Welcome to the tantrums where Uncle B.O.B. is starting to pack up the family for the South Florida roadie. I’ll be gone from Wednesday to next Thursday. It’ll be great to see my mother and brother and his family. But before I jet my way back there, I thought I would leave you with some rants…
Rant #1 - NBA Playoffs. As crazy as this sounds coming from me, if the NBA plays this right then they can have one helluva future. Memphis, Denver, Utah all are looking good in the future as is the Los Angeles Clippers, though I question the way they play ball.
The Denver Nuggets are a team that has a bright future ahead of them. They made some youthful mistakes in Game 7 that cost them big-time when the pressure got too hot, but man look out for this team in the future. Javale McGee and Kenneth Faried will be something special and Denver has the right coach to get them to the next level.
My daughter and her boyfriend surprised the hell out of me by telling me they scored two tickets to Game 5 of Heat/Pacers while we are down there. They paid good money, but the seats are decent.
Memphis absolutely should be kicking themselves for blowing this series to the Clippers. Giving away a big lead at home, and then when they are rolling, they lay an egg like that Game 7 on Sunday? Sorry, but after last year's success this has to be considered unacceptable to score only 72 points in a Game 7.
LA fans will be insufferable now, but hopefully we can get some retribution on the bandwagons if San Antonio and OKC can put both out.
Speaking of LA, right on cue after Magic opened up his cakehole, here comes Phil Jackson running smack about having "the itch" again. Hey Mike Brown, best of luck overcoming horrific attitudes, inconsistent play, Tragic Johnson's idiotic comments that do have weight, and now this...
Rant #2 - NHL Playoffs. Rangers/Devils has the potential to be a phenominal series, as does Coyotes/Kings. Now you all know my hatred for all things LA/NYC, who you all know I’m rooting for Phoenix/NJ. Either way, the Stanley Cup chase is exciting as hell.
Rant #3 - Florida State. So apparently, Florida State is leaking it out that they might be interested in leaving the ACC for the Big 12, and I only have one question – Is tomorrow soon enough? That’s hypocritical I know, but CFB is changing and teams in the ACC and Big East are being left out in the cold. But who cares, they dominate college Basketball anyway. You have to do what you have to do. Seminole Football is coming back, the Basketball team is solid, and the Baseball team is super and adding FSU would be a huge coup for the Big 12 and really help them with BCS issues. Would they be level with the SEC? I'd say they need one more name school to get there, but I think the have a chance.
But let’s think about the Big 12 as I understand it. Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida State, and West Virginia is a solid base to build from, Kansas State can always rise up, Iowa State is always good for a surprise for a year, and if Baylor can keep its momentum going, I really like what this conference can be.
Rant #4 – MLB. I seem to always find something in MLB to lighten my mood, and John Axford’s outstanding memo to the media post-game after he had a bad game was hilarious:
This is about the time where I start looking at stats to kind of understand what’s going on with certain teams, and for the second year in a row, San Diego and Oakland are stuck on the bottom of team batting average sitting at .221.
It’s been talked about frequently, and now I can see why – The Washington Nationals have the best team ERA sitting at 2.60 as compared to the #2 team in MLB, the Dodgers at 3.19. You have to figure that the Nats can’t continue on that pace, but that is incredible. The sticks (a .238 BA) had better wake up quickly. Losing Werth hurt, but if you’re batting .238 as a team you are in trouble.
Oakland is raising some eyebrows by being over .500 in mid-May, especially considering their .221 team batting average.
Rant #5 - Olympics. I used to remember being glued to the TV when the Olympics came on. I was a big honk for the Olympic games, but my idealism gave in to cynicism. Well, the games are scheduled to start on July 27th, which is actually smart because it’s in the middle of “dead season”, but just as NFL camps are starting. I think the thing I’ll care about most will be 007 opening the games with some sort of run through Buckingham Palace. In other words, not that important.
Yeah, I’ll probably get in an idiotic rant about the d-bag American Basketball team, but…
Rant #6 – NFL. I don’t say this often, but mark this down – props to the New York Jets! By not agreeing to do “Hard Knocks”, the organization might be starting to figure out that louder isn’t always better. Now it’s up to Rex Ryan to shut down this Tebow-mania and knock some sense into Santonio Holmes.
Seems like the Vikings are going to stay in Minny and I couldn’t be happier. I guess in the meantime while they are waiting for the new stadium to be built, they are going to go and play at the stadium for the University of Minnesota for the years that it’s going to take to build. Now they are talking about having a retractable roof for their new stadium, and I for one think that’s a great idea. Keep the dang thing open in September and into October, then close it off.
Dummy of the week has to go to Darius Heyward-Bey, WR in Oakland. There is a culture change in “da bigga da biggity O”, and this genius is speeding and weaving ON THE BAY BRIDGE, earning himself a visit from Johnny Law who promptly whacks DHB for failing a field sobriety test! Yep, that’s the longer version of saying: DUI! Hey DHB, you are a Raider, not a Raider fan. Put down the “yac” and get into the gym. C’mon man!
LET'S GET TO GABBING!!!