning the time, space continuum.  All joking aside – I had to S/O one of my favorite rappers of all time — Nasir Jones.  Yes, in the 1990s – this was the Golden Era of Hip Hop and living in Queens made it special. Continue reading

Eastern Conference NHL Playoff Preview
Todd Bascom

I’m a fan of many games but this if my favorite time of year. In my opinion, the NHL playoffs are the most exciting and intense spectacle in all of sports, and it finally kicks off tonight. Here’s what you need to know! Continue reading

Remembering A Warrior’s Legacy
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warrior-wwe-tribute-3First and foremost, BarberShop Sports sends their condolences to the family of The Ultimate Warrior.  James Brian Hellwig (aka The Ultimate Warrior) died after reportedly collapsing outside his hotel in Arizona.   The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame on the night before WrestleMania XXX along with Mr. T, Lita, the late William “Paul Bearer” Moody, Carlos Colon, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  Linda McMahon (WWE Chairperson) introduced the The Warrior as the type that “would be willing to help and extend a hand, but hated excuses and laziness”, he would stand arm-to-arm with his two beautiful daughters and his speech was widely considered as “epic”.  The Warrior had a long-standing controversial relationship with the WWE, especially after the company released a video entitled, “The Self Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior”.  The video chronicled the Warrior’s lack of business acumen and his passive / aggressive behavior.  There was once an incident where the Warrior held a SummerSlam main event hostage – because of a financial discrepancy between himself and the wrestling organization.  The video also showed his colleagues mocking him over the incident.  Continue reading

Barbershop Sports 2013-14 NBA Awards
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Well it’s about that time of the year when we can put a close on the regular season and get ready for the playoffs. This regular season has been full of season ending injuries to star players, (Derrick Rose, Al Horford, Brook Lopez) key players missing good chunks of time (Rajon Rondo, Eric Bledsoe, Dwayne Wade) and teams out playing expectations (Charlotte, Phoenix, and Toronto). So without further ado, it’s finally time for me to give out my selections for the NBA’s top awards for the 2013-14 Regular Season. Continue reading

Happy Jackie Robinson Day — #Jackie42
Ted Hicks

robinsonA lot is happening today – it’s April 15th. You’re probably thinking about your income taxes – right?  Did you get your taxes completed? If not, then did you file your extension? Guess what? Sixty-seven years ago today Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball in the modern era.  Columnists across America will write about their Jackie Robinson story today! It’s Jackie Robinson Day. Continue reading

#SoCal Cities to Open Doors as “Host Towns” for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 #LA2015
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2015-LAagBefore the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California with a three-day “Host Town” program from July 21 – 24. The Host Town program will welcome the athletes to Southern California with three days of cultural events, sports training and relaxation. One hundred communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will have the honor of becoming official Host Towns, with Long Beach, being named the first official community selected to participate. Continue reading