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TSX Rapid News (1/6)

This is the new edition of TSX Rapid News for January 6th.

– Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings took home top honors as Offensive Rookie of the Year. The standout from Florida had 60 catches for 790 yards, 15 rushes for 145 yards, and averaged 27.5 YPG on kickoff returns. He is the second Viking in the past three years to win the award (Adrian Peterson won in 2007) and the sixth player in team history to win. Texans rookie Bryan Cushing won Defensive Rookie of the Year yesterday after posting a season where he had 133 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a safety, which propelled him into being the second Texan to win the award after DeMeco Ryans win in 2006.

– Former Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers was sentenced to 93 days in jail after being put in contempt of court following an arrest of public intoxication. It’s a fall from grace from the player who was drafted #2 in the 2003 NFL Draft.

– The Unit retires: Randy Johnson, who has been one of the most dominating and intimidating presences during the 90s and 2000s, announced his retirement Tuesday after 22 seasons in the major leagues. Johnson went 303-166 with a 3.29 career ERA and his 4875 strikeouts are the most all-time among left handed pitchers and second to only Nolan Ryan. He did this playing for six different teams: Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks (two stints), New York Yankees, and the San Francisco Giants).

– In the World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal game, Team USA beat Team Canada 6-5 in overtime after John Carlson scored the game-winning goal on a 3-on-1 that bested goaltender Martin Jones. It was the second gold-medal in the championships for the US, and it stopped Canada’s dominance of five straight gold medals, as they were denied a sixth gold medal.

Videos of the Week

New feature from TSX, some of the best videos of the week will be put on display. Here were the three best. If something was left out, leave a comment, tweet it at thesportsxpress or leave a comment on the Facebook fan page here:

courtesy: AP

Elizabeth Lambert… Credit has to be given to you despite the fact you displayed very poor sportsmanship. If The Mtn. was not televising this game, she would’ve ACTUALLY got away with all of this. The way she did it was very sneaky, and underhanded, but she did get an indefinite suspension, and maybe anger management should be thrown in there.

Jahvid Best… I hope you have a speedy recovery because that was an ugly play, looking at this play over and over, Cameron Collins of Oregon State did NOT have to throw him the way he did. Fortunately that was a concussion, because it could have been so much worse than that.

This dunk by Dwyane Wade on Anderson Varejao is hands down the dunk of the year, and what makes it even better was the block by Jermaine O’Neal on LeBron James that set it up. Poor Varejao, he will have to go through that dunk on posters and highlights for many years to come. Did you see Wade step over Varejao after the dunk. Clearly we know who’s house it is. The Cavaliers won the game, but still, it’s Wade’s house.

Hope this will be a good feature to do every Friday. Keep an eye out and send feedback.

Skipping HS for Pro Ball?

by Dwayne Dunham

This is the first opinion blog from TSX. I normally try to stay objective in these types of things, but with this story that was read about a while ago, and now it’s official, the only thing I can do is just shake my head.

Jeremy Tyler, a prep star and HS rising senior, has decided to forego his last year of HS eligibility to sign with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League. He averaged 28.7 points per game during his junior season at San Diego High School, is leaving high school because the HS game was “too boring”.

My thing is, you’re going to leave high school for a hoop dream. And it really is a shame because a lot of hoop dreams are dashed due to temptation outside the court, injuries, or something else. It’s one thing to say that you’re leaving after senior season, and doing what Brandon Jennings did and going pro after you graduate, but at least Jennings decided to GRADUATE, and at the end of the day, it’s about at least getting your HS Diploma. To many people, Tyler would be a HS dropout who’s chasing a hoop dream. What if the hoop dream does not work out? What will he have then? I’m really surprised that his family, his agent, B.J. Armstrong, is allowing him to do this.

And what about the HS teammates? I am sure that although his coaches and his teammates are supporting this decision, some of them have to be betrayed in a sense. This is selfish on his part, and he’s not being a team player. That 28.7 PPG is out the window, and San Diego High will need to find some new ways to be a good team without him.

At the end of the day, this is another case of a kid trying to be grown too quickly. Brandon Jennings’ jump to the pro bypassing college did not pan as well, and I just don’t see this kid doing well professionally, due to the fact that he’s going to think that he is the top star, but he’s not. And when his ego’s crushed and they play so much more physically in a professional league overseas, what will he have then? If the HS game is too boring, due to triple teams and such, what will happen when he gets triple-teamed professionally? Is he going to quit then. This kid has a lot to learn before even making a jump to the NBA. I really hope he does get his GED, and consider college. Then again, he can’t do that b/c he already has an agent, and all of his eligibility is out the window. This could be a good move that could be duplicated by many others, but I don’t see nothing really positive coming from this. Let’s see how Brandon Jennings does in the NBA, since he was the pioneer behind going overseas to bypass college.

The bottom line, stay in school, do a year of college, fine tune your skills and work on fundamentals. Kids these days need to think about the future, and not just a hoop dream. I’ve seen many great players who are better than the ones in the pros now, that just don’t get a chance, and the hoop dream is dashed. I wish Jeremy Tyler well, even though I feel his decision is not the best one.