Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
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It was an unpredictable night at the NBA draft but it was fun none the less, here are a few thoughts I have on the event.
1 – As much as you want to hate him, you have to love David Stern’s embrace of the fans booing him. First with him saying “Thank you for that Brooklyn welcome”, to his hand motion when the boos weren’t loud enough, and then Stern saying “We had to tell our international players that the boos are a sign of respect”. It was all capped off by a pretty awesome moment when Hakeem Olajuwon, who was the first player Stern got to announce as drafted, came out to send the commissioner off for his very last draft.
2 – The night of unexpectedness got started with the Cleveland Cavaliers drafting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett number 1. I feel the Cavs pulled a real “Cleveland” moment on this one. I like Bennett’s ability to score for how big he is, but Cleveland already has an upcoming star forward in Tristan Thompson! With the way the league is going maybe they plan on playing Thompson at the 5 spot, but he’s going to be a very small center.
3 – I love the Wizards pick of Otto Porter! Not only are the Wiz getting a great story, Porter came from a school of about 60 and didn’t play AAU ball, but a forward who can score from any point on the floor and is a great defender. Also Porter could eventually be this team’s leader, something I think the D.C. is tired of waiting for with John Wall. But the combo of Wall-Beal-Porter should have Washington fans, like me, excited.
4 – What in the world were the Philadelphia 76ers thinking? To trade Jrue Holiday for Nerlans Noel makes no sense to me. Holiday was an all-star last season and is one of the most explosive point guards in the league. I know with Noel you’re getting a shot blocking forward, but you are also getting possible questions with his ACL injury recovery. The Sixers are already dealing with the whole Andrew Bynum bum knee debacle. So I guess I could see this trade as insurance if Bynum doesn’t resign, but I don’t think it was worth Jrue Holiday.
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5 – Can't do a draft recap without talking about the pending trade between the Nets and the Celtics. If this deal goes through and Brooklyn ends up with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry, watch out for the Nets! Already with a dynamic backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson and an all-star center in Brook Lopez, this is all the Nets needed to finally get past the first round of the playoffs. This move is the one Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been trying to make since he bought the team, and he’s basically going all in on a possible championship. Also this should make Jason Kidd’s first year as a head coach pretty easy.
6 – How about Boston’s pick of Brazilian Lucas Nogueira, who was traded to Atlanta, and his hair! His afro is so huge that his draft hat on top of it, looked like one of those small plastic baseball caps you’d get out of a vending machine.
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7 - Welcome to the NBA Giannis Adetokundo! You officially have the hardest name in the league to pronounce and will probably be called G.A. by your Milwaukee teammates. I had a feeling when Stern was trying to pronounce his name he probably just wanted to say “Screw it the Bucks draft some guy from Greece”.
8 - How about the picks that were sitting in the Barclays Center’s stands, like Mason Plumlee?! When they were drafted and making their way to the stage it had a very Price Is Right “Come on down you are playing in the NBA!” feel.
9 – Good to see Erick Green get drafted and then traded to a team that likes to run up-and-down the court in the Denver Nuggets; he could be the steal of the draft. Also while VCU’s Troy Daniels didn’t get picked he was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats as an undrafted free agent. With a roster full of holes he’s going to get a good shot at making the team..
10 – Also I heard Mark Sanchez tried to send Tim Hardaway Jr. a welcome to New York text, but he fumbled his phone, hi-oh!
A couple years after VCU took home the 2011 ESPY for Best Upset, the River City is back on the award show’s map. This time around it's for Best Play and the Richmond Spiders' field hockey team. Rebecca Berry scored this amazing 4-1 goal against Temple that made ESPN's top 16 plays of the year.
The play has the 15th seed in the bracket style voting system and you have until July 8th to vote before they cut it down to the Elite 8, and then July 15th is when they get down to the Final 4. Voting will close when the ESPY's start July 17th on ESPN.
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While the final roster is still to be announced this is a huge accomplishment for Treveon Graham. The rising junior has been a force to be dealt since he stepped on the court in both the CAA and the Atlantic 10. His size and his ability to get to the basket make him a serious matchup problem for anyone. Last season he averaged 15.1 points for the year which lead the team and earned him a spot on the Atlantic 10’s all-conference 2nd team. Good luck to Tre on making the team !
Joe Carter’s ’93 Walk-off Blast: Baseball’s answer to a crazy finish, at least most of the time, is the walk-off win. Even though we were an Orioles household my dad and I always watched the World Series. Joe Carter’s walk-off blast in the ’93 fall classic is actually one of my first sports memories.
The Music City Miracle: In what wasn’t really that exciting of a football game, it ended in one of the greatest moments in NFL history. After a back-and-forth battle in the 4th quarter Buffalo got the go-ahead point with 16 seconds left, the Bills did the right thing by trying to squib kick it the ensuing kickoff, but the rest was history.
2006 BCS National Title Game: For once the BCS got it right as both Texas and USC came into this game as the true top two teams in the nation. The Trojans carried a slight advantage coming into the game riding 34-game winning streak, even though many of those wins have been vacated now. Vince Young launched himself into college football immortality for his heroics at the end, too bad it wouldn’t translate well into the NFL.
2010 World Cup USA v. Algeria: The last installment of the World Cup was a lot of fun to watch for USA fans, at least at the group stage. With England tying Algeria earlier in the week, all we need was a point to advance on in the tournament. It was a tense 90 minutes between the USA and Algeria but then after goalie Tim Howard cleared a save up field, Landon Donavon knocked in a rebound off of a Clint Dempsey blocked shot. It was the first-time since 1930 the US won a group and watching the reaction videos were just as fun as watching the actual goal.
2011 Sweet 16 VCU v. Florida State: Being a sports fan and somebody who went to VCU I don’t think I’ve had a better time than the 2011 NCAA Tournament. After the Rams improbable run to the their first-ever Sweet 16, some thought the road would end there. A battle between the two would go into overtime but then with 7 seconds left Bradford “Big Shot” Burgess laid-in an inbound pass and of course we all know what happened after that.