It’s Not Just Fizzdale

It’s Not Just Fizzdale

The Knicks disappointing season has led to the firing of David Fizzdale.  From the start Fizzdale was the wrong hire for the team. He has never proven to be a good coach previously in his career and frankly never belonged coaching anything in a major market. Or a minor market. Or in the NBA. Considering all of the candidates available at the time, his hiring was a head scratcher, but thankfully many of the positive candidates that were looking for jobs when FIzzdale was hired are still available, as Fizzdale was fired so quickly into his awful Knicks areer.

Fizzdale’s firing is not the entirely the fault of David Fizzdale. It’s the fault of the team’s impotent owner, fat fuck James Dolan, and the shitty front offices that he’s assembled that draft poorly and recruit poorly.

Truth be told, I watch an embarrassingly large number of basketball games. I have watched the sport from the 1970’s through today. I have seen many changes in the game over time. Some for the better, most for the worst, as the league has turned itself from a sport and team game into globetrotter rosters and promotable movie stars. And that’s the type of coach the Knicks need: one that can turn the team into the Globetrotters offense. So let’s look at what’s out there in management and what could help this moribund organization out of its perpetual suckdom.

David Blatt- already hired as a front office guy. Blatt has multiple sclerosis, so he probably wants to be in a less physical role. A great basketball mind, and maybe a replacement for Steve Mills? GM Scott Perry? Both?

Mark Jackson – one of the most prolific point guards in Knick history, would be a local boy comes home story. Not sure if it would be a local boy does good story, however. Smart player, would teach floor spacing and passing, which the Knicks need. But can he teach them his shimmy?

Becky Hammon- No, because she’s a woman. But that’s not sexism, that’s advice. The NBA took forever just to use female officials, who are equally as bad as the male ones. But a female head coach in a situation that’s bound to fail? That will lead to 20 years of women not being considered for head coaching jobs. I am not saying Hammon is underqualified to coach. If she has Coach Pop’s endorsement, that’s good enough for me. But she is overqualified to coach a transient roster with a thus far not exactly franchise rookie in RJ Barrett as a centerpiece. Wait for the right opportunity, Becky. Right now? This isn’t it.

Mike Miller- You see this shit he’s running? No. Absolutely not.  

Mark Few- A college coach? Yup. Few has performed miracles at Gonzaga. He has also worked with NBA players at international tournaments, so he has connections to some of the better players in the league. And as a college coach, he is familiar with recruiting so he knows how to talk with players. A knock against him is that he’s never won a championship, but neither have the Knicks in a few generations, so maybe baby steps is best? And at age 57, this may be his cash cow and only shot at the pros.

Patrick Ewing- this was suggested by Knicks superfan AMR, who feels that Ewing’s connection to the team would be a shot in the arm to a franchise that could maybe use a Hall of Famers touch. Ewing presently is head coach at his alma mater Georgetown, but has been an NBA assistant so he would know the grind. Also, Ewing was an outside shooting center long before outside shooting centers were a thing in the NBA, so he could help mold the young forwards and Mitchel Robinson into a multi-dimensional offensive player.

Steve Kerr- Already said no once, but with Golden State’s run over and the ability to poach Draymond Green to jumpstart a presently invisible defense plus salary cap flexibility and ANOTHER high draft pick? Plus the salary demands of 4 consecutive finals with 4 wins minus the LeBron rules? That may be something the Knicks should open checkbooks for.

We are not going to suggest who the Knicks should hire. No matter what advice we offer here, rest assured one thing- the Knicks will fuck things up. Because they always do. Fizzdale’s firing was partly his fault, but it’s not just Jizzdale. It’s the organization. Until they run themselves with a winning expectation and demand accountability from their players and staff, you’re going to have a lot of players developing like Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikinia- underwhelming and failing to live up to expectations. And the top 5 pick this year will be more of the same.

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Reid All About It!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Reid All About It!

Major League Baseball gave its best effort to dominate the headlines this week as Commissioner Robert Manfred attempts to deal with the fallout from the Houston Astros historic cheating scandal. Three managers are out, including Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets who was let go before he ever managed a game! Twitter has essentially become the wild west of tattletales, as many players have taken to the social media outlet to speak out against the wrongdoers of the league. But make no mistake, this weekend will not be about the trash can banging, wire wearing cheaters. This weekend WILL be the NFL’s time to shine. So for now, you can rest assured that this article will be focused on what’s on tap for this weekend – PLAYOFF FOOTBALL!
Here we are, in the 100th season of the NFL, on the eve of yet another Championship Sunday. Four teams will be fighting for a chance to represent their respective conferences in Super Bowl LIV. Seems like just yesterday we witnessed the “non-pass interference” debacle at the Superdome, followed by Patrick Mahomes stuck on the sidelines in Overtime as he watched Tom Brady orchestrate a game-winning drive to propel the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl. Once again, here are coach Andy Reid and Mahomes, one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance together. Only this time – there is no Belichick on the other side of the field to intimidate Reid.
Andy Reid is one of the most accomplished, brightest offensive-minded coaches in the NFL. Over a span of 21 seasons, he has a career record of 207-128, and a record of 13-14 in the playoffs. He took the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl once with Donovan McNabb, only to lose to – you guessed it – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s Patriots. Now in his seventh season with the Kansas City Chiefs, Reid is paired with an exciting young quarterback who, through his first three seasons, seems like he has the tools to be one of the best to ever play the position.
There’s only one thing is missing in this Hall of Fame coach’s career – a Super Bowl victory. And even if he doesn’t get there this year, or never gets there again, he’ll still be recognized as one of the game’s best coaches. But boy, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pulling for him. Aren’t you? He’s so close, yet again. The Belichick dragon has already been slain, but by one of his former players, an impressive young Coach Mike Vrabel. To compare the situation to the great 1998 Adam Sandler comedy “The Waterboy,” let’s say Bill Belichick, or in this case Mike Vrabel, is rival Coach Red Beaulieu. Let’s assume Andy Reid is Coach Klein, enjoying current success thanks to his new star player. Will coach Reid be able to channel his inner Waterboy, and “visualize and attack” coach Vrabel? And after that, can he do it again against whomever he would be matched up against in the Super Bowl? I sure hope so. Imagine how fun it would be to see a Mahomes/Rodgers Super Bowl… arguably the two most gifted passers the NFL has ever seen. That’s what I’ll be rooting for!

IS JOE BURROW THE CLEAR CUT #1 PICK IN THE 2020 NFL DRAFT?

IS JOE BURROW THE CLEAR CUT #1 PICK IN THE 2020 NFL DRAFT?

Joe Burrow entered the 2019 college football season as someone you would have never thought be the #1 pick in this years draft. With guys like, Chase Young, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagolvaioa he was rated as the 3rd best possibly 4th best QB available in this years draft until……….. His record breaking, breakout performance this season.

Joe Burrow had put up ungodly like numbers this season that QB’s can only dream of doing. Leading this LSU Tigers team to the national championship while putting up record breaking numbers. He went into the national championship game with an astounding 77.6 completion percentage, 5,208 passing yards and 55 touchdown passes, Burrow lived up to all expectations . Against Clemson , he threw 31/49 463 and 5 touchdowns!! He also ran for 58 yards and another touchdown in route to breaking these records:

Most touchdown passes in a single season: 60

Most touchdowns responsible for in a single season: 65

Most passing yards in a BCS/CFP championship game: 463

Most touchdowns responsible for in a BCS/CFP championship game: 6

LSU finished with a perfect 15-0 record the first SEC team do such and became the first #1 seed in the College Football Playoff era to win the National Championship.. So the question does remain is he the clear cut pick at #1? I think the Bengals would be stupid not to take this guy with the top pick.. You’re move Cincinnatti..

MLB’s Unprecedented Sanctions: Were They Harsh Enough and Will This Solve Baseball’s Rampant Cheating?

MLB’s Unprecedented Sanctions: Were They Harsh Enough and Will This Solve Baseball’s Rampant Cheating?

NEW YORK, N.Y.- After months of in-depth investigative work that involved dozens of interviews and thousands of reviewed emails, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred finally had enough information to levy what he hopes to be a punishment so harsh that organizations will consider cheating with the use technology to never be worth it. Manfred punished the most egregious offender, the Houston Astros, by suspending general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for a full season, stripping the Astros of their first and second round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft and slapping the organization with a $5 million dollar fine, the highest amount possible allowed the MLB constitution. The punishments were further enforced by Astros owner Jim Crane, who subsequently fired both Luhnow and Hinch after the suspensions were announced. 

MLB is in the middle of picking up all of the pieces after yet another scandal has rocked their sport. This is the biggest scandal since the steroid era because not only did the 2017 World Series champions get busted for illegally using a video feed to decode signs and relay them in real time to the batter by banging a trash can, the 2018 champion Boston Red Sox were also recently busted for using the video room, designed to help with manager challenges and batters reviewing pitcher tendencies, to decode catcher signs and relay those signs to runners on base who then translated those signals to the batter. Two out of the last three champions now have stains on their trophy and Manfred had to make sure nothing like this happens again. 

A.J. Hinch, left, and Jeff Luhnow in 2017.Credit…Bob Levey/Getty Images

While we are still awaiting the investigation into the Red Sox to conclude, the biggest question regarding the punishment of the Astros centered around whether the sanctions were harsh enough. No players were suspended despite Manfred stating most of these sign-stealing schemes were devised and executed by the players. Manfred explains why he decided to punish only those in charge and not the players:

“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical. It is difficult because virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability. It is impractical given the large number of players involved, and the fact that many of those players now play for other Clubs.”

There are a few reasons why I have no problem with the players skirting the blame. One is that in order to get to the bottom of this scandal and find out the real details, he needed honest testimony. I doubt many if any players would fully admit their role or explain the full scope of the scheme if those details would lead to their own punishment. By granting players immunity, Manfred and his investigators were able to get the full scoop of who was involved and how long the cheating continued for.

The biggest reason why I liked the idea to solely punish those in the front office is because cheating using technology is more than just a Houston Astros problem. This is a baseball problem. As Ken Rosenthal wrote in his initial article detailing the sign-stealing antics by the Astros, this extends far beyond just the 2017 World Series champions.

“Electronic sign stealing is not a single-team issue,” Rosenthal wrote. “Still, the commissioner’s office hears complaints about many different organizations.”

That was backed up by Tom Verducci’s latest article, who spoke with two sources familiar with the investigation who said that Astros personnel told MLB investigators that there were eight other teams that used technology in some fashion to cheat either in 2017 or 2018. 

This sign-stealing scandal, while headlined by the Astros, includes much more than just them, which is why it’s nearly impossible for Major League Baseball to track down every player involved and dole out a punishment. Cheating has always been pervasive throughout baseball, which is why the commissioner had to strike down hard to ensure his sport would veer back to its righteous ways.  

Punishing those who had chances to stop these acts from happening was the most efficient way to send a message and finally show that gaining an illegal edge aided by technology will not be tolerated in the game, which is something up to this point that was just words more than anything else. 

I look at these suspensions as a long term play by the commissioner in an attempt to place responsibility on the entire organization, starting from the owner down. By forcing general managers, managers, executives and owners to be responsible for player behavior, there is less of a willingness to break the rules because now jobs and reputations are on the line. These kind of stakes were never created before by baseball, who mostly turned a blind eye or delivered a slap on the wrist for any wrongdoing in the past. 

With the floor of punishment being a year-long suspension and a possible firing, why would any general manager or manager risk their livelihood at a chance to win a championship? I understand winning is the sole focus and motivation, but I have a hard time seeing an executive allowing his players to cheat to win a championship only to get caught and have their legacy ruined. While fans can say they would do whatever it takes to win a championship, it’s no longer lucrative for those inside the game to risk their place in the sport just to have a chance to win it all. 

For the commissioner’s office, disciplining the Astros is just the first step. Parameters have to put in place to ensure that the crime is not worth the time. While the precedent has been set for  those in the front office, a message also has to be sent to the players. Players have always tried to gain an edge, whether that be through corked bats, steroid, pine tar, etc. While no players faced the wrath this time around, Manfred needs to erect a set of guidelines and harsh punishments for players caught cheating by use of technology. Whether it’s mirroring the steroid suspension model or creating an even harsher penalty for offenders, there has to be no doubt that this behavior will be tolerated ever again. 

For Manfred, his work is just beginning. I applaud his loud first step of coming down harshly on the Astros, but more has to come. After all, he does have to look in the mirror and remember how the sport got to this place. The commissioner has sat on the sidelines, allowing the cheating to fester for years. Now it’s time for the New York native to step up to the plate with the sanctity of baseball desperately needing him to come through.  Down 0-2 in the count, Manfred is finally taking his swing. 

The Tale Of The Tape By True Boxing Fans On Wilder Vs Fury II

The Tale Of The Tape By True Boxing Fans On Wilder Vs Fury II

“Ortiz is a better boxer than Fury and we saw what Wilder did there…and Wilder will put the nail in the coffin..Fury can’t punch…”, Ivan Montiel.

“If (Wilder) nails you, If he catches you’re done! No doubt!…If Fury stays away from Wilder’s right hand he will win the fight, Huge If!”, Lion Cuban.

“Fury is the better boxer but I think Wilder adjusts just enough to catch Fury with a big one that he can’t get up from…”, Damian Adams.

“For sure Fury can outbox him but I have Wilder by late KO-TKO ’cause vs (Dentoy Wider there is no such thing as a defensive perfect fight”, Blue Dog Gerardo Granados.

“Fury gonna win. He’s got more heart; he wants it more.”, Pablo Kutter.