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Peyton Manning is an architect, a precision assassin, a true professional who will one day be enshrined in Canton. That said, he will go down in history as a massive underachiever in the playoffs when it truly matters most. While he had yet another MVP-caliber season, this time in a new city with a new team, he threw a heart-breakingly crucial pick in overtime as the Ravens soared to the AFC Championship. At this point in his career, he should have at least 5 Super Bowl appearances but on his impressive resume stands just one ring. How many times has he led a #1 team to only underachieve? We took it for granted all those years, when the Colts sat their starters in weeks 16-17, it was almost expected. Additonally, his play in that victory over the (Rex Grossman-led, yikes) Bears was average and he has never displayed true dominance in the playoffs. In comparison, Rodgers, Montana, Brady, Young, Brees, etc have led their respective teams to glory with their dominance. I would’ve LOVED to see Brady v. Manning, again, but Peyton walks off the frigid Denver field hanging his head as we begin to question the strength of his legacy.

At the end of the day he may be the greatest football mind and artist the QB position has ever seen, but will forever be an underachiever from my perspective.

It’s Coming

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

A revamped and reconstructed Box&1 Social 2.0 is coming your way, with the fierce candor you’ve come to expect. Stay tuned.

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Congrats to Bulls guard Derrick Rose for becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history. An amazing feat, and the sky’s the limit for this kid as he possesses, what boxand1 is coining, the “Five H’s”:

  • Hops
  • Handle
  • Humility
  • Humbleness
  • Heart
Here’s D. Rose receiving his award and delivering one of the most selfless MVP speeches we’ve ever seen. Enjoy.

The Best Closer Ever

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

In honor of the NBA Playoffs, #boxand1 is proud to bring you the top ten NBA Finals moments from the one and only Michael Jordan. Some of these were straight ridiculous, including a double-nickel game vs. Phoenix in ’93. Enjoy.

I be the 7, 21, 18, 21

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Your friends over at #boxand1 usually provide an analysis on all things sports with a special emphasis on the NBA. Today, we’re paying homage to, IMHO, one of the most talented artists the world has ever seen. It’s been one year since Guru, one half of Gangstarr, died at the age of 48. A big #boxand1 shoutout and thank you to Guru, and in his memory we’re giving you our top three lines and a link to our favorite track:

3) “Your fame has gotten larger than your life
You’ve got a harem of b*tches and killer n*ggaz that’s hype
They got your back, but you so fly you don’t need em
You shit what you’re eatin so you don’t peep the proceedings
They start schemeing, feeling that you’re too swollen
and that’s the reason why your cash and stash gets stolen
You start perspiring, because you’re paranoid
Still another confrontation that you couldn’t avoid
Prepare for drama, as if you were a stunt man
Back in the days you was a forty and a blunt man
Today you’re a Willie, now the weather’s too chilly
New York City ain’t the place to be frontin”

2) “Sometimes you gotta dig deep, when problems come near
Don’t fear things get severe for everybody everywhere
Why do bad things happen, to good people?
Seems that life is just a constant war between good and evil
The situation that I’m facin, is mad amazin
To think such problems can arise from minor confrontations
Now I’m contemplatin in my bedroom pacin
Dark clouds over my head, my heart’s racin
Suicide? nah, I’m not a foolish guy
Don’t even feel like drinking, or even gettin high
Cause all that’s gonna do really, is accelerate
The anxieties that I wish I could alleviate
But wait, I’ve been through a whole lot of other shit, before
So I oughta be able, to withstand some more”

1) “I reign as the articulator, with the greater data”

There’s been a massive injustice in the NBA this season, a 7-foot tall, 265-pound injustice. Despite the mass appeal and league-wide acclaim Magic center Dwight Howard receives, his game seems under-appreciated and uncelebrated, for lack of a better term.

Dwight just locked up his third straight Defensive Player of the Year trophy, becoming the only player in NBA history to win the award 3 years in a row and second only to Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace (who won the DPOY 4x). I forgot to mention this fun fact: he’s only 25 years old.

Superman 2.0 just put together one of the greatest seasons ever by an NBA center. With a better team (and if D. Rose was still walking the hallways at U. of Memphis), Dwight could have arguably won the league’s MVP award, the Defensive Player of the Year and, hear me out, Most Improved Player. With the help of Hakeem the Dream and Patrick Ewing (nice mentors, eh?), Dwight’s offensive game is becoming down right ridiculous and his 22.9 points per game were a career high. Unfortunately, he suffers from Shaq-itis and can’t knock down free throws or we might be looking at a rockstar center averaging 28 ppg, 15 boards and 3 blocks. Bill Simmons made a great observation recently, saying “once Dwight Howard stops thinking it’s cool to swat the ball out of bounds” he would cement himself as one of the game’s elite. I haven’t seen another player step up their offensive prowess more significantly than DH12, and his low-post arsenal continues to develop and flourish (i.e. his 46 point, 19 rebound effort in Game 1 where he dropped 31 in the first half, albeit a loss). Which is a great segue to:

As a Knicks fan (though an “unbiased, objective online journalist”), I feel strongly that the Orlando Magic front office has failed to surround Dwight with elite role players as they continue to live and die by the three, see “Game 1”. I get the sense that he’ll test free agency and ultimately leave for the West Coast in 2012 (to the delight of Mr. Stoudemire). The Magic are a superior rebounding and defensive team with Dwight Howard, without him their defense is more porous than J-Woww in a WWE Locker Room. I’d personally love to see Dwight hook up with Kobe Bryant out in LA on the big stage in Tinseltown. I think the yellow/purple will suit Superman well.

I’ll wrap it up by sharing Dwight’s Top Ten Plays of the 2011 Season, brought to you by #boxand1. Enjoy, and show some love to the most dominant center we’ve seen in years.

NBA Playoff Predictions

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

With the regular season concluding and the debate around Coach of the Year and other awards heating up, your boy at #boxand1 will be providing our yearly NBA playoff prediction. Note that I didn’t mention any debate around MVP, as D. Rose had it locked it up for about 6 weeks. Without further ado, #boxand1 brings you our 2011 NBA Playoff predictions:

Eastern Conference

Round 1

Bulls – Pacers: Bulls in 5

Magic – Hawks: Magic in 4

Knicks – Celtics: Celtics in 6 (I hate to say it, but NY doesn’t match up well with Boston, at all..Miami would’ve been a better first round draw)

Heat – 76ers: Heat in 4

Round 2

Bulls – Magic: Bulls in 6

Heat – Celtics: Heat in 7

Eastern Conference Finals

Bulls – Heat: Heat in 6

Western Conference

Spurs – Grizzlies: Spurs in 6

Nuggets – Thunder: Thunder in 6

Lakers – Hornets: Lakers in 5

Blazers – Mavericks: Blazers in 7

Round 2

Spurs – Thunder: Thunder in 7

Lakers – Blazers: Lakers in 6

Western Conference Finals

Thunder – Lakers: Lakers in 7

NBA Finals

Lakers – Heat: Lakers in 6

I wish WordPress would’ve allowed me to create a nice infographic or at least some brackets but alas, I digress. Don’t sleep on the Lakers, as running off 17 of 18 games when they were healthy and focused should scare the rest of the league into submission. I feel strongly that Kobe Bryant was in full-blown “Celtics” mode this entire year, basically playing the status quo during the regular season and keeping his body fresh for the playoffs. Phil Jackson kept him at 33 minutes per game and Kobe averaged a pedestrian (for Kobe) 25 ppg this year, as regular season numbers and stat padding no longer matters for #24. The Heat can truly turn it up when need be, but their lack of size spells doom against a lineup that features three 6’11”-7 footers in Bynum, Gasol and Odom. This will conclude, in the words of literary genius Bill Simmons, the best regular season ever. Get your popcorn ready, and let the Kobe/Jordan debate kick off once again after KB24 locks down his 6th NBA Championship. Repeat three-peat, FTW.