Friday, May 06, 2005

Weekly Roundup & Random Chatter

Isn’t Friday the best day of the week? I’m going to touch on several topics today because there is just TOO much good stuff going around in sports right now. I feel like my seats are getting closer and closer to every game lately…what a wonderful life.

Terrell Owens didn’t participate in the Philadelphia Eagles’ mini-camp and says he might hold out for more money. Something tells me that T.O. needs to check himself and also reference Andy Reid and the Eagles past on player holdouts. Reid has used all 300+ pounds of his belly to not budge an inch in the past and I’d be VERY surprised if he gives in to T.O. this time too. Let me say it – T.O. is an incredible player – one of the best in football, but his contract isn’t terrible. Almost $49 million…and he’s on a great team.

"If he's here, he's here. If he's not, he's not," Reid said. "We have an understanding here that if you're not here, we move on without you. We have been very successful doing that, so we don't waste a lot of time worrying about those things."

What’s more interesting is that the Eagles are raving about second round draft pick Reggie Brown. They say this kid is going to be one of the best rookie wide receivers in the league this year…doesn’t Big Andy always do it? He seems to draft the right guys and in the correct positions every year. I bet the Redskins would love to have his brains, huh?

“The-aaaaaaaa Yankeeeeeees Win!” Not much lately and I couldn’t be happier. 11-18 to start the season and they are lucky enough to face the stellar pitching staff of the Athletics this weekend to boot. This isn’t Joe Torre’s fault like some people in the media are suggesting. I’d point my fingers at two guys…The Boss and his little sidekick. Steinbrenner and Cashman don’t realize that they’ve set the Yanks up for about four or five years of mediocrity. When you’re stupid enough to give big contracts to career losing pitcher Carl Pavano (had a career year last season) and Jaret Wright you deserve what you get. Not to mention that this team is getting very old very fast. Sheff, Randy J, Bernie, Tino, Tony Womack, Mariano and several other guys are past their prime – yet all still making lots of money. They’re stuck with Giambi’s sub par hitting and his ridiculous contract until they can some how find a way to void it because of the steroids.

They have very little pitching – starting or relief and their minor league system is about as dry as the Mohave Desert. I would think that Jeter, A-Rod and Matsui will lift them to a winning record this season, but they’re not going to make the playoff unless Lefty Gomez, Red Ruffing and Allie Reynolds all come back from the dead and Whitey Ford gets his almost 77-year old left arm loose really fast.

The first round of the NBA playoffs has been great so far…and has predictably weeded out the few teams that really didn’t have a shot on Earth to win a championship. I’m talking about three teams: New Jersey, Philadelphia and Denver. The Nets must have just looked at their match-up with the Miami Heat and said, “Well, at least we made the playoffs.” They had no shot at even winning more than one game. Shaq and D-Wade were just too much and the Nets fell like a tree in the forest - without much noise.

Denver had a good chance to make their series with San Antonio a good one until Kenyon Martin shot off his big mouth. They win game one and he thinks he’s so good and wants to talk-talk-talk. Good move buddy. Four losses in a row and none of them were really contested.

HaHa. The 76ers. Wow. A few of my good friends are Sixer fans…I’ve even got a friend that works for the Sixers. This team is a joke. I would much rather have seen LeBron, Z-Man and Gooden battle in the playoffs than Allen Iverson and the ‘Dumb Bunch’. I feel bad for AI because this is one of the best players in the world and Philly can’t ever get a good second man for him. He hasn’t even ever played with a good point guard or center. Iverson has to do it all and it’s ashame because he won’t be able to keep up this incredible play for many more years. 4-1 and I’m honestly shocked that a few of the games were close…Detroit must’ve been sleep walking at times.

Don’t be a fool – stay in school! Illinois junior guard Dee Brown decided that he will declare for the NBA draft but not sign with an agent. Good idea Dee. I know the kid is very good and was the Big Ten player of the year and The Sporting News' national player of the year but he’ll be a late first round pick and some reports say maybe even a second round pick. I really think this kid has much more to gain by staying for his senior year – and he’ll get the bulk of the shots with Luther Head and Deron Williams both gone. Get your degree and then go pro…history doesn’t show too much for 6 foot off guards.

Again folks, I apologize for the lack of columns this week…the real world was grabbing too much of my time – HaHa.


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