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Stewwie said...

Thanks, Billy.

Jay, exactly. Love him or hate him, Smith got suspended for doing his job. Makes no sense.

July 30, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.
Stewwie said...

[(Side note No. 1: Yes feel free to debate a guy getting a full year for being a multiple pot offender while Ray Rice gets two games for domestic assault against his wife.]

Apples and oranges, Jay. There is a clear policy on drug violations and the punishments that come with it. Not sure that the NFL should have even gotten involved in the Ray Rice incident unless he clearly violated an NFL rule. Any punishment should have been addressed by the justice system and/or the Ravens organization.

[Side note to the side note: ESPN suspended Steven A. Smith from work longer for his rant last week about the Rice incident than the NFL suspended Rice for the actual incident. Smith got a full week or five days; Rice got two games. Go figure)]

Not sure what Stephen A. Smith said that was wrong. He didn't blame the woman nor did he excuse Rice. He simply tried to hold both the instigator and the retaliator responsible for their actions. Leave it to the liberal media in ultra-p.c. America to take his words way out of context. That said, Smith's suspension is unjustified. Remember, he gets paid to run his mouth.

As for a suspension comparison, consider that Ray Rice is missing 13% of his work time (2 games out of 16). In comparison, Smith is missing only 2% of his work time (5 days out of 261 weekdays in a year).

July 30, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.
Stewwie said...

So it looks like the Clippers will be sold after all. Lucky for the NBA that the sale-under-duress won't result in a fire-sale price. Especially with the new TV deal coming that should benefit all the owners.

The end of the ESPN article about the Sterling case said this:

[Though Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league, Shelly Sterling said she's confident that it will one day be lifted and he will be able to attend games with her.

"Oh, absolutely, he'll be able to," Sterling said. "I think the ban will be lifted. There's a new owner and a new sheriff in town and it's going to be good. It's going to be good for the city, for the fans, for the league, for everybody and that's all we want."]

Jay, once the sale goes through, if Donald agrees to drop all lawsuits (present and future) against the league, do you think Adam Silver should lift the lifetime ban? (Mailbag this one if you want.)

It's very unfortunate that Mr. Ireland served a lot of time for a crime he didn't commit. That said though, the taxpayers should not be on the hook to pay this man anything. If he wants to sue someone, he needs to sue his lawyer who apparently did a terrible job in defending him. Last time I checked, you are innocent until proven guilty. It would be interesting to see the details of this case and see what "proof" was there to convict this man.

And he wants 5-8 million dollars for this?? How greedy. I'll be happy if there's 1 million in the bank by the time I retire. And this guy is a good 20 years away from retirement. He has plenty of time to go to school and make a decent living before calling it a career.

July 29, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Caliendo is aces. Love his Madden and Barkley impersonations. And Aries Spears is good too. Does a really good Shaq.

JMC,

Jay originally answered the question about the publications on June 27:

July 25, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.
Stewwie said...

[This much is certain: Anything less than a playoff trip is a huge disappointment. Agreed?]

Absolutely. And I felt the same way last year too. I guess David Blackburn wasn't as disappointed though since he gave Russ a nice multiyear extension anyway.

Not sure that the Mocs will be better overall this year than last year. Any improvement on offense will be offset by a dropoff on the D. But that shouldn't affect our playoff hopes though. This conference is easier than ever to win. So even if we lose the 2 money games and the other out of conference games, we should still be good enough to get the autobid.

The game against Jax St. will be a good indicator of where our program is at. The Mocs would have been no better than 5th in the OVC last year, and Jax St. is projected to be the OVC's best team this year. Right now, I think it's silly seeing some of the preseason polls that have us near the top 10. I don't think we're anywhere close to that.

July 24, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Hard to argue with MT's picks. The only other name I'd throw out there is Frank Reed. 13 seasons with the Mocs with 7 conference titles. Not bad at all.

[And with the changing dynamics of the college sports experience, if Mudiay succeeds the completely fractured college hoops/NBA draft process may have taken another massive body blow.]

I doubt he'll stay in China more than a year. Especially if he remains a projected lottery pick in next year's draft. I think situations like this will remain the exception and not the rule for the foreseeable future. Not everyone is willing to leave the USA to play overseas. They'd rather stay here and play for Coach Cal or Coach K for a year instead.

July 23, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.
Stewwie said...

I like your first idea of not allowing back-to-back picks in the top 3 or 6. I am also liking the idea of drawing for the top 6 instead of the top 3 with the proposed new weighted odds from the NBA.

I think making a fair judgment with your 2nd tweak would be tougher than it looks more times than not. The Mark Madsen thing is easy to spot, but being certain that teams are intentionally losing instead of simply imploding or playing stupidly would be hard a lot of times. If the incentive to lose is taken away altogether, teams will have no good reason to tank, and there would be no reason to see if they really are or not.

Good ideas though. Not sure what the best solution is at this point. But glad the NBA is trying to find one.

July 18, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.
Stewwie said...

MT, the concern with that idea is that bubble playoff teams would then be the ones tanking down the stretch. This past season, I bet that the Bobcats would have happily tanked their last few games to get the top pick in the draft instead of having to endure a sweep against the Heat in the first round.

And the tanking would not have to be obvious. But it could easily be done in the most subtle ways. Short and/or lazy practices, less accountability with players and their performance, lack of serious strategy, and taking "extra caution" with injuries to key players and hold them out longer than needed.

July 17, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Jay, what are your thoughts on the NBA's latest proposal to modify the draft lottery to help discourage teams from tanking? What changes (if any) would you recommend if you don't agree with this proposal? See the link below for info on the proposal:

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nba-lottery-reform-is-coming/

July 17, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Chandler Parson's quotes:

["Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.

"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."]

The second paragraph was fine, but he should have kept the first paragraph to himself. I'm sure it's frustrating to see your team go after someone else to take your spot. But unfortunately, that's part of the BID-ness. And when another team comes calling and is willing to overpay for your services, well, here's some sympathy for ya as you cry your way to the bank.

Looking forward to the World Cup next month (no, no, no...not another soccer tourney; this is the basketball tourney formerly known as the World Championship). A possible starting lineup of Rose, Harden, Durant, Love, and Davis would be fun to watch. Then you have backups (backups!) of Irving, Curry, and Griffin among others. Rose is reportedly looking good as he continues to work his way back into playing again. Hope he stays healthy enough to make it through the tourney and also the entire NBA season.

July 15, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.
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