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Out Of Retirement

It’s been a while.  Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

Well, since I’ve last scribbled much has happened.

ND went to the College Football championship and got their ass kicked.  ND MLB T’eo was found to have a fake girlfriend so he got his ass kicked by the oh so righteous and ethical sports media.

The Cubs signed some free agents…zzzzzzzzzzz.  What was I saying?  I shouldn’t be so negative though.  If Nate Schierholtz doesn’t spell championship, I don’t know what does.

Lance Armstrong kind of, sort of admitting to doping and the world was NOT surprised.

And, finally, the Chicago Bears ended the not so offensive reign of one Lovie Smith.

The new coach IS….drum roll….Marc Trestman.  Silence.  Tumbleweed rolling across the floor.  Confused looks on the fans faces.

Actually the hire wasn’t all that bad.  Plenty of offensive experience in college and pro football.  Oh, and hey, he has head coaching experience up in Canada which has about as much credibility as a competitive rec league.  Seriously though, the guy is the QB guru.  And I mean THE QB guru.  I don’t know what it is but he has a knack for getting the most out of his thrower.  He also calls a good game and his offenses are ALWAYS at the top of any league.  This IS what the Bears need.

The remaining questions are…  Will Cutler buy into it?  I think so.  Will the aging, talented defense have one more good season under an offensive minded head coach?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Not sure if the guy from Jacksonville has the chops but we’ll all find out.  Will Emery open up the Bears tightly fastened coin purse and get several (meaning more than 2) offensive linemen on the free agent market?  That would surprise me but that is exactly what is needed to keep Cutler on his feet and throwing TDs.

Oh, and I don’t want fans demanding the Bears waste a 1st Round pick on lineman because we need one.  Stop it.  NFL teams almost always take the best guy on the board no matter what his position is.  Besides, drafting offensive linemen that are immediate contributors on an NFL offensive line is like finding a winning lottery ticket in the garbage.

Well, glad to be back writing.  I’m sure it will be an interesting off-season in the NFL.  There will be lots to talk about in the world of baseball.  The Bulls continue to do well without D. Rose or the Bench Mob.  The NHL is back in action and…well, so what.  I think the fans should boycott for the season.  Make Bettman sweat a little.

I might also start spewing about pro wrestling.  I have been a fan since, well, since I’ve watched TV.  I don’t watch with as much interest or passion as I did 20 years ago, but I still enjoy it.  It’s the male soap opera and plenty of us guys are hooked.  LOL

Oh, and in closing, plenty of fine BPD ladies of sports to come.  😉

 

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A Special Rose

Gertrude Stein said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.”  In the case of the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose, she couldn’t be more wrong.  This Rose isn’t any ordinary rose.  He isn’t your average Tea or Shrub Rose.  He certainly isn’t your Jalen variety Rose either.  This Rose is one of a kind and the fans of the Chicago Bulls should cherish this time because this Rose doesn’t bloom in your garden too often.

Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said that this kid is going to be an MVP multiple times and lead the Bulls to a “minimum” of 4 NBA championships.  Wow!  I first thought that was a pretty ballsy statement coming from the Eastern Conference which contains teams like Boston, Orlando, New York and Miami.  Then I thought I kind of liked hearing some confidence coming from upstairs.  We haven’t heard or seen this kind of brash talk since 1998.

It may be unfair to compare him to Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest professional athlete of all time.  However, he is 22 years old and a favorite to become the youngest MVP in NBA history.  I just got goosebumps typing that.  Could it be the Bulls are that lucky?  Guys like Magic, Bird or Jordan come along once every half-century if you’re lucky.  Chicago just got their second superstar in under 20 years.  To think there was even a debate of whether to take Rose or Beasley just makes me giggle.  To think some Chicagoans were behind gutting this young group, possibly even throwing in Rose, to get a LeBron, Bosh and/or DWade makes me laugh even more.  Miami cries in the locker room and I laugh.

But there is nothing to laugh about when it comes to Rose and the Bulls serious play and them seriously kicking the asses of some really good teams.  I think about all of the injuries the Bulls suffered this year with a first year, first time NBA head coach.  They didn’t cry about it.  Rose and Coach T stayed cool and Rose kept lighting it up night after night.  DRose has become the soft-spoken leader of the current #2 seed in the East.

So what is the top for this Rose?  3 or 4 titles?  A couple of MVP awards?  A dozen or more All-Star appearances?  I guess we will just have wait and see.  One thing we do know is that this fragrant Rose just came into bloom and should be around to give us many great memories for a long time to come.

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Finally…

Finally the Daddy has come BACK to the Sports Rag!!!!

Daddy!  Daddy!  Daddy!

I’ve been gone a long time in Blog years but it is good to be back.

Since I’ve been gone the Green Bay Packers have become World Champs.  Well that’s just great.  The big silver football is a town where the biggest building is a corn silo and the players look like they work for John Deere.  The fans all wear big pieces of foam cheese on their heads and the big G on the side of the helmet stands for GIVE ME A BREAK!  Hey Matthews!  Thor called and he wants his hair back.  Or was that Pamela Anderson?

The multi-millionaire dollar Miami Heat are off to a good start with King Douche and company but let’s count 1, 2 , 3…17 losses already.  Some return on investment.  The Bulls, Celtics and Knicks have all kicked their candy asses so far this year.  Sure, they’ll make up excuses like oh LeBron and D Wade missed some time.  Well, waaaaaah!  Cry me a river.  You think that’s it?  Do you really think that’s it?  IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!  The Bulls have missed one of more of their big three all season and they are right on your asses.  The Knicks and Celtics have made themselves stronger as well.  So Miami sHeat, enjoy your time in the sun.  Relax, order some more mojitos and get ready for the beat down of your lives come play off time.

If you smellllllllalalalala what the Daddy is cookin’!

Oh, and yes, thank you Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for you return and inspiring me to write this.

 

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King Douche at it Again

The Cavs are DEMOLISHED by the Heat 112-57.  Instead of being the bigger man.  Instead of just shaking hands, avoiding the media and going about his way he had to Tweet.  He Tweeted the following  “Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!”

Really?  Does he honestly think God is kicking back with some Funyons and a six-pack watching the Cavs and Heat?  If there is a God King Douche I am pretty sure he has more important things to do.  Arrogant bastard.

“It’s just how I was feeling at the time,” James said. “It wasn’t even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out. It wasn’t toward that team. It definitely wasn’t a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would’ve played better.”  Well, no shit Sherlock.

So, the Heat coach came out and said that the team was going to take time to “educate” players about Twitter.  Are you kidding me?  Are these guys 8 years old?  Look, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist, if you don’t want people to see it or read it you don’t put it on the Internet.  How hard is that?  The next thing you know the Heat are going to have to have  Why it is Bad to Drink, Snort Coke and Drive Seminars.

The bottom line is he should know the people of Cleveland, the team and ownership are going to feel the sting for a while.  He should be an adult about it and just leave it alone.  However King Douche won’t leave it alone because that’s not his style.  He is gonna say it, or Tweet it or ooze it in some form or another.  Just another reason why it will be glorious when Boston, L.A. or San Antonio take their ass out in the playoffs.

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Imma Feelin’

…pretty good about the Chicago Bears in the 2nd half.  I thought the 2nd half was going to be a bear but not so much.  Green Bay and New England are going to be very tough but the rest of the games are win-able.  10 or 11 wins looking good but that probably means another year of Lovie.

…pretty excited about the Bulls.  They didn’t look so hot in the 2nd half of that San Antonio game but they are 6-4 without the Booze.  If they can come home from the circus road trip at .500 I’ll be happy.

…pretty disappointed in the Hawks effort so far.  Granted they are banged up and have a bunch of new guys but they are going to have to do better than .500.  I guess I’ll be patient, for now.  After all they started slow last year and we know how they finished.

…pretty unimpressed by the Cubs efforts on and off of the field.  They aren’t going to spend any money this off-season which means no Adam Dunn or Cliff Lee.  We need to unload some dead weight and no go so far.  Then they can’t seem to get the momentum behind a Wrigley re-build.  Ugh!

…pretty pissed at Governor Quinn and the City of Chicago playing BS politics with the Cubs.  The Bears and White Sox got public money to help finance a new stadium.  The Cubs are told to take a hike despite the fact more people go to Cubs games than any other major sport in Chicago.  They are watched by the one of the largest nationwide audiences on the Superstation WGN.  They draw mega-millions in tourist and commercial dollars to the city, specifically the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  If they want to play politics and I were a Rickett, I’d pay a visit to Buffalo, N.Y. and visit their beautiful little Wrigley replica.  I hear the upper deck can be expanded at a reasonable price tag to accommodate 38,000.  The Sox threatened to move, I sure would.

…pretty tired.  Time to go home and watch the Bears v. Dolphins.

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NBA 2010-11 Predictions

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

Boston 52-30

New York 39-43

Philadelphia 30-52

Toronto 24-58

New Jersey 22-60

 

Southeast Division

 

Miami 64-18

Orlando 54-28

Atlanta 52-30

Charlotte 40-42

Washington 28-54

 

Central Division

 

Chicago 55-27

Milwaukee 48-34

Cleveland 40-42

Detroit 30-52

Indiana 26-56

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest Division

 

Dallas 55-27

San Antonio 54-28

Houston 50-32

Memphis  38-44

New Orleans 34-48

 

Pacific Division

 

Los Angeles Lakers 62-20

Phoenix 48-34

Los Angeles Clippers 42-20

Golden State 26-56

Sacramento 22-60

 

Northwest Division

 

Oklahoma City 50-32

Portland 48-34

Denver 47-35

Utah 40-42

Minnesota 20-62

 

 

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South Beach to be Lebronified

The sports world had to sit through weeks of “experts” spouting off their theories about King James.  Sports talk shows were drawn to it and so were the sheeple.  He’s going home!  He is going to Chicago!  He is going to New Jersey or New York or Miami.  And the reasons for their beliefs were, well, down right stupid.  We had to listen to Mariotti, Stephen A. Smith and some other hack sports journalists tell us why it would be one city and not another.  What started as an exciting free agent process with a lot of really good players like LeBron, Wade, Boozer, Bosh and Nowitzki turned into an avalanche of greed and self-importance.

LeBron announced he would meet these teams on his own terms and then have a one hour special announcing his decision.  Really?  All the great players of ALL TIME in every major sport and this guy needs a show.  I surprised LJ didn’t contact USA Network have Jeffery Donovan fired, King James would be the new lead and rename the show Lebron Notice.  No wonder the Cavs owner felt the way he did.

The Cavs are the home town team.  All heart strings are pulling Lebron back but it isn’t about home being where the heart is.  It certainly wasn’t about building a championship with a great young team like Chicago.  If that had been a priority than Chicago would have made the most sense.  Newly signed Carlos Boozer, Noah, Deng and super point guard Derrick Rose would have made for an excellent starting 5.  But, he wasn’t interested in a great sports city like Chicago.  Or maybe he just didn’t have the balls to come to the team that Michael Jordan built.

What was important was greed.  What was important was playing ball with his homies Bosh and DWade.  What was important were beaches, clubs, babes and no state income tax.  After the decision it just made the whole one hour announcement a contrived dramedy.  It wasn’t as hard of a decision as he played it.  It was about image and getting to hang out in South Beach with his “Rat Pack” for 5 years.

Will they win a championship?  It is possible if all three ball studs stay healthy and play 45 minutes a night for 82 games.  The Heat bench will be unimpressive overall and they won’t be able to make any moves during the trade deadlines.  It is the Three Amigos or BUST!   And, keeping this team under the cap will be an amazing feat of accounting skills worthy of a one hour special but I have a feeling the Heat won’t have enough left over to support the Boys and Girls Club.  Well, the team won’t but I bet Wade, Bosh and Lebron have a few extra shekels to spare.

King James is all yours South Beach.  Enjoy!  I don’t think you guys have a court big enough for those egos.

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