David Stern You’re Allegedly A Better Man That Don’t Insult The Public’s Intelligence ………………
David Stern You’re Allegedly A Better Man That Don’t Insult The Public’s Intelligence ………………
Well it can’t have gone unnoticed that another number one ranked team had fallen as the curse seemingly goes on concerning the aspirations of a number of programs within men’s college basketball.
Last night that ignominious distinction went to the Pitt Panthers. And let’s just say they were ripe for the plucking as a virgin on her first night of illicit pleasure. Suffice to say that for all of the predetermined belief that this might’ve been the best team in the nation when it came to men’s basketball. The effort put forth was about as welcoming as seeing Rosie O’Donnell dressed in nothing but a thong.
The team did nothing to underscore the ineptitude shown and in allowing themselves to be completely manhandled by Providence went a long way in suggesting why it is that the rankings just aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. The Friars basically bitch slapped the Panthers up and down the court like an unwanted step-child. Though I’m not about to suggest that they were deserving of this fate. But unless you’re going to come out and play with heart. Then why the hell bother to turn up at all ?
The Big East for all of its inadequacies is still a conference that warrants the attention of all who know something about the game of basketball. Especially at the college level. And therein lies the misnomer as the pundits and analysts alike tend to just see what they want to see. Rather than looking intuitively at the teams overall. With five teams ranked in the top 25 and all of them equally mindful of the fact that they’re capable of beating up on one another. It oughtn’t to have come as a surprise that this was upset was in the offing. It’s not as if the Panthers have stood head and shoulders above everyone else ? If anything coach Jamie Dixon’s team merely proved to us all along what many of us have known. You’re only as good as your last victory would suggest and not much more beyond that.
Well once again it’d appear that the Philadelphia Eagles and their Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb may be coming to an impasse. With McNabb seeking an extension to his contract , the player has also made it clear that he’d also like to see what direction that they’re apparently going in. In particular when it comes to strengthening the roster.
For the last two years the team has been underserved in terms of its receiving corps and the lack of a real running game. Owner Jeffey Lurie and General Manager Joe Banner haven’t exactly been forthcoming when it comes to putting a competitive team on the field of play. Looking primarily at McNabb and Brian Westbrook this team lives and dies by the performance of their aging veterans. And but for their defense it has to be said that there isn’t much to this team athletically or competitively.
Coach Andy Reid has been through his own torrent of emotions with the Eagles on and off the field. And the toll that it has taken on him emotionally could well be leading him to make a decision that has been long overdue. If nothing else this last season he was able to perhaps pull of his best coaching accomplishment in years. Making lemonade out of let’s just say sour lemons was quite astonishing when one considers the season that the team had.
They’d been left for dead for sure and managed to come back from the abyss to make it all the way to the NFC championship game. There they’d fall to the unlikely Arizona Cardinals. The game itself basically sealed the Eagles’ fate for the season and any postseason ambitions that they had. If nothing else it proves that the franchise was capable of facing adversity head on. But when it came to that final push it was clearly beyond them.
Philadelphia Eagles’ fans are loyal to a fault. But at the end of the day there’s only so much that they can bare. And it can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that went things aren’t going right for the franchise they the fans tend to let their emotions run away with them. And in doing so they tend to go overboard when it comes to voicing either approval or disapproval as to where the franchise is going or what it is that they’ve achieved.
It has to be said that when it was announced that McNabb had been drafted by the franchise. His arrival was accepted with all the fervor of a group who’d thought that they’d been betrayed by an ownership and management who clearly didn’t know what the hell it was that they were doing. McNabb through the ensuing years has proven to the fans that he could lead the franchise. Albeit that his leadership skills have come into question repeatedly over the years. In-fighting and very little real communication or leadership has all but led this franchise to implode. Self indulgent behavior and no one is prepared to held accountable for their actions. And one could see that in Andy Reid , here was a coach who’d all but lost the team when it really mattered. Confidence in them may well have been the real issue.
If the quarterback’s demands aren’t met then it has to be said the team has to move in a completely new direction altogether. Contract extension or not this team has progressively either made it to the top of the mountain. But then all too quickly fallen off the summit inexplicably without a reason as to its shortcomings. It were as if it’s half expected to be that way, season in, season out for the franchise. Mediocrity and the contrivance that as long as they defeat the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants during the regular season that is enough for the team in terms of success.
If we’re going to question the actions as to what McNabb is after then we’ve also got to look at whether or not what he’s trying to achieve is actually worthwhile. In the past he’s made this type of request before . He got his wish when the team made the trade for the often troubled, talented and mercurial Terrell Owens. Not quite a match made in heaven. But it proved profitable in the fact that it took them to the Promised Land by way of a Superbowl appearance. However in the aftermath of the loss to the New England Patriots . It soured the relationship between the two players and we were left wondering who of the two may well have been the more immature ? Name calling and other such child like tendencies and it has to be said watching the events that’ve unfolded in Philadelphia has been akin to watching a daytime soap opera. Only in this case there’s no sex , murder or hint of the questioning of a cast member’s sexuality. There may well have been Owens questioning McNabb’s intestinal fortitude at the end of the game itself . But that was then and this is now. And it’d appear that it’s the player who’s now questioning the resolve of the franchise and its overall ambition.
And should the unthinkable happen and they seek a parting of the ways. Then I’d like to think that both parties will have thought this out thoroughly . It’s not as if McNabb can’t survive without Philadelphia. The question is however can the Philadelphia Eagles survive without Donovan McNabb ?. Because if anything the fans before McNabb didn’t really have all that much to really cheer about as to their fortunes. Now in the wake of what could be a monumental mistake. I doubt that they’re going to like the view of someone else helming this team. McNabb may well be testing that resolve or he may well be looking to maneuver his way out of Philly. But in reality should push come to shove , someone if not both parties will be looking to profit from this all. The question is who at this present moment in time has the upper hand in this all ?
Sifford Was Allowed To Come In Through The Front Door , Tiger Merely Nudged It Ajar ……………..
Charlie Sifford was the first African American to be allowed to play on the PGA Tour. And he also holds the distinction to be the first minority to have played in a Major. That being said those advancements within the game of golf and the very fact that now seated atop of the world golf rankings a minority in the guise of Tiger Woods. It has to be asked where are the next set of minorities going to be coming from when it comes to competing on the PGA Tour ? I know that Woods probably laments the fact that we’ve yet to see anyone from the African American mould set forth and compete on the Tour.
And though with the notable exception of Native American Indian Notah Begay III . We’ve not seen an ethnic minority of the African American persuasion compete full time on the PGA Tour. The PGA itself has programs in place to bring the sport to the masses. And in particular to minorities. But it’d appear that their enthusiasm doesn’t seem to be shared for the game. Other than to watch Woods compete at the highest echelons of the game.
Now comes the worrisome task as to how to address this anomaly. Prior to 1961 the game was segregated and the only course of redress that many African Americans had by way of competing was to play in games that were organized by the United Golf Association. One has also has to remember that at the time the PGA had it written into its bye-laws that their events were only open to Caucasians. So if anything for these men they were not only being handicapped by the game itself but also by the PGA Tour. As they weren’t even afforded the respect that one would deem befitting to them.
It may well suggest how far the game has now come. As we’ve witnessed seeing Woods become a success on the Tour. As well as him becoming its main attraction. But it also portends to the fact that once Woods decides to leave the Tour. We may not see the interest now being shown in the game. And at the same time we’ve yet to see an African American come to the fore on the PGA Tour by way of competing at any level. It’d would be remiss to suggest that there’s still some inherent racism on the PGA Tour. Nothing could be further from the truth. But what has become alarmingly clear is that African American males or females haven’t gravitated towards the sport by way competing professionally. One can suggest that because many African Americans live in the city they’re not given access to the game first hand. And at the same time the expense of the game , even starting can run into the hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The affinity that they may well have however is just to watch Woods compete. Rather than they are picking up the mantle of wanting to follow in his footsteps.
No There Weren’t Any Buzzer Beaters Here …………………
Last night in one of the more inglorious games played on the court of a college basketball venue. The game between Penn State and number sixteenth ranked Illinois left a great deal to be desired. Between the two teams they managed to show their ineptitude on both ends of the court.
What was even more startling that had one not looked clearly at the result . You’d have thought that it was a game either being played by two high school teams or perhaps that of females at the college level. The two teams between them could only muster up 71 points in total. That if anything gives you a clear indication as to how bad this must’ve been.
Now don’t get me wrong it’s not every college men’s game that’ll produce a high scoring game. And at the same time one would expect some sort of proficiency both teams when it comes to showing some commitment to playing hard. Whatever took place last night between the two teams was short on skills and even shorter on the entertainment factor. As to what this says about Illinois’ basketball program . I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
The box score if anything shows us how dire things must’ve been last night as both teams tried to muster up some offensive prowess. It can only be explained by the mere fact that neither team had heart to play. Or that they were both completely out of sorts on the court. It was a lackluster performance by both teams. And even if Penn State did prevail in the end winning 38-33. Certainly they can’t have felt comfortable with that sort of display at the end of the day, win or no win.
How Can It Have All Spiraled Out Of Control Like This ?
With the abrupt firing and departure of Terry Porter from the Phoenix Suns. It can be said that fallout from it all has been staggering. Never mind the fact that it’d been rumored that the franchise was prepared to trade their All Star forward with a view to changing the whole identity of the team.
This season the team has not so much stumbled but merely fell out of starting gate. And they’ve yet to show any glimpse as to what had made them so successful under their former coach Mike D’Antoni. General Manager Steve Kerr has bungled his way through transactions that they weren’t exactly of benefit to the team overall. Since the trade of the Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks whereby in return they obtained 15 time All Star center Shaquille O’Neal from the Miami Heat. The team has really struggled to show some semblance of consistency. And even with the acquisition also of Jason Richardson things have somewhat gotten back on an even keel. But the player himself has proven what those within the league have known all along. He’s something of a knucklehead. He’s been suspended for one game by the team after a traffic incident that’s somewhat disturbing.
They’re still the same offensive minded team and albeit that Porter was brought in to put some defensive toughness into the team. The same old persona remains on a team that’s still trying to find a new identity. Kerr for his part hasn’t really provided the fans with a sound explanation as to the travails of the team. But one would dare believe that the fans themselves must’ve been baying for his blood upon the announcement that Terry Porter had been fired. Never mind the fact that he’s offered no specifics other than to suggest that the team is now going in another direction. As to what direction might be is open to a great deal of debate and conjecture.
A-Fraud …. It Was The Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times Not More of The Same
If baseball didn’t need to shoot itself in the foot again. Then the allegations now coming out concerning the game’s perceived best player is somewhat of a disturbing one. The article written in Sports Illustrated alleging Alex Rodriguez’s use of steroids in 2003 speaks as to what’s still wrong with the game. Granted at the time there was no steroid policy in the league. It does beg the question why in 2007 when conducting an interview with journalist Katie Couric in 2007 on the CBS’ magazine program 60 Minutes. The player stated that he’s never used an illicit substance ? Couric specifically asked the player with regard to steroids and he implicitly replied “No”.
Rodriguez’s response as it now stands is that any comments forthcoming will have to come by way of the Players’ Union. When questioned about this prior to the incident becoming public by Selena Roberts. He commented that it would be addressed by the union. His agent Scott Boras whilst not making a statement on his client’s behalf . His only comment has been to make the case that while Rodriguez is out of the country at present. He cannot make a statement substantiating or denying the allegations.
Rodriguez along with his then wife Cynthia and Katie Couric in their “60 Minutes” interview nducted in December 2007 .
No wrong doing there mind you as his answer to the question wasn’t to a law enforcement official. Nor was it part of any ongoing legal proceeding. But what does that say as to the player’s veracity and persuasiveness when it comes to making himself a likeable commodity. The highest paid player in the game and one whose leadership skills have always come into question. His abilities are without doubt are unquestionable. But it does set a troubling ball in motion. This all comes back to 2003 when the game was conducting testing though it wasn’t part of the yet to be edict for a steroid policy which was adopted in 2004.
Though at the time the player was on the Texas Rangers’ roster. It can be said that it shouldn’t make this situation any the less dire. Rodriguez for his part has been more than happy to make himself the ever so likeable commodity as a player who’s amenable to corporate sponsors. Bearing in mind also the player that year would go on to win the AL MVP award for that season. It may sullen his reputation but at the same time it points to the nonsensical farce as to the overall policy and how it was adopted by Major League Baseball.
Rodriguez and his family, his ex wife Cynthia and his two young daughters in Miami Beach.
In 2004 Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees for Yankees’ first baseman Alfonso Soriano. There are those who are questioning the privacy aspect of this all. And the fact that the article itself was researched and verified. But the league itself and the pretentious stance that it has taken with the issue. Sealed or not the fact of the matter is that had they dealt with this very issue with some expediency rather than being complicit in much of the subterfuge that has taken place. Then perhaps we’d not be in a situation where at almost every turn we’re now questioning the statistics of many of the players in the game. The league has its policy in place and several players have received the mandatory 50 game ban for a first transgression. But simply put though the numbers are down the suspicion is still there that players are still using some form of an a banned substance. And no matter how ,much testing is being done and the voraciousness of it all. It really has done very little to stem the tide of suspicion allround.