The Draymond Green karate kick to the nuts issue

Ok, so this happened:

Even IF Draymond didn’t intend to kick Steven Adams in the nuts as hard as he could, I still think he needs to sit out a game.

This, is why.  In soccer, if someone is so out of control their body still harms or almost harms another player, it’s a flagrant foul regardless of whether they intended to hurt the other player or not.

In basketball, if someone LOOKS like they are grabbing someone in the act of staking an easy shoot, it’s an intentional, possibly flagrant foul.

In football, if a players hand makes contact with the opponents’ facemask, whether intentional or not, it’s a personal foul that will get them probably fifteen yards in penalties.

In this case, Steven Adams’ nuts had no bearing on the play.  Green had already lost the ball and was in the act of trying to recover.  I get it that he probably didn’t plan it out in advance to seize upon the opportunity, whenever possible, to kick Adams in the nuts.  However, he was so out of control, flailing his legs in such a manner to present an obvious threat to the safety of other players, that the penalty should be the same.  If they could prove he intended to do it, then a remarkably stiff ( no pun intended ) penalty should be assessed IN ADDITION to the normal penalty.


That Mike Brown rant continued

In 1988, the Cincinnati Bengals BARELY lost the Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers.  It was the second time in seven years they had lost to the 49ers in the Super Bowl.  It was only a matter of time before they got it.

In 1990 they returned to the playoffs and beat the Houston Oilers in the wild card game.  They then lost to the Los Angeles Raiders.  To date, that was the last time the Bengals won a playoff game.

Paul Brown died the following year.  Paul’s son Mike took the reigns.  George HW Bush was president.  9/11 wouldn’t happen for another decade.  The Iraq war hadn’t happened.  It would actually be another 14 years before the Bengals would even make a wild card appearance.  Once they finally did make it back to the playoffs in 2005, things haven’t gotten much better:

Week Opp 1stD Bengals Opps
2015 Playoffs
WildCard L Pittsburgh Steelers 16 18
2014 Playoffs
WildCard L Indianapolis Colts 10 26
2013 Playoffs
WildCard L San Diego Chargers 10 27
2012 Playoffs
WildCard L Houston Texans 13 19
2011 Playoffs
WildCard L Houston Texans 10 31
2009 Playoffs
WildCard L New York Jets 14 24
2005 Playoffs
WildCard L Pittsburgh Steelers 17 31

That makes Mike Brown 0-career in playoff games. That’s 0-lifetime. That’s 0-7 when given a chance.  With the rather successful last five years or so, his win-loss record has skyrocketed to 42%.  Mike Brown has GOT to go.  For whatever reason, he doesn’t get it done.

Now, where I’m going to probably get some bad vibes, is the fact that Marvin Lewis has now been there for thirteen seasons.  In those 13 seasons, he’s now 112-94.  That’s about a 55% clip.  But most importantly, he’s now 0-7 in playoff games.  That includes the very embarrassing meltdown to the Steelers last season.  Those stats would get a coach fired anywhere else after about 5 seasons.  Marvin brought them up a notch, but that notch seems to be the best he can do.

Very simply, if the Bengals perform the same or worse as they did last season, Lewis has GOT to go.

Very simply, Mike Brown has GOT to go anyway.  The only thing he’s done is get a stadium no one really wanted.

NCAA hearts a couple of teams – 2011 edition

The brackets are out for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  Struck me as odd a couple of teams locations since the NCAA supposedly does not like giving teams a home court advantage.  Well, they did to a large degree.  How far would you drive on a whim to watch your team play in the tournament?  A couple of hours is no big deal.  Four or five makes it a little difficult.  Eight hours and you’re talking about missing work and finding babysitters.  Twelve hours?  Forget about it.  There’s a reason I ask that. Take a look at this little chart I put together:

Team Site Dist. Hours @ 50
Notre Dame Chicago, Illinois 95 2
Purdue Chicago, Illinois 124 2
North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 139 3
Duke Charlotte, North Carolina 142 3
Ohio State Cleveland, Ohio 143 3
Hampton Charlotte, North Carolina 157 3
Bucknell Washington, DC 185 4
Old Dominion Washington, DC 192 4
Georgia Charlotte, North Carolina 199 4
Kansas Tulsa, Oklahoma 218 4
Tennesse Charlotte, North Carolina 231 5
Pittsburgh Washington, DC 246 5
Xavier Cleveland, Ohio 246 5
Syracue Cleveland, Ohio 334 7
Akron Chicago, Illinois 368 7
Connecticut Washington, DC 376 8
George Mason Cleveland, Ohio 376 8
Indiana State Cleveland, Ohio 393 8
Memphis Tulsa, Oklahoma 402 8
Villanova Cleveland, Ohio 409 8
San Diego State Tucson, Arizona 410 8
Texas Tulsa, Oklahoma 451 9
Brigham Young Denver, Colorado 483 10
Cincinnati Washington, DC 521 10
Illinois Tulsa, Oklahoma 575 12
Butler Washington, DC 592 12
Marquette Cleveland, Ohio 612 12
Michigan Charlotte, North Carolina 614 12
Long Island Charlotte, North Carolina 646 13
Georgetown Chicago, Illinois 700 14
Utah State Tucson, Arizona 716 14
Saint Peters Chicago, Illinois 792 16
Kentucky Tampa, Florida 836 17
North Colorado Tucson, Arizona 900 18
Missouri Washington, DC 914 18
West Virginia Tampa, Florida 958 19
Florida State Chicago, Illinois 960 19
Texas A&M Chicago, Illinois 1074 21
Princeton Tampa, Florida 1090 22
Gonzaga Denver, Colorado 1091 22
Arizona Tulsa, Oklahoma 1097 22
Louisville Denver, Colorado 1111 22
Kansas State Tucson, Arizona 1151 23
Vanderbilt Denver, Colorado 1158 23
UNLV Tulsa, Oklahoma 1221 24
Morehead Denver, Colorado 1245 25
Temple Tulsa, Oklahoma 1279 26
Wofford Denver, Colorado 1506 30
Boston Tulsa, Oklahoma 1570 31
Belmont Tucson, Arizona 1613 32
Richmond Denver, Colorado 1670 33
Wisconsin Tucson, Arizona 1720 34
Oakland Tulsa, Oklahoma 1724 34
St John Denver, Colorado 1777 36
Penn State Tucson, Arizona 2284 46
UCLA Tampa, Florida 2544 51
UC Santa Barbara Tampa, Florida 2634 53
Washington Charlotte, North Carolina 2802 56

How many people will have to sacrifice much of anything at all to watch Duke and North Carolina the first round? How many Washington fans will get the same privilege?  The NCAA’s giving their pets a home court advantage.

NCAA Basketball’s Coach of the Year?

Roy Williams, who followed a national championship season at North Carolina by leading an inexperienced team to a Top 10 finish, was selected coach of the year by The Associated Press on Friday.

This is BS folks.  Pure BS.  For so many reasons I can’t even seperate them to begin.

  1. 23 wins?  32 other teams had as many or more.  That’s a LOT of teams folks.
  2. They didn’t win their conference.
  3. They didn’t win their conference tournament.
  4. Their conference is completely out of the tournament.
  5. They lost to an 11th seed in the NCAA Tournament.

That gets Roy Williams coach of the year?  That’s FUBAR.  Roy Williams is going to get talent as long as he’s at North Carolina.  Not because he’s a great coach, but simply because of where he is.  Anything less than a championship means he’s failed as a coach.  That’s the expectation we place on Tubby Smith, it’s fair for Roy too.

My vote goes to someone who’s actually accomplished SOMETHING.  Try taking a small school team to the NCAA Tournament, and in order to get anywhere, has to beat Michigan State, NORTH CAROLINA, and the team that knocked off the regular season SEC champion.  Oh, and it just so happens, have won more games than North Carolina as well.  Rather than being one of the top 30-winningest teams in the country, they’re actually in the top 10 with wins.  Whether they win the NCAA Championship or not, these kids have accomplished something big already.    Their coach has a lot to do with it.  For that, Jim Larranaga IS the coach of the year regardless of what AP thinks.

And, if having a team in the Final Four’s not a good enough reason, the turn-around Bruce Pearl managed at Tennessee was nothing short of startling.

AP’s screwed this one up BAD.  I just wonder if they’ll get Roy Williams’ thoughts on being coach of the year while he’s watching the coach that beat him in the Final Four?

Heirs to the Throne?

Dick Bennett will retire as Washington State’s basketball coach after the season and turn over the team to son Tony Bennett.

Now, ya gotta understand, Dick Bennett, by virtue of this year’s 11-14 record so far, has managed a power rating of 110 out of 334.  That’s down slightly from last year’s finish of 92, but, there’s two games left and they might pull it off.  League wise, in his three years at Washington State, they have finished 7th ( 13-15 ), 7th ( 12-16 ), and so far this year, 8th ( 11-14 ).  He has never had a winning record at Washington State.  According to Jim Sterk, the athletic director who recruited Bennett, “He brought respectability back to the program.”  Excuse me Jim, but losing is not respectable.  Maybe at Washington State it is, but it’s sure not here.

Meanwhile, Eddie Sutton, after wrecking the University of Kentucky, doing basically nothing outstanding at OK St, is currently semi-retired due to yet another alcohol related incident, has named his heir apparent as well, his son too, Sean.

And, not to be outdone, Bob Knight, who’s career has constantly been hampered by his irrational outbursts and temper tantrums, is ready to pass on the reins of a program that has won nothing spectacular under his coaching to his son, Pat.

What is this?  Seems to me these are PUBLIC schools, not little kingdoms where the kings appoint the heir to their throne.  Bob and Eddie are at least debatable because it can be said their kids were raised in a winning environment.  You can hope they learned what it takes to win while also learning what it takes to stay out of the troubles their dad’s got into.  But I’m here to tell ya, Tony Bennett has no right whatsoever to be expecting the crown at Washington State.  He has been a part of a LOSING coaching system.  The people at Washington State need to be screaming mad.  Unless, of course, they consider losing every single year “respectable”.  What a joke.

The NCAA needs to ban kids working for their daddies who are coaches.  I’ll gladly take any examples where it has worked when the throne was passed down.  I can think of one.  ( Hint, think Georgetown. ) But that’s about it.