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New! Wilbon Gets His… Kobe, A-Rod and Curt Schilling: Where’s the Truth?

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kb.jpgNew: Tony Kornheiser of Pardon the Interruption (PTI) dressed down his cohort Mike Wilbon. At issue was Wilbon’s commentary in the Washington Post advocating for an opposing player to cheap shot Tom Brady. Though Wilbon attempted to back down from his statements in the Post, Kornheiser continued to let his co-cost know in no uncertain terms that he is, in fact condoning a defensive player trying to hurt Brady beyond the legal boundaries of the game:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting for one moment that the Redskins should have taken a shot at Brady’s knees or gone headhunting. But in the football I grew up with, back in the infinitely more brutal 1960s and ’70s, Belichick wouldn’t dare have kept Brady in so long or had his second-string quarterback throwing the ball late in the fourth quarter.

In the above quote Wilbon uses a semantic technique wherein he makes his point after attempting to shield himself from criticism with a statement wholly opposite from the point being made. Using this word game Wilbon can at once say he does not advocate for undue violence in the NFL while advocating for undue violence all the while.

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NBA Q&A: Six Questions, Six Answers

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spittock.jpgOkay Origin and everyone. I’m set to answer your questions. This is new – and good. If you want, we should do this periodically, perhaps weekly. You watch NBA games, I watch NBA games. You send me questions to my email address, I pick out 10 questions and each week I’ll answer the 10 questions I pick and we discuss for days, until it’s time for the next 10, that is. If you like this let me know and we’ll do it.

For now, though, it’s time to get to these answers.


Can Nash win another MVP?

I’m gathering you’re talking about this season, so I’m going to respond that way.

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Written by dwil

October 31, 2007 at 4:28 am

Posted in NBA

NBA Opening Night: Three Games Tell A Little About a Lot and Magic Johnson Shows – and Tells – Us Why the Lakers Are a Team in Disarray

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stern.jpgIt’s my second opening night on Sports On my Mind. There are three games to open the season (I just watched the San Antonio Spurs receive their championship rings and thin. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored the first two buckets for the Spurs and Fabricio Oberto committed the first foul of the 2007-08 NBA season.

I’ll throw down my observations of the Spurs-Portland Trail Blazers, the Houston Rockets-LA Lakers, and the Utah Jazz-Golden State Warriors games. As a bonus for this post, after my game notes I’m going to answer some questions about the coming season as supplied by “Origin (Comment #2)” who is a valued visitor and commenter.

I hope y’all out there are enjoying tonight as much as I am.

peace,                                                                                                                                          -DWil


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Just Another Case of the Man Keeping Bill Belichick Down

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belichick.jpgSo, the New England Patriots are disrespecting the game and “need to show some respect for the game,” according to Washington Redskins linebacker Randall Godfrey. Now the Big Box sports media outlet has made, “Did the Patriots run up the score” its central theme for at least the week leading up to the Pats game at Indianapolis Sunday afternoon.

But since when did Randall Godfrey, the backup to injured linebacker Marcus Washington, become the purveyor of ———– anything? When was the last time you heard the name Randall Godfrey spoken outside of the Washington, D.C. Beltway Area?

Under normal circumstances, Godfrey’s statements would be universally pushed to the margins and assigned a space with other “sore losers” throughout the history of the NFL. But these are not normal circumstances.

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Red Sox Sweep the Rockies: I, for One, Am Glad It’s Over

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I am extremely happy the Colorado Christians, I mean Rockies, were swept by the Boston Red Sox – and it has nothing to do with my team preference.

What, you didn’t know about the “Christianado” Rockies? Like the denizens of today’s White House, Rockies president Keli McGregor and manager Clint Hurdle have prayer meetings at the drop of a —— parable. Here’s how Chairman and CEO of the Rockies, Charlie Monfort, describes his organization and its pursuit of a “certain” type of player:

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NFL Sunday: For Every Team Other than the Colts and Pats, the Difference Between Winning and Losing Is Very Slim

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chadgini.jpgLet’s get this straight. The best team in football is the ———– Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have won their last 12 games; they have, arguably, the best quarterback in NFL history, the best trio of defenders in recent history, the winningest head coach in recent history, and the fastest defense in recent history.

The New England Patriots have none of that; no team does. Thought many pundits might talk that, New England is unbeatable, talk, the favorite in this regular season’s “big game” next Sunday is the home team; the one from Indianapolis.

Now that I got my mini-rant out of the way, let me say this. The New England Patriots are trying to go 19-0 this season. I know every team wants to go undefeated when embarking on the road to the Super Bowl, but most players on most teams know 19-0 is impossibility.

Not New England.

This team, these players look around the locker room in Foxboro and know that if they stay healthy, they will lose no games this season. When Ben Watson is on the field, the Patriots have six skill players other than Tom Brady who can be “the man” and take over a game. The New England defensive front seven is the most disciplined in the NFL. The secondary, with Rodney Harrison, is the smartest in all of football. And head coach Bill Belichick is on a mission is the best Xs and Os coach on the planet.

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NCAA Saturday, 10.27.07: Top 25 Fare

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jamaalcharles.jpgOhio State is known to get calls in its favor. Every college football fan remembers the phantom pass interference call against Miami in the  2002 Fiesta Bowl. Nothing has changed since then.

With 4:59 left in the first quarter Terry Robiskie caught a toushdown pass to make the score OSU 10, Penn State 7. It is said that the one time offensive pass interference is called is when the receiver extends his arm or arms pushing away a defender. Robiskie obviously pushed the Nittany Lions Lydell Sargeant. Even ABC/ESPN color commentator Kirk Herbstreit, in the middle of his explanation accidentally said, “before the push,” before quickly correcting himself and continuing with praise for the timing on the play. Instead of a 7-6 game, the Buckeyes were gifted with a touchdown. It is going to be a long night for Penn State.

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October 27, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Posted in NCAA Football, Top 25

Genarlow Wilson Finally Released (plus, the Trials and Tribulations of Genarlow Wilson)

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genarlow.jpg(Click here for, “The Trials and Tribulations of Genarlow Wilson”)

Some good Friday news (no pun intended):

The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson, the Douglas County man who has been serving a controversial 10-year sentence for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.

The court’s 4-3 decision upholds a Monroe County judge’s ruling that the sentence constituted cruel and unusual punishment under both the Georgia and U.S. constitutions.

The majority opinion said the sentence appeared to be “grossly disproportionate” to the crime and noted that it was out of step with current law.

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Written by dwil

October 26, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Posted in Genarlow Wilson, Racism

Curt Schilling Pitches Himself into the Hall

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schilling1.jpgOne school of thought says Curt Schilling, with 216 career regular season wins, does not belong in the MLB Hall of Fame. In his 20-year career he has had eight sub-.500 win-loss records. His career win-loss average is 14-9 with a 3.46 ERA. Compare Schilling’s stats with those of a contemporary sure-fire HOF pitcher, Roger Clemens. Clemens had only one sub-.500 season, a career win-loss average of 17-9 and a 3.12 career ERA. And at 45, Roger Clemens had a mid-90s fastball that he regularly humped to the plate. Schilling, once a power pitcher, now might reach the mid 90s once or twice an outing.

But if postseason pitching is taken into account, Schilling is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Clemens’ basic money time stats are 14-10, 3.75 ERA, comparable with Schilling’s regular season numbers.

Schilling, on the other hand, has an 11-2 record with a phenomenal 2.15 (2.148) ERA. Additionally, there are two Schillings, particularly in the postseason. There is the 2004 and before Curt Schilling the heat thrower who had a postseason record of 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA. Today there is Curt Schilling the guileful pitcher whose postseason record is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.36.

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Written by dwil

October 26, 2007 at 6:34 am

Va. Tech Steal a Loss from BC; Little Stevie Fingertips Has a Weakness; Pitching Wins for the Red Sox

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schilling.jpgI’m watching three sports at once, so I’ll give my impressions of each in real time…

What do USC, Cal, and South Florida all have in common this season? They all lost as number two-ranked teams. Boston College is trying to avoid that curse – now.

(4:42 remaining in the 4th quarter) Location, weather and a fast defense are conspiring to make this game tough on Boston College’s hopes of participating in the BCS Championship game. The Eagles, after one month of playing non-conference teams, began their stretch run to the ACC championship game with the Hokies.

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