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2013 Grover Awards: The Best of The Good Phight

Before a new season begins, the hive mind is set abuzz once again as we congratulate ourselves for another fine year of Phillies baseball bloggery.

Welcome back to TheFightins.com

The Good Phight welcomes its old buddies back to the blogroll, like Lee welcomed back Stonewall Jackson after he found out that he wasn't really dead after all. Whooee! On to Washington, boys!

Puckbuddys gay hockey blog launches

There's a new gay hockey site on our blogroll with one of the best names I've heard in a long time. "Puckbuddys" is for "boys who like boys who like hockey." They've got a fantastic tone with a...

Gay soccer player blogs from the closet

The latest in what is becoming a mini-trend -- closeted jocks blogging -- has a new and worthy entrant, One in Eleven, Thoughts of a Gay Footballer Exposed. That's football, as in soccer. The...

The Grovers: Phillies bloggers win major awards

The balloting is over, and the very best of Good Phighting is displayed in all its glory.

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Mid-week Fantasy Booker: The grand-daddy of them all.

I love wrestling, I love to watch an extremely techical masterpeice. Catch-as-catch-can is my favorite typre of wrestling by far but you know what I love more that? Fantasy booking. I dont think...

So Long JT's Hoops Blog, Welcome Slap Dog Hoops

As some of my followers may know, I have had to shut down my baby of four years JT's Hoops Blog down due to malware problems. So I decided that instead of trying in vain to fix the problem and have the malware warnings the Google posts when somebody visits me continue to ruin my online reputation, I would take action. It was with great pain that I took down a site that I have worked on for nearly half a decade; however, it was all for the best. Now it is time to turn the page to a new chapter with a new name and new attitude.

JT's Hoops Blog's 2012/2013 NBA Worst to First Previews and Predictions: 8. Philadelphia 76ers

Unfortunately, the arrival of Andrew Bynum can be considered as both a blessing and curse for 76ers coach Doug Collins, who has pretty much coasted under the radar with his team who were low on talent, but high in effort. Now much more pressure will be on him to not only coach this overachieving team to the post season, which he has done masterfully the last two years, but to coach a team that will be under the microscope as well. Collins will not only have something to prove to fans in Philly, the media and the league, but he will have the challenge of assuring the happiness and compliance of his new prized acquisition. Once the season ends, Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent and it will be up Collins and the front office to convince him to remain the face of the franchise for years to come. Last season Collins had the luxury of not having to deal with a pre-Madonna star player with a huge ego making it easier to keep his players on the same page. Although there were grumblings amongst some players about their inconsistencies concerning playing time, he basically kept that team in line. Now he will have to deal a high profile NBA All Star with impeccable credentials, and who is on the last year of his current contract making it very difficult for Collins to assert dominance over. He will have his front office watching him very closely and breathing down his neck; the slightest misstep can mean him leaving the coaching seat in Philly and returning to the broadcast booth. So in effect, the arrival of Andrew Bynum can have great potential for success for Philly or become a disaster of epic proportions as things may go quite bad in a hurry.

JT's Hoops Blog's 2012/2013 NBA Worst to First Previews and Predictions: 9. San Antonio Spurs

Instead of moving forward, it seems as if San Antonio is trying to turn back the clock thinking that they still have a shot at another NBA title with Duncan back. Unfortunately that is farther from the truth as San Antonio already proved in the last three seasons that its window of opportunity to win a title had all but closed. Instead of giving the organization a sense of closure, last season phenomenal playoff performance actually has done the opposite giving management a false sense of hope with the delusion that they can still do it again. Last season was probably the best that San Antonio could have ever done and with a core of players whose average age is 34 years old, it seems that the only place the Spurs will be going is down. Although that is not to say that the Spurs will just collapse all of a sudden—they will still continue to win 50 or more games for years to come; however, by signing Duncan they did themselves a disservice as they essentially mortgaged their future on his aging and war weary shoulders. And it is such a letdown considering the fact that the Spurs have a group of young and up and coming player ready willing and able to be handed the baton.

JT's Hoops Blog's 2012/2013 NBA Worst to First Previews and Predictions: 11. Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis had one of the most active off-seasons in the league as they have completely retooled and re-hauled their roster from last season making it even deeper and stronger than it has ever been before. They started by re-upping the contracts of Marc Gasol, Mareese Speights, and Darrell Arthur giving the Grizzlies possibly the biggest, deepest and most talented front court in the league. Along with strengthening the front court, they also have bolstered a glaring weakness they have had in poor perimeter shooting by adding sharp shooting guard Jerryd Bayless. Last season with the Toronto Raptors, Bayless had his best season as a pro averaging 11.4 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting a whopping .423 from beyond the arc. Bayless’ signing might be the most underrated one as he has the potential to be an All Star and may give Tony Allen a run for his money for the starting shooting guard spot as well.

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