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Average Thoughts From An Average Sports Fan 7-16-12

July 16, 2012

As former FBI Director Louis Freeh read the findings of his report regarding the Sandusky scandal at Penn State, all I could think of was that this has to be one of the top 10 worst days in the history of sports.

Penn State University President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz all should have a special spot in prison reserved for them.  If Joe Paterno was still alive I believe he should have spent the last years of his life rotting away in a jail cell too.  No doubt Sandusky is the worst kind of human being there is.  Spanier, Curley, Schultz, and “Joe Pa” are not far behind.

I know  for decades Paterno did a lot of good things for a lot of  people, however his failure to protect the well beings of children undoes all of that in my eyes.  No longer can I  remember Joe Paterno as simply the head coach of Penn State football.  For me he is now Joe Paterno, a man who did nothing to stop child abuse of the worst kind.  Disgusting!

Now back to sports…

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in a recent interview said this year’s version of the USA Olympic basketball team could beat the famous 1992 “Dream Team” who won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics and was lead by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and numerous other hall of famers.

I admire Kobe Bryant’s basketball abilities a lot.  If his career was over today I would definitely put him down as one of the top 10 greatest to ever play the game.  But in this case Bryant needs to put down whatever delusional inducing substances are making him talk that way and come back to reality.  I love your competitive spirit Kobe but in this case you’re just wrong.  Plain and simple.

Speaking of competitive spirit…

You have to admire the guts of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.  The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year challenged Bryant to a one on one game.   Has Mr. Irving been taking bath salts?  Does he know who he’s messing with?

Bryant is a five time NBA champ, two time Finals MVP and former regular season MVP.  Not to mention he is currently fifth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.  He is one of the proudest men ever to play the game, and has a competitive fire that is second to none.  Although Bryant will be turning 34 this year, there is no way that he lets a young 20 something trash talker embarrass him.  Be careful what you ask for Mr. Irving because you just might get it.

In more basketball related news…

Despite trading for Portland Trailblazer point guard Raymond Felton, I can’t imagine the New York Knicks not matching the Houston Rocket’s 3 year, $25 million offer sheet for fan favorite Jeremy Lin.  Although you can argue whether it makes basketball sense for them to do so, what you can’t argue with is how much it makes sense marketing wise for the Knicks to bring him back.

Deep down New York knows they don’t have a strong chance to win a championship this season, but they do know that if they bring back Lin they have a strong chance to make even more money from ticket sales.  If you can’t win on the court, you might as well win in the financial department.

Before I go any further I must say…

On behalf of all Lakers fans I would like to thank Ramon Sessions for exercising his player option to become a free agent.  Because of your belief that you could make more money long term by doing so, the Lakers were able to make a trade to bring a future hall of famer and much better point guard in Steve Nash to Los Angeles.  Thanks again Mr. Sessions.  Your efforts were truly appreciated.  Best wishes to you in Charlotte where you’ll be lucky to win 20 games.  Meanwhile the Lakers will be competing for a championship.

On to baseball…

This Los Angeles Dodgers fan is extremely excited to keep reading they’re involved in several different trade talks to try and better their ball club, and make a second half run.  Of the various names they’ve been linked to I would most like to see them acquire Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster and Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Dempster has pitched extremely well this season leading the majors with a 1.86 ERA while failing to allow a run over the past 33 consecutive innings he has pitched.  Moving from hitter friendly Wrigley Field to pitcher friendly Dodger Stadium would make Dempster that much better while increasing the Dodgers chances at a postseason berth.

Ramirez would give the Dodgers some desperately needed power production out of a corner infielder while providing great protection in the line up for Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.  The 34 year old currently holds a .272 batting average to go along with 10 HR,  52 RBI, 28 doubles and 50 runs scored this season.

And last but not least…

College football is under two months away from starting and the first NFL preseason games are a just a few weeks away.  Football season is almost here!  Yeah buddy!

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The Four Day Football Whirlwind That Was

January 10, 2012

With so much going on in the world of pro and college football  since Saturday there was no way I could decide on just one thing to write about so without further ado here are my thoughts on the weekend that was:

Saturday night New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had me shaking my head on a regular basis but in a good way.  For three hours I was amazed at the pin point precision throws  he was making as he carved up the Detroit Lions defense.  It was a performance that was nothing short of amazing.

I feel bad for the voters in this years NFL MVP race because whether you pick Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers or Brees you’re wrong even though you’re right.  Good luck with that voters.

Admittedly I didn’t watch much of Monday’s BCS National Championship Game between LSU and Alabama.  After their regular season field goal fest, why would anyone want to sit through another yawner?  Yes, I understand that defense is extremely important but you can still have a great defensive game while having a 21-17 outcome.

Was Alabama the best team on the field Monday?  No question about it.  What they accomplished defensively both last night and this season was nothing short of historical.  Were they the best team in the country?  Yes.  With all that said, I still don’t think they deserved to be playing for a championship last night.  I’m sorry Alabama but as  far as I’m concerned you had your chance against LSU back in November and you lost.  I know it was by a field goal in overtime but you still lost.  Period.  Oklahoma State should have been playing LSU last night.  End of story.

In last week’s column I touched on what the Raiders should do in regards to Hue Jackson’s future as their head coach.  Today newly hired Oakland General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced that Jackson was being dismissed after just one season as head coach.  Jackson  lead the team to an 8-8 record that included a 1-4 finish and the team missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season.

While I disagree with the decision I completely understand why it was made.  As is common in the business world, when new ownership takes over a company they let go of the current people and bring in their people to guide the company in their vision.

The Raiders hiring of McKenzie is no different.  He comes from a Green Bay Packers background which is completely different than the “Raider Way” and he wants to bring in his people to to steer the franchise in his image.  Raider owner Mark Davis gave him that authority and McKenzie plans to execute it.

After guiding the Denver Broncos to a 29-23 overtime victory in Sunday’s wildcard game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Tim Tebow has earned the right to enter next year’s training camp  as the starter regardless of what he does this weekend at New England.

I know Tebow’s pulled off some of the ugliest performances in recent quarterbacking history but he also went 7-4 as a starter and helped Denver get into the postseason.  If he wasn’t playing for the Broncos I would be rooting for him on a regular basis to keep defying the naysayers.

That being said, if you’ve read any of my previous columns you know how I feel about the Patriots so for this week only my rooting interests are completely behind Denver.  Come on Timmy!  I know you have another miracle left in you!

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