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Random Thoughts: Tyler Hansbrough and Straws; Donnie Takes Over the Knicks; On Philly Sports; Mike Woodson?; Kelvin Likes the Pros; Spygate, Hairgate

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billyking.jpg** On Mike and Mike this morning former coach Fran Fraschilla said he like Memphis and North Carolina to win the Final Four games. He said Joey Dorsey is every bit as dominant as Kevin Love, that Derrick Rose is a monster, and that if the game is called tightly, it will suit Memphis because of their physical style of play, because “they play physical ball in the Pac 10.”Does anyone else find it weird that the Pac 10 is known for physical college basketball and finesse football teams?

Fraschilla also said the following about the Kansas-UNC game:

“Kansas has six really good players, Carolina has four really good players, but Carolina has this guy…”

“This guy” would be one Tyler Hansbrough, media-pronounced deity of the Tar Heels. Hansbrough is so feted that Jay Bilas mentioned Tyler’s name in the same sentence as Michael Jordan’s; that Fraschilla believes that one Hansbrough is so good that he is worth two of the Jayhawks’ “good players.”  

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Recapping March: Articles and Commentaries Chronicling the Month

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aleibovitz.jpgWith LeBron, Gisele, Annie Leibovitz, and the cover of American Vogue, the making of Tyler Hansbrough’s college legacy, Brett Favre’s “retirement,” the revealing of Arlen Specter’s true mission behind Spygate, more steroid news, upping the ante on Geno and Pat’s continuing feud, and the remaking of John Thompson III and Georgetown’s basketball program through March Madness and revisionist history, it has been yet another crazy month for sports and sports-related news.

So, I thought I’d do something a little different and provide a little recap of March through the month’s commentaries and articles. I’m actually crossing my fingers and hoping nothing too crazy happens between today and tomorrow at midnight!

Anyway, thanks for reading SOMM….


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An Intro to What Was Written Before: Isiah Cannot Be Larry (Donnie Walsh Goes to the Knicks?); Cut Your Hair; Hibbert, Neither Athletic nor Smart

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hibbert.jpgI just posted over 3,000 words about this (see below).

I just awakened, turned on the television and I’m watching ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning television-radio simulcast and Larry Bird, already the president of the Indiana Pacers is now the CEO” of the franchise and has “full” control over the Indiana Pacers after Donnie Walsh took over Isiah Thomas’ job as GM – CEO – of the New York Knicks.

And the NFL wants to regulate hair length.

Isiah Thomas has been just crushed in the press for his basketball decisions and presiding over a floundering franchise. The year Larry Bird arrived in Indiana, they were 61-21. Since they have won 44, 41, 35, and have won only 29 games so far this season. Yet in yesterday’s press conference in Indianapolis Bird said now that Walsh is gone he can remake the franchise. And according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Bird overruled Walsh on many key team and player decisions, leaving Walsh as a figurehead general manager. Bird is generally attributed – acclaimed – for the firing of Thomas as head coach, according to longtime Indianapolis Star columnist, Bob Kravitz:

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Jocks and Call Girls in Denver; Avery Freezes Kidd; Isiah Is Done; A Little NFL Free Agency News

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randymoss.jpgCall a girl in Denver

A high-end prostitution ring was busted in Denver (you know where this one is going). A few Denver Broncos players were on the “roll call.” Denver Nuggets players were, too. Arizona Diamondbacks players were prominent users. And it looks like some of the good Christians in the Colorado Rockies clubhouse were ——- hookin’ up for Jesus.

Now, if there are millionaire athletes involved with “garden tools” you can bet there are other pros in Denver ploughing the fertile territory of the call girl-prostitute ring:

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Assessing the New York Knicks: Time for Some Changes

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zbo.jpgThe New York Knicks are difficult to watch. They play with a lackadaisical attitude fit more for a shoot around than the game itself. Many nights in many arenas teams open in free-flow mode: one pass, open jumper, two passes, open jumper. Defense is for after muscles are loosened and minds are right. For Charlotte the game officially begins with 7:58 remaining in the first quarter with a one point lead and the score 14-13.

For New York, the score is 67-44 at the half – they are down 23 points – and the game has not yet begun.

The Bobcats shoot open jumpers the entire half. Their forays to the basket are met with minimal resistance. They regularly have second and third chances to score on possessions where they miss shots. On the defensive end of the floor, as soon as they put forth the effort to get a step closer to the Knicks shooters, the team in blue collapses. New York plays the entire first quarter without running a set play. Not one.

Their head coach, Isiah Thomas, watches dispassionately. He has seen this act before. Their last effort against LeBron James and Cleveland resulted in a 108-90 dismantling of the Cavaliers. The following day the Cleveland and Akron, Ohio sports pages were filled with talk of how the defending Eastern Conference champions were just not a very good team. In New York there was talk of how getting off to a good start equals a good game and how Thomas is charged with the responsibility for that start. Isiah Thomas cannot suit up for games, step onto the floor and play the game.

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Appearance on 2 Guys and a Mic

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jdgeno1.jpgLast night I was invited to be a guest on the Internet radio show, 2 Guys and a Mic with JD and Geno. We dealt with Barry Bonds, his upcoming trial, the merits of the indictment and charges against him. We also discussed the treatment of Bonds relative to that of other baseball players and whether or not the Hall of Fame will accept Bonds.

Next up was the Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury drama and what it means for the Knicks. Of course we had to touch on Michael Vick and the time he might have to serve, Gene Upshaw and the NFLPA, why he has the present players under his thumb. Kobe Bryant made his way into our conversation. I was asked about the True Hoop hit piece and we got into the various members of the Lakers organization and what parts they played in the Shaq trade and in the vilifying of Bryant. We also made our picks for this week’s NFL games. Click here to listen.
I hope you enjoy the show.

The Death of a Legend: A Valid Reason for Stephon Marbury’s Temporary Disappearance from the Knicks?

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steph.jpgNew York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury, along with center Eddie Curry, were told they were not starting against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night. Marbury was said to be upset about being benched and was reported to have made several disparaging remarks about Knick head coach, Isiah Thomas. Yesterday, the Knicks fined Marbury for approximately $195,000 for leaving the team – presumably in a huff – without permission. Marbury, however, is appealing his fine indicating that he was granted permission by the Knicks to take a short leave from the team.

After reading the following, it appears Marbury might just well be in the right:

A gleaming white Cadillac with a license plate reading MISTERLU, its engine off, was parked next to a basketball court in a Coney Island housing project last night….

For 36 years, Mr. Williams, known on and around those courts as Mr. Lou, coached and mentored hundreds of talented young basketball players from Coney Island. Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks, who had given him the Cadillac, was one of them. Sebastian Telfair of the Minnesota Timberwolves was another. Mr. Williams died of a heart attack on Tuesday afternoon in his apartment in the housing project. He was 64.

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Spotes Notes, 11.14.07: PEDs in Atlanta, Dallas?; Stephon vs. Isiah; Ecko’s Asterisk Ploy Picked Up Nationally; Ricky Williams Reinstated; the Cees Are Good

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Marbury Update

Stephon Marbury was fined $182,000 for skipping Tuesday night game against Phoenix:

The Knicks sent Marbury a letter informing him of the fine, according to a person with knowledge of the penalty who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. He requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it. The Knicks would not confirm the fine….

According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, players are docked 1/110th of their salaries for a missed game. With Marbury scheduled to earn $20.1 million this season, that would be about $182,800.

Marbury says he was sent home by the team and plans to file a grievance with the NBA player’s association.

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Spotes Notes, 10.02.07: Isiah Guilty; C-Webb Stays Home; Whisenhunt’s Quandary; Vick’s Dogs – the First Lie Comes to Light

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isiaht.jpgBreaking News: Isiah Thomas guilty

New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas was found guilty of sexual harassment by a jury just minutes ago:

A jury decided Tuesday that New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas sexually harassed a former top team executive, subjecting her to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults, but also said he does not have to pay punitive damages.

After an ugly, three-week trial, the verdict gives Thomas a partial victory in the $10 million lawsuit filed by Anucha Browne Sanders.

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Racism in Sports Media: The Proof Is In the Details

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The proof is in the details.The proof of racism in sports media is not in something like the fact of Michael Vick’s guilt. Once the evidence came forth, we understand Vick’s culpability in the dog fighting that took place on the grounds of the home in Surry County, Virginia. The proof of racism is in the manner in which the Vick case was reported. The proof is in the omission of details, the half-truths, and the lies in reporting the incident.

We watched as no member of mainstream or of Big Box sports media questioned how the Vick dog fighting case was assembled. No one ever questioned how the Davon Boddie marijuana bust turned into investigators walking onto Boddie’s property and talking with someone other than a person who lives in the house; a someone who took investigators to a kennel full of pitbulls because the investigator “heard dogs barking.” Yes, I said Boddie’s property. Vick bought the property and oversaw the building of the home and the kennel (which we now know was not initially built for dog fighting dogs), but Boddie paid the bills and the property taxes. We know that Vick gave this property to Boddie in lieu of handing him a “just because” check every month, or so.

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