So the Portland Blazers have decided not to re-sign Greg Oden. The #1 pick in the 2007 draft, Greg Oden is possibly and probably one of the biggest NBA draft busts. Plagued with injuries, Oden hasn’t amounted to much. He didn’t play his rookie year, 61 games in 2008, 21 in 2009 and so far a big donut for 2010. Remember, the Blazers picked Oden over Kevin Durant in the ’07 draft. Doh! I would fire everyone in the organization that contributed to that decision. Imagine a Brandon Roy and Kevin Durant combo… OK, now stop imagining because it’s never going to happen. I gotta be honest with you, I’m a little disappointed with Oden. I remember him in college, when he broke his arm and still played, shooting freethrows with his left hand. I told myself, this guy’s a soldier. And look at him now, looking like a WWI soldier. Big men in this league are at a premium. And it’s too bad that this kid couldn’t get it together. I myself thought that Oden would be better than, gulp, Andrew Bynum. Not that Bynum is that spectacular. Both injury prone, both far from their peak. But heck, at least Bynum is only injured 50% of the time. Oden’s a long distance away from those Ohio State days but maybe if he can get his act together, he can resurrect his career. Actually, forget resurrecting, let’s hope he can salvage it. I’d give Grant Hill a call. And if I was Oden, I’d give Hakeem Olajuwon a call. Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant did. I’m betting Oden could use some help down low in the post, all 7 feet, 285 lbs of him. Oden’s supposed to be back late November. Let’s cross our fingers. Maybe he’ll be most improved player… Maybe not.
OK, maybe they’re not going to beat the Bulls singe-season win record. Maybe, they’re not even gonna have the best record in the league, but give these guys a break. Sure, the Celtics beat the Heat handily last night. But hey, it’s the Celtics, and it’s in Boston, and the Lebron/Wade/Bosh combo haven’t played more than 3 minutes together, and….and…and… On a positive note, they waxed the Sixers tonight. Nothing like a slumpbuster to get you back on track. Dwayne Wade dropped 30. Off night for Lebron. I’m not sure how these guys are gonna gel but they have some time to do so. They’re gonna win enough games to get in the playoffs on raw talent alone. Chris Bosh, well, he dropped 15 and grabbed about 7 boards. I’m not sure that that’s an off night for him. I know he was averaging almost twice those numbers in Toronto but there’s only 1 ball in Miami and he’s 3rd option at best. It’s too early to tell if this is gonna be a success or a failure. I still expect them to come out of the East. Boston is just too old.
I don’t know what pleases me more, Brett Favre throwing pick after pick or the demise of the San Diego Chargers. Today, the Chargers almost did the unthinkable…turn their season around. Down 23-6 in the fourth quarter, they scored a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, scored again, got the ball back and then missed a 50+ yard field goal to send the game into overtime. It seems like they always play well in the fourth quarter. This game shouldn’t have been that close in the first play. The Chargers got lucky by recovering the onside kick. The Pats weren’t ready for it and got caught napping. Instead of newly acquired kicker Kris Brown kicking a 45 yard field goal, they got nailed with a false start which pushed them back 5 yards. The kick, well it went off the post. But I can’t blame the kicker. The Chargers’ offense was flowing, finally, in the 4th quarter. Their last drive started at New England 48. They had 3 timeouts left. And instead of marching and trying to score a TD, they only got one first down and set their kicker up for a sure-fire miss. I hate the Chargers. They’re a bunch of pre-madonnas. They deserve to be at the bottom of the AFC West. This football season’s been full of surprises, like the Browns pounding the Saints in New Orleans or the Oakland Raiders having a better records than the Minnesota Vikings. Throughout all this turmoil, we can always count on the San Diego Chargers choking. And if you enjoyed it this week, you’re gonna love it when the Tennessee Titans come into town next week to lay one on the Chargers. Ready to witness the best running back in the league, Chris Johsnon, run wild on them .
I’ll be the first to admit that I never thought the Giants would make it this far. I didn’t think they’d make the playoffs. I didn’t think they’d get past the Atlanta Braves, and I certainly didn’t think they were going to dominate the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t even name more than 3 players on their roster. There’s 1 player who is batting over .300 (Cody Ross). Didn’t the Dodgers let this guy go? I do know one thing though, their pitching is the best in the game. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are ill. Lincecum’s going up against Roy Halladay in Game 5 and don’t be surprised if the kid out-duels Doc again. It’s nice to see a team from California other than the Lakers making some noise. Looks like we’re going to have a Giants-Rangers World Series. Bad ratings but who doesn’t want to see Lincecum go up against Cliff Lee. Too bad these guys can’t pitch every game. One last note, how sad is it to see Barry Bonds before the game, trying to rally the crowd up. Take your girly voice and your post-steroid body back to the rock you crawled out of. Sorry, I can’t forgive him.
And the award for “Most Overrated Team of the Season goes to…” And the award for “Earliest Exit” goes to? When is Jerry Jones going to pull the trigger and fire head coach Wade Phillips? When you have so many penalties and turnovers, one has to wonder if the players are being kept in check? The Cowboys schedule only gets worst. I think it’s time they throw in the towel (although it seems like they have already). Don’t get me wrong, they’re not mathematically elimated but there are some coaches out there that are born losers. I’m sure Wade is a good guy but I’m talking about his coaching skills. Look at what Norv Turner has done and is doing in San Diego. NADA! Another one of those underachieving teams, as the Chargers lost to rookie Sam Bradford and the Rams. Both Chargers and Cowboys have been Superbowl contenders for years but their window is closing FAST! I know Jerry Jones is against firing head coaches in mid-season but if he has any hopes of hosting the Superbowl this year, he needs to make an exception and let Wade go. Until then, they can kiss the playoffs goodbye.
What else did the Texas Rangers want? A 3-run shot in the first inning by Josh Hamilton; tack on another 2 runs in the 4th and the Rangers knocked out C.C. Sabathia. Game over, right? WRONG, actually, it’s SEASON OVER for the Rangers. This was the game they needed and they had all the pieces in place before their bullpen blew it. Don’t ever doubt greatness, as Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano showed who the Yanks really are. Now the Rangers have the pressure on them for Game 2. Remember, they haven’t won a home playoff game this postseason. And if they’re counting on Cliff Lee to bail them out, they better think again unless Lee is pitching every game.
Randy Moss was traded from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings. GREAT trade for the Vikings. With Sidney Rice out, the Vikings were struggling with their passing game. We all know Brett Favre has had a huge crush on Randy. Now he has him. Now he has to get the ball to him or else face the same wrath that Daunte Culpepper, Tom Brady and Jamarcus Russell felt when they didn’t get the ball to him. Make no mistake that Randy Moss is a diva. But he will make the Vikings INSTANT superbowl favorites in the NFC. Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson… WOW!
As for the New England Patriots, a 3rd round pick? They could’ve gotten more but don’t think that this wasn’t done for a purpose. Belichek traded Moss just in time for the Vikings’ Monday Night showdown with the Jets. He basically traded Moss for a Jets loss. His offense will suffer though. The Pats dismal running game will suffer, as will Wes Welkers’ numbers. Moss is one of the players you have to scheme your defense around. Moss was too big for the Pats and this move is gonna hurt them in the long run. Moss still has some years left in him and if I was Tom Brady, I’d be pissed. I don’t want to say they’re throwing the towel in but after trading away pass-rusher deluxe Richard Seymour last year, I’m not sure where this organization is headed.
Could the NY Jets be the real deal? I hate to say it, let alone think of it. I’m not gonna crown ‘em yet. Sure Mark Sanchez is proving Pete Carroll and all the naysayers wrong. He makes plays when his team needs them and rarely makes mistakes. Ladanian Tomlinson appears to have drank from the fountain of youth because on Sunday against the Bills he decided to reel off 133 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Braylon Edwars, since his little D.U.I. incident a few weeks ago, is averaging 86 yards and 1 td in the last two games. They lost their first game of the season to the Ravens. They’ve won 3 straight since including games against rivals Patriots and Dolphins. Now if they beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, I might start jumping on the bandwagon. If there’s 1 high profile game you wanna watch next weekend, it’s this one. Witness a star quarterback in the making. How does that chant go? J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS?!?!?!
This NFL season has turned out to be AWESOME so far. I don’t know about you guys, but Donovan McNabb and the Redskins beating the the Philadelphia Eagles felt so good for me. Must’ve been nice for Donovan to rub it in his former employers’ face. “Trade me to a division rival” is the same as saying “F-off, you’re no threat to us.” Well the Eagles lost Michael Vick to injuries after he seemed to resurrect his career. Shouldn’t have harmed those dogs. How about Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears? One of the biggest cry babies in the league getting sacks countless amount of times and knocked out of the game with a concussion. I’m not even going to start with Brett Favre. Nothing more fun than watching NFL this year… well watching them and betting on the games makes it a wee bit more interesting.