Kevin Figgers is a 5-year radio veteran who began his career as a technical producer for AM570 KLAC in 2007 while he attended California State University, Los Angeles. Kevin graduated from CSULA in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Kevin is currently a producer and technical producer for AM 570 KLAC and Fox Sports Radio. He has produced numerous local and national broadcasts including the Pac 10 Insider Show and the Petros and Money Show, and was also a co-producer of the Lakers radio broadcasts from 2007-2009.
Despite his teams' struggles this year, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is having one of the best seasons of his career statistically. Should he get consideration for NBA Most Valuable Player?
With the trade deadline just a couple of days away, I figured I'd give my thoughts on whether or not the Los Angeles Clippers should consider parting ways with Eric Bledsoe and/or DeAndre Jordan...
I know this topic has been beaten over the head more times than Mick Foley with a steel chair, but it absolutely bears mentioning. And every time an incident like this happens, people like me are going to come screaming from the rafters until a change is made.
On Tuesday night, Kentucky Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel, was injured while attempting to block the shot of
This is the second time since the age limit was enacted by the NBA in 2006 that a projected 1st overall pick suffered a serious injury during the college basketball season. In 2010, Duke Freshman point guard Kyrie Irving tore a ligament in his toe in just his ninth collegiate game and missed the rest of the regular season.
Things worked out for Irving, and they may end up working out for Noel, but the longer that the age limit rule is in place, the more likely the inevitable will happen where a "one and done player" suffers a career ending injury in college, having been robbed of the opportunity to play at the NBA level even though his talents and/or potential warranted them so. The longer this NBA age limit stays in place, the longer we flirt with the idea of a big time NBA prospect having his career ended in what amounts to (for the individual player at least) a meaningless game. Lets not get it twisted here, these kids aren’t going to college for school pride or for the
tradition or whatever contrived reason they give when they announce their decision on signing day every year. They are going to school because they are handcuffed - shackled even - and dragged kicking and screaming to play for an institution they have zero interest in by an unfair and an unjust rule.
I can go on a rant and spout off every excuse to defend high school players being eligible to enter the draft that has already been said over the years ("If you can defend your country at age 18, why cant you play basketball?"…"The precedent has already been set by players like Moses Malone, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady and even journeymen like CJ Miles, DeShawn Stevenson and Al Harrington"). But I won't do that. All I will do is bring attention again to a topic that should, but probably won't be rectified any time soon for a number of reasons. Number one is because the NBA just agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement a year ago where the age limit was never seriously discussed. And number 2, it remains more advantageous for the players association to keep things at the status quo
because it is their jobs to look out for the current players and NOT the incoming players. Bringing in a high school kid who may sit on the bench and take 2 or 3 years to cultivate (a la Andrew Bynum or Jermaine O'Neal) takes away a potential roster spot from a proven NBA veteran.
The sad thing is that arguments against the age limit are falling in deaf ears as the NBA's tyrant commissioner David Stern has never been one to allow public pressure to influence his decisions; His overly-inflated ego sticking to the mantra of "You'll take whatever it is I give you and like it." The good news on that front is that Stern will be stepping down as commissioner after next season and with that comes hope that this injustice will be flipped on its head and we can not only stop this mockery to the great game of college basketball but allow these MEN to pursue the career that they have a Constitutional right to pursue.
The Los Angeles Lakers are on FIRE. Well, on fire for their standards at least. After holding on to defeat the Pistons on Superbowl Sunday the Lakers have won 5 of their last 6 games and are 3 games back in the loss column of the Houston Rockets for the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
Early in the week last week Pau Gasol came out and expressed his frustration for being relegated to the bench. This was AFTER the Lakers had a closed door meeting where they discussed not airing out their dirty laundry in the media. Someone asked me if I thought Pau Gasol may be subliminally asking for a trade by constantly complaining in the media. Here was my response:
A caller on the Petros and Money show this past Tuesday made an excellent point on the subject of offenses in college football. Over the last few decades college football has turned into an institution where the perceiveda uspiciousness of the “spread offense” has permeated every level of competition - from
Too often we get caught up in the “flavor of the month” or the newest innovation that gets fans out of their seats and analysts raving about how teams like
As i’ve said plenty of times in the past, I’m not a traditionalist when it comes to most things. Im all for different uniforms, instant replay rules that get calls right, names of the backs of Notre Dame jerseys etc. But I will admit that I am a big fan of old school (I guess the cliché would be “smashmouth”) football. You know: line up with one tight end, a full back, a tailback and two wide receivers. You can probably count on one hand how many teams in both college and the NFL still play this “stoneaged” style of offensive football, yet each of them interestingly enough find themselves among their leagues elite more often than not.
Teams of this sort that immediately come to mind in college football would be
I’m not writing this to say that theres anything wrong with spread offenses and read-option attacks or anything of that nature. Every program runs the system they feel is best suited for them. I just felt it was necessary to bring attention to the fact that what has come to be known as “old school football” is still very much an effective way to win games. The notion that you HAVE to have multiple receiver sets and operate out of the shotgun 90 percent of the time just because its a “new era of football” and everyone else is doing it, is debunked every time teams like the Seahawks and Alabama defeat a team by 30 points by simply running the ball and taking shots downfield only when necessary. Did I mention that the inspiration behind this short blog, the Oregon Ducks, lost their only game of the season to a team that prides itself on running the ball and playing physical defense? Just a little something to think about.