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Random sports-related musings on this fine Monday...

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  • Tonight...  Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals (hockey for those who don't follow sports), Calgary vs. Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay.  This has been a great playoff year, and it doesn't get much better than a game 7 of the finals.  I'm torn on who to root for, however...  For Tampa Bay, you have Dave Andreychuk, a 22 year veteran who has never played for the Cup, much less gotten his name on it.  Great guy, and I'm a sucker for a good personal interest sports story.  On the other hand, It's been 10 years since the Cup was won by a Canadian team, and come on...  This *is* hockey!  I'm just hoping for a close, physical game...  Maybe even an overtime or two...
  • Although I watch the finals, I find basketball continues to bore me more and more.  I don't even like to follow the Portland Trailblazers, the hometown team.  The only thing I liked about last night's game 1 of the finals is that all the sports analysis "experts" were *so* wrong.  I really don't like the Lakers with their attitude and all.  I'd like to like Detroit, but I just can't bring myself to root for Rasheed Wallace after all the garbage he pulled in Portland.  Here he was an underachieving head case who wouldn't talk to the media and racked up drug convictions.  Now he's the greatest thing since sliced bread in Detroit...

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Gravatar Image1 - Duff,

You're right...here in Detroit, he is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but the fans think the way that Rasheed acts at times: Talk first, then think about what you just said.

I think that he's doing well here in the Motown Pridelands because he DOESN'T have to play the hero...he's part of a team of 'misfits' that are now one game away from wiping the smirks off of LA's face.

GO PISTONS! IT'S TIME TO GO TO WORK!

Gravatar Image2 - Not being a basketball expert, I don't know. But that never stopped me from venturing an opinion...

Bob Whitsett absolutely ran the the franchise into the ground by getting high-priced players that were locked into long-term contracts and then didn't mesh well. While Rasheed definitely has skill, he was expected to be *the man* in Portland, and he didn't want that role. Therefore, his attitude stunk, the fans got on him, the media got on him, his legal missteps became more fodder for the media, and it was just downhill from there. Whitsett didn't want to admit a mistake, so it was always going to be better "next season". Rasheed poisoned the locker room, and finally the new GM and president decided to clean house. They traded him which improved morale and fan attitude immensely.

I'm sure Rasheed feels he has a new lease on life, and I'm sure Portland feels they are better off with who they got in return.

Gravatar Image3 - Tom -

Rasheed was a real ass when he played in Portland, but I don't think the term underachieving applies. He was pretty much the same monster player he is now. Why do you think they took so long to get rid of him ?

Gravatar Image4 - Tom,

Dunno if you're aware but your blog takes forever ( and a day ) to load. I enjoy visiting and reading your stuff.


Dan

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