Quick Hits: 11/16/09
I have not posted lately, and there are a couple of reasons for that. The main reason is that my wife and I are expecting a baby any day. Not that I have blocked sports out completely – I am reading Bill Simmons The Book of Basketball - and have of course watched The Vikings and as much soccer and basketball as allowed.
Here are some quick and thoughts.
1. The Vikings look like a legit team. I know what most of are thinking, of course they do, they are 8-1. But some of the Vikings faithful will remember that the purple also had a 6-0 start in 2003 and pooped all over themselves and did not make playoffs. So yeah, I held out judgment until now.
2. I watched the Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball team play the other night. I am having an internal struggle as to which team is deeper, Texas or Michigan State. Both have experienced leaders, but Texas has a killer freshmen class. Good thing they play each other in Texas on Dec. 22nd.
3. Who has Brandon Jennings on his fantasy basketball team? That would be me. I have also received a ton of hits on this site because of this post, when I said the following about Jennings prior to the draft:
“I have not seen much of him after the high school all-star games, but I do not like what I have heard. The word is that he reminds people of Iverson, and I am not a fan of Iverson. Jennings is quick, picks the flashy over fundamental, and looks to prompt himself. Sounds like Sebsastian Telfair all over again. But he could do very well playing for Golden State.”
We do not get a lot of Bucks games, but what I have seen you can sense a level of maturity that and respect for the game that was not there before. Teammates respect him, he carries himself very well in interviews, and he plays within the offense. None of which were said about him before he went to Italy.
4. The other night I had trouble sleeping because I did not get to see the end of the LA Galaxy - Houston Dynamo match-up. I am old and need sleepy-time. Now, I am not a David Beckham rub – I prefer Mr. Donovan – but I was thinking about what it would mean to soccer in the US if the Galaxy win the MLS Cup with Beckham. Everyone would forget Grant Wahl’s book – Yes, that is the second sports book reference at Barnes and Noble. I have a membership. Everyone would forgive the trip to Italy, and all the other Beckham mess. Everyone would ignore the response he got from his own fans when he came back. All because he made it about the team, and they won.
Side – note: I am not sure which is worse, three different links to www.bn.com or the fact that I struggled sleeping thinking about the outcome of the game.
Breaking News: The Golden State Warriors sent Stephen Jackson to the Charlotte Bobcats. “In a deal that NBA front-office sources said came together quickly Sunday night and received the needed league approval Monday morning, Golden State sent Jackson and guard Acie Law to the Bobcats in exchange for veteran swingmen Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic.” from ESPN.com.
This may not seem like a big deal, but Jackson will fit in well with the Bobcats, while Charlotte did not give much up to get him. Larry Brown got a player with offensive fire power, who still works on defense. Now he has a starting line-up of Raymond Felton, Jackson, Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler with D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Derrick Brown coming off the bench. Can you say “Up-Grade”.
And Jackson will be on his best behavior with Brown on the bench and the Greatest of All-Time - Michael Jordan in case you were wondering – not too far away.
Side – Note: I bet that is the first ever blog post that has been interrupted by breaking news. Well, at least on this blog.
5. I watched all of ten minutes of the Kentucky Blue-White game, and I already love John Wall. In that ten minutes he had two dunks, at least four assist – two lobs – and was all over the place. Kentucky coach John Calipari has done it again with another one-hit-wonder. See: Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. I have heard rumors that Wall is even quicker than Rose. That is unfair.