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Good day to you on this rainy Southern California afternoon. I hope you are doing well and staying dry (for everyone in California). The sports world is still going full speed ahead and I have some ran-DUMB thoughts about it.
The “final four” are set. The Saints and Vikings will go at it to see who will represent the NFC, and they should. All year they have been the two best teams in the NFC and deserve to be there. Brett Favre has had a great year, and good for him. I did not like how he handled himself during his last days in green Bay (and I didn’t like how they treated him either), but it is nice to see him play at a high level at 40 years old.
Drew Brees is playing out of his mind. He has been for the last 4 years where he leads in all major quarterback categories (except TD’s where he is tied with Peyton Manning). Is he a Hall of Famer? I think he has a better case then Kurt Warner, especially if the Saints win the Super Bowl.
I think the keys to the game will be Bernard Berrian for the Vikings and Pierre Thomas for the Saints. Both are players that get forgotten behind the “big names” like Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Marcus Colston. But have major roles in their teams offense. If Berrian can free up and get deep that will open the middle of the field for Harvin and if Thomas can run the ball effectively then that will Brees with their passing game.
My prediction is Saints will win in a shoot out. I think the Vikings secondary is not as good as the Saints receiver depth and passing attack. Favre will have a good game I suspect, but I also think this is the end of his career. I say 45-38 Saints.
In the AFC I caught hell for saying the Jets were going to be a 9 win team and battle for a playoff spot in my early predictions, but I was right on and they made it. Mark Sánchez (or the “Sanchize”) has done a very good job in the post season thus far, especially for a rookie. But the Jets will need Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene to have a big day and Braylon Edwards to not drops passes.
On the Colts side it all starts with Manning. If the Jets can’t get to him or knock him down, they will be in for a long day. But I think the Colts will have to be able to run the ball in order to make the Jets not “peel their ears back” and rush Manning. Darrelle Revis will be matched up on Reggie Wayne, and if he can take away one side of the field, Manning may have some trouble.
As far as the keys, I will go with the key match up. Revis vs Wayne. Revis has played all world all year and if he can continue to have the success ha has had this post-season, then the Colts will be in trouble. On the other end, I think the it will be Sánchez vs the Colts pass rush. If they can force him into making some rookie decisions, which could be turnovers, then the Jets are in big trouble.
As much as I wasnt to pick the Jets, since they are the underdog and led by a USC guy, I can’t bet against Manning. I like the Colts in a close game, 27-24.
Did anyone else notice that Aaron Rodgers may be the starter in the Pro Bowl? Favre normally doesn’t go and Brees may be in the Super Bowl leaving Rodgers to get the start!
Norv Turner did a great job with the Chargers this year, but I don’t think he is the guy to take them to a Super Bowl. He is “to nice” of a guy to enforce any rules. There is no way three players of the Packers, Patriots, Saints, Colts, Dolphins or Eagles would be out less than 48 hours before a playoff game, especially at a strip club. Those teams coaches would not tolerate it and those teams players know it. That is a sign of lack of respect by the Chargers players for the coach and more importantly the team. I know he just got a three-year extension, but if their isn’t a change in discipline by Turner, unless they win the Super Bowl, he would be out after the 2011 season.
The Chargers have some big questions to answer it comes to their own free agents. Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson and Shawme Merriman are all free agents not to mention LaDainian Tomlison is due a roster bonus, but his play has not been up to par for the past three seasons, so he may have played his last game for the Chargers.
I may be in the minority here, but I think that a new CBA will be hashed out in the 11th hour by the NFL and NFLPA. Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith both know that a work stoppage would hurt the NFL in the short and long-term.
I like the staff Pete Carroll is putting together in Seattle. Pete has a direction he wants the Seahawks to go and he knows who he wants to be apart of making it happen. Besides bringing Jeremy Bates with him to Seattle from USC, the hiring of Alex Gibbs as offensive line coach was a huge hire for him. The Seahawks running game will be one of the best in 2010, watch.
I think USC has hired the right guy to replace Carroll in Lane Kiffin. He is brash, cocky and he brought a great staff with him, in particular Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin. “Coach O” brings that swagger and no-nonsense attitude to the Trojans and they need that. But more importantly they are great recruiters.
Ok, I get Tennessee being upset that Kiffin left after a year, but he was up front with the A.D. and said that USC would be the only place he would leave the Volunteers for. But to me, it shows they are upset they lost a guy who was doing a good job rebuilding their program and didn’t want him to leave. They do have a right to be upset, but I find it funny that all these things Kiffin did (like the car accident for example) are just now being brought to light. I say there is a lot of sour grapes on their end.
Brian Kelly is starting to recruit University of Cincinnati recruits and there is no mention of it, but why are people upset that Kiffin and company are recruiting Tennessee recruits now that they are at USC? They want the best recruits wherever they are coaching, and that means the will be recruiting the same players whether Kiffin was there or not. Recruits should choose a school for the school, not the coaches.
I will say this about the recruits that stuck with USC through the coaching change, they have character and did a great job of making sure that class stayed together. If that is the type of players that will be representing USC for the next 3 and 4 years, the Trojans will be in good shape.
I like what Jimbo Fisher is doing (as far as recruiting) down at Florida State. But as much a I like what he is doing, I will miss Bobby Bowden.
Let’s stay on Bowden for a second. I think the NCAA made a big time mistake by taking away those 14 wins. They should have let him keep them, in my opinion.
The NBA has it all wrong if Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson make it to the All Star game, none the less get starting nods. McGrady and Iverson would be wrong for accepting the invites, knowing that they don’t deserve it.
What happened “King” James? I thought you were all in for the dunk contest? It is a shame that LeBron’s not because even though he wouldn’t have won it (in my opinion), he would have made it interesting.
Keep an eye on Shannon Brown and DeMarr DeRozen as the two players that should be in the finals of the dunk contest.
The East has 4 really good teams, and the rest of the conference is weak, really weak, while the West is loaded. If your not an Orlando, Boston, Cleveland or Atlanta fan, sorry, you’re a mediocre team in a weak conference and wouldn’t even make the playoffs in the West.
If the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh, Mitch Kupchak losses major points. He pulled off a steal in both the Gasol and Brown/Morrison trades, he would be on the other end if this deal were to go through.
Why is Mike Dunlevey still the Clippers head coach and GM? He is horrible and they need to hire a guy that can get the most out of that talent, and there is some on that team. Maybe Byron Scott would be interested in coaching the team that drafted him?
I say it again, if I were Bud Selig I would make the McCourts sell the Dodgers. They are handicapping them by their divorce and it is a shame. They have some of the best young talent in the majors and should be a team that can go out and add free agents if they choose, not if the payroll (or lack there of) dictates.
What happened to the Angels being aggressive in free agency? They lost Chone Figgens and John Lackey and added 2 players that have major injury concerns (Joel Pineiro and Hideki Matsui).
I like the signing of Aroldis Chapman by the Reds. If he can put it together (like I think he can) the Reds will have a great young 1-2-3 punch with Chapman, Johnny Cueto and Edison Volquez. Just think if Homer Bailey can ever turn it around, the Reds will have a great young staff for a very long time.
Albert Pujols is everything that you would want your young kid to be on the field and off it. Pujols and Derek Jeter are the two classicist men in major league baseball.
Kentucky’s John Wall will be the number 1 pick in the NBA draft when he decides to come out (2010). He is lightning quick with great court vision, great leaping ability and he shows very good leadership. He is everything you would want in a point guard.
I like the way UNLV and Georgia Tech plays. But on the flip side I am disappointed in North Carolina so far.
What happened to UCLA? Time are tough all the way around over there. I am not a big UCLA fan, but I hate to see Coach Wooden’s school not playing the way UCLA is capable of playing.
Did anyone else hear about former Laker and current USC basketball commentator Michael Cooper say “F*** UCLA” during their live broadcast? The FCC will have a field day with that. Copper has since apologized and is looking to move past it.
Does anyone else miss Bobby Knight or am I alone on that one? I admire how he tells it like it is, and yes before anyone asks I would send my sons to play for him. He will teach them how to be a student athlete, but an athlete who is also a student.
Other Sports Thoughts:
Who care if Tiger Woods is in a sex rehab clinic? (Which happens to be down the road from Brett Favre’s house!!) Tiger feels he needs help and he is getting it, good for him. I think it is time for all the media to let him try to heal not only his life, but his marriage.
Glad to see that Brock Lesner is healthy again. I started to get into the UFC and MMA a few years ago thanks to a couple good friends and I have to admit, it is entertaining. Lesner is not the best in the business (Anderson “Spiderman” Silva is), but he maybe the most entertaining.
“Pretty Boy” Floyd Merryweather is not at fault for the cancellation of the “super bout” with Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, this time I have to blame Pacquiao. Wanting to have a “clean fight” is something we deserve, and hell for $35-$40 million, I get my butt beat Floyd…call me! But I do know one thing, all boxing fans deserved to see this fight and it is a shame it is not going to happen.
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Today is Thursday December 17th, 2009. It is the fourth day of a week that has had it’s up and downs for me and the sports world.
A couple years ago when I was doing a draft pod cast I had the opportunity to interview a very talented wide receiver out of West Virginia. He was an explosive player with great size and speed but there were questions about his attitude and off the field manners. His name was Chris Henry.
Chris was polite, articulate, funny and sincere. He seemed like a guy I would hang around with everyday. Our “interview” seemed like two friends talking about football and how exciting it is to see someone you know getting ready to live out his dream, to be an NFL player.
Tragically, Chris Henry passed away today after falling out of the bed of his truck during an argument with his financè yesterday. He was just 26 years old.
Henry was drafted in the 2005 NFL draft (83rd overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals were the only team to interview him and told Henry that he would have to change his life style in order to be productive in the NFL. He didn’t listen to them, at first.
Henry had 5 off field issues and a suspension by the NFL during his brief career. But after being brought back by the Bengals last year, he seemed to change his life for the better. There were no more “off the field issues” for Chris, instead he was planning a wedding in March. There were no more arrests, rather time spent with his three kids.
Chris Henry was living proof that a Bengal can change his stripes.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Henry family, friends, loved ones and of course his kids. They also go out to the Bengals organization and his teammates.
On Monday I interviewed at a station in Southern California for a sports talk host opportunity. It would be the ideal job for me. I know the enviroment both in the work place as well as the community and the “media market”.
The person that would be my boss is a person I greatly respect and would relish the opportunity to work for. He is a person that knows how to groom “talent” and gets the best out of them.
I thought the interview went better than I ever could have hoped. He asked me questions both in radio philosophy and sports and I was honest and most importantly, me. I didn’t try to be someone I’m not. I didn’t give him the answers he wanted to hear or lie about anything. I was 110% honest. I was “The Open Book of Joe Arrigo”.
The way I figure it, I would rather be 100% me and NOT get the job knowing I did my best then a person that is fake and still not get the job because I didn’t lay it all out on the line. That is just not me, as my friends and family know, I wear my heart on my sleeve and call it like I see it.
As I told my wife, and friends across the internet, it is in god’s hands know. If it is his will, than I will be at that station, if not, then I will strap up my chin strap and move on to my next play. But I will say this, if I do get the job there will not be a person that works harder than me and puts the amount of time and effort into the job as me. I am the right person for the job. I know that in my heart.
The Sports World This Past Week:
Tiger Woods. My how fast “icon’s” fall when they show their true colors.
Look, I have no issue with Tiger Woods. What he did is morally wrong and the ONLY people he needs to answer to is his wife, Elin and his kids. Not his mom, mother-in-law or any other family, just Elin and the kids. They are the ones most effected by his choices, not his sponsors, co-workers or friends.
I like the way NIKE has handled the situation. Stand by him and take a wait and see approach. He is not the first person or athlete to have an affair, nor will he be the last. I personally lost all hope for athletes to be faithful once Michael Jordan was caught cheating on Juanita.
I do think the doctor that was caught trying to sneak HGH in the USA from Canada is a bigger story then Tiger’s cheating. This doctor treated Woods, Jose Reyes (the Mets All-Star short stop) and other athletes.
It’s time to let Tiger and Elin try to heal, but if he wants the media to start to go away he needs to have a press conference and accept responsibility for his actions. Until he does that, he will be on TMZ and other celebrity rumor sites. Tiger, take a page out of Alex Rodriguez’s book this past year and look your wife, kids, fans, sponsors and fellow golfer’s in the eye and apologize.
MLB’ Hot Stove:
The Boston Red Sox fans can no longer complain about the way the Yankees spend money on free agents. They have been just as guilty as the Yankees when it comes to over spending in the past and now this off season. I have no problem with teams spending on free agents, but the Red Sox and Red Sock Nation are quick to cry and complain about the Yankees but don’t have a problem when they do it.
The Sox signings of John Lackey and Mike Cameron were about $97 million dollars. The Red Sox payroll is around $170 million and they still are looking to add Padres first basemen Adrian Gonzalez. I like both moves by the Red Sox, but don’t want to hear any complaining about the Yankees and their moves any more.
The 3 team trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies, Cliff Lee to the Mariners and a slew of prospects to the Blue Jays was a deal that I think in the short-term has Seattle and the Phillies as the winners. But the Blue Jays and Mariners are the long-term winners in my opinion.
Bud Selig needs to intervene with the Dodgers. The divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt is hindering Ned Colletti’s ability to add quality players to the Dodgers roster. They need a second baseman and more importantly some starting pitching.
The Dodgers signed Jamie Carroll, Angel Berroa and resigned Doug Mientkiewicz but hows does that make them better than what they had last year? I would much rather have Orlando Hudson and Juan Pierre. There is NO WAY the Dodgers should have NOT offered arbitration to Randy Wolf, who wanted to remain a Dodger and was willing to take less money to stay. But because of the divorce situation the Dodgers are handcuffed.
I do hear the Dodgers are close to pulling the trigger on a deal that would send Reds starter Aaron Harang to the Dodgers with short stop Chin-Lung Hu and another prospect back to the Reds. That would be an upgrade over the other choices behind Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley.
Angels fans should be livid at owner Arte Moreno and the front office. Not only do they lose their starting third baseman and lead-off man in Chone Figgens, but they also lost their ace in John Lackey and likely will lose club house leader Vlad Guerrero. On top of that, they didn’t get a deal for Halladay done when they had all the pieces to do it.
I hope Hedeki Matsui can stay healthy for you and I hope that they land Jason Bay because if not, it will be a long season for the Halo’s because the Mariners are closing the gap in the AL West.
Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA, period. Sorry LeBron James. Sorry D-Wade. Sorry Carmelo Anthony. Sorry Chris Paul. This is a no brainer. Kobe is the best “closer” in the NBA and more importantly the best leader in the NBA.
“Bean” is the best player on the best team in the NBA and has a will to win that rivals Michael Jordan. He plays hurt, tired, sick, with broken bones, torn legiments and still is the hardest working man on the court, all the time.
“Bean” is a winner. His methods at one time seemed selfish, but he just wanted to win. Magic did it. Michael did it. Bird did it. Shaq did it (and left Orlando to do so), and LeBron is doing it. So why was anyone surprised that the NBA’s most competitive person was doing it when he wanted to win?
Since Kobe and the Lakers added Pau Gasol, Shannon Brown and Derrick Fisher, Kobe has been nothing but the best teammate one could be. He saw the Lakers trying to do what they told him they were going to do, try to win a title. Once he seen that, he was a good solider.
When the Staples Center chants “MVP, MVP, MVP” we all know that they have it right. I will say this right now, if the Lakers win another title (giving Kobe five), he should have his statue right next to Magic Johnson and Oscar De La Hoya’s in front of Staples Center.
It is time for the recruiting wars to be kicked up a notch. High School football players will be making their choice on where to go to school and play football for the next three to five years. No one does it better than Pete Carroll, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer.
USC’s “poor” 2009 season doesn’t seem to have an effect on a recruiting class that is one of the best. Carroll has landed 10 “prospects” that could have an impact right away in 2010. Florida is another school that, like USC, lands the nation’s top players yearly. Saban has built Alabama back into national prominence with three strong recruiting classes.
This year there is a new cast of characters but the same story will be played out. Hundereds of kids will make a choice, some will regret it while others will thrive at their new schools. As quickly as we get to know their names, we will move onto the 2011 class and will start it all over again.
Today is the day some dreams are realized. Today expectations for not only teams, but players will go through the roof and labels will be added to players names for the rest of their lives. It is draft day for the NBA. I am a huge draft fan, MLB, NBA and of course the NFL, so I am excited. I love the feeling of “new hope” for teams that have not had a good season (or 30 seasons if you are the Clippers) and the feeling of honor and rejoicing for the successful team, the NBA champions (the Lakers this year).
On November 17th of 2008 I was flying back from Wisconsin and sat next to a Bucks beat writer, Charles F. Gardner. We got to talking about sports and we got on college basketball. I had seen a story on UCLA incoming freshman Jrue Holiday. As Charles and I talked I told Charles that Holiday would be a very good pick for the Bucks (if he came out) since he is a “combo guard” that plays really good defense and will only get better as a basketball player. I also said that the piece I seen described him as a “Dewayne Wade clone”. Charles said he would keep an eye on him and as we both got off the plane we wished each other the best of luck and went our separate ways.
Now here is my NBA Mock Draft. I know there will be trades and sales (like the Lakers selliong the 29th selection of the 1st round to the Knicks for $3 million) but I will try to do my best in nailing the top 10 and the rest of round 1. Enjoy NBA fans!
1. Clippers: Blake Griffin- PF- Oklahoma
2. Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet- C- UConn
3. Thunder: Ricky Rubio- PG- Spain
4. Kings: Tyreke Evens- G- Memphis
5. T-Wolves: James Harden- SG- ASU
6. T-Wolves: Johnnie Flynn- PG- Syracuse
7. Warriors: Jordan Hill- PF- Arizona
8. Knicks: Stephen Curry- G- Davidson
9. Raptors: DeMar DeRozan- SG- USC
10. Bucks: Jrue Holiday- G- UCLA
11. Nets: Gerarld Henderson- SG- Duke
12. Bobcats: Terrence Willimas- SG- Louisville
13. Pacers: Ty Lawson- PG- UNC
14. Suns: James Johnson- F- Wake Forest
15. Pistons: B.J. Mullens- C- Ohio St.
16. Bulls: Austin Daye- SF- Gonzaga
17. 76ers: Brandon Jennings- PG- Roma (ITL)
18. T-Wolves: Omari Casspi- SF- Israel
19. Hawks: Tyler Hansbrough- PF- UNC
20. Jazz: DeJuan Blair- PF- Pitt
21. Hornets: Earl Clark- F- Louisville
22. Trail Blazers: Eric Maynor- PG- VCU
23. Kings: Jeff Teaggue- PG- Wake Forest
24. Mavericks: Sam Young- SF- Pitt
25. Thunder: Rodrigue Beaubois- PG- France
26. Bulls: Wayne Ellington- SG- UNC
27. Grizzlies: Josh Heytvelt- PF- Gonzaga
28. T-Wolves: Nick Calathes- PG- Florida
29. Knicks: Chase Budinger- SG- Arizona
30. Cavs: Dominique Archie- SF- S. Carolina
I spoke to Charles yesterday and we spoke for a short while since he was busy with the draft and the Bucks trade of Richard Jefferson. He said he recalled the conversation we had about Holiday and thought that IF Holiday made it to pick #10, he would be the pick for the Bucks. Time will tell who will be the best player picked, the biggest bust and the biggest steal. But one thing is for sure, today a future NBA champion team will be built and 30 players just got a lot richer.
The purple and gold ticker tape is still on the grass at the L.A. Coliseum and the questions are already being asked about the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. Will Kobe Bryant opt out of his contract for more money? Can, or shall I say will the Lakers sign Lamar “The Candy Man” Odom, Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown? Will the greatest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson, return to lay claim to an 11th NBA title?
Let’s start with Jackson and his future. We all know that DR. Jerry Buss and family want him back. They know that his ability to not only get the most out of his players, stay calm in trying times, motivational tactics and most importantly stature to the players are invaluable. P-Jax knows his place in NBA history, in-fact I would dare to say he relishes it, and knows that he is the winningest coach (title wise) in the history of the sport and that makes the late Red Aurbach turn in his grave. I mean, what else is left for him to do? He can go surfing in Australia, ride horses in Montana, or enjoy the sunrise and sunset in Santa Monica and be content. After all he knows where the Lakers stand when it comes to him. He knows Kobe and the boys want him back and most importantly he knows the Lakers have another 2 or 3 years in this championship window.
The idea I have is one that Joe Pacheco gave to me in a conversation this morning. Why not give Jackson a 2 year $24 million dollar deal (with a mutual option for a 3rd year) and in the contract he can skip a road trip or two during the “dog days” of the NBA season? He (Jackson) already misses games during the season because of his back aliment (remember Portland this year) and it gives Brian Shaw and Kurt Rambis some time running the show and possibly get ready to take the reigns once he (Jackson) retires.
I think Jackson is back for the next two or three seasons and the Lakers will win another title (2 if he is back for three seasons).
Lets move on to the Lakers key free agents this year, Odom, Ariza and Brown. Odom made $14 million this year (because $3 million was the bonus for being traded to the Lakers via Miami) and will expect a nice pay day. He has played all his career but one year in L.A. (remember he started of on the Clippers before his 1 year with the Heat) and finally has a title to show for it. Odom also seemed to thrive in his role as the Lakers 6th man. He was reluctent at first but realized his skill set is better suited off the bench. I can see the Lakers keeping Odom on a 4 year worth between $7.5 to $9 million a year.
Ariza is a home town guy that fits the Lakers and Jackson’s offense/defense perfectly. He knows the Lakers gave him his first legitiment shot to play and he rewarded them with a steller regular and post season (burning his old team might I add). His defense allows Kobe to “freelance” more and get the team out on breaks which (normally) means easy (and cheap) baskets. He makes (around) $2 million and I would expect him to at least double that. I can see the Lakers giving him a 4 year $16 million dollar deal to stay put. One most remember he is ONLY 23 and is going to get better.
Brown, who was the “throw in” in the Vladimir Radmanovic deal, became the Lakers “spark plug” off the bench. He brought a tough, by any means neccesary attitude that was needed. He is the bigger type guard Jackson likes and seems to have a knack for making a big play when it is needed. Brown will be much cheaper then the overpaid (and shot happy) Sasha Vujacic (wo makes $5 million a year to shoot 24%). Brown should return on a 3 year deal (at around $4.5 to $6 million total).
Now for Kobe. He has the option to opt out of his deal and sign a new “max deal” for 5 years $135 million (he currently has 2 years at $47.8 left on his deal), but I think he understands that the Lakers will need every penny to keep this team, HIS team together. Infact, today at the parade when asked by long time Lakers color man Stu Lantz if he is staying or going Kobe replied “go where…this is my home…” as the crowd roared with approval. I belive Kobe will do what ever it takes to keep his team together and try to better Magic Johnson’s 5 titles and even dare I say Micheal Jordan’s 6, both of which are in his grasp if this team stays together (and that means Jackson too).
The Lakers, Dr. Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak (who also deserves a ton of credit for his role in putting this team together) will have some work to do this off season, but when it is all said and done I think he will do the right thing by making sure this team (which is just about to hit their peak) stays together and brings, or shall I say keep the Larry O’Brien trophy in L.A.
1 final thought/question:
I will add this question to all you NBA and Lakers fans out there. For some time we have heard the question “can Kobe win one without Shaq?” Well I pose this question: will Shaq ever win a title without a dominating guard? (remember he had Kobe and DeWayne Wade when he won his titles.) I am a Shaq fan and think the world of him, but now Kobe is the “King of L.A.” and will go down as the one of the, if not the greatest Laker ever. Kobe will be looked upon like Magic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Lakers fans eyes from this point on, and it is well deserved for a man that not only is the hardest worker in the NBA, but the most complete and best player (sorry LeBron James).
Enjoy the day, thank you for reading this blog and you’re always welcome in my lockerroom. God bless,