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Top Free Agent Still On Market
There is no doubt that Prince Fielder, an all-star first baseman and free agent, is going to be signed by a team before spring training, and that the price tag for his services will be as large as his body. Although Fielder is a unique power-hitting talent, most of the teams who routinely offer gigantic contracts to prized free agents appear content with their situation at first base. For example, the Phillies are set with Ryan Howard, New York Yankees are set with Mark Texiera, Red Sox are good with Adrian Gonzalez and Angels acquired the best player in baseball in Albert Pujols. Yes, the New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs still have that big market money to spend on a guy like Fielder, but they seem to have come to terms that they will be in a rebuilding process that will put them out of serious contention. That means their really is no purpose to signing a guy like Fielder if it is known beforehand he won't be able to launch that club into immediate contention. It is simply not worth the substantial investment. That left the sports writers for GPS Tracker Shop wondering: where will Prince Fielder be going?
According to the MLB rumor mill, the Washington Nationals appear to be gaining momentum in acquiring Fielder. This makes some sense, as the division appears to only be getting tougher since the Miami Marlins decided to invest in Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buerhle over the off-season. Not to mention, the closest thing the Nationals have to a face of the franchise is a young pitcher named Stephan Strasburg who just came off a very serious arm surgery at the end of the 2010 season. "The Nationals have the cash to make a splash as the saying goes, but they surely cannot have a Jason Werth part two situation", explained a baseball expert for GPS Tracker Shop. "Although the Nationals could be considered the front-runner, they are hardly a guarantee."
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Expect An Upset On Wild Card Weekend
After the San Diego Chargers lived up to their potential by dropping 30+ points on the Oakland Raiders in Oakland during the afternoon games, all of the AFC playoff positions and seeds were sealed. The Chargers eliminated the Raiders from a postseason berth with a win over the silver and black, which allowed the Denver Broncos to back into the playoffs with an 8-8 record after losing their final home game of the season to the Kansas City Chiefs. With the playoff picture now in total focus, the GPS fleet management specialists at GPS Tracker Shop are now ready to make their annual playoff predictions for wild-card weekend in the AFC.
With both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens taking wild card weekend off with a bye, the sports writers at GPS Tracker Shop will first be focusing on those games set for this weekend, starting with the surprising Cincinnati Bengals visiting the Houston Texans.
The Texans have been ready to take the next step for quite sometime, but with the neck injury to Peyton Manning putting the Indianapolis Colts on ice, Houston was thrust into the role of alpha dog in the AFC South. The Texans defense was ranked highly all throughout the season, and the offense was almost equally as impressive. However, the one thing that can be expected with every NFL season is injuries, and now the injuries are really mounting up for Houston. Heading into their first ever home playoff game, Houston will be starting a third string quarterback, along with an offense covered with bumps and bruises. The Texans will have to overcome a plethora of injuries to key players to snap their three game losing streak, winning their first playoff game in franchise history.
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Oklahoma City Star Ready For League's Top Honor
The Oklahoma City Thunder have progressively gotten better each and every season since all-star Kevin Durant joined the team back in the Seattle Supersonics days. With one of the younger and more athletic rosters in the NBA, many sports analysts predict that the Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the best prepared teams to handle a lock-out shortened NBA season. After making it into the Western Conference Finals last season, losing to the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, scoring champion Kevin Durant appears to be ready to take his team to the next level. That is why the sports editors at GPS Tracker Shop have Kevin Durant winning the league's most prestigious honor, MVP.
Kevin Durant has long been known as a sharp shooter with the basketball, winning the NBA scoring title in both of the last two seasons. However, his teams have struggled making a deep run into the playoffs up until last year. Now, with the decline of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, it is projected that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be one of the top-seeded teams in the west, if not thee top seed. Obviously, the best player on the best team will always get some serious MVP consideration from
voters, but when that player is also a humble superstar and fan favorite that will potentially lead the league in scoring for a third straight year, well then the decision is very easy. That decision will result in Kevin Durant becoming the league 's Most Valuable Player for the 2011-2012 season.
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Chargers Set To Fire Head Coach
The management overseeing the San Diego Chargers has always believed that the team was stacked with enough talent to be in contention for the Super Bowl every single year. The confidence in the team talent level was made very clear when Marty Schottenheimer was fired after going 14-2. This is because the bar for success was raised, and faltering again and again in the first round of the playoffs was not going to be tolerated.
This is why Norv Turner was hired.
When Turner took over the San Diego Chargers he was able to do something that previous coaches failed at doing, he won a playoff game. Although Turner was able to have some mild success, the Chargers continued to crumble to inferior teams during the postseason. This was made very clear when the 10-point favorite home team lost to the New York Jets who were guided by a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez. That meltdown was followed up by missing the playoffs entirely during the 2010-2011 season.
The 2011-2012 season for the Chargers was filled with optimism when the team from San Diego came out of the gate at 4-1 in their first five games. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, everything changed. The Chargers blew leads, Rivers began throwing interceptions that killed drives and the losses began piling up.
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LeBron James & Heat Poised To Win it All
With NBA basketball now back from the lockout, one team in particular appears focused and ready to make a deep championship run. That team is the Miami Heat, and after coming up two games short of NBA glory last year, the most controversial team in NBA history is now ready to hoist the 2011-2012 championship trophy.
Although most sports fans were elated to see Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks best the Miami Heat in six games last year in the NBA Finals, this year the Miami Heat are by far and away the best team in the league. Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James have developed better chemistry with one another, Udonis Haslem is healthy and Shane Battier brings leadership and a steady shooting-hand to the bench. If you don't believe that the Miami Heat are for real this year just ask the Dallas Mavericks who were rocked in the opening game of the season at home on the day their championship banner was hoisted to the rafters. "Miami utterly dominated Dallas from the opening tip-off up until the point they built a 30+ point lead in the second half", explained a sports editor for GPS Tracker Shop. "Although most critics would state one game is hardly an efficient sample size to make such a bold statement about how good the Miami Heat are going to be this year, this sports writer feels that Miami is going to put one of the most impressive seasons in NBA history together."