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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Common Sense On T.O.

After the big fight between the various network anchor teams in the movie Anchorman, Ron Burgundy remarked "Boy that escalated quickly...I mean, that really got out of hand fast!" That's pretty much how I feel about the whole Terrell Owens situation. A week ago Owens was probably the best receiver in the NFL, who also happened to have the biggest mouth. As I write this the Eagles have decided that they don't want T.O. to play for them for the rest of the year.

Many have said that the Eagles knew what they were getting into when they signed Owens, but still just about everybody directs all the blame in Owens' direction. This just doesn't jibe with me. If you're the Eagles, you have to make sure that you keep T.O. happy. If you know what T.O. is all about, and that is just to say that he's a loudmouth who will say stupid stuff, why be so surprised and take it so seriously when he does that? When T.O. told Graham Bensinger that he agreed that the Eagles would be undefeated if they had Brett Favre at QB, he wasn't saying that the country of Israel should be destroyed. He was just T.O. being T.O. And the Eagles decided that they'd be better off saving face, taking the moral, and T-E-A-M high ground and LOSING the best playmaker that they have, than turning the other cheek and being a Super Bowl contender. Like Lauryn Hill says, "You might win some, but you just lost one."

The sports world is a fantasy world. We all work with jerks with big mouths, that will say stupid stuff. The difference between normal people that work jobs in the real world and the Eagles is that we just put up with these people. People in the real world need to make their situation work, and they take crap from an unruly co-worker when necessary to accomplish what needs to be done. To put it in 7 Habits lingo, sometimes you have to be on the wrong end of a win-lose to achieve a win-win. Sure, T.O. is a child, and maybe he even is a locker room cancer, but Eagles' management and super-sensitive Donovan McNabb are babies to let him get to them. So, it's a lose-lose, and that doesn't bother me too much, I'm a Bears fan.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

No Love for the Haters

Hey it's NBA basketball season again! Opening day is upon us, and who amongst us saw it coming? The opening night of the NBA season is almost as inconspicuous as the opening night of the NHL season. I'll start paying serious attention when February rolls around, and there is no more football to occupy my time.

One thought though, how come nobody thinks the Chicago Bulls will be Eastern Conference contenders? The Bulls were 47-35 last year, which was the 3rd best record in the East. I have not seen anybody predict that they will even make the playoffs this year.

Ok, I can agree that Indiana, Miami, and Detroit will be better than the Bulls this year. I cannot agree that Cleveland, New Jersey, New York, Milwaukee, or Washington will be better than the Bulls. You cannot argue that the Bulls will fall out of the playoffs because of the loss of Eddy Curry. The Bulls actually played better last year when he was off the floor. Sure, Eddy was a big man with good offensive skills, and the Bulls hadn't had a center with good offensive skills in their history.But Eddy just didn't completely gel with what this team was trying to do. His defense and rebounding skills were marginal at best, making him a liability with the Bulls streaky-shooting guards, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon. So I'm just not convinced that the Bulls will lose any ground.

Remember, the Bulls started 0-9 last year, there is no way they will be so flat at the beginning of this year. I'm counting on solid play from Hinrich, Gordon, Chandler, and Nocioni. I also think they'll be able to get minutes, rebounds, and put-back scores from Tim Thomas, Othella Harrington, and Michael Sweetney - anything more than mediocrity from these three would be gravy. I think the real x-factor is Luol Deng. He showed flashes of greatness last year, if he can be a little more consistent, and improve to 15 points per game, and around 8 rebounds, people will be saying "Eddy who?"

I don't think it's going out on a limb to say that the Bulls can pick up five wins compared to last year to go 52-30. It'll be interesting to see how Curry performs for the Knicks, I wish him good health, but not necessarily good play.