Today Ned Colletti, GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, announced that he has the biggest set of balls in the world. He did this by having the gall to criticize the team and Matt Kemp for a lack of effort. He is either very stupid or is very much separated from reality because the troubles of the Dodgers rest squarely on his shoulders.
He was quoted on a Los Angeles radio show as saying “I’m not satisfied with the presentation. I’m not satisfied with execution. I’m not satisfied with the thought process of it.” How about not being satisfied with the personnel. Which is your side of the ball. The Dodgers woes are largely pitching related. The fact that Los Angeles started the season with two young as yet unproven pitchers, one malcontent, a knuckle-ball pitcher, and Hiroki Kuroda is Colletti’s fault, not the players.
This is a rare time in Dodger history where a team can throw up nine runs in consecutive games and lose both those games. The Dodgers rank in the top five in the National League in major offensive categories. Yet they are in last place in the West. Perhaps it is because the Dodgers rank near the bottom in every pitching category.
Back in December, Colletti insinuated he had no monetary restrictions this off season. This leads one to believe one of two things. Either he is lying and divorce proceedings drastically cut into his staffing the rotation with arms or he is a really bad General Manager with a tiny mustache.
What about Matt Kemp? Well he certainly has been mucking it up on defense and base-running. He must be cashing it in. It would very well be prudent to question his work ethic. Unless of course his manager vouches that he shows up early to get his work in and he is currently scoring most of the runs on the team.
Matt Kemp is tied for second in the majors in home runs, tied for third in RBI, and first in runs. Granted he has made some horrible gaffs. But it may be a mental aspect of the game that someone needs to talk to him or comment about. How about Joe Torre, the manager of the team.
If the next words out of your mouth aren’t “Damn I should have re-signed Randy Wolf, at the very least Jon Garland.” I don’t want to hear it.
Tuesday will be the first game seven of the NHLs Playoffs and as we all know, theres nothing more exciting than a game seven of a hockey series. Despite all the action, though, theres one thought I cant get out of my mind What the hell is Barry Melrose doing with his hair?
Kurt Warner retired last winter, vacating his position as the reigning Captain of the God Squad in the NFL. But fear not, for the Denver Broncos selected Tim Tebow with the 25th pick over all, thereby filling the post. The Legend of Tebow is great, but so too is the Legend of Elway. Those are some big shoes to fill, and no one has been able to fill them since Elway retired.
Can Tim Tebow be the guy? Only time will tell. But if the kid cn practically walk on water, why wouldnt he be able to win games in the NFL?
The first week of the NBA playoffs is complete. No series is over yet, but many individuals have stood out in these hard-fought games. The drama of the playoffs has been heightened by players, coaches and even an owner who have made headlines as heroes and villains in the NBA world.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder guard
The young Thunder is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers, the No. 1 seed in the West, and Westbrook had led the way. No Lakers guards have the ability to stop him, which leads to easy baskets for Westbrook’s teammates.
Westbrook gets to the basket with ease and has played with great poise for a youngster. In the Thunder’s blowout game four win he had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs guard
Parker has been coming off the bench in the playoffs and his scoring lifted the Spurs in game three. His 23 points as a reserve was just one example of the incredible all-around effort San Antonio has received from its players.
Once again, the Mavericks are on the brink of elimination in the first round. The Spurs have a three-games-to-one lead. Dallas owner Mark Cuban isn’t thrilled. He voiced his displeasure for the Spurs before game three. His comments made him a villain in this year’s playoffs.
Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers guard
What seemed like a lopsided series got interesting. The Phoenix Suns, one of the hottest teams to end the season, led two games to one. Before game four, Roy, only eight days removed from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, asked to play.
And he did, scoring 10 points in 27 minutes, giving the ailing Blazers a much-needed boost. Just like Willis Reed did for the New York Knicks in the 1970 NBA finals, Roy returned, didn’t have a huge impact, but left his mark on the game, and perhaps, on the series.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers forward
Nobody puts up numbers like James and after the Chicago Bulls closed the gap, winning game three in dramatic fashion, Cleveland needed its star to step up.
So James did, tallying his fifth career triple double in game four. He scored 37 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished 11 assists in the game four route of Chicago. Cleveland can close out the series on Tuesday.
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics forward
When the Celtics needed him the most Pierce answered the call. The Truth nailed a jumper as time expired to give the Celtics a 100-98 win in game three. Pierce scored 32 points to help Boston to a 3-0 series lead.
Although the Celtics lost game four, they are in command of a series that has been played tough. So tough, there was an incident in Boston in game one. Pierce was involved in the play, but it was his teammate, Kevin Garnett, and Miami Heat guard Quentin Richardson who got all the attention. Their actions made them villains for week one.
Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers coach
Before the series even began Jackson started mind games with Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer. “As far as the calls that he gets on the floor, I think a lot of the referees are treating him like a superstar; he gets to the line easy and often,” Jackson said.
Obviously, Jackson wanted to get the attention of the officials and swing some calls his way. It seems as if his comments have had the opposite effect. The majority of calls have gone Oklahoma City’s way with a gigantic free throw disparity in game four. The Lakers were 17 of 28 at the line; the Thunder was 42 of 48. That’s a lot of foul calls on the purple and gold.
Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers forward
Artest has played decent defense on Durant, harassing the lanky scorer into tough shots and forcing him to shoot a low percentage from the field.
But Artest’s own field goal percentage has been absolutely atrocious. He is literally shooting his own team out of the playoffs. Artest is settling for three pointers and getting very poor results: three for 23 in four games. Pass that ball or dribble a few steps in, Ron.
Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner
“I hate the Spurs,” Cuban said. “I have a hard time being civil to (Spurs majority owner) Peter Holt at the Board of Governors meeting, and he has a hard time being civil to me, even though we like each other.”
Cuban said this before game three against San Antonio. He has a reason to be angry. His Mavericks were beat by the Spurs in the Western conference finals in 2003. These teams have met twice in the playoffs since. Dallas has zero championships to show for its efforts while the Spurs boast four. And now, the Mavericks are on the brink of elimination as they trail three games to one.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics forward
At the end of game one against the Miami Heat, Garnett went to the aid of Pierce after a fall. Heat guard Quentin Richardson got involved, Garnett didn’t like that so the Celtic forward connected with an elbow near Richardson’s jaw.
That action led to a suspension for game two. The Celtics won anyway, but there is plenty of bad blood between these teams, especially after Richardson’s comments regarding Pierce and Garnett.
Quentin Richardson, Miami Heat guard
“I was trying to get over there to take the ball out of bounds, and he started talking to me, so I talked back. Nobody has no business talking to [Pierce]. He’s on the ground, crying. I don’t know what’s going on. Two actresses over there, that’s what they are.”
Richardson seemed to be the instigator during this incident. He didn’t receive any suspension or fine. Pierce may be known for his melodramatic playoff moment of the 2008 NBA finals when he may have exaggerated an injury, but he and Garnett being called actresses won’t help the Celtics and Heat players become chums during this series.
This kind of behavior promotes violence in the form of “hard playoff fouls.” Nothing too rough has happened, but then again, week two of the playoffs starts tonight.
This was the voicemail left on my machine by my good friend, and devout Broncos fan, Justin.
While I understand my boy’s concern, I have to say that I legitimately think the Tebow pick was a good one for Josh McDaniels and it has nothing to do with whether or not the former Gator will be a good NFL quarterback (I know that sounds strange, but hear me out).
This offseason, McDaniels made what could turn out to be the two best moves in the history of any NFL team, ever. If they work out he will be legendary. He got Brady Quinn – a former first-round pick who could (COULD!) be a great quarterback; he’s never really gotten a chance and in Denver he’ll have a solid O-line, a good defense and a great running game – in exchange for Peyton Hillis, a running back who was never going to play, ever, and two sixth round draft picks.
He followed that up by picking Demaryus Thomas with the Broncos number one draft pick and trading up to draft Tim Tebow with the 25th pick. This pick was amazing for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because he didn’t really give up much to get it.
I’ve heard Broncos fans screaming and crying because Denver relinquished a second, third and fourth rounder to get the pick, but really it was just a second. The third and fourth round choices were picks that the Broncos got from trading down out of the number 11 spot and again from the number 13 position. He was playing with house money.
The move is also amazing because McDaniels simultaneously took all the pressure off Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton and Demaryus Thomas (which was especially good in Thomas’s case because, let’s be honest, the chances of two great receivers coming out of Georgia Tech in five years of running the triple option were slim to none, and as Lee Corso says, ol’ Slim just left the building). There’s also no pressure on Tim Tebow because no one is expecting him to start right away.
All the “experts” are saying that McDaniels’ future is now hinged on Tebow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Tebow will have at least three years to become THE quarterback in Denver. During that time he’ll come in for short yardage and goal line situations, make a few appearances on SportsCenter and probably take a leadership role in Focus on the Family.
Remember, Tony Romo sat for three years, Phillip Rivers sat for three years, Aaron Rogers sat for three years, and all three of them turned out OK. Unlike all those scrubs, though, Tebow will contribute right away in some capacity outside of mop up duty in blowouts. Let’s also not forget that he’s the third biggest name in all of football (behind Manning and Brady), which means more prime time and national games, more jersey sales and increased national relevance – never bad for a team with the 18th ranked media market.
The word on Tebow, going into the draft, was that he was big risk/big reward. McDaniels mitigated the risk better than any coach in this draft could have. Plus, I’m about 75 percent convinced McDaniels pulled the trigger on trading Marshall so he could give Tebow number 15. Now, we’ll see if Tebow delivers the big reward.
Weatherspoon also reminds me of Patrick Willis in his Ole Miss days. Is it possible for a linebacker that calls to mind images of Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis to be bad?
I’ve been impressed by this kid since the 2008 Emerald Bowl, and you know he must have been amazing to impress me at the Emerald Bowl. I see a lot of Clinton Portis in him. I love CJ Spiller, but I think Best could be the best back to come out of this draft. It amazes me he’s not rated higher.
Great hands, great speed, great strength. Hernandez is a playmaker with big play potential. Whoever gets him is going to be one lucky team.
Toby “White Power” Gerhartt
I could see “White Power” being the next Jerome Bettis. He could be the best white, non-quarterback, non-lineman in the NFL since Jason Seyhorn. I mean that. I really, really mean that.
Great size and great speed. He never quite realized his potential at LSU, but I think the kid could play a big role for a lot of teams in the league. He’s like LenDale White minus the gut. OK, maybe not, but I still like him.
How Arrelius Benn is rated above him is one of those all-time mysteries that only Mel Kiper understands. He’s got great hands, has T.O.-like size and I haven’t seen too many receivers better when the ball is in the air. If he doesn’t get taken by the third round, some people should be fired.
With all the commotion about Joe Haden, nobody has been talking about Major Wright. Like Haden, he’s a little undersized, but Wright has big hit, big play potential. He’s got great ball hawking skills and can lay the wood better than any little guy out there.
He may, honestly, not be big enough to make it in the League. If he can manage to make his size work for him, which he hasn’t had to do in college, he could be a great receiver. I could see him playing an Az Hakim/Steve Breston playmaker role for a high-powered offense.
I know he’s rated in the top three by most draft “experts,” but having watched him multiple times this year, I don’t know how no one is talking about him being the number one or two pick. He’s so f*cking good. He changes games. His mere presence is enough to make offensive coordinators rethink their entire scheme. He’s like Deion Sanders, in that he can literally take away an entire side of the field. I hate Tennessee and I can’t stop gushing about how good he is.
I’m sorry. Call me a homer all you want, but let me just make this point. When Tebow was being recruited out of high school, no one thought he would ever be more than a gimmick, system quarterback. His freshman year, he was the difference maker that won the Gators the title. After his freshman year, everyone said all he could do was run over people and that he would never work as a starting quarterback. His sophomore year, he had the single greatest season in the history of college football. After the Ole Miss game, his junior season, everyone said he and the Gators were overrated and their season was done. He made “The Promise” at the post-game press conference and won another national championship. Now, everyone is saying he can’t be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think you know where this is headed. What reason has Tim Tebow ever given us to doubt him? Everyone seems to forget that Tebow has been doubted by all the people who knew everything his whole career. He has constantly and consistently shown that he can do everything that everyone says he can’t. I see no reason he won’t redefine the quarterback position in the NFL. I mean that.
He is awful. Absolutely awful. He is the reason no NFL coach respects the spread offense. He can’t read defenses, can’t throw deep, his accuracy is a joke and he couldn’t hit a receiver in stride if his life depended on it. He will not make a practice squad two years from now.
Gerald McCoy is a great defensive tackle and is a solid player in the middle. I like him as an anchor for a 3-4 defense. He’s worthy of a mid-first-round draft pick and I think he will be a solid pro, but top three – top five – he most certainly is not. He’s not a game changer. He’s not a guy that drops your jaw in awe. He’s not a player that will ever, ever, ever remake or redefine a franchise. This young man is not Warren Sapp and anyone who will not have an impact on that scale should not even be considered as a number one overall draft pick – or number two, three, four, five or any other number in single digits.
I have a bad habit of overrating Gators. Jarvis Moss, Keiwan Ratliff, Reggie Nelson, Rex Grossman, Kenyatta Walker, Dallas Baker…the list goes on. I hope I go the other way with this one. I’ve watched the kid for three years and while I think he’s a very solid player, I just don’t see what all the scouts are drooling over. He’s short, he’s got decent speed, he’s got OK hands and he only gets beat deep some of the time. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think that makes you the best corner in the draft, especially in a draft as loaded with defensive talent as this one.
This rating blows my mind. He was the fifth best player on an OK defense that gave up 37 points in the national championship game. Blows. My. Mind.
I loved this kid until the Fiesta Bowl. Then he got destroyed by a tackle I’ve never heard of and didn’t even have a QB pressure in the game. When you get erased in the biggest game of your life, you don’t deserve to be a first-round pick.
No one from Florida State’s 2009-2010 defense deserves to be selected in the first found of a football draft. No one.
I’m not saying he won’t rush for 1,000 yards next season. I’m not even saying he won’t be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year if the right team picks him. But I guarantee you, in 2014 if someone asks you who Ryan Mathews is, you will have no idea what to say.
He plays for Illinois. He chose to committ to Illinois and then stayed there to play with Juice Williams for three years. If that doesn’t bring into question his decision making, I don’t know what does.
Let’s just take a look at the Charlie Weis era. In five years, Weis has had two quarterbacks selected in the first round. In that same time, he’s been to three bowl games, won one of them and had a collective record of 35-27, playing annually against stiff competition like Syracuse, Duke Stanford and UCLA. I say that to say this: If the quarterback that actually won games for Charlie Weis couldn’t play in the NFL, why on earth would you think the quarterback that couldn’t win would be able to? Exactly.
Putting him on this list once wasn’t enough. Did you watch him in the Senior Bowl? He couldn’t perform a five-step drop. It’s a five-step drop! A five-step drop! This is millions of dollars we’re talking about! And it’s a five-step drop!
His suspension can start during his already lengthy disabled list stay. So sadly, the only true punishment he will receive is the initial announcement that he cheated and the fact that he will still be on the Reds. However, announcements such as these are hardly treated with much fervor anymore.
Three years after the Mitchell report was released, allegations of roids and other PEDs are met with a ho-hum attitude. Mark McGwire is now treated to great applause in St. Louis. Dodger fans know only two things about baseball, cheer Manny and bring a beach ball. In New York, well Yankee fans will win at any cost so Alex Rodriguez gets a pass there too.
But in the case of Mr. Volquez I can hardly blame him. If I pitched for Dusty Baker I may need some sort of horse pills just to keep my arm from falling off.
I really don’t care what you have to say about anyone else in this year’s draft, this guy is absolutely the best player available. He is unquestionably the best player in this draft. He’s the most athletic, has the most potential to be great and he can literally change a defense. He could play either the nose or the end in a 3-4 defense and could play nose, DT or end in a 4-3. Most impressively, he would be an impact player at all of those positions. Players like him don’t come around often. Anyone that does not draft him will regret it for years to come. And for anyone who has Gerald McCoy rated above him, slap yourself. Seriously. Slap yourself.
As much as I love the combine, I judge a player based on what he does on the field, not how well he does in the gym. This kid owned games this year. He single-handedly made the Florida and Alabama games – games. No player for any team has had a presence like he had against those two teams. He’s got the speed and the strength to translate to the next level too.
Not only is he the smartest man alive, but he’s still got everything going for him that he had going last year when he would have been the first overall pick. He’s still twice as good as Matt Stafford and he’s still twice as good as Jimmy Clausen. Remember I said that. By the way, it was a shoulder injury. Have you ever heard about a career-ending shoulder injury? No, no you haven’t.
If he goes where he’s projected to go (late first round-early second) it will be one of those all-time selections. He’s undersized, but he’s an amazing athlete and his football IQ is off the charts. He’s intense and he’s smart and that’s exactly what you need from a linebacker.
Unlike Sam Bradford, I think Gresham will get screwed over by his injury. He may even drop into the second round. I think he’ll use it as motivation the way Randy Moss did. I expect big things.
I watched him in the Senior Bowl. He was epic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: great players turn it on when it matters. He played for a crappy team and never really got the national media attention he deserved. When the spotlight was on, he brought it and he brought it better than anyone else. I watched his 40 at the combine and I heard his pro day was fantastic. He’s hungry and as long as he stays hungry, he will be great.
He reminds me a lot of Ray Lewis. I mean, a lot of Ray Lewis. He reminds me so much of Ray Lewis that I think he could kill someone and only be convicted of obstruction of justice…I mean…I’m so glad no one will ever quote this article in public or show it to Ray Lewis.
Of course this prediction is based on the idea that being screwed by the NC-Double-Assholes made him angry as opposed to lazy.
Only player other than Suh and Berry that completely changes a team’s gameplan. I don’t know how draft “experts” have managed to overlook him, but he can be an impact player at the next level. He’s obscenely athletic for his size. Obscenely.
I know, I know. I couldn’t help myself. I love him. Please God, do not let the Oakland Raiders pick him. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.
Note: I do not rate offensive lineman. Anyone who has not played or coached offensive lineman should not do so either.