Wednesday, January 9, 2019

'No more Brown in Black & Yellow?'

Brown had 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 TD's in 2018, but was benched in Week 17 for disciplinary reasons. 

The more I think about it what does the word "spoiled" even mean?

We think about spoiled as someone who grew up with a silver spoon in their mouth and is entitled to everything, because they always had it from the get-go.

But then I see a guy like Antonio Brown, who came up in Liberty City, and it's said he had to sleep out of a car some nights from poverty.  Worked his ass off to get barely recruited by any of the major colleges and ends up going to Central Michigan.  Gets drafted by one of the greatest organizations of all time in the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Makes it to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in his early years before becoming one of the top wide receiver in the franchise and also one of the best wide receivers in the league over the past six, seven years and then he finally gets his money and it seems like he has this 'it's me' type of personality.

He feels entitled, yet he came from nothing.

What does spoiled even mean if someone like Antonio Brown can end up being in the situation that he's in?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

'A Bron, Strange Trip'

Magic must've been on LSD when he compiled this roster.

What a strange, trippy roster that is the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers.  Luke Walton might have to borrow some of his dad's psychedelics to conjure schematically any semblance of balance to his rotations.

Luke ready to ask Farrakhan for wisdom?
Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, and LeBron James all playing at once seems unfeasible, since each is strength in distributing the basketball.  Either Kentavious Caldwell Pope, 2018 Summer League MVP Josh Hart, or Bones Ingram would have to be on the floor at any given time as the only noted guards with perimeter shooting skills (see Lance Stephenson circa 2014-15).

Kyle Kuzma can be the Kevin Love role (or better yet, Chris Bosh role?) but offers little defensive resistance. Bright-eyed and bushy tailed Ivica Zubac and rat tailed JaVale McGee are the only true 7-footers on the roster, which means supercool Michael Beasley (the pride of Fitchburg, Massachusetts) will need to play a stretch 4-5 role.

KCP on the court. PCP in the front office. 
Rookies Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Moritz Wagner will have a bad time trying to work their way into the mix.

And then there's Luol Deng (see All Day E'ry Day Sportz post from July 6, 2018).

Time to breakout the hookahs and the hemp incense, Luke.  You're gonna need 'em.

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 NBA PLAYOFFS: 'Show Tito Some Love'

The Kevin Love that used to be will never be again, but could become the Al Horford that is and continues to be.

When defenders become spectators. 
It takes Al fractions of a second to decipher
a mismatch and immediately backs his man into the post.

Guarding Horford in the post is a hopeless position, as he can finish with either hand over either of his broad shoulders.

His perimeter game is at it's best when he's trailing on a fast break.  The man guarding him helps stop ball and Horford stops at the 3-point line, feet set and square, ready to take the open shot.

The indifference towards physical contact on offense sets the tone for his defense.  It's like he wants to play you tough on defense, so he can quickly get back on offense, in order to wear you out some more.

Tito shows no love in the post.
Love will have a first hand view of what he could be in this series, although the view might not be too savory.

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Minnesota Timberwolves reserve forward Gorgui Dieng moved into second place on the franchise's all-time shot block list (376) last Saturday passing Stephen A. Smith's favorite player, Rasho Nesterovic (373).

Dieng has a long way to go to catch Kevin Garnett, who swatted 1,590 shots in a Wolves Jersey.

Anything's possible?  Right, KG?

ICYWW:  Karl-Anthony Towns has 294 career blocks, which is good for sixth on the all-time list.  Towns needs only seven more denials to pass Christian Laettner (299) and Al Jefferson (300) to move into third.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Kobe and Drake and Dez.

Bryant 59, Louisville 102

Kobe scored 59 on Lousville by himself?  Or is that just the small New England school that Rick Pitino had scheduled to funnel some of that adidas money to his paisans back in Rhode Island?  Kobe Bryant is not walking through that door.  Did I get that right, Rick?

If you're reading this....

Kenyan Drake reeled off almost 200 total yards as the Miami Dolphins (6-8) took care of the New England Patriots (12-3) 27-20 in South Beach in a Week 15 matchup.  It was the best game Drake has ever had as a pro, now in his 3rd year out of Alabama, where he was part of back-to-back National championship team.

In college basketball, Drake showed signs of pulling off the upset of Minnesota, but in the end, the Gophers were too good, and prevailed 68-67.  Drake -- a mid-major school located in Des Moines, Iowa -- started from the bottom as a 20-point underdog in the game.

Dez DIDN'T catch it.

Two plays after Dak Prescott scrambled out of the pocket to find Dez Bryant downfield for a 29-yard reception, Dez let a pass thrown slightly behind him deflect off his two hands.  The tipped ball floated softly in the air and was easily corralled by a Seattle Seahawks linebacker for an interception.  The Dallas Cowboys (8-7) went on to lose the game, which eliminated them from playoff contention, and when asked about the play, Dak had this to offer (per @DavidMooreDMN):

Dak Prescott on his INT that went through hands of Dez Bryant: “I think I have to throw him a better ball. Just put it right there on his face mask and don’t give him a chance to drop it, I guess.”

But then again, this DID happen the week before against the New York Giants:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

NCAA MARCH MADNESS 2017: 'Fultz to Waltz?'

The Washington Huskies were more like puppies this season, finishing with a 9-22 record; not nearly good enough to earn a spot in postseason play.

Subsequently, No. 1 NBA draft prospect, Huskies guard Markelle Fultz, is missing from the NCAA tournament, marking the second consecutive year the consensus numero uno is watching March Madness on TV like the rest of us instead of playing in it (Ben Simmons last year).

Rare pic of IT sans the baldie

Ultimately, Lorenzo Romar was a dead dog, fired by Washington last week following 15 seasons as head coach.

The remarkable recruiting didn't​ equal many wins -- the Huskies haven't been to the tourney since 2012 -- so he doesn't really have a bone to pick here.

(Sidenote: a similar thing happened to Rick Barnes at Texas a few years back, with the caveat being Barnes had a Final Four appearance in 2003, thanks to Kevin Durant).

Not including Fultz, and No. 2 ranked prep recruit Michael Porter Jr., who was committed to UW prior to Romar getting the axe (his father, Michael Sr. was on the coaching staff) but was granted his release Thursday, here is a list of players who were coached by Romar during his tenure (2002-2017) in Seattle.


Isaiah Thomas -  Boston Celtics
Marquese Chriss - Phoenix Suns
Terrence Ross - Orlando Magic
Justin Holiday - New York Knicks
Quincy Pondexter - New Orleans Pelicans
Spencer Hawes - Milwaukee Bucks
Dejounte Murray - San Antonio Spurs
C.J. Wilcox - Orlando Magic


Nate Robinson - Sprite Slam Dunk champion
Brandon Roy - Portland Trail Blazers
Jon Brockman - Sacramento Kings
Tony Wroten - Philadelphia 76ers
Justin Dentmon - Toronto Raptors
Will Conroy - Houston Rockets
Bobby Jones - Denver Nuggets