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It’s something of a down time for me in terms of writing on a topic with regard to the sport’s world at present. There’s not really a great deal going on albeit that Spring Training has arrived and teams preparing for the 2011 season . Remarkably though this time of the season as it relates to baseball doesn’t particularly interest me though I may well be in tow with friends to see perhaps one or two games . The Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues are a precursor for the fans to see their favorite teams but in reality you can’t really take anything away from the performances by the teams during Spring Training . One thing for certain though, this season will be unlike any other because for once I do not believe that there is a clear cut favorite for the World Series . Albeit that the talk was of the moves made respectively by the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies we all know that all it takes is one major injury or a player not performing up to par and the ambitions of a team can essentially go up in smoke .

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As defending champions the San Francisco Giants will be a somewhat team from the one that simply made light work of the Texas Rangers in the game’s showcase event. For the Giants’ fans they’ll have something to appreciate but now comes the hard part for Bruce Bochy and his assistants as they look to have that right frame of mind and attitude as they look to make a successful regular and postseason run.

Now while the advent of baseball there’s still the giant shadow that’s cast by the NFL and a season that essentially has now become a year round business. There’s no two ways about it but even in the offseason the print media, major broadcast and cable networks as well as the radio talk show hosts out there will continue to make the NFL a topic of choice. There’s no denying that the ongoing labor negotiations mediated over by a Federally appointed abritrator George Cohen . The mediator has stated that there has been progress made between the two sides but I’m not so sure that’s all so clear as neither Roger Goodell on behalf of the NFL and owners have issued a public statement to that effect . The commissioner’s counterpart NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith , Executive Committee member and President Kevin Mawae have been equally silent with very little on appearance in outright candor on the issues .

At this juncture I’m not about to suggest what the outcome of this will be but I do know this , the goodwill built up between the NFL and fans is about to disappear up in a puff of smoke. And with there being a very distinct possibility that a possible labor stoppage we could no football for the entire 2011-12 season and one should also consider that there won’t be a Superbowl (SBXLVI) either , which would be staged at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis , Indiana , home to the Indianapolis Colts .

Well it goes without saying that the NBA trade deadline was awash with trades that essentially set a number of teams up for the remainder of the season . I’m not about to think that this will make the New York Knicks a real standout amongst the contenders with Donnie Walsh , James Dolan and Mike D’Antoni have maneuvered a three team, thirteen player deal , that saw both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups make their way to the Big Apple . To the Knicks’ benefit from a competitive and financial standpoint the deal makes sense but at the same time you simply don’t get the impression that even with these additions this team will be able to take on the likes of the Miami Heat , Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls . To my mind those three teams are far better equipped for a playoff run than within the Eastern Conference .

Amongst the trades that took place we also had the arrival of Deron Williams in New Jersey to the benefit of a New Jersey Nets’ —- team that was actually precipated by the moves of team owner Mikhail Prokhorov who feels that the arrival of the former Utah Jazz star sets them up for the future . Given the upheaval that has taken place within the Jazz organization since the abrupt resignation of former coach Jerry Sloan , you simply can’t help but wonder what’s now in the immediate for the Jazz. As to the Jazz and the tumult that took place with the resignation of Sloan and the installing of Ty Corbin as his successor , who’d have thought that the history of the organization would be a topic of conversation and the unprecedented notoriety they had under Jerry Sloan ?

And back to the NFL , given the undistinguished season had by the Denver Broncos in which we saw the firing of Josh McDaniel , the interim tag given to Eric Studesville before Jon Fox was hired in the offseason by their now Head of Football Operations John Elway . The question now being asked is this now where we see the era of Tim Tebow and their organization’s hopes ? Incumbent quarterback Kyle Orton has let be known publicly and through his agent that he wants out if he’s not the team’s starting quarterback next season . Now given the unevenness of Orton’s play over the season and the mere fact Tebow seems to have won over the fans at Invesco Field and therein lies the dilemma that’ll no doubt face Fox and his coaching staff . Stay with the college star and rookie quarterback or rely completely upon the presumed journeyman veteran ? My bet would be on Tebow , given the fact that the Broncos need a fresh start and way of keeping the fans interested with what’s happening in Denver !

Miami Dolphins’ GM Jeff Ireland has stated that for the moment that Chad Henne will remain the starting quarterback of the team but has stressed that he won’t hesitate to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft . Now unless I’m mistaken Henne had a season that one would rather forget and so have the Dolphins over the last two years . For me the failings of the Dolphins really has come down to the fact that they’d become a one trick pony with the wildcat scheme and essentially not being a well balanced attack and a team where defense was essentially hazardous to their health !

Dolphins’ coach Tony Sparano and his coaching staff if anything has failed this team and so too has Ireland as the general manager. At some point the Dolphins as a team lost focus last season and it showed in their play throughout much of the year . Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown as the team’s most potent offensive players but that simply explain the failings of this team as they fell out of contention not only within the division (AFC East) but also the league as a whole . At no time would have got the impression that they were actually capable of contending within the conference much less within the division.

Given that the Dolphins had to contend with the New York Jets , New England Patriots and shall we say the wayward Buffalo Bills ? As we know the postseason for both the Patriots and Jets came to something of an abrupt finality with their eventual woes. If anything the AFC East and its competitiveness during the regular season one thing but it appears that the teams and their ambitions fell well short of what they and their fans were expecting . And now we have Jets’ coach Rex Ryan once against stating that the New York Jets will be the team to beat for the Superbowl next season . I’ll take Ryan at his word but now having come up twice when it matters the most I’m beginning to think that New York Jets have been snake bit when it comes to postseason play.

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The NFL will have us engulfed in its coming and goings while the NBA’s season heightens up but we now await the opening of Spring Training and then the regular season . There’ll be a great deal on the line within baseball and I for am hope that it’ll meet all of our expectations . As to what lies ahead within regard to the NBA , well to be to sure the postseason there will be an eventful one . The NFL however still has to deal with its own misfortunes as it relates to the ongoing negotiations between the two sides . We simply just be sure where the whole situation stands because there still seems to be no case to lead the fans to believe that there’s liable to 2011-12 season.

What thoughts if any do you have with regard to the topics raised within this piece ? Simply leave a comment as how you see things panning out and as always thanks for the continued support !

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(1) San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick near Scottsdale, Ariz. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez ……

(2) An usher watches as San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Steve Edlefsen throws to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Xavier Nady during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick near Scottsdale, Ariz. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez …….

(3) Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. AP Photo/Michael Conroy ……

(4) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Jake Locker of Washington runs a passing drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images ……..

(5) Eric Berry (R) from the Tennessee Volunteers is greeted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Kansas City Chiefs selected Berry (5) overall in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. Goodell and the league’s hierarchy have met with his union counterpart NFLPA Exec Director DeMaurice Smith through a court appointed mediator George Cohen. The two sides are still somewhat apart as to the negotiations and quite possibly if an agreement isn’t reached by March 3rd then we could quite possibly see the first mandated stoppage in the league since 1987. Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images North America . …………

(6) Miami Heat’s Mike Miller (13) drives as teammate Chris Bosh, right, looks on and New York Knicks’ Chauncey Billups (8) defends in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. The Knicks would go on to defeat the Heat 91-86 .AP Photo/Alan Diaz ……….

(7) MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 27: Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks takes a charge against Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images ….

(8) Denver Broncos head coach John Fox responds to a question during a news conference during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. AP Photo/Darron Cummings ………..

(9) Englewood , Co,. Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway (L), owner Pat Bowlen and new head coach John Fox share a laugh before Fox addressed the media at Dove Valley on January 14, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Fox was named the 14th head coach in Broncos history yesterday after spending the last nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(10) Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins is brought down in the first half by Jerod Mayo #51 and Landon Cohen #66 of the New England Patriots on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Elsa Martinez / Getty Images North America ……….

(11) Miami Dolphins’ general manager Jeff Ireland, left, poses with Tony Sparano, the newly named Dolphins’ coach after a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at the Dolphins’ Training Facility in Davie, Fla. Sparano, who had been the Dallas Cowboys’ assistant head coach, accepted a job offer Wednesday from new Miami boss Bill Parcells. They worked together with the Cowboys when Parcells was head coach from 2003-06. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee ……

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Sixty Five Million Reasons Why Denver Has Become A Butthole of Ineptitude.


Sixty Five Million Reasons Why Denver Has Become A Butthole of Ineptitude.

Well the Russian dynamo saw fit to derail the ambitions of the Denver Nuggets and in particular that of NBA All Star player Carmelo Anthony . New Jersey Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov saw fit the make team GM Billy King aware that the organization would no longer deal face to face with the player or anyone from within the Nuggets’ organization with the purpose of eliciting the blockbuster trade that was said to be brewing and involving as many as eight players and a third team in the Detroit Pistons in order to enable the deal.

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One of the stumbling blocks behind this has been the intransigence shown by the Nuggets’ front office headed by owner Stanley Kroenke and GM Masai Ujiri who seem set in upping the ante but at the same the player had yet to sign the contract extension $65 million three year deal that would have facilitated and completely sped up the process. And while Carmelo Anthony has publicly stated that he’d love to play in New York City at no time has he showed any desire to the fans of his willingness to remain in Denver as a Nuggets’ player .

I’ve read contributors trying to apportion the blame upon the Russian billionaire owner of the Nets it’d have helped if those actually trying to put their own spin on the situation sought out the real fact behind this issue. At the heart of this all remains the fact that the fans in attendance at the Pepsi Center in Denver , Colorado as they have to sit through this idiotic mess. Furthermore with Anthony having not signed the contract extension that’s still on the table makes the situation all the more intolerable. At the center of this all George Karl having overcome his illness is placed in the midst of this all as the team’s coach. As good as the team has been playing having posted a 24-17 record in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference . The team currently sits 2.5 games out of first place behind the division leading Oklahoma City Thunder (27-15) and there’s every reason to believe that they’ll be part of the contingency of teams gutting it out for a playoff berth at the end of the season .

I’m not so sure that this will be the last of the tom foolery exhibited by the Nuggets and to a lesser extent the Nets . Prokhorov has exhibited the wish to make the franchise one of the better teams in the NBA and seeks the Nets’ presence on a global scale in particular within Europe and the Eastern bloc. Russia with its growing economy a demographic of fans who are now seeing the NBA up close and personal . Many of Prokhorov’s contemporaries such as Roman Abramovich the multi-billionaire owner the Premiership soccer team Chelsea have similar ambitions to gain a wider notoriety for themselves and their various business and sporting interests. . Both of these owners have ambitions to see their brand global on a large scale and with few teams in the NBA that are global grands that are recognized. The Los Angeles Lakers might be just the only franchise other than the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets that one could assume to has a major worldwide following. With the Rockets that legacy is solely because of their one time center Yao Ming whose career now sits on a precipice given the fact that he’ll undergo yet another surgery on his right foot.

The Nets and their season has been one big roller coaster of ups and downs and with Devin Harris and Derrick Favors looking to add some cohesiveness to this team it’s now extremely hard to view how this team can no go forward in its present guise. The ambitions of the organization rested on the fact that they were looking to add a high profile name to the roster. And with the envisaged deal that would’ve landed both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups heading to the team with Favors and Harris heading in the opposite direction with some additional pieces being thrown in via a third party by way of the Pistons also sending Richard Hamilton to the Nuggets.

I’ve always been under the impression that the business template of the league under Commissioner David Stern and the game’s hierarchy was a sound one . The team owners notwithstanding is simply flushed with buffoons who have more money than they know what to do with. With the league itself now in tentative talks with the NBPA and Executive Director Billy Hunter about the collective bargaining agreement these are the type of maneuvers that somehow will play in the charade that the league is trying to create. This fiasco has gone on long enough but at the same time the impasse created is one that can negotiated to an amicable solution that will be equitable for all parties.

This Nuggets , Nets’ episode is literally proof that the fans are now the farthest thing from the minds of the owners , league and players as they’re incessantly look to increase their coffers at the expense of the fans. Albeit that in large part, monies coming into the treasure chest of the NBA comes primarily from its merchandising , we should also remember the countless billions that the they receive courtesy of TNT ,—- ABC/ESPN through their expansive international broadcast affiliates who televise the games across the globe in conjunction with the NBA and its own in-house broadcast outlet NBA TV. Stern and the league may well now plead poverty but had the commissioner and the conduit within the league seen fit to look at the economic climate and in particular their budget they’d have seen that they couldn’t have continued to operate under their existing mandate. Common sense has never been one of the prevailing factors within the league hierarchy much less with the owners and union .

Oblivious to the ever changing environment the league and in particular Stern in obeyance of the owners saw fit to borrow $250 million last year that would be used to stave off several teams from financial disaster. Think of it as the league’s own financial bailout that was similar in the Obama initiated and led bailout of the financial and automotive sectors. While the $250 million is a mere pittance to the multi-billion dollars that both sectors were in receipt of at the taxpayers’ expense. It does now add to the fact the NBA as an organization is no different from what’s now a broken down relic that we call the US government . Both bodies are essentially completely devoid of creativity , common sense and intelligence but these are simply my thoughts on the matter ! Consider this fact also , over the last decade the NBA has borrowed in excess of $2.5 billion from various financial institutions that we’re now to believe was put to good use by the teams of the NBA ? Can pigs fly ?

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(1) Al Harrington (7) of the Denver Nuggets welcomes Troy Tulowitzki (c) and Jason Giambi (l) of the Colorado Rockies as they watch from courtside seats as the Denver Nuggets host the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97 . Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

(2) Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is guarded by Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The Lakers won 107-97. AP Photo/Chris Schneider …….

George Karl, head coach of the Denver Nuggets, leads his team against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(4) Carmelo Anthony (15) of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …..

(5) A fan shows her lack of support of owner Stan Kroenke of the Denver Nuggets as they face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

(6) Carmelo Anthony (15) and Chauncey Billups (1) of the Denver Nuggets talk during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(7) Team President Josh Kroenke and team owner Stan Kroenke of the Denver Nuggets . Getty Images / Phil Matthews ……

[8] Nets general manager Billy King told WFAN radio this morning the team is moving away completely from the idea of acquiring Carmelo Anthony. New Jersey Star Ledger / Saed Hindash …………..

(9) New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Mike Stobe ……….

(10) Masai Ujiri former mid-level executive with the Toronto Raptors and now the GM of the Denver Nuggets . Getty Images North America / Camille Moiceaneau ………..

What thoughts if any do you have on what has transpired between the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets ? And do you as such believe that much of the blame lies with the Nets or the Nuggets or should it in part also be blamed on the player in the middle of this all Carmelo Anthony ? Simply chime in with your comment on this topic and the NBA as you see it at present.

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