Dreams Blog

November 27, 2015

POR-ZIN-GAS
Ian Begley (ESPNNY) wrote about the Knick rookie: “I made shots,” he said. “I could have played better, obviously.”
And he also was right about his self-assessment on Monday. The Heat gave Porzingis a reality check early in the game, forcing him to miss six of his first eight shots. He failed to connect from spaces on the court where he had enjoyed success earlier this week: both elbows, the right wing and right in front of the rim.
The rookie found some rhythm in the second half, hitting five of 10 shots. But most of his points came with the Knicks trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter.
“Today wasn’t a good day for me or the team,” he said afterward.
The Knicks loss wasn’t all on Porzingis though. It didn’t help that the Knicks bench was outscored 30-10 or that New York attempted 15 fewer free throws than Miami. It also didn’t help that Carmelo Anthony missed 10 of his 16 shots.
Despite the loss, the big picture for Porzingis remains overwhelmingly positive.
Monday’s game was the rookie’s seventh double-double in 15 games. He has recorded single-game highs for rookies this season in points (29) and blocks (seven) and is tied for the rookie single-game high in rebounds (15).
So all of the attention being heaped on the No. 4 pick is warranted.
But it will be interesting to see how Porzingis reacts when teams key on him defensively.
Hours before tipoff on Monday, Chris Bosh told reporters the Heat would focus their attention on the rookie.
“Most from what I see on the film is guys not paying attention to him,” Bosh said. “He can play basketball.
“Just challenge him. He’ll hit tough shots, but we can’t allow him to get easy buckets.”
The Heat found a way to slow Porzingis down by using a combination of Bosh and Luol Deng guarding him.
Now that he has found some success in the NBA, Porzingis can expect other opposing defenses to concoct a game plan against him.
How will he respond?
Champions League By The Numbers
The Sports Curmudgeon reasoned, “According to reports, each team in the news league will have two former NBA All-Stars on its roster in addition to a Hall of Fame member in the team’s Front Office. For the 16 teams the league says it will employ a total of 250 folks and that the players will make about $200K each for the year. The season will consist of 30 games to be played in July and August when the NBA is dark. So, let me do a bit of math here…
Each of the 16 teams should have 12 – 15 players on the roster. Let me assume the number is 14 per team meaning there will be 224 players in the league.
If each player makes $200K, the player salary cost will be just under $45M.
Each team will have to pay the Front Office folks something and will have to pay things like travel costs and rents for their game venues. Just for giggles, let me lowball that number at something like $500K per team or $15M for the league.
Ignoring all other costs, the league needs to generate something in the vicinity of $60M during their 2-month season to break even.
One other featured item in the league’s announcement of itself is that they will offer “family-friendly and affordable entertainment during the NBA’s downtime.” Focus on the word “affordable” there as we do some more math:
If there are 16 teams playing a 30 game schedule, that means there will be 240 games. Absent a TV deal, those 240 games would have to generate $250K per game to get to the $60M level.
Most of the teams in the D-League play to average crowds of 2500 fans. A few teams average 4500; some teams average less than 1000 fans per game.
For the Champions League averaging 2500 fans per game would mean that each fan would need to cough up $100 per game in total revenue for the team.
I admit these are ballpark numbers and average attendance for this product may exceed the average attendance in the D-League. Nonetheless, this does not make sense to me at all. I can see fans turning out for “Old-timers Games” – but not a dozen times in a two month span. Moreover, if each team is going to play 30 games in July and August as announced, that means they will play every other day; there are 62 days in July and August combined. That does not sound like scheduling that recognizes that many of the roster players – and particularly the ones that fans might know and recognize and want to see on the court – are in their late 30s/early 40s”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “At Fark.com: “Ironically, the last name of Joe Flacco contains the letters ACL.”;
Three men forced their way into a Toys R Us in Hamilton, Ontario, and stole $20,000 worth of Legos.
In other words, more bricks than a DeAndre Jordan free-throw exhibition.
Wisconsin fans hurled snowballs at their own cheerleaders at last Saturday’s football game.
Coincidence? Irate school officials immediately announced they will no longer accept student applications postmarked Philadelphia.
Eagles fan kicked a field goal from the 20-yard line to win $20,000 at halftime of Sunday’s 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Onlookers were shocked — not that he made it, but at hearing the words “Eagles” and “I’m going to Disney World” in the same sentence.
Bills coach Rex Ryan, to Buffalo’s WGR Radio, on QB Tyrod Taylor’s shoulder injury: “I don’t know the particulars of what they call things or whatever. If we had the technical terms on it, you guys wouldn’t know it either.”;
Colts coach Chuck Pagano, in his postgame speech, after 40-year-old QB Matt Hasselbeck and 42-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri spearheaded another win: “Bingo night on Thursday!”
Australian Carlton Williams, 50, broke his own world record by doing 2,200 pushups in an hour.
The resulting notoriety is nice, he admitted, but it has its ups and downs.”

Dreams Blog

November 20, 2015

Patriots 27 Giants 26
ARRGH. Yet another loss in the game’s final seconds
By now, you’ve been reading about all of the drops. But, to me, that’s not what was most disturbing.
Eli didn’t play well. He was 22-44 with many poor passes and a lost fumble. The team was 1-5 in the red zone. That was followed up by the special teams allowing Amendola to record an 85 yard punt return.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “At TheOnion.com: “Bulls players annoyed by Derrick Rose always leaving torn ligaments all over locker room.”
At SportsPickle.com: “Wes Welker on with Rams: ‘I think I have five more good concussions left in me.”
Man U star Wayne Rooney, sitting in the front row at a WWE event in Manchester, floored 6-foot-7 Wade Barrett with a right-hand slap after the rassler walked up and taunted him.
Rasslin’ judges scored the flop a 9.3, but it rated only a 3.7 in soccer circles.
Winless Kansas, hurtling toward an 0-12 football season, has lost its nine games this season by an average of 31½ points.
The ground opened up and swallowed 12 cars in an IHOP parking lot in Meridian, Miss.
Alert insurance adjusters immediately declared the hole a par-12.
Reader Tony Supan, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, envisioning the NFL putting a team in Moscow: “Deflategate will seem trivial compared to what Putin and his boys will do to win. Remember, he already has one Super Bowl ring.”
Three Yomiuri Giants pitchers have been hit with indefinite suspensions for betting on baseball games.
Coincidence? All three now answer to the nickname Tokyo Rose.”
Lakers forward Metta World Peace, to L.A.’s KNBC-TV, when asked how many points a game Michael Jordan would average if he made a comeback at age 52: “It depends how big his belly is. If he has a flat belly, I say 20. If he has a big belly, six to nine.”;
Reader RegisHawk, to NBCsports.com, on Texas A&M suing the Colts for using the Aggies’ trademarked “12th Man” term: “Luckily, the Niners own the trademark on ‘dumpster fire’ already.”
Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, after the 12-carat Blue Moon diamond sold at auction for $48.5 million: “OK, what’d Kobe Bryant do this time?”
Officials called the Gonzaga-Pitt season opener in Japan at halftime due to a slippery playing surface.
In other words, they scheduled two basketball teams — and a hockey game broke out

Dreams Blog

November 13, 2015

D’a Teams
Both of our teams won this weekend despite being out rushed and out passed.
Jets 28 Jags 23- They sacked the Jags 6 times, INT’d 2, and caused 3 fumbles.
Giants 32 TB 18- they, too, were outrushed, out passed and won because they had 2 INT’s and JPP was like Godzilla in the 4th quarter. He made a big difference. In the outcome.
Bills 22 Jets 17
It’s pretty hard to do well when you keep dropping the hammer, supposed to be used to hammer out a victory, on your foot. The “Neon Green Guys” fumbled twice and threw two INT’s.
Comments On Thursday Night From The SC
However, I wanted to check out my thinking here and “consulted with” – actually “exchanged e-mails with” – an old friend who has covered the NFL professionally for more than 4 decades. Basically, his assessment was similar to mine:
“For one thing, it will never happen for a very simple reason: No one sits home and watches TV on Friday night. People DO sit home and watch TV on Thursday night. The NFL goes where the eyeballs — and advertisers — are.”
He added something to his note that summarized my inherent frustration with Thursday Night Football but I had never thought of it in this way:
“… it doesn’t change the real problem which is screwing up the normal schedule. One thing that helped make the NFL so popular was its rhythm. Games were played on Sunday with a full week in between. There was a natural arc to it and it allowed the players to heal and the coaches to prepare. Now the schedule is staggered and it is impacting the quality of play all across the board. The Thursday night games are usually lousy but the league will keep playing them because (a) people tune in and (b) the ad money is huge.”
SC On Missouri Football
The SC told According to reports, the cancelation of the game against BYU this week would have cost the Missouri Athletic Department $1M. The players should learn from that quick response to their stance that there is truth in the adage:
MONEY TALKS!
Perhaps the way to achieve that goal – if that is truly a goal the players want to achieve – is to wait for one of the major revenue events to commence and for the players at that moment to choose to withhold services. It would take Herculean coordination effort to make the following happen but imagine for just a moment the following scenario:
It is a Sunday night in mid-March and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee has just announced its seedings for March Madness.
The media is focused on who got snubbed and who got a seeding they did not deserve. Monday morning arrives and that frenzy of outrage is fully expressed.
Then, comes the announcement that the players on the 68 teams are not going to take the floor. There will be no games; there will be no television; more importantly, there will be no television revenues…
Maybe this action will demonstrate the levers and the fulcrum that players can use to force negotiations on things they want to have happen.
And like the campus protesters who have won their point now, if the players choose to use those levers, are they ready to accept the consequences and the accountability that will come from their success?
I think the resignation of President Wolfe is not much more than a symbolic happenstance. Without concrete steps that actually change things for the better, it will be a footnote of history. I think the football players at Missouri demonstrated to athletes at other schools that perhaps it is time for the players to take heed.
Keep Your Head Down
The Sports Curmudgeon said, “I ran across these two items in Gregg Drinnan’s blog, Keeping Score:
“LeBron says that Kevin Love will be the ‘focal point’ of the Cavaliers’ offence,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “Someone tell him what it was like when Ringo sang lead.” . . . “The Dallas Cowboys have brought in Charles Haley to talk to Greg Hardy,” Littlejohn writes. “Isn’t that like bringing in Freddy Krueger to talk some sense to Jason?”
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “While taking shots at Tiger Woods in his new book, caddie Steve Williams says, “It was like I was a slave.” Except, he could have quit at any time… and made about $8 million “slaving” over Woods’ bag. Other than that, his analogy holds up.
After the World Series, it’s safe to say there’s very little danger of free-agent Daniel Murphy being overpaid.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Stacy Lewis, who broke the LPGA record for season earnings ($1,832,425) without winning a tournament in 2015, had six runner-up finishes.
She credits it all to her stubbornness, her perseverance — and wearing her lucky Buffalo Bills socks.
A Bucks-Nets game was delayed because a fan threw a pickle on the court.
Obviously someone didn’t relish the refs’ calls.”
Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin offering to QB the Cowboys until injured Tony Romo returns in Week 11: “With his WWE background, Austin certainly would know about play fakes.”
At Fark.com: “While you were courageously working on Monday with a paper cut, Andrew Luck was working on Sunday with an abdominal tear and lacerated kidney.”
At SportsPickle.com: “Roger Goodell bans public from sharing photos or video of NFL player victims without league’s express, written consent.”;
Whoever designed the Washington Nationals’ upcoming calendar mistakenly put Fenway Park on the cover of it.
So credit the Nats with the first error of the 2016 baseball season.
From the Oxford (Miss.) Police Department, after Ole Miss’ 53-52 upset loss last Saturday: “Asking us to kick the Arkansas QB out of the stadium is not a legit reason to dial 911.”
Misplaced Criticism
Some ultra-left media types are railing against critics of the movie, Trumbo. Trumbo had been, correctly, blacklisted by the moving picture industry because of his work, as a communist-party member, against the United States. Those media-types spent their ink ripping the vehicles while ignoring the message and said that US patriotism was un-sophisticated, FEH!

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November 6, 2015

Lost Weekend
This was really a bad one for NY’ers. The Mets errored out of the series, the Giants lost YET another game in the final seconds, and the Jets couldn’t protect either of their QB’s.
The Giants, now 4-4, played in NO and lost 52-49 (talk about a shootout- no FG’s). There were over 1000 total yards put up. Eli was sacked three times. The invisible pass was sorely evident. Beckham had 8 catches for 130 yards
The Jets wet to Oakland and lost to the “Ray-dahs” 34-20. Geno Smith replaced Fitzpatrick when Fitz had his wrist injured but had to re-enter the game when Smith was laid out by a tackler. The Jets, now 4-3, had 366 total yards (only 74 rushing) to Oakland’s 451).
Watch For It
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) said, “Immovable force: After unbeaten Denver stifled Aaron Rodgers, NFL mavens are comparing the Broncos’ defense to the havoc-creating 2013 Seahawks, 2000 Ravens and even 1985 Bears. All the more reason to anticipate how Denver will fare when Tom Brady’s Patriots visit on Nov. 29.
Perry Patter
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, on golfer Lexi Thompson’s six LPGA tournament wins at age 20: “My biggest accomplishment at 20 was figuring out that if you rocked a vending machine, an extra bag of chips might fall.”
In just seven starts this season, the Texans have trailed the Dolphins 41-0 — in the first half! — and the Falcons 42-0.
Coincidence? Houston’s Week 10 visit to Cincinnati has just been declared the Bengals’ homecoming game.
The Texans finally cut ties with punctuality-challenged QB Ryan Mallett after he missed the team’s Oct. 23 charter flight to Miami.
Guess the scouting reports were spot-on: His aerial game still needs a little work.
Fox spiced up its playoff coverage by adding PED and gambling pariahs Alex Rodriguez and Pete Rose to its baseball panel.
As for Pete, he refers to himself as the infamous duo’s bettor half.
Here’s why pundits say NFL is short for Not For Long: Only four starters from the 49ers’ Super Bowl XLVII team of three seasons ago — linebackers Ahmad Brooks and NaVorro Bowman, O-linemen Joe Staley and Alex Boone — are still in the team’s starting lineup.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, to the San Antonio Express-News, on how his team managed to sign All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge: “I was there. I was involved. I spoke. I begged. I got on my knees. I offered my children. Things like that.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after the Chinese Communist Party banned golf, excessive drinking and adultery: “In a related story, plans for the Tiger Woods Beijing Country Club have been canceled.”
Brendan Alert from Dwight: “Rasslin’ star Triple H sent the Royals a WWE-style championship belt to commemorate their World Series win.
What, you thought he’d send them a ring?”
Parent Excesses
The Sports Curmudgeon passed along this info: “A mid-fielder named Abdullah Qassem was not selected to be on the UAE National Team. According to The Daily Mail, Qassem made indecent gestures and ranted at the coach who selected the team; another player recorded on video the rant and the commentary; the recording made it to the Internet. A court in Abu Dhabi found both players guilty of:
“… using telecommunications services to offend and hurt the feelings of others, and displaying a recording that breached public ethics through the web”.
The two players were each sentenced to 3 months in jail for this societal breech. Here is the link in case you think I am kidding. Recall this story the next time you read about some parent going nuts over some real or imagined slight directed at one of his/her offspring…
Finally, here is a comment from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald about NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup which will culminate in the Miami suburb of Homestead:
“This is 14th year we’ve hosted the grand finale, and I still can’t believe they have it in Homestead. It’s like the NFL putting a Super Bowl in Fargo, North Dakota.”
Coaching 101
As I often try to explain here, coaching – and managing in baseball – are overrated in 90% of the cases. In most cases, the effect of coaches and managers is “Meh”.
Give him mediocre or bad players to coach and his teams will lose.
Give him a set of players having better than average years in their careers and his teams will win.
I got a note from a friend just after the Royals had taken a 2-0 lead in the World Series beating both Matt Harvey ad Jacob deGrom. It is an amazing stat:
“I saw a great stat today – of the 84 fastballs Harvey and deGrom threw the Royals hit or made contact with 82.”
“Legal-ese”
Being the cynic, that I am, I think most of the Hoo-Hah that we’re hearing about the Washington trademark is a media creation to sell papers and is a result of a misguided soul reacting to being told that they should be offended and could be awarded a large settlement paid by the government not the talker.
“They found more than a couple dozen offensive trademark names” wrote the Sports Curmudgeon, “That have been approved by the trademark mavens in recent times; the direct implication is that those names are in the same genre of names as “Redskins”. Here are a couple that they cite:
Gringo Style (a kind of salsa)
Redneck Army (a line of clothing).”
I am rooting for this to go to the Supreme Court for a final decision. It really does not matter to me which way the decision goes in the final confrontation; the world will continue to go from day to night and back to day again in the event that either side prevails. What I want to witness is the commentary by the media folks who report on Supreme Court proceedings as to the oral arguments and then as to the parsing of the various opinions that will surely come forth from the Justices. I have zero legal training, but that will be enjoyable listening and reading indeed…”