Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Jim Tressel RAN OUT on Ohio St. University because he knows what's about to happen. As hard as Jim Tressel and the athletic director tried to sweep the Ohio St. scandal under the rug the truth is starting to emerge. Improper benefits and the selling of bowl game memorabilia is just the tip of the iceberg.
Soon they will find out Terrelle Pryor received cars and his family received money. Soon they will find out other players were involved in money laundering schemes. Soon the will find out Jim Tressel knew all along and his squeaky clean professor like persona was nothing more than a charade.
We've seen this before when Tressel ran out on Youngtown St. before the school was sanctioned for NCAA violations. We saw this a few years back when Maurice Clarett spilled his guts about the gifts and special perks he received while playing at Ohio St. In each of those instances coach Tressel escaped by the skin of his teeth. This time the evidence is mounting like an avalanche and there's no way to avoid the embarrassment and humiliation on the horizon.
Jim Tressel reminds me of those slick talking preachers you see on TV. Every Sunday they're telling you how righteous they are and how you should avoid sin, but later you find out they have 3 children out of wedlock and run an online porn site. Jim Tressel has always pretended to be something he's not and when the truth is revealed he'll be exposed for the phony he is. There's no more fooling us with the sweater vests and khaki pants. Time to face the music coach.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Such is the case with the Seattle Mariners. Last month I blogged that the Mariners were YEARS away from making a return to the playoffs and that management should trade Ichiro to a title contender. I was wrong. After beating the New York Yankees last night the Seattle Mariners are 25-25 a third of the way through the season and only 1/2 a game out of first place. How did I misread this situation?
I never expected the Mariners would get any production out of Erik Bedard. Ever since the team traded Adam Jones for the Orioles ace Bedard has been a disappointment. In his last 3 starts however Bedard has been virtually unhittable. In addition the Mariners welcomed back gold glove winner Franklin Gutierrez and parted ways with the cancerous Milton Bradley. Those two moves have done wonders for team chemistry and has the Mariners poised to make a run for the AL West title.
The San Francisco Giants provided the blueprint for success last year in the postseason. Great starting pitching and defense, timely hitting, and a solid bullpen can carry you a long way. The top of the Mariners rotation is stacked with Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, and Erik Bedard. If the team can continue to get quality starts out of Jason Vargas and Doug Fister combined with Brandon League to close out games on the back end there's no telling where the Mariners might end up. This time I'm glad I was wrong. Go Mariners!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Kim Kardashian can make you famous. Whether you're the #2 pick in the NFL draft or a scrub reserve on a bad basketball team having Kim Kardashian on your arm puts you in the spotlight. The glamour queen has such an influence on pop culture her siblings even reap the benefits. Without the buzz surrounding Kim I seriously doubt the exploits of Khloe would warrant her having her own TV show. According to the Nielsen ratings more people watch shows about the Kardashians than watch the nightly news.
Kim Kardashian's impact on the sports world is superficial, but undeniable. Sketchers has her endorsing the same shoe as Joe Montana, Karl Malone, and Wayne Gretzky. ESPN goes out of their way to catch a glimpse of her at sporting events. Beat writers ask ridiculous questions about Kim instead of the team's performance. The trophy girl persona coupled with the superstar status is enough to turn a bench player into a household name. Kris Humphries will never make an all star team, but he might turn out to be just as popular as Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, or Lebron James. If you stand next to Kim good things can happen to you. What does that say about our society as a whole?
Thursday, May 26, 2011
To make matters worse Jim Buss went out and hired Mike Brown to replace Phil Jackson as coach of the Lakers. If Brown had difficulty controlling Lebron James and his entourage in Cleveland how can we expect him to handle this situation? Even if the rumors are exaggerated (my sources tell me different) Kobe is a handful on his best day and LA is a town that will swallow you whole if you're not careful. The Cavs were happy just to be relevant, but the Lakers expect nothing less than a championship every year. Any other outcome is unacceptable. The former Lebron James yes man is in way over his head.
If the rumors are true either Kobe or Pau must go and it won't be Kobe. Gasol will be the piece going to Orlando for Dwight Howard and not Andrew Bynum. This makes perfect sense because Jim Buss has gone on record saying Bynum is untradeable. Should the Lakers decide to stay pat with their current roster they run the risk of having these chemistry problems destroy the team from the inside out. Stay tuned.
Nowadays the guarantee of victory has become watered down. Everybody does it. You see it happen during regular season games, you see it happen when a team is on a long losing streak, and you even see it happen when a coach is on the hot seat. The guarantee of victory is used as a motivational tool or a way to get attention more so than a personal belief. Players and coaches use the guarantee to establish a mindset for their team and their city because to expectation of winning is so critical to success. Some fans argue that the guarantee of victory puts too much pressure on players, but we hear them so often we don't take them seriously anymore. It's just talk.
There is no more "wow" factor associated with the guarantee of victory. It doesn't mean anything when everybody does it and no one feels disappointed if the guarantee doesn't happen. If you want to impress me with a guarantee of victory put something on it. Tell us you'll cut off all your hair or give away your Bentley if you lose. Tell us you'll clean the opposing teams locker room with your tooth brush. Without consequence the guarantee of victory is nothing more than an educated guess. It's time to put up or shut up.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This may be one of the lamest excuses of all time. Rich is an easy going, mild mannered man that can get along with virtually anyone. The Blazers have had 4 different general managers in the past 8 years so clearly the chemistry issues come from the top. Paul Allen is an extremely difficult person to work with and even more difficult to figure out what he wants.
The Blazers had a good season by most people's standards. They won 48 games despite a rash of injuries to Greg Oden, Marcus Camby and the face of the franchise Brandon Roy. The players have great fan support, no one got arrested, and LaMarcus Aldridge made 3rd team all NBA. At present the Blazers are still the only team to beat Dallas more than once in the playoffs. They did this without a single all star on their roster so we can safely say they overachieved this year.
You can't blame Rich Cho for taking Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. You can't blame Rich Cho for playing Brandon Roy less than a week after having knee surgery. You have to give Rich credit for adding size and athleticism in the form of Gerald Wallace. Truth be told Rich didn't even have a chance to conduct a draft for the Blazers before he was fired so we'll never know what he's truly capable of. What we do know is Paul Allen is impatient and impossible to communicate with and for that reason a good man lost his job. Sorry Rich, you deserved better.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ray Lewis comments on the impending lockout.
On the surface the comments made by Ray Lewis sound like the delusional rantings of an old man that takes himself and his profession too seriously. The world will not come to an end if there's no football. Football fans don't make up the majority of the population in this country. It is naive to think the American public won't find something constructive to do with their time on Sundays in the fall instead of posting up on the couch in front of the TV. Is there any validity to Ray Lewis statements whatsoever?
Actually there is. Crime will increase if there's no NFL football this season. Not in the dramatic fashion Ray predicted, but crime will increase. Football is an outlet for millions of people. Fans live vicariously through the players and support their favorite team more than their own families sometimes. I guarantee without football domestic violence and aggravated assaults will increase around the country. Home Depot, Ikea, and Costco are not substitutes for watching the New England Patriots against the New York Jets. Without football the guy that usually paints his face yellow and green and tailgates for 4 hours will be reduced to picking out paint samples and smelly candles. How long can they do that before they snap?
In the Philippines you can hear a pin drop in the streets when Manny Pacquiao is fighting. No one gets their purse snatched while the World Cup is on in England. Sports has a way of occupying our time and attention and without football there's no telling what might happen. There won't be anarchy, but trust me we'll hear some strange bizarre stories of crime and mischief if there's no football games. There will be disputes over the remote that end in violence. There will be touch football games that turn into brawls. There will be players with too much time and money on their hands fighting at strip clubs and getting pulled over for DUI's. It won't be like the LA riots, but crime will increase without football. Ray was right.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Before you critics and cynics get carried away with yourselves the resemblance is not on the court. I don't mean their games are similar or that Derrick Rose is capable of winning 6 championships. The resemblance comes during the time outs. Derrick Rose is in every other commercial. Just like Jordan he has become the straw that stirs the drink. He's a trailblazer that follows the beat of a different drummer. He does his own thing as opposed to following in the footsteps of others.
Instead of drinking Gatorade he drinks Powerade. Instead of wearing Nike he wears Adidas. When everyone else is pitching Big Macs for McDonald's you might see Derrick with a $5 foot long or a whopper with cheese. The President of the United States even considers him a personal friend. Just like Michael Jordan Derrick Rose isn't a businessman, he's a business, man! The endorsements keep rolling in because he has become synonymous with winning and greatness. It's obvious corporate America sees him as the future of the NBA.
Derrick is a humble, soft spoken, likeable superstar. His persona off the court is a stark contrast to his competitive nature on the hardwood. If he continues to play great basketball and contends for championships every year there's no reason to believe Derrick Rose won't become a global icon. Stay tuned.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The ceremonial theme song Pomp and Circumstance would play as Randy entered the ring and you knew before long someone was going to get a flying elbow leading to an eventual three count. That was the Macho Man Randy Savage way.
I remember staying up late watching Saturday Night's Main Event hoping to see Savage annihilate his adversaries. There were epic battles with the Heenan Family, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, The Hart Foundation, and the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Macho Man talked a lot of trash (most wrestlers do), but he always backed it up.
Whether it was a cage match, a battle royal, or Wrestlemania Randy gave it 100%. When Hulk Hogan betrayed him by making inappropriate advance towards Miss Elizabeth, Savage challenged him to a duel in Wrestlemania V. Savage clearly had the match won, but the refs cheated and gave the victory to Hogan. Go figure.
I don't typically think of wrestlers as "sports icons", but Macho Man Randy Savage is one of my favorite athletes of all time. I even have his action figure on my desk at work for inspiration. Whenever someone is getting out line or testing my patience I imagine Savage coming off the top rope and smashing that person in the face. I live vicariously through his persona.
Before The Rock, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or The Undertaker there was Savage. He was never as big as Hulkamania, but that's ok. True wrestling fans know who the better wrestler was. I'm not 13 anymore, but when I think of the Macho Man it takes me back to that carefree period in my life. A time when I might argue if wrestling was real or fake. A time when I thought a pile driver wouldn't cause permanent paralysis. In short, the legend of Randy Savage is a fond memory from my childhood. Macho Man's legacy will live on forever. The elbow will never be forgotten. Rest in peace big guy.
Friday, May 20, 2011
The 2011 NBA Playoffs have been all about spring cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new. The Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics have all gone fishing earlier than expected. The three franchises responsible for 10 of the last 12 championships began to show their age.
Kobe Bryant (14 years), Tim Duncan (13 years), Ray Allen (14 years) and Kevin Garnett (15 years) couldn't rekindle the magic of playoffs past when they needed it the most. The years of championship basketball, international play and injuries have taken their toll.
Father Time catches up with everyone eventually and these four future Hall of Famers have nothing to be ashamed of. Their accomplishments speak for themselves (11 rings between them) and we'll think of them fondly as the playoffs progress.The early departure of these three great teams has cleared the path for the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks to meet in the Finals. Here are five reasons Miami will walk away victorious.
1. Miami eliminated Boston.
The Miami Heat cleared the biggest obstacle on their way to the championship by beating their arch nemesis the Boston Celtics in the second round. It was a major psychological hurdle to overcome and the Chicago Bulls will seem like child's play in comparison.
Derrick Rose will give the Heat fits, but the Bulls lack a dominant post presence and that's Miami's biggest weakness.
2. D Wade and Lebron are playing well together. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade learned how to play together and put the problems of the regular season behind them. Each player takes the game over in spurts as opposed to stepping on each other's toes. They both seem relieved they don't have to take all the shots for their team to win.
3. Mark Cuban. As a passionate fan and owner Mark Cuban, has the tendency to say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time. Whether it's criticizing the refs, fighting with David Stern or calling out the opposing team's best player, rest assured Mark Cuban will do something to cost his team a critical game.
4. Home court in the finals. There's nothing like the piece of mind that comes with playing a Game 7 at home in front of a roaring crowd. The Heat players feed off the energy and the fans give them confidence. With the 2-3-2 format of the Finals, the Heat understand that once they weather the storm in Dallas, victory is theirs.
5. Dirk Nowitzki. Like the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks also took care of their arch nemesis by eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. It was a major accomplishment, but winning the NBA Finals is a different story. I don't think Dirk Nowitzki has ever fully recovered emotionally or psychologically from the 2006 meltdown. When the bright, bright lights come on Dirk, will succumb to the pressure of the moment and come up short.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The answer is no. The McCourts are in total disagreement about who is the rightful owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jamie McCourt has even gone so far as to demand the sale of the Dodgers suggesting that her husband's outbursts to the media have devalued the team. In addition, Frank McCourt had to take out an emergency loan with FOX network to make payroll last month because his assets are frozen. The divorce proceedings have made it impossible for the Dodgers to make personnel decisions and the franchise is in limbo. It may take years to sort out all the legal mumbo jumbo.
On the surface the McCourt divorce just seems like a marriage gone bad, but the precedence being established is very dangerous. Should sports fans have to worry about the financial solvency and marital relationship of their favorite team's owner? Should they have to check the NYSE or the NASDAQ everyday to make sure the owner's investments are yielding a positive return? Should a bitter divorce tied up in the courts for years determine whether a team wins a championship or not? We don't know how this whole thing will play out, but the rules for ownership will change based on the outcome of this case. Professional sports can't afford to let personal issues affect the stability of an entire league. Something will be done so we don't have this problem again. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
1. Cleveland - Kyrie Irving. It the Cavs don't take my advice and trade the pick Kyrie Irving is the best player available. The 6-2 point guard can do it all. He has great handles, good range on his jumper, and tremendous athleticism.
2. Minnesota - Derrick Williams. The Pac-10 player of the year will make a smooth transition to the pros and the Timberwolves need to find help up front for Kevin Love. Wesley Johnson (the #4 pick in last year's draft) is still a work in progress so they can use Derrick right away.
3. Utah - Enes Kanter. the 6-10 Turkish star can play along side Al Jefferson and give the Jazz a formidable front court. Before his suspension last year Enes was projected to be one of the nation's top players. He has an excellent all around game for a big man.
4. Cleveland - Jonas Valanciunas. If the Cavs don't trade the pick they might as well go for size. The other top players available (Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight) are both point guards and if they take Kyrie Irving with the #1 pick they'll have no use for those guys. Of course if they trade the #1 pick (as I suggested) Brandon Knight is a good fit at #4.
5. Toronto - Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors are looking to Jerryd Bayless as the point guard of the future and need help at the small forward position. Leonard can provide the size and athleticism the Raptors are lacking.
6. Washington - Alec Burks. The 6-6 shooting guard can pair up with John Wall to establish a nice back court for the Wizards. Once again, it makes no sense to draft Walker or Knight after drafting John Wall #1 last year.
7. Sacramento - Chris Singleton. The Kings are in desperate need of a small forward and Chris Singleton is the best one available. He's a big time scorer that can take some of the pressure off of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The market has changed. In the past owners jumped at the chance to lock up the best player in baseball for an extended period of time, but the Alex Rodriguez experiment has exposed the risks involved with such a lengthy guaranteed contract. Over the past two seasons Alex's production has tapered off dramatically, he's become more susceptible to injury at his age (36 in July), and his salary makes it impossible to trade him. Even if the Yankees wanted to move him there's no other team that can afford to pay him 32 million dollars a season. The St. Louis Cardinals watched the Rodriguez saga unfold and decided a 10 year contract put their team in jeopardy for the future. If things didn't go exactly as planned the Cardinals would find themselves in a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of. The St. Louis market doesn't have enough revenue streams to off set a contract that large.
Albert Pujols may get his 10 year deal when it's all said and done, but it won't be in St. Louis. If he doesn't come down on his demands slightly he is destined to become a Chicago Cub next year. It's not his fault the economics of baseball have changed significantly over the last 5 years, but he will suffer the consequences. It no longer makes financial sense to commit that much time and money to one player. If you want to blame someone for the new economic climate blame Alex Rodriguez. He's shown us that father time catches up with everyone and when he does you don't want to be stuck owing 150 million dollars for an asset with diminishing returns. Too bad Albert, you were so close to breaking the bank.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Thoughts from a frustrated Yankee fan.
As usual everyone in New York panics at the first sign of trouble with their beloved Yankees, but this time there's legitimate cause for concern. Although the Yankees are only 2 games out of first place and we're not even a 1/4 of the way into the season, the team is in disarray. Derek Jeter (36 years old) hasn't emotionally recovered from his contract dispute in the offseason, Alex Rodriguez (35 years old) is tying up $32,000,000 in salary while batting .250 with 6 home runs, and Jorge Posada (39 years old) is batting a miserable .165 in the last year of his 4 year $52,000,000 contract. The Yankees are stuck with these aging veterans because their contracts are too large for anyone else to take on. In hindsight ownership expected much greater production from these 3 players and now they have to play the hand they're dealt. If they don't throw good money after bad before the trade deadline and acquire some younger talent the Yankees may not even make the playoffs with a payroll over $200,000,000.
Maybe these 3 perennial all all stars turn it around and save the Yankee season, but history shows us that probably won't happen. It's time for a changing of the guard in the Bronx. Jeter is still the unquestioned leader, but the focal point of the team has to be Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano going forward. The team can't rely on A-Rod putting up video game numbers anymore and once Jesus Montero is ready to play catcher ever day the Yankees will have no more use for a 39 year old DH who can't hit is weight in average. The Yankees made the mistake of projecting too far into the future based on the past performance of their core players. Look for them to atone for their error by adding a dynamic right or left fielder. If they don't what will they tell their fans?
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Saturday, May 7, 2011
Calvin Borel is the Phil Jackson of horse racing. He's rode 3 of the last 4 Kentucky Derby winners and in 2009 switched over to Rachel Alexandra and won the Preakness as well. He has a reputation for getting the most out of his horses and playing to their strengths. He knows if the horse he's riding likes to run from the front, on the rail, from the back, or in the middle of the pack. Calvin's instincts about a horse carry him to the winners circle quite often and he knows the Churchill Downs race track as well as anyone. He's a tough guy to bet against (If I was betting of course).
20-1 for Twice the Appeal is not great odds and the betting public has already established Dialed In as the favorite after Uncle Moe was scratched. The public is underestimating the importance of a good jockey with tons of experience. In the end Calvin Borel will ride away victorious and accept another bouquet of roses. Mark my words.
Friday, May 6, 2011
It happens to all great fighters. You have to beat the champion out of them. Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr, and Muhammad Ali all suffered lopsided defeats in their last fight. After hundreds of rounds and decades of taking punishment you lose a step or two. The body will no longer do what the mind tells it to. They see the openings, but the punches come a half second too slow. They see the punches coming, but they react a half second too late in getting out of the way. That half second is the difference between world champion and punching bag. Once the reflexes go there's no getting them back.
Shane reflexes are gone. We witnessed this in the Floyd Mayweather fight last year. He was a day late and a dollar short in every exchange. Manny Pacquiao is desperate to keep his legacy intact and has no time to play around with this guy. The great thing about boxing is anything can happen. A big right hand is always the great equalizer. The bad thing about boxing is the spirit, passion, and heart of a champion will ultimately betray them. It will get them into fights they can't win. Sugar Shane Mosley was a great champion, but his time has past. It would be more humane if Manny had enough power to knock him out, but he doesn't. Shane will have to suffer for 12 rounds. Too bad, the former champ deserves better.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
To be fair the Tampa Bay Lightning played a hell of a series. Martin St. Louis had some timely goals and Steven Stamkos picked up right where he left off in the regular season scoring points in bunches. The Capitals defense allowed too many power play goals and Michal Neuvirth was lit up like a Christmas tree in this series. You almost had to wonder if those mitts had holes in them. When the Caps lost the first two games at home there was reason for concern, but most Caps fans assumed Washington would come out fighting and salvage at least a split in Tampa. Instead they rolled over showing no heart, no pride, and no sense of urgency. None of the players seemed to care whether they won or lost the series.
Whenever that happens it's almost a guarantee the coach will get fired. I'd bet my last 20 pesos Bruce Boudreau will not return as head coach next season. With such talented players as Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom it's inexcusable to go down in flames for a 4th consecutive year. Bruce Boudreau has failed to motivate the players and create a winning environment. That simply can't be tolerated and he should take responsibility for the teams lack of intensity. As for Alexander Ovechkin? He falls further down the depth chart and maybe even out of the conversation of who is the NHL's best player. He doesn't produce when it counts and his presence isn't felt in big games. That's what superstars do. Until Alexander Ovechkin plays for a Stanley Cup he is officially on the "pay him no mind" list and his jersey goes into storage. Number 8 is behind the 8 ball.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tony D'Amato - On Any Given Sunday
No truer words have ever been spoken. The quarterback position in the NFL is by far the most important position in team sports. He's the guy that gets all the credit when things go right and takes all the blame when teams don't win. He is the catalyst, the leader, and the focal point of any successful NFL franchise. He's the guy that answers all the hard questions and carries the burden of expectation on his back. That's not to say you have to have a hall of fame quarterback to win the Super Bowl. Trent Dilfer, Jim McMahon, and Jeff Hostettler all have Super Bowl rings, but they also played on teams that had superior defenses. For the most part the signal caller needs to have an impressive pedigree to take a team to the promised land. Lets check out the numbers.
Since 1980 a quarterback has been selected with the first pick in the draft 16 times and a quarterback selected #1 accounts for 14 Super Bowl titles. The quarterback is the face of the franchise and the most important piece in building a strong foundation for an organization. The quarterback is considered the savior in a lot of instances (that's why bad teams consistently draft this position first) and some teams gamble on players they hope can fit the job description. For every Peyton Manning, John Elway, and Troy Aikman there is a Tim Couch, David Carr, and of course Ryan Leaf. Not only is the quarterback position the most important it is also the position with the highest failure rate.
Other sports have positions with a similar responsibility and you know what they refer to those positions as? The quarterback. A point guard in basketball is considered the quarterback because they get everyone involved and run the team. A center in volleyball is considered the quarterback because they make all the formation calls and set up defenses. A catcher in baseball is referred to as the signal caller because they select pitches and instruct infielders on where they need to be.
The quarterback position is the straw that stirs the drink. It demands narcissism, thick skin, respect, and leadership. History has taught us that everything falls into place with a good one and everything falls apart with a bad one. It's not all about the rocket arm, the nimble feet, or the fast legs, it's about the entire package. The physical, the mental, and the spiritual all have to come together. To whom much is given, much is expected. The quarterback position embodies that sentiment. Your thoughts.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Cleveland went through this exact same scenario in the mid 90's when they developed superstar players like Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle, and Jim Thome. I still remember being in Cleveland on my birthday in 1997 all set to storm the downtown area after game 7 of the World Series. Unfortunately Jose Mesa blew the save in the 9th inning and the Indians World Series dreams were shattered. Shortly thereafter the organization started to dismantle the team and Cleveland fans were forced to suffer through another decade of mediocre baseball. It wasn't a lack of desire that led to the dismantling of a championship caliber team, it was the economics of baseball.
Once you reach a certain level of success it becomes too expensive for most teams to keep productive players. Eventually the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Mets, and Cubs will raid your team for its free agent talent and you'll be forced to start from scratch. It's only a matter of time before the big boys come calling for Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, and Austin Kearns. We've already seen what happened with Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia.
If Cleveland was a big market city capable of carrying a 100 million dollar payroll the Indians would be World Series contenders every year. Instead they have to resign themselves to the fact that The Indians are nothing more than a glorified farm system for the elite teams. Since baseball has no profit sharing or salary cap the teams with the deep pockets will always have the advantage. Hopefully the Indians do something special before it all comes to a grinding halt. Good luck Cleveland.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Over the weekend I went to the Bleacher Report website to post one of my blogs when I came across a very interesting story. The article listed the best player in each NBA franchise's history. When I got to the Oklahoma City Thunder the author had Gary Payton listed as the franchise's best player. I was incensed! how could someone possibly associate Gary Payton with the Oklahoma City Thunder? I immediately posted a comment suggesting that Gary Payton and the Oklahoma City Thunder should never be mentioned in the same breath. I have to admit that after my strong words I felt vindicated.
To my surprise the comments from around the country were not favorable towards my position. People told me to get a life. People told me the Seattle Supersonics were no different than any other team that has relocated. People told me to stop blaming the players and Oklahoma City for the relocation because it wasn't their fault. People said Gary Payton was just as much a Thunder as he was a Sonic because the franchise is the same.
Perhaps it's just me being a homer, but my conscience won't allow me to associate Gary Payton with the Oklahoma City Thunder. In my mind Clay Bennett took the team and started a new history in Oklahoma City completely separate from the one he left in Seattle. Let Kevin Durant be the best player the Thunder franchise has ever had and when Seattle gets an expansion team the Sonic history starts all over again. Am I being a little bitter? Did I take the comments too personal? Should I just let it go and move on? Your thoughts.