Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lin-sanity? Really?

Until today I didn't know Jeremy Lin was an actual player. I just remember him as a bench player for the Warriors in NBA 2k11...one of those guys with like a 40 rating (and no photograph) who your virtual-coach brings off the bench in a rout.

Well apparently he's very real. Just ask the Washington Wizards. Harvard grad. Asian. And he's already stolen the spotlight from 'Melo and Amar'E and the "insanity" tag from one Vince Carter. That part wasn't difficult, I'm sure.

Maybe he can be Mike D'Antoni's new Steve Nash...

Late.

Monday, December 19, 2011

What's it gonna take before Tebow gets some actual respect?

Easy. A playoff win. It's as simple as that, really. The playoffs are the NFL's ultimate proving ground-- where the speed of the game increases and the pressure to MAKE PLAYS is through the ceiling. If Tim Tebow can make his magic happen under THOSE circumstances...then even his harshest critics will be forced to give the man his due.

Hey, it worked for Mark Sanchez.

And really, though, I think its absolutely fair for critics and fans alike to wait and see how Tebow performs in the playoffs. A LOT of things work in the regular season, but come playoff time, when you can't beat up on the lesser teams in the league, they fall to the wayside. See: Marty-ball, the wildcat, and overpowering offenses backed by defenses that can't get off the field.

We know that a Tebow-quarterbacked team can win football games in the NFL...but can it win playoff games?

We just may find out this year.

Late.

Friday, December 16, 2011

THE CLIPPERS benefit from Lakers getting screwed over?

Yeah now I've seen everything. The NBA stones the Lakers' attempt to acquire Chris Paul, only to turn around and green-light his being traded to the OTHER L.A. team? Forget pigs freezing over and hell flying, the Los Angeles Clippers are now suddenly legitimate contenders in the West. Sure, they'll still have to find some people to put around their two superstars, but I think both the Heat and Celtics have proven that it can be done.

Now, I won't say the Clippers are the odds-on favorite for anything, but you've got to like their odds... Just look at the rest of the league-

Dallas? Defending champs, but that's going to get a lot tougher now that they've traded half their roster away.

Miami? Okay maybe. They're probably the fav to win this year, but LeBron STILL has to show us he can finish when it counts...

Chicago? Rose is the NBA's premier 1-on-5 specialist...but we saw how that works in the playoffs. Boozer has to step up if anyone's going to give them a shot to get over the Miami hump.

The Lakers? Kobe's old. Pau's soft. And they just traded away Lamardashian...no one's gonna fear them unless they can land Howard (looking less and less likely).

San Antonio? Timmy's probably about done...but a healthy Manu gives them a shot against anyone.

Oklahoma City? Let me know when Axl Durant and Slash Westbrook work things out and we'll talk...

New York? Melo and Amar'e would be great if that team cared at all about defense...

Boston? See: Jurassic Park....they're dinosaurs.

If you're the Clippers, and you've got Griffin and Paul, who out of that lineup don't you have a shot against? Probably Miami and Chicago. Against everyone else, though, I like their chances. Not saying they'll come out of the West, by any means, but they're certainly legit.

Late.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Harrison's Hit (feat. Colt McCoy)

Did Roger Goodell get it right this time? Should Steelers' LB James Harrison have been suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns' QB Colt McCoy? Absolutely.

Thanks to ESPN's trademark quality of running clips of controversial plays until we're all sick of them, I've now seen Harrison's brutal hit on McCoy approximately sixty-nine times. My opinion of the hit now is the exact same as it was the first time I saw it:

Only an angry Hatfield could lay out a McCoy more thoroughly than Mr. James Harrison did on Sunday. Props to Harrison for the stellar footage, but there's NO QUESTION he deserved at least one game for that hit. I know, it was a "bang-bang" play, but whether it happened in real time, slow-mo, or in a time warp, one thing remains indisputable- James Harrison introduced the crown of his helmet to Colt McCoy's facemask. Tape don't lie, folks. And as far as I've been informed, that's an illegal hit, and one worthy of a suspension.

Harrison hit him in the head. With his helmet. Even discounting the man's track record of "dirty" plays, that's all I need to know.

Late.

Friday, November 18, 2011

BCS to only slot national championship game?

I've got a better idea. Dropkick the five or however many computers down a flight of stairs and do a playoff.

Like that'll ever happen.

So the BCS would "only" handle the title game? Oh okay. We let the screwed up system continue to influence the only game that anyone will remember five years from now...GREAT idea. So what if the other bowl games end up outside the BCS' influence. Those games are little more than consolation prizes anyway, if you ask me.

Bottom line: the college football postseason is a joke. Doing away with the BCS selection system for every game save the title game will do nothing to change that fact. If they're not gonna do a playoff, they might as well make everyone suffer under the same ridiculous system-- not reserve it for the top two...

Late.

"Tebowed"

Tebowed def: v 1. to lose to an inferior opponent, usually in a careless or unexpected manner. 2. tricked, outwitted. 3. out-hustled. 4. to lose a football game to an NFL team quarterbacked by Tim Tebow.

Yep, it's everyone's favorite new verb...Tebowed. The act of being beaten in an unstatistically satisfying fashion by that eight wonder of the football world known as Timothy Tebow. And as a KC fan, I can tell you firsthand that's the worst part of being Tebowed.

You look at his stat line- apart from a glaring lack of turnovers, it's hideous. His completion percentage is horrible. His QB rating is Boller-esque (another NFL-inspired term, mind you). I hear they throw a parade in Denver every time his pass yards exceed the 150 mark...

You watch Tebow play, and for most of the game he looks terrible, too. You're asking yourself, "How can this guy possibly be playing QB in the most pass-happy era in NFL history?" This is the league of Brady, Rodgers, Manning and Brees. Laser-ballers. Fantasy juggernauts. We've got guys on their way to record-setting years putting the ball in the air. Every GM with a basement-dwelling team is watching Stanford games and drooling over Andrew Luck. Every analyst has been going on and on and on about how this is a "quarterback-driven league." And Tebow fits into none of that. His throwing motion alone is nauseating. And yet somehow, some way, the man found a way to pull some crazy play from his posterior and beat your team in the end.

It's humiliating. Because with most losses, at least, you can look across at the opponent and admit that they played a better game than you did. They beat you. Not so with Tebow. One look at HIS stat line, and you're like, "Seriously? That's what beat us today?"

I think we're gonna have to start giving Tebow his props. Not for his wicked QB skills...goodness no. But for his raw playmaking ability. The man simply makes plays when it matters most. It's hardly ever pretty, but his legendary willpower is proving to be a skill in its own right.

Tim Tebow puts the "driven" in quarterback-driven.

Late.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chris Johnson wants QB money?

Nothing against Chris Johnson, as he's arguably the best at his position in the NFL, but when it comes to asking the Titans for "Top Playmaker" money, I've got a freaking barrage of simple questions:

How many TD passes has Chris Johnson thrown?

How many sacks does he have?

How many interceptions?

How many interceptions returned for TDs?

How many game-winning, come-from-behind scoring drives has Chris Johnson personally led?

What was Tennessee's record last year (in spite of Johnson rushing for over a grand)?

I could keep going, but it should be obvious by now that these sorts of questions aren't exactly fair. And that's my point. Chris Johnson just might be the most dominant running back in the league, but the fact remains that he's still only a running back. And no RB short of a genetic hybrid of Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, and the Tazmanian Devil will ever deserve so-called "Top Playmaker Money."

Why not? Because while we all love to watch the best RB's, their impact on a team's win-loss record is a bit overrated. Don't believe me? Who were the top rushers last year? Foster. Charles. Turner. Johnson. Jones-Drew. In that order. How many of those five rushed for playoff teams? Two. Translation: TEN of twelve teams last season made the playoffs without a top-five RB in the backfield. Not good.

And how many of those five played in their conference championship game? Zero. Who were the four starting RB's in the AFC/NFC Championship Games? Mendenhall. Starks. Forte. Tomlinson. All solid options to be sure, but not a single one would be considered "elite" at this point in his career.

Now don't get me wrong- a top-echelon RB is a great luxury to have, but in the end, he's exactly that: a luxury. And that's the point I think Chris Johnson is missing. He's a fantastic player, and I'm all for guys getting paid what their worth; but the fact is, Chris Johnson just isn't worth as much money as an elite QB. It sucks for him, but it's the truth. The Titans know this, and that's why they've taken such a hard line with Chris Johnson. Just like the Giants and Osi Umenyiora (albeit on a larger scale), they aren't going to break the bank to keep him because they're fairly certain that no other team would break the bank to lure him away.

The Titans know that even if they should actually mess around and LOSE Chris Johnson over this contract dispute, their team will have far more pressing needs than an elite running back. Ultimately, if Chris Johnson REALLY wants to get paid like a top playmaker, he's probably best suited working on his spiral.

Late.