Posted on: February 16, 2009 5:14 pm
 

Planet Orange has been hit by an asteroid

All Star weekend came and went and Amare Stoudemire was not traded, and it is looking less likely that he will be, which is the right decision at this point in time.  Apparently no offers came in that were desirable enough for Steve Kerr to pull the trigger.  The Suns wanted to make a move that would benefit them financially and also not set them back too far on the court. 

 

Instead Terry Porter was fired after a half of a season to make an attempt to solve the Suns woes.  Terry Porter was largely ineffective with this group of players.  Steve Nash, Shaq, Grant Hill, and the rest of this veteran team were not responding to his style.  These players are looking for a player friendly coach, one that will let them be them.  So Alvin Gentry, a Mike D’Antoni guy, is now the interim coach, and the players can go back to doing whatever they want to do.

 

I wouldn’t say that the state of the team is necessarily Porter’s fault, but I wouldn’t say that it isn’t either.  The players quit on him, but that was largely due to him trying to reset a team into something that it is not.

 

I am still in favor of trading Amare.  He’s not the player that will lead this team to success, and he’s not willing to be a role player either.  He refuses to play defense, he refuses to work to get rebounds, and he seems largely lackadaisical about it.  Perhaps a better offer with come in the off season,

 

In addition to the discontent in the locker room, and the admission of failure with Terry Porter, the Suns now have Jason Richardson endangering his 3 year old son and everyone else on the road.  He was arrested for driving 90 mph in a 35 with his son unrestrained in the backseat.  This is the icing on the Suns dysfunctional cake.  So the question is now, what else can go wrong?

Category: NBA
Tags: Phoenix, Suns
 
Posted on: February 13, 2009 5:41 pm
 

Small Market or Large Market

Yesterday Robert Sarver, owner of the Suns, was being interviewed on the radio.  He stated at one point that Phoenix was a small market, at which point I yelled at the radio.  This lead me to question if Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the US is a small market, what constitutes a large market.  Population of the city, attendance, what? 

 

Below I have compiled information on the 8 largest cities in the US, and also included Boston and San Francisco.  This includes the population of the city, and the % of overall (home and road) attendance the team draws.  So 100% would mean the team is selling out their home games, and all their road games average to sell outs as well.  95 would mean that for the total seats for all the games the team plays, 95% are sold. I used this to see how the team is followed on the road.  I realize this is not a perfect examination of a team’s national following, because teams such as the Red Sox, sell out every home game no matter who the opposing team is.  Although it’s not perfect, I felt it was a decent interpretation with out examining apparel sales, TV ratings, etc.

 

So, who are the largest markets?

 

By population it is New York, LA, and Chicago.

 

For basketball, it is LA, Boston, and Phoenix.  So the small market that Robert Sarver cited is somewhat of a misnomer.  Out of the eight largest cities, as well as Boston and San Francisco, Phoenix ranks 3<sup>rd</sup>. 

 

For baseball its, Boston, Chicago (Cubs), and New York (Yankees).  No real surprise there.  Unfortunately the Diamondbacks are next to last.  The Diamondbacks do, however, get very good TV ratings statewide.

 

For football, guess what, there is a reason that this years Super Bowl was the highest rated ever.  The Eagles, CARDINALS, and Giants, are the largest. 

 

For hockey, Chicago, New York (Rangers), and the Sharks have the largest markets.  This does not include Canadian markets, and Detroit was not included.  Coyotes, like the Diamondbacks, are second to last. 

 

Again, just the eight largest cities by population were included, and then I wanted to look at the other two markets.  So next time someone tries to tell you that Phoenix is a small market for football or basketball, you can call them a liar right to their face.

 

New York 8.2 million, Knicks 93.6,  Yankees 86.2, Giants 100.6, Rangers 102.2

LA 3.8 million, Lakers 99.8, Dodgers 80.3, NA, Kings 89.8

Chicago 2.8 million, Bulls 94.6, Cubs 90, Bears 96.3, Blackhawks 104.5

Houston 2.2 million, Rockets 93.2, Astros 78.3, Texans 99.8, NA

Phoenix 1.5 million, Suns 96.2, Diamondbacks 68.9, Cardinals101.4, Coyotes 90

Philadelphia 1.4 million, 76ers 79.7, Phillies 84.6, Eagles 102.3, Flyers 96.1

San Antonio 1.3 million Spurs 92.2, NA, NA, NA

San Diego 1.2 million, NA, Padres 73.7, Chargers 94.5, NA

Dallas 1.2 million, Mavericks 95.3, Rangers 57.6, Cowboys 99.9, Stars 92.8

San Francisco 764k, Warriors 91.6, Giants 77, 49ers 94.3, Sharks 96.5

Boston 599k, Celtics 99.1, Red Sox 92.9, Patriots 99.1, Bruins 93.9

 

 

 

 

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 12, 2009 5:20 pm
 

Finally, Favre

Number four is finally gone.  After a forgettable season in a foreign city, Brett Favre has realized that football doesn’t have room for him anymore.  He had an average season statistically speaking, and nearly took the Jets to the playoffs, but it was a season that was one too many for most Americans. 

 

First Favre recanted on his tearful retirement.  Then you began to hear stories about Favre trying to force the Packer’s hand, contacting the Vikings directly, then providing the Packer’s plays to the Lions.  And America wondered, what the hell are you doing?  Finally, at the end of the season several of Favre’s teammates spoke out against him, saying he was aloof and distant in the locker room and separated himself from the team.

 

It was a season that separated Favre from the hearts of the fans.  I had always admired him for the way he played.  Always all out, always having fun.  His passion was what did him in; it was what brought him back for this final season.  But thankfully for Favre in a few years people will barely remember this season, and in five years I’m sure we’ll get a tearful speech in Canton, Ohio as Favre enters the hall of fame as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play.

Category: NFL
Tags: Favre, Jets, Packers
 
Posted on: February 11, 2009 5:10 pm
 

The Cost of Success

Adam Dunn has found a new team, the Washington Nationals.  Congratulations to Dunn on his new 2 year $20,000,000 contract.  He’ll be joining a team that won 59 games last year, a mere 22 games under .500.  The Washington Nationals most likely will not do any better this year, having a starting rotation consisting of Scott Olsen, Daniel Cabrera, and John Lannan as their top three pitchers.  Not to mention that they are in a division with the Mets, Phillies, and Braves. 

 

After spending his entire career with the Reds and never playing in a post season game, Dunn had said he was excited to be playing in a game that mattered in September after he was traded to the Diamondbacks last season.  Unfortunately the Diamondbacks did not make the playoffs and his post season absence streak continued.  Due to limited payroll space the Diamondbacks declined to offer him arbitration and he hit the free agent market.

 

Dunn made $13 million last season, and due to economic conditions he will be taking a $3 million dollar pay cut this season playing with the Nationals. There may have not been much interest in Dunn as all teams are limiting their spending right now, but it begs the question, when is the money not worth the losing, as I’m sure that he could have signed for less money on a better team.

 

Dunn has made $36.6 million since 2002.  Even if he put that money in a checking account with no interest that would allow him to spend $611,000 every year for the next 60 years.  With that in the bank, how much of a pay cut would he be willing to take to play on a winning team? How much is success worth?  I understand that $5 million is a great deal of money, but after you are set for life wouldn’t you rather play for $5 million on a team that will be a contender than for $10 million on a team that has absolutely no chance?

 

I’m not sad the Diamondbacks didn’t sign him; he wasn’t the best fit on a team with a third of the line up in the top ten in the league in strikeouts.  It seemed to me that after saying what he said last season he may have decided to sign with a contender for less.  I guess that success isn’t worth that much after all.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:02 pm
 

A Roid, please just go away.

 

Alex Rodriguez was busted for steroids, is anyone really that surprised.  I had never heard that he was suspected of using them prior to this, and I was glad that he was on pace to break Barry Bond’s home run record.  When I heard the news I felt almost nothing.  No surprise, no anger.  It seems that no one is immune to steroids.

 

I really don’t even care that much.  His reputation is now tarnished, and no matter how many press conference’s he does, or how many home runs he hits from this point forward he will now be another asterisk in a very forgettable era in baseball history.  I don’t want to hear anything else about it unless he’s suspended or some other actual action is taken.  But the fact is he will suffer no repercussions outside of his damaged reputation, so what is the point of hearing anything more about it.

 

His “apology” was worthless.  He played it as if he was the victim that was prohibited from using his own free will and thought.  Everyone was doing it.  I felt pressure from my big contract.  Who cares, you put it into your body, and you made the choice.  Even if you didn’t know what it was it was still your choice to do something that you didn’t know anything about.   You signed the contract, you wanted to be the highest paid player, and you still want to be the highest paid player.  The pressure stems from your own greed, and now you will forever be known as A Fraud, A Roid, or whatever else the fans and the media chose.  A Roid chose the substance, now the fans chose his legacy.

Category: MLB
Tags: A rod, yankees
 
Posted on: February 6, 2009 5:18 pm
 

"I'm not the captain" -Amare, 02/06/09

"I’m not the captain, you can't blame too much on me"

 

No you’re not Amare, and you never will be.  It’s hard to gain the respect of your teammates when the most athletically talented player hasn’t learned how to rebound or play defense in the past five years.  It’s hard to gain respect when the so called “all star” routinely gets shown up by no name players on opposing teams.  Steve Nash, the 6’3” 180 lb 30 something captain has done more for this team and this city that you could ever hope to with only a fraction of your talent.

 

You’re done here Amare.  You are a selfish player.  You are a lazy player.  You are an overrated player.  You are now a joke on a weekly basis.  This team cannot win with you.  This team is less than the sum of its parts because of you.  Your true colors were masked under the D’Antoni system, but now that he has left you’re true colors are exposed.  Have fun in the Eastern Conference being the go to guy on a losing team.  There is another organization out there that is waiting for you to alienate yourself in their locker room too. 

Category: NBA
Tags: Phoenix, Suns
 
Posted on: February 6, 2009 11:38 am
Edited on: February 6, 2009 4:36 pm
 

Change is in the Cards

Cardinals fans are dealt another blow today as it is rumored that Todd Haley is going to be the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.  He guided this offense to the Super Bowl, and made some brilliant calls at times.  He will be a huge loss no doubt, but this does not mean the Cardinals offense will suddenly be anemic.  Kurt Warner is most likely coming back, and he’ll have two years experience working with Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin should he be back.  Knowing your receiver is a huge element of a QB’s success.  Steve Breaston has emerged as a great second receiver, which is the role he had for a considerable amount of games this season.

 

This is just the beginning Cards fans.  Karlos Dansby stated he thinks it would be exciting to play in New York.  Antrelle Rolle, who was a very poor CB his first handful of years for the Cards, has emerged as a decent safety and will most likely be gone as well.  And Anquan Boldin…who knows. 

 

He is a great player, and an intense player who gives his all every time he’s on the field. But do the Cards need to spend that money on him, or could it be spent better elsewhere.  He did not play the first two playoff games and was very limited in the NFC Championship, and he was out for part of the regular season.  He’ll be 29 years old and could have already had his pinnacle as a player. 

 

It’s not as bad as it seems.  The Cardinals were going to lose some key players.  The Steelers will lose some key players as well.  Every Super Bowl team loses key coaches and players.  I hope that this taste of success has wet Michael Bidwell’s beak, and he is motivated to spend some money. 

 

Have faith Cards fans, this team will be back in the playoffs with most of the key players in tact, and hopefully a couple of good free agents and solid draft picks.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 5, 2009 12:25 pm
 

Goodbye Suns

The Phoenix Suns that have been one of the top teams in the NBA for the past five years are done.  They faded away last year and this season are a distant memory, a shell of their former selves.  They used to dominate the league outside of the Spurs, but now they are getting beat regularly by the bottom feeders of the NBA.  They will be lucky to get the eighth spot in the playoffs and will probably get tossed out of the playoffs almost as soon as they get in, if indeed they do. 

 

The team is lazy.  They don’t play defense.  They don’t seem like they want to be there, and they don’t seem like they really even get along with each other that much.  A team with Nash, Shaq, Amare, and Richardson should not be getting blown out by the Warriors, Bulls, and Bobcats. 

 

It’s time to move some pieces.  They aren’t playing with each other anyway, so time to try something else.  Time to let Terry Porter mold them into the style of team that he can coach, not a half cocked version of the D’Antoni era. 

 

Suns fans better stock up on supplies and hunker down because the storm is about to come.  There will be several years where the team is not going to be competitive.  It’s not going to be the Suns team that everyone has become accustomed to.  Bottom line, the party is over and it’s time to clean up.

Category: NBA
Tags: Phoenix, Suns
 
 
 
 
 
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