Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Last night a Division III guard by the name of Jack Taylor who plays for a school you've most likely never heard of made headlines by pouring in a ridiculous 138 points. Yes, that is a ridiculous number, but not as crazy as how he got to those points. He took 108 SHOTS!!! Let that sink in for a minute. The average NBA team as a whole shoots in the mid 80s for a game. That's a 48 minute nba game, as opposed to the standard 40 minute NCAA contest. The Mike D'antoni "7 seconds or less teams" wowed the NBA world by shooting over 100 shots a game. They played really fast, and were unconscious gunners. Can you even imagine one guy shooting that many times? All of the articles I've read say that Taylor had a rough shooting weekend so his coaches decided to give him the green light in order to, I guess, make him feel better about himself? Does he have some kind of terminal disease? Did his grandfather die at 108 years old yesterday? What kind of a sick world does Divison III hoops inhabit in which some clown can hoist up almost 3 shots a minute and not get beaten with soap in the locker room like he's Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket? Taylor also seems to be a delusional asshole judging by his post game comments (and I can imagine this was the first time Jack Taylor or anyone who has ever played for Grinell college has been approached for an interview so I suppose we can forgive him for trotting out the usual cliches but c'mon). ""There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row -- maybe seven or eight -- I felt like anything I threw up was going in," Seriously, dude? You missed 56 times. You're accuracy last night was only slightly better than Mark Sanchez's completion percentage. You really felt like MJ in the 92 finals against the Blazers? I'm pretty sure anyone reading this could shoot 26 of 71 from 3 as well. This record is equivalent to Miguel Cabrera hitting 90 home runs this season, but he got 15 at bats a game. Adrian Peterson scored 20 TD's in one game, but the team never ran another play except running the ball, and instead of running clock they kept going for the end zone. I haven't seen many quotes from the opposing team but they couldn't have been happy with Grinnell and Taylor making a mockery of the game at their expense. When you're up by 70 maybe you can take the foot off the gas a little. He couldn't have stopped at 100? I've seen Kobe's 81 point game a few times. It seemed like Kobe shot the ball every time down court, after the game, Toronto players were criticized for not knocking him on his ass. Kobe shot 46 46 times. Taylor took 52 shots IN THE SECOND HALF. Much of the blame for this can go to the coach of Grinnell, a man who is essentially Mike D'Antoni on meth. He requires that the team shoot over 90 times a game, something that is pretty ridiculous in a 40 minute game.
Obviously, last night's debacle was designed to attract attention since one guy himself shot 108 times and it has just as obviously been successful (I just wrote two paragraphs about a Division 3 basketball game). . Detractors will brand people like me and other critics as cynical haters. "Why can't we be happy for the kid? It's not like he's some spoiled millionaire athletes padding his stats." But running up the score is poor sportsmanship in the pros, in D1, D2, D3 or D whatever. More than that though, it's just lame. Grinell has a history of attention seeking B.S. like this. It's ok to be happy for the kid, I guess, but let's not try to paint this kid as some kind of hero or superstar athlete. It's not a great athletic achievement, it's a side show.There's no joy in rigging a game in order to make a dumb record. By the way, another kid for the opposing team scored 70 points. He must be pissed.
Posted by Johnny Bagels at 2:27 PM
Friday, November 9, 2012
And the spotlight might burn bright in Miami but not as bright as it does in LA. As I mentioned earlier, a team like this needs a Riley, or Phil Jackson. Not Mike Brown. All signs point towards Mike D'Antoni coming in to pick up the pieces, much like he was intended to do after Isiah Thomas was finally relieved of his duties in New York. We know how that turned out, but at least for now, the situation seems to be a little different in LA. While Mike D. and Carmelo Anthony never got along, we know that Kobe respects him, even to the point of idolizing D'antoni as a youth growing up in Italy. D'Antoni (as hard as it is to believe) was like Jordan over there because of his smooth game and Italian last name. Kobe even chose to wear number 8 in honor of D'Antoni and whenever a D'antoni coached team would play the Lakers, they'd engage in some good natured Italian trash talk. And we already know about his history with Nash. This is far from a done deal, with Phil Jackson rumors flying, and everyone from Coach K to Jeff Van Gundy's name being thrown about. However the new coaching saga plays out here though, we can be sure of one thing. Firing Mike Brown was the right decision. It might seem like bad timing, but he never should have been hired in the first place.
Posted by Johnny Bagels at 3:16 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Pats are pulling away from everyone else in the AFC East expect this trend to continue.
Just Play Tebow more, see if he is truly the chosen one. But regardless they won't be making the playoffs
They play Houston this weekend, for some reason they will play them tough, but they will miss the playoffs as well.
Don't even know why they suit up on Sundays, mistakes keep going back all the way to the Marino days.
They are playoff bound they either win the division or get the best wildcard spot.
Bengals keep being fun to watch, but they don't have a complete team to make any real news this year.
Same info as the Ravens, They are playoff bound they either win the division or get the best wildcard spot.
Browns are my most improved team in the past few weeks, they play hard and are staying in games, Can't clown on them too much this week
6-1 the Ravens should have played them tougher but, they just beat them up. Super Bowl bound at this point.
They should beat up the Fish this weekend, this team could sneak into the playoffs.
Jacksonville Jaguars & Tennessee Titans
Two teams still not worthy of their own blip. Titans are worse in the NFL in net points with -95 and Jags are 3rd worst with -85
San Diego Chargers
Don't like this team fool you please! Don't like this team fool you please! Don't like this team fool you please! Don't like this team fool you please! Don't like this team fool you please! Don't like this team fool you please!
This team will break your heart every time.(Not change from last entry) Please people Norv Turner is not a coach that knows what winning football is.
The Division is theirs for the taking, no one in their division should stop them. P Manning is playing like an MVP. At this point, depending how they play against PITT and Ravens in playoffs will depend on how far they go,
Raiders won two in a row. This team is not playoff bound but they have more games against Kansas City and San Diego to get more wins.
Kansas City Chiefs:
1-6 record, second worst with -89 Net points, time to start scouting college players.
San Francisco 49ers
Still my Pick to be in the Super Bowl, if they don't face the Giants. When this team is clicking you can't stop them. (No change from two weeks ago)
Win 4 in a row , lose 4 in a row, What was once a bright season , seems to be fading away quickly. They need to win 4 in a row if they want to win the second wild card.
Same situation as the Cardinals, they need to win games in bunches if they plan on making the playoffs.
St. Louis Rams:
Steven Jackson ,not being traded that sucks , but this should be his last season with St. Louis and possibility with an NFL team. He needs to show teams that he won't get old over night.
No one but the Falcons matter in the NFC south.
No one but the Falcons matter in the NFC south.
Its all about the Chicago Bears and Packers no other team matter in the NFC North.
NEW YORK GIANTS:
Its all about the Giants in this division , only other player that matters is RG3 , but lets see what the rest of the season brings.
Its a great season. See you in two weeks.
Posted by M@D $cientist at 7:59 PM
Me: This storm is such a nightmare. I lost power for a couple hours the other night, and had to just go to bed since the tv didn't work. I missed the Lakers game! Then I had to take an express bus for 2 hours, and stood the whole way! My life sucks so hard right now.
Manhattan person: I slept next to a hobo last night. I still haven't found my husband, and I think this gash on my arm is infected.
Me: Gotta go.
With the little effects the storm had for some of us, it's easy to dismiss other people's bellyaching as more annoying complaining. Sometimes it is just that. People who refused to evacuate their homes when they were repeatedly told to, or those who chose to ignore commands to stock up on supplies have no right to whine about no one helping them. But as more and more stories come out of deaths, and the days go by for people without heat or power, it's important to remember that this shit was real. Now, with the lack of gasoline, and public transportation problems, alongside the eerie photos of a destroyed Jersey shore, this storm has taken on the characteristics of an apocalypse. Walking around the city, though, I've noticed people aren't as ornery as you'd expect. Most people are willing to help others, and are even going out of their way to in certain cases. The hurricane porn might be getting old for most of us (if I never see another photo of a tree on the ground it will be too soon) but it's a reminder that mother nature doesn't play, no matter how jaded we are in New York. Now I'm going to go complain about the Knicks game not being on tonight to someone.
Posted by Johnny Bagels at 2:55 PM