Thursday, February 24, 2011

If History has Taught us Anything, SDSU will go Down in Flames

You have to hand it to San Diego.  As soon as SDSU became a nationally-ranked squad way back in October, fans took notice.  As the wins continued to pile up, so did the crowds at Viejas Arena.  The Aztecs have had good teams in the last few years, but fan interest has been lukewarm at best.  This year's #6 ranked team has caused a buzz that isn't often seen in this town.

As a life-long San Diego resident, this is one of the worst sports towns in all of America.  The fans of this beautiful city remind me of teenagers looking to grab a hold of the next trend.  Fans in this town are looking for the next Myspace, or Nintendo Wii, which now has become SDSU hoops.

As a long-standing supporter of SDSU basketball, it is somewhat annoying to see all these idiots come out of the woodwork, and wait hours for tickets to the BYU game.  I can remember attending SDSU games that had 4,000 people for a very good New Mexico squad.  The tickets were more than affordable, people simply just didn't care.

On the other hand, hopefully this kind of interest in this season's squad carries over into next season.  The Aztecs stand to lose 3 starters, including likely lottery pick Kawhi Leonard, so the team next year will look very different.  A deep NCAA tournament run will help tremendously with recruiting, and will sell season tickets for next year.

With all the hype this game is receiving both locally and nationally, naturally it will only lead to a letdown.  The game will be televised nationally on CBS, and it has actually been mentioned on ESPN.  The winner of the game might have an inside track for a #2 seed in the Big Dance.

As an Aztec fan, I am stoked for this game, but I can't get that lingering paranoia out of my head.  One of my favorite quotes says "history repeats itself."  Well, San Diego has experienced a lot of heartbreak over the years.  Every time an San Diego team has looked destined for greatness, they have always fallen flat.

While I believe the Aztecs can pull this out, they face a mighty task in defending National Player of the Year candidate Jimmer Fredette.  The Aztecs must find away to limit open looks, although they don't really have a player that can match up with him.

Here is hoping the Aztecs can overcome the mighty San Diego Curse!

Trade Deadline Leads to Widespread Panic in Boston

The trade deadline has passed in the NBA, and with the flurry of activity that has taken place today, it is very reminiscent of the MLB deadline.  Some of the moves were relatively minor, although some of the potential to reshape the spectrum of the NBA playoff race.  Here is a list of some of the major deals that have taken place over the last 24 hours.

  • Celtics trade center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Thunder for center Nenad Kristic and forward Jeff Green.  
This deal is a major head-scratcher for the Celtics.  While Perkins has been banged up this year,(he's played in just 12 games) he is a physical presence in the middle defensively.  With Delonte West coming back from injury, the organization deemed Robinson expendable.

Kristic is a serviceable center, but isn't known for his defensive prowess.  Jeff Green isn't a good rebounder, averaging less that 6 a game, and shoots way too many three's.  He's barely at 30% for the season.  The trade, if Perkins is healthy, is a resounding win for the Thunder.

  • The Rockets made two separate deals, sending guard Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for guard Goran Dragic, then sending forward Shane Battier to the Grizzles for center Hasheem Thabeet.  The Rockets receive first round picks in both deals. 
Perhaps Phoenix views the speedy Brooks as the heir-apparent to the aging Steve Nash.  The Grizzles gain a solid veteran for the playoff push, and clearly the Rockets are rebuilding.  Taking a flier on Thabeet could be an intriguing move.

  • Clippers trade guard Baron Davis, and 2012 1st round pick to the Cavs, for guard Mo Williams and guard Jamario Moon.
While Baron Davis has been solid this year(12ppg, 7ast's) he has a terrible contract, as he is owed $29 million over 2 years.  Williams was an All-Star last year, although that was playing with Lebron James.  Williams should share time with promising guard Eric Bledsoe.  The Clippers traded a likely lottery pick, which is a curious move, although with six players 22 or younger, perhaps they felt that they didn't need another rookie.  I like the deal for the Clippers.

  • Bobcats trade forward Gerald Wallace to the Blazers for Joel Pryzbilla, forward Dante Cunningham, and 2 future 1st round picks.  
Wallace, the only original Bobcat left, should be a great pickup for the Blazers.  Although his scoring is down this season, he is a solid defender.  The Bobcats are dumping salary and trying to rebuild under owner Michael Jordan.  I like the deal for Portland.

For the rest of the deals, check out www.probasketballtalk.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Douchebag of the Week: Legedu Naanee

Naanee, an average wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers found himself in a heap of trouble last week in Indiana.  Naanee was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

The incident took place when Naanee stumbled onto an active crime scene.  The on-site authorities said that Naanee reeked of booze, and asked the officer "Why are you being such an asshole."

The cops tried to remove Naanee from the scene, but were met with defiance.  Finally, the officers maced him, and took him away in handcuffs.

Our friend Legedu then did my favorite thing that athletes do:  He pulled the "do you know who I am card."

Yes Legedu, you are barely an NFL receiver.  I, as a Charger fan, have heard that you have a ton of promise.  Yet you haven't really done much, since you missed 6 games due to an assortment of injuries.  Most NFL fans know you, since they picked you up on their fantasy squads after you looked like a stud in Week 1 of the NFL season.  They subsequently dropped your sorry ass two weeks later.


I am a lifelong Charger fan, and I would have trouble picking your face out of a lineup.  So imagine the confusion the Indy police department must have felt when you told them you were an NFL player.  At first glance, I would think you were some reggae singer with your ridiculous-looking dreads.  If a die-hard Charger wouldn't recognize you, what makes you think a Midwestern police force would?  Get real, Legedu.

Naanee is due to be a free agent, and has surely run his course in San Diego.  Someone with obvious character flaws and questionable talent will not be in demand on the open market.  Legedu committed a big boo-boo.

Free agency can be a period of great uncertainity, but one thing is certain Mr. Naanee, you are the newest Douchebag of the Week!