— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 7, 2017
Can only hope so!
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.
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:
|WildCard||L||San Diego Chargers||10||27|
|WildCard||L||New York Jets||14||24|
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.
Cam’s had a pretty rough few days. He was criticized for an odd play in the Super Bowl he lost, criticized for walking out of the post-game interview, and for some comments he made leading up to the Super Bowl.
This is the Cam I like.
He keeps doing that, the rest will fix itself.
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|
|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|
|Old Dominion||Washington, DC||192||4|
|Georgia||Charlotte, North Carolina||199||4|
|Tennesse||Charlotte, North Carolina||231||5|
|George Mason||Cleveland, Ohio||376||8|
|Indiana State||Cleveland, Ohio||393||8|
|San Diego State||Tucson, Arizona||410||8|
|Brigham Young||Denver, Colorado||483||10|
|Michigan||Charlotte, North Carolina||614||12|
|Long Island||Charlotte, North Carolina||646||13|
|Utah State||Tucson, Arizona||716||14|
|Saint Peters||Chicago, Illinois||792||16|
|North Colorado||Tucson, Arizona||900||18|
|West Virginia||Tampa, Florida||958||19|
|Florida State||Chicago, Illinois||960||19|
|Texas A&M||Chicago, Illinois||1074||21|
|Kansas State||Tucson, Arizona||1151||23|
|St John||Denver, Colorado||1777||36|
|Penn State||Tucson, Arizona||2284||46|
|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.
This is BS folks. Pure BS. For so many reasons I can’t even seperate them to begin.
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?
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.