Monthly Archives: February 2011
This young man in Louisville just dodged a bullet.
Louisville held on to beat Pittsburgh in a Big East game over the weekend, but it didn’t come without controversy. Check out the video below for yourself.
Look, I understand the young man’s enthusiasm, but I have some words for him: KNOW YOUR ROLE. Your job is to toss up the eye candy female cheerleaders (except Georgetown) and make sure they do not get hurt. It is not to throw the ball up in the sky in celebration with TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK.
In short, heed the advice of a local sports talk show host here in Raleigh, NC: “the female cheerleader is the camera and YOU are the tripod”.
The New Jersey Nets made a splash of sorts in acquiring PG Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz a couple of days ago.
A few thoughts here:
The Nets HAD to save some face after being played AGAIN. It’s bad enough when they were left on the free agent alter last summer when they lost out on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and other significant free agents. It’s worse when the Nets were played by Carmelo Anthony not only once, but TWICE. So they had to make what was surely a desperate move in trading for Williams. Otherwise, the Nets would have taken the title of “Boo-Boo the Fool”.
Simply put, the Nets are, and has always been, the second-class citizens to my New York Knicks. Before the Williams trade, that rich-ass Russian owner was lacking a marquee name that would serve as a major draw for their future Brooklyn arena. They hope to be able to sell Williams on the vision, which means…
The Nets are on the clock with Williams. This is a MAJOR gamble the Nets are taking here. They mortgaged a bit of their future in trading for Williams. The only way they could convince Williams into staying instead of going to the Knicks is by doing two things: winning and attracting another star. The Nets need to do those two things quickly because Williams is a winner, and I bet will not take getting his ass kicked too well.
I have to ask the Utah Jazz this question:
If you knew you were going to trade Williams, why didn’t you run that by Jerry Sloan?
UConn men’s basketball coach John Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for three games next season for recruiting violations committed under his watch. Those three games will be the first three Big East conference games.
Then again, his program was spared any post-season bans, though it was placed on three years’ probation.
Upon reading that, some of you may think he got off too lightly. It certainly seems to be the case.
Let’s face it, if an average coach got popped for recruiting violations, chances are he/she would have been suspended for many more games and be received a post-season ban for a year or two. Hell, look at what happened to Southern Cal’s football program.
On the other hand, a lot of coaches, fans, and the media will view Calhoun in a different light. They will look at him in the same view as known cheaters and shady coaches such as John Calipari, Jerry Tarkanian, and Bruce Pearl.
While most people are not naive and realize that most (if not all) major college programs cheat or at least push the envelope when it comes to recruiting, having years of hard work slapped with a big-ass asterisk is a punch in the stomach.
Calhoun worked VERY hard to turn UConn into a college basketball powerhouse in winning two national championships and several more Big East championships. Too bad his hard work will now be remembered as a “yeah, but”…
GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH!
As a Knicks fan I am so friggin excited about the future, I am having a hard time containing myself. Check that, I CANNOT contain myself at the moment.
After a decade of losing and misery, I FINALLY have a reason to care about following my New York Knicks in the regular season. We finally landed a superstar in the off-season (Amare Stoudamire), though we didn’t get the one we wanted (LeBron James). Now, we have TWO superstars with the Carmelo Anthony trade.
I do not care if we gave the Denver Nuggets a butt-load of players. I mean, do folks honestly think the combination of Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and that 7-foot stiff were going to give the Knicks a better chance to win a championship than Carmelo, Amare, and Chauncey Billups?
We all saw what Felton cannot do in the playoffs last season while with the Charlotte Bobcats. Magic PG Jameer Nelson abused the hell out of Felton. Chandler is a role player who can shoot, not necessarily a difference maker. Unless Gallinari turns into Dirk Nowitzki, he himself is nothing more than a good role player.
As for the Knicks’ immediate future, no one expects them to make a whole lot of noise in the playoffs THIS season. After a good off-season of free agent acquisitions (and perhaps another trade) the Knicks will matter in the playoffs for at least the next four seasons.
As for me, I am buzzing on Cloud Nine.
“Start spreading the news…”
Now don’t get it twisted.
I don’t mean that Michael Vick (or anyone for that matter) should just outright diss Oprah Winfrey just for the hell of it. I’m saying that if he followed through with his promise to appear on Oprah, it would be a win (Oprah’s ratings)-lose (Vick) scenario.
First of all, Oprah is an avid dog-lover. He speaks of her pet as her “daughter”. You know Oprah would have assailed Vick with questions over his past dog-fighting. Can’t you just picture Oprah cocked back in her chair, sizing Vick up with an “oh no you didn’t” look on her face?
She’s done it to men who appeared on her show anyway. I digress…
If Oprah calling Vick out wouldn’t be embarrassing enough, imagine dog owners in the audience getting involved. We all know that Oprah would have set up a mike in the audience, and allow dog-owners to come up one by one and assail Vick. Some of dog owners would be people who adopted some of Vick’s doggie victims.
In short, it would have made Vick look bad and Oprah (and her ratings) look good.
People tend to forget that Vick spent almost two years in prison, losing tens of millions of dollars in the process. His reputation, while not in complete tatters, is still a bit radioactive in some quarters. He also essentially played the past two years for free because he had to pay off his creditors and lawyer fees.
I only wish people would be this emotional over HUMAN abuse/killings like they are over DOG abuse/killings.
In the meantime, Vick should stay down and continue to rehabilitate himself off the field.
Keep it moving bruh…