Ohio State just had five of their best players suspended, including QB Terrelle Pryor. Definitely not a Buckeyes fan, nor do I feel that this was all that solid of a punishment. They took a measly $1K to $2.5K, and are all paying for that with a five game suspensions. The main part I don’t understand in this whole suspension is why these players get to play their bowl game this year. If all the evidence is there, shouldn’t the NCAA suspend all of them for the bowl game, and the first four games of next year for the five games?!? Personally I think they should, and that feels like a much stiffer penalty than the one handed down. Missing a bowl game and most likely losing it because you are missing five of your best players seems more fair in my book. Maybe the NCAA is trying to protect itself so if they run across something on Cam Newton, he will still be eligible for the Championship game, and then they could suspend him for next year when he’ll be in the NFL anyways keeping everyone’s pockets fat.
The Bobcats are blowing up the team to start 2011 with fresh outlook, after a season of underachievement. Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a good one on Yahoo about how the Larry Brown-Michael Jordan relationship all broke down starting back in 2008 when Jordan wanted to draft Brook Lopez, but ended up listening to Brown and drafted DJ Augustin. Change was obviously needed. I’m not sure what to make of Paul Silas coming back to coaching after being out of it for awhile. I thought he was a great coach for the Hornets the first time around with BD, Mashburn, Magloire, and Steve Smith, but this Bobcats team is nowhere near them talent wise. Either way, I’m sure he’ll be better than Art Shell was coming out of his hiatus back to coaching. I loved that Jordan brought Charles Oakley in as an assistant coach. Last week Oakley blasted Charles Barkley for being lazy and just getting by with his athletic skills. I won’t argue with Oak, because he’s probably taking mental notes and I don’t want to be on that list. Lebron’s list is fine, but Oak’s isn’t. I was more wondering if he knew what was about to happen and wanted to say “Chuck, stay behind a desk and keep being lazy cracking jokes on TNT instead of trying to coach or be a GM, you just don’t have the work ethic.”
Phil Jackson sounded off about not wanting to play on Christmas saying “I don’t think anybody should play on Christmas Day. Soccer teams don’t play this time of year, they take a break. I don’t understand it… It’s like Christian holidays don’t mean anything to them anymore. We just go out and play and entertain the TV. It’s really weird.”
Ummm, we know Phil is full of head games, but seriously Phil? I know you guys work hard and all, and maybe most don’t want to work on this glorious Christian holiday, but sports is a form of the entertainment industry, and when are the most people watching? When they don’t have work! You and your squad are paid ridiculous millions to play, so give us some damn entertainment. If you want your team to suck and not be one of the marquee match ups on Christmas I’m all for it. I’d love to see the Lakers not be on TV during Christmas because they aren’t relevant, that would almost be as good as any present I could get. I can make a list of the cons of my job a mile long, and I’m sure everyone playing on Christmas would much rather have that be their biggest “problem over a the average citizens problems like even having a job. I’m positive Jeanie will be able to handle giving out the solid gold PS4’s you got the kids this year. Plus, if there were no basketball games on Christmas, how could I parlay my Christmas money on some games to have an even better Christmas?!?
December 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Didn’t Pryor ‘tweet’ that he’d paid for his tattoo ? What with several players on Kansas State’s basketball team having fallen afoul for taking gifts what else is new ?
December 23rd, 2010 at 2:48 pm
So it was mutual decision that led to parting of the ways between Jordan and Brown ? Well next year Brown may well be back with some other NBA team if not sooner .
A Merry Christmas To You All And A Prosperous New Year !
Hey Geno For Once And For All Shut The Hell Up And Simply Bask In The Glory ……..
December 23rd, 2010 at 5:59 pm
I had no idea he said “Soccer teams don’t play this time of year”…That seems like an awfull weird copout to me.
Figures they wouldn’t suspend him for the bowl games…living proof that not only does money talk…sometimes it fucking shouts.
December 24th, 2010 at 1:09 am
I’m starting to wonder which institution is worse run: Major League Baseball, professional boxing, the NFL or the NCAA.
Look, I love me some Buckeyes but for the NCAA to allow Pryor to play is ridiculous.
I know not the facts of the case.
What I do know is that the NCAA only has their own best interests in mind.
Within 20 years, college football will be privatized (more than it already is). Remember I said that.
December 24th, 2010 at 8:32 am
The NCAA and their corporate sponsors made sure that the punitive supspensions handed wouldn’t affect the BCS Chmampionship game. Next season more likely than not several of these guys will declare for the NFL Draft anyway. And even if Goodell now has this new rule in place the kids will still make out handsomely at the end of the day and at the championship game itself. It’s all so asinine to begin with . And you were of the beliefe that the BCS system is the best option out there ? Not when they themselves are just as corrupt as the athletes they’re punishing !
December 24th, 2010 at 9:47 am
It’s the NCAA. Because the NFL is king, Everybody assumes MLB is corrupt, and professional boxing couldn’t put together a fucking good fight to save their own lives right now.