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2009 December | The Sports Report Girl - Part 2

A.I… Always Interesting

December 4, 2009 by Gabe Zaldivar  
Filed under Basketball, NBA Basketball, SRG's Blog

When certain athletes take to the podium they excite well beyond any news conference should. Allen Iverson is one of those athletes. Possibly outdoing his “practice” rant. Allen Iverson openly wept at the prospect of becoming a 76er yet again. He is happy. Philadelphia wants him back. Win-Win, Case closed right?

This might be the case if Iverson were a different person, but he is not. You can be assured; A.I. will take 25 shots a night and completely forget that there is a specific offense in place. He will force one on one situations multiple times a game. The coaching staff will boil and this will only be the start.

Once Lou Williams comes back from a broken jaw, the decision by Eddie Jordan to bench or start Iverson will commence. That is when we will find whether Iverson has truly changed or not.

I haven’t been the biggest Shaquille O’Neal supporter but his recent stint with the Cavs illustrates how the aging athlete should act. He accepts his role as role player to LeBron James. Iverson should realize that his best days are behind him and he should play for team first. It may be something he has never done but it is the only way he stretches this one year contract into another payday. My favorite quote from the day was “I want to retire here.” Well you may have to buddy. No NBA team wants a former All Star that causes headaches instead of producing wins.

Farewell, Bobby… I Will Hate You Always!

December 1, 2009 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

I’ve been in hate with Bobby Bowden since I was old enough to hate. In fact, he may have been my very first hate.

I’ve always hated everything about him. I hated that stupid smirk he wore. I hated his stupid Alabama drawl. I hated the way he waddled across the field. I hated how he always called female reporters “sweetie,” as if it were still 1952 and he was expecting whatever bimbo was interviewing him to go fetch him a hot towel after they finished. I hated that ugly leather jacket he wore for years when he was trying to be hip. I hate that stupid swamp hat he still wears whether it’s raining or not. I hate the fact that he’s an 80-year-old man who still goes by Bobby. But more than anything, I hate that stupid, self-assailing, belly-shaking laugh. I can still hear it now, “Eh-heh-heh-hee!”

I’ve hated Bobby Bowden since the moment I saw his fat, pompous, garnet-and-gold-clad carcass take to the sidelines at Florida State. He is the only person that I have ever wished death upon. No one in any sport has made my skin crawl or my blood curdle like Bobby, and that’s why I will miss him so very much.

I grew up a Gator fan in the 1990s rivalry of the Gators and Seminoles, a rivalry and decade that has not been, and probably never will be, equaled in terms of talent and stakes between two rivals. In the ‘90s Florida and Florida State combined for 14 conference titles, three national championships and two Heisman trophy winners. One or both teams were ranked in the top 10 every single year and each game was life and death. They even played each other twice in bowl games and once for the national championship.

The Florida-Florida State rivalry wasn’t just great because of the hate each team had for the other, or the national championship implications… it was great because of the characters involved. When Bowden took over the program at Florida State in 1967, he made it his own. When we look back at Florida State and Bobby Bowden’s legacy – the 388 career wins, the two national championships, the 14-straight seasons of 10 or more wins, the unprecedented 14 straight seasons in the top 5 of the AP College Football Poll – what we’ll remember more than the victories is the man.

I have never hated anyone more than I hate Bobby Bowden and there is no one I am more sad to see leave the game. You will be truly missed, Bobby.

Eh-heh-heh-hee!

Around The Association 12-1-09

December 1, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Basketball, NBA Basketball, SRG's Blog

Iverson

Sources reported that the Sixers and Allen Iverson met for two hours on Monday. I’m still not sure what took two hours. Iverson is looking for a starting job and the Sixers are looking for anything to spark life into their 5 and 12 team. This is a no-brainer. Allow Iverson to come back and end his career where it all began and sell a couple more jerseys while they’re at it.

Nets

The New Jersey Nets are staring history straight in the face. Their historic march to the worst team in the NBA is well on the way. Their first real test is Wednesday against the formidable Dallas Mavericks. This will be the first test of their ineptitude. A loss Wednesday would clinch the worst start in history at 0-18. After that, all that remains is eight. That is how many wins they must finish with to clinch the worst overall season, surpassing the 9-73, 1972-73 76ers. Their magic number is 57.

Vandeweghe

Rumor has it that GM Kiki Vandeweghe will take over the head coaching job for the New Jersey Nets. Del Harris will be a coach alongside Vandeweghe who has limited bench experience. This begs the question, why not just have Del Harris as the head coach. It makes it a lot easier to fire the head coach when he is not also the general manager. The Nets should take this lesson from the Knicks during the less than desirable Isaiah Thomas era.

Wallace Fined

While it is not news when Rasheed Wallace gets a tech, it may be news when I out and out agree with him. Wallace received a fine for his “verbal abuse” of referees after the Toronto game on Friday night. His frustration with flopping and ticky-tack fouls happens to also be the annoyance of all that watch NBA games. The NBA needs to allow for a tad more emotion than is allowed. You have grown men playing a physical sport. Things are meant to get heated. That’s when the sport is at its best. Officials are too quick with the whistles. Sadly, I don’t see a revolution starting with a Rasheed Wallace sound bite.

Sorry Charlie!

December 1, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

We all knew it was coming… it was just a matter of time. Charlie Weis was fired Monday as the Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame. And though this video was shot prior to his dismissal, it begs a very good question… who is going to be the next top dog in South Bend?

Some have suggested Bob Stoops, but I think we all know that’s a pipe dream. Why would he, or anyone for that matter, leave a job where he’s automatically in the national title hunt every year for one he’d have to rebuild to that level?

Just to have a new challenge? Please!

Notre Dame will not be getting a coach from one of the “premiere” programs in the country, and their fans need to accept that right now.

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