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

NBA IRRELEVANT STAT OF THE WEEK: 'Which Way Did He Go, Gorgui?'

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.

CURRENT NBA

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

FORMER NBA

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NFL PRIMTIME FLEX: 'No Father To His Game?'

The feud with Josh Norman against the Carolina Panthers last season.

The feud with Norman again against the Washington Redskins this season, including the subsequent tirade and dubious incident with sideline practice equipment.

Constant self-promotion.

Tactless comments in response to media scrutiny.

Key dropped passes in his playoff debut followed by another incident with an inanimate object while exiting a press conference at the Green Bay Packers training facility.

Shirtless dancing.

The club.

The yacht.

It hasn't exactly been a smooth start for Odell Beckham, Jr. in his first three NFL seasons as a New York Giant, but it definitely hasn't been all bad either.  ODB's persona and celebrity has made him look wilder than the Brooklyn Zoo, but his numbers over 43 career games put him right up there with some of the best dirt dogs to ever do it.

However you feel about him as a person, based on football numbers alone, Beckham hasn't done anything to remove himself from the conversation as one of the greatest receivers of all-time.


Stats over first 43 games via pro-football-reference.com

Odell Beckham, Jr. 2013-16
Catches   Yards     Y/C     TDs
    288       4122     14.3     35

Terrell Owens 1996-98
    142        2198     15.5     21

Randy Moss 1998-00
    207         3752     18.0    38

Jerry Rice 1985-87   
    197         3485     17.2    38

Julio Jones 2011-14
    236         3590     15.3    23

Antonio Brown 2010-13
    192         2560      13.3    9

Thursday, November 17, 2016

ADEDS 2016 MLB All-Swaggy Team

The crack research department at ADEDS has spent the entire year documenting and charting the copacetic manneurisms and fresh-to-death idiosynracies of majorly Major League Baseball players.

We did that, so you won't have to.

Only 10 can make a top 10 we would be remiss if we didn't mention these fine ball players and all-star level swaggicians:

Melvin Upton, Jr., OF, Toronto Blue Jays
The player formerly known as B.J. "Bossman Jr." Upton ain't soft now that he goes by Melvin.  Adding the Jr. to your name is a trendy thing but not for Bossman.  He'll still back hand a trick if he has to.
Always has, always will.

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Bryce had a tough year at the plate but he definitely didn't struggle in the hair and beard department.
To be expected. 

Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
Baseball's Mighty Mouse.
It doesn't matter that his teammates have to bend down to celebrate with him; the joy and grit in which he plays with is unmatched. 

Jayson Werth, OF, Washington Nationals
Classic lumberjack here.
If Paul Bunyan and Jesus had a child, his name would be Jayson Werth.

Brett Lawrie, IF, Chicago White Sox
Brett is already one of the most tatted players in the MLB, and has shown us a strong Oakley frame game over the years. But up the ante with a 'vampire fangs' mouthguard??
Sure. Why not?

Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox
Gold Cuban link chunk chain plus O'Shea Jackson scowl circa 1992.
This man is a legend. 

Javier Baez, 2B, Chicago Cubs
It's pretty much mandatory that the swaggiest Puerto Rican player be on this team, and in 2016, Javy was that guy.  The retro Jordan 1 custom cleats pictured here only made it a cinch.

Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants
Classic Son's of Anarchy.
Those black batting gloves he uses for clutch hitting are probably the same one's he uses to clutch the throttle on his Harley.

David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox
It's Papi's world and we're just living in it.

Noah Syndergaard, P, New York Mets
His nickname is Thor, and it's not just because of his Scandinavian features, and the fact that his fastball hammers the strike zone with the force of Mjölnir.
Actually, nevermind.
It is.
Franciso Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
Going with multiple rosary beads over multiple gold chains is a nice touch.  Also, he is the first player in MLB history to still look cool while playing in stirrups.

David Ross, C, Chicago Cubs
The enforcer.
If manager Joe Maddon is the mad scientist alà Walter White, then David Ross is Mike Ehrmantrout.

Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Classic country boy redneck.
They should let Donaldson play in a mesh trucker hat and deer hunting camo.
He'd still hit 450-foot homers.

Johnny Cueto, P, San Francisco Giants
Besides honing about 15 different deliveries, including the vaunted "shimmy", Cueto's dreadlocks and Bubble Yum game give him an heir of nonchalance on a scale that no mere mortal can even comprehend as attainable.

That's it.
Feel like someone got snubbed?
Feel free to admonish me in the comments.
Also any emerging candidates for next year leave in the comments.  Might help with a preseason All-Swaggy team.