I said it before the season started and I'll say it again. Stephen Curry will not survive an entire season carrying the entire Davidson basketball team on his back. He will need rest, time off, whatever, but will not be able to handle the hugemungus workload he has thus far for an entire season and then expect to lead them back to the Elite Eight and hopefully even further.
Saturday, the exhaustion was evident. Stephen Curry missed the most shots in a single game than he ever has in his illustrious college career. 21. It was clear from the beginning as he would take the ball down the court, dish it off, and then continuously run in and out of Purdue defenders trying to get open for a shot. Davidson was smothered and they looked like a West Meck. High School team against their Big Ten opponent. It was embarrassing.
I don't want to say anything more about the situation.
I said it before the season started and I'll say it again. Stephen Curry will not survive an entire season carrying the entire Davidson basketball team on his back. He will need rest, time off, whatever, but will not be able to handle the hugemungus workload he has thus far for an entire season and then expect to lead them back to the Elite Eight and hopefully even further.
It snowed 10 inches in the greatest Detroit area late last night (see what I did there?) and it continues to pour down like the dandruff off the head of that creepy kid in middle school who made a death wish list in art class, which explained why he mysteriously sat in the corner all the time. Anyway, while most of the state sits inside drinking their hot chocolate, eating biscuits, and watching soap operas, I got busy shoveling the snow off my driveway. Most people hire a plowing company to do it for them because they're either rich or lazy or both. My family may be rich and lazy, but we also have balls. The men grab their shovels and get to work like the good 'ole days. After a couple hours of manually zamboni-ing our driveway, the snow formed banks at the edges. We contemplated starting the hose to freeze the surface so we could play some good, tough hockey on it, eh, but we decided against it. The job was complete, we lifted our shovels in the air like it was the Stanley Cup, screamed Victory at the top of our lungs and laughed in the faces of all our neighbors whose driveways were still hidden under the foot of snow because plow trucks can't freaking plow it unless they can actually get to it. Plus, it's just fun to do.
Last night, the Red Wings absolutely destroyed the "best" team in the NHL, 6-0. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and had two assists to lead the Wings in scoring and Ty Conklin had 24 saves en route to his sixth NHL shutout. The regulation loss for the Sharks was their first since November 9th, and only their fourth of the season. Wings were in control the entire game and the outcome was very similar to those I have when I play as the Wings in NHL '09 on Xbox, obviously. Right, CJ? The Wings play again on Saturday, if snow plows have done their job at the airport so the Kings can actually get into town. Otherwise, I imagine the Wings will win by forfeit, which would be awesome and easier.
Pistons play the Utah Jazz tonight at the Palace. They are currently on a three game winning streak after defeating the Pacers, Bobcats, and Wizards. Although the first two wins were not that pretty, the Stones played real tough in the Washington game. Hopefully they can carry that momentum forward with them and Iverson can stay out of trouble.
Davidson plays Purdue on CBS tomorrow. I don't have to tell you twice to watch that because I'm sure it is already a part of your Saturday schedule. Nostradamus said Stephen Curry will score 37 in a 4 point victory.
Last and certainly least, the Detroit Lions play the Saints on Sunday at Ford Field. The 0-14 Lions are trying very hard to go 0-16, but hopefully they will fail. The main reason I want the Lions to do well on Sunday is because I am playing the esteemed Mike "I have Big Hands So You Know What That Means, Right?" Haendler in the "You are Clipped" Fantasy Football League (YACFFL) Championship Game at the Thunder Dome and he has Drew Brees starting at QB. Sure enough, Febreze is projected to put up astronomical numbers because he is playing the Lions. I guess it's automatically assumed that a game against the Lions will result in any player scoring 13 touchdowns with a thousand yards. I think ESPN forgot that Jake Delhomme didn't even throw for 100 yards against these same lowly Lions. Either way, I need the projected total to be tamed. While I wouldn't mind if all Brees' passes were to one of my WRs, Lance Moore, I know that won't happen, so I need the Lions' D to step up their game one time this year and win one for their loyal fan, Bob. Perhaps Ernie Sims can get all Florida State on Brees' ass and knock him out of the game on the first play? I'd like that. I'd like that a lot.
I need you all to root for the following players come Sunday. Go to a local sports bar, order ten pitchers of beer (milk if you are underage) and cheer your special hearts out for these players: Dr. Philip Rivers, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Johnson, Lance Moore, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Chris "Grower Not a Shower" Cooley, Browns D/ST, and my kicker, the heart and soul of my team, TBD because I'm waiting to see who will have the best match up/weather conditions.
Posted by Bob Biscigliano
Pretty soon Chip will be done with stupid law school exams, like I already am, and he will start posting for us again. Until then, I have been watching the following video over and over again thinking about how we used to have such great times together and that soon they shall return. Just two bros, bro-ing it up.
Detroit sure does know how to keep real fans on the edge of their seat though. Down 21-13 in the fourth quarter, Orlovsky resembled an NFL quarterback and led his similarly impersonating team on a Detroit Lions circa 1957 epic drive that resulted in a remarkable touchdown run after the catch by Calvin "Megatron" Johnson. The Lions' drive had good play calling, big third down pick ups, and shockingly even a little swagger. I hadn't seen a Lions drive like that since I personally drove the team down the field in a Madden 2006 video game. It was stellar. To cap things off, the Lions ran an amazing two-point conversion play that succeeded. It was so amazing that Chip even texted me that the Lions were going to the Super Bowl. I couldn't have agreed more as the Lions looked confusingly good. I must have looked silly in all my Lions gear jumping up and down in the bar, dousing the people in the booth next to me with beer like they were the head coach and the Lions were well on their way to the 'ship.
All that only to have the Lions revert back to their true colors of Honolulu Blue and shit.
The Colts followed the uncharacteristic Lions drive with an easy touchdown drive of their own to all but seal the deal. In the end, Indianopolis were the victors, 31-21 and the Lions remained overfeated.
Lions play their final home game of the season next Sunday against a Saints team that no longer has anything to play for, but pride and perhaps a better draft pick. It should be a very good matchup. I'm guessing there will be about 700 yards passing in that game; about 500 coming from the Saints. We shall see.
Meanwhile, for those of you who are reading this and the Sunday Night game is still going on, please, please root against the Cowboys kicking any field goals or scoring more than three touchdowns. I am currently up 3.5 points in my fantasy league and my opponent has Nick Folk, the Dallas kicker. If anyone is in the Dallas area and wants to kidnap the man, I'm all for that too. I'm guessing that the chances of preventing the Cowboys from scoring at least one touchdown and kicking a field goal are pretty slim, but either way I'll be praying for laces in all night long.
Sometimes the way the Lions play it makes me think the water boy poured an entire bottle of muscle relaxant into their Gatorade jugs. Observe.
Most knowledgeable people would think that Davidson was going to beat the Chattanooga Mocs tonight with blind folds on and candy canes. As it turned out, Davidson had to unveil their eye balls and hit a couple key free throws with seconds remaining to hold them off, 100-95.
In what looked like an easy home game before tip-off, against a 1-5 Chattanooga team, Davidson's defense decided not to show up and squeaked out a five point victory in the end.
Stephen Curry scored 41 points like it was as common as brushing his teeth before bed time. Archambault scored 20 off the bench, and Andrew Lovedale had a career-high 18 rebounds, 14 of which were in the first half, redeeming himself from a poor rebounding effort against West Virginia this past Tuesday.
Now, I was not able to watch the game because shockingly it was not on national television, but 95 points against a conference opponent is pretty disturbing. The No. 22 team in the nation should not be allowing 95 points against a Southern Conference opponent that had five losses and had been averaging about 70 points per game against much, much weaker opponents through six games.
I can think of only two excuses for this type of game: a) They were toying with them. They allowed them to score as many points as possible, while trying to pad their stats b) It's exam time at Davidson. With exams going on the players were probably thinking way too much about their Dr. Guasco or Dr. Roberts final exam to worry about playing defense. Also, they probably had next to zero student fans there to cheer them on. I bet half the student body didn't even realize that this was going to be the 22nd straight victory at tiny Belk Arena. They must have worn their vocal cords out during the midnight scream.
Anyway, a win is a win and No. 22 Davidson will take on No. 20 Purdue on December 20th. The game will be televised nationally on CBS. I can't wait for this game. It's going to be a doozy.
A little side note: Purdue basketball/athletics advertises their big games on the front of their website and the Davidson game is not on there. They are in for a small triscuit cracker treat if they think they are going to walk all over the team from small-town Davidson, NC. Go Cats.
Pistons won 114-110 tonight against the Pacers, ending their three game skid. Rip Hamilton scored 28 and AI had 17 to lead the Stones. Iverson moved into 17th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. With the Cavs winning their millionth game in a row tonight, the Pistons' win prevents them from falling back yet another game in the Central Division. As it stands now, the Pistons are 7 games back. Lots of season left.
The Red Wings lost 3-1 in Dallas, ending their winning streak. This came as quite a surprise considering Dallas gives up a lot of goals and Detroit typically scores a lot. It was the opposite tonight as Ty Conklin continued to struggle in net. It's okay, I don't have him on my fantasy team or anything.... Shit.
I watched Step Brothers tonight for the first time since I saw it in theaters. I think it's a classic flick with some great lines worth sharing at the dinner table. I have posted a video of one of my favorite scenes because it not only involves one of my favorite songs of all time a capella, but it is also just freaking funny. Will Ferrell's biological brother, the driver, is a real douche bag in the movie, but he's a funny douche. A 'funny because it's so true' type of douche. Enjoy.
Red Wings will look to pick up their fifth straight victory in Dallas tonight. Marian Hossa has been playing video game good since his early season slump and Jiri "I'm Just Happy to Be Here" Hudler has scored five times in the last six games. Detroit really knows how to put the puck in the net and I will not be surprised to see them continue to do that against a very shaky Dallas team. The Wings are so good at scoring, they might even get some sloppy thirds from Elisha Cuthbert, since former Red Wing, Sean Avery won't be in uniform to stop them.
Interesting story in the NHL today comes from Washington. The Capitals are apparently dressing their Web site designer as a backup goaltender because one is hurt and their other's flight won't get in on time. The guy, Brett Leonhardt, is 6'7" and played some Division III hockey, but you'd think the team would have a better alternative than their web page employee. I guess it's not quite as bad as telling Dave Coulier to lace up the skates because he wore a hockey jersey in a great TV show, but it's still pretty bad. I really hope he gets to play. One thing's for sure, he is going to get so many facebook friend requests. Good for him.
The Pistons meanwhile will try and prevent their current streak from continuing as they have lost three straight. Pistons have been pretty awful lately. Detroit takes on the Indiana Pacers tonight in what would normally be an automatic win. However, the Pistons have managed to lose to the likes of the 76ers and Wizards lately, so certainly this is no gimme. Phil Jackson was on PTI today and he said the Pistons will come around and be one of the premiere teams in the East. He's a pretty smart dude, so I'm going to believe him. AI and the boys need to just get their chemistry figured out and things will be okay. You get pretty spoiled when your team wins the division six out of the last seven years and has made it to the conference finals the last six, so I need to keep that all in perspective.
GREAT news all around for the Detroit Lions today. First, Dan Orlovsky will start in place of Daunte Culpepper on Sunday because Culpepper's hurt. Orlovsky has not started since he fractured his thumb in week 9. This is good news for both the people who want to see 0-16 and for the people like me, who want to see the Lions win out. For those of you who want to see the Lions go 0-16 this is good news because it further disrupts an offense that just spent the last five weeks getting used to Culpepper, if you want to call that a 'cohesive' offense. Also, Orlovsky is surely rusty, and probably pissed he lost his job to a guy off the streets who hadn't put on a helmet (that we know of) in over a year. This could definitely spell disaster. The pinch of good news this brings to people like me who just want to see the Lions win is simple: Orlovsky in his few starts was better than Culpepper has been and the Lions were the closest they may ever be this season to winning during the Orlovsky games.
Another good piece of news for the Lions actually comes from Dallas. There is apparently beef between Terrell Owens and Tony Romo because Tony likes Witten more. This, in addition to the fact that it's Decemeber, will certainly benefit the Lions if the Cowboys allow this to affect them on the field. The more the Cowboys lose, the better the Lions first round draft pick from the 'boys is. It's way more fun to cheer against the Cowboys for a better first round pick than to cheer against your own team for one.
The last piece of good news for the Lions comes from the media. First of all, the Lions are getting tons of face time on sports shows because they are so bad. Any publicity is good publicity, right? Also, Barry Sanders was named the number one Heisman winning NFL star on Sportscenter. Nice little dosage of Lions greatness, mixed in there with the bad. Nuff said.
Last note: Greg Oden's ESPN the Magazine commercial reminds me of the Gheorghe Muresean Snickers' commercial. Two tall retards.
Posted by Bob Biscigliano in this post has nothing to do with anything
Word through the grapevine is some cat created a facebook group advertising this blog. As a result, there are a ton of new female readers. I'm supposed to turn into Shania Twain and be impressed by that? This won't change anything. I'll continue to be mocho-rude and disrespect Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus at all the opportune times, while still relating it to sports somehow. Every other post, to be exact. Do not bust my balls for this, ladies. It's just who Bob "I love David Archuleta" Biscigliano is. I can't change who I am and neither can you.
As for the non-Detroit contingency that has drunkenly stumbled across this blog and bravely signed off on comments as Anonymous, I applaud you. It takes a real big adult to do what you have done, while you sit there in your poop stained Flintstones boxers, sucking back a Squeeze-It like it's Visanthe Shiancoe. A "Detroit sucks" line is always a good one. Keep 'em coming.
Lastly, I want to share with you a little excerpt from Lil Wayne's Blog on ESPN. Chip was so kind to share this with me earlier this evening.
I do watch a lot of college basketball, and I really need to address something in the blog before I move on. Steph Curry, you are amazing. Did you see how he gets those text messages from his mom before the games with an inspirational quote and then he goes and writes it on his tennis shoes? I love that so much.
He wasn't looked at heavy coming out of high school 'cause of his little body. The ACC schools thought he would get pushed around, so they passed him over. Now he is the ultimate underdog running circles around everybody, and I love him so much for that. I think he needs to stay another year to work on his body, but he's going to be fine in the NBA because he actually has a shot, and that's really all you need. Tuesday night West Virginia was posting him up every chance they got, but he still fought his way through it. And did you see that game where they double-teamed him the entire time like he was T.O. and his team still won by 30? I didn't get it. I was not with that coach's thinking. But it just shows you what kind of man Steph is because even though he didn't score a point his expression never changed. He never got frustrated. That just show's you who he is.
Essentially, Lil Wayne loves everything about Stephen Curry. Everyone does these days. If you read other parts of the blog, you'll also notice that Lil Wayne gets a new tattoo like it's a morning paper. He mentions three different Jimmy Valvano quotes that he either already got tattooed on his body, or will get on his body. I love the Valvano speech, and as I said before, am truly inspired by him, but getting all the best quotes tattooed on your body might be a little much. I hope he doesn't do that with everything sweet he comes across, or else I wouldn't be surprised if he had the entire Braveheart movie script tattooed somewhere on his body. No doubt he has the Obama President-elect speech on his chest. Oh well.
Tigers continued to wheel and deal at the Winter meetings as they pulled off another trade late last night, this time with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tigers will send Matt Joyce to the Rays in exchange for RHP Edwin Jackson.
Jackson, who was tied for the Rays team lead in wins last year at 14, is only 25 years old and will definitely bolster the Tigers starting rotation. As it stands now, he's slated as the fourth starter behind Verlander, Galarraga, and rehabbing Bonderman. That will leave Dontrelle, Gum Time, and Zach Miner competing for the fifth and final spot.
Personally, I like the trade because it clearly makes our starting rotation stronger. Nevertheless, the deal was merely a second option. It's kind of like when you go to Blockbuster and they don't have The Dark Knight, so you have to settle for Hancock. I like Will Smith, so it's cool, but I'm just saying. In the Tigers case, they weren't able to win over Seattle and get hometown hero, J.J. Putz so they settled for the Jackson deal. At the same time though, they didn't have to part ways with Jeff Larish, the guy Seattle demanded be a part of any deal involving Putz.
Tigers are not finished with their off season moves, as they still need to address the holes in the bullpen. It appears as if they might plug 80 year old John Smoltz in there, as there seems to be mutual interest. The name sounds nice, but the ailing arm doesn't. Why not just get Jimmy Morris for cheaper? I guess we'll see what happens.
What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas. Let's get serious. Your wife will find out about your Vegas vacation sexually deviant behavior when random diseases start to flare up; and the world will certainly know if the Yankees have been throwing their money around at top free agents at this year's Major League Baseball Winter meetings, just like they do every year.
Good for them, though.
At least they are not blowing it all on strippers and black jack tables as that appears to be the case for so many other teams who will come home and say, "Darn, we didn't get to spend any money on free agents this year," when this year we all know that's code for, "we got drugged up and blew all our money on Trish and Ginger. They can't play left field or close for us, but they let us get to third base with them in the back room for fairly cheap. In fact, they gave us a better deal than those Red bums from Cincinnati."
I think you get the picture.
While Vegas, stereotypically, isn't the ideal place to get real business done, it hasn't changed anything for the New York Yankees. They appear to be doing just fine in dishing out absurd figures to the top free agents available, no matter who they are. For example, today they have allegedly reached a preliminary deal with CC Sabathia that would make him the richest pitcher ever from a single contract. The deal is supposedly seven-years for $161 million. If he signs on the dotted line, I will puke in my mouth a little bit.
What about AJ Burnett? Apparently, upon discovering that there was another pretty good pitcher on the market, the Yankees took a late stab at him by throwing, oh roughly another $100 million his way. Again, that is typical Yankmees business right there.
Now, I heard a rumor that Theo Epstein offered a cocktail waitress $60 million to be the Red Sox fourth starter and the Yankees offered her $80 million because they need pitchers too and don't want the Red Sox getting any advantages. That's not true, just a rumor, but I think it goes to show that the Yankees know what they need, and go out and get it done no matter what.
I'm not a Yankee fan by any means. Hell, I hate them. I want them to be inside the stadium when it's demolished (except for maybe Jeter), but a fan has to respect its team when they continuously try and live up to its tradition of winning, at all costs. Even if it means passing up on a few lap dances, in the midst of dishing out some of the biggest contracts the MLB has ever seen.
I just hope Dave Dombrowski didn't sign the cheaper Adam Everett so he could play more craps.
I'm pretty sure everyone in the sports world remembers the wee-wee blunder Chris Cooley had earlier this year. In case you forgot, read this article. Basically, in quick summary, Chris Cooley took a picture of his playbook while it was on his lap and posted the picture on his website. The only problem, if you call it a problem, was he was blogging naked and his member was visible in the photo. Now he caught a lot of slack because the ratio of 'hot dog to thigh' was not very impressive to say the least. As if it couldn't get more embarrassing for the Redskins tight end, another tight end has recently decided to go around showing what he works with between the trenches.
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE for the Minnesota Vikings, was exposed in the locker room during a post game speech that was aired on FOX. I googled for the video of it more times than David Archuleta probably did and am proud to say that I finally came up with a good slow motion peek. Click here if you liked the movie Big Black Snakes on a Plane. If you were brave enough to watch the video, then you know exactly what I'm talking about in the title of this post. David Archuleta certainly knows what I'm talking about.
Shiancoe says that he was embarrassed about the whole ordeal. What a very humble human being. If only I were so humble.
The only thing that was worse than Stephen Curry's mustache was his shot...for most of the night.
Chip thought it was 1970s pornstar night at the Madison Square Garden and that Steph, despite his status, didn't think he was above the silly games. Contrary to popular belief, I don't think MSG had any pornstar promotions going on tonight. Instead it had one of the best shooters in the country on display in game one of ESPN's Jimmy V classic double header between No. 22 Davidson and West Virginia.
Curry looked at times as if he had been playing outside at the North Pole. He missed 11 straight shots and couldn't buy a bucket of popcorn at the concession stand, let alone a basket. What was an early Davidson 11 point lead had dwindled and turned into a four point deficit with less than five minutes to play. Curry was frustrated and his mom was yelling at him that he was 'overshooting.' Davidson was getting out rebounded, rebound after rebound opportunity, and it looked like as if Bob Huggins' depleted West Virginia squad was going to squeak out an ugly victory.
That was until Stephen Curry decided to further prove that he's the Truth. It was as if a tinker bell named Dick Vitale, with 4 minutes 57 seconds left, tapped Curry on the shoulder and whispered in his ear, "You're a P-T-P baby!" Stephen Curry who only had 14 points with less than five minutes left to play scored 13 points in the final minutes to hip thrust his Wildcats teammates to victory.
The real dagger came with 37 seconds left to play and Davidson down one, Stephen Curry hit an NBA range 3-pointer to put his team up two, and up for good. He went on to hit two free-throws and the Cats would win by three.
Stephen Curry looked awful for most of the game, turning the ball over and missing shot after shot. He did have some very good assists throughout the course of the game and finished with 10 to go along with his 27 points. Statistically, not a shabby 'off' day.
Ben Allison, a red-shirt freshman from the Great Britain, had a very formidable day. He had a few hustle rebounds and a couple slamma jammas which earned the respect of his coach, Bob "The Godfather" McKillop. During a timeout, McKillop wrapped his hands around Allison's head and said, "How about you come over for dinner tomorrow night, schmoogins?" He pinched his cheeks and sent him back on the court. Good moment.
Andrew Lovedale continued to show great strides in looking like a complete basketball player. At times today, he looked like Kevin Garnett. I don't have HD, but I think he's still just Andrew Lovedale. I hope he doesn't get too confident with those turn around J's. I did not like how confident Boris got with those shots last year.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to say how touching the Jimmy Valvano story is. The way he faces cancer in the face and said, I'm going to continue to live full days despite his illness is admirable and inspirational. His 1993 ESPY speech, given just months before he passed away is priceless and that is why I have included it here below. I urge you to watch it and dare you to live life with his passion. Always remember: laugh, think, and cry. A great man who touched my heart with similar passion through his own battle through cancer always taught me UNITY. I'll take all four.
Check out this video of Glen Davis crying because he didn't like what Kevin Garnett had to say to him. At first, Davis refuses to listen to what KG has to say to the team. KG grabs him by his ear and pulls him into the huddle and that's when the Big Baby hears what sets him over the top. Apparently, Davis was not playing nice with his brothers and sisters and got the brunt of it in the huddle brought together by daddy. Davis was later seen at the end of the bench whining to his fellow teammates, letting his tears express most of his frustration. Absolutely hilarious. Almost as funny as Dwayne Wade crying in his wheel chair when he hurt his shoulder.
Also, I highly recommend you watch ESPN right now. Trust me, you have nothing better to do. Do it. Steph Curry. Do it.
Tigers have sent two minor league prospects to Texas in exchange for veteran catcher Gerald Laird. The prospects the Tigers sent to Texas were right-handed pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Charles Melo.
With the first official trade of the Winter Meetings, the Tigers have found their starting catcher and will pass up on the opportunity of signing Tom Berenger. Laird threw out 21 out of 74 would-be basestealers while recording a .986 fielding percentage and allowing six passed balls in 2008. He batted .276 over 344 at-bats this past season with 24 doubles, six home runs and 41 RBIs, including a .299 batting average on the road.
I like this trade. Obviously the Tigers needed a catcher and we probably got the best one on the trading block. Only 133 days until Opening Day and only 130 days until I see the Tags play the Braves at Turner Field for their final two spring training games.
I have nothing to say. The Lions could have won today vs. the Minnesota Vikings but sure enough faltered when getting into Minnesota territory all day long. The biggest play of the game came on 4th down and 8 inches at the Viking six yard line and Daunte Culpepper (who is 6'4 260 pounds) could not gain the 8 inches for a first down. Bob Biscigliano gains that first down ten out of ten times by getting a freaking erection, let alone thrusting his body forward. It is absolutely ridiculous, and inexcusable that Culpepper could not pick up that first down. As Chip said, he should be cut.
That being said, it probably would have been too much to ask for the Lions to actually get that first down and then pick up a touchdown. Hell, they didn't do it any other time they were in Minnesota territory. I guess they got what they deserved.
Lions will attempt to lose next week in Indianapolis against a Colts team that absolutely destroyed the Bengals today. I'm really looking foward to that match up.
Posted by Bob Biscigliano
Steph and Lebron are pretty good pals now, ever since Curry captured the King's heart with his darling performance during last year's tournament run. Stephen has hung out with Lebron before and worked camps with him. Saturday was no different as they exchanged text messages before the game. Lebron thinks very highly of Stephen, but what's funnier is the quote James had after his game about how he relates to Stephen by basically putting down both their teammates:
"His team isn't the best but he makes those guys play hard and they compete in every game they're in and they compete against teams some people say they shouldn't beat," James said. "I can relate to that."I'm not sure I would be too happy if I was a Cleveland Cavelier or even a Davidson teammate right now. Maybe I'm overreacting. Then again, one thing Lebron fails to realize is, if he had Bob McKillop as his coach, he would have a much better chance at winning a championship with his current team. That's for sure.
Stephen Curry might look like a baby, but he plays like a King. Especially when the King himself is in the building supporting him.
With King Lebron James, arguably the best basketball player on planet Earth, sitting courtside watching his buddy, Stephen Curry dropped a career high 44 points (again) on North Carolina State en route to a #22 ranked Davidson five point victory, 72-67.
Curry and the Cats were down 16-7 when Lebron James made his way to his seats midway through the first half. That's about when Curry slung his team over his shoulders and carried them. He scored 21 points in the first half on 6 of 14 shooting as the Cats went into the break down four.
In the second half, both teams started off cold, but Davidson never trailed by more than five. Curry then exploded. He answered every NC State basket with a driving layup or a running jumper off the glass with a kiss! Not even Coach Patsos could stop him right now.
With a little over a minute remaining in the game and the Cats up one, Steve Rossiter grabbed an offensive rebound and found Curry who was standing in South Carolina. With the shot clock winding down Curry did not hesitate to put it up. Swish. Money in the Wachovia Bank on Main Street in Davidson. Curry did a little dance number, that I've seen him do so many times at Davidson parties, and then he pointed to the King, who was walking onto the court with his arms raised straight up into the air like he was surrendering to the 20 year old phenom. Cats were up four at this point, and it was as good as over.
Late in the game, with the final seconds winding down, Lebron was shown swaying back and forth to the music as Davidson was about to finish off the game with a W. I think it's safe to say that Lebron LOVES Stephen Curry and Davidson Basketball.
Davidson will play again on Tuesday against West Virginia in the Jimmy V Basketball Classic. The game will be televised live from the Madison Square Garden on ESPN. More national exposure for the Davidson Wildcats. Holler.
Posted by Bob Biscigliano
I have been passed this video of an eleven year-old child rocking his little air guitar soul out at the Rutgers football game. He was given an entire song's worth of jumbo-tron time while his father sat behind him filming it. I know people playing the air guitar can kind of be a Streisand move, but it's really rockin' the shit in this video. This is truly inspirational to all air guitarists, everywhere. Absolutely phenomenal.
PS- I'd also like to add that I would absolutely love to punch the person in the face who is jumping up and down trying to steal this kid's 4 minutes of fame. You're bouncing up and down is not funny, talented, or amusing. Sit down, shutup, and enjoy the air guitar.
I just got done with my second law school exam and I need a little relief. I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in a while, but I'm too busy learning the ins and outs of how to pass law school exams. So far I hope I'm 2-2. Enough of that boring nonsense, let's get back to the grind.
O.J. Simpson. Okay, I know he might have killed his wife and her boy toy, but c'mon. Look at that face. How can you stay mad at him? Well, he just got sentenced to at least nine years in prison, with up to 33 years for his latest crime. The Judge repeatedly said that the sentence had nothing to do with paying him back for the 1994 acquittal. Sure. Anyway, he's 61 years old, so it's almost safe to say that he'll be in jail when he goes to another life where it's okay to kill your wife, not brush your teeth, and take law school exams for fun. For his sake though, I hope the Juice doesn't take that weak Bill Cosby impression into prison. He won't last a month.
Speaking of mergers and acquisitions, the Lions are happy to hear that the federal Judge blocked the NFL from suspending five players for violating drug rules. Why are they happy? Well, because two of the players are Minnesota Vikings best defensive tackles, the Williams brothers, who aren't actually brothers. The Lions are satisfied with the ruling because they didn't want to have to win a game when the Vikings didn't have their best team on the field. They certainly have that shot now. Thanks, Judge. Lions are well on their way to 1-12.
Tigers personnel will be in Vegas next week for the Winter Meetings. I'm hyped for that. I'm praying for a solid shortstop, closer, backstop and some titty bar stories from Dave Dombrowski.
Back to studying...
I just thoroughly enjoyed a minute and a half walk through an LSD trip on my way to concourse B at the Detroit airport. It was a good thing I was listening to Coldplay too.
Speaking of drugs, Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg the other day with a gun that he was not permitted to carry. Luckily, it's not life threatening, so we can commence with the shit-talking. Honestly though, what in Cheddar Bob's name was he thinking?
I know that NFL players live in fear after Sean Taylor's unfortunate death, but you'd think Burress would at least get a permit for that bad boy and learn how to use it before carrying it with him to a club.
It's shocking really.
Plax has been doing his darned best to distract the defending champions Giants this season. First he skips practice and doesn't return the team's phone calls leading to his game suspension and now he shoots himself. The Giants aren't acting phased at all, as they just beat up on Washington a few days after Plax's latest incident and hold the NFL's best record at 11-1.
Plaxico will most likely not play another down for the Giants this season, as he will either be released or benched indefinitely. The Giants are clearly fed up with the guy.
As for what's next for Plaxico's real-life livelihood rests on the shoulders of the New York Justice system. Right now, he faces a Class C felony which comes with a minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years. There is an opportunity for that charge to be lowered, but the state doesn't have a tough case proving that Plaxico had a gun in his possession considering he shot himself with it.
The Lions may be 0-12 but at least no one is going around shooting themselves. In fact, the Lions probably have the best manners in the NFL.
I was in attendance for today's Thanksgiving Day slaughterhouse and honestly, I felt like I was at a sold out showing of James Cameron's Titanic as opposed to a football game. In the words of my twelve year old niece who was sporting my over-sized authentic Herman Moore jersey, It was absolutely "brutal."
I stuck it out for its entirety, as I took in all the boo birds, haplessness and $5.75 not-that-jumbo hot dogs. There really isn't much to say without being completely redundant week after week, so I won't. In concise summation, the Lions turned the ball over a minute into the game, were down seven a minute thirty into the game, at one point had a delay of game penalty after taking a timeout, all on their way to losing a close one, 47-10. That's about it.
A funny thing happened while I was sitting in my seat late in the game. A dude from about ten rows behind me who was yelling the entire game ran down the aisle to the front row, stripped his jersey off his back and threw it out onto the field as far as he could about ten feet in front of him. He turned around started to walk back up the aisle, assuming he was leaving. However, before he could get even a few rows, he was stopped by security and brought back to where he intentionally disbanded from his Calvin Johnson jersey. Everyone thought he was probably going to be escorted out of the stadium as throwing anything out onto the field is a major no-no. Instead of being put into painful, pound me in the ass prison, he was merely handed his jersey and told- your punishment is taking this back. It was rather funny. What a great way to deter crime in Detroit- make everyone wear a Lions jersey and attend games. Crime would go down tenfold.
Three quarters of the way to 0-16, next week is our real last chance at preventing that from happening. My hopes are bleak at this point.
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I'm really glad Allen Iverson thinks he's 'money bagz' and has it tattooed on the outside of his left hand just to prove it because he's about to cough up a bunch of it for skipping practice early morning Thanksgiving Day. Head Coach Michael Curry said that he faces a 'hefty' fine and does not know whether or not Iverson will play Friday vs. the Bucks. Curry named Stuckey as Iverson's replacement in the starting lineup. Apparently there was a lot of griping from Pistons players about there being a practice at all and Iverson obviously showed his displeasure by not showing up at all.
As I'm sure you already know, Iverson has a history of missing practices and went on a tirade about missing practice under Larry Brown in 2002. Here it is:
I'm sure this came as a surprise to the Pistons organization, especially after this:
I mean seriously, we're just talking about practice.
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Bizarre. The nation's leading scorer, at 35 PPG going in, was held scoreless the other night against Loyola (Md.)
When I looked at the score on my phone when I was in the car heading home from the Detroit airport, I took a quick peek at the box score. I noticed Stephen Curry was on the bench and had 0 points on 0-3 shooting. I thought two things- either he was hurt, or Coach Bob McKillop was giving him a much needed rest against an unworthy opponent as the Cats were playing their second game in consecutive nights. I was hoping it was a game off, obviously because I don't want him hurt but he will eventually need them so that it's certain he's fresh for the tournament run.
I was wrong.
Loyola's coach wanted to 'contain' the impossible so he proceeded to put two guys on him the entire game. They weren't just on him though, they were draping him. Curry could barely get the ball, let alone get a shot off to score. He shot three times in 32 minutes!
Early in the game, once Curry realized what was happening, he would run to the corner and stand there and let his teammates take on Loyola 4-3. Davidson may not have the deepest team in the nation, but it's safe to say they are good enough, and with Bob drawing up the plays, to beat others when they have a man advantage. They ended up winning by thirty.
The quote after the game by the Coach of Loyola (Md.) was priceless as all he cared about was making sure Stephen Curry didn't get his patented 30 points, or any points for that matter.
"We had to play against an NBA player tonight. Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I’m a history major. They’re going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?”And that my friends is why Jimmy Patsos is the head coach at Loyola (Md.) Go Cats.
"No one is quitting, but we don't know how to win,"That doesn't bode well for any Lions fans, like me, who are still hoping that 0-16 does not happen. I really hope the Lions figure out that it takes a higher number on their side of the scoreboard than the other side to win a game. It's science. It's downright pride, common sense, and brain cells all meshed together.
I've been watching the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry game as I study and just couldn't take it anymore without voicing my opinion. This Michigan offense is absolutely atrocious. I've never been in so much pain watching a football offense's sad attempt to convince people they are actually trying to move the football. I swear I'm going to have nightmares of Mesko endlessly punting me in the balls.
I know Threet and McGuffie aren't playing today. Originally, I thought that was going to be somewhat of a blessing. McGuffie's okay, if you're cool with mediocrity. Threet is good if you like failure. However, Sheridan makes Threet look like freaking Archie Manning.
To think this game was even close for two and a half quarters, baffles me. The defense actually played more than adequate for that time period. Being on the field for 40 of the first 45 minutes will catch up to you though. Sure enough, it did and OSU just took a 35-7 lead.
Yeah, Michigan has seven points. Sun shines on a dog's ass every now and then. Brandon Miner actually poked a few holes in that buckling offensive line. Even then, if it weren't for his fourth down touchdown run from the two, Michigan would be scoreless.
Rich Rodriquez insists on running his offense. I understand these issues are long gone considering Michigan is 3-8, the worst team in the university's history, and we should start working for next year, but honestly, why are we running QB draws with a guy that makes Joey Harrington look like Michael Vick (when he's running, not killing dogs). Draw plays only work when you have an explosive runner. I don't see any lear jets connected to the shoulder pads of any of the Michigan QBs or RBs.
At first, I was thinking, "Michigan's offense is almost as bad as the Lions." Then I got real with myself. Michigan's offense is absolutely worse than the Lions'. First of all, the Lions are arguably an NFL team. Michigan is definitely not an NFL team. The Lions have Calvin Johnson, the Wolverines have no one who can create offense on his own. All the Lions have to do is get the ball into Calvin's hands and anything can happen. (Whether the Michigan coordinators are better than the Lions is an entirely different issue that I'm not going to tackle). When the Lions are on offense, I surprsingly get curious, and interested as to how they might do. When Michigan has taken the field this year, I cringe.
It's been tough watching Pryor today knowing that he could be wearing the maize n blue. Then it's even tougher to think about all the recruits we need in order for us to get better next year, and losing 42-7 to our 109 year old rival will not help keep recruits from attending Ohio State over Michigan. Take Chip for example, Ohio State won him over.
Anyway, long story short, maybe I'll get more out of watching Warren Sapp/Kym Johnson on Dancing with the Stars tonight.
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I want the people of the court and the people who read this blog to know that Chip and Bob's final exams are quickly approaching and will take a toll on the number of posts we write from here until the middle of December. If you have a problem with that I will hold your ass in contempt of this blog and throw you into the blogosphere prison where you will be humped in the butt by big words and shopping gossip that you clearly don't understand anything about.
We will certainly try and bring you quick updates, cool photos, videos, or even quick one liners to enjoy, but I cannot promise you anything at all. It is in your best interest, as it is in the interest of any reasonable person, to check back to this blog every ten minutes to make sure we haven't written, or posted, something that will totally blow your mind away like a stick of dynamite.
While we are trying to fill our brain with every element for different intentional torts, adverse possession and a freaking contract, you are probably going to be crying and endlessly clicking the refresh button on your browser. That is exactly what we want you to do. Keep clicking. We'll be back before you can say and fathom, "the Lions won a football game."
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As much as I would love to pick Atlanta as the game of the week for the third consecutive week, I think I am going to switch things up this week. San Diego vs. Indianapolis is huge. The Colts are fighting for separation in the AFC Wild Card and the Chargers are merely looking to get back into things, absolutely needing a win. For the reasons I have stated, the fact I traded for Phil Rivers in one of my fantasy leagues and because it's the Sunday Night Game all make it a very enticing game for people to watch.
My upset special was almost correct again last week. However, It turned sour quick as the Titans were able to come back from an early deficit and still cover over the Jaguars. This week my pick is the Lions. I know, I know. I pick the Lions every week. This week is different. They are playing the Bucs at home, Culpepper finally has more than a few days of practice under his belt and he may in fact know the entire playbook finally. That being said, everyone is hoping for an undefeated Titans vs. the winless Lions for a hilarious Thanksgiving math up. My gut that's anxiously waiting for a Thanksgiving meal tells me this won't happen somehow. Whether it comes from a Jets win or a Lions win (definitely will cover at least) I'm not sure. I will guarantee though that It will happen with one of them, but my guess goes with the Lions, obviously.
Chip will bring you his picks sometime before Sunday.
It's pretty late and I'm pretty hungry. I haven't delved into my tub of cookie dough yet and I'm not hungry enough to tell Shaquille O'Neal how his ass tastes. However, I couldn't help but laugh when I read the Pistons' game wrap up explaining how Shaq, also known as the Big Aristotle, was ejected.
Rodney Stuckey went up for a layup and Shaq committed a flagrant two foul on him that sent Stuckey crashing to the floor on his chest. A flagrant two foul is grounds for automatic ejection. The call was reviewed and upheld by Chief Justice Referee Ken Mauer. The Big Aristotle disagreed fullheartedly, and used a very scientific defense:
Aside from Shaq's wisdom, this has been a shitty day. Period. P-U-R-E-U-D. The Pistons lost, Lions lost, tomorrow's Monday, I have a paper due, exams are quickly approaching, I probably have pink eye, and probably didn't even wipe my ass all that well after an afternoon poop (which most likely goes hand in hand. It sucks.) Excuse my freaking French."The laws of physics say that a body in motion stays in motion. So if you have two objects meet in the air, the smaller object is going to fall much harder," O'Neal said. "I've never been the type of player to take anybody out, so I obviously went to the ball. The little guy ran into a brick wall."
Where's the cookie dough at?
I'm a big Kenny Mayne fan. He's got all the ideal characteristics of a top five human being. Whenever I'm feeling blue, I know he can make me giggle and feel better inside. During my means to procrastinate from studying, I began watching his "Mayne Street" episodes on ESPN. They really tickled me and in turn, I laughed. I highly recommend you watch them as well. I have placed a few of the funny videos about the show below. Make sure you check it out.
Another good interview is of Evan Mintz. Although, I didn't like him in the first Mayne Street episode, this interview is very, very blogworthy.
Posted by Chip Stevenson
Posted by Chip Stevenson in Allen Iverson, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Grey Poupon, Joe Dumars, Marian Hossa, Miguel Cabrera, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rasheed Wallace, Swiss Cheese
Detroit is known as a blue collar, hard working, bring your lunch pail to work type city. We like to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty, and the whole city has always embraced our gritty nature. We use mustard packets, not Grey Poupon. We like grass stains and skinned knees more than hair gel and cologne. We drive American cars and trucks, not BMWs and Mercedes.
Our sports teams usually follow the hard working mold that the city embodies, often leading to successful yet unglamorous teams (Pistons anyone?). As the rest of the country cringes at the thought of another defensive battle between their team and a Detroit team, we can't wait to see another opponent turn the ball over after a 24 second violation or one of our defensemen sacrifice his body to block a shot on the ice.
Unfortunately, I have noticed a disturbing trend in Detroit sports lately. Offense, not defense, has become the focus of our teams, and it has not been paying off. Instead of slowly squeezing the life out of our opponents with suffocating defense, our teams across the board are simply trying to outscore the other team. Not only has it led to fewer wins and more losses, but they are also at risk of losing a fan base that is suffering economically more than any other area in the country because the fans can no longer relate to the teams' style of play.
It's not just one or two of our teams either. It's literally every sports team we have.
1.) The Detroit Red Wings- After winning the Stanley Cup last year and leading the league in defense by allowing a measly 2.18 goals against, the Wings went out and bought the premiere free agent on the market: Marian Hossa. He certainly has been a good addition and is 4th in the league in points.
On the other hand, as Hossa has improved the Detroit offense, our defense has really suffered. Our goals against average has increased over a full goal a game to 3.33, and we have dropped from first in the league in that category to the bottom half of the league. Just the other night, the Wings were up 5 to 2 in the 3rd period and ended up losing 7 to 6 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Unacceptable.
The Wings' record still is obviously stellar at 10-2-3, but it's damn near impossible to win anything in the playoffs with a Swiss cheese defense.
2.) Detroit Pistons- Ever since Ben and Rasheed Wallace teamed up to take home a championship in 2004, team defense has been the Pistons' calling card. That is, until now.
The trade for Allen Iverson was a signal that Joe Dumars does not believe that defense can win championships anymore. It was an indication that in the NBA world, the easiest way to win is to run and run and run and just hope that at the end of the game your team has more points than your opponent.
This year, the Pistons are giving up 95.5 points per game, more than a 5 point increase from last year, and I've already seen players like Beno Udrih, Devin Harris, and Mikki Moore have big games against us. The ghost of Ben Wallace's past is rolling over in his grave at the sight of those names tearing up the Pistons' defense.
3.) Detroit Tigers- In 2006 when the Tigers went to the World Series, pitching and defense carried them. Their 3.84 team ERA led the league as the pitchers dominated while the hitters scored just enough runs to win.
During the past couple of offseasons, the Tigers have focused on adding offense at the expense of pitching and defense. The additions of Gary Sheffiled, Edgar Renteria, and Miguel Cabrera arguably added some punch to the lineup, but the other side of the coin has suffered.
This past year, the team ERA ballooned to 4.9, good for 3rd to last in the American League. Needless to say, the Tigers did not reach their goals in 2008 and are now left with no money to spend on pitchers and an aging lineup.
4.) Detroit Lions- Do I even have to say it? The Lions have the 2nd worst defense in the whole league and have drafted offensive players in the first round of the draft 8 out of the last 10 years. Really smart.
This trend away from defense throughout the Detroit sports world is disturbing . Not only is it risky in terms of winning since our success has been based on defense for so long, but it also risks losing a fan base that values hard work and sacrifice above anything else. What ultimately happens to Detroit sports as we move closer to what everyone else in sports is doing remains to be seen, but I, for one, am nervous about it.
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Tonight is the first time I've stayed up past 12:30 on a school night since I've started grad school. I probably lose 17.3 (repeating of course) "Sweet Like Zack Morris" points for having revealed my normal bed time, but I don't care. At least, I'm not like my buddy C.J. who went to bed at 9 PM. I just hope he didn't forget to change his 'oops I crapped my pants' and take out his dentures before slipping under the covers to read his favorite Jane Austen novel to fall asleep to .
Anyway, the reason I'm up so late is because the Pistons are on the west coast and on TNT taking on the Golden State Inferiors and I have yet to see A.I. and the Stones play on TV this season. It's too bad Golden State is about as fun to watch as it is to watch that guy who uses a bottle of gel a game on his hair shoot free throws. It's painful, actually. A Stones game is a game though and I'm happy to get the chance to watch them.
As for the Pistons, honest-to-blog, I'm psyched. First of all, the Pistons have a fresh image with Iverson. In addition to that, it appears they are playing with a lot more swagger, and enthusiasm than what I have noticed in past regular seasons. For starters, they didn't wait until the fourth quarter to flip the switch tonight. They did almost let this game slip from their fingers in the fourth quarter, but thanks in large part to Sheeeed, they pulled out the win. Rasheed hit two big threes and after some selfless passing, slammed home a MONSTER-I'm screaming because it's under my bed-dunk to shush the Bronzen State crowd. In the end the Pistons walked away with a 107-102 victory and Allen Iverson received an interview courtesy of Craig Sager and another one of his terrible suits. (AI didn't clown him like KG has before though).
Iverson finished the night with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, a pretty cool fist pump, and a couple TNT interviews. I have to admit, he looks pretty good in a Stones uniform, in a completely heterosexual sort of way.
The last point I want to make before I go to bed is regarding my first thoughts on Coach Michael Curry. I could totally feel his presence and obviously I wasn't actually at the game. Thanks to Chip, I heard more about the Pistons feelings toward former coach, Flip Saunders in a Free Press article about Chauncey Billups. As the article states, under Curry the players feel like they "got somebody that can control and keep everybody right." I don't know how it came across to me through TNT, but I could just tell the players look up to him and definitely respect the way he runs things. I don't know how I could tell, maybe it's because of the HD or because I was sitting really close to the television set so I could hear things because my woman was in bed sleeping. Who knows? Anyway, I really like Curry as our coach and I'm hoping he's successful. Doug Collins feels the same way.
Real test for the Pistons will be tomorrow against the Lakers. Apparently they have a pretty good basketball team and coach over there, too. I guess we'll see. It will be on ESPN--TNT's much hotter and more experienced (sluttier) sister.
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Week in and week out the Lions have the highest spread against them. This week it is 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Personally, I love that because it makes it so much easier to pick them to cover every weekend. I pick them to win this week, obviously.
My game of the week involves my current city: Atlanta. Atlanta hosts Denver in a very important game for both teams. Despite being 6-3, Atlanta isn't even in the playoff picture right now. They are sitting on the outside looking in. They desperately need to continue winning, especially at home, to keep up in the Wild Card Race. Don't worry, though. John Abraham said after last week's win that you can go ahead and ink them into the playoffs. Meanwhile, Denver is holding a game lead in their respective division and coming off a big win themselves. This will be a very good game, but I see Denver pulling it out in the end because Coach Shannahan is more savvy in these big games.
My upset special involves those pesky Jaguars that walked all over the Lions last week. They play the undefeated Titans and I really think the Jags are better than their record shows and the Titans are not as good as their record shows. I could be completely off with this pick, but then again, all these highlighters I've been sniffing would probably explain it.
I havent trusted the Patriots under Matt Cassel until now so the Jets will probably win by 30. I think the Dolphins are pretty good but not good enough to cover a 10.5 spread. The Lions march into Carolina and win, obviously. Kurt Warner will fan the flames of his MVP talk this week at Seattle and Tony Romo saves the day for the Cowboys at Washington.
On another note, when the Lions were in the process of choosing their most recent coach, Mike Singletary, the interim head coach for the 49ers, was given a long look. I remember reading about how he was the best motivator in the history of the universe and he would get everyone to play like their mothers' lives depended on it. The only problem was that he had no head coaching experience so we couldn't take the risk of hiring him as our head coach. Instead, we hired Rod Marinelli who had no head coaching experience.
The Lions are so smart.
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I just got this Lions t-shirt about 4 weeks ago for 4.99 off ebay. I plan on wearing it in to work everyday when I become the new Lions GM. Anyway, someone recently came up to me on the street and inquired, "if you had to keep two Lions who would they be? And if you had to drop two Lions, who would they be?" After some heavy drinking, and some soul searching, I finally have my answers.
If I had to keep two current LIons players, I would keep Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith:
Calvin is a no brainer. He is probably the most talented WR in the NFL and if there is ever any doubt, I would just direct you to watch video shown here in Chip's piece. I want to believe so badly that the Lions are not going to let this talent go to waste. Anything short of a Herman Moore-like career in Detroit would be a complete and utter failure for this guy's talent. That being said, it would be just as big of a disappointment to see this guy go anywhere else and exploit defenses like he's very capable of doing, if he's thrown to. I would let go of my wife before giving up this guy.
Kevin Smith has put up some decent numbers when he actually gets carries and uses his magnifying glass to find holes to run through. Just like we thought when we drafted him, we got a steal and if given an offensive line that actually creates some room for him, he could be a more than serviceable running back in the NFL. He's not the next Barry Sanders by any means, but he's also not Ron Rivers or Tatum Bell (he definitely hasn't been caught stealing duffle bags). Kevin Smith is very deserving to be a number one running back and I want him to be successful in Detroit for many years to come.
If I had to drop only two current Lions, I would have a fat ass SB ring on my left ring finger. Uhhhh...Dropping more than two current Lions would be the reasonable, and RIGHT, answer here; to put it lightly. I'd rather not single only two players out and say, "they gots to go," when every other guy is just as culpable as the next. IF you hold a gun to my head and tell me I MUST pick two or else my brains will be splattered to the wall, I will very easily, and quickly, say that George Foster and Shaun McDonald "gots to freaking go, please don't shoot me."
First of all, George Foster is taking time away from our first round draft pick. There is no excuse for our first round draft pick to not be playing week in and week out. I don't care if he's hurt, pregnant, or blind. If we draft a lineman in the first round, we better be prepared to play him and get him experience to get better and better as games/season wear on. Secondly, Foster gets flagged for roughly 13,000 false starts, 200 holdings, and allows 30 sacks a game. How Marinelli even considers this guy to start, let alone play, in any games I will never fathom.
My reasoning for wanting Shaun McDonald gone is more personal than anything else. My personal dislike for him has logic behind it though. To put very bluntly, I've never liked this guy. Don't get me wrong, he put up some decent numbers last year in Martz's offense, at first. Then latter part of the season, he decided to drop more important balls than five 13 year old kids going through puberty do. I thought for sure the Lions were going to be smart enough to cut him loose before this season. Now that the Lions are 0-9, and he's still here, 5'10, and dropping passes, I can't imagine stomaching another LIons season with him lining up with the likes of Calvin Johnson. "Hes gots to go, please."
If you have any other thoughts on what I should do when I become GM of the Lions let me know. I'm well on my way, though. Refer back to my other article I wrote about being the Lions GM if you haven't already read that.
Wings blew it tonight. Up 5-2 with 16 minutes left in the third period, the Red Wings let the Penguins mount a third period come back, as Jordan Staal's goal with 23 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime. It was Staal's third goal of the period! I puked a little.
In overtime, a guy whose name I can't spell, nor pronounce, nor do I want to try, scored about a minute and a half in to give the Penguins a 7-6 victory. I know this game goes under the OT section of the standings, but the "loss" is painful. 4 goals in the third period is pretty Jason Grilli bad. However, it wasn't just the third period though. The Penguins scored 5 goals with less than 10 minutes to play! That absolutely can't happen ever again.
Chris Osgood in those last 10 minutes looked more like Goldberg in his first game against the Hawks rather than Julie the Cat Gaffney.
The Wings have gotten off to a great start this season, despite the defense and goal tending being less than stellar. Those two units will have to start playing better if the Wings expect to overcome the Sharks in the West and defend their Cup.
- Wings take on the Penguins in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Finals. Franzen is back (and has already scored). The game is currently in the 3rd period with the Wings up 3-2. I'll let you know if anything changes throughout this post. It is on "national" television on VERSUS. As I have stated before, I can't wait until the NHL is back on ESPN. NBC games are fun though.
- Pistons play the Kings tonight in Suckramento. The Pistons are ohhh and two in the Allen Iverson era thus far. The guy can play, but they better start winning. I'm not too concerned. However, I am concerned about Iverson looking like a drunk guy who passed out and got drawn on. (That's former NE Patriot cheerleader in that picture-BTDUBS) No wonder he wears sleeves all the time. I'd be embarrassed too.
- I would like to venture back to last night where I was a part of the best fantasy football game that I have ever coached. Going into last night's game I was tied with Dupree in our Detroit4lyfe fantasy football league. I had Boldin and he had Gore and Fitzgerald. Late in the game, Dupree was up 8. With about 3 minutes remaining, Boldin caught a touchdown pass that tied it all up. 49ers get the ball and march down the field, despite not being able to get the ball to Frank Gore. A couple passes thrown his way were either over thrown, dropped, or whistled dead by refs right when he caught them.
Anyway, Shaun Hill throws a terrible INT and the Cardinals get the ball back with just over two minutes to play. I think for sure that we're going to tie. Instead, the Cardinals decide to stupidly throw the ball on first down, instead of trying to run the clock out, and complete a pass to Fitzgerald. I'm down a point now, 130-129. Cardinals get stuffed on 2nd down so I'm thinking, well if they threw on first down they will for sure throw on 3rd and short to get the first down and run this clock out.
They get stuffed on the run again. 49ers get the ball back and basically all my hopes and dreams are gone out the window.
But wait right there, Dennis the Menace.
The 49ers march down the field, again without getting the ball to Frank Gore. At this point I'm praying for a quick 49er touchdown so Arizona will get it back and have to throw. Instead, the 49ers get down to the 2 yard line, take forever to run the "spike the ball" play with 11 seconds left. Arizona decides to waste its last timeout at this point in time, virtually sending me into suicide watch.
Then the unimaginable happens.
Frank Gore comes in and gets a handoff and stumbles around the corner on his way to an easy touchdown that would put me out of my misery. Instead, he falls, lunges forward to get back to the line of scrimmage.
I still lose.
The play is challenged and replays clearly show that Gore's knee was down about a yard behind the line of scrimmage.
"So what?" you say?!?!?!
Quit asking questions. Let me tell you all about it, Dr. Maguire. Gore was at 22 carries 100 yards before that run. This means he drops to 99 yards on 23 carries after this challenge. Dupree loses 2 points because he loses the point you get for every ten yards and the bonus point you get when a RB reaches 100. Therefore, I win if Gore doesn't score on the final play. And sure enough, not only does he not score, but he doesn't even get the carry!
I doused my girlfriend in champagne and went to bed. Greatest fantasy football game I've ever coached and been a part of. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen
- Datsyuk just scored.
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