But the question is, would booty calls to the single moms constitute a recruiting violation?
Thursday, November 30, 2006
But the question is, would booty calls to the single moms constitute a recruiting violation?
Brian Billick fired his best friend to get it done. The Ravens were probably going to be in the playoffs anyway. They didn't have to make any changes
Bill Parcells fired the most accurate kicker in NFL history to get it done. The Cowboys are practically on cruise control to the Superbowl at this point. They didn't have to make any changes.
The God forsaken Texans have resorted to trying out shamed track star, Justin Gatlin, in order to get a halfway decent receiver on their squad.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I don't see what he did wrong to warrant him being cut. I hope it doesn't come
back to haunt us. Whoever made that decision, I'm pretty sure they're hoping the
same thing. Going into the Colts game, the guy was 12-of-15. That's still a high
kicking percentage. He didn't lose any games for us. If I had to put
myself in the mix, I feel like I lost some games and I'm still here, so it's
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The Georgetown Hoyas defeated Ball State last night 69-54. Congratulations, guys. JT v 3.0 defeated his brother, Ronny. There is a requisite heartwarming story about the Thompson clan courtesy of the AP.
Okay, what I want to know is how we dropped from 14 to 18 in the AP poll. We won our little game against Fairfield last week. How did we drop 4 places in a week where there were so many upset? This makes so sense. I have a friend who complains that the same thing happened to GA Tech too. I can't be worried about their problems. I much prefer The Big Lead's Top 20. At least it makes sense. Real men explain themselves. Explain yourself, Associated Press.
Just in the past few days...
Michael Irvin did go on the Dan Patrick radio show yesterday to apologize for his comments about Tony Romo. He was contrite. Whatever. But what was really hilarious about the interview was Dan Patrick! I have to say I have never experienced this Dan. Dan is a pretty fair, open-minded guy. He has a take, but he is pretty magnanimous about entertaining a lot of viewpoints on his radio show. However, by his tone, it was clear that Dan was INDIGNANT about having to deal with the Michael Irvin thing. And The Playmaker was not his problem. You would have to listen to the audio on ESPN Insider to really get the feel for this, but Dan was not so subtly conveying that that he felt the whole thing was blown out of proportion and that he and Mike should be able to talk about anything they want. Dan clearly took treated the whole exchange as a joke. I don't think Dan appreciated the censorship on what's supposed to be a genuine conversation between buddies for the entertainment of the listeners. DP mumbled some apology about participating in the joke and potentially offending anyone. But I have to tell you that "apology" was 5 notches less sincere than T.O./Rosenhaus apology. I mean, Irvin sounded like he was going to cry. DP couldn't care less. DP gave about 60 seconds to the topic and he wanted to move on. Irvin wanted to keep explaining himself. Dan told Michael, "Let's move on. If you don't feel like talking about football today, I'll talk to you next week." Damn, Dan. But I'm glad you feel empowered in your right to talk about race. Sure things may get a little out of hand occasionally, but that's just how it goes sometimes. Way to stand up for honest racial discourse - kind of.
Pam Oliver did a very good piece on Black coaches in the NFL on the Fox NFL Sunday. I wasn't expecting much, but it was done with a fresh perspective. It discussed the current coaches and profiled some Black guys paying their dues in the league to become coaches. And she flat out asked Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo why Lovie Smith was the lowest paid coach in the league. Sorry, Pam, despite all your hard work, I'm going to have to give some love to the White guys. Girl, you know that's just how it goes. I mostly noticed the reaction of her co-hosts to the piece. I thought it was genuine. Jimmy chimed in with some interesting supplemental facts. Howie relayed his positive experience playing under Art Shell. It was nice to see the White guys contributing meaningfully and comfortably to a discussion concerning race. It may not have seemed notable to you, but it struck me just for that reason. Joe Buck praised Pam effusively, gave her a hug, and - the ultimate reward - let her sit at the desk. And, BTW, I don't understand why Pam didn't get the moderator job at the desk after James Brown left. She paid her dues. Maybe she sucked at her try-out, but I have a hard time believing that Joe Buck wanted a 17th job at Fox. I think that man might want to see his kids occasionally. And I have nothing against Curt Menefee, but he doesn't bring anything special to the table. And given that Fox is competing against Sunday Countdown, NFL Today and the NFL Network, you would think that they would work a little harder to keep the show fresh. They've already lost JB and Jillian Barberie. If they lose Caliendo, my loyalties are for sale. And I've sensed a little underlying bitterness from Pam this season. I think Pam will be, um, open to other offers when her contract with Fox expires.
And, back to Michael Irvin, some thoughtful commentary has come out of this. Not from the politically correct mainstream media, just the bloggers. As usual. Here's one at 55 Problems. Here's something from The Big Lead. Another one from Can't Stop the Bleeding. See, if Irvin can make uncomfortable statements without getting fired, some White guys have figured out that they too can criticize Irvin and discuss race without being labeled a racist. Don't ever forget this gift that Michael has given you, Irvin-haters.
And a final word about Irvin. I have a take on this. I initially thought this was a non-issue, but it's been interesting to contemplate the whole thing. It's a complicated issue actually. It's kind of like saying things are "gay." I hear that offends some people too, but it's a common characterization. (Deadspin used it just recently.) I have to put it out there - for people who may not know that - Black people commonly discuss things in terms of like "something is Black" "so and so is ghetto", "that's White", etc., etc. It's not a defense, but what Irvin said was not shocking in terms of whether that would be part of ordinary casual conversation between buddies in our community. But, of course, talking on ESPN is not the same as carrying on a conversation between buddies. That being said, if Peyton Manning stops by with a tasty homemade pound cake and beats me in a game of spades, I'll remain suspicious.
B does love the football players. The hot guy in her current video, "Irreplaceable," is former football player, Bobby Roache. I am not surprised that his continued services were needed at the American Music Awards last week.
Beyonce has been having a rough time of it lately. Supposedly, rapper Nas dissed her because she has bad breath. She hates that Jennifer Hudson is getting more shine than her in "Dreamgirls." And her so-called "boyfriend" left her in a car for 40 MINUTES while he attended his album release party. Maybe B could use the comforts of LJ right about now. Step in, LJ! Be her "friend."
So, who knows if there is any truth to this rumor. But I say all the athletes should have the girl of their dreams, if only in our imaginations. Tony Romo and Larry Johnson, enjoy the holidays.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Fuck you, Roddy White. Fuck you, Michael Jenkins. Fuck you, Ashley Lelie. I don't think there is a team in the league who can say that their entire receiving core is absolute trash. Trash! The whole bunch.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Nonetheless, this story is slowly picking up steam in the media. The Fanhouse tracks the journey. The complainers are like, "Dude, it's so unfair! What if a White guy said that?" The truth is that most of the people complaining about Irvin's comments are probably more interested in getting Irvin fired for generally being an annoying loud mouth than trumpeting racial equality in sports. Well, what if a White guy said something like, "Donovan McNabb must have some White in him because he throws the ball so accurately?" Well, first of all, McNabb probably does have some White in him (that whole slavery thing), so it would probably be an accurate statement. (Ha! Take that.) But analysts say things like that in code all the goddamn time. Things like, "so and so [insert name of Black athlete here] is so articulate." But those same analysts are rarely doing it in a joking manner. It's not really a tit for tat kind of thing. The truth is White people are so frickin' great at everything, it's hard to isolate standout characteristics to make analogous statements.
I'm pretty sure that Irvin meant what he said as a compliment, but I have to wonder if some people take the statement as an insult - that Romo is tarnished by the suggestion that he could be part Black. Is it more outrageous to suggest Romo has a future with Jessica Simpson than that he might be part Black? But I guess Romo couldn't be the latest greatest White hope then. But there is no need to worry. Romo is still shaping up to be heir apparent to Peyton Manning as the sports media darling (for many reasons).
While I don't know if Irvin's statement was exactly in the safe category, there are definitely some socially acceptable, yet racially stereotypical, statements you can make that everyone will know what you mean and everyone will have hearty laugh and move on. Comedians (not Michael Richards) trade on this all the time. Let's see... You can "dance White." If a White guy came to a party and played dominoes well, I suppose he could be accused of playing dominoes like a Black guy. I guess if I went out on the golf course with some of my White friends and they said I play like a White guy after I beat everyone in the group, I probably wouldn't be offended. (..but I don't know that for sure because none of my White friends have ever invited me to play golf with them. But I'm not bitter or anything...) I'm sure there are more examples of "fun racial stereotyping." What else do people do "White", "Black", "Mexican", etc. Anyone, anyone?
But you shouldn't be surprised that a woman who said Merril Hoge dressed Black is defending Irvin. I have to openly wonder whether Merril would be offended.
But if Rush Limbaugh wants to scream to the rafters about the hypocrisy of it all. He's entitled. Fair is fair.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Georgetown recovered from their lost to Old Dominion to beat Fairfield 73-60. I know it's Fairfield, but I'll take it. The good news is that we fell 6 slots in the AP poll from 8 to 14. Why is that good news? Because Kansas fell 7 spots. Ha, ha! More good news this week of giving thanks... #9 Duke got beat by Marquette. #12 Memphis got beat by GA Tech. #7 Wisconsin got beat by Missouri State. Fantastic! We'll gladly take an enhanced ranking at your expense. Did I say that Duke got beat? See you on December 2, suckers!
We will be playing Ball State on Monday, November 27. This is a notable game because John Thompson Version 3.0 will be coaching against his brother, Ronny Thompson, the only Thompson spawn who got a real education by attending Georgetown. The Washington Post has written a heartwarming piece on the match-up.
Actually, their show is pretty boring. They are a regular couple. They are no Bobby and Whitney. Not even Flav and Deelishis. No, they're not ashamed of their devotion to each other, but there's nothing wrong with a husband and wife being devoted to each other. Jackie and Doug are not nearly as crazy as you might think. Yes, Doug was allowed within 5 feet of other women. But no woman in her right mind would facilitate situations for her man to be seduced by another women. I think a woman married to a professional athlete or other high profile person has to be a disciple of the Christie Method if she wants to have a traditional marriage and not an "open" marriage. I certainly don't hate on Jackie any more than I hate on the women who take the "what I don't know, won't hurt me" approach. Whatever works....
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
"'I'm not even going there, dude," Owens said, laughing and shaking his head. "I wouldn't even make up a story like that. It's not even worth it. Just not even worth it."
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
First, I want to give the spotlight to the fashion round up's inaugural guest commentator, I Dislike Your Favorite Team. I am truly honored that my efforts are being noticed. That being said, guys, this is the forum for fashion. While I appreciate the validation from all the analysts commenting on sports fashion this week (more on that in a minute), some things should be left for the women. Your man card is at stake. But if you have something you need to get off your chest, come here. I can be a buffer for you. Kind of like a shell corporation so you can avoid liability for admiring another dude's outfit. Anyhoo, the excellent blog, I Dislike Your Favorite Team, noticed my fashion round up and pointed out this, uh, ensemble worn by David Beckham. I especially appreciated the heads up, because, honestly, I forgot Becks was an athlete... After receiving inside information that I was waffling on this look (being a girl, I am a sucker for the whole confidence thing), those guys interjected to save me from myself.
You see, this is Beckham's thing--he likes showing up in public in ridiculous outfits, with his Japanese sex doll wife, and wearing the most ridiculous thing possible--he does it simply to see if he has enough fashion clout to make people say, "OK, Sure--he can pull that outfit off."
You put that outfit on say, Dick Cheney, you are going to be mocking it, without a doubt. That's the power of Beckham. And I say, "Enough!". Again, women in Japan were shaving their pubic hair to match Beckham's faux red hair mohawk in 2002. He got a taste of pushing the limits of fashion, and he can't stop. I don't want to see an entire generation of cute Japanese women wearing bulky sweaters with moose, or deer, or whatever on them.
...don't reward him for this. You might look quite good in it--but does Beckham? And does every guy who will emulate him (and that's fucking millions of people, potentially) look good in it?
Now on to the fashion superstars of the week. Of course, I'm talking about Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio, founding members of the Bill Belichick is a Disgrace to the NFL Sideline Society. Colts perfect season ruined? Who cares? LaDanian Tomlinson a freak of nature? Who cares? Fashion is the dominant story in the NFL this week. Everybody is absolutely fawning over the suits. Thanks for doing my work for me, ESPN metrosexuals. Just more proof that men are more girly than girls...
Let us bask in the grown and sexy that is Mike Nolan...
I'm bring sexy back. Them motherfuckers better watch their back...
Please, Mike, don't hurt 'em. The idea is to encourage other coaches to join in, not intimidate the hell out of them. Tradition, my ass! (Nice cover though, you manly man.) You know you've been dog-earring Uomo Vogue between film sessions. I especially like how you pretended to be coaching up the team so you could pose and show off the clean lines and comfortable fit of this suit. Mike Nolan is definitely bringing sexy back. Slim cut. Tapered pants... I'm sure you cut out the Prada tag and replaced it with a Reebok tag to fool the management. Retro thin tie (note the team colors).... Sean Salisbury even correctly noted that Mike took care to make sure the tie knot was carefully executed. (Pardon me while I throw up in my mouth. I just complimented Sean Salisbury... OK, I'm back.) I'll just ignore the shoes.
Jack Del Rio executed nicely, but he is no Mike Nolan. Safety Deon Grant said on 790 the Zone that the team laughed at you when you walked into the locker room. Don't worry, Jack. They're just haters. Del Rio's a little bit beefier than Nolan and doesn't really have a fashion body. So he went more business like. That's fine, he looks distinguished. And the win looks especially good on you. Thanks for crushing the dreams of Tiki and the rest of the Giants. Extra points for that.
The suits are 2-0. Jim Mora, Jr. is hopefully being fitted for his suit right now. The coaches are allowed to wear suits for 2 games. They are made of performance materials, including lycra, for movement and sweat control purposes. For those of you looking to bite this winning style, the suits will be available as part of the Reebok Prestige Collection. It should be available before the beginning of the new season.
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Winning looks good on Jacksonville QB David Garrard. Nice color combo. Garrard must be feeling very secure that he has Leftwich's job for the long haul to bust out the pink shirt. No problem. However, this color combo is a little bit summery. I'll give Garrard a break because he lives in Florida.
Actually, this outfit is horrible. Emmitt Smith is actually wearing an emerald green blouse with a sheer cut-out with some hideous green shoes. I don't even think they're gators. However, Emmitt, you had me at "You Can't Touch This." Kudos. (And I know your wife is happy you're done with Cheryl Burke. Deep breaths, girl. Deep breaths...)
Brian Dawkins is trying not to be obvious about being frustrated that Donovan McNabb is injured -again. Luckily, he's wearing a big hat to conceal the rolling of his eyes. Small guy, big hat. It works. But it's a summer outfit. Dress for the season, brah.
Oooh, lawd! Deion, what is that? What color is that? Green? Chartreuse? Whatever it is, my eyes are burning. And it doesn't even fit. You've got to take yourself more seriously than this. Color is one thing, but this week you look like a clown, Clown.
Tony, what the fuck is wrong with you? A cowboy hat? You are killing yourself. Day in and day out, you are actually a better dresser than world renowned metrosexual Michael Wilbon. You have some pretty snazzy suits, on the low. But I don't ever want to see this hat again. I don't care how much free crap you get in the mail. Just say no.
Sorting through the muck of the NFC is a full time job, so I don't know too much about the AFC guys. But I noticed this guy, Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills. I like the collar on this suit. It's like former pimp goes to work in a bank. I'm feeling it.
And, finally, everyone's favorite sideline reporter, Bonnie Bernstein. This ensemble is not too matchy matchy. There's good use of color and she pulls it together with the brooches. Nice.
Monday, November 20, 2006
I know you are sad. Laguna Beach Season 3 has concluded. (You know you watch it. I just started watching it in Season 2 and it was a male that turned me on to it. Don't deny it. You watch it. AND YOU LOVE IT!) But don't worry. It will resume filming in December and will presumably be back on the air soon thereafter to fill the lives of way too many people who are officially too old to be watching this show (me included). In the interim, I would just like to give a little shine to Cami Edwards from Laguna Beach Season 3. She integrated Laguna Beach! (Season 3 has other minorities [finally], but Cami appeared in Season 2, so she was first, bitches.) Cami may officially say that she is 3/4 White and 1/4 Black, but I'll claim her as one of my own, cause that's just what Black people do. Anyway, to each their own. She can identify however way she likes. It's her life. Anyhoo, not only did Cami's extremely large breasts provide a distraction from boring ass Tessa, she was the highlight of the show. Cami is kinda mean, but extremely funny. If she is not the narrator for next season, she will surely be more prominently featured. The Cami and Kyndra show is not to be missed. Hopefully, Cami will sport a regular Black girl weave in Season 4 instead of those awful Paris Hilton style extensions. (While you are busy claiming yourself to be 3/4 White, you are missing out on extensions that will look waaaaayyyy better than those clip-on extensions and Kyndra will be jealous that she couldn't rock them if she wanted to. You probably won't have to push the Range all the way to Compton or anything, but you'll probably have to look outside of Laguna Beach for a proper stylist. This applies to you too, Nicole Richie.) Cami is supposedly miffed that she was portrayed as being so mean, but I hope she won't turn into a wallflower. Cami, you are a scene stealer, the Dwight Schrute of Laguna Beach, so to speak. Know your worth, girlfriend.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Posted by Head Chick In Charge at 11/19/2006 10:41:00 PM
Ugh......... It's my own fault. I was too busy writing about Jim Mora, Jr. and Dancing With the Stars to even acknowledge the start of my beloved Hoyas basketball season. I was dancing on the grave of Kansas all week, just counting the days to find out how many slots the Hoyas would gain in the AP poll at Kansas' expense. Oral Roberts?! How could Kansas lose to Oral Roberts? I didn't shed one tear for those overrated bastards. Now I'm cold and all alone as I come to grips with the news that my beloved Hoyas have lost to Old Dominion 75-62. To add insult to injury, we lost on campus in our little bitty gym. But, on the bright side, there weren't that many people there to see it.
Okay, okay. I'm shaking it off.
It's early. It's better we got this wake-up call now. We'll slip a little from our no. 8 perch, but we'll get back. I still have full faith in the vision of John Thompson, version 3.0. And I'll be a more devoted fan. I'll do better. I'll blog about every game from now on. Go Hoyas!
Friday, November 17, 2006
But most people can agree that Mark Cuban has earned some equity as a voice that should be listened to concerning the NBA. He can be a little overbearing, but he's a billionaire, he's smart and, most shockingly, he turned around the lowly Dallas Mavericks.
But, this week, even Mark Cuban is fed up with David Stern (for real, this time). Mark Cuban told the Toronto Sun,
"I no longer do interviews about the NBA, or anything that helps market the NBA. I leave that to the geniuses at the NBA."
And Mark Cuban is justifiably exhausted by the geniuses who have been entrusted with the so-called "marketing" of the NBA.
In fact, David Stern has largely been content to let others market the game for him. (Briefly consider what "NBA" marketing would be like if not for Nike.) The results have been decidedly mixed.
I personally began to doubt Stern's marketing judgment when he started haphazardly awarding TV contracts. The NBA was the first league to start awarding a significant amount of games to cable. That in and of itself was somewhat distressing at the time, but I acknowledge the incorporation of cable broadcasts was something that eventually had to be done. Ultimately, one of the league's cable partners really rewarded the league. TNT was showing games three nights a week and it was surely an accidental blessing that TNT happened to deliver the best NBA broadcasts ever. TNT's "Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday" package was absolutely helping the NBA and enthusing the fan base. So when it came time for contract renewal, I was shocked that the NBA chose to award the bulk of the broadcasts to ESPN. Not only is ESPN's coverage arguably the worst of all the national broadcasters, TNT's coverage had been so good, I thought it was shortsighted for Stern to not reward them for so excellently showcasing the league, even if it had to come at a "discount." Low ratings and long-term lack of interest in the league eventually undermine the money grab. But Stern has no worries...
David Stern's mistakes continued.
The NBA network may have been the first of the professional sports league's networks, but it is mostly underwhelming, with shockingly low production values. The trajectory of the NFL Network has exposed the NBA Network as being particularly awful.
Why does Stern need to be convinced that he should be essentially forcing talent to participate in the All-Star game, especially the dunk contest? (Is dunking too "street" for you, Dave?) He should be a little more cognizant that having an All-Star event that resonates with the fans is the only advantage the league has over the NFL and MLB.
David Stern is especially fond of marketing the league by promoting so-called "good guys" as the face of the league. To be clear, that's not a comprehensive marketing strategy and I'm not even sure if it's advisable at all. For obvious reasons, the league has had to back track on its elevation of Kobe Bryant. However, the league still chooses to elevate Lebron James as the next great hype. Without speculating on whether James will eventually justify his hype, the truth is that Lebron had a Hummer in high school; he only made the playoffs in his 3rd year behind his high profile peers in the draft (not to mention, Dwyane already has a championship); and he is suddenly losing the ESPN-ready polish that he exhibited so effortlessly while lining up his endorsements (there was no excuse for him walking of the court against the Atlanta Hawks last week and then brazenly refusing to be contrite about it). You think that Stern would've figured out that he might not want to hitch his wagon to just a few guys. It is Stern's responsibility to ensure that, along with King James, NBA fans should also be familiar with Gilbert Arenas, Dwight Howard, Ben Gordon and Chris Paul, just to name a few. But I guess David Stern has better things to do...
David Stern clearly is excited with the notion that his lasting marketing legacy will be international expansion of the NBA. It's a noble goal, but how realistic or even ultimately beneficial is it? (Not to mention, I doubt Stern will outsmart the NFL and MLB by becoming some sort of global power). Firstly, the European market is not as financially lucrative as the U.S. market. And I'm certain Stern wants to mine Europe for White players to replace the thugs currently plaguing Stern's vision for the league. But beyond that, it is questionable whether the NBA will ever gain a meaningful foothold in Europe. Changing culture is probably beyond Stern's powers. Soccer is king in Europe. To the extent Europeans are interested in basketball, they will probably devote that attention to the leagues they've already created. There is no basis for expecting the European leagues to fold merely because the NBA has announced its presence.
And Asia? It is peculiar that Stern is hell bent on forcing a sport on a region that is not really physically ideal for the sport. There is surely a market there for viewing NBA basketball, but playing it? Stern ignores that most global excitement about the sport stems from the Jordans. LeBrons and even the Iversons and Artests of the leagues. You can't expect that part of the world to be enthusiastic about playing the game in a fundamentally different way than from how it's been presented to them. Yao Ming is an anomaly. Asian people aren't generally tall. You can't sell them a sport based on the overeating, hormone induced and historically informed physicality of Americans and other Westerners and expect miracles.
David Stern simply needs to forgo the frequent flier miles and pay more attention to the local markets. The Sacramento Kings, a model franchise, are dangerously close to leaving the city over a new arena, and the relevant players are practically begging the league to get involved. Why is King James still playing in Cleveland? Why has Stern allowed the New York, Boston, Philly and Atlanta franchises to flounder for so long? Small markets deserve support, but it is simply foolish to allow the Eastern seaboard markets to perform at anything less than full capacity. That's simply revenue left on the table.
David is supposedly devoted to the corporate audience. It is reasonable to address their concerns. They buy luxury boxes and advertising. But the dress code wasn't a business decision (especially since most corporations are business casual now). Stern hates Allen Iverson's gaudy bling-bling, but he had no problem with Steve Nash's greasy, stringy hair? Stern is so obsessed with the dress code that he is sending real life fashion police to games to make sure no players wears rubber bands with their names on them and that no one chews gum or sways during the national anthem. Seriously. If Stern was going to make a rational change, he would mandate that everyone wear NBA apparel on the bench, ala the NFL and MLB. That would be the most business oriented decision and simultaneously give order to player's appearances. But, curiously, that's not what Stern is doing.
If Stern was genuinely concerned about the players that represent the league, he would be more aggressively managing the amateur ranks. In fact, he should be doing more to ensure that the league is not continually flooded with underage non-fundamental having athletes with an exaggerated sense of entitlement that only play well enough to maintain their guaranteed contracts, street cred and/or endorsements. The NBDL has not really justified itself as a viable minor league. Stern has chosen not to confront the NCAA or otherwise exploit non-traditional means of culling athletes.
This all goes to show that Stern is advancing some other agenda than sound business judgment or even the ultimate interests of the league. He is apparently unfazed that attention to the NBA is dominated by trivial issues like dress codes, firearms and ball grip. Ironically, David Stern may become a bigger distraction than Ron Artest ever was. The game is still good. And Stern should have enough respect for the players and the fans to let the game market itself more organically. He is so conflicted about any perceived hip-hop image that he's abandoning his core audience. And no matter how much Stern values the red states, Marketing 101 teaches that the mainstream follows the core.
It is not easy to criticize David Stern. He has accomplished a lot in raising the NBA from infancy to the league that it is today. (And we are alumni of the same university.) Still, it's becoming increasingly evident that David Stern has morphed into a control freak who is letting his personal preferences and ambitions interfere with his governance of the league. Stern has succeeded at being an administrator. But maybe the league needs more now. The fans have plenty of other choices. College football is growing. NASCAR is growing. Even poker is growing. Not to mention the Tivo's, PS3's and Myspace accounts that demand attention. The NBA really can't afford to alienate anybody. If David Stern continues to ignore the truths of the modern landscape and merely make decisions based on his own limited sense of reality, David Stern's reign as NBA comminsioner is poised to outlive its usefulness to the fans and the league.
Sports has been all those things recently. As usual, sports is all over the place. Bobby Knight exhibited some old school discipline. Allen Iverson exhibited some tremendous empathy. Oral Roberts scored an exhilarating upset against Kansas those kids will remember the rest of their lives. Bo Schembechler passed away right before the big game. T.O. paused the media's demonization of him by publishing a cute children's book. Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith branched out and won "Dancing With the Stars."
That being said, I would just like to highlight a really beautiful article written by Curtis Binn of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Binn humbly narrates sports at its purest. A young man with cerebral palsy found inspiration in his high school football team. He should be grateful just to be mobile, much less play football. But his spirit is big. And spirit triumphed. His father taught him to carry himself without regard to his disability. He lost his father in a car accident. His mother lost a partner in raising a special young man with special needs. That young man reached out to his football coach. He simply told the coach that he needed a parent. The football coach accepted the responsibility. That young man dreamed of dressing and being one of the guys in the football huddle one day. The coached responded. The team responded. The school responded. The community responded. Even the competition responded. He ran. He scored. Everybody cheered.
I don't want to diminish the original piece in any way. It's worth your time to read it in full. As a sports fan, I know there's some cynicism in your heart right now. You're nervous about your team's fate, you're hating on another team, your angry at the media, etc... Cure yourself. Get back to the basics. Start level. Please take the time to read the article at AJC.com.
Posted by Head Chick In Charge at 11/17/2006 01:53:00 AM
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor is probably a good candidate for some anger management counseling. He admitted he has a pretty fiery temper. It caught me by surprise. You don't usually expect that from the pretty boys.
Kansas City Chiefs players Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes (in a strip club) and Houston Rockets player Tracy McGrady (in a restaurant drinking Cristal) were recently spotted out and about in the early morning hours prior to their respective games in Miami. The "South Beach Effect" strikes again.
Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning has no rhythm, according to teammate Antoine Walker, and is the least likely teammate to appear on "Dancing With the Stars."
Antoine Walker claimed to know that he does not know what a stripper smells like. Consequently, I learned that Antoine is a LIAR.
John Clayton is going to appear in a movie with my favorite wrestler, The Rock, called, "Gameplan."