Published December 9, 2011 - 9:03am
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The last moment that I felt really good about sports in general was on the night of November 5th, 2011. While some fans (I can barely even call them fans) were upset about the Alabama-LSU game resulting in a 9-6 score, I was thrilled. The game was incredible. The game clearly represented the greatest collection of talent in the game between the two rosters. The hitting on nearly every play was incredible; so much so that my bones ached after watching the game from the comfort of my couch.
Unfortunately, there have been few moments like the evening of November 5th since then. Yes, there has been some great games. I enjoyed Arkansas-LSU. I enjoyed even Georgia putting up a good fight for a half against LSU in the SECCG, but it seemed like every other game had politics surrounding it, or you couldn’t get through a single drive without the commentators reflecting on the “BCS implications” of such a game, or worse yet, the myriad of BCS scenarios that could unfold if X beat Y and Y beat Z. Enough already!
For four quarters (and an overtime) on November 5th, all that mattered were the players on the field and the bone-crunching hits that were being delivered each play. We knew we were watching the two best teams in college so all we wanted to do was see how it unfolded. It did not disappoint.
Since then, we had endless discussion about whether or not a rematch made sense. We had to listen to anti-SEC fans talk about how Oklahoma State should be in the game. Or, how we should have a playoff. Ugh, I’m tired of it. And that’s just the BCS…
Frankly, I’m tired of the coaches too. I’m tired of Urban Meyer and the drama surrounding his life that is put on display for college football fans. You want to take a year off (really two if you factor in that awful 2010 season at UF), and then run to the easy battlefields of the Big Ten? Fine. I don’t care. I know coaching is a job to you, just like us common folk don’t have a ton of emotional investment in our jobs. I’d prefer not to listen to the ridiculous babble about him being a different man, however. I’d prefer not to listen to how he signed a contract with his kids to what, not drive himself and his family into the ground by his coaching style? Hmmm, ok.
The Charlie Weis news yesterday was just as ridiculous. Honestly, I think both teams (Kansas and Florida) lost in this transaction. Florida now has to scramble to prevent recruits from bailing and find a new OC. Kansas now has to scramble to find the oversized clothing and equipment they had to special order for Mark Mangino and thought they’d never need again because surely they wouldn’t ever have a coach THAT big again. Think again. I’m thinking about how Charlie Weis went on and on about how he was moving to Ocala (just outside Gainesville) because his wife loved horses, and there was a great special needs school nearby for his special needs kid. The Florida job was the perfect fit for him. Maybe John Brantley ruined his taste for Gainesville. Or maybe he’s just full of crap.
Last night, the NBA decided to make the BCS look like the shining beacon of the sports world by nixing a trade between the Hornets and Lakers for superstar Chris Paul. The 29 (probably 28 actually) owners of the NBA teams not-named the Hornets decided that it was not fair for the Lakers to get Chris Paul since they each own 1/29th of the Hornets. If you didn’t know, the Hornets are so crappy that the NBA owns the franchise. How stupid is this? The Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, who is still bitter about Lebron James leaving that crappy city, was one of the most vocal saying the following in an email:
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.
This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.
I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).
I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.
I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.
What a loser. No wonder Lebron wanted out. Yes, the Lakers are getting a great player. They’re also giving up Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, two big time players. The Lakers are trading two big men left with Bynum who has a long history of injuries. They are risking much for Chris Paul and there’s no guarantee this makes them better. This is so ridiculous that it makes me hate the NBA. This coming from a fan of the Orlando Magic who are likely to lose Dwight Howard to a “big market” team.
In the world of baseball, it just so happens that I’m a Cardinal fan. The team which just lost the best player of our generation yesterday. Albert Pujols is signing with the Angels. Honestly, I’m not upset. If they want to pay him $25mil a year when he’s 41, then so be it. He had a great decade with the Cardinals that I enjoyed thoroughly.
Maybe I’m just fed up with the nonsense of sports. It’s likely a function of the 24/7 news-cycle, the world of Twitter, where we have to talk about sports all day long and as a result, we endlessly debate year after year the playoff vs BCS argument.
I long for the upcoming BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and LSU. I long to see Trent Richardson plow into the beast-of-a-defensive-front of LSU. I long to see Saban and Miles gameplan against eachother. Until then, however, we’re stuck with the nonsense of sports that seems to be hurled at us fans with ever increasing frequency and intensity. I’m considering turning off my television and twitter feed for the next month.