Archive for October, 2010

Stank-0 wanted to do posts on individual games, but life and other obligations got in the way.

For the Bulls @ Thunder game

  • D Rose is faaaast (Asian man in the Adidas commercial voice) unfortunately, Stank-0 ain’t see his j, like at all.
  • The Bulls are still a jump shooting team when Rose can’t get in the lane.  Hell they are when he does get in the lane but when he’s not breaking down defenses those j’s are contested.
  • Booz is not a consistent low post threat in the East.
  • The Thunder have the makings of being a great defensive team.  Bunch of young guys buying into the coach’s defense first philosophy = trouble for other teams.
  • The Thunder do not have a low post presence. They have scrappy guys but no one you can throw to in the high or low post and get a bucket.
  • Russell Westbrooke and D Rose are basically two sides of the same coin. Each uses his quickness to do what he needs to do. Neither has a consistent j…yet. Each is still young and has plenty of time to develop into a top flight point guard. The main difference is that Rose has to shoulder more of the scoring load.
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  • The Rockets have a legitimate backcourt duo in Kev-Mart and Aaron Brooks.  Kev-Mart is the offensive shot in the arm the Rockets need. Pairing him with Brooks is a problem. Mysonne.  They took turns splashin treys from range. A bit undersized, but them boys can play.
  • Not sure how far the Rockets can go with Yao Ming limited to 24 minutes a night.
  • It says something when Brad Miller left millions on the table to play for Rick Adelman, again.  He fits in Adelman’s offensive philosophy and he brings that toughness the Rockets need in the middle. 
  • The Lake Show is still the Lake Show. 
  • If LA doesn’t go to the Finals, it’s their own fault.  Sound familiar?
  • Stank-0 is on record, it will be a rematch of last year’s Finals. LOCK IT UP!

Rather than boring you with two more games you don’t care about, let’s skip to the rookies.

B Griff had a monster debut! 20 and 14.  He coupled that with some highlight reel dunks as well. Not ready to say he’s back, but if he’s not he’s damned close.

Blake Griffin – “Stay Super Like The Son Of Jurel Mix”

As for the other rook, Wall went for 14 and 9. Not nearly as impressive granted, but he will improve.  Stank-0 will stand by his prediction of co-ROYs.

The World Series

Posted: October 28, 2010 in MLB, sports opinion, World Series

The World Series are the Super Bowl of MLB.  That’s a far statement but not totally truthful.  You see, the Series isn’t a spectacle that people gather in bars, clubs, and homes to watch even if they aren’t watching. No one wonders where am I gonna watch the Series.  No one watches for the commercials.

 

See what gets eyeballs on the Series, is some compelling overarching interest.  That is instant whenever the Yankees are playing.  Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ll watch the Series if the Yankees are in it.  Unfortunately the Bronx Bombers of the New House that Steinbrenner (with generous help from NYC tax payers) built aren’t there.  That’s fine because at least the Phillies…wait they aren’t in it either.

Now MLB and FOX have a problem.  The NBA season starts in two days with some reasons to watch.  The NFL is already running Sundays like they own it (check the Nielsen’s they do).  So now the MLB (and FOX) are gonna serve up an uninteresting Series with the only two stars people will be halfway interested in watching are pitchers who will be able to pitch at best 3 times in the series, and that’s on limited rest.

Unless you’re from Texas or SF, you probably don’t care about the Series.  That’s the problem.  Where this problem becomes real is next Sunday.  The NFL is serving up (in primetime) the Steelers fresh off a controversial win against the Saints who got curb stomped by the Browns.  That is the Series’ Game 4.  The only way Stank-0 can see himself watching Game 4 over the Steelers vs Saints is if there’s a chance of a sweep. Stank-0 don’t even know the NBA schedule but can imagine there will be a smorgasbord of games.

MLB and Commissioner Selig, a word of unsolicited advice.  It used to be called the October classic for a reason.  The NBA and NFL seasons have long established that October is when both kick into high gear.  It would be in your best interest to wrap up the Series in early October.

Steve Babineau /NBAE/Getty Images

The hype surrounding this game was stratospheric.  Unfortunately the commentators and casual fans are already sounding the death knell.  There are 82 games and this was just the first one. Let’s get to what we learned.

  • LBJ is still a force to be reckoned with. Whether or not you agreed with Lebronapalooza, the man can still ball. [ll] 
  • D3 will need about 2-3 weeks to get his basketball legs back. He’s probably at about 85-90% which is still top 10 but he just didn’t have that extra that we know him to have. 
  • The Celtics have a plethora of bigs and bodies to throw at anyone.  If they don’t make it to the Finals, it’ll be their own fault.
  • The Heat don’t have a legitimate big, and that might be a problem later in the season. 
  • The Heat need their shooters to get healthy.  Mike Miller would have knocked down some of those open looks.
  • The Heat still need to figure out their rotation.  They are still figuring out who can play with whom.

Unfortunately for the NBA, we already saw 2 of a handful of teams most people want to see. The others would be the Lakers, the Thunder, and the Bulls. 

The 2010 Curse of #1

Posted: October 26, 2010 in college football

Stank-0 remembers this very same thing, in 2007.  That was the year when everyone, everyone’s mama, aunty, grammy, the neighbor’s dog, the postman, and the trashman got a chance to be number one in the country.  This year won’t be quite on that level but there is a strong chance that Oregon will become the new #1 and then lose to a very tough USC team.

In consecutive weeks Alabama (the consensus best team in college football), Ohio State (the widely regarded second best team in college football), and Oklahoma have all received the cursed bulls-eye that being #1 brings.

Actually Stank-0 stands corrected, somehow Auburn vaulted from #4 to #1 in the BCS. Stank-0 thinks it will be good so that we won’t have another #1 falling the week that they ascend to the top spot.

Auburn still have the rest of a tough SEC schedule to get through and Stank-0 thinks they still have Alabama to play as well. There’s a definite possibility that Michigan State could vault to the #1 spot and Boise St and TCU could move to #2 and #3, respectively.

My only request regarding the national championship is please don’t send a Big 10(11) team.  They haven’t fared very well. 

Stank-0 is still pulling for a non- AQ to crash the party.  The only way we can improve this system is through reform.  The powers that be have shown no interest in reform, so the system must be scrapped and replaced.

Triple play: "football" edition

Posted: October 25, 2010 in NFL

We will examine three sports events of importance.  There are two games to look at, Browns @ Saints and Raiders @ Broncos, and a special performance by Cristiano Ronaldo.


Sheldon Brown picking off Brees (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The biggest shock of this weekend was the Browns coming into the Super Dome and walkin out with a W.  The consensus was that the Browns were just there and the Saints would make them look like a college football team, however, it didn’t go down like that.  Drew Brees aka Breesus to the Who Dat Nation faithful committed 4 turnovers.  That’s not a typo.  He tossed two INT TDs to a LB, who became only the 3rd player to ever have two in the single game. 

I’ll say this, nothing is wrong with the Saints, it’s that the league has game planned how to beat them.  It happens to every Super Bowl champion.  You are now the hunted.  You can’t sneak up on anyone and whatever other cliches fits in there.

The Browns defensive coordinator just earned himself a head coaching job off of one game.  ONE GAME!

Zach Miller about to score the first Raiders TD (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Next the award for getting humbled goes to none other than the Denver Broncos.  In the span of 1:30 of the first quarter, the Raiders scored a TD on a pass from Campbell to Miller and then an INT TD.  It’s 14-0.  Then on the Broncos next offensive play, the Raiders defense forces a fumble and caps off the drive with a McFadden running TD (one of 4 on the day for Mac) and it’s 21-0.  Before the end of the first quarter, it’s 24-0.  By halftime it’s 31-0.

Now I expected some let down from the Raiders and the Broncos to climb back in the game and they did.  They scored twice to pull within 38-14, but the Raiders just kept scoring.  The Raiders tossed 59 points on the board.  A Grant, a Lincoln and fo’ Washingtons.  That sounds like a low scoring basketball game.

That was a horrible display.  By the midway point of the 3rd quarter, the stands were starting to clear out.

Finally the special performance by Cristiano Ronaldo, the best futbol player in the world.  He scored 4 goals in a game this weekend.  That is special regardless of who does it, but, Ronaldo hadn’t accomplished such a feat since he was a child.  The fans of the Spanish league are indeed lucky to be able to boo or cheer a once-in-a-lifetime player like this.

I’ll write more I may even have a few thoughts about this World Series and some other things.

As always all photos courtesy of NFL.com

Yankees done for?

Posted: October 21, 2010 in MLB, playoffs
           

We know stand on the brink, sports fans.  The Yankees stared down elimination and lived to die another day.  The Rangers’ bags were packed but they didn’t expect the Yankees to reserve airfare down to the Lone Star State.

The men in pin stripes did what they were supposed to do, send it back to TX.  It’s not looking good for the Evil Empire and here’s why.  If they manage to force a Game 7 (still very much possible), they will have to contend with a certain Cliff Lee again.  He’s been unhittable in the ALCS, and probably earned a phone call from the New York Yankees in the off-season looking to procure his services.  Him shutting down the Yankees has probably pushed his asking price into the stratosphere.

Stank-0 is starting to believe in the Rangers.  They have nothing to lose.  Everyone (including yours truly) believed they were merely a road bump to the Yankees returning to the World Series. 

Is anyone else perplexed that A.J. Burnett got the nod?  What about his body of work this season led anyone to believe that he could handle the pressure of the playoffs? Mr. Burnett, you just might have lost your spot.  The Yankees would have stood a better chance if Ed had gone out on the mound.

Stank-0 is worried but not willing to bet against the Yankees just yet.  All that money can buy a championship, ya’ll musta forgot.

Are we overreacting for a good reason?

Posted: October 20, 2010 in NFL

Football is a violent, dangerous game.  That we can all agree upon.  The NFL is concerned with what players put in their bodies as well as protecting their bodies from unnecessary harm.  Sometimes they get it right, like the research into concussions.  Sometimes they miss the mark, and we have a perfect example of that. 

This past week was an aberration.  There was an unusually high number of players getting walloped on the field of play.  The signature moment would be the hit that Eagles’ wideout DeSean Jackson suffered.  The NFL has decided to further buttress the “defenseless receiver” rule.

 This could be your team in a few years, no flag guarding!

This is problematic.

These hits are occuring in fractions of a second, which means these men have to process the information and make a decision beforehand.

The next problem is that a defender’s job is the separate the ball from the man. There’s no rule tweaking that will fix that problem.  These players have been taught from childhood to hit the man to knock the ball loose.  No fine or even game suspension is going to easily fix that.

Then there’s the glorification of hits. NFL Films will show old school videos of players being blown up/jacked up/hit sticked/lit up/rocked whatever the new phrase for laying a hit on a player. You can’t have it both ways now.

Big NFL Hits

Then you must account for the fact that players are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before. When LBs run a legit 4.4-4.5 40 then they can close distance in a hurry and the results can be jarring.

It’s no secret the NFL is an offensive league (read: people want to see touchdowns) and there have been steps taken to protect QBs.  Is the same thing happening with receivers because the passing game is dependent upon them as well?

UPDATE! It seems the NFL is hypocritical.  The NFL is selling photos of some of these “illegal” hits.  Way not to send mixed messages.  

UPDATE#2!:  The hit to Todd Heap is also for sale! 

We have Exhibit A that the Chiefs are on the rise.  The organization and the fans can claim that a conspiracy is at work against them.  The NFL is conspiring to take Ws away from the Chiefs.

See the zebras called a highly dubious PI (pass interference) on the Chiefs’ defense on the key drive of the game.

See Stank-0 isn’t bitter about it.  No not at all because the Chiefs let Arian Foster run wild on ’em.  (No lie Foster is ballin, RESPECT!) They let Andre Johnson ( a top 3 WR) get loose and score the deciding touchdown. 

Again there are some positives to take away from this game.

  • Cassel had 3 TDs.  Hopefully this will quiet the people saying that Cassel can’t cut it.  For at least a week.  
  • Dwayne Bowe was a key contributor to the offense.  Welcome back Mr. Bowe, we’ve missed you. 
  • The running back duo of Thomas & Charles put up numbers. [Writer’s note: If they keep performing we’ll need some kitschy nickname for them at some point.  Start thinkin of somethin.]
  • The rest of the AFC West lost so the Chiefs are still up a game on everyone. 

The defense did not show up.  Again we have the standard that was set last week to compare all defensive performances against.  This week they were lacking.  The Chiefs run defense was supposed to have improved. Fellas, you can do better.  You stymied the best QB on the planet in his own HOUSE.

 The Chiefs need to end this skid and in a hurry.  This Sunday another tough AFC South team, but another winnable game. 

2010-2011 Rookie of the Year

Posted: October 15, 2010 in NBA

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This season will be different, and it’s entirely possible that we could have co-ROY as well.  The early favorites? No other than Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. and Blake Austin Griffin. 

Wall is electric, whenever the ball is in his hands…he’s dangerous.  He’s also unusually unselfish to be so young.  He also seems to know when to get the other 4 their shots and when to get his own shot.  He needs to work on his j and hit the gym. He showed he was ready for the L his lone season at UK. Another year would have been wasting his time.

The writers here have written about what Griff can do.  The kid was all hustle at OU, and he’s shown the will to put in the time.  The only thing that will limit his production (read: scoring and rebounding averages) is the presence of B Diddy and Chris Kaman taking points and rebounds, respectively.  If the Clips’ curse doesn’t strike him down, he’ll have a good career… and then leave town and be great.  Ask LO. 

Stank-0 is hoping that we get co-ROYs because it’s hard to choose one over the other right now, just wait til they start ballin for real.

Pitching duel

Posted: October 14, 2010 in MLB, playoffs

[Writer’s note: Totally slipped my mind that this was post #500. Where has the time gone?! Hopefully you continue with me for another 500 posts. Enjoy!]

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                vs.               

With the Giants advancing to the NLCS, they will face the battle-tested Phillies.  Stank-0 has already documented Doc’s first postseason venture.  If you didn’t see the game, you missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  It was masterful. 

Well hold on to your hats sports fans.  On Saturday, Doc will face off against none other than Lincecum! There’s really nothing more that needs to be said.  Stank-0 is doubtful that Doc will repeat his initial brilliance.  That would be unheard of and they would have to test Halladay for performance-enhancers on the spot. 

Stank-0 expects this to be a very entertaining albeit short NLCS and ALCS.  The Yankees and Phillies are seemingly on a collision course to meet in the World Series…again.  We all win! 

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