Quick Thoughts from Cowboys and Redskins Game

  • Strange that everyone is shocked that Alex Barron struggled against one of the better pass rushers in the league…there’s a reason a team like the Rams got rid of him
  • Larry Johnson you can’t go out of bounds in that situation…dive on the ground
  • Joey Galloway…starting WR…

And the worst play of the game for the Dallas Cowboys?  This will shock you but it was the throw by Tony Romo with about 30 seconds left in the game with the cowboys at around the 40 yard line.  Romo drops back and throws a horrible pass right to Carlos Rogers and 3 other Redskin defenders who end up dropping the interception to ice the game.  It was a horrible decision by Romo that should have cost the cowboys the game and resulted in every cowboys fan talking about what a bad decision Romo made but because Rogers dropped the easy interception everyone focuses on the below average Alex Barron.

Alex Barron is not the starting right tackle for the Dallas Cowboys so that can be corrected but Tony Romo is the starting QB and throws like that will be what costs the Dallas Cowboys.  Why did Romo make that throw?

Why Hasn’t the NBA Suspended the Ref Who Threw a Ball at a Fan?

Have you noticed the absolute silence on this issue?  Nothing from the NBA.  Nothing from the sports writers.  Nothing from the players association.

Silence.

If you aren’t familiar with what happened here it is:

So we have an NBA official, Mr. Joe Derosa throwing a basketball at a fan who throws it back at him.  You can say ‘throw’, ‘toss’, whatever you want to call it but it doesn’t change the fact that an NBA ref initiated this exchange with a fan walking by.

Could you imagine an umpire in MLB doing this?   An NFL official?  Or even an NBA player?

And you can’t say this was a joke because Derosa then tried to get the fan thrown out by calling over security.

Derosa should have been immediately suspended from the rest of the playoffs and the NBA should have said we don’t condone this behavior.  Exactly what they would have done if a player had done this.  And why hasn’t the players association come out against this?

Maybe he’ll get suspended today but you can’t find any sports writers clamoring for his suspension or calling out the NBA once again with their officiating.  One day, the NBA will wake up and make their officials less player friendly like in baseball and football where you can’t touch them or it’s a penalty or an ejection.  I’ve never understood why the NBA let’s players come over and put their arm around officials.

Why NBA Teams Should Not Sign and Trade

I’ve never understood why so many NBA teams are willing to sign and trade their guys.  The argument for the sign and trade is that you don’t want to lose a player (asset) for nothing.  For instance, Cleveland would rather sign and trade Lebron than lose him for nothing.  But sometimes the sign and trade is not a smart move.

The most important thing to consider is what you are getting in return for signing and trading your player.  Are you getting a superstar or a has been or just filler that looks good on paper?  Let’s just say that Cleveland chose to sign and trade Lebron to the Mavericks for Caron Butler, Eric Dampier’s expiring contract, Roddy B, and a #1 pick.   It looks ok on paper for Cleveland as they get an all star in Caron and a young player with a big upside in Roddy B. but when you look closer it makes little sense.  Caron only has one year left on his deal and that #1 pick is worthless as is Damp’s contract.  (I chose this scenario off the top of my head so if the money doesn’t work out just ignore…trying to make a point here).

Cleveland should tell Lebron if he doesn’t want to play for them then fine go ahead and sign for much less money somewhere else.  Call his bluff or watch him take less money.  Yes you lose that player for nothing on the surface but you force another team to use their cap space on a free agent therefore they have very limited resources to sign anyone else.   This makes the market for the rest of the free agents out there decline as there is one less place to go.   And if a few teams refuse to sign and trade then all the teams with lots of cap space use it all up…forcing the rest of the free agents to look for smaller deals.

Why help a player leave your team?  Unless you are getting a superstar back in the deal. A good player will not make your team better.  It also makes it more difficult for very good teams to get even better.  Most very good teams are over the cap and can only use the mid level on free agents.  Why help them get stronger?

So Atlanta if Joe Johnson doesn’t want to resign with you then make him walk without a sign and trade.

Cleveland..don’t take back Luol Deng for Lebron?  That doesn’t help you at all.

Make Wade, Bosh, Lebron, Joe Johnson, Amare all take smaller deals than what their own team can give them.  Those 5 players would suck all the cap space from certain teams and make it much cheaper to sign the 2nd tier guys.

Suns vs Lakers Game 1 Thoughts

A few random thoughts on Game 1 last night:

  • Why can’t Channing Frye shoot on the road?   He’s such an asset at home but a waste of space on the road
  • Amare you had 3 rebounds in 35 mins.  No way the Suns can win with that performance.
  • Robin Lopez looked a little awkward running last night and I wonder if his back holds up for the entire series or if it is just a trust factor
  • Lamar Odom is really good sometimes
  • Lakers had 4 guys with 5 assists or more..that’s how basketball should be played
  • The Lakers shot 47% from 3pt range while the Suns only shot 23%..who would have thought that?

I don’t think we learned a whole lot from last nights game.  Kobe, Odom, Gasol, and Artest all had great shooting games which is why the Lakers won.  The Suns shoot much better at home so I don’t anticipate them losing at home but for the same reason it’s tough to see them winning in LA.

It’s gotta be tough to officiate this series with so many floppers out there in Fisher, Nash, Gasol, etc.   At the same time, you have guys like Kobe, Dudley, Artest, Amare, etc who like to use their hands on both offense and defense so a few calls either way could have a big impact.  Think about what happened to Grant Hill in the 3rd quarter.  Something to keep your eye on.

Alvin Gentry should be paid very well.

NFL Combine Changes

Why doesn’t the NFL make a few changes to their combine?

  1. Make players wear helmets
  2. Make players wear shoulder pads
  3. Make players wear football pants
  4. Hold film study sessions with a written test at the end to see if players pay attention and understand tendencies

I think these would be huge changes to the combine and they just make sense.  Players should be wearing what they play in when they run their 40 times and go through their drills.  I’d extend it to Pro Days as well.  I was watching Tim Tebow throw and it’s completely different throwing with a helmet and shoulder pads on than without.  Let’s see if he’s still accurate with that throwing motion.

I know that agents and current college players would be against this for the most part because all the 40 times would decrease but the NFL runs the thing so they can set the rules.  Why should the NFL care?  The closer they can get to simulating real game situations the better their scouting and evaluation should be and that means theoretically the owners will save money by drafting more efficiently.  That should be enough to both motivate and convince the owners and the NFL to make these changes.

Instead of arguing over overtime rule changes, why don’t they fix the combine?

Season 8 of 24 Still Sucks

Wow…what a piece of *(%#E)987 last night.

Is this what watching a soap opera is like?  It has to be..the over acting, bad camera work, stupid plot twists…this show blows now.  I mean really really blows.  It’s not even watchable anymore, the only reason I kept watching last night was so that I could do this blog post.  How sad is that?

Two good things about last night:  no president taylor and no renee.

Bad Things about last night:

  • Marco’s acting.  God that was awful.  I felt bad for everyone involved in that scene.  What casting director could possibly pick him to play a role?
  • Dana Walsh’s existence…kill her off now.  Toss Cole with her.  No one cares about either of these crappy characters and their whole subplot
  • President Hassan sucks too.  And what was up with that hug with his wife?  Is this an after school special?
  • Tarin and Kayla Hassan.  Fits the soap opera perfectly.  Hey let’s show them having sex for no other reason then that we need a sex scene.   And what a surprise?  The guy you have been showing closeups on is actually the twist in the plot!  He is a bad guy!  Why does 24 have to tip us off on every plot twist.  I’m actually expecting Tarin to be working under cover as a double agent.

Oh yeah one more thing…hey genius Marco…if Jack takes your mom to the nuke site…which would be impossible anyways as they won’t be letting people just walk there…he would die also.  Weak Weak Weak writing.

Let me also tell you who sucks behind the scenes:

Brad Turner who has been directing episodes since 2004.  Milan Cheylov who has directed episodes since 2007.

Brandon Braga who has been writing episodes since 2009.  Alex Gansa who also has been writing episodes since 2009.  Patrick Harbinson who has written 3 episodes in 2010.

Many Coto and David Fury who have produced episodes since 2005.  Ditto Brad Turner.  Brannon Braga and Alex Gansa have been co-executive producers the last two years when this show has gone in the tank.  Blame those idiots.

And Series Casting…which is absolutely horrible:  Debi Manwiller and Peggy Kennedy…Please quit your jobs today.   There was a specialty casting person who worked from 2002 – 2007..bring them back:  Patricia Homan Davila.

Why do they have all these Indian actors playing Iranians?   Is there anyone out there who is enjoying this season?

Lakers vs Magic on Sunday

So I actually watched most of an NBA game yesterday…well ok…maybe most of the 2nd half.  That was an accomplishment as I was more interested in Michigan State vs Michigan.

That horrible call by Bennett Salvatore almost swung the game to the Lakers…horrible call at the end of the game when he said that the alley-oop on the out of bounds play was in the cylinder.  That is the type of call that sets off NBA fans and the horrible officiating that takes place.  That entire game was called poorly for both teams…all the touch fouls, etc.  But that idiot made a game changing call taking away two points from the Magic in a critical moment.  Why would any official make that call?  He should be suspended a game for that.

Kobe…why haven’t you learned to play in an offense?  Yes, you can make a few passes here and there but you have no idea how to operate in an offense.  Lots of horrible shots by you down the stretch…sure some went in but they weren’t good shots.  And my favorite is after he hits the long 2 which he thinks is a 3..he starts celebrating to the camera and to the crowd but not with his teammates.  Hey how about thanking the guy who set that screen?  and then it gets called a two and he looks like an idiot.  love it.

Did I enjoy the game on Sunday?  Let’s just say that I wish someone had a replay of the Michigan St/Michigan game instead.  See you in the playoffs NBA.