On The Board Issue # 1
Jason Kidd's Mess on the Floor
Coach Did What?
I've heard of icing the kicker, sending the catcher out to talk to the pitcher in order to stall, and running down the clock to the last second before calling time out. This week's events bring it to a whole new level of coach antics. First, there was Jason Kidd the other night. The Brooklyn Nets coach (who is off to an awful start with his team since they wheeled up their walkers to the cover the of Sports Illustrated) was caught visibly mouthing the words, "hit me" to guard Tyshawn Taylor while LA Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks was in the midst of free throws towards the tail end of their game. Kidd was holding a cup of soda in his hand at the time when Taylor "accidentally" ran into his coach. The cup spilled and soda splashed all over the floor. The mess forced a further delay in the game so that it could be cleaned up by an attendant. Was this an accident? If so, why would Jason Kidd have a cup so close to the side of the court? It obviously was not an accident, especially when video evidence was later revealed that Kidd had instructed his player to intentionally knock into him, All evidence was subsequently turned over to the league and Kidd was fined $50,000 for his tactic. All because the Nets coach had burned all of his time outs and needed something to impede the end of the game. Yeah, as if the end of an NBA game wasn't long enough. The Nets, lost, too, 99-94 to LA. The newly - created with old, wrinkled - faced team hailing from Brooklyn has started off 4-12 thus far in the new season. I wonder what else the former point guard will have up his sleeve this year? In the future, he might want to try sippy cups, instead. They're spill proof.
Then we have Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team began this year 0-4, but have roared back in recent weeks, posting a 5-2 record in their last 7 match-ups. Rumors were abound that Ben Roethlisberger wanted out of town via trade, but the QB quickly dispelled that myth. His play, and the overall team's play, improved after that, bringing them back into the playoff discussion. Then came Thursday night's game against their old rival Baltimore Ravens. As most Americans collapsed onto their couches, digesting their mounds of mashed potatoes and fought to battle the side effects of tryptophan, two colossal combatants went head - to - head Thanksgiving Night. In the third quarter of the game, the Steelers had just scored and were kicking off to the Ravens. Jacoby Jones took the return 73 yards. He might have run it back all of the way to score, but, suspiciously, the Steelers coach had been too close on the sideline to the field of play. Jones noticed him as he was running it back and had to side step Tomlin to avoid him. Tomlin had also repositioned himself, but it was late as the play had been approaching him. Needless to say, the Coach's presence in close proximity to the play altered Jones' run, thus affecting that moment within the game. "...I always watch the returns on the Jumbo Tron. It provides a better perspective for me... I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play," Tomlin told reporters after the game.Luckily, the Ravens kick returner didn't notice all of the banana peels Tomlin had meticulously placed on the field during the run back, too. That would have been a disaster!
We all know that, in all sports, there is always an element of cheating involved. Some are innocuous and minor in effect, while others have been more blatant and game - changing (cough, cough, Barry Bonds). These antics by the team Coaches are asinine to say the least, and, since both the Nets and the Steelers lost, truly ineffective. Maybe next week they will conjure up some more Keystone Cop moments for us to review.
Cheaters have no place in the HOF
The Baseball Hall of Fame nominees were announced this week. Two long - time Aces of Atlanta, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, are among first - timers on the ballot this year. Also on this same ballot are some very notable players in their own right. Unfortunately, they are notable for their misdeeds.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and, Mr. "please inject the roids in my backside" himself, Mark McGwire, are back on the voting sheets once again. The former A's and Card's slugger is on for the eighth year in a row. Players can remain on the ballot for up to 15 years, provided they receive at least five percent of the votes from the Baseball writers of America each year. Yes, that means that, every December at least five percent of voters, whom are mostly made up of baseball writers, cast a ballot for the former co-founder of the "Bash Boys" in the late 80's and early 90's.
Greg Maddux is a first time hall - of - famer without a doubt. His cerebral approach changed the game in my opinion. Tom Glavine is also an all time pitcher I'd cast a vote for in an instant. The other four - with the piles of evidence and court proceedings that have occurred over the past few years and the fact that years, eras of America's pass time are tarnished with the steroid scandal - not only should these "gentlemen" miss another turn at being voted into the HOF, their names on the ballot should be burnt off completely. It should not even be considered an opportunity for them to be permitted to join the likes of Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle. Were they perfect people? No. At the same time, they did not drudge up the good name of the sport and drag it through the magisterial mud as these individuals have done.
Just give the Cup to the Chicago Hockey team again. They are stacked, once again, with their physical, attacking Defense, coupled with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. I have first hand experience dealing with this team. Well, vicarious - first - hand experience. I am a long time Flyers fan. My team encountered the Deep Dish Beasts in 2010. I honestly didn't know how my team managed to win two games in the Stanley Cup Finals that year, but the Blackhawks took us to 6 games, only to win the Cup in OT in Philly. It was demoralizing. Our team hasn't been the same since, trading away its top two forwards and losing its Top Defenseman due to concussions. Oh, and there was also the two - year dibocal that was Ilya Bryzgalov. What a mess it was. Since then, the Hawks won another Cup last year, defeating an unbelievably talented Boston Bruins team, also in 6 games, Chicago defeated them, too, also on the road, also in dramatic fashion at the very end of the tally. Whether it's the Bruins again next June or the Penguins, Toews and Kane will be hoisting Hockey's most prized possession again in late Spring of 2014.