Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Sox' Asian Invasion Continues



This is Sang Ho Moon, a 23-year-old South Korean pitcher the White Sox are looking at. I'd like to see him make the team if only because he's kind of crazy looking. I mean, look at him. He's a classic baseball card waiting to happen. Oh yeah, he throws heat in the mid-90s.

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So have we reached the point yet where it would be really cool if Gary Bettman was to just suddenly disappear? I think we have.

Why must we hear about the NHL and its pathetic problems on a daily basis? Drop it already. I don't want to hear another peep about the NHL unless it's news of a new contract agreement.

And I specifically don't want to hear a peep out of Bettman.

Until this cheap clown can explain why franchises were moved from Canada to places like Nashville and Columbus, and stops haggling like a 'roided-up rat over a few million dollars, I can't take him seriously. Nobody can. Has any commissioner, in ANY sport, ever messed up a professional league the way Bettman has? I don't think so. The dude is unpresedented in a bad, bad way. Way to go, Gary, now get lost.

By the way, any new contract should demand the return of the Winnipeg Jets. This is a necessity. Having a team in Nashville and not in Winnipeg is...un-American? Yeah, un-American. That's the ticket.

A hockey team in Nashville is cool and all, but how can you not have a hockey team in Winnipeg? Ridiculous.



I'd demand the return of the Quebec Nordiques as well, but they usually sucked when they were around, so they will be put on a waiting list.

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As much as I hate to admit it, there are few franchises I respect more than the Minnesota Twins. They're hard not to root for. Talk about a feel good franchise. And former manager Tom Kelly, who guided the Twins to a pair of World Series titles in '87 and '91,, has never really left apparently. Cool story. He's still hanging out with the team at spring training, giving tips to the troops. The dude's a sage at this point and the grandpappy of one MLB's most successful franchises.

It will almost make be feel bad when the White Sox must crush them. Almost.

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Do you remember when the Portland Trail Blazers were possibly the most lovavble team in the NBA? Remember when the Blazers were pretty much the blue print of a model franchise? It wasn't that long ago.

Yeah, those Blazers were the only team in a relatively small city, meaning they were beloved. They were the show. The Portland fans were famous for their undying dedication to the team. They were rabid. The Blazers players were class acts, not to mention extremely talented. Some of them were even potheads, but it was all cool. And the Blazers won. Always. They were a long-running success parade of sellout crowds and steady trips to the NBA Finals. They were the Green Bay Packers of the NBA.

Now they've become the Oakland Raiders, a collection of known knuckleheads and running jokes. If Randy Moss was in the NBA, he would definitely be a Blazer. Luckily for Maurice Cheeks, he is no longer in charge of the mess.

Good for him. Cheeks deserves a better situation than the playpen he has been given, as he is quite possibly a good coach waiting to happen. Sure, the Blazers have done poorly, and Cheeks can't be held entirely without blame, but I wouldn't judge him just yet. He can't really be held responsible for the Blazers' problems. Management has crippled the franchise with notoriously bad judgement regarding both financial decisions and a bad habit of employing some of the NBA's naughtiest thugs. At times, it has almost looked like the Blazers were trying to provide comedy for basketball fans everywhere. And in that regard, they've done a stupendous job. They were already a sinking ship when Cheeks took over.

In the right situation, with players who aren't distracted by arrests, court cases, anger management issues, and general malaise, Cheeks seems to have the coaching goods that might be present in a former NBA title-winning point guard. Maybe Cheeks just needs the right audience, and not Darius Miles. Bill Belichik is the poster boy of first-time coaches who struggled but only needed a new start. I'm not saying Cheeks is the Belichik of the NBA, but give Cheeks a respectable roster and I'm guessing he does just fine.

And in the NBA, where head coaches get more second chances than Darryl Strawberry, Cheeks should get another opportunity soon.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

The UnknownColumn lives!

Yeah, Bettman is a total bum. Killed the league. Hockey in the south? Horrible idea.

Shouldn't be so hard on the Nordiques. For a spell there, during Peter and the rest of the Stastny cats' good years, they were one of the most entertaining outfits in the league.

Portland's never recovered from that 4th quarter, 15 point lead, Game Seven meltdown against the Lake Show. And, quite frankly, neither have I. They pull that one off and at the very most Kobe and Shaw only have two.

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Blogger kegtron said...

Who is this marcythewhore broad?

I'd like to see Mr Cheeks with the Lakers if they dont bring Phillip back.

12:37 PM  
Blogger marcythewhore said...

Who is marcythewhore? The preternatually perenial question. Could be that marcythewhore is the wife of someone who spends too much time in front of the television watching March Madness.

By the by, Marcy (me) will be having a March Madness Happy Ending series of parties for the Final Four, and the Final Two, at my chain of Chicago based massage parlors. These parties promise to be as big as the last Super Bowl Happy Ending Party I threw on Ronald Reagan's birthday a month or so ago.

If you have the proper connections in the Chicago area, please feel to drop in for the hoopla.....marcythewhore

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Blogger marcythewhore said...

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Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Marcythewhore? I don't know who she is other than a chick who says she works at a massage parlor and seems to have a thing for Ronald Reagan. Which I doubt. But she says the massage parlor is in Chicago, which is interesting, though I don't know which one. And I did ask.

Marcythewhore, that massage parlor you keep pimping definitely sounds nice, though I'm not sure if I have the "proper connections," or what that even means.

Maurice Cheeks in LA? That doesn't sound like a bad idea, on paper. Worth a shot. Phil Jackson isn't coming back unless Jerry Buss has another daughter. But does Cheeks really want to coach Kobe? That's a big undertaking right there. Look how that's turned out so far. Is Kurt Rambis available? Paul Westphal?

Yeah, that Portland collapse against the Lakers was one of of the saddest things ever. Tough, tough loss. Up 15 in the fourth, right? That was their chance. Mike Dunleavy looked like a wreck after the game, like he'd been in a bar brawl.

5:44 PM  
Blogger WarriorFive said...

Send Mike Ditka to the Lakers. Does it really matter about running certain plays and setting up obvious pic's? Kobe's a punk, why can't anyone grab his tiny jewels and tell him that Shaq isn't there anymore to attach so many W's to his career total list. Ditka would say..'Hey Kobe, see your record since the big boy left? Yeah.......you ain't as special as you think you are. Now you drop your pampered ass attitude and start carrying on like your part of this team, or you'll be doing wind sprints well past the jewelry store hours'....What's with the NBA and all these coaches playing Musical Chairs?! I'm convinced it isn't the coaching as much as it is having a guy that will keep the spoiled thugs in line. Might sound as if I'm speaking sarcasically, but Ditka would have the same record or better in L.A if he was at the realm. Same record without Kobe's jars and jants- sounds like the orginization would be heading in the right direction to me.
I bet even Jack Nicholson would approve. He'd say something like "Now I don't know too much about coaching a profesional sports team, but my god, this guy got it!"
Lets get real, though.......You couldn't pay Ditka enough to line up on that bench!

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