Blazer’s 2d Thoughts, Shanahan’s Stupidity, Lion’s Lame Loss & More: Sunday Snippets

Thanks to the USA’s stunning dominance in the World B-Ball Championships, the world and maybe even the clerks at the NBA store on 5th Ave in NYC now know who is really the best player in the game.

LeBron? Tsk, tsk. A poseur.

Kobe? Legit choice, but yesterday’s email.

Kevin Durant, come on down. The future is yours.

I can’t help but think of those dunderheads in the Portland Trailblazers front office, who felt they “had to draft Greg Oden.” “Couldn’t pass him up,” they thought.

Silly boys. Silly, silly boys.

And that’s not just thinking in hindsight. It was obvious to anybody with the merest scintilla of sense — yes, yours truly included — that Oden was and always would be damaged goods. That Durant was a diamond in the rough, worth taking the chance.

So, hey, Portland, how’s that “sure thing” draft pick lookin’ now?

That Durant plays for The Team That Used To Live In Seattle, along with USA teammate Russell Westbrook, gives Oklahoma City a future so bright they’ll be needing some Ray Bans.

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Isn’t Mike Shanahan supposed to be some sort of football savant?

The answer is yes.

Then riddle me this. Why would he violate one of the immutable tenets of football? Which is: You don’t take points off the board. Washington coulda, woulda, shoulda been up on the Boys tonight, 13 zip. Instead, it’s 10-7, the Skins sphincters are tight and Jerry Jones has a hint o’ smile in the visiting owner’s box.

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I’m not going to rehash all the arguments about that absolutely abysmal call that took away a Detroit Lion winning touchdown in Chicago. You’ve seen the replay a hundred times already.

Motown was screwed. The rule sucks. Period. It’s a travesty of the highest order.

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We won’t have Tiger Woods to kick around anymore this year.

Now, if Brett Favre would just go away too.

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Speaking of last hurrah’s, I’ve got to wonder if Roger Federer has indeed won his last major. Amazing how all the tennis greats seem to crap out at just about the same age.

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Wonder what class Enes Kanter is studying for tonight?

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I personally would have been more comfortable¬† with Bruce Pearl’s mea culpa, had he come out forthrightly and said, “I broke the rules. Then I lied to the NCAA. I am truly sorry.”

A little contrition goes a long way.

But, ya know, Bruce never called for my advice.

– Seedy K


  1. Mark
    Posted September 13, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    All hail Kevin Durant, the man who led a “B team” to our first gold since 1994. Props to Mike Krzyzewski, who finally won the world title after his previous two attempts ended with bronze medals.

  2. Jason Puckett
    Posted September 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    You were right on picking Southern Carolina over Georgia.

    I thought the UGA defense had turned a corner, but apparently tackling is still a requirement to play defense. Give the OBC credit on a perfect gameplan.

  3. cbcard
    Posted September 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I find the Pearl story interesting. He is the same guy (or perhaps time has changed him) who as an assistant coach called out another program and then was essentially blackballed from any higher level job for years.

    Perhaps it’s easier to be honest when you are talking about someone else.

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