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Saturday, September 15th, 2012

The Return……


Did you miss us? The First Pick Blog crew is finally ready to return from our brief hiatus. We put on 25 pounds of solid muscle and are ready to finally end the debates on why Tom Brady is the anti-Christ and how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie-pop (3,273). So fasten your seatbelts, double tie your cleats, and prepare for the return of the BLOG!!!…….


Monday, February 20th, 2012

Manic Monday

Happy first day of week First Pick Blog fans! Bringing you some wonderful new content this week, for now check out some pieces from the weekend!

Jimmy Luehrs with the latest Nascar news


Ben Simpson on why he hates sports sometimes

and some MLB news from all of us!

Check out the new content today and this entire week!


Sunday, February 19th, 2012

‘Rowdy’ Busch wins thriller down in Daytona

The first unofficial race of the season proved to be one to watch. As Kyle Busch edged Tony Stewart by less than .1 seconds (.013 seconds) because of the classic ‘slingshot’ pass on the last stretch of the last lap. This photo-finish was one that people will be expecting for the Daytona 500 next Sunday as Speed week definitely started in the most exciting way.
Kyle Busch edges Stewart for Bud Shootout victory
Some highlights of the race included a lot of pack racing because the two-car tandems that were so popular last year could not be as affective as teams could not pick up on each other’s radio signals and communicate with each other. This resulted in a lot more close racing and therefore a lot more action for the fans. There were some major wrecks caused inadvertently because of this and NASCAR is reassessing if they did make the right decision. Some notable drivers were taken out early in the race from a large wreck that involved over half of the field of 25 drivers and spoke about how the new style of racing has caused these kinds of wrecks. Other drivers thought that pack racing is the way to go and is how races should be raced on the super-speedway tracks like Daytona and Talledega.
Sparks fly high in Daytona

By Jimmy Luehrs

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


Here’s a little Treat to start of your Saturday right, straight RIDONCULOUS

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Super Saturday

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of the incarnation of First Pick Blog! We hope you have been entertained and we will keep providing content for ya!

Zach Altschuler tells us how the NBA rebounded from the lockout so quickly


Mujtaba Elgoodah talks about the evolution of the New York Knicks with the addition of J.R. Smith

Ricky Bassett gives us a look at Tazer-Ball


A lot more coming at ya this Saturday and all weekend long. Enjoy and spread the word!



Friday, February 17th, 2012

Freakin’ Friday!

The Weekend is almost here and FPB has got you covered


Brian Skinnell holds a Linvesigation



Jimmy Luehrs gives you an inside look on the sport of running



Ben Simpson provides Shaq’s and Barkley’s teams for the Rising Stars Challenge


More content coming at ya, happy Friday everybody!



Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Running for the Records

So yes,

As some of you know I am a runner. Something that takes up hours of my day here at George Mason University on the team not only with the arduous amounts of practice where running in circles is just a pastime of ours, but also the amount of time put in just taking care of my mangled body as this sport takes a beating on all your muscles, bones, and even your brain. And honestly I am here to say that it is sad that running does not get a lot of coverage, but I get why that is.

It’s because running is more of a communal cult if you will, it’s not at all a commercial sport, I mean you have to be seriously sadistic to even think about doing half the stuff that runners do. Pound their knees, roll their ankles, and constantly challenge their tendon’s abilities just to hang on…just for that 2 minutes of glory. When you run that time, cross the line and hold your arms up and know that it was all worth it: the sweat, the tears, the pain. We as runners challenge our bodies abilities to its extremes, tight rope walking with its’ natural breaking point just so we can run 1, maybe 2 seconds faster. Running is lifestyle, a culture, an art form if you will. As the all famous ‘Pre’ once said “Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative.”

See people who do not run do not get that, so they say, “‘Oh it’s not a sport,’ you’re just running”. And to that I say, “Okay, well go for an easy run with me and we’ll see how you keep up.” The constant “RUN FOREST RUN” and “Nice shorts!” are always nice too from time to time. I feel that running as a sport always gets the back-burner behind all the other sports for this reason. For example, my senior year of high school, my cross country had a season to remember, making the to the state championship and placing well, but was still over-shadowed by a football team that won only one game and averaged scores of 35-0 in their losses.

The point is, us runners are like the demoted C class celebs of the sports world. As a runner, the word Bernard Legat, Nick Symmonds, Robby Andrews, Andrew Wheating, Alan Webb, Galen Rupp, Chris Salinsky and Sam Chalenga, are guys that I see as pure gods of American running, both on the NCAA and professional levels. I’m guessing the person reading this knows about 2 of those people at the most.

It’s not that I’m attacking the other sports, or saying that running should be the top news in the sports world, cause I realize both of those things are equally as silly. What I do want to show, is how this past weekend was honestly one of the best weekends in the world of running in at least the past 2 years, and ESPN passed it by.

We first start off with the Milrose Games, a yearly event that is usually held at the magical Madison Square Garden in New York City; a grand venue for the true main yearly event for running. The Milrose games have been around since 1908 started by a man named John Wanamaker. His name is important as the highlight of the night is running the annual Wanamaker mile, which takes the best milers from around the world and put them on the track to see who is the fastest and can be crowned the unofficial champion of the Milrose games. This year it was different though, the event was shifted to another venue, the Armory in Washington Heights. The change of the venue actually means a lot because the Garden is a much smaller track with tighter turns. The 160 meter track created exciting racing as fast paced as the Big Apple itself and some very memorable moments. Being shifted to what many people say to be ‘The fastest indoor track in the world’ has some major implications both on racing style and times.

Some highlights from the Milrose games include:

Samantha Nadel of North Shore (HS) in New York running a HS girls record time of 4:46.19 for 1 mile

Ajee Wilson of Neptune (HS) running a blazing time of 2:04.13 for 800 meters, also a HS girls record

…And on the boys side Edward Chaserek of St. Benedict’s (NJ) who many say is the best high school runner of all-time ran 13:57.04, a national record at the same time Lawi Lalang (Arizona) and Bernard Lagat (Nike) teamed up to break the Collegiate and American record respectively in the 5000 meter run.

That’s 3 major records going down, in one race. Talk about excitement!

The true highlight of the night as I said before though, was the Wanamaker Mile, a spectacle that people runners from around the world come or tune in just to watch. This year had much to talk about as Oregon runner just turned professional Matthew Centrowitz, representing Nike was the dark horse in a field of proven champions. It was his first professional race, and what better way to come out than on the largest stage of them all! He had heavy competition though, Miles Batty, former NCAA champion from BYU, Liam Boylan-Pett, part of the elite NY-NJ Track Club and a 3:56 miler among many others. The race went out and no one seemed to have control as the main contenders stayed near the back and waited to pounce on the opportunity when the race opened up. With 300 meters to go, Centrowitz shot to the lead with a large kick, the crowd exploded with cheer, they were up on their feet as they saw Batty go with him! The last lap bell rung and the place was all up on their feet, Batty charge to the side of Centrowitz seeing if he could work the outside down the backstretch, and with that Centrowitz opened up the lead and seemed to be relaxed and calm while Batty was winded and tensed. Batty made a final charge and leaned…Centrowitz won though. The time was 3:53.92, Batty getting out-leaned but still getting the NCAA mile record of 3:54.25.

I promise to not go as in depth as I did with the last meet but I will highlight the rest of the news of what possibly was, the best weekend for running. In Fayetteville, Arkansas Galen Rupp tore down the 2 mile record of 8:10.07 with a new time of  8:09.72, Records were set in Mens and Women’s 60 meter dash, Men’s 400 meter dash, Silas Kiplagat sets the record in the Men’s Indoor Mile of 3:52. In Washington, Ryan Hill and Diego Estrada both break the collegiate record in the 3000 meter run with times of 7:43 and 7:44. In Boston, many NCAA national qualifying times were run on both the Men and Women side including Eric Van Ingen running 3:57  mile. In Ohio, George Mason runner David Verburg and George Empty ran NCAA qualifying races with a 46:39 for Verburg in the 400 M and 1:02.09 in the 500M for Empty and George Mason ran the NCAA leading time for the 4×400 M relay of 3:07.88.

So if you’ve made it this far, you can tell I love to follow running. My point of posting all of this, is to show you that running can be exciting. And that, ESPN should have at least mentioned this past weekend’s events in a blip on SportsCenter instead of talking about Tiger Woods withering play, Spring Training that hasn’t even started or offseason deals for the NFL that are just speculative.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and maybe learned a few things about running in the process.

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Thirsty Thursday

Hey now! One day until Friday and First Pick Blog has got you covered. Check out the latest stories from our writing team for today.

Ricky Bassett not so quietly roots for Andray Blatche to get injured






Ben Simpson recaps American Idol and a night without Jeremy Lin






Mujtaba Elgoodah discusses whether Kim Kardashian is a curse or a blessing in disguise






Adam Pope gives you the NBA All-Underrated Team







A lot of great new stories and content coming at ya today! Read up, and remember that Saturday is just two days away!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Wacky Wednesday

We have plenty of new content up on the site today! More coming at ya throughout the day but for now check out these stories!

Brian Skinnell on why Bryce Harper needs to grow up






Matt Fehr on the Rise and Fall of Randy Moss






Read Ben Simpson’s Piece on Lin-Sanity

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


Welcome to the First Pick Blog! This website will hopefully develop into a place where creativity and social media combine into entertainment. The only website where Kwame Brown can be the first picture you set your sights on. Our writing team will not only keep you updated on what’s happening in the NBA, but what is going on all over the sports world, for good or for bad. We will share some of the funniest tweets, youtube clips, and occasionally rant on why LeBron sucks. We will also not just cover sports, but the entertainment world as well. So sit back, grab your number 5 jerseys and travel back with us to 2001 when the Washington Wizards were ready to make their first pick in the NBA draft…




By Ben Simpson