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Sure the Knicks played short-handed with their assortment of injuries. Tyson Chandler as been in and out of the lineup with his injuries. Amare Stoudamire is still not 100% back from his knee issues. Point guard Raymond Felton was in and out of the lineup with his own issues. All of those things would disrupt any team, let alone one not as deep as New York.
However, the Knicks have not made the best personnel decisions. I still think New York made a big mistake in not bringing back Steve Novak. Not having a 3-point shooter off the bench who could stretch the defense has hurt New York more than it cares to admit. And firing general manager Glen Grunwald – who helped the team win 54 games last season – was not a good look either.
The Knicks made a bigger mistake in not extending head coach Mike Woodson’s contract, thus making him a lame duck. If sports history has taught us anything, is that ANY professional team led by a lame duck coach does not do well. Those players tend to tune a lame duck coach out because they know that coach will not be around the following season. Woodson is a good coach who got a bad rap in his previous stop in Atlanta. Woodson also had a hand in guiding the Knicks to 54 wins last season. It’s not like the man forgot to coach overnight.
With all the issues I mentioned, my Knicks made the biggest mistake of all – not trading Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline.
What would make the Knicks attractive to Melo? The Knicks will be in salary cap hell for one more season. I do not know of any marquee free agents who will be on the free agent market in 2015. Also, who would want to coach this bunch? If it ain’t Phil Jackson, then I don’t know who could right this sinking ship. Did I mention that the bumbling, stumbling James Dolan is STILL the owner of this franchise?
Why not trade Melo instead of letting him leave for nothing? I know the Knicks would not get anything of equal value for him, but at least a few expiring contracts to help their salary cap and a few extra draft picks would have been nice.
There is no way Melo would come back to this mess. If only Dolan could fire himself…
When I first heard that the Cleveland Browns made a play for San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh, I thought to myself that there was no way in hell that would EVER happen. That was until how close Harbaugh himself was close to accepting the job.
For Harbaugh to even consider leaving the behemoth he has built in San Francisco for a shithole organization in Cleveland, things are not as rosy in the Bay Area as we all have thought. There is talk that the 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke hates Harbaugh. Hell, there is talk that there were others in the organization who are tired of Harbaugh’s act. Even Harbaugh himself may be tired of dealing with the suits in the 49ers’ front office.
All I know is this: if a team has a known commodity who instantly turned it into a winner, why would that team risk alienating and losing him? Do the 49ers really value collegiality over being winners? Are they really arrogant to think that any coach could lead them to the promised land?
I guess the 49ers conveniently forgot what life was like before Harbaugh. Dennis Erickson? And worse, Mike Singletary? This was how bad Singletary was – Harbaugh came in and immediately starting winning with Singletary’s players.
And yet, the 49ers seriously considered moving Harbaugh for draft picks? Really?
This should be interesting when the time comes for Harbaugh and the 49ers to renegotiate his contract, which will expire after this coming season. I know that Harbaugh is not going to coach as a lame duck without a contract extension. I also think that the 49ers do not want to break the bank to keep Harbaugh, regardless of how much he wins with the Niners.
If the Niners do not want to go back to being the sorry-ass team of seasons’ past, they need not jerk with Harbaugh.
When NFL draft prospect Michael Sam announced his is gay yesterday during ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”, a lot of people commended him for his courage. Some people trolled in internet chat rooms and called him every slur (mostly gay, but some racial) in the book.
When I heard it, I had two feelings: 1) oh wow, he had the stones/courage to disclose his sexuality to the rest of the sporting world; 2) okay, it’s time to move on.
I’ve always said that most male athletes do not stress over their teammates’ sexualities. Athletes already have an idea of what sides of the plate his fellow teammates bat from. Hell, it’s enough stress for athletes to focus on their own regimens in preparing for games every week. The mantra is almost always, “as long as that teammate performs and helps us win, who cares who/what he is screwing”.
Sam is an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri who doubles as the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Do y’all think that some of his teammates had challenged him over his sexuality? My guesses were “no” and “hell no”. Don’t believe me? Read what Sam said about his teammates’ reactions for yourselves:
“Coaches just wanted to know a little about ourselves, our majors, where we’re from, and something that no one knows about you. And I used that opportunity just to tell them that I was gay. And their reaction was like, ‘Michael Sam finally told us.’
“I was kind of scared, even though they already knew. Just to see their reaction was awesome. They supported me from Day One. I couldn’t have better teammates. … I’m telling you what: I wouldn’t have the strength to do this today if I didn’t know how much support they’d given me this past semester.”
Here was his coach Gary Pinkel’s reaction:
“We’re really happy for Michael that he’s made the decision to announce this, and we’re proud of him and how he represents Mizzou. Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others, he’s taught a lot of people here first-hand that it doesn’t matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we’re all on the same team and we all support each other.”
So there you have it. His teammates didn’t think it was a big deal, and they rode his high sack total (11 1/2 sacks) to an SEC East Division title, a spot in the SEC championship game, and a victory in the Cotton Bowl. Sam also mentioned that during his Senior Bowl experience, some fellow football players were already aware of his sexual orientation.
The only downside I see in Sam coming completely out of the closet is that the media (namely ESPN) will make such a big fucking deal over it. Hell, check out ESPN’s website right now. There are several write-ups right now from what it means in NFL locker rooms going forward to the timing and the NFL’s reaction.
The people who will give Sam the most grief are the fans. Expect a few anti-gay signs and slur chants at games from opposing fans this season. The unfortunate part is that the media will make his teammates answer those inevitable “gay questions” because of that fallout.
No matter what fans say or think, there ARE -and always have been – gay players in the NFL. Maybe now other gay players will feel free to lives and their straight teammates not worry about the media asking those annoying questions.
I’m wishing this young brother nothing but luck in the NFL.
To say the Seattle Seahawks dominated the hell out of the Denver Broncos is like calling Honey Boo-Boo’s mama morbidly obese. So much for that Denver pick of mine last week!
I mean look at the way Seattle dominated. Its secondary, led by Kam Chancellor (a bad-ass name for a bad-ass football player), nailed the hell out of Denver’s receivers. Y’all see that hit that Wes Welker took in the second half? The Seahawks were also able to pressure Peyton Manning into making bad throws, including two interceptions – one of which was returned for a pick-six by Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith.
It was Russell Wilson, not Manning, who turned in a stellar quarterbacking performance. He finished with 18-26 passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He was effective making plays with his feet as well (26 yards on just three rushing attempts). The Broncos’ D failed to get to Wilson and make him uncomfortable.
I loved the impact Percy Harvin had on the game. An 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half to go with 45 yards on just two carries.Ya think the Seahawks are glad that he was back on the field?
The Seahawks were too quick, too physical and just too good for the Broncos. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a top-ranked defense turned into a rout. The supposed limited Seattle offense punted only once.
Now here’s the kicker: I think the Seahawks can keep this roll going for a long time. The Seahawks are among the youngest teams to win a Super Bowl (average age is 26.1 years), and while I do not know the personnel’s impending free agents, they could easily repeat next season.
The only thing that could stop Seattle from repeating next season are the following: the San Francisco 49ers, improved versions of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, and overconfidence. Either way, this is just the beginning for the Seahawks and their fans.
It should be a fun ride.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos. Honestly, this is the best Super Bowl matchup I have seen in recent memory. Two teams with the two best records in the league – the best in their respective conferences. The #1-ranked defense (Seattle) going against the #1-ranked offense (Denver).
I really, REALLY, love this matchup.
The Seahawks bring a lot to the table defensively. Even though they are well-rounded on that side of the ball, it’s their secondary – a.k.a. “The Legion of Boom” – that carries that defense. We all know that my new favorite NFL player Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the league. His eight interceptions this season – which led the league, by the way – proves that. But how about those safeties? In addition to being playmakers, Kam Chancellor (three interceptions) and Eric Thomas (five interceptions) will knock you the bleep out.
Seattle is not bad offensively, though a bit limited. Its receivers do not exactly impart fear in opposing defenses, and generally do not do a good job in terms of getting separation from defensive backs. That said, you have to give it up for running back Marshawn Lynch – especially when he is in “Beast Mode”. And there is so much to love about QB Russell Wilson. He is a great leader who shows poise on the field and grace off of it.
There is so much to love about Denver’s offense. It all starts with QB Peyton Manning. He only set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season (55). The Broncos’ top four receivers – Demaryius Thomas (14), Julius Thomas (12), Eric Decker (11) and Wes Welker (10) – all have at least 10 touchdown receptions. Running back Knowshon Moreno had over 1,000 rushing to go with 10 rushing TDs.
Denver’s D has really improved this season. Though it is barely a top-20 defense, it was better than being dead fucking last in 2012. Well, that’s about it.
I was leaning towards picking Seattle to win the Super Bowl, but a few things crossed my mind.
First of all, I do not think that the Seahawks can keep up with the Broncos offensively. Denver is known to score a lot of points in a hurry, and Seattle does not have the personnel to consistently score over 28 points per game. Second, and most importantly, Sherman cracked on Peyton. I don’t care how good a defensive player you are, you never EVER talk junk to Peyton. Something tells me Manning is looking to light Sherman’s ass up.
Broncos 28, Seahawks 20.
Bonus prediction: Manning will retire a two-time Super Bowl champion and go out on top – y’all heard it here first (I think).
Former Tampa Bay Buc/Oakland Raider great Warren Sapp unloaded on former New York Giant great Michael Strahan’s Hall of Fame candidacy, rather lack thereof. In case y’all have been living under a rock – or simply not giving a damn – he basically said that Strahan is not deserving of the Hall of Fame.
Here is Sapp’s quote:
“I don’t think his résumé stacks up. Four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure it up, he comes up short, except you all are giving it to him.”
So basically Sapp still resents the fact that Brett Favre gave himself up against Strahan in 2001, which gave Strahan the NFL single-season sack record. And Sapp probably resents the fact that Strahan is rich and has good gigs on “Live with Kelly and Michael” and Fox Sports’ Sunday NFL pregame show – and not broke.
Here was Strahan’s response:
“I am. I’m all hype. I lasted 15 years, all hype. I had 141.5 career sacks, all hype. I was always a starter. I played left end, and that made me get sacks. My coaches kept putting me in the game because they felt it gave us the best chance to win, and that was all hype.”
And the money shot:
“…The tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.”
Memo to Warren: move on already. Not only are you in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you BEAT STRAHAN TO IT! Don’t get mad, get happy like Pharrell Williams dammit!
Look, I know what Richard Sherman at the conclusion of the NFC Championship Game rankled a few – check that, A LOT of y’all. And yes, I understand that Sherman should have taken the high road and been a bit more gracious towards the San Francisco 49ers, namely Michael Crabtree.
Maybe Sherman should have been more humble. Maybe he should have not stooped beneath his dignity to bash Crabtree the way he did.
But you know what, Sherman didn’t do those things. And as a result he may be a lot of things – but one this he is not is a thug.
There is a lot to love about social media, especially twitter and Facebook. But while I enjoyed the hell out of the hilarious memes – comparing Sherman to an old-school World Wrestling Federation star among others – I despised those who used that platform to call Sherman a thug.
The term “thug” means different things to different people. Here is Webster’s definition: “a brutal ruffian or assassin” (synonym: “gangster”). I’m sorry, but just because some dude talks trash (and backs it up), does not make him a “thug”.
We could go on and on about how some people – white AND black – may have used that terminology. Hell, I (and many others) could argue that some may have had subtle racist undertones.
The fact of the matter is this: sports is entertainment, and what Sherman gave us – while Samuel L. Jackson-like in nature – was entertaining. Since I never had a problem with any athlete running smack (as long as he or she backs it up), I thought Sherman’s act was hilarious.
I believe this speaks less to Sherman’s motives as it does to some of the people criticizing this young brother in the safety of their own environments.
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos. It’s good to see Tom Brady and Peyton Manning going at it in the playoffs again. Forget that both teams are a bit undermanned – the Pats’ WRs are slower than I am and Denver’s D would give up 30 points to the Sisters of the Poor. It’s all about Brady vs. Manning, must-see TV if you ask me. Having said that, I think Manning gets some revenge on Brady and Bill Bellicheat. Manning wants to atone for last year’s playoff flop, and will do so by any means necessary. By the way, if y’all like offense, this is the game for you… Broncos 34, Patriots 31.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks. This is going to be a good ‘ol fashioned slobber-knocker. Both of these teams hate each other, which I ranted about earlier. It is damn near impossible for any road team to win in Seattle. That 12th Man (Seahawks fans) is something to be reckoned with. That fuels the Seahawks’ D, led by the secondary aka “Legion of Boom”, who I think has one of the best defenses in the league. It will pose a huge threat to Colin Kaepernick and Co. on offense, and that will the 49ers problems on that side of the ball.
However, I think the 49ers are on a mission. San Fran is the hottest team in the league right now, having won eight in a row including the playoffs. The 49ers defense is also one of the best, and is playing at a high level. It also helps that the Niners have a healthy Michael Crabtree, and Anquan Boldin is playing out of his mind. Oh and one more thing: Seahawks WR Percy Harvin has not been cleared to play in the NFC Championship Game. That is huge for both teams.
I picked the 49ers before the season to play in the Super Bowl (and win it), and I am not going to waver. 49ers 20, Seahawks 17.
This just in: the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will be “must-see TV” this weekend. The fact that they will play each other in the NFC Championship Game this coming Sunday makes this the next best rivalry in the NFL.
The NFL and its fans (that would be us) needs another great rivalry to chew on. It makes for great theater and ratings – and even better publicity.
Lets face it: we fans can rattle off some historically great NFL rivalries. Patriots-Jets. Packers-Bears. Saints-Falcons. Cowboys-Redskins. Giants-Eagles. Chiefs-Raiders. Steelers-Browns. Broncos-Chargers. Patriots-Colts. Titans-Ravens. Steelers-Ravens.
Speaking of Steelers-Ravens, the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry in my mind is the perfect successor to that brutal AFC North rivalry.
The Steelers-Ravens rivalry is primarily based on two things: intimidation and brutality. Both teams like to show other teams who is boss on the field. In the Ravens’ case, they would also TELL YOU how they will impose their will on another team. The Steelers and Ravens are mirror images of each other, which leads to more loathing (and respect) between the two teams.
The 49ers and Seahawks follow the same Steelers-Ravens blueprint. San Fran and Seattle aim to intimidate and force their wills on opponents. And while the 49ers would rather show you how they will impose their will on a team (as do my Steelers), the Seahawks would rather TELL YOU how they would beat you down into submission (as do the Ravens).
And the most beautiful part of the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry is this: they can’t stand each other, as do their coaches. In fact, they hate each other – and that’s a good thing (for fans). If y’all want to know just how nasty this rivalry has become, check out this gem from the Seahawks’ motor-mouthed All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman:
“There’s no love lost and there’s no love found. I don’t know if there’s going to be handshakes after this one. It’s going to be intense and it’s going to be physical.”
49ers stud linebacker Patrick Willis had this quote on the rivalry with the Seahawks:
“No question there’s a lot of hostility between us”.
And if those quotes aren’t enough, both coaches (the Niners’ Jim Harbaugh and Seahawks’ Pete Carroll) hated each other since their college coaching days. I mean who could ever forget this:
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a rivalry is all about. As a Steelers fan I’d never thought I’d say it, but Steelers-Ravens eat your heart out!