Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The NFL needs Fred-Ex

Recently the Chiefs signed WR Freddie Mitchell. Do i think this was a good move, Yes, but for a couple different reasons. One, i think Jonnie Morton wore out his welcome in a Chief's uny. Second, the Chief's need some personality and Fred-Ex has some. But in a larger role, Fred-Ex is bebeficial to the NFL in my perspective.

I believe i grew up in the era of sports characters, especially in the NFL. The Icky Shuffle, Primetime and his high stepping, The Playmaker, Ernest Givens and the Electric Slide, Billy "Whiteshoes" Johnson (a little before my time), and end-zone dances. The NFL was fun back in the day. People could celebrate, do their thing and it was cool. Now the NFL says it's showboating and that it patronizes the other team. No one had a problem with end-zone dances and the like until the NFL said something. I think they would rather their players act more like robots than anything. They are scared to let the players have some personality.

The fans love the end-zone dances and they love a little showboating. That's what used to make America fun. We had personality. And that's what i think Fred-eX brings to the league. I like him because he's weird. I like him because he does crazy stuff. It makes the game that much more enjoyable. When did football or any sports become more than just a game? Why should the players act like they've been there before? It's called ENTERTAINMENT. While it's great watching the Patriots win three titles, they are probably one of the more boring teams in football to watch. That doesn't mean they're not a great team. They're just boring.

I like to be entertained, and sometimes the sport by itself just doesn't do it. There needs to be a little extra. Like storylines in wrestling, personalities help make a sport. I hope Fred-Ex keeps wearing his oven mits, his championship belt and keeps thanking his hands. I'll keep watching.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Why I Can't Truly Respect the Detroit Pistons

I know the Pistons are good and they might beat San Antonio in this series, but i can't truly respect them as a great championship team. Maybe this is bad, but they have benefitted from more injuries than any other chamionship team i know.

When the Bad Boys played the Lakers back in the 80's, Magic and Byron Scott were injured.

When the Pistons played the Lakers last year, Karl Malone got hurt and that was the series.

The Pistons totally benefitted from Ron Artest being suspended when they played Indy this year.

The Heat would have had that series locked down if not for Dwayne Wade getting injured.

Now in the Finals, the series totally changed when Manu Ginobali got hurt.

They are extremely lucky when it comes to injuries. They always seem to benefit them. While Detroit is an excellent team and play a great team game (which is sometimes boring to watch), I won't be able to put them up there with great champions of the past.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Reunited--Will It Phil So Good?

Can Kobe and Phil coexist? I don't know, but it needs to take less than three years to find out. Phil isn't getting younger, and neither is Kobe. He's not old, but if they don't do anything under Phil, i think he's out of L.A.
That team has made the playoffs with less talent. I remember the Van Exel, Ceballos years when the Lake Show sucked but still made the playoffs. They didn't have anyone nearly as talented as Kobe. I'm not saying Kobe's another Jordan, because i don't think he is. He may win a championship or even two, but i don't think he'll be able to accomplish what Jordan did. I think he'll be a very good superstar, but not Legendary. He's going to have to learn to carry a team throughout the season and not just for a few games. In the end, i say one more championship because of the Laker name, but no more...unless he rocks the Fro again!