Friday, June 28, 2013

The NBA problem and the end of an Era.

Although I'm not a huge NBA fan, I always find myself watching the finals and being amp'd up for the draft each year. The 2013 draft didn't have the dazzle that past drafts have approached the late June humidity with in the past. There were no big names, no dazzling freshmen phenom, not even a big man who everyone knows will dominate. That's where the problem lies with the NBA. I personally thought the draft was very interesting, the Atlanta Hawks for example drafted 2 players from overseas. Many project all three of these players to be ideal bench players with the potential or ceiling of each of these players to be extremely high depending on their commitment on becoming bigger, strong and faster. The third player selected through the draft filled another need, the Center position. I have absolutely no problems with the way my home town team drafted. Danny Ferry and Coach Bud came from the Spurs who thrive on international talent. If the Hawks draft surprised anyone, you need to do your research son! Also the Hawks recently hired Quinn Snyder, who has been coaching and scouting overseas for the last few years. Anyway, onto the problem. Want to know why this draft sucked in terms of college talent? Look no further than the man at the podium. David Stern, you sir are a great money making machine in terms of putting the heart beat back into a league that was struggling when you took power. However, if you for once think allowing players after one year of college join your league was a good idea, you are dead wrong! The reason everyone is so weary of Nerlens Noel is because the kid tore his ACL and because the NBA is what it is, Nerlens took the millions over a year of rehab and excellent learning at Kentucky. I blame you Mr. Stern and Adam Silver will fare no better I'm afraid. 

Tonight, my friends and I will descend on the Ted in droves with thousands of other fans awaiting the opportunity to see the end of an era in Atlanta. The number ten will see its final display at Turner Field while being retired into Braves lore. Was #10 a good role model off the field? Not exactly, just ask the Hooters waitresses. Was #10 a great public speaker? Chipper really knew the words to say and seemed odd speaking in public. However, was #10 a professional? Absolutely! Chipper Jones was just what the doctor ordered for the Atlanta Braves and its die hard fans for almost 20 years. Chipper never once insisted that his off field behavior was that of being a role model, but what he did on the field is what made children and adults want to strive to be better athletes, and for that very reason, tonight's ceremonies will end a piece of my childhood that will never be forgotten. Thank you Chipper for teaching respect, discipline and loyalty to all of us who grew up watching you. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

What a beautiful Draft it was!

Once again folks, no excuse as to why I haven't posted in quiet a while, however watching the NFL Draft this weekend got my blood flowing again to write about my perspective on the NFL's premier event in which the public watches young adults true character bleed through in New York City. First of all, I do not think Geno Smith is an NFL ready quarterback, nor did he land himself in a good situation. Geno needed to be drafted by a team with an established mobile quarterback to learn from not a dumpster fire already ablaze. I also think Geno has a poor attitude; however, Thursday night after his name was not called after 32 teams picked players, Geno quickly rose from his seat in Radio City Music Hall and abruptly left the room followed by a barrage of criticism that followed that evening. No, I would never want myself or my child to attend the actual draft in fear this may in fact happen, but what did this young man do wrong? He was promised by draft "experts" that he would be taken high which is why he attended the event. Of course he looked distraught, his table was one of the only ones left in the house. Geno didn't throw a fit or act like a five year old, he simply heard the final pick and left. He's a 21 year old who just had his heart broken on national television, lay off corporate media!

Let's move on to the issue of this years draft being "boring". With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Cheifs selected Goliath to protect Alex Smith. Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher stands at 6'7'', 307 lbs according to What is boring about this? The Cheifs already have their quarterback of the future, why not draft a brick wall to block for him? Fisher's tape shows why he's the highest draft pick ever from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Before Fisher, Byron Leftwich held the title out of Marshall since 2003 as the seventh overall pick in the draft. In fact, what made this year's draft more interesting was the fact that after after teams loaded their offensive and defensive lines with mammoth gentlemen, there were still well known, high quality athletes being drafted in the later rounds. I feel bad for the guy, but hearing that the Philadelphia Eagles were able to draft Matt Barkley out of USC in the fourth round was an absolute steal if you ask me. If you ask me, this year's draft was a beautiful example of how a draft should be run, this way, no one loses tons of money on a lazy quarterback. Teams draft men to protect their signal callers and then draft the signal caller that will best fit the system. Call it boring, but more NFL teams should draft just the way the Eagles did this year.

The only quarterback taken in the first round of the 2013 draft was EJ Manuel out of Florida State. The Bills desperately needed to make a move at quarterback and although I really thought it would be Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse to join his old college coach, I think Manuel fits perfectly into the AFC East and has the mobility to escape pressure created because of a weak offensive line. If Buffalo needs help with that equation next year just go ask what will be a healthy Alex Smith how it works. I'm sure Smith will be able to pat the Mammoth Fisher on his back as the reason why Smith is healthy throughout the year in 2013.

Now, Ya'll go play in the yard!