Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tebow, Knicks, Bulls and NCAA tournament
Welcome to the circus known as the NY Jets. Good chance it will be far from the greatest show on earth. You cannot make up how bad of a football move this is after signing your so-called franchise QB to an extension. What good can come from this? I'm still shocked Tebow didn't go to Jacksonville where he could be a star with zero pressure. Not saying he will fail here in NY but in the state of Florida he could do no wrong. Tebow could start a religion and he would have enough followers to make it credible. Hey, if L. Ron Hubbard can start Scientology, why can't Tebow start his own joke of a religion?
You have no idea how nauseating this is for me after thinking Tebow mania was at least silenced after the Patriots shut down that joke of an offense. Something so many teams did for 3 quarters, but couldn't complete the job. Obviously the Jets will run a bunch of gimmick plays aka college plays. Sanchez must be sick. Yes, he regressed in his third year, no question. You just cannot ignore that he was part of a team that went to two AFC championship games. Yes, they had a lot of help just making the postseason, but they still won big road playoff games with him playing QB.
Any chance the NFL can put a bounty on Tebow?
I joke about the bounty, but in all seriousness I'm happy all parties were dealt with accordingly. All the suspensions were deserved. People are trying to make a living, and in a sport where shelf life is the least out of all major sports, it would've been a travesty had any career ended due to a bounty.
While the Knicks look like a different team, the reality is they dug themselves such a hole that even with a 5-game winning streak, they are still only a game up on Milwaukee for the 8th seed in the East. Can this pace continue? The schedule is now favorable. Can they win the division? Hey, if the Sixers play like they did last night--anything is possible. Just don't forget about the AARP team still ahead of the Knicks in the standings. Good to see Lin hasn't vanished under the new regime as was initially reported. Very good mix of basketball. I cannot deny how well they have played. And the cancer hasn't done anything to impact this negatively--yet! I still want to see what happens when they lose. Does all this go away as it did after they won 7 straight when Lin took over the town?
It's all about effort and commitment to the system. I'm shocked that the Bulls are 11-4 without Derrick Rose. I am actually growing to accept Carlos Boozer. He is finally showing the effort and commitment that wins championships. Monday night in Orlando there was an eye opening scene that just spoke volumes of how much is demanded not only from the star player but the head coach.
Boozer was defending Big Baby Davis with the shot clock under 5. Davis was on the baseline and wasn't passing the ball. You knew the shot was coming. Instead of just putting a hand up or putting his arms up straight Boozer reached in and fouled Davis with 2 on the shot clock, resulting is free throws. Boozer immediately (to my surprise) turned to the Bulls bench and apologized and motioned putting his arms up instead. The commentators even referenced how it appeared Boozer was not only talking to head coach Tom Thibodeau, but to Derrick Rose as well, who was just a spectator. It seems Rose has such respect from his teammates that what the coach wants Rose makes sure the rest of the players carry out on the court. That is what a star player should be about.
You cannot make up the luck I've had as a fan recently with injuries. From Cutler to Forte, to Rose and most of the Bulls, and now North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall. He broke his wrist against Creighton; he did have surgery and the cast is off. No idea whether or not he will play Friday against Ohio. I would like to believe UNC can beat the Bobcats without him. He will definitely be needed in the elite 8 against Kansas or NC State.
I still can't believe VCU lost to Indiana. They were up 9 and in total control and then something happened that we hadn't seen from a Shaka Smart team the last 2 years--they imploded. I never thought they would beat Kentucky in the next round, but it would've been interesting. Let's not forget Indiana did beat Kentucky earlier this year. Not saying it will happen again; just saying match-ups cannot be ignored. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Kentucky send a message and blow the Hoosiers out of the building. How ugly was the Cincinnati/Florida State game? And how many others had FSU in the final four? There is such a thing as good defense, but there is such a thing as bad offense. We saw a little of both in that game.
My brackets are just about done. I do have the championship game still in tact. UNC vs Kentucky. The way this tournament has gone I doubt we will see that game, especially with the Marshall injury. Enjoy the games tonight!