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Things To Be Happy About After This Sporting Weekend ……….Or Is There Anything At All To Be Happy About ……?


Things To Be Happy About After This Sporting Weekend ……….Or Is There Anything At All To Be Happy About ……?

Thankfully the Winter Olympics’ coverage by NBC is over and Bob Costas can now do something more fruitful with his illustrious Emmy winning career. Don’t get me wrong , with the 800 hours of coverage that the network provided us with, there was a great deal to be had from watching the coverage in Vancouver, British Columbia. But at the end of the day , a great deal of it was all for nought. You had commentators and analysts at NBC who were either unprepared or simply nowhere as knowledgeable as the station would have us believe. Who was the idiot there, who stated that Lindsay Vonn ‘is the greatest female Alpine skier of all-time’ ? Hey moron, do some research and you’ll find that Vonn is nowhere near as great as Annemarie Moser-Proll . And the constant hyping up of several home grown athletes who at one time or another failed to deliver. Well , in the end it only goes to show how devoid the plot lines were to these games. Appolo Anton-Ohno is now the most decorated US winter Olympic athlete ever. Wow ! Well , that tells me a great deal but what does that say about the feats of Eric Heiden ‘who won five gold medals’ at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in 1980 ?

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2nd R) looks out into the stadium as Gordon Campbell (R), the Premier of British Columbia, waves a Canadian flag during the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 28, 2010
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2nd R) looks out into the stadium as Gordon Campbell (R), the Premier of British Columbia, waves a Canadian flag during the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 28, 2010. photo appears courtesy of Reuters/ Jim Young ...........

It’s safe to say that with the Summer Olympics in London , in 2012, we ought to expect more of the same and once again that’s to be expected at the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. One wonders who NBC will look to build a storyline around then ? Michael Phelps , perhaps ? Well if that’s if the swimmer still has the inclination to compete ? Especially given the fact that at present in most people’s eyes he’s far more amenable , family friendly than golfer Tiger Woods. But that’s another story for another time and day.

Well the NFL Combine the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis came and went. To an extent we didn’t really learn anything that we didn’t already know. A few pleasantries were to be had, as a number of players who didn’t take part , still made themselves available to scouts , GM’s , managers and coaches for the interview process. Hopefully, a number of those players will prove themselves worthy and are able to communicate with a great deal of confidence. So much is placed on the athletic endeavors of the combine that people tend to forget the players also have to show their intellectual prowess as well. But that appears not to be of the greatest concern to the convened press or the tv pundits in attendance. I wonder what Mel Kiper and Todd McShay will have to say about the whole process ?

Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh prepares to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, March 1, 2010.  photo appears  courtesy  of   Associated  Press/ Michael  Conroy  ....
Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh prepares to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, March 1, 2010. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Michael Conroy ....

As former diet-fitness guru Susan Powter use to say …..’stop the insanity’. Whatever happened to her by the way ? I mean she was once over 425 lbs and slimmed down to under 130 lbs ?

Can someone explain to me how is it that the New Jersey Nets had their way and slapped the Boston Celtics around like a hooker who’d allowed one of her John’s a ‘freebie’ ? I’m not saying that the victory was bad but they got slapped with an almighty ‘pimp slap’ ! ” Yo’ bitch take that” ! No real explanation from Doc Rivers , as to why his team got their asses hung high like one of Michael Vick’s former pitbulls after they’d been tortured with an electronic cattle prod. Suffice to say that the Nets felt good after the victory , whereas the Celtics in their home venue were totally embarrassed. The result 104-96 was enough to suggest that the Celtics were simply unprepared. With their respective records it was hard to detect which team was actually the ‘5 win team’ and which team had amassed 36 victories . Subsequently, the Nets have fallen back to earth as they’ve once again fallen into their same old bad habits ,………. losing . The Nets lost were 4 point losers on their home-court in an 89-85 loss to the Washington Wizards.

<font face="andalus" size="3"> New Jersey Nets guard <strong>Devin Harris </strong>(34) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game in Boston Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. The Nets won  <strong>104-96 </strong>. photo appears  courtesy of  Assoc Press/Winslow Townson)
New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris (34) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during the fourth quarter of a NBA basketball game in Boston Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. The Nets won 104-96 . photo appears courtesy of Assoc Press/Winslow Townson)

I’m not about to suggest that apart from the top five teams in the Eastern Conference of the NBA aren’t at all that bad. But is anyone really interested at all in watching those other ‘woefully inept teams’ within the conference ? Please, David Stern , stop trying to sell me on the NBA brand and product at present ! It’s about as desirable as wanting to own a Toyota Prius ! Like the vehicle, when it’s out of control , it just aimlessly heads nowhere while placing your life in danger. The same can be said of the play within the Eastern Conference amongst the lower rung teams, as they’re proving to be extremely harmful to one’s health.

It’s not often that you want to wish a former and much beloved athlete all the best in a new found endeavor. But in this case, it becomes an exception the rule . Michael Jordan , formerly a minority stake holder in the Charlotte Bobcats , over the weekend bought the controlling interest in the team from billionaire entrepreneur , Robert L. Johnson . The billionaire owner was keen to sell the franchise to stave off the continual financial losses that he’d assumed since his first purchasing the team, then known as the Charlotte Hornets. Now mounting something of a presence within the Southeast Division and chasing a playoff berth. The Bobcats with the eighth best record in the Eastern Conference , are looking to garner their first playoff berth in their guise as the Bobcats. And for coach Larry Brown having the former Tar Heel alumni , as his new boss is a welcoming and sobering thought. The fans no doubt will now rally around to show their support for Jordan and the team , as they seek success.

Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, right, talks with managing partner Michael Jordan before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Charlotte, N.C.  Jordan struck a deal late Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, to buy a controlling interest in the Bobcats, making the NBA's greatest player the owner of the money-losing team in his home state.  photo  appears  courtesy of  Associated   Press/ Chuck  Barton .....
Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, right, talks with managing partner Michael Jordan before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Charlotte, N.C. Jordan struck a deal late Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, to buy a controlling interest in the Bobcats, making the NBA's greatest player the owner of the money-losing team in his home state. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Chuck Barton .....

When they say ‘….one and done’ . What literally are the implications behind that statement ? Because at this juncture that’s the situation now facing Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver Terrell Owens . After a less than productive year with the AFC East team . The front office led by General Manager Buddy Nix has informed the player that a new contract won’t be tendered to him and that he’s now free to seek ‘free agency’ on the open market. So once again, the traveling sideshow embarks upon another journey as across the languid NFL terrain.

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28:  NFL player Terrell Owens attends a game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The  Bills'  wide receiver  hasn't  been  tendered  a  new  contract  by  the  team for  the  upcoming  season  and  will  now  become a  free  agent.  photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/  Andrew D  Bernstein  ....
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: NFL player Terrell Owens attends a game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Bills' wide receiver hasn't been tendered a new contract by the team for the upcoming season and will now become a free agent. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/ Andrew D Bernstein ....

Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus , will do his level best to ‘sell him’ as a ‘still productive player’ who can contribute to a team seeking postseason experience and a wealth of maturity. Scratch that last statement, as ‘maturity’ and Owens don’t belong in the same sentence much less , the same time zone. LOL,LOL,LOL !!! But rest assured that no stone will be left unturned by Rosenhaus , even if it means him having to cajole and coerce teams and GM’s around the league to give his client a chance. And it’s not as if Owens hasn’t been given enough chances down the years to begin with. But much like cancer tends to spread through a body when it’s malignant. The same can be said of Owens and any NFL franchise where he’s said to have been over the course of his professional career. As to which might teams might be prepared to show some interest in the player , that remains to be seen. But you can be sure that there are bound to be one or two teams that will show some interest in the player. As to what demands specifically , will be made by way of a salary from the player. Let’s just say that Owens can’t expect to be paid ‘top dollar’ at this stage of his career.

I read with a great deal of interest how Curtis Granderson , the New York Yankees’ latest acquisition is looking to fit in with the team. Isn’t that like being told you’ll no longer be seated in the outhouse because you’re now welcomed in the big-house where all the guys bask in luxury ? Now we all know that for the Yankees and the organization it’s all about winning and everything else is secondary. General Manager Brian Cashman has set about retooling the roster in order to be more athletic , diverse in terms of the talent and less dependent upon an aging roster.

New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson sets up in the batting cage to take live batting practice for the first time during baseball spring training at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.  photo  appears  courtesy  of  Assoc Press/  Kathy Willens  ......
New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson sets up in the batting cage to take live batting practice for the first time during baseball spring training at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. photo appears courtesy of Assoc Press/ Kathy Willens ......

The AL East and its plethora of teams will be taking aim at the bulls-eye that immediately now becomes a target on the Yankees’ back. And for the likes of the Boston Red Sox , Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles . Each of the teams in question will be looking to take down the reigning World Series champions. But I’d remiss in suggesting that the Orioles are going to be competitive within the AL East. Their front office , there, have essentially obfuscated their responsibility in making that a priority and their main prerogative over the years. The long suffering fans have had to come to Camden Yards and witness a team that is about as competitive as a ham sandwich. And in team owner Peter Angelos , you may well have someone who’s said to be completely oblivious as the club’s inherent needs. Is it any wonder that they continue to languish within the bottom rungs now of fan support and have little by way of any tangible success over the last decade.

The Yankees will be the presumptive favorites to win it all again this year. And in the National League (NL) will also be looking to take their shot at the Yankees also during inter-league play. But to my mind the only way that the Yankees can lose this year is through their own complacency. And I don’t see that either team captain Derek Jeter or the team’s manager Joe Girardi are quite prepared to let that happen. And for Granderson having been acquired by the Yankees from the Detroit Tigers . He’ll now get to see how an organization of the of Yankees’ stature goes about replicating and maintaining that success. For the Tigers, this season they will be hard pressed to make their presence felt within the AL Central .

Syracuse's Kris Joseph (32) celebrates near the end of the game against Villanova in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Syracuse won 95-77. photo  appears  courtesy of   Associated Press/ Kevin Rivoli....
Syracuse's Kris Joseph (32) celebrates near the end of the game against Villanova in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Syracuse won 95-77. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Kevin Rivoli....

OK , so who amongst you are so sure as to who the favorite will be this year , to win the men’s NCAA basketball tournament ? To see the so called presumptive favorites drop like flies as of late in terms of results. Well it’s like seeing an insecticide or repellent be placed amongst the men’s rankings. Sitting atop of the heap at present are Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orangemen . Two weeks from today , is anyone of the belief that they’ll still be there ? In all likelihood given the inconsistency and the frequency with which the teams have been falling. The answer has to be an emphatic …..no !

Manny   Pacquiao  and  Floyd  Mayweather Jr.  The   two  fighters  have seen  their  proposed   title   fight   fall  through  they  are   now  still   chiding  each  other   on  with   some   rather  unsavory   taunts .     photo  appears  courtesy  of   Associated  Press /  Kevin  Thorne  ........................
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The two fighters have seen their proposed title fight fall through they are now still chiding each other on with some rather unsavory taunts . photo appears courtesy of Associated Press / Kevin Thorne ........................

On one last note, can the sniping stop between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr ? These two buffoons and their representatives have cheated the fans out of a boxing match-up that the whole world has been waiting for and eagerly wanted to see. So please stop it with the cheap ass snide remarks just shut the f_ck up once and for all ! The both of you have become tiresome and a complete waste of the print media space that’s still being bestowed upon you both !

Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………..

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