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Holy Shit….These Guys Are REALLY Done

March 4, 2008


So, I was listening to sports talk radio today, and my favorite afternoon team–Dan Bernstein and Terry Boers on WSCR 670 ‘The Score’–were discussing the Bulls’ inability to win three games in a row. They were looking over the Bulls’ remaining schedule to determine if it was going to happen in the final two months.

Folks, not only will this piece of shit team not win three in a row, they might struggle to win three total. OK, thats a bit of hyperbole, but check out this remaining schedule:

Memphis, Cleveland, at Boston, at Detroit, Utah, Philadelphia, at New Orleans, New Jersey, San Antonio, Indiana, Atlanta, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta, Milwaukee, Boston, at Cleveland, Washington, at Miami, at Orlando, Cleveland, Orlando, at Milwaukee, Toronto.

I knew this team wasn’t a contender; that was apparent by the end of November. But as a season ticket holder, I held out hope of a late run, resulting in the 7 or 8 seed and perhaps an entertaining playoff series against Boston or Detroit, in which the Bulls managed a win or two. But look at that schedule. There’s no way. Lets analyze this:

– Here are the “definite” wins (by no means are any of these wins guaranteed by NWMJ; however, I would be surprised if the Bulls didn’t beat these teams): Memphis, Indiana, Milwaukee, at Miami. So that is four wins.

– Here are the games they could win, but by no means do I expect the Bulls to prevail: Philadelphia, New Jersey, Atlanta, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta, Washington. There’s six games that the Bulls ‘could’ win, but will probably go 3-3 in (or worse).

– And here are the games that if the Bulls win, I’ll be shocked: Cleveland, at Boston, at Detroit, Utah, at New Orleans, San Antonio, Boston, at Cleveland, at Orlando, Cleveland, Orlando, and Toronto. Lets say that out of those 12 games, the Bulls miracously pull out 3. And thats stretching it, my friends.

So looking at this optimistically, the Bulls will garner another 10 wins. That will put the squad at 33-49, and even that is not good enough to make the 8 seed in the East.

Did he really just say that?

January 30, 2008

On Tuesday’s Mike North morning show on WSCR 670 am in Chicago, ex-Packer lineman Jerry Kramer was interviewed in Arizona as part of the show’s Super Bowl week coverage.

After talking for a while, the subject of benefits and the needs of retired players came up. We’ve all heard about this issue recently; stories about a number of ex-players who are struggling to live because of injuries inflicted during football have surfaced. Also, there are a growing number of stories about retired players who are ruined financially because they either have overwhelming health issues or have mismanaged their money, and they have little to no help from a feeble pension plan or the NFLPA.

In the interview, Kramer revealed another reason that some ex-players may be struggling financially:

After you play the game for four or five years…….then, you leave, and they want you to sell tires or work at McDonald’s. (Players say) ‘I can’t do that! I’m the kid! I played! I’m the man! I’ve always caught lightning in a bottle! I’ve always been the lucky guy. I’ve always been the exception to everything’. So its a hard adjustment.

Let me first say that I truly feel for any ex-player who is suffering with traumatic injuries and who’s quality of life has diminished since leaving the game. And its doubly sad if those same injuries have taken a toll on a player’s finances. There are a number of stories of ruined families and lives because of this ongoing problem.

But for Kramer to say that some ex-players are struggling to get by because they didn’t want to do ‘real work’ is just asanine. Are the current players and their union supposed to fork over cash that they have earned because a guy who played 25 years ago thought he was too good to work like a ‘regular person’, and now he’s bankrupt? Are fans, the most of whom work hard every damn day and have to save just to pay for a ticket to watch an NFL game, supposed to feel sorry for someone who–by Kramer’s own admission–has had everything handed to them and now can’t adjust to having to support himself by a means outside of the football field?

The Bryan DeMarcos of the world deserve some support and help with expenses. He was an NFL lineman a decade ago, and now he can’t put on a shirt without help from his wife, and medical bills have forced he and his family to live with literally no money. The people Kramer describes here, those who are ‘the man’ and too good to ‘sell tires’, deserve nothing.

WSCR’s afternoon team of Dan Bernstein and Terry Boers made a great point: lets focus on taking care of soldiers who come home from overseas with no medical insurance before we focus on some washed-up old douchebag who thinks he’s better than the 16-year old kid who’s flipping burgers just to help his family.

You can hear the whole interview here. The part I focused on is about halfway through.

the kobe trade and moronic sports fans

October 31, 2007

If you have any interest in either Chicago sports or the NBA, you know that there is rumored intense trade talks between the Bulls and Lakers involving Kobe Bryant.Personally, my feeling is that as long as a relatively strong nucleus is left in place, I’m all for dealing for Kobe. What do I mean by a relatively strong nucleus? Two of the following players have to remain Bulls: Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah, Tyrus Thomas. It seems that Deng is the sticking point in the deal; the Lakers reportedly won’t make a deal without him, and the Bulls really don’t want to give him up. On top of that, Kobe has a no-trade clause, so if the Bulls were to offer up the farm for him, Kobe would nix the deal because his whole reason for demanding a trade is to be dealt to a winner, not another rebuilding project.But what gets me is the reaction from Bulls fans towards this possible deal. Talk among the majority of the fans is that they either don’t want Kobe or are not willing to deal guys like Deng, Thomas, or Gordon for him. Listen to sports radio. You’ll listen to callers to WSCR 670 am’s afternoon show with Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein, and you’ll hear callers who don’t want to trade Deng because he’s a blooming superstar. One guy said he didn’t want Kobe because he’s never shot 50 percent from the field. Another guy said the Bulls can’t deal Thomas because he’s going to be James Worthy, only better. A third caller said he didn’t want Kobe in his city because he ‘has a wife and daughter’ and he felt Kobe would threaten their safety. Seriously.Folks, let me break something down for you. This isn’t baseball or football; those are team games, where it doesn’t matter if you have the best player. A NFL team with LaDanian Tomlinson could start the season 4-3. A MLB team with A-Rod could win 70 games and finish last (see his stint in Texas). The NBA is different. As much as us fans love the ‘team concept’ and the idea of 12 guys, all working together and each functioning perfectly in their own role, if you have the chance to acquire one of the best players of all time in his prime, then you do it. With Kobe, the Bulls have things they haven’t had since their last championship team:

  • A finisher who can get easy buckets
  • A player who can get his own shot
  • An All-NBA Defensive first team member

Not only that, but imagine Kobe and Gordon on the same team. Kobe driving to the lane, drawing defenders and kicking out to a wide open Gordon. Gordon puts up 20 points a game now with guys all over him. Imagine what kind of damage he could do when either open or single-covered all the time. If the Bulls have to trade Ben? Then put Hinrich in that same situation. He’s not as deadly a shooter as Gordon, but he’s solid. A team with Kobe, Hinrich and/or Gordon, and Deng as its nucleus has the chance to do some special things, not just this year, but in the years to come.But you might be saying, ‘The current Bulls team is fine as is?’ I disagree. Will this team play hard and always compete? Absolutely. They might even get hot and advance to the NBA Finals. But the goal is to win championships, and I really don’t think the team, as currently constructed, can do that. Deng has room to grow as a player, but I don’t think he’ll ever be a top ten NBA star. Gordon, while a great weapon, has huge ballhandling and defensive holes in his game. Hinrich might improve some, but this is his fifth year; we may have seen most of Captain Kirk’s growth as a player already. Who knows what will become of Thomas, Noah, Thabo Sefolosha and the rest of the team.So Bulls fans, don’t fear Kobe. Cheering for Kobe and hoping for the Bulls to acquire him doesn’t mean they are a sinch to win the title, but it also doesn’t mean you have to lock up your women. It doesn’t mean that you’re being unfaithful to Michael. It means you want championships. It means you’re a good fan.