I heard a lot of chatter from the irrational Gonzaga fans before the NCAA tournament that Mike Hart and the #1 ranked Bulldogs were going to have no problem running through The Big Dance. There was the non-stop “Mike Hart has so much hustle!” or the “Long hair don’t care, Kelly Olynyk can’t be stopped!” Saying a guy has a lot of hustle without mentioning any other part of his game is the same as saying an ugly person is nice (trust me I know, I am really nice). Good players don’t get mentioned with the word hustle, because it goes without saying. All of this, of course, was based on the Zags wrecking the WCC. I know, I know, the WCC is terrible but Gonzaga fans were serious with the WCC talk. I am not even going to get back into how terrible that conference was.
The wheels almost came off in the first game against Southern. As RJ stated in the previous post, that game didn’t have any affect on the next game, which is true. It was merely just a sign of what was to come. Southern exposed Gonzaga for what they were, which is a below the rim team who relied too much on jumpers. That works fine against the crappy WCC, but it doesn’t work against the best teams in the nation. Wichita State put the nails in the coffin on a familiar sight for Gonzaga, putting the Bulldogs out in the Round of 32.
Now that we have seen Gonzaga go do the same ol’, same ol’ in the tourney, all you irrational Zag fans can zip it up with all the “we deserve to be #1″ talk, forever. Gonzaga is a very successful program and what has happened in Spokane fan should be proud of. However, they are only the best of the second tier. Your blind fandom as irrational fans makes for a great atmosphere in The Kennel, but makes it impossible to tell you about the flaws of your team. No matter how many times you were told your team lacks depth, back-court size, they hadn’t played a decent team in almost three months, or the lack of athleticism, you wouldn’t listen to the rational folks of the world. Maybe, you will start to listen after another bad showing on the big boys’ stage.
Irrational Zag fan you have once again been humbled by the poor play of your team against tournament teams. I have used my “Jump to Conclusions” mat to notice that your lack of Facebook, Twitter, texts and other social media mean…
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….
After the Broncos lost on Saturday, there was chatter that Tim Tebow won a playoff game and Peyton Manning didn’t. First of all, these people must be talking about just with the Broncos, because Manning has won one or more playoff games in one postseason five times. Last time I checked, Tebow has one career playoff victory. I know there are a lot of Tebow supporters out there. Tebow is apparently a really good guy and a great role model for kids. These are great traits to have as a person, but neither wins football games. To be honest, I would rather have a guy that has some character flaws, but puts up stats.
Tebow’s great leadership and character have amassed him a career completion percentage of 47.9, 69.2 yards per game and 1.89 TD/INT ratio. Peyton Manning’s ability to be funny in commercials has amassed a completion percentage of 65.2, 265.6 yards per game and 2.09 TD/INT ratio. Those Tebow supporters like to point out the win against the Steelers in the first round as a mark of Tebow’s talent. Let me just point out a quick fact they like to look over; they lost 45-10 to the Patriots the next week. Manning’s first round game was against the couch and he was Rahim Moore deciding to actually make a play away from being in the AFC Championship game at home.
My suggestion to you Tebow supporters is to start rooting for your boy to go the Michael Robinson route. Robinson had a similar style of play as Tebow and now leads the way for one of the top running backs in the NFL, Marshawn Lynch. Tebow is athletic and can run. If he puts a little work in on his hands, he is more than capable of having a long NFL career. That career is going to be real short if he continues to play quarterback. He can’t even start over Greg McElroy. A clear indication of what NFL talent evaluators think of his skills. There isn’t a conspiracy against him in New York, he is just terrible at playing quarterback. Tebow fans quick making excuses for a guy who just doesn’t get it done at quarterback, it just shows America…
Yesterday on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan, Jerry Jones said it is going to get real uncomfortable around the Dallas Cowboys organization. It seems like Jones is pointing the finger at a lot people around the organization, minus Tony Romo, for the team not making the playoffs. He said Romo is a key piece of the team and isn’t going anywhere. Before I start ripping into Jerry Jones, he might want to rethink Romo being so great. Yes, Tony finished third in yards and sixth in touchdowns, but he was first in most interceptions thrown. Throwing 19 interceptions in 16 games isn’t good (Captain Obvious dropping by to say hello). I am not saying you can go out and get anything better, but if you are going to place blame there should be a finger pointed in his direction as well.
As for you, Jerry, you might want to take a look at yourself first. You have your hand in every decision the Cowboys make, not only who the coaches are but also who the players are. You are more hands on than any other owner in the NFL. You needs to take a step back and realize the Cowboys have only been to the playoffs seven times since there 1995 Superbowl win over the Steelers. During those seven trips, they only have two wins. Something isn’t really working Jerry and the one constant has been you. Your teams hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2009 and those two playoff wins in 17 years is pretty pathetic. Even one of the worst franchises in NFL history, the Arizona Cardinals, have more playoff wins than your squad. Those wins include one over your Cowboys and a trip to the Super Bowl.
This improvement project doesn’t start with the finger pointing out, it starts with the finger pointing in. It takes a real man to admit fault and it seems you are really struggling with that. That is probably why….
During the Chicago Bears blowing their chance at a NFC Norris Division title against the Packers on Sunday, Bears’ fans gave the team a piece of their mind. A storm of boos were directed at the team for the performance they put forth. Brian Urlacher objected to this behavior and called out the fans. According to Urlacher, fans are basically dumb and have no idea what happens in a football game. In a game that was pretty close the whole time, the fans seemingly got the impression the Bears were crapping the bed and booed the team multiple times. It must have been unclear to Urlacher what the fans were booing, because it seems he thinks everything is going swell in Chi-town.
Let’s be real here, Brian. Your squad was 7-1 at one point and in firm control of a playoff spot or even a first round bye. Now, look at you guys. Your team has lost five of six and has not only fallen out of a playoff spot, but all the way to third in the division. What do you expect from the fans? You may think they don’t know what they are talking about, but it doesn’t take a genius to see you guys are a dumpster fire right now. Three of those five losses were at home, giving your fans the pleasure watching your team blow it in person.
This is ‘Merica (read with a southern accent)! You really think fans are going to cheer for the Bears when they keep coming up empty week after week at home? This isn’t soccer, where fans cheer for a good effort. This is the culture of the game you play. Instead of getting on the fans for letting you know you’re blowing it, why don’t you guys go out and get some wins. Last time I checked, fans like wins. They will probably cheer for you when pick some of those up.
Fans respond to what happens on the field of play, they aren’t liars. So, if what they are telling you is that you suck, then you suck. It boils down to this Urlacher….
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….
The hottest new internet blog series, YOU MAD Mondays, keeps getting fed every week by angry athletes. I know Jeff Gordon isn’t exactly an athlete, based off a rant I posted previously stating NASCAR isn’t a sport. I am going to take other people’s opinion on Gordon being an athlete into consideration for the sake of this post.
If you missed it, let me fill you in on the details. With two races left in the season and already eliminated from championship contention, Gordan was clipped by Clint Bowyer with about seven laps to go. Neither car was badly damaged. However, this pissed off the four-time NASCAR champion. A few laps later Gordan tried to wreck Bowyer and failed, causing enough damage to his own car to get him black flag (kicked out of the race).
When you have all the championship hardware Gordon does, apparently, you can choose to ignore black flags. The 24 car took advantage of this, apparent, unwritten rule. Gordon stayed out on the track, slowed down for Bowyer to catch up and intentionally wrecked him.
This kicked off the most exciting part of the NASCAR season. Bowyer’s crew headed over to Gordon’s crew, West Side Story style, and started raining fists. Bowyer, himself, sprinted from his whip to Gordan’s trailer to try to throw some haymakers. unfortunately, he was stopped by NASCAR officials, aka the fun police, before he could throw down.
This could have all been avoided, if Gordon would have just realized rubbing is racing. Instead he went for revenge, failed, then tried again. When you are wrecking people, you could unintentionally give them the Dale Earnhardt (moment of silence) treatment. Jeff, you could have waited until after the race to have a nice, intelligent discussion with Bowyer. Instead you let your emotions get the best of you. Leading to one conclusion:
We can all pretty much agree that the between quarter or halftime interviews of any sporting event are the most pointless and least informational interviews in sports. Gregg Popovich takes these interviews to another level. He constantly tries to make the interviewer feel like they are, as Alan Garner would put it, a ratard. I will be the first to say this makes me laugh every time, even though it is straight up rude. Stan Van Gundy was a notorious offender of doing the same thing and is one of the reasons I want him to be the Future Sonics head coach. Popovich goes out of his way to come across as a jerk. Van Gundy, on the other hand, was just angry at David Stern and was rebelling against the fact Stern made him do the interviews.
My guess is that Pop has noticed that no matter how dominant his team has been for the last the last 16 plus years have gone unnoticed for the most part. People tend to forget about the unflashy and fundamental team from the great (sarcasm) city of San Antonio. This, I believe, has started to eat at the great (no sarcasm) coach. Pop and his team haven’t been noticed for the great achievements they have had.
Just look at the winning the Spurs have done under his reign as coach, it’s crazy good. They have a .681 regular season win percentage and a .605 winning percentage in the playoffs. Oh! There is also those four championships. All this isn’t really talked about nationwide and general sports fans tend to just overlook these accomplishments. This, I have concluded, has made Pop take it out on the media. I mean, they are the ones that are supposed to be feeding us the info.
Check out this video and see how “happy” Gregg Popovich is during the Spurs game from this past Thursday. Pop Interview
I think we have all come to the same conclusion, people are on that Lakers and Heat jumpoff and now……
Last night, before the Boston Celtics took on the Miami Heat, Ray Allen went over to the Celtics bench and gave handshakes to the players and coaches. Kevin Garnett decided to get his ignore on and didn’t even acknowledge Ray Ray. I don’t have any issue with his decision to do that, nor do I take issue with Allen leaving the Massholes to take his talents to South Beach. From what I have heard and read, there was plenty of behind the scenes factors that went into Allen going to Miami. Boston tried to trade him a few times and actually had him traded for about 30 minutes for O.J. Mayo, but the trade fell through for some business reasons. There was also the fact that Rajon Rondo and Allen had some beef. Allen hasn’t spoken to any of the current big three in Boston; Paul Pierce, Rondo or Garnett. I am sure that happens a lot in the offseason with players. Garnett seamed to take offense to the fact that Jesus Shuttlesworth decided to go take his old legs to an easier team to play for.
This transaction on the floor in Miami made a big splash in the news. People have been debating on whether or not this was the right thing to do or not. This is a serious debate in the sports world, today. I can’t believe this is really news, let alone, taking up multiple segments on radio and television shows. There is a simple answer to this debate.
Kevin Garnett is mad!
Garnett seems to be mad all the time. He is too mad to shake hands, give daps or fist bump. Who got dirt on you, doggy?