UFC 144 Preview (Edgar/Henderson, Jackson/Bader, Shields/Akiyama)

MAIN EVENT: UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP                                            Frankie Edgar (14-1-1) vs Benson Henderson (15-2-0)

It’s been almost two full years since Frankie Edgar fought an opponent who wasn’t named B.J Penn or Gray Maynard. Throughout those string of fights, I failed to see the legitimacy of Edgar and figured him to be nothing more than a “fluke” champion. It wasn’t until his last fight with Maynard where he knocked him out in the 4th round that I started to take him more seriously. Frankie isn’t the kind of fighter that finishes his fights. Of his 14 career victories, more than half of come via decision. If nothing more, it shows that Frankie Edgar has terrific stamina and can go a full 5 rounds without losing any steam. I think that will come into play tonight against Ben Henderson, as I predict this fight will go the distance. Continue reading

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W10: Best Dunks from the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

We are just a few days away from the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend.

One of the staples of the event is clearly the Slam Dunk Contest, which has had its share of memorable moments over the last 25 years. Big names like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin have taken part in the event, only to see their stock around the league skyrocket after winning.

Fans love their slam dunks. If you can give the fans a show, they will forever love you for it.

Unfortunately in 2012, the hype around the event is at its worst. In what is being called the weakest field yet, low-profile players in Paul George, Derrick Williams, Chase Budinger and Jeremy Evans (replacing the injured Iman Shumpert) will participate and try to give the fans something to remember on Saturday night.

For those of you who have little interest in seeing the leftovers of the NBA participating in what will surely be a lackluster event, I have comprised a list of the 10 greatest dunks of all-time from the Slam Dunk Contest to give you something to feel good about this All-Star weekend.  Continue reading

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2012 WWE Elimination Chamber Results/Review/Recap


Match 1: C.M Punk(c) defeats R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho and The Miz in an Elimination Chamber match to retain the WWE Championship

– Why was this Chamber match opening the show? It was promoted as the main event of the pay per view and should have closed it out. I don’t see the logic in having it be the first match on the card.

– The injury to Chris Jericho was clearly staged. You can tell by the bump he took that his head didn’t really bounce off of anything. What it did do was keep Punk and Jericho’s physical interactions to a minimum to help further push their eventual title confrontation at Wrestlemania 28. Continue reading

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2012 WWE Elimination Chamber PPV Preview + Predictions

(Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship)

Daniel Bryan(c) vs Wade Barrett vs The Big Show vs Cody Rhodes vs The Great Khali vs Santino Marella

Who should win: Daniel Bryan                      Who will win: Daniel Bryan

Preview: The Great Khali and Santino Marella are in an Elimination Chamber match?

It’s like the WWE wants me to keep my money.

This has the potential to be the worst Chamber match in WWE history. Continue reading

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King James: The Ultimate Cleveland Tease

“I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot of fun times here. You can’t predict the future. Hopefully you continue to stay healthy. I’m here as a Miami player and I’m happy where I am now but I don’t rule that out in any sense. If I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.”

 

What on earth possessed King James to say something as stupid, irresponsible and dumbfounded as this?

Word to the wise…..I don’t like Lebron James.

Scratch that……I DESPISE Lebron James!

I lost all respect for the guy when he thought it would be a good idea to go on ESPN and declare to the world that he was going to leave his home in Cleveland to play basketball in South Beach. He had every right to leave, but the way he went about it made him come off as a selfish, cocky little prick.

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Do you believe NOW!!? Will the return of Carmelo slow down LIN-SANITY?

Another column on Jeremy Lin?

I’m fine with it.

I give the people what they want.

Jeremy Lin is the biggest thing going in sports. Why wouldn’t I want to write about the guy?

All he does every game is increase his “legendary status” ten-fold. He is EASILY the most popular player in the National Basketball Association right now.

The New York Knicks are winners of 6 straight and are showing no signs of slowing down. Lin is running the offense and getting his teammates to do something that they hadn’t proved they could do all season long without him…play together as a team.

By the way, Jeremy Lin has also added a new skill to his repertoire. He has started to channel his inner Michael Jordan and nail game-winning shots at the end of regulation time to win basketball games. Continue reading

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Is Mats Sundin the greatest Leaf ever? (A Leafs Retrospective)

Prior to the Toronto vs Montreal hockey game this past Saturday night, the Maple Leafs organization honored one of their own as #13 Mats Sundin had his number raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Center.

I grew up in an era of Toronto hockey that was dominated by Mats Sundin.

He was the man. He was the best player we had and the face of the entire franchise. With Sundin on the roster, the Leafs were perennial playoff contenders.

That’s more than we can say about any of the current crop of players.

Sundin accomplished a lot during his 13-year stint with Toronto and solidified himself as one of the greatest Maple Leaf players of all-time.

But can we call him the best of the best? Continue reading

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2012 NBA All-Star Selections (Snubs and Surprises)

This years NBA All-Star game will take place on February 26th at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.

Unlike most years, my excitement and anticipation for the upcoming All-Star festivities is lukewarm at best.

We’ve barely had one month of NBA basketball and were already having ourselves an All-Star game. Was one month really enough time to judge who and who shouldn’t be competing on the 26th?

Being named to the NBA All-Star team is an honor and a privilege. Having the title “All-Star” in front of your name means that you truly are one of the very best in the National Basketball Association.

With the season being shortened because of the Lockout, I guess the league had no other choice but to hold the game as early as it is. You can’t just scrap the game all together  because the season is drastically shorter in length. I just find it hard to call someone an All-Star after playing 20-25 games in just over a month. Players are constantly getting hurt and taking time off because of the condensed schedule. This is a season unlike any we have seen in over 14 years, but I suppose you just have to deal with the cards that have been dealt. Continue reading

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Do you feel the LINSANITY?!!

25 points, 10-19 shooting, 7 assists, 5 rebounds (win)

28 points, 10-17 shooting, 8 assists, 2 steals (win)

23 points, 9-14 shooting, 10 assists, 4 rebounds (win)

It must be Carmelo Anthony, right?

No?

Amare?

Really?

Jeremy who? Jeremy Lin?

Where did this kid come from?

In a matter of days, young Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has become the most popular athlete in New York City.

Yep, that’s the same New York City that just won the Super Bowl 5 days ago.

Sorry Eli, your fifteen minutes are up. Continue reading

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The Real World of Walder….The Real Christopher Walder

This will probably be the one and only time I’ll ever post on this site and not talk about sports.

Sometimes there are more important things in life to talk about.

My name is Christopher Walder. I’m 23 years old and currently reside in the great city of Toronto.

I started this blog back in September of last year as a way to improve my writing and get to myself more enthralled in everything sports. Ever since I was a little kid, all I’ve ever dreamt of doing is traveling the world and talking about sports. I feel sports defines my life. I love watching, talking and writing about sports. It’s who I am. Chris Walder is the sports guy. I wanted this blog to be a stepping stone to bigger and better things. I would pray that one day the right person would read it and I would somehow find my way into a sports journalism setting. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to happen. I just wanted an opportunity. That is how “Walders World of Sports” came to be.

But there is more to me than just this blog. There is a man behind the keyboard. A man who probably not a lot of you really know. Continue reading

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