Thursday, June 28, 2007

Quick Thoughts on the NBA Draft

- What a historic day for the franchises in the Northwest.

- I really liked the first-round picks by Atlanta. Billy Knight actually listened to common sense.

- The more I think about it the more I don't like the Ray Allen trade for Boston. He's 32 and basically a more perimeter version of your best player. What's the point in getting Glen Davis when you have Leon Powe? Can you afford two roster spots on potential power forwards? On the plus side the Celtics do unload Wally's bloated salary.

- Michael Jordan is simply a horrible GM. Jason Richardson won't bring fans to the arena and isn't a superstar. I'm not high on Brandan Wright but I wouldn't trade a 6'9 potential stud for an injury-prone B player.

- I like the Lakers selection of Javaris Crittenton. I'm not sure why.

- Nick Young scores in a myriad of ways and doesn't play a lick of defense. He'll be a great fit in Washington.

- Ridding Steve Francis from your team is like being declared cancer-free. Z-Bo might go nuts in the Bronx. Should be interesting on both fronts. Is Channing Frye relegated to backup duties for Oden and Alridge? Does Josh McRoberts play solely in blowouts?

- Pretty good coverage by the guys at ESPN. Bilas was great, Stephen A. was opinionated (in a good way) and Tirico kept things going. That Oprah line was freakin' hilarious. Not sure what Mark Jackson was doing there (Chad Ford too busy flailing on his keyboard for Insider?).

- I was hoping Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak would punch Jim Gray for asking a question that was obviously tampering.

- Stop selling picks Phoenix! You could have had Sergio Rodriguez last year (and solved your backup PG dilemma). Did you really need $3 million badly enough to pass up on Rudy Fernandez or Morris Almond?

- Funniest moment of the draft: NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver announces Giorgos Printezis as the 58th overall selection and follows it with, "and he's here!" Printezis promptly slaps hands with his entourage, puts on a Spurs hat and heads to the stage as ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla says you wouldn't want to be around Printezis in a dark alley. Think the No Fun League Draft would ever be this laid-back and enjoyable?

- Orlando drafted Reyshawn Terry, a forward from UNC. With the 44th pick a team is basically throwing darts on the wall. Still, I like the selection and think Reyshawn can do some good things this season. Hell, I'd play him over Turkoglu right now.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Memo to Franklin Pierce Adams

The saddest of all possible words are not "Tinker to Evers to Chance" but "Jeff Weaver gets the start today."

UPDATE 5/3/07: Nightmare Weaver (because he sure as hell ain't weaving dreams) is scheduled to start against the Yankees in the Bronx Saturday. There are no guarantees in sports, but there's a 99.8% chance Jeff's 85-mph "fastballs" get shellacked. .1% accounts for rain and the other .1% in case an alien invasion.

UPDATE 5/5/07: Nightmare gives up a half-dozen runs in less than six innings... and his ERA drops to 15.35. Way to go Weaver.

UPDATE 5/10/07: Nightmare does it again: 5 innings, 10 hits, 6 earned runs, 2 homers and the loss. Weaver is now 0-6 for the year with a 14.32 ERA. Honestly, this may be the worst six starts to begin a season ever.

UPDATE 5/11/07: Nightmare goes on the DL with what the team is calling right shoulder tendinitis. I call it perpetual sucking.

UPDATE 6/3/07: The Nightmare in the Northwest returns with a vengeance! Jeff completed a simulated game Sunday and is likely to return to the rotation.

UPDATE 6/8/07: Nightmare pitches tomorrow against Seattle's interleague rival (???) San Diego. Weaver should perform better after sitting out a few weeks to get his mechanics and psyche in check. Also the Padres are a NL team. Then again, color me unconvinced.

UPDATE 6/9/07: Nightmare's line for the night: 4 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs (one earned), no walks and three strikeouts. Not bad at all. Jeff left the game early due to tightness in his lower back.

UPDATE 6/14/07: Nightmare pitched against the Cubbies today. Don't be fooled by the decent numbers (6 IP, 10 hits, 3 earned runs, one walk, two strikeouts); Weaver was awful. He was chucking 75 mph meatballs. Nightmare was lucky to only give up six extra base hits. His "quality start" however, probably earns him more play. So today's loss is actually like a double loss.

UPDATE 6/21/07: "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" Jeff not only earns his first win of the game but does it in fantastic fashion, hurling a four-hit shutout against the Pirates. Whether or not his stuff was any better compared to his previous starts remains to be seen, but one sure can't complain about the results.

UPDATE 6/26/07: "Two in a row! Two in a row!" Mariners fans cried out in the streets. Last night Weaver had a solid effort against a stellar Red Sox lineup, allowing only one earned run in 5 2/3 innings on his way to his second consecutive win.

Monday, June 11, 2007

The Coolest YouTube Clip Ever