Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rockets are better off without Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady is one of the league's most overrated players. His stats show he can put up 20 points per game but on the court play is a different story as his team leadership skills is questionable at best. In his entire career the teams (Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets) he played for never made it past the first round of the playoffs. Last season he was limited to 35 games before missing remainder of the season with microfracture surgery. In the games he started and played team went 21-14. Without him, the team went 32-15. That is big improvement with Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks in his place. Along side with Yao Ming, Shane Battier, and Ron Artest they made it past the first round of the playoffs, a career first for Yao Ming and Rockets first since 1996-97 season, and took Los Angeles Lakers to 7 games in the second round before losing. For first time in several seasons the Rockets played together cohesively. That run prove the team are better off without McGrady. His knee surgery gave Rockets opportunity to take extended look at the player's potential with Brooks and Scola coming through while Luther Head was released. In a three-way trade they traded for Kyle Lowry hoping to become their long term point guard. While they lost Artest through free agency they signed Trevor Ariza, only 24, to a long-term contract joining alongside a youthful team of Scola, Brooks, Lowry, and Carl Landry. Rockets end up rebuilding and stacking for the future without tearing half the team up.

For McGrady he is on the last year of his contract and likely will not re-sign with the team after the season. He wore out his welcome in Houston last season with some of the team's fans turning their backs on him. Houston Chronicle posted on their website (now gone) highlighted his big contract on how he gets paid while injured. He went behind the team's back to have microfracture surgery. Yahoo Sports reported McGrady and coach Rick Adelman got into heated discussion over his court return which both deny. While he's driven to play he's a big risk with another question mark added to him. The question mark is his longevity in the league joining with his leadership skills, toughness, and injury concerns. McGrady "star power" is waning while the Rockets might rise higher in the future.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dwayne Bowe loses in depth chart, then weight, now four games

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe suspended for four games for violating performance-enhancing policy. ESPN reported it was for diuretic. A big blow for the Chiefs as he was their key receiver of their struggling offense. This leaves Bobby Wade, Chris Chambers, and Jamaal Charles as their top receivers. Chambers is still capable catching for a score while Charles can run it in. It's going be a rough stretch for the Chiefs. Glad I dropped Bowe few days ago from my fantasy team.

Buffalo drops Dick

Buffalo Bills have fired coach Dick Jauron. I'm not surprise he was fired, but I was surprise someone gave him another chance to coach in the first place. In 10 years as NFL coach he had one winning record (2001; 13-3 with the Bears). The second most wins he had in a season is 7 which he done 4 different times. He is defensive coach at best while he lacked doing anything on offense. Every season he coached there have been an efficiency problem at quarterback position. When he was coaching for the Bears he gone through these quarterbacks: Cade McNown, Jim Miller, Shane Matthews, Chris Chandler, Kordell Stewart, and Rex Grossman. With the Bills he went through J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, and now with Ryan Fitzpatrick. For some strange reason Losman and Edwards regressed the year after their first season as full time starter. Bills receiving core have been underutilized during his tenure. Lee Evans could put up better numbers elsewhere even at Detroit. For Buffalo they decide to replace Juaron with a defensive coordinator when all they need at best is a coach that run the offense. Buffalo Bills is in a sad state.

Friday, November 13, 2009

No Fun League strikes down

Take the initials of NFL and call it No Fun League. You can call them that as earlier this week the league banned Captain Morgan pose for its guerilla marketing plan. Today they fined Bengals WR Chad Ocho Cinco $20,000 for his $1 bribe joke on a referee. No Fun League indeed.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Good riddance to Loser Johnson

Chiefs release running back Larry Johnson. Let met say good riddance. Despite being a good runner he became aloof and lazy after 2006 season. He have been mostly trouble since day 1 with the Chiefs battling coaches such Dick Vermeil, Herman Edwards, and Todd Haley to several run-ins with the law. The straw that broke the back when Johnson blasted coach Haley on Twitter calling him a fag several times. Chiefs suspended him along with NFL fining him for his conduct. Chiefs' fans had enough of his antics putting out a petition to stop Loser Johnson from breaking all-time team rushing yard record held by Priest Holmes. The Chiefs front office heard their voices and decide to cut the joke known as Loser Johnson. What a total waste of roster spot. Good-bye Loser, hello Jamal Charles.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dan Snyder misses a point

Redskins owner Dan Snyder admitted, short of an apology, being disappointed with the team. Funny how this coming from a guy that refused to re-negotiate their fanbase season ticket plans and sued for defaulting on payment. He banned fans' signs from home games which the No Fun League approved. Dan Snyder needs to look in the mirror that HE IS the problem of the Redskins. Ever since he bought the team is been downward. Along side with GM and lackey Vinny Cirrato, have made bad terrible roster moves mostly involve giving players big money contracts and hardly living up to it. They made several coaching moves such as bringing and quickly fired Marty Schottenheimer after one season and luring Steve Spurrier from Florida who end up flopping bad. Bringing Joe Gibbs back was their only coaching highlight because he brought the team back respectability before retiring and giving the reigns to Jim Zorn. Zorn, despite 8-8 finish last year, appear to lose control of the team just few games into the season. Snyder isn't confident with him that he stripped away his offensive play calling and let him finish the season. This likely shattered the psyche on the field with Zorn and the players trying to give a damn on the field, but are walking around like headless chickens. The bad product on the field lead their loyal fanbase questioning every move he made. Snyder shows them how he cares about the fans by banning signs at the stadium. Nice way to crush your fans creative support. He screws the fanbase from being a fan with his draconian move alongside of taking away tickets and reselling so he can gives himself more money. He tried to be Jerry Jones and Al Davis (before he lost his mind after 2003) but has failed terribly. The late Jack Kent Cooke is rolling on his grave.

I suggest Redskins fans to boycott their team such as refusing buying tickets to their games and merchandise. See how he responds. If he responds with threatening to move the team despite a decade old football stadium you know his loyalty are the green bills he gets in his pockets than the team he cheered for before he bought it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jayson Werth most likely decided the series

To me it was not Brad Lidge blowing a tie game was a possible series decider. It was a single Melky Cabrera hit at top of the 5th that sent Nick Swisher to second. What was not mention is Jayson Werth blunder which he tried to flip the ball to Chase Utley, but the ball end up dead in midair as the Phillies missed a potential inning ending double play. The next two batters singled driving in two runs giving the Yankees 4-2 lead at the time. If they made the double play the game would have still been 2-2 going into bottom of the 5th. I notice the media making Lidge out as the bad guy but they have NOT shown that Cabrera single on the highlights. I felt Werth blunder is not only a game decider, but a possible series decider.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

"The Game" Jimmie Johnson

I don't like NASCAR "The Chase" format. It's screwy and it benefit a few drivers. One driver that benefited from The Chase is Jimmie Johnson. There's no driver that brought his "A" game during Chase races better than Johnson. He's one of few drivers that been to The Chase every year since its inception in 2004. He won 17 Chase races along with 42 top-10 finishes so far. In fact he won three straight championship and is on his way to number four this year. He methodically race his way for a win or to a points finish during The Chase. His crew chief Chad Knauss strategically have Johnson hold back only to hope for misfortunes in front of him and race with final laps/miles to go. It paid off as cars wrecked in front of him along with cars running out of fuel. With that in happening in front of him he netted himself a 6th place finish. Not bad for a driver who decide to be around 30th position with 50 to go. The fans have grown to dislike Johnson for being a winner similar to the days of Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon. Some believe he is just a poster boy on how "The Chase" works for a driver. It's likely the fans are jealous he's outperforming when needed. This is why to me Jimmie Johnson is "The Game" of NASCAR.