Greetings from the Hoodwood, where a cool man cave is trumping a hot grill these days.
Leading Off: Free Agent Carousel
It seems that the carousel of players on the move in the NBA is spinning rather fast these days. It will be extremely weird to see Steve Nash in Laker colors, Jason Terry in Celtic colors, Jason Kidd in Knick colors and Ray Allen in Heat colors. The last three were free agent signing but the Nash move was a sign and trade. I couldn’t believe that the Suns would willingly trade their marquee player to a despised rival. Its true that the Suns are in a youth movement and a player like Nash is a bit long in the tooth, I was shocked to see the Suns willingly trade Nash in the division. Will the long time Sun get booed in his first appearance in Phoenix
NBA: Jesus becomes Judas?
The Buzz I couldn’t fathom was the fallout over Ray Allen going to the Heat. When the Celtics signed the capable shooting Jason Terry, it more or less meant that they would have no room for the redoubtable shooter that Allen is. Allen decided to take his talents to South Beach to join the defending NBA champs. To hear Bostonians tell it. He went from Jesus Shuttlesworth to Judas. What I don’t understand is that Allen made a business and professional decision. He felt that he would get more playing time and a better chance at another ring in Miami rather than Boston. Celtics fans have been acting like Allen betrayed them to their very core and soul.
Olympic Basketball: Good as Gold Again?
Last Olympiad in 2008 USA basketball was out for redemption. After the shameful showing in 2004 in Athens bookeneded by shameful showings at the 2002 and 2006 World Championships. The talk was that the USA Basketball team wasn’t the dominant squad. That talk got quashed as the American stormed through pool play with an average winning margin of 32.2 points. Stomping the Aussies in the quarters, Getting revenge on the Argentine squad in the semis they faced a good Spainish squad in the finals. Spain elected to try to run the Americans out, but found that they couldn’t keep their shots falling. The final was a 118-107 shootout that brought the gold back to the US and solidified their Redeem team moniker. The team heading to London is pretty solid Lebron James and Kobe Bryant reprising their 2008 roles Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony also are 2008 holdovers, but with Olympic newcomers Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Tyson Chandler, and Thunder Trio James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant adding youth and depth to a solid roster the US is a good bet for Gold in London. Im not betting against Coach K having this squad seriously prepared.
All-Star Game: What if it counts and nobody cared?
The 2012 MLB all Star Game is on deck tonight and the National League is playing the Texas Rankees….uhhh the American League. I mean really the Rangers have 8 players on the AL squad. The NL is being managed by the geriatric Tony LaRussa who cant help but overmanage. He has already ruffled feathers with his ignoring of Cincinnati Reds Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto, but then he compounds the oversights by not starting Mets RA Dickey and leaving ERA leader Ryan Dempster off. Will I watch the game? Maybe, I did get the ASG program in the mail over the weekend which was a nice touch and gives the small market of KC a nice look but I think the All-Star game is really overrated these days, To make it the determining factor in who gets the home field advantage is ludicrous.
Reggie Jax: Backing down?
Hall of Famer and Hoodwood Hero Reggie Jax got mad dap from this scribe for his pointed criticism of declining Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in a recent article of Sports Illustrated. But the Yankees had the last laugh, forcing Mr. October into an apology for his comments and then keeping Jackson from Yankee activities for an indeterminate time. I think what Reggie said was spot on right. But since he was critical of a supposed current star he had to be censured? What kind of bullshit is this? And why didn’t Reg tell the Yanks that he was going to say what he was going to say and that was it?
PHAT DAP/HEAD SLAP
To MMA fighter Anderson Silva who won the main event in UFC 148 over Chael Sonnen. Silva backed up his talk with a 2nd round TKO at the MGM Grand Garden arena. Silva took advantage of an ill-timed attempt at a spinning backfist by Sonnen to land a series of punches and kicks to win the fight. Silva is the best MMA fighter in the game.
To the unnamed (I know who it is but I wont mention his name and give him any credit) asshat at a party I was at last Saturday who tried to imitate a kick that one of the fighters did and not only kick your humble scribe in the the upper thigh, he managed to crack the LED on my phone. Im out a couple hundred bucks to replace it. I do admit that I retaliated with a punch in the chest and didn’t apologize. Ass-clowns like that make me want to stay in my newly furnished man-cave more…ugh.
Ill add more on the page as the day goes on, and next week a look at the Hoodwood Man Cave!
Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!