It’s never a boring week in the sporting world.
The hiring and firing of coaches–Gary Kubiak receiving the boot from the Texans and USC hiring former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian–dramatic late game finishes, Robinson Cano signing a contract of 10 years and $250 million to switch his Yankee pinstripes to sign with the Seattle Mariners, and head-scratching events that make you wonder …(press play)
I couldn’t have said it myself, but let me share a few quick hits with you.
I couldn’t express the relief I felt for Jameis Winston not being charged. I must admit I was growing weary of the Winston rape allegation case. Even though Winston’s accuser reportedly had a memory that was “very broken” and a toxicology report showed the accuser had “minuscule amounts of alcohol in her system and that there was no evidence of so-called date rape drugs”, how many times have we seen incidents like this turn sour?
Remember Brian Banks? A former star middle linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California who verbally agreed to attend USC on a four-year scholarship, but dreams were swept away from a rape charger that was ultimately thrown out in court in 2012 after he spent more than five years in prison? He’ll never get those years back. Banks was signed and released by both the Seahawks and Falcons.
Winston could’ve shared this same faith, but hats off to the judicial system for diligently expediting the process. While I praise Winton’s maturation on the field and his levelheadedness to rise above the distraction and focus on the game of football, the rape allegation will hang over his head like a dark cloud. He was the victim, not the accuser. His name was tarnished and his charterer was put into question, not the accuser.
But alas, hopefully this case will no longer be acknowledge down the road. Winston will win the Heisman Trophy and is future no. 1 overall draft choice.
Carmelo Anthony said his Knicks are the laughing stock of the NBA, but after a two game winning streak, their Brooklyn counterparts dawns the sad title.
The Russian billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov, invested $102 million into the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets (5-14), have lost 12 of 15 and could possibly be the worst team in the East, maybe even the worst team in the NBA. Kevin Garnett is a has-been at age 37 and is more bite than bark, Paul Pierce, 36, has a non-displaced fracture in his right hand and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, but he’s only averaging 12.4 points per game, and Jason Terry, 36, has yet to play a meaningful minutes since Nov. 18, and has missed every game since because of a knee injury.
Not to mention Brooklyn’s best player in point guard Deron Williams, who is also out with an injury, has been a shell of himself since he’s been a Net. Williams was arguably the best PG in the league in his Utah days averaging a double-double from 2007-10. I don’t even recognize him when he’s even healthy on the court.
Jason Kidd’s first year as a coach is disastrous thus far only a year removed from being a player himself. Demoting assistant coach Lawrence Frank, who some deemed as a good move so Kidd could singlehandedly run the sidelines and not be undermined. And what about Spill-gate?
What Kidd needs to Hit is a reset button on the season.
*Two Horse Race In The East
The Pacers and the Heat, that’s it. With Miami, it’s about the playoffs and championships now that they have tasted success with back-to-back titles and three consecutive NBA Finals appearances. The NBA is about superstars, and Heat has the no. 1 superstar on the planet in LeBron James, but you mean to tell me with Dwayne Wade’s ailing knees and the hopes of using the reclamation process in Greg Oden is Miami’s answer to halt the incoming Pacers? No.
With Wade missing games, the Heat should expand the roll of Chris Bosh who is more than capable of averaging 20 (pts) and 10 (rebs) a game. see Toronto Raptors years.
The Pacers are for real. Period. It’s still early in the season, but at 17-2, if Indiana claims the no. 1 seed in the East. LeBron will need the best playoff run of his career to beat Indiana at home in a game 7, if it even gets to a game 7.
*Mike Tomlin’s fine
The $100,000 fine is hokey pokey if you ask me, but I get it. He interfered on a live play and possibly prevented a touchdown.
Did I miss the play? Did Tomlin receive a 15-yard penalty for an illegal, invisible horse collar tackle? This situation should not warrant the loss of a draft pick. I ultimately don’t think it will come to that, but if it does, it will be another black eye on the NFL, along with all the questionable penalties.