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|Oct-12-14|| ||perfidious: <HMM: melo shoud have taken a pay cut and joined the Bulls. at the end of the day, you have a short time in life, as an athlete--he gave up his best chance to get a ring. He now gets to continue to be the big man in the small pond.>|
<Me-lo>'s is a classic case of ego on parade. At this stage of his career, he continues to imagine himself capable of carrying a team to a title on his back and has not yet acknowledged the reality which is eventually borne in on most players: basketball is a team sport and that he needs to subordinate his desire to control events to at least some degree if he wants a legitimate shot at the big brass ring.
|Oct-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: John McEnroe's son avoids jail time:
|Oct-16-14|| ||Jim Bartle: You cannot be serious!|
|Oct-16-14|| ||perfidious: If the kid had no priors, not at all surprising for a pled-out first offence.|
|Oct-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: to pay for his legal defense, his pop has him in a cage match with Brett Connors, Jimmy's son.|
|Oct-16-14|| ||perfidious: With Tatum and grandpa Ryan cheering him on from the sidelines?|
|Oct-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: Is Ryan O'neal still alive? Boy, he was one crazy MOFO.|
|Oct-20-14|| ||HeMateMe: How bout those Cowboys? Six wins in a row. Is this the year Romo finally wins it? I think it will kill Jerry Jones if they don't at least make the Super Bowl, this season.|
Peyton breaks Bret Favre's touchdown record. He's a medical marvel. They both are. I like Favre a little more because he worked outdoors, and in bad weather, all those years. Harder to throw the ball. Peyton played indoors, as a Colt, for most of his career.
Also, the rule changes continue to favor the offense and reduce contact. Favre saw less of that than Peyton. Manning might have another three years who knows?
With Seattle having trouble early, the Broncos might be the AFC favorite. The Andrew Luck-led Colts are 5-2. How about an AFC title game between the Colts and Broncos, in Indy? Way cool.
|Oct-20-14|| ||perfidious: <HMM> Seahawks have been in the NFC West for some years now.|
|Oct-20-14|| ||perfidious: Could <Ko-me> be the lodestone of Lakers' demise, just as he was the beacon which drew players to LA for so long? Interesting thesis here:|
|Oct-21-14|| ||HeMateMe: maybe Dwight Howard is smarter than people think. He got off the showtime cruise liner, just in time. They'll hit a big rock and sink this season. Boozer, Lin, with kobe & Nash, with their geriatric bodies...I wonder if the '72 Philly Sixers 9 win season is in jeopardy of being broken this year by the Fakers?|
|Oct-21-14|| ||plang: Cardinals are winning the Super Bowl - (though I admit to being biased)|
|Oct-21-14|| ||HeMateMe: I remember "the Cardiac Cards!" of the QB Jim Hart days, of the '70s. I'd turn on Sunday afternoon football, watch Jimmy the Greek make a fool of himself, get the snacks and watch some football.|
They haven't had a good team in quite a while. I can't see them getting past seattle, San Fran, Green Bay or Dallas.
|Oct-21-14|| ||Jim Bartle: Hart was an excellent QB, not much remembered today. Their next one was also good, too, Neil Lomax. Both from small colleges.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||unferth: <perfidious: Could <Ko-me> be the lodestone of Lakers' demise, just as he was the beacon which drew players to LA for so long? Interesting thesis here:|
that's gospel, every word of it, and it's been obvious to unbiased observers for quite some time. the reaction among lunatic Kobe loyalists here (and they are legion) is astonishing, if predictable--death threats directed at the writer, etc.
<HeMateMe: I wonder if the '72 Philly Sixers 9 win season is in jeopardy of being broken this year by the Fakers?>
nah, there's enough talent there to win 20 at least. Vegas has their over/under at 32.5, which feels high to me.
|Oct-21-14|| ||HeMateMe: Kobe could easily have another big injuy or series of small ones. I'd be surprised if he is in uniform for 50 games, at top health. Nash could miss half the season, too. This could be the year of the ten day contracts and rest-of-season contracts in Los Angeles. It won't be pretty.|
They will have a lot of cap space, in the near future, when they dump him. If any one of those high draft choices in recent years turn out to be good players they might leave the small markets and hook up together in LA.
Sports il did a story about Kobe recently. He runs a summer camp each year in China, I think sponsored by the shoe he wears. He gets rock star treatment, mobbed by citizens, the media. A select few get to be in the gym with him and do drills.
|Oct-21-14|| ||perfidious: <Jim> The thing I recall best about Hart, besides being very good as you say, albeit in the wrong division for the most part, was that he would have nothing at all to do with Lomax.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||HeMateMe: Hart was around when Bud Grant was coaching the Vikes and Roger Staubach was in Dallas. The Cards were never going to get past those two teams.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||plang: The "Cardiac Cards" were a lot of fun but had a mediocre defense. The current Cards win with defense - big difference.|
In their last 15 regular season games dating back to the middle of last year they are 12-3 (and that is playing in the strongest division).
|Oct-21-14|| ||Jim Bartle: In the early 70s, when Hart arrived, the Cards were coming out of a terrible period with the team torn apart by racism. The racist leader was receiver Sonny Randle. It was dissected in detail in Sports Illustrated in its Black Athlete series.|
The Cards drafted a black friend of mine in the second round in 1970, and he was plenty worried. He played there for a number of years, but don't know how the racial situation was.
|Oct-21-14|| ||plang: As a Cardinal fan for more than 50 years I was interested in your post. A quick goggle of Randle led to quoted passages from Dave Meggyesy's book "Out of Their League". He detailed his first hand knowledge of racism within the Cardinal organization as a white player in the 60s. While Randle was part of the "southern clique" he is not mentioned as a leader. He was the most well known player in the clique however as he was an All-Pro. Randle went on to be Head Coach at 3 Division 1 Universities as well as into broadcasting which I doubt would have been possible if he had taken a leadership role as a racist.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||Jim Bartle: The SI article didn't name the player, but it came out it was Randle in all likelihood. Previously I had thought it was Charley Johnson.|
Look up the SI story. I don't see it and the new SI "vault" is a mess.
My friend was LB Don Parish. Remember him?
|Oct-21-14|| ||plang: No, I didn't remember Parish - he only played one full season.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||perfidious: <HMM> Not to mention Redskins, who usually won the East when Dallas did not and Rams, who were atop a weak NFC West year after year. Another team only broke that stranglehold on the NFC berth in the big game when Eagles were strong enough to get there in the 1980 season.|
|Oct-21-14|| ||HeMateMe: Ah, the 80s Eagles---high school emotion and a trip to the Super Bowl! They had that coach who used to cry after games, and in the press conferences. I can't remember his name. |
The Giants really sucked back then. So did the Packers. My two favorite teams were doormats. But--the 80s and the era of Phil Simms, L.T., Lynne Dickey and the amazing James Lofton was just around the corner...
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