Biggest Sports Bar Pet Peeves

Arizona Sports own Bickley and Marotta tweeted out a question that really gets the juices flowing.

I am sure all sports fans can answer this question because there are many things about a sports bar that can turn a nice Saturday afternoon with your friends into just a terrible time.

Here are some of my pet peeves when I go to watch a game at a sports bar.

1. Waiting For Your Drink

It’s Saturday, it has also been the first time you have put pants on for a Saturday afternoon in months.  You and your friends decide you are going to meet up and go to your local sports bar and watch the game together.  You are all excited, you have your favorite shirt on and maybe you and your friends haven’t hung out in a few weeks.

You get to the bar about 30-45 minutes prior to the start of the game.  When you go to watch a game at a sports bar you need to give yourself time to get settled in.  You don’t want to be rushing in right at kick off and scramble for a table while the game is going on.

So you get there with plenty of time to spare, and lets not forget this big factor.  It is Saturday, and Saturdays are for the boys so you NEED that first beer.  That first beer is the equivalent of a football player buckling his chin strap before he heads on to the field.  Just like how that player doesn’t know how these next three hours are going to go, you don’t know as well but you know you need that beer to find out.

One problem, the waitress or waiter (its 2017 let’s be equal here) is taking their sweet time getting your drink order.  It’s not hard you are serving a table with 4-6 guys, odds are they are going to be ordering Coors Light anyway.  It’s not like you are waiting on a table with sorority chicks that want their gluten-free strawberry daiquiri, sugar-free margaritas, and vodka sodas with 2 ice cubes but with half a lime and half a lemon.  Oh and while they are taking this order 2 girls can’t decide what they want.  My point is, it isn’t hard!

We came to your establishment early for a reason, we wanted to get our drink and food orders in and now it is kick off and our table is empty.  It is too late to go to another bar because the game is about to start.

It’s a sports bar, sport and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly.  This is America guys just want their alcohol.

2. Bartender Doesn’t know the Channel

Listen, you work at a sports bar.  A SPORTS bar!  It should be a requirement that you know the channels by heart, you should know what game is on what channel.  If I roll in on a Thursday in February and I ask to turn it on the NBA game don’t turn the TV on CBS!  Everyone knows that on Thursday TNT has the game of the week.

If I ask to turn on the game and I say it’s on ABC don’t ask me what channel its on.  You work here and you should know the cable channels.  As a fan I am going through a lot at this moment.  I am worried about how my team’s Defense is going to hold up, how my fantasy lineup will do this week, or how I am going to pay my bills if my team doesn’t cover, the last thing I need to worry about is trying to help you find ABC.

To work at a sports bar you should have to take a test about the TV channels. In my opinion you should know which games are on which channels to begin with, but some would say those are unreasonable expectations.

Same scenario as above, you give yourself plenty of time to get settled in so you can see kickoff and now the bartender doesn’t know the channel.  Instead of watching your team go down and score for a crucial opening drive touchdown, you are now channel surfing with the hot bartender who recently became a lot less attractive.

3.Obnoxious Fans

I have been on the side of obnoxious fans at sports bar and I regret it everyday.  It is a burden I will have to live with for the rest of my life and it is something I don’t think I will truly get over.  Everyone hates the obnoxious fan.

Yeah, get up and cheer when your team scores or makes a great play, maybe even high-five the guy next to you.  I am not here to say you can’t have a good time, I want you to have a good time because that is the whole point of going to the bar.

The problem is there is always one guy who wants to be a jack ass.  He wants to cheer after every play, yell at the TV because of a bad call, he takes harmless trash talking to a whole other level, and he may even try to fight you.

One guy at a bar can ruin your whole afternoon, all you wanted to do was go and sling a few back with your friends and now you got this jackass trying to talk non stop shit to you because you are wearing a different colored t-shirt than he is.

Don’t be that guy, just chill and just because you see a Browns fan doesn’t mean you have to make the same old original joke you heard in elementary school.  Because, odds are he has probably heard it before.

4. Stupid Fans

Maybe it is just me, but I can not stand sitting next to someone who just has no idea what he is talking about.

Sitting near the guy who thinks he is smarter than the coach, or the guy spitting out stupid hot takes faster than Skip Bayless can put a damper on your afternoon.

I once sat near a guy for a Browns game at Buffalo Wild Wings, and he would not stop saying how the Browns need to put Johnny Manziel in.

The Browns at the time were in playoff contention, but started being the Browns again at the end of the season.  It was a game against Buffalo and the Browns looked terrible and Brian Hoyers magic had run out.

Well this jackass thought that Johnny Manziel was going to lead us into the playoffs and he was yelling at the TV to put Johnny in.  His girlfriend was so embarrassed and she should be, it must suck to have a boyfriend so fucking stupid to think that jackass could lead the Browns to the playoffs.

Anyways, for the first time in my life I didn’t want the Browns to score and I wanted that fucking idiot to look like a fucking idiot.  Of course the Browns go right down and score and makes this guy look like a genius.

My point is fuck that guy and fuck the idiot at the bar who thinks he is smarter than the coach.  Remember, while you are slinging back Bud Lights for the fifth day in a row that guy actually sees the team play everyday.

5. Paying the Bill

This is the worst, because your original plan was to only stay for the afternoon games, but you changed your plans and decided to stay for the night games as well.

The smart and responsible thing to do would have been to keep track of what you have ordered and maybe just put a cap on your spending.  But you didn’t, you forget what number beer you were on and all you know is that you drank enough to know you shouldn’t drive home.

You sit their waiting in panic on how much you spent and hoping you have enough money to pay for the bill.  The last thing you want to do is put the afternoon on your credit card because you have actually been responsible with it lately.

Also, the worst part about the bill is the fun is over.  You can try for a night-cap but odds are you are probably going to head home and sit on your couch and watch the late night Pac 12 game or a Bruce Willis Movie.

When you get the actual bill you are reminded why this is the first time you put pants on, on a Saturday in months.  Regardless of how much you make for a living odds are you are going to be disappointed in yourself on how much you spent on the afternoon.

 

DBACKS VS MARICOPA COUNTY

For the past year almost year and a half the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County have been battling over who should pay for the damages that Chase Field has suffered over the years.

Dating back to last spring the Diamondbacks were told that Chase field required $187 million in repairs in an inspection that Maricopa County itself put on.  The Diamondbacks refused to pay for the repairs and are even attempting to sue the County over who pays for the repairs.

Well things have gotten so out of hand that Major League Baseball has gotten involved.  Per Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic. The MLB has threatened to move the team from Phoenix.

Major League Baseball officials are so alarmed by recent equipment breakdowns at Chase Field that they might require the Arizona Diamondbacks to leave Phoenix unless the county government pays for millions of dollars in stadium repairs, an attorney for the team warned Tuesday.

It’s the first time the team has indicated that MLB is directly involved in the dispute, ramping up pressure in its long-running lawsuit against Maricopa County.

This is in response to the recent pipe burst in multiple suits and conference rooms at Chase Field.  Sanders goes on to explain the pipe burst incident.

Beus cited two incidents in June: a sanitation pipe that burst in an office, and an air-conditioning system that failed after a downtown-wide power surge.

The air-conditioning pipes flooded suites, restaurants, an office and a gym hours before a game, drawing complaints from fans who got wet or had to sit in warm indoor temperatures, he said.

Because of the breakdowns, MLB engineers will visit in a few days to evaluate Chase Field, Beus said.

League spokesman Matt Bourne declined comment on Beus’ claims.

However, Cameron Artigue, a private attorney representing Maricopa County, called the Diamondbacks argument a red herring.

“This (lawsuit) has nothing to do with the water leaks and the merits of Chase Field,” he said. “The Diamondbacks are the facility manager. When a pipe breaks, that is a Diamondbacks problem. And that is, in fact, what happened. They got out the mops and they mopped it up, and life goes on. It’s a big facility and sometimes pipes break. So what?”

County spokesman Fields Moseley said the team is publicizing the incidents “to try to bolster the point that, ‘Oh we’re horrible landlords.’ “

Moseley pointed to contracts outlining the team’s responsibility for the chiller system and questioned why Diamondbacks officials did not notify the county about the flooding, bring the issue up at a facilities meeting, or request payment for repairs if the team believes the county is on the hook.

Before we go on I love how the private attorney for Maricopa County tries to downplay the pipes breaking and flooding the suite.  Could you imagine if you were a season ticket holder and you go to a suite and it was flooded and someone said: “So what its just a pipe burst and a little water no one is going to die here.”  That has to be an all time downplay of a shitty situation.

To end the article Sanders explains how the court situation could go between the two sides.

Tuesday’s court hearing was supposed to determine whether the team’s grievances would be decided in court or through arbitration, which typically is a faster and less expensive process to resolve disputes.

If the Diamondbacks and county go to arbitration, the main sticking point is timing.

Grady Gammage Jr., also representing the county, said depositions could take months, leading to a start date for arbitration in February or beyond.

That’s too long for the Diamondbacks and MLB to wait, Beus argued.

Should the parties go to arbitration, another question is whether it will be private, as is usual, or open to the public, since it is a matter of taxpayer concern.

The Diamondbacks are “crystal clear” about wanting to conduct the negotiations in the open, Beus said.

“The owner of the Diamondbacks (Ken Kendrick) wants the public to have access to everything. That’s been an important piece of all of our negotiations,” he told The Arizona Republic.

The county has not yet fully committed to the idea.

“We have no objection to transparency,” Gammage said, but “frankly, that will slow it down” because attorneys won’t be as open with each other if news reporters are listening.

Even if the proceedings are private, he said, the county Board of Supervisors will not be able to sign a deal with the team without discussing it at a public meeting.

Superior Court Judge Karen Mullins said she would decide within two weeks whether to hold a trial or send the case to arbitration.

This whole situation is a mess but I am 100% on the Diamondbacks side in this situation.  Normally I hate it when teams make the fans pay for stadiums, I think its dumb to make fans pay for a stadium that they do not have easy access to.  It is dumb that the peoples tax dollars go to build a stadium that you have to pay $40 for a ticket, $20 to park, $7 for a hot dog, and $10 for a beer.  Especially here in Arizona where the schools and highways are shit.

Arizona is growing at a rapid rate and I am all for not putting our money into stadiums that billionaires can pay for.  We need better schools, better highways, and better public transportation.

I am on the Diamondbacks side because Maricopa County owns the stadium!  When Kenny Chesney plays at Chase field the County gets the profit.  Maricopa County is the reason you can’t drink on the plaza.  Maricopa County should have to pay for the repairs.

This is a tenant vs landlord battle.  When you rent a home or an apartment and your AC goes out, or your plumbing breaks, you call your landlord and they send out a guy to fix it and no money comes out of your pocket.

If Maricopa County can not pay for these repairs or flat out doesn’t want to thats fine.  They should sell the stadium to the team or a group of investors who can.

Kyrie Irving Mess

I am sure we have all heard by now that Cavaliers Point Guard Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and wants a fresh start somewhere else.

The story was leaked by ESPNs Brian Windhorst.

“Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the point guard has asked the team to trade him.

The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has said that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.

Among several possibilities discussed in Irving’s meeting with the Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs were raised as a preferred destination, league sources told ESPN. Irving said he’d also be willing to join the New York KnicksMiami Heatand Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources said.”

I needed a few days to cool off because I received the news on Friday afternoon and I was heated.  It didn’t make any sense to me that Kyrie Irving who was just a year removed from winning an NBA title and was a month removed from helping get his team to a 3rd strait NBA finals.

On Sunday morning ESPN released a story by Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst.  The question was answered why does Irving want to leave Cleveland?

“Irving was tired of being Robin to James’ Batman. Tired of having another superstar — even one of the best players of all time — in control of his fate. Yes, he had learned from James in the three seasons they’d played together. Yes, he was appreciative. But Irving felt the time had come to take his destiny into his own hands. He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team, as he thought he was going to be three years ago, when he signed a five-year extension 11 days before James decided to come home.”

Irving wants power he wants to be THE guy, which could be understandable.  Irving like I said hit the game winning shot in last years finals, and he averaged just under 30 ppg in this past finals.

A lot of people think Kyrie is right for asking for a trade.  Some say he is just doing what Lebron has done to Cleveland and Miami.  My argument to that is Lebron has never asked for a trade, he was waited till he is a free agent.

But, back to the question.  Can Kyrie Irving be who he thinks he is?  Can he be the centerpiece of a franchise?

My answer is No.

Kyrie Irving is a top 10 offensive player in the NBA, in terms of being a smaller guy (by NBA standards) he may be the best finisher at the rim ever.  Watching him finish at the rim is a true art when you watch how he is able to adjust his body in mid air.  The problem is Irving is absolutely atrocious on defense and doesn’t seem to be the guy who makes other players around him better.

Irving finished the 2016-17 season with a Offense Real Plus and Minus of +4.35, which is very good.  His Defensive Real Plus and Minus was an abysmal -2.30.  I admit that not all players play stellar defense on a night to night basis but Irvings defense has been criticized since he came into the league.

Irving seems to be the guy who would go to a lesser team in the Eastern Conference and average close to 30 ppg and his team floating around below .500 and most likely getting bounced in the first round.

ESPN Cleveland tweeted out a quote from Windhorst from an interview with their local affiliate.

After last years game 7 Irving face timed Kobe and has made several references to Kobes “Mamba Mentality”.  Which I still don’t know what that means.  I am guessing it means take a bunch of inefficient shots, be tough to play with, and on your way out act like you liked everyone as everyone pats your back.

I think this is a huge risk for Irving, leaving the games biggest star of the past 10 years.  Cleveland with all the off season drama is still in the best position to win it all if Golden State suffers a major injury.  From the sounds of it Irving would rather go to a lesser team and put up big numbers then try to stick it out one more year with Lebron.

In the same article from Sunday morning it is noted that Irving is jealous of Damian Lillard and John Wall.  Which is funny because you would think the two would be jealous of Irving.  Neither have made it past the second round of the playoffs and Irving has played in three straight Finals.

Another thing that makes this funny.  Irvings image has grown since Lebron has came back to Cleveland.  Irvings shoe finished second in sales behind Lebrons shoe, not to mention Irvings famous Uncle Drew Pepsi commercials which are going to be turned into a movie, and Kyrie lead the team in shots this year.

Irving says he wants to be the guy but he requested to go to San Antonio who already has Kawhi Leonard, and Minnesota who already has Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.  He requested Miami who has former teammate Dion Waiters who did not seem to mesh when both were in Cleveland.  Irving even said he wants to go to the Knicks which you could argue to be the most dysfunctional franchise in sports.

I can understand egos take part in pro sports, you can hate it all you want but its there.  Irving seems to be contradicting himself saying he wants to be THE guy even though he has endorsements that other stars don’t have, he wants to be the main guy in the offense but gets more shots than anyone.

Not to mention if Lebron were to stay, Lebron is getting older and doesn’t want as much as the workload.  Irving could theoretically be THE guy like he wants getting more shots and more attention.

People who are applauding Irving seem to be doing it because Irving seems to be sticking it to James.  They aren’t thinking about how good do you think he really is.  If Irving wants to have power he has to have the talent to back it up, he has to be so good teams will do anything to get him on their team.

The Suns reportedly won’t even give the Cavs first round pick Josh Jackson paired with Eric Bledsoe to get Irving.  The only way the Knicks would get Irving is giving up Porzingis.  If I am the Knicks I am not giving up Porzingis.  Unless the Cavs want Carmelo Anthony no way he ends up on the Knicks.  The Cavs wouldn’t even give up Kevin Love to get Melo, why would they give up Kyrie who has more value than Love to get Melo?  Would Minnesota possibly give Wiggins and some picks for Irving?  That seems to be the last realistic deal to be made.

People seem to forget that for a trade to go through BOTH teams have to accept the trade.  When considering to trade Irving you have to get a player or two back in return who could help the Cavs title chase next year and possibly build for the future.  Their may not be a trade out there.  With the Suns pulling Jackson out of talks, and if a deal can’t get done with Minnesota to possibly get Wiggins.  Irving and the Cavs may be stuck with each other.

The Cavs best option may be to get Irving, James and the Front Office all in a room and figure this situation out.

In the NBA you never get four quarters on the dollar when you trade a star to another team.  The Cavs are never going to get equal value for Irving, but I think you have to try to at least get 50 cents on the dollar.

Unless something crazy happens in the next couple weeks I could see Irving right back with the Cavaliers next season.  You can add this to all the storyline drama the Cavs have faced the past three years.

Stop Complaining About Super Teams

With Chris Paul being traded from the Clippers to the Rockets, it appears to look like the Rockets are doing their best to form their own super team. Before anyone comes at me with “the Rockets aren’t a super team yet” I want to let you know I do agree.  Chris Paul teaming up with James Harden is a head scratcher because the two playing styles don’t necessarily mix, but it does make Houston an attractive destination to acquire players via trade or free agency.

Talking about whether the acquisition of Chris Paul makes the Rockets a threat to the Warriors is not what I am going to talk about today.

Chris Paul this morning opted into his contract, making the Clippers trade him to the Rockets, as oppose to him opting out of his contract and signing a long-term deal with the Rockets.

This is important to note because he along with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade are also Free-Agents at the end of next season.  Meanwhile Carmelo Anthony is currently in Buyout talks with the Knicks.

This is also going on at the same time while Paul George is on the trading block.  Many teams, most notably the Cavaliers as they try to retool their super team in hopes to defeat the Warriors.  Now the Rockets have come into play for George and may even be in play if Anthony gets bought out.

Chris Paul teaming up with Harden, Cavs trying to improve their super team, George leaving Indiana, and the Lakers making a point to clear cap space for next is all response the Warriors assembling one of the greatest teams ever.

We all saw the Warriors without Kevin Durant and they won 73 games and we recently saw them with Kevin Durant as they looked damn near unstoppable all throughout the playoffs.

Everyone over the past year has destroyed Kevin Durant for leaving Oklahoma City to join the Warriors.  Some people even went to the level of calling him a coward, because he gave up or didn’t do it on his own.  Everyone destroyed Lebron, including me, for forming his super team down in Miami, because it’s not what us the fans call competitive.

Well today I am going to say it is time to stop hating super teams, its time to stop saying super teams have ruined the NBA.  It is also time to stop talking about the “good ole days” of Bird and Magic.

Here are the reasons why

1.  If you are going to blame any group of people for the “super team” era in the NBA blame the two groups that hate it the most.  That is the media and the fans.  Both parties talk about how a certain player “can’t get it done” in the Playoffs or doesn’t win enough regardless of his current playing situation.  We remember guys for one bad game regardless of how good he played throughout his long career.

Be honest with yourself.  If Kevin Durant stayed in Oklahoma City and never won a title, which was a real possibility, how would people talk about him?  Would people talk about how he was so loyal to Oklahoma City and he is the definition of what athletes should be even though he didn’t win a ring?  Sure, some people would and some people may respect him more.  OR would people have talked about how he could never get it done in the Playoffs, and talk about all the games he didn’t get it done in crunch time as oppose to all the game he did?  I am going to go with number two.

2.  Take five seconds and put yourself in the athletes shoes.  I am one to believe that we hold athletes to an unfairly higher standard than ourselves.  The super team argument relates, because we only look how this benefits ourselves.  We see Kevin Durant go to one team and we react based on how it affects our team and then lash out by saying the guy is trash or isn’t a “true competitor”.  We fail to put ourselves in the athletes shoe because we fear being wrong.  We fear knowing that us to would probably turn down playing for our favorite team and decide to go play somewhere else.

Lets takes Lebrons decision to leave Cleveland back in 2010.  In Terry Plutos recent book “The Comeback” . He talks about the meetings Lebron had with the different teams that came and visited him.

If you forget, back in 2010 six teams were in the running for Lebron.  All six teams made their way to Cleveland, Ohio and made what they believed was their best pitch.  The six teams were the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  In the book he talks about how the Clippers put a pitch together talking about the LA lifestyle Lebron could have.  The Clippers talked about the clubs, restaurants, and beaches Lebron could go to.  The Bulls talked about the young core of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah and possibly Dwayne Wade.  The Nets bragged about all the money they had because at the time Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov owned the team and was willing to spend whatever he needed to win.  Lebron also had a great relationship with Jay Z, who at the time was a minority owner of the team.  The Knicks put together a presentation bragging about the $2 billion worth of possible endorsements he could get by playing in New York city for the Knicks.

Then came Miami.  Miami had Pat Riley who won championships with the showtime Lakers, brought some of the best years of basketball New York Knicks fans have ever seen while their Head Coach.  He even won a championship in Miami five years prior.  Riley came into the meeting room and famously threw his seven championship rings on the table.  Riley talked about what it meant to be a champion and how Lebron had everything it took to be a champion and how Riley was the guy to put him in the best situation to win one.

Meanwhile, Cleveland talked about the importance of staying home, and how they were people he could trust.  The Cavs even went as far as putting together a fucking Family Guy cartoon with Lebron and his friends.  So dumb, and it pisses me off to this day.

After all of that put yourself in Lebrons shoes.  Lebron was 25, worth millions, was an MVP already, but struggled getting past teams that were just better than him.  Those Cleveland teams with Lebron the first time around were terrible.  Lebron single handily lead them to the playoffs year after year.  Losing in the playoffs like the Cavs did had to drive Lebron nuts and he knew at that point in time the Cavs were not the ones to help him get a ring.  The Cavs spent too much money on Larry Hughes, an out of prime Shaq, and traded for a useless Antawn Jamison.  Lebron had money, he had all the glamour already.  He didn’t need any more money in endorsements, he didn’t need a beach lifestyle, didn’t want to be part of something up and coming.  He needed and wanted a ring and Miami was the best place for that.  Wouldn’t you do the same?  Wouldn’t you choose a school, or workplace that gives you the best chance to succeed?  Hopefully the answer to most would be yes.

3.  Talking about what teams pitched to Lebron in 2010 brings me to my third point.  When I hear those stories about Owners coming to Lebron and pitching to Lebron about how the millionaire can make millions, and when I think about how the Cavs did so many dumb trades back then one word comes to mind.  That word is incompetence.

For years players and fans have suffered from complete incompetence from their front office.  Why is it wrong for a player to control their own destiny and career?  Why does a player have to have someone else put a better team around him?  Kevin Durant, and Lebron James took matters into their own hands to make sure they did win a championship.  Maybe if instead of spending huge money on Larry Hughes, maybe the Cavs should have put the time and money into trying to acquire Jason Kidd who was one of the best players in the game at the time.  Instead of bitching at Kevin Durant for leaving, why don’t people bitch at the Thunders front office for trading James Harden for practically nothing.  People say players forming super teams is a very millennial move, because it is “taking the easy way out”.  Well, isn’t a player waiting for someone else to improve his team more millennial than someone who is trying to take matters into his own hands and make a team better himself?

Which brings up another point.  Why is it celebrated that Danny Ainge of the Celtics formed a super team by adding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen?  Why is it “business” when the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler costing him millions, because he is no longer eligible for the “super-max” he would have been eligible for in Chicago?  Red Auerbach was able to acquire Bill Russell because he said he would fund some ice show for the Rochester Royals if they didn’t draft Russell.  Russell then went to the St. Louis Hawks where Auerbach was easily able to trade for him because of the Jim Crow laws that were still present.  It was that easy for Auerbach to get the centerpiece of one of sports greatest dynasties.  The Showtime Lakers were able to draft James Worthy, because they traded Don Ford to the Cavs and in return got the number one pick to draft Worthy.  For some reason we accept these incompetent moves by Owners and General Managers and fail to mention them in Basketball history, but we are quick to downplay rings won by Lebron and Durant because they took matters into their own hands.

4. Finally, super teams are good.  Super teams force other teams to make decisions and act quickly.  It puts pressure on coaches, players, and front offices to make uncomfortable and tough decisions.  You have to think the Cavaliers don’t necessarily want to trade Kevin Love, but the Warriors have forced the Cavs to make tough decisions.  Teams are currently scrambling to find ways to acquire Paul George in hopes they can compete for a championship.  Players like Paul are forced to make tough career decisions to better their chances at winning a ring.  Carmelo realizes he can’t wait for New York to rebuild, so his response is to negotiate a buy out.  Carmelo will then be faced to decide where to play which may define his career.  Then we have Lebron.  Lebron after next summer will again be faced with the decision on where to play.  Anytime you can get pressure on teams and players to make decisions it is considered a good thing.  There is nothing worse than having a team that just sits on their hands and wait for something to happen.

To wrap all this up, its time to stop complaining about the super teams.  Super teams are not ruining the NBA.  Yes, we have had the same finals for the past three years, but were we complaining in the 80s when it was primarily Celtics and Lakers or in the 90s with the Bulls?  The answer is no.  Teams find ways to adjust, there is too much time and money invested for teams to just sit back and wait for the Warriors run to end.  Teams and players will find a way to compete and when it does happen it will all be fun to watch.

Thank You Thad

Yesterday, Ohio State Head Basketball Coach Thad Matta was “let go”, “fired”, “mutually agreed to step down” whatever it was the greatest basketball coach in Ohio State history announced he was not returning next season.

Yes, you read that correctly THE GREATEST COACH IN OHIO STATE HISTORY.

Thad Matta, took over a school that was on probation after the 2004 season, he took over the Buckeyes that were bottom feeders in the Big Ten and took it on a 13 year run that no one could have imagined.

Matta lead Ohio State to five Big ten Championships, 5 trips to the Sweet 16 one of which included a trip to the Elite 8 and two turned into final 4 trips.  Also, had one trip to the National Championship where he lost to arguably one of the greatest College Basketball teams in the past 20 years.  Matta also helped produce four different Buckeyes that ended up being top 5 picks.  He put Ohio State on the College Basketball map and brought in talent that no one could have ever imagined at a school that is primarily known for its football.

When Matta came to Ohio State he thrived on the recruiting trail, he brought in arguably the best recruiting class in Big Ten basketball history in Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and Daquan Cook.  He turned Evan Turner into a lottery pick, and took a gritty white 6 1 guard in Aaron Craft and turned him into a Ohio State legend.  It seemed like Ohio State hit the jackpot in hiring Matta, and he seemed to be the guy Ohio State would have for years and years to come.

Matta, was affected by a botched back surgery in 2007 and his health never was the same and in recent years it became very noticeable it was affecting him in a negative way.  There are stories where he had to sit on a stability ball in practice because it took pain away from his back, he also had trouble walking up stairs, and going to post game press conferences were never the easiest.

Just a reminder to everyone Matta is only 49 years old, usually things were only supposed to get better than they already were for a young coach.  The Ringers Mark Titus, who also played under Matta, pointed out John Wooden had zero Final Four appearances at the age of 49.  Just to put it in perspective.

Matta, was just a small town guy who dreamed of being a coach.  How do I know this?  Because I had the privilege to live in the town he grew up in.

Matta, grew up in a town called Hoopeston, Illinois an hour south of the University of Illinois.  Mattas name was talked about at local restaurants and barber shops, his picture is up in the school trophy case, his Dad coached basketball at the local High School, his mom also worked at the middle school and high school.  I give partial blame to his mom for my chubby middle school years as she used to give me free breakfast at the school cafeteria if I wore Ohio State stuff.

And if you know anything about me I got A LOT of free breakfast.  But for real thank you, that breakfest wasn’t cheap.

The best part about Matta is he kept it clean, and classy.  Those two words are hard to come by when describing a major college sports program.  Matta came at a time when the basketball program was under a microscope and it has had zero disciplinary issues since he stepped on campus.  If you don’t believe he is classy listen to rival coaches, and former players.  The support has been overwhelming.

I started this blog wanting to defend Ohio State in their move and predict what the Buckeyes should do in their head coaching search.  Midway I took time to read Mark Titus piece on Thad Matta.  It made me realize how much this all really sucks.  It sucks the greatest basketball coach in the history of the program gets fired (or whatever actually happened) it sucks his coaching career ends at 49, it sucks that the small town boys dream gets cut short, it sucks he never got the National Title he deserved, it sucks Buckeye fans everywhere have to argue whether he should have been let go earlier than he did.  It all sucks.

Matta deserved to hold that trophy for Ohio State, he deserved the farewell where a sold out Schottenstein Center gives him a standing O and he rides off into the sunset with a smile on his face.  Unfortunately, we got a random press conference in June, and a day freaking out where the program is headed.

My blog on whether this was the right move and what the Buckeyes should do will come later but for now here are some of my favorite moments of  Thads time at Ohio State

This is one of my favorites because it was Michigan and I love how pumped Matta was after the shot.  He brought excitement and energy to the program and he showed it on the sideline.

Speaking of intensity, this was the 2007 Wisconsin game that took place on the last day of the regular season and the Big Ten title was on the line.  As someone who is also very superstitious I totally respect this move.

This was during the 07 Final Four run and Ohio State was on the brink of elimination in the second round.  That team was always so good down the stretch.  It’s always fun to watch teams who surprise you at how good they are but it is even more fun when you know a team is very good and that was this 07 team.

And of course my favorite one.  For me personally this is when I thought Matta was going to create something special.  He took a scholarship depleted team got them 20 wins and stopped Illinois undefeated season.

I could talk all day about my favorite Ohio State players growing up and my favorite games I saw as a kid and all the credit goes to him.  As a Ohio State fan, a basketball fan, a 24-year-old and the 13-year-old me would like to say Thank You Thad.  Thank you for the great 13 years, us Buckeye fans couldn’t have asked for more.

Go Bucks.

The Bachelorette Ep 1.

This site is mostly for sports and it will be but I am guilty for loving the Bachelorette.  I think it is one of the more pathetic things in this world.  I love how 20 some odd people from the opposite sex fight over one person, in this case it is 20 some odd dudes going after one girl.  What could possibly go wrong? For those of you who are in successful long term relationships and for those who are married know the key to dating is sharing a girl with other guys who you happen to live with.  We all know it is totally ok to go on maybe a few dates with a girl and some of them are with a few other guys and while you are awkwardly sipping on your vodka soda she is making out with some dude who is an aspiring gymnast who is also somehow studying to be a lawyer.

Oh and after those few dates of her making out with almost every guy on the show and sleeping with a few of them you get on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage.  This is a total key for success, just ask any member of the military who just graduated boot camp and he will totally agree with you on this statement.

The first episode is probably my favorite episode because you get to watch guys go to end of the earth to impress a girl and most of them fall flat on there face.  So buckle your seat belts while I break down the first episode.

This episode was a god damn rollar coaster.  You had a guy with a doll, marching band, a guy with a vacuum, and some guy who rides or dies with his catch phrase.  So much went on this episode I am just going to highlight some things that caught my eye

BRYAN- First Kiss, Rose, and the guy she tells you not to worry about

The big event that happens in this episode is people fighting for attention and trying to get the first impression rose which usually ends up being the guy who also gets the first kiss.  Blake came in hot, being a chiropractor from Miami who also speaks fluent Spanish.  Blake is the guy that your girl tells you not to worry about.  Free life hack for all you guys, if your girl comes home from work telling you about a tall, dark guy, who speaks fluent Spanish and also is a chiropractor just pack up your stuff and leave.  Make sure you get everything that is yours back from her, give her stuff back and just let your buddy know you are going to have to stay on his couch for a little bit until you get your shit back together because if you run into this guy odds are you are probably going to lose.  Is it fair? hell no but it is just the way the cookie crumbles.  I have Blake finishing second to Anthony but after tonight I am questioning my decision as I wish I put him as the winner because he is going to be tough to beat.  But to sum it up Blake is the ultimate winner tonight because he got the rose, the first kiss and in a room full of guys that have egos the size of Texas, in which he probably crushed some of there egos.

The Butt-hurt gets real off the bat

It shocks me every time whether it is the Bachelor or the Bachelorette how butt hurt everyone gets.  When you have the first impressions naturally guys are going to do whatever we can to stand out.  Then whenever someone does something crazy hoping to capture, in this case Rachels, eye people get all butt hurt like they forgot they were competing against a house full of dudes for one girl.  Then when Rachel walks in and it is time for cocktail hour guys get extremely butt hurt that they don’t get all the time in the world.  Well no shit dude there is like 30 guys trying to do the same exact thing you are doing.  I also love when the guys get mad at the guy who grabs her first.  That move takes extreme balls, don’t get all pissy because some dude had bigger balls than you.  I understand this is tough to accept and a little awkward at first, shit being out with one of your buddies and you are both trying to talk to the same girl is hard enough, but this is what you signed up for so suck it up.

Fred- poor guy

I actually have this guy getting pretty far in the show.  I have him getting far enough for when he gets eliminated he will have no problems finding a girl to help him get over Rachel.  But, this guy I kinda actually feel for, in my opinion this guy has no chance because Rachel sees him as just this piece of shit third grader.  No guy wants to be remembered as the piece of shit kid he once was in third grade.  Although, Fred probably should have gone a different route than pulling out his old elementary school year book as his way of making a first impression.  Think about the effort he must have gone through to find that year book.  My guess is, it was probably at his moms house and he dug it out of some box in the garage and figured this would be some cute way to break the ice.  Instead, she probably thought a multitude of things like why does he still have that year book, I looked terrible in eighth grade, those braces were not a good look, and I fucking hated you back then because you wouldn’t eat your carrot sticks.  This guy stands no legit chance of winning, but like I said he will be on long enough to be well known and maybe make some appearances at some clubs around the country and he can find someone to heal his wounds.  So maybe I don’t really feel for this guy.  Actually, fuck this guy

Mohit- Come ready to play

This guy… I don’t know if I feel sorry for the guy or to just rip him to shreds because he did not eat his Wheaties that morning.  You guys may have missed this guy but he may have put on the worst performance in Bachelorette history.  This guy got his first impression when he said hi to her but then was too scared to go and talk to the girl.  I understand being in a room full of guys with “high-end” jobs, overpriced suits can be intimidating, but you signed up for this and you probably had weeks or months to prepare how you were going to attack this situation and you totally fumbled the snap.  This performance was so bad the other guys were trying to help him out.  In an atmosphere where guys are trying to one up each other, some guys felt so bad for the guy they were begging for him to go talk to her.  My favorite stunt Mohit pulled was when Rachel and Bryan were talking after Bryan just won the first impression rose, Mohit akwardly stood in the background and watched like the freshman stalking the cheerleader captain talking to her boyfriend who is also the football team captain.  Then this loser (yes he has done enough to be called a loser) while Rachel and Bryan are making out this guy yells NOOOOOOO!!! like he had a fucking chance.  Mohit, sorry bro you had to come ready to play but instead you couldn’t even make it out of the tunnel for the pre-game warm up.

Lee- The only hope for short guys

As a short guy, I am sick and tired of us being over looked (pun intended).  When Lee walked out of the limo with his guitar and it said he was a singer I immediately hated the guy.  Because, who doesn’t hate the guy that walks around with a guitar?  Then I realized this guy is the only hope for us short people in this world.  If Lee can somehow pull this thing out maybe there can be some trendy short guy phase women go through, like that stupid Dad bod phase, because of this I am going to be rooting hard for Lee because this show is made up of primarily tall guys and I for one am sick of it.  Judging by the previews this guy also causes some drama which I am all for.

Blake K- The Douche?

This guy might have the biggest ego in the world, I had trouble breathing watching this episode because his ego was floating through my computer screen.  This guy starts off the season talking about how good he is in bed, which could play to his benefit, but nothing says “I’m modest” like talking about how good I am in bed.  For the record that was complete sarcasm.  Then this guy shows up with a full blown marching band with him playing the drums like he is Nick Cannon from the movie Drumline.  First off, what a career to claim saying you are an aspiring drummer.  I am half tempted to go on this show and dribble a basketball through my legs and say I am an aspiring basketball player.  Also, anyone find it ironic the guy who shows up with a marching band is also the guy bragging about how good he is at sex?  I wonder where he learned it?  That was an American Pie reference for all you people that haven’t lived yet.  Then Blake is already becoming the guy calling people out for not being there for the right reasons.  I am going to go out on a limb here and say Blake is trying to get his drumming career started up and what better way than to douche it up on a reality TV series.  By the way for the record, for the rest of time Blake is on this show and I mention his name in these blogs this is how I am saying his name while writing.. Fast forward to the 1 minute mark.

Milton- WHY ARE YOU CRYING???

After the last season of the Bachelor I can’t deal with guys crying for no reason.  Nick seemed to cry at least once every episode, he was so bad I have anointed him worst dude EVER!!!!!! Milton after introducing himself, talking to her for a few minutes and watching her talk to 20 something dudes felt the need to cry after not getting a rose.  This is the equivalent to the guy crying when the bar closes because the girl he was buying drinks for left by her self.  This guy is a total bitch and crying after the first episode deserves no other label.  Come on dude.

Lucas- Whaboom guy

This guy is a god damn electric factory!  I love this guy, I love him as much as the blind horse I bet on to win the Kentucky Derby a few weeks ago.  By some off chance this guy wins and I didn’t pick him to win I will never forgive myself.  This guy not only has the balls to show up with a megaphone and obnoxiously use it around a group of tight asses, not only has the balls to show up in a suit where his shirt is a sleeveless whaboom shirt in a room full of guys wearing overpriced suits, this guy walks up to a pretty girl and does this act where he yells whaboom and walks away like life is normal.  I for one fucking love this guy.  You can’t fake this stuff, if you have saying where you are willing to yell it from the mountain tops and you don’t care what people think about you you are as real as it gets.  When he was being called out by Blake for how he was acting and he responded saying “I think we all have a little whaboom in us” I jumped out of my seat like the Browns just scored the game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.  Ladies, if you want a guy who is willing to go all in on a relationship and is willing to put it all on the line this is your man.  If this guy is willing to go all out for his saying, and to him it isn’t just a saying to him it is clearly a way of life.  I don’t see why he wouldn’t go all in on a relationship.  This guy is a true cinderella story and I for one am hoping on the train and riding it till the end.  Go whaboom guy!

Just so I can put this on paper I have Anthony winning it all, I have no reason he just seems like a guy who could win this thing.  All I hope is we get some drama of guys arguing and acting like they aren’t on a reality TV show where the girl makes out with all the guys in the house.  I want to see some blood shed and I want lots of good laughs and some good material to make fun of Chris Harrison.  I will be writing a blog on every episode so stay tuned, because this is the best Bachelorette coverage you can get.

 

Lavar Ball is Still an Ass

Today on Colin Cowherds Show “The Herd” on FS1 Lavar Ball did not take kindly to Kristine Leahys very simple question when she asked him how many shoes he has sold.  Ball responded to Leahy by telling her to “stay in her lane.”

Here is the full interview below, the back and forth with Leahy and Ball starts at the 6 minute mark.

https://www.iheart.com/video/lavar-ball-interview-27772304/?embed=true&autoStart=false&share=http://foxsportsradio.iheart.com/media/play/27772304/&siteid=13133

I am on record of saying I absolutely can not stand this guy and I am so sick of FS1 and ESPN giving him the attention that he has been getting.  Everyone can say how his business model is working and in a way it is.  Lavar Ball has made his own shoe and set it at an unreasonable price and people are dumb enough to buy it.  If you bought his shoe you may fit into his group of “Big Ballers” but in reality you are just a fucking idiot.

While Ball may be making a name for himself and a good chunk of money, in the long run this could hurt his son Lonzo who is projected to go number two overall to the Lakers.  Lonzo could already have signed his shoe deal with Nike, Adidas, or Under Armor and gotten his nice million dollar payday as a 19 year old.  But instead Lavar is overshadowing his son and using his kids to cash in on a payday he never got.

In a day an age where equality is preached from the mountain tops you have to think this back and forth with Leahy could come back to bite him.  The main point Kristine was trying make was that he should think about attracting to a female side, like Nike, Adidas, Under Armor who LaVar has said he is trying to compete with.  LaVar  responded by saying saying he doesn’t have to have a line of clothing for females which he in a way is right.  If you want to make a clothing line for just males or just females you are well within your rights to do that.  The Problem is when LaVar says he wants to go toe to toe with these big companies you need a female line to truly compete whether you like it or not.

For the record I don’t necessarily believe LaVar told Leahy to stay in her lane solely because she was a women but more because Leahy has said she doesn’t agree with all of LaVars antics.  Regardless it is still a terrible look and he should probably have more self awareness.  Or not be a complete jack ass.

If LaVar can’t take a few negative comments from a reporter how is he going to handle the LA media on a daily basis?  Playing in LA, especially with the Lakers isn’t like playing in Milwaukee or Orlando.  With the attention LaVar has attracted to himself and his son he is due for a rude awakening when the Lakers have a rough stretch in the season or Lonzo himself is playing bad or if LaVars business has trouble taking off.

LaVar has made it known he only wants Lonzo to play with the Lakers and with LA getting the number 2 pick it looks like that dream will come true.  The question is whether LaVars antics will be tolerated with Laker great Magic Johnson.

Last night after the lottery results ESPNs Ryen Russillo tweeted this.

Its coming off as if LaVar thinks he can walk on water and with the attention and praise he has gotten from a lot of people in and outside the media why wouldn’t he?  NBA teams will have to figure out what the proper way to handle this guy because Lonzos talent is too good not to pass up.  If anyone in LA has the power to shut this guy up it is Mr. Laker himself Magic Johnson.

The question on when this sideshow will come to end remains but you have to think that after these questions to an established reporter like Kristine Leahy the media attention he has gotten may slow down a bit.

Just Pop Being Pop

Anyone who follows anything NBA knows Spurs Coach Greg Popovich has a knack for blowing off the media whether it is his post game press conference or the sideline reporters.

Pop made news this week for his rant to the media about the “dirty” play Warriors Center Zaza Pachulia made on Kawhi Leonard.

The irony in this interview is Pop defended Bruce Bowen for years who was notorious for his dirty play and everyone in Phoenix remembers the Western Conference Finals when Robert Horry checked Steve Nash into the scorers table.  If I remember correctly Pop was completely fine with the dirty play when it benefitted him.

Tonight, after the Spurs got blown out by 36 points in game 2 against Golden State Pop went off on another rant to the media.

Go to the 3 minute and 10 second mark to see the question and response.

Ok first off, Greg Popovich is one of if not the greatest NBA coach of all time.  I’m not saying he is a bad coach or he should be fired.  Second, I have actually heard Pop is a very nice guy in person, I am not saying he is the worst in the world.

My point is his act is just old and worn out.  I understand the last thing you want to do after a 36 point loss is go and talk to the media.  But at the end of the day it is your job to go and talk to the media after games, TV networks pay 100 of millions of dollars to show these games it isn’t the end of the world for you to answer a few questions.  There is no reason to act like a 12-year-old whose mom told him to take out the trash.

The question wasn’t the greatest but it wasn’t the worst, it also isn’t your job to decide what a good question and what a bad question is, there was no reason to put the guy down who is simply trying to do his job.  I MAY be able to see the response if the media was calling for Pops job everyday and this was the tipping point.  Actually, it is the exact opposite.  The media LOVES Pop!  Anything he says or does the media responds with a “Man Pop is the best!” or “Gotta love Pop” or “HAHAHA ohhh that is just Pop being Pop.”

Pop is the popular guy in high school that has never been told he is not funny because everyone just wants to be on his good side.  Whether it is him blowing off reporters or shoving his political beliefs down our throats.

This act was kinda funny years ago when it started but now it is just old.

 

Ohio State and Michigan to FOX

Eleven Warriors-So long to the annual showdown between Ohio State and Michigan at noon on ABC.

The Game is officially going to be broadcasted on FOX this fall, as Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet for the third time on the gridiron on Nov. 25 at Michigan Stadium. FOX confirmed the news during its upfronts on Monday.

Growing up a Ohio State fan there are very few things I hate more than Michigan.  I actually despise everything about Michigan, I hate their colors, that stupid fucking fight song, and that stupid stadium that is filled with Red every time Ohio State comes into town.

As much as I hate That Team Up North, there is nothing I love more than TTUN and Ohio State week.  I spend all week watching old games whether it is the 2006 game or the 1968 game.

As if the Meyer vs Harbaugh storyline and the way last years game ended wasn’t enough excitement for this rivalry.  We can now hopefully add a new man to the rivalry and that is Fox head broadcaster Gus Johnson.  With Brent Musberger gone Gus Johnson is easily my favorite broadcaster.  I can’t think of anyone who has more excitement in his voice than Gus.

Here are some videos of  Gus and if you don’t get pumped up by his voice I think it is reasonable to believe you do not have a pulse.

After watching this I feel like I could kill a bear with my bear hands after running through a brick wall.

Gus is exactly what this rivalry needs.  20 years from now I hope to be watching old Ohio State TTUN games with Gus Johnson absolutely losing his mind at every huge play.

It isn’t official whether Gus and his partner Joel Klatt, who is also one of the more underrated Color Analysts in College Football, will be calling this game in November but it is hard to believe Fox wouldn’t put their A-team on what most believe to have huge implications on the College Football Playoff.

As a reminder to all I am writing this on the evening of May 15th and Michigan STILL SUCKS!

Heading West?

“The Eastern Conferences is awful!”  It is something NBA fans have been hearing and saying for years.  It is a common belief amongst NBA fans that the Western Conference is by and large the better conference in the NBA.

This is an argument people will use against Lebron James when talking about how good he really is.  A lot of people will never give Lebron credit on his dominance of the Eastern Conference just because, well it is the Eastern Conference.

 

The point of today is to try to figure out why the Eastern Conference is so bad.  How come the East has been proclaimed as an “easy” road to the Finals for Lebron.

The other question is, if the East is sooooo easy why doesn’t anyone leave the West and head East?

Lets compare this to another figure that has dominated his sport.  Nick Saban

If you remember about 10 years ago Urban Meyers Florida Gators won the College Football National Championship, which started a historic run for SEC football.  The SEC would go on to win the next seven National Titles.  The SEC was by far the best conference in college football and some of the teams that would lose three games in a season would be better than some conference champions.

As of late the SEC isn’t near as what it used to be.  Nick Saban is a school paying a different Dad, a kick 6, and made field goal away from winning eight strait SEC titles.  No one wants to go coach in the SEC because if your name isn’t Nick Saban you aren’t going to win the SEC.  Saban has destroyed the SEC it has forced schools to make fast and irrational decisions, like LSU who fired Les Miles because he wasn’t keeping up with Nick Saban or Tennessee who fired legendary Coach Phillip Fulmer.  If your name isn’t Alabama odds are you are going to be looking for a new coach in the next couple years or the NCAA is going to hand down a big punishment for the violations you committed.  That would be you Ole Miss.

 

Like Saban destroying programs in the SEC, Lebron has destroyed many teams hopes in the East.

You can already see players wanting to move West as oppose to staying in the “easy” Eastern Conference.  Paul George has made it well-known he wants to go play in Los Angeles.  Kyle Lowry has come out and said he is going to test Free agency and has said “I just want a ring.”

Obviously nothing is official about these two notable stars possibly heading West.  But the fact they are considering leaving the East is interesting.

If the East is so easy why isn’t Lowry staying with Toronto or George wanting to stay with Indiana?  If the East is so easy it must be an easy decision for Gordon Hayward to leave Utah and head to Boston because all you have to do is get through just one team to get to the Finals.  Look out for Demarcus Cousins heading East to get his easy trip to the finals because all he has to do is get on a team and beat Lebron.

Except it is not that easy.  Like at the beginning of every football season we know that Nick Saban is going to be in position to play for that National Title, just like Lebron James is going to be playing for an NBA title come June.

How the SEC has transformed around him since he got to Alabama is an example of why Saban is the greatest College Football coach ever.  How the Eastern Conference has transformed around Lebron should be an example of why Lebron is one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Why don’t more Coaches go down South?  Why don’t more players go East?  They just have to beat one guy.

Because they know beating that one guy is harder than it sounds.