Check Out www.sircharlesincharge.com (New Home for Chris Walder)

The reason I started “Walders World of Sports” was to get my writing out to the world and eventually get noticed.

Well…..

That day has finally come.

After being discovered for my NBA articles here on the site, I have now accepted a gig to be the new head editor of the NBA fan site “Sir Charles in Charge” on the Fansided network.

For anyone who would like to continue supporting my writing and help me live out my dreams, be sure to check out the site at www.sircharlesincharge.com 

I will return to Walders World of Sports once I have a feel for how the new site runs and how easily I can get my writing done.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped this blog grow to the point it has. I love you all.

Remember to check out www.sircharlesincharge.com

– Christopher Walder

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Vote Rachel Bonnetta for Toronto FC Dream Job!!!

 

The following video was made by a friend of mine named Rachel Bonnetta. Rachel is currently in the running to win an awesome dream job with the Toronto FC soccer team. The winner gets to host games and events, interview players and travel with the team.

The link below will send you to the contest page. Please take a moment of your time and give Rachel a vote. She really deserves it.

Thanks guys!

 

http://apps.facebook.com/tfcdreamjobfinalists/contests/196291/voteable_entries  (CLICK ABOVE)

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Chris Walder March Madness Bracket

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Final Four: 1. Kentucky 6. Murray State 1. Syracuse 2. Kansas

National Championship: Kentucky over Kansas

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The Washington Redskins REALLY want Robert Griffin III

I guess Peyton Manning won’t be playing in Washington anytime soon.

The Redskins have traded their first and second round picks in this years draft as well as their first round picks in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams for the 2nd pick this April.

The pick will presumably be used on Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

That seems like a lot to give up for a guy who isn’t even the top prospect at his own position.

I’m not downplaying the ability of Griffin at all. He may end up being a better quarterback than Stanford’s Andrew Luck.

But as of right now, Griffin isn’t considered the best quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft.

That means a lot considering what Washington just gave up to acquire his services for next season. Continue reading

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Will Manning find his Peyton Place?

The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is officially over.

It was to be expected, but it’s still rather shocking now that it’s actually happened.

Peyton spent 14 years with the Colts organization. He made 11 pro bowls, won 4 MVP’s, 2 AFC Championships and 1 Super Bowl while playing in Indianapolis.

After several neck surgeries and an entire season gone by, Colts owner Jim Irsay has decided to release Peyton Manning from his contract that was set to pay him a whopping $28,000,000 later this week.

Instead of sticking with the man who took their once irrelevant franchise and turned it into a Super Bowl contender, the Colts will now explore other options at the quarterback position. That primary option being selecting Andrew Luck in the upcoming NFL draft.

So what happens with Peyton Manning now? Reports are that he’s nearing 100% health and is ready to play right away next season. Despite his age (35) and history of injuries, Manning is still a huge upgrade over half the quarterbacks in the National Football League.

So who will be the one that takes a chance on Manning? In this writer’s opinion, there are 3 teams that would look awfully good with Peyton behind center. Continue reading

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Bountygate: The New Orleans Saints

So it looks like the New Orleans Saints aren’t the “Saints” that they’re all cracked up to be.

Dating back to early 2009, the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League have operated a bounty system in which defensive players would be rewarded financially for taking out members of the opposing team. Between 22 and 27 members of the Saints roster as well as former defensive coordinator Greg Williams (now with St. Louis) pooled their own money to pay out the bonuses.

Players were given $1000 for getting an opposing player carted off the field and $1500 for knocking a player out. The money was then doubled if the play was made during the postseason.

Head Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis were all aware of what was transpiring and still did nothing to halt it.

This is big. This is huge.

This is horrible for the NFL.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fire Ron Wilson: Why Now?

Ron Wilson is officially out as the Leafs head coach.

Former Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle will now take over the bench duties for the team.

This was inevitable. Ron Wilson’s tenure in Toronto was mediocre at best. He had coached 310 games for the team and only achieved victory in 130 of them. He failed to take the Leafs to the playoffs even once during his 3 1/2 year stint with the franchise.

The problem I have with Wilson’s dismissal is the timing of the decision.

There are only 18 games left in the regular season. Despite being 3 points out of the final playoff spot, the Leafs are still only 12th in the entire conference.

In order for Toronto to qualify for the playoffs as the final seed, they would have to pass Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Washington.

That’s not going to happen.

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W10: Greatest Matches in Wrestlemania History

10. Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels   Wrestlemania 21

This match between Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle and “the Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels is criminally under-appreciated in the annals of wrestling history.

This was a personal dream match of mine. In my opinion, Michaels and Angle were the 2 best in-ring performers in the company at that time. They had never squared off in a one on one scenario going into Wrestlemania, but were finally going to get that opportunity on the grandest stage of them all.

If you want to get a friend to become a fan of professional wrestling, just show them this match. There was no stipulations, blood or foreign objects involved. It was just a 30 minute wrestling clinic from 2 of the greatest of all-time.

Moment of the match: Kurt Angle delivering the Angle Slam to Michaels from the top-rope and only gaining a two-count.

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2012 NBA Midseason Awards

Most Valuable Player: Lebron James – Miami Heat

Stats: 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists

The MVP will more than likely be given to either James or Kevin Durant depending on which team finishes with the better record. As of now, I’m giving the slightest of edges to the king because A) James is putting up slightly better numbers and B) his record-breaking PER rating of 32.42. The PER (player efficiency rating) is the rating of a player’s per-minute productivity. No one in the history of the game has had a rating higher than what James has at the moment.

His incredible play has kept the Miami Heat near the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference despite injuries to fellow star Dwayne Wade. Let’s face it, without Wade the Heat are nothing more than the Cleveland Cavaliers of old.

James is also shooting better from the field and attempting less 3-pointers which will only benefit the Heat when the playoffs come. Durant is still in the running, but the hardware is James’ to lose.

Honorable Mentions: Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers, Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers Continue reading

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The Death of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

While watching last night’s NBA Slam Dunk contest, I repeatedly received visions in my head of the ending of the highly acclaimed movie “Old Yeller”.

That’s only because I felt someone should have taken this event behind a woodshed and put it out of its misery.

I am a huge fan of the NBA, but boy did they fail to deliver for All-Star Saturday.

It wasn’t just the Slam Dunk Contest that sucked, but the entire event was completely weak, emotionless and lacked the luster of past years.

No one wanted to be there. Very few fans showed up to the arena and those who did were absolutely lifeless. Nothing that happened on that court was going to wake them up out of their collective comas.

I suppose it’s hard to get excited for an event that’s headlined by such “big” names as Landry Fields, Jerry Stackhouse, Mario Chalmers, Jeremy Evans, Chase Budinger, James Jones and Paul George. Continue reading

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