It's official. The NBA is going to heck in a hand basket. Or at least it was before David Stern suspended Gilbert Arenas. That's basically what Terence Moore is suggesting.It's so bad that Moore claims "this story is just a couple of more chapters shy of rocking the suddenly flimsy foundation of the NBA." He claims that is NBA is full of "knuckleheads" who are just about to drag the NBA down.And here Jay Mariotti thinks he has the overreaction-in-sports market cornered.Yes, there are a few "knuckleheads" in the NBA. But the state of the NBA is a lot better than it was about ten years ago. The post-second Jordan retirement/pre-LeBron James era was pretty ugly for the NBA. Players like Allen Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, and Isiah Rider and the like were causing all sorts of trouble every week. Things got so bad the once-proud NBA All-Star game went from the broadcart TV to cable.Most of the more recent "knuckleheads" got that start in that era also. The most notorious, Ron Artest, was drafted in 1999. Stephen Jackson (whom Moore mentions briefly) made his NBA debut in 2001, the same year Arenas was drafted.Javaris Crittenton, the other player in the Arenas incident, is the only post LeBron James-era "knucklehead" Moore can come up with by name. If the NBA's in so shoddy of a shape then he should have been able to name at least one. The reality is that the NBA players of more recent years have kept their nose a little cleaner than their late-nineties counterparts.If anything the era of the NBA "knucklehead" is at an end, or close to it. And the NBA made it through the storm. Terence Moore was obviously too busy to notice.
Shirts With Random Triangles got it's official 5,000th page hit Wednesday. Thanks to everybody who has checked the blog out. It's pretty awesome that you all have taken time to check it out.In case I haven't mentioned it lately, there is a SWRT Facebook group, and I have a Twitter account used to give alerts of new SWRT material.
It looks like at least some Georgia Tech fans have found a scapegoat for the Jackets' Golden Girls Orange Bowl loss. And just like their Bulldog brethren, it's the defense coordinator. In this case it's GT defense coordinator Dave Wommack. There is already a "Fire Dave Wommack" group on Facebook. Gee, that didn't take long.There's good news for Georgia Tech fans who aren't happy with Wommack. I hear Willie Martinez is available.
It must really suck to be a Georgia Tech fan at the moment. Not only did the Jackets lose to Iowa in the Golden Girls Orange Bowl 24-14, but the Georgia men's basketball team beat Georgia Tech 73-66. Now there's a double dip you don't see every day.(via Rivals.com, ditto)
It looks like Tuberville isn't the only Tommy that Texas Tech is looking at. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported Tuesday that Tommy Bowden, the former Clemson head coach and son of Bobby Bowden is also being looked at to replace Mike Leach. The irony here being that Tuberville replaced Bowden's brother Terry as head coach at Auburn (with Bill Oliver in the interim).Yet again, the Leach-Adam James comparisons show up. Tuberville was a coach who had issues with boosters. On the other hand, Bowden is the son of a famous personality in football. Both have had unbeaten seasons that did not end up with anything close to the mythical "national championship" (Tuberville at Auburn, Bowden at Tulane).(via The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
The Boise State Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band inadvertently created a massive internet meme last night. One of it's members, a blonde female, plays the cowbell. Immediately the internet dubbed her Boise State Sad Cowboy Girl. Hilarity ensued.Here she is in action:Then someone has to go and spoil the fun and revealed the target for their jokes was blind. The internet cracked in half with shock with embarrassment. Or as someone put it on Twitter: "We are all going to hell."Oops. On the plus side, last night was the biggest thing to ever happen to cowbell since Blue Oyster Cult recorded "Don't Fear the Reaper" (that or SNL's reenactment of that moment, take your pick.)There probably hasn't been such a massive begging for forgiveness since the Mississippi Squirrel Revival. Don't worry. As R.E.M. said "Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worst." Especially since this pic has shown up:They're obviously French majors. This may be the best argument for Boise State to become a BCS school yet (at least she is).(via Deadspin)
Georgia's defense dilemma may have gotten a little worse. Reshad Jones and Rennie Curran are headed for the NFL draft. No defense coordinator and no Jones and Curran. And at least one blog doesn't think it's time to panic. Perhaps, but the time is getting close.(via WSB-TV, Hey Jenny Slater)
Any thoughts that the Little Caesar's Bowl or the Papa Johns.com Bowl could possibly get Michigan to play in their individual bowls after next season are completely toast. (Or is that Crazy Bread?) Michigan has named David Brandon, the CEO of Domino's Pizza, as its new athletic director. Apparently folks up in Michigan think running a pizza-making company means you know about sports. Mike Illitch, founder of Little Caesar's, owns the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. That must mean that the CEO of Domino's must be the perfect guy to run an FBS Division athletic department, doesn't it?It's reported that Brandon debated between running for governor of Michigan as a Republican, and running the UM athletic department. That he picked the AD job pretty much tells you what a hopeless job being Governor of Michigan is.(via The Sports Hernia, Detroit Free Press)
Ah, the inherent sadness Orange Bowl.The Sugar Bowl got Tim Tebow's last game (and maybe Urban Meyer's). The Fiesta Bowl got the BCS-buster duo darlings of Boise State and TCU (and still not bad game). The Rose Bowl had a not too bad Ohio State-Oregon match-up. The Orange Bowl? It got a rock. As usual.Honestly, was anybody really dying to see Iowa take on Georgia Tech? Sure, both school would probably take whatever they could, especially Iowa, who kind of slipped into the BCS sideways. But really, is there anything that looks on paper to be more unappetising?It's pretty much par for the course for the Orange Bowl. For a bowl game set in what is one of the coolest places in America, it always turns out lame. The Orange Bowl should be like this.Instead, it's more like this:See the disconnect here? The Orange Bowl should be reflecting the sizzle of Miami's nightlife. Instead, it's looks more and more like the place old people from North come to retire. Not really what the Chamber of Commerce is looking for. Especially after the economic meltdown.Granted all the BCS bowls show their age at times. But the other three bowls are still hot little cougars as opposed to the Orange. The Fiesta may be the feistiest of the bunch. The Sugar Bowl, well its had a rough few years, but it manages to clean up well and hold itself together with a quiet, dignified grace. The Rose Bowl? Well, it's kind of like Jane Fonda. You disagree with what she does most of the time, but you have to give it to her that she handles herself well and still looks good.The Orange Bowl, on the other hand, constantly shows its age and can't help but remind you that it's become the ugly sister of the family. It went from the decrepit Orange Bowl to (sigh) Land Shark Stadium (why, Jimmy Buffett? Why couldn't you have just called it Margaritaville Stadium?). At least it won't have a baseball diamond in the middle of the field this time of year.There are times that the thought of kicking the Orange Bowl out of the BCS might not be a bad idea. Even with its location, it seems to be the lesser of the BCS bowls.
This is Joker Phillips, who upon the retirement of Rich Brooks has takes the reins as head coach of the Kentucky football program. Although he has done an admirable job aiding Brooks in rebuilding the Wildcats football program, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about Joker Phillips.Is he a picker?Is he a grinner?Is he a lover?Is he a sinner?Does he play his music in the sun?He's a Joker, but is he a smoker?Is he a midnight toker?Does he get his lovin' on the run?Does he really like your pieces and wants to shake your tree?Most importantly, has he ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?(via Sports Illustrated)
Monday night will bring the Fiesta Bowl showdown nobody wanted to see. Undefeated perennial non-BSC conference teams Boise St. and TCU will face each other in what's basically a boobie prize from the BCS this year. The sad truth is that this might be the best of the BCS bowl games this year.Nobody was really looking for a Boise St./TCU match-up, especially since TCU beat Boise last year in the Poinsettia Bowl last year. Many fans want to see these "BCS Busters" actually face off against a BCS school. Instead, the BCS pulled this little stunt, and elsewhere giving fans the "greatness" of the snuff film known as Florida and Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl, and Georgia Tech and Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Insert either TCU or Boise in the places of Cincinnati and Iowa, and you'd get a more interesting match-up. Either school would certainly put up a bigger fight against Florida than the Brian Kelly-less Bearcats did.If anything, this year's Fiesta Bowl shows college football's fatal flaw on display: its unwillingness to evolve to the changing times. Whether you can tell it or not the ancien regime is slowly changing. Look at a list of the "100 Largest Colleges and Universities" and you will see a lot of traditional NCAA football powerhouses like Texas and Florida. But you will also see a more than a few schools like the University of Central Florida, BYU, Utah, and yes, Texas Tech (sorry, but it couldn't be helped). Who's not on the list? Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Alabama.Regionally, the states in the Mountain West and WAC are growing faster than many Big East or Big 10 states. Utah is the second fastest growing state in the Union, just in front of Texas. Michigan's at the bottom with a -0.33 percent loss.The BCS was created to preserve the ancien regime. It ignores the changing reality of America and college football. That level of hubris is what's going to make it harder to respect the BCS as a legitimate entity in the future.
Probably the most annoying thing about the Mike Leach mess is the reactions of his supporters. They've basically made Adam James and his father, ESPN analyst Craig James, into their whipping boys. Adam James in particular is getting his manhood called into questioned.Adam James may turn out to be a bit of a brat, but the bigger brats are the Leach Supporters who are using the younger James as the target of their protests over their fallen idol's firing. This includes booing him as he entered and exited the field while surrounded by "body guards." Or selling shirts on e-bay that say "Real men aren't afraid of the dark."The level of maturity in Leach's supporters has to be called into question. Blindly accepting Leach's side of the story shows severe lack of critical thinking skills. It's obvious many of them have not considered whether in a time where concussions are a big enough mainstream issue to warrant Congressional hearings if Leach's treatment of James was a logical move.It looks harder and harder if Adam James is going to be able to continue attending Texas Tech in this environment (much less play football there). Leach's supporters have shown a lack of maturity in handling the issue logically as oppose to going after the James family like the rowdy, reckless kinds of pirates that Mike Leach likes.(via Dr. Saturday)
You might not know it from the around the clock Mike Leach coverage, but there is another college team in Texas that's playing a bowl game soon. You know, the one from Austin? The one playing for the BCS championship? Remember them?Well is seems that even Mack Brown is getting dragged into this mess. Someone had to go and ask Brown about his thoughts of the James-in-the-Box mess. "I hate it for Mike, and I hate it for Texas Tech, and I hate it for college football," Brown said in response to a question after arriving in southern California for the Citi BCS National Championship Game against Alabama. "It's a game about kids. When we get administrators talking about things other than kids and coaches talking about things other than kids, it takes away from what it's supposed to be about. ... It's a tough thing." The fact that the Leach mess is drowning out the BCS title game is probably another reason why we need a playoff system.(via Dallas Morning News)
And now the Shirts With Random Triangles choice for Texas Tech head football coach: East Carolina's Skip Holtz. Even if ECU lost the Liberty Bowl, Holtz showed why he's looked as being an up and coming coach.Holtz oddly enough personifies both sides of the Mike Leach/Adam James controversy. On one hand, he's a coach of a team nicknamed the Pirates. 'Nuff said. On the other, he's the son of an ESPN analyst whose involvement with college football was touched by controversy (Under the Tarnished Dome, anyone?)Texas Tech has the coach that personifies all that is Texas Tech football at the moment. Which is probably why they'll look somewhere else for a coach.(via Rivals.com)
It looks like the 2009 Season had one more kick in the pants for Georgia. Oklahoma State, the team that began Georgia's annus horribils was beaten by Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl. The humiliation is complete. Mark Richt can hang his head in shame that Houston Nutt could do something he wasn't able to do.(via Rivals.com)
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