Tag:Just Another Sports Blog
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:07 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2008 1:08 pm

Alpha Blog: How the Fierce Compeition went wrong

About a month ago I was asked to help out on the Most Fierce Mascot Competition. I thought what the hell, easy enough.

Worst. Idea. Ever.

Not the concept itself, but we simply didn't have the appropriate polling technology in place to handle the endeavor -- and the massive amount of legitimate and illegitimate voting.

Since my name was on this I got your e-mails complaining about poll-tool issues and the issues have forwarded the calmly worded ones to the appropriate producers and IT men and women.

We'll get this resolved, I just hope you all don't lose faith in our ability to conduct a fun-spirited competition.

Ice Road Truckers  

More Drew Sherwood screw ups, more Rick Yemm complaining and now Alex Debogorski is joining the ranks of inept drivers. The show is turning more into traditional reality programming than tough-guy competition to haul the most loads in a hostile environment. It barely keeps my attention these days as I find myself playing around with my finances (or lack thereof) using this mildly enjoyable web-based tool.

On to the best blogs around  

For a recap of the NFL offseason and some general thoughts on the evolution of the game, check in on Carnage's Long, Boring Reviews and Rants.

It's the summer beach reading season and Just Another Sports Blog breaks down four hockey books worth your page-turning skills.

For a tremendous review of the Nadal-Federer epic Wimbledon match, read The Real Truth.

While Josh Hamilton is written up constantly for his success, The 411 from the Sports Consigliere says there's another player on the South Side worth calling a successful resurrection project -- Carlos Quentin.

Klick of the Day  

I'll never doubt Bjorn Borg again.

Posted on: June 30, 2008 1:03 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2008 1:17 pm

Alpha Blog: Do you pay Gilbert Arenas the money?

Is Gilbert Arenas a $100 million-dollar man?

That's what the Wizards will decide and for all we know, may have already decided.

(Arenas left for China this morning on a promotional tour for his shoe company. Word has it,he won't be negotiating during the trip, or rather, word has it that Arenas is such an oddball he may sign a one-year deal with the Clippers during that time.)

The issues is there are two sides to this coin, courtesy of the Washington Post's Ivan Carter. Gilbert sported more street clothes than jerseys last year.

He has this quote from an anonymous Eastern Conference executive:

"Why would you max him out?" the executive said. "I think one of the biggest reasons you see teams go to the second round of the playoffs, then fall out of the playoffs, is because they max out players that are not max players. The reason you see some teams sustain themselves, at least in the conference finals or the Finals mix, is because they've maxed out the right players. I can't max him out. I don't want to be one of those teams that's one and out, two and out."

Then there's this quote, from a Western Conference executive:

"I'm not saying you give Gilbert Arenas max money just to do it, but I do look at it this way: If there is a team that he's a max-type player for, it's the Wizards, as long as he comes back from the knee problems," said the executive, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. "He's one of those rare guys in this league who can score the basketball, he hits game-winning shots and he can put butts in the seats. What's the value in that? Another key is going to be how his contract impacts that franchise going forward. Will they still be able to sign Jamison? And, will they be able to make the moves going forward they need to make if they want to make that next step? It's an interesting situation."

Then there's this quote from Buzz Bissinger:

"I hate Gilbert Arenas. I think he represents everything that's wrong with blogs and the NBA because he's snarky, malicious, mean spirited and vaguely filled with invectives–in particular when it comes to the comments."

Thanks, Buzz.

Two solid points, Buzz aside, I'd reckon.

I say you do it. because making the big splash is always fun. And because it's easier to find the right role layers to play with superstars than it is to find the right superstars to play with role players. The reason this team hasn't advanced in the playoffs isn't because of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler or Antwan Jamison. It's because they have charismatic, yet horrible role players who blind perception.

Get them a Leon Powe or Carl Landry instead of an Andray Blatche and that's probably a three-win differential just off grit, rebounding and hustle. Get them a true backup point guard, not an Antonio Daniels and the team's offense probably works a bit smoother in key situations. The Wizards have a nice car with their Big Three powered engine, they just haven't configured it the right way.

Plus, keeping Arenas means the Phone Booth now has two of the most charismatic and talented players in sports playing almost everday of the fall/winter season. That's worth $250 million between two owners, right?

Ice Road Truckers 

Didn't get to watch it last night, but I have it DVRd and will have my take tomorrow

Box office recap 

Who the hell saw Wanted pulling in $50-plus million? A rated-R action flick getting that sort of haul? I grossly underestimated the power of Common. Took in WALL-E last night and it doesn't even pretend to be a kid's movie, which is the nicest thing you can say about a kid's movie, in my opinion.

Once again, the final tallies:

1 WALL·E (2008) $62.5M $62.5M

2 Wanted (2008) $51.1M $51.1M

3 Get Smart (2008) $20M $77.3M

On to the best blogs ... around 

If you like report cards and if you like baseball, Matt Abedi's Sporting Universe has just the blog for you.

Jaromir Jagr is contemplating joining the Continental Hockey League in Russia. Just Another Sports Blog got a hold of the story, and doesn't like the words coming out of Jagr's mouth.

How are the frosh and sophs from 2005 doing in the NBA right now? I enjoyed this tidbit on Martell Webster, courtesy of Spin Out!:

"Will take a rebound if someone carefully faces up to him and places the ball in both his hands with both of their hands."

Dan, Harry and Bull continue their quest to win What's On My Mind's Best Shows in TV History (comedy bracket).

Klick of the Day 

See ya next year at Wimbledon Bethanie Mattek, but don't ever stop pleasing the employees (from last year).

Posted on: June 23, 2008 1:40 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2008 2:05 pm

Alpha Blog: Czech out the world's best athlete

The Wall Street Journal started the ultimate bar room debate. The publication has listed the world's Top 10 Roman Sebrleathletes. And the winner is probably somebody you're not familiar with.

His name is Roman Sebrle and he's a Czech Republic decathalete. Here's the skinny on Sebrle:

"The Czech decathlete could jump over Shaquille O’Neal. He could throw a 16-pound ball the length of a 53-foot yacht. From a running start, he could leap over a two-lane highway. Mr. Sebrle has ideal size, according to physiologists, and expertise over a range of athletic pursuits, employing the speed of an NFL back and the vertical jump of an National Basketball Association forward. Some judges questioned whether Mr. Sebrle could withstand a tackle by an NFL lineman, but none questioned his talent in the 10 track and field events that make up the decathlon. He has won Olympic gold and silver medals for the Czech Republic and is the current world champion."

He beats out more recognizable names like LeBron James (No. 2), Floyd Mayweather (No. 3) LaDainian Tomlinson (No. 4), Roger Federer (No. 5), Sidney Crosby (No. 6) and Alex Rodriguez (No. 10).

No Dmitri Young?

Last night's Ice Road Truckers     

Again, only four out of 10 beards on the Kay's Korner BES scale (Beard Entertainment Scale). The blizzard element added a second of suspense, but without a money chart and with the pathetic existence of Drew Sherwood, the show doesn't have the bite it did in Season 1.

I want more Bear Swensen (how about a Polar Bear vs. Bear dash for the cash?) and some clips of a (Eric) Dufresne family reunion, which, I imagine, would go something like this.

On to the best blogs ... around      

When The Office loses to Alf in the first round of the Greatest Comedy in TV History bracket, is it considered an upset? What's On My Mind has Round 2 ready to go.

The NHL Draft was last Friday and Just Another Sports Blog was there in Ottawa as a bloggin' correspondent. The blogger reports back that hockey is like they all say: tribal, not national.

The Most Ballin Blog is ranking the Top 100 MLB players and No. 3 is a guy whose name rhymes with Larry Londs.

Rumor has it Ol' Pee Hands Alou may be collecting his last set of MLB paychecks this season. Always one of my favorite players, it's sad to see ya go Moises. MLB Trade Rumors reports.

Klick of the Day    

The object of baseball is to be safe, safe at home! Lost one of the best earlier today.

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