Last week, the Duke Blue Devils took a loss to the unranked Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The game was an exciting and close game which ended in a five point win for the “good guys.” As soon as the final horn went off, the University of Virginia students rushed the court. Which, in my opinion, happens a little to frequently for my liking and I am 100% against rushing when it isn’t a major upset. However, this was an unranked Virginia team against the number three team in the country. I can see a cause for a ruckus after a win like that. This isn’t two unranked teams who just happen to be playing their rivalry game. This is a pretty good upset, one that warrants an court storming. Well, when Coach K got to the press conference, he wasn’t too happy with how the whole thing went down.
After that mild mannered court rushing, the winningest college basketball coach of all time expressed his views on fans rushing the floor. He spouted off a bunch of hypotheticals about player, coach and fan safety. Now I am paraphrasing here, but it went a little something like this: What if a player punches a fan? What if a fan gets in a players face? What if the coaches get into it with a spectator? Ok, we get it Coach. Crazy things can happen. How often have they happened in the past, Coach? Looking at the video above, as well as a few others, the security staff did a very good job of blocking you and your players from any fan interaction. Not only did they do a good job, it looks like all those fans avoided anyone associated with your program. Pretty sure Cavalier fans were as classy as you can be rushing the court in the faces of your opponent.
Coach K you just lost to a kid that played in one of the lowest levels of high school basketball in the state of Washington. Face it Mike, you just don’t like losing. When you get up on the microphone next time, just tell the truth….
There is a ton of chatter about getting Andy Reid the hell out of Philly. To me, it is kind of crazy to turn on a guy so fast. Just a quick recap of Reid’s coaching career before this season: 13 years (all with the Eagles), 126-81-1 in the regular season, seven division championships, one NFC Championship and only two losing seasons. Most fans would kill for those type of seasons. Don’t believe me? Go ask a Browns, Jaguars, Bills or a Dolphins fan. That person will gladly take the Eagles’ success.
This is a case of expectations being too high for a team who has legit problems at offensive line. A lot of times people forget how important the offensive line is. The Eagles have suffered multiple injuries to their original starting o-line, not to mention injuries to a couple of the backups. Philly fans, what can you realistically expect from a bunch of backup linemen? I get the Eagles have weapons on offense; Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but all their success is dependent on the offensive line being successful. McCoy can only break so many tackles in the backfield. Vick is under more pressure than any other quarterback in the league, yet you, Philly fans, expect him to be a top five quarterback.
Wanting to fire a coach who has produced your most successful years as a franchise, should get a little more love. Cut him some slack he is working with second tier players at the most important positions on the field. You fans are quick to turn on a man who has been very loyal to you and coached through personal tragedies. Most of you would take a lot of time off of work for the same situation.
Injuries are big part of the NFL, they can cripple a team. They have crippled your team, not the guy running your squad. At the end of the day, Andy Reid has an influence on the players, but he isn’t the one out their playing. Reid is calling the plays, you don’t get mad at him for missing the block, you get mad at the player that missed it. Bottom line is Philly fans….
After weeks of announcements, town hall meetings, the Seattle Times having a clear bias when a newspaper should be completely objective, the King County Council voting yes and the Seattle City Council getting its negotiating on with Chris Hansen about the new Seattle Arena that will feature the NBA and NHL, I have decided to start thinking ahead. I am confident that the Seattle City Council won’t blow this. Chris Hansen has been very fair and he will do what it takes to help out with the council’s hangups. This can be chalked up to a win for Sonics fans.
With this confidence, I have decided to start thinking about who would be the perfect coach for whichever team we end up bring to Seattle. I will let it be known, I am rooting for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Who would be the best fit for any team as a coach? The answer is simple, Stan Van Gundy.
Van Gundy is a straight shooter with upper management written all over him (this is an analysis that comes from the Bob’s, who are consultants in the movie Office Space). Find any interview that Stan “The Man” has done and you will see exactly what I am talking about. He answers questions with truth and a forwardness that you don’t get from a lot of other coaches. I am personally sick of the cliché answers that most coaches give. You know what I am talking about. In a typical coach interview, the back and forth goes something like this:
Interviewer: Coach, what happened in that third quarter?
Coach: We need to play better defense and offense.
Interviewer: What are you going to do to get (insert start player here) going?
Coach: Set more screens and get him the ball in the open floor.
These type of in-game, post-game or pre-game interviews are the biggest waste of time for any viewer. Even if you are just a casual sports fan, you know that these are the most bland and cliché answers ever. Some of this is on the interviewer. Enough with the softball questions, but that is a topic for another day. Everyone wants a coach to tell it how it really is. Let us know that Player A is sucking it up out there and that Player B is playing lazy.
Van Gundy is the kind of coach a passionate group of fans, like Supersonic fans, need. After being lied to by countless people in the last organization’s management group, we need someone to keep it real. Stan Van Gundy only knows how to keep it real. Go back and look at how the Dwight Howard situation went. Howard lied and put on a show, Van Gundy told it how it was. I have included an awesome interview that shows how awesome Van Gundy was and how Dwight was lame and childish.
Here are a few videos of Stan “The Man” Van Gundy.