Kobe Has Buzzer Beater, Buckeyes Win Rose Bowl, & Other Headline Truths

January 2, 2010

TheDailySportsHerald.com presents our quick truths on today's top headlines in the world of sports. The truth shall set you free . . .

HEADLINE: Ohio State Defeats Oregon 26-17 in Rose Bowl
TRUTH: For once, Head Coach Jim Tressel opened up the playbook for quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and Pryor responded with 338 total yards in a dominant performance. Had Pryor been allowed to air it out more during the season, he might have been a legitimate Heisman candidate this year.

HEADLINE: Florida State Sends Bobby Bowden Out A Winner With 33-21 Gator Bowl Victory Over West Virginia
TRUTH: Although he was no John Wooden when it came to upholding the student-athlete ideal, Bowden was a likable guy who contributed tremendously to the game on the field. He was one of the first to feature a pro-style offensive passing attack in the NCAA, and also established the blueprint for molding an elite, speed-oriented defense.

With Bowden now gone and Urban Meyer leaving Florida, the improving University of Miami is now in a prime position to win more recruiting battles in the Sunshine State.

HEADLINE: Florida Wins Sugar Bowl Over Cincinnati 51-24
TRUTH: As great as Terrelle Pryor was for Ohio State, he had only the second best performance of the day. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow completed 31-35 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns, capping off an outstanding NCAA career.

HEADLINE: Portland Trail Blazers Guard Steve Blake Out With Pneumonia
TRUTH: Has any team lost more manpower this year than the Blazers? From Greg Oden to Joel Przybilla to Rudy Fernandez, the list of walking wounded seems endless. Even coach Nate McMillan was unable to escape the injury bug, as he recently hurt his leg participating in a practice due to the lack of available bodies.

Credit McMillan and star Brandon Roy for keeping the ship afloat, however, as Portland remains in playoff contention at 21-13.

Who knows, with a few more injuries, they might just equal the Clippers annual quota.

HEADLINE: Kobe Bryant Hits Three At Buzzer To Seal Lakers 109-108 Victory Over Sacramento
TRUTH:At this point in the season, Kobe is the NBA's MVP. He currently leads the league in scoring, and has already hit three clutch game-winners this year.

More importantly, he has battled a litany of injuries, and has refused to take any significant time off. As an example, last night, despite a fractured finger and a banged-up elbow, Bryant was on the floor for 47 out of the game's 48 minutes, putting up 39 points in the process.

Surprisingly, the Lakers have needed that type of production from Kobe throughout the year, despite their overall talent. Part of the reason is that players such as Ron Artest and Pau Gasol have been in and out of the lineup. Another reason is that, as defending champs, they are taking their opponents best shots on a nightly basis.

Although Kobe is employing a more aggressive offensive approach this season, the primary reason for his dominant play has been a physical one. Because Bryant rested his body this summer and did not have to participate with USA Basketball, his legs are rejuvenated. As a result, he has not had to pace himself as much.

By Mike Elliott
Staff Editor for TheDailySportsHerald.com

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