Two Way Street: Sports Editors Grant Huhn and Nick Eliason talk Tim Tebow, MLB, and College Basketball

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Nick Eliason and Grant Huhn
March 12, 2010

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Tim Tebow-Success or Failure in the NFL?

Nick: Tim Tebow is not even close to being ready to play quarterback in the NFL.  His mechanics are off and his arm is below average.  Tebow cannot rely on his feet to be successful in the NFL.  Defenses are too good and too quick.  His first performance in a pro-style offense at the Senior Bowl was atrocious.  He threw for only 50 yards with no touchdowns and fumbled twice.  If Tebow is to make it to the next level, it won’t be at the quarterback position. He looks like more of a tight end to me.

Grant: I couldn’t agree more with my colleague Nicholas Eliason. Tebow’s poor vision and loopy throwing motion would lead him to failure as an NFL quarterback. Which is why Tebow will convert to the tight end position and become a Pro-bowler. Ok, definitely not a Pro-bowler, but with his strength and athleticism, he could definitely become a decent NFL tight end. He used to play tight end before college, so he has some experience. Once he realizes that he actually can’t play QB in the NFL, he will save his career by switching to tight end.

What are your Final Four predictions this year?

Nick: Ohio State – Gotta pick a Big Ten team.  Plus they’ve got Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner who’s averaging 19.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game playing three positions for the Buckeyes. The only thing that may keep Ohio State from a number one seed was the back injury Turner suffered early in the season.
Kansas – Guards Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry will attempt to win the Jayhawks’ second championship in two years, and with a supporting cast of big men (Cole Aldrich and Marcus Morris) it’s looking like a strong possibility.
Syracuse – The number one seed should make it through their bracket with relative ease.  Wesley Johnson is a mismatch waiting to happen and can score with ease.  They lead the nation in field goal percentage, and their smart play will get them to the Final Four.
Villanova – The Wildcats have the second best scoring offense in the nation despite the lack of a true star. Guard Scottie Reynolds is their main option, averaging 18 points per game. If he catches fire from long range, Nova should advance to the Final Four.

Grant: Syracuse – Iowa State transfer Wesley Johnson was a force to be reckoned with this year, averaging 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. It will be a tough task stopping Johnson, Andy Rautins and big man Arinze Onuaku come tournament time.

Photo: Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT John Wall is the best freshman since Kevin Durant in college basketball.

Kentucky – Led by John Wall, the Wildcats are definitely favorites to take home the hardware. Wall has a spectacular supporting cast in center Demarcus Cousins, forward Patrick Patterson, and guard Eric Bledsoe. Cousins is averaging over 15 points and 10 rebounds per game, Patterson is averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and Bledsoe is putting up just over 10 points per game as the Wildcats fourth option.
New Mexico – The Lobos might not be getting much national attention, but they have a legitimate shot at the Final Four. Their only losses before the Mountain West Tournament came at the hands of tournament hopefuls UNLV, San Diego State, and Oral Roberts. Guard Darington Hobson, a junior college transfer, is the Lobos best player and is averaging nearly 16 points per game and 9 rebounds per game.
Duke – After pummelling NIT-bound North Carolina, this looks like the year the Blue Devils will finally perform up to expectations. Duke is led by the “big three” of Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith, and Kyle Singler, who are all averaging over 17 points per game.

Which MLB team improved the most this offseason?

Nick: The Mariners have a strong rotation after adding Cliff Lee into the mix with Felix Hernandez and Erik Bedard.  However, they don’t have much of an offense.   The Twins finally acquired some middle infielders with J.J. Hardy and Orlando Hudson.  They also added some more pop in the lineup with the addition of Jim Thome, but they didn’t do much to help their pitching which was their weakness last year.  They also need to lock up Joe Mauer as soon as possible.

Grant: The Mariners definitely made the best offseason moves. But as far as difference in wins from last year to this year, the Mets are definitely going to have the most improved record. With the big addition of Jason Bay and players returning from injuries, the Mets will be an offensive force in ‘10. The combination of Reyes, Wright, Beltran, and Bay is devastating for any opposing pitcher. Johan Santana will have to dominate as usual, and with the help from other starters, good relief pitching, and good health, Mets could win around 90 games, a big improvement from last year’s dissapointing 70 wins.

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