Dreams Blog

July 20, 2012

 

Anger, Disgust, And Nausea

I find it very difficult to read anything about what went on at Penn St. without yelling at the paper. I find it very difficult to write about it even more. I can’t see why some of the characters didn’t find themselves at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

No matter what is written about Joe Paterno, he’ll always be remembered for heading up this program. Penn St. won’t be called “Linebacker U.” any longer.

Guidelines

One summer I headed up the reading program for the City-Wide Summer Playstreets Program of the PAL. My Director was the legendary, Mike Muzio- the one time NYU-AD. He had few rules for me to follow, but most importantly we were to make sure the youngsters had something to eat, make ourselves available to be mentors, and make sure, make sure to report any evidence of abuse at home OR ANYWHERE!

Posturing

Tom Robinson (HamptonRoads.com) cut through some tall grass to tell us why Colleges like to have football programs. “Colleges, citadels of learning and knowledge, are tripping over themselves to start football teams despite what we know and continue to learn about football-related brain injuries. You have to appreciate the irony, I suppose.                                                                                A release from the National Football Foundation recently crowed that five college football programs will debut this fall, 28 have launched since 2008 and 17 more plan to in the next three years.                                                                                                          Schools clamor to “embrace” football, according to the foundation, because “college administrators see the value of the sport to a student’s overall educational experience.”                               Omitted was the truth that administrators also are drunk with greed. At least be honest about a money grab with farther-reaching physical threats than we ever knew.                                             And so the “give me some of that” principle has set wheels spinning on potential gravy trains at the expense of potential brain issues among college football’s “amateur” work force, quite the unfortunate trade-off.                                                                               The brew of rampant ego, feverish donors, jacked student fees, licensing, sales and TV cash – or any combination of them – is intoxicating. Especially at higher levels, football fills the vault, puts school names on screen crawls and gets halftime infomercials run.  You know the ones about all the medical research University X performs – on brain injuries, perhaps? – that is rarely performed by anyone actually in the halftime locker room.

Dream Team ’92 vs Dream Team ‘12

Coach K could be the best arbiter of the better team because he was an asst. under Chuck Daly in ’92 and HC this year. “This team, they’re all in their prime or coming into their prime,” he said of the team that played its first exhibition Thursday night against the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas. “In ’92, you had Magic and Bird, who were past their prime. If they were all in their prime together in ’92 we’d never see a team like that again.                          The Dream Team was taller, maybe deeper and had the best player in Jordan. But the 2012 team is younger, faster, more athletic and has at least three players — LeBron, Kobe and Durant — who are better than anyone but Jordan was in ’92.                                                “A bunch of young racehorses,” Bryant called his guys.                    Jordan, the elder, nearly evoked the good-old-days-were-better screed in saying, ‘Remember now, they learned from us, we didn’t learn from them.’                                                                                   But I’d argue that in just about any sport, athletes are generally better than they were 20 years previous. (The same would hold true that 1992 NBA stars were generally superior to stars of 1972. Arguments for and against both teams have their “yeah buts,” of course.                                                                                               Jordan might have won unanimous agreement had Magic and Bird been in their primes then. Bryant might have mentioned that the current U.S. team would have been that much better if Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose weren’t all skipping London while recovering from injuries.  

Lin Must Go—Lin Should Stay

Stephan A. Smith cited two main reasons for Lin’s needed separation, “It was before Lin blurted out that he was “85 percent,” but long after members of the Knicks realized he didn’t want to jeopardize the potential paycheck waiting for him down the line. Fear of injury is one thing. Fear of getting outplayed and exposed in postseason competition is another. And although folks universally recognized Lin’s heart, they also lamented Lin’s inner circle of confidants quick to tell him there was no better position to be in than the one he was in at the end of the season.                    What exactly did 25 games prove?

And when did Jeremy Lin — in Year 3 of this deal — become the second coming of Chris Paul?”

Ian O’Connor quoted Willis Reed and “The Cooz” in rebuttal, “Willis Reed: “Jeremy Lin reminds me so much of Walt Frazier. It’s how Jeremy controls the game, gets the ball to the right people for easy baskets, the lobs he’s throwing to Tyson Chandler — it all reminds me of Clyde.”                                                                       Bob Cousy: “He’s got the physical skills to reach a good, very good, or great level in this league. He’s exactly what the Knicks needed, a leader and someone to distribute the ball as opposed to a bunch of guys just letting it fly.”

That’s pretty good, but I really don’t know- I really don’t know.

Just Say No

That is what the Knicks did when they didn’t choose to match the offer sheet signed by Jeremy Lin, offered by Houston.

I still haven’t made up my mind if that was a good decision or not. I DO know it should’ve been based on playing not money. The money argument doesn’t hold water. Between marketing windfalls and advertising promotions, any Luxury Tax costs ($20-30m chump change for Dolan’s pen) would have been more than balanced out.

The decision was made. Live with it and move on.

Somehow, the player going to the Rockets isn’t the same one who crashed on Landry Fields’ couch.

We had weeks of pre-move “fol-di-rol”. Now we’ll probably see weeks of blame assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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