Daily White Sox Review

Posted April 10, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
Categories: Chicago White Sox, Daily White Sox Review, Evangeline Lilly, hardawayhatesyou, Minnesota Twins

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April 9: Minnesota 12, White Sox 5

The Good: Swisher, Konerko, and Crede hit homeruns after the Sox fell behind 7-0 in the 2nd inning, at least making it relatively close at one point. Massett threw a couple of solid inning in relief before falling apart. Other than that, the only good thing was me finding a shitload of hot pictures of Kate from ‘Lost’ on the interwebs.

The Bad: John Danks had horrible control and got shelled. Massett’s troubles began in his fourth inning of work, and he was eventually charged with allowing 5 runs. Jim Thome’s cold streak continued after an 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts performance. He is now hitting .156 on the season and doesn’t have an RBI since opening day.

Final thought: Games like this are going to happen, and when they happen after a 5-game winning streak, they are pretty easy to take. But Thome’s struggles concern me. I try not to get too high or too low on the team this early in the season; but a #3 hitter with an average hovering around .100 with 0 home runs and 0 RBI since his third at-bat of the season scares me. I hope this is just a slump and not a more permanent trend.

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Did You Motherfuckers Just Lose to the Heat?

Posted April 9, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
Categories: Chicago Bulls, hardawayhatesyou, Miami Heat, NBA

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Dear Chicago Bulls,

Wow. Quite a game last night. Playing against an abortion of a shitfest of an abonination–a team with a starting five of Chris Quinn, Daequan Cook, Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, and Earl Barron–you lost by 7. Seriously…..you just lost to a team that boasted Kasib Powell as its leading scorer. A Kasib Powell that was named the Developmental League’s MVP a few weeks ago. A fucking D-League player dropped 20 on you. I mean, the Heat were losers of 7 in a row and 10 of 11, and hadn’t beaten a team other than Milwaukee since February. And you asswipes lost to them?

Kirk Hinrich, you just signed a multi-year deal in the offseason worth upwards of $11 million – $12 million per. You were a lottery pick. Matched up with Quinn, you went 2-for-5 from the field in 30 minutes of play, scoring 5 points and tossing 4 assists. Quinn slightly outplayed you to the tune of 16 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals in 30 minutes. By the way, Chris Quinn was an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame who averaged about 8 minutes per game–career–until the Heat gave up on the season a few months back.

Hey Ben Gordon: great effort. “They wanted it more and played a lot harder as a team,” Gordon said. “A lot of their guys are playing just to stay in the NBA, so they definitely had a higher level of intensity than we showed.” Read that quote. Its coming from a guy who is in a contract year, by the way. Oh, and his team needed this win to stay alive for the postseason.

As a team, you allow the Heat to shoot 48 percent from the field. You blew an 11-point lead late in the third quarter to a team that hasn’t come back from that large of a deficit all season. To be fair, Tyrus Thomas did outscore Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem combined. By four. But Thomas played 30 minutes, and I don’t think D-Wade and U-Has (?) were even in the building last night. So thats not as good as I originally thought.

John Paxson, I bought season tickets for this year’s team for two reasons–One, I believed that this team was ready to take that step to become one of the Eastern Conference’s elite. Two, I thought that there might be a chance you would acquire Kobe Bryant and give this team the edge it needed to compete with the league’s best. Neither happened, obviously. And I blame you. Your insistance that this core group of players–Hinrich, Thomas, Gordon, Luol Deng–was good enough to win a title has cost Bulls fans a chance to see something special. You could of traded any of these guys in a package for Kevin Garnett. Or Pau Gasol. Or Bryant. Instead, you stood pat, made a horrible Ben Wallace signing and draft blunders like Thomas over LaMarcus Aldridge. You got almost nothing for Tyson Chandler, who is thriving in New Orleans (albeit with the best point guard in the league, something he could have used in Chicago). You signed Captain Kirk to the aforementioned huge deal. To wrap it all up, you fired a good NBA coach–Scott Skiles–because a bunch of players didn’t like him. And you replaced him with an ineffective, powerless, borderline assistant, effectively throwing away the season.

I grew up in the 80s and followed the maturation of Michael Jordan and one of the greatest teams in NBA history. I saw my favorite team win 6 NBA titles. So maybe I was spoiled by that. But living through the 1998-99 through 2002-2003 seasons means I have a right to expect more. Watching this team lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves was bad enough; watching them get eliminated from playoff contention by a fucking D-League roster is an embarassment. Mr. Reinsdorf, make firing Paxson your first order of business. Send Jim Boylan with him, along with Gordon, Deng, and Chris Duhon. See if you can get anything for the others. Start over. I’d rather go through another 4 years of crap than watch a talented team not care for another season.

Thoughts. Done Randomly.

Posted April 8, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
Categories: basketball hall of fame, March Madness, NCAA basketball

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–Well, count me among the few who thought that Final Four sucked ass. ‘Hey, we’ve got all four number one seeds. We’re sure to get three great games on Final Four weekend for once!’ Yeah, how’d that work out for you? Saturday night’s matchups featured a Memphis team totally outplaying UCLA and Kansas unexpectedly raping North Carolina. Sure, the Heels made a run in the late first half and early second half and should be commended for cutting a 40-12 deficit to 4 points, but it seemed that run was just as much of a condemnation of Kansas’ focus as it was the Tar Heels’ drive to make a run.

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–Also, once and for all: Tyler Hansbrough is not the best player in the country. He proved it Saturday. The Jayhawks big men shut him down, and Hansbrough wasn’t even the best player on that floor over the weekend (Derrick Rose). To those media members–including Jay Bilas–who stated that although Hansbrough probably wasn’t the best player in the country he should get the award anyway…..you’re dead wrong. I’m not going to call you an ‘idiot’ or rail against your knowledge of the game. But I will say that admitting that Psycho T wasn’t the best player in the country but still giving him the award for BEST PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY is asanine. The award isn’t National Most Valuable Player; if that were the case, I’d listen to arguments for Hansbrough over Michael Beasley and Rose. But its for National Player of the Year. The best player. The national media members who voted for Hansbrough even though they thought he wasn’t the best player in the NCAAs blew it this year.

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–Also, I know everyone was ecstatic about the championship game yesterday. Yes, it was exciting. It went into overtime, and there was a game-tying three point shot at the end of regulation. But the quality of the play during the game was really, really bad. Ball handling was very sloppy. Both teams took bad shots. Memphis looked horrible at the free throw line down the stretch. The Tigers blew a nine-point lead with two minutes left. Joey Dorsey played a really stupid game and was lucky to not have been called for a few technicals during the game. Also, it seemed very apparent to me that the officials in the game couldn’t keep up with the level of athleticism displayed by both squads. There were numerous instances of out of control ball handlers getting blocking fouls called when it was obvious they didn’t deserve them. Also, there were a lot of instances where the reverse situation occurred: a player made a strong move to the hoop, drew contact, lost the ball–and nothing happened.

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–However, the worst part of the game was the coaching of John Calipari. I hate Billy Packer like everyone else. But he made a very good point during the game: every time Rose had the ball, the Tigers set a screen for him. Either Rose would call for one or a screen would be set for him. And every time, the Jayhawks did a fantastic job of stepping out and denying the open lane, essentially creating a double-team on Rose, causing him to give up the ball. Packer was calling for Memphis to stop setting Rose screens all game, and until the final five minutes, they kept doing it. Then, up three with seconds left, I really do not understand the decision to not foul there and allow Kansas to take that shot. I know it was a terrific shot by Mario Chalmers. I know there were two Memphis players there contesting. But if you foul him with three or four seconds left, the Jayhawks–with no timeouts–have to devise a play to get an open look, rather than just improvising during a chaotic situation like they did.

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–Finally, what really steamed my clams (WTF?) during the weekend was the announcement of the 2008 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame and its coverage. Honestly, you would of thought that Dick Vitale was the only guy that made it this year. ESPN interviewed a bawling Dickie V for its story on SportsCenter and then showed a list of the other guys that made it–including PATRICK EWING AND HAKEEM OLAJUWON!!!. Lets see……this year’s class includes Patrick Ewing, perhaps the best player in New York Knicks history and a top-five center; Hakeem Olajuwon, a player many consider (including me) to be the best center of the modern era and winner of two NBA titles; and Pat Riley, one of the best coaches in league history…..and the four-letter network decides to run the interview of Vitale sobbing like a little girl with a skinned knee over and over again like its some touching moment. Then, while in the car listening to Westwood One’s pre-game coverage of the NCAA tournament title game, their reporter describes the class like this: This year’s class includes Patrick Ewing, a member of the 1984 NCAA Championship team and the New York Knicks all-time leading scorer; Hakeem Olajuwon, member of those great Houston Cougars Phi Slamma Jamma teams of the 1980s; and of course, Dick Vitale–Dickie V–coach anc announcer. They then played Vitale’s interview. What the fuck?????

I don’t begrudge Vitale’s induction and his emotion; I’m not sure if he deserved it, but I don’t have a vote. But I think even Dookie V would be a little embarassed that he was getting the majority of the coverage while two of the best players and one of the top coaches of the era were being inducted right next to him and being mentioned in reports as mere afterthoughts.

Daily White Sox Review

Posted April 7, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
Categories: Chicago White Sox, Daily White Sox Review, Joe Crede

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April 7: White Sox 7, Minnesota 4

JOE CREDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

The rule is if hit a game-winning grand slam on opening day, you get your picture up there on the DWSR banner instead of a hot chick. Seriously, how clutch is Joe Crede?

Daily White Sox Review

Posted April 7, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
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April 6: White Sox 13, Detroit 2

The Good: Pretty much everything. Swisher led off the game with his first White Sox home run. Orlando Cabrera had a three-run double. AJ got on base three times. Carlos Quentin continued his hot start with 4 RBI, while Joe Crede knocked in another three. Pitching-wise, Mark Buehrle tossed seven innings and allowed just one earned run. To wrap things up, Mike MacDougal worked two innings and didn’t allow a run. Thats where I like to see MacDougal…..with an 11-run lead in the 9th.

The Bad: Well, the Sox had three errors, two by Crede. Thats about it.

Final thought: A 4-2 week against Cleveland and Detroit on the road is a wonderful start; I’m thrilled with the first week, especially in the production of the lineup and the bullpen. I’m going to opening day today; maybe there will be some pictures to accompany tomorrow’s post.

Daily White Sox Review

Posted April 5, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
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April 5: White Sox 5, Detroit 3

The Good: Gavin Floyd tossed 6 innings and allowed just three runs, two coming off a mistake to Brandon Inge. The White Sox showed good patience at the plate, working eight walks to combine with only three hits. The bullpen again looked great, as Boone Logan, Linebrink, and Jenks all worked scoreless innings. Perhaps most importantly, Carlos Quentin looked great both at the plate and in the field. Its going to be hard for Ozzie to get him out of the lineup when Jerry Owens comes back.

The Bad: Not much, except the Sox only had three hits. Inge, the Tigers’ ninth place hitter, had all three Tiger RBIs, so you would hope that the 9-hitter wouldn’t kill you. But thats really searching for bad; the Sox did a good job on the rest of the powerful Tiger lineup.

Final thought: I’m thrilled with the last three games, especially the bullpen work in the last two against Detroit. However, the Tigers are reeking of a team that is pressing right now. Plus, with Granderson and Sheffield out of the lineup and Cabrera banged up, I have a good feeling that while Tiger fans might be freaking out right now, this team will be fine soon.

Daily White Sox Review

Posted April 5, 2008 by nowwatchmejock
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April 4, 2008–White Sox 8, Detroit 5

The Good: The offense came alive, led by AJ Pierzynski’s 3 hits, 5 RBIs, and 3-run homer to break a 5-5 tie in the 8th. After Jose Contreras gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, the bullpen came on and shut the Tigers down. Boone Logan, Dotel, Linebrink, and Jenks all worked without giving up a run. Jermaine Dye had three hits and made a great sliding catch with two on in the ninth to end the game, somewhat making up for his horrible defensive series against the Indians.

The Bad: Jose Contreras. I appreciate what Jose did for us in 2005 and part of 2006, and I will never boo him. But its clear that he is, at best, a number 5 pitcher on a rotation. Not a 3 or a 4. His confidence is shot, and as much as people used to fear his forkball, now it hangs more than it bites, and people jump all over it. Also, Uribe had an error in the first leading to a run. His play at second best thus far can be best described as “spotty”.

Final thought: Very good win, as the offense had its best game of the four played thus far. AJ, Dye, and Konerko all played well, and Swisher and Cabrera continue to set the table well. The bullpen looked good for the third time in four games. But I don’t think Jose Contreras can continue to start every fifth game for us if the Sox plan on making a run at a division title.