Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, December 27, 2010
The year was 1996 and Shaq had to weigh an offer to stay in Orlando, or move to the glamorus Hollywood Hills. We know the ending to that story: in the prime of his career, Shaq turned down a boatload of Amway money for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now years later, all the Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkuglos may not be able to put Dwight Howard back together again in a Magic uniform. Howard will be in the same free agent class as savy, Chris Paul, or possibly Carmelo Anthony; therefore don't be surprise if they act like a cartel in seeking the higest bidder. Despite what you may think, Lebron James and Chris Bosch set a dangerous new precedent when they collaborated with D.Wade to join Miami Heat. For James, money wasn't the object; like most athletes nowadays, he commands far more in endorsements than salary. hence an organization like Nike can influence where he goes; as far as the shoe maker is concern, "JUST Do IT" means just win titles baby. So go figure; if Melo lands in the Big Apple and Paul follows him there, Howard could be the missing piece in a mega superstar advertising market like basketball starved New York. Magic general manager, Otis Smith, is to be commended for trying everything within reason to convince Howard to stay; but Arenas looks past his prime, Turgolu can't play defense, and Howard is more exposed since backup Martin Gortat was traded away. It will take General Patton's army to stop the Heat from winning the East or a team consisting of Melo, Paul, or well you add in the next name.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
What makes this even more compelling, Joyce is a Tampa native; for a team complaining about attendance, how much sense does that make? Call me stupid, but these hot young players get on a roll while Rays fans expect to see them starting only to be disappointed in the end. I mean let's face it who is paying tickets to see Gabe Kapler...a 240 hitter. If the Rays want to increase their fan base, the organization cannot allow Madden to continue tinkering with the roster; furthermore, it's beginning to appear Tampa Bay is winning despite their obstinate manager. For example after trying two consecutive bunts, shortstop, Jason Bartlett, was down in the count 0-2. Bartlett looked for the sign, but he was startled to see the bunt was still on. Following the next pitch, Bartlett struck out trying to sacrifice ; the Rays, meanwhile, lost an excellent opportunity to blow the game open. This is vintage Joe Maddon always trying to out smart the other guy...even to his own detriment. If this talented team fails to make the playoffs - or the post season opportunity is short lived - the Rays should bench their coach, permanently.
RecoveryClash of the Titans [Blu-ray]The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Like General Sherman, the Orlando Magic are torching everything in sight as they march towards an inevitable showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers; unlike the Cavs, however, the Magic have only faced token opposition from the Charlotte Hornets and the Atlanta Hawks. Both those teams were disorganized posers who let the Magic shoot them into oblivion. As for Cleveland, Shaq looks more like a jester in a clown suit than the agile unstoppable big man dominating the NBA for two decades. With an inevitable showdown between these two looming on the horizon my money is on Lebron.
In hockey, its good to see the Montreal Canadians advancing in the Stanley Cup playoffs: those uniforms are the best in sports especially the fashionable red sweater with the blue pants. The Habs march will probably end against the talented Penguins but it's great to see this classy organization back where it belongs fighting for the Stanley Cup.
Look for my new book, "Call Waiting," this Fall.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
New Orleans-28 Indianapolis-24