When I woke up this morning I thought I’d missed the basketball playoffs. I start clicking around the usual sports websites and the Knicks are plastered all over every front page as if they’d won the NBA title. Why were they all over the place? Well, they beat the Magic. In OT. Carmelo had 39. The win ended a six game losing streak during which the Knicks lost to such dignitaries as the Pistons and Bobcats. It bumped the Knicks to 2-8 in their last 10, and kept them firmly entrenched as the 7th seed in the East. Now, I know it is a very slow couple of days for sports, but is this really a big deal? Because Melo called it must-win?
It seems to be a big deal for Knicks fans. I have to admit to going on Facebook to make this point, but so be it. I saw multiple Melo-gasms all over the internet last night. MELO!!!! KNICKS BABY!!! How basketball starved is this fan base? I give Sixers fans credit at least for knowing the team is still garbage. They beat the Bulls last night. Thaddeus Young rained down 21 points, but no national attention. I guess I’m just saying it must be nice to be a Knicks fan. It must be nice to be so easily stimulated. We’re counting down the last dozen games or so before you get throttled in the 1st round, and you’re getting excited about breaking a six-game skid and staying 4.5 in front of those aforementioned Bobcats.
I have to admit I’m getting lured in by all the promotion for Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’12: The Masters. Sometimes I like to play it all high and mighty with video games and state that I haven’t owned a system since original Nintendo. That’s true, but it is also very misleading. Video game addiction is like anything else. I’m still the same guy who spent most of my 1st year at college playing Bond. Hell, a couple of years back I got re-addicted to Baseball Stars, playing an emulator on my computer. It’s always there under the surface. This Masters video game is very tempting. I don’t think I’ve played a PGA Tour game since about ’02, but we’re talking about digital Augusta National here. It’s good that I don’t own a system, because you could probably kiss the next month of my life goodbye. That said, if anyone has this game and wants to invite me over for like, a weekend, I’m open.
Couple of quick NFL notes. First, Titans owner Bud Adams guaranteed they’d be playing games in 2011. Season will go on as scheduled, stop worrying about it, folks. This is either a refreshing burst of optimism, or an indication that Bud Adams has lost his damn mind and is speaking out of turn to try to comfort his ticket-holders. Who knows, but I have maintained all along that I think the two sides will agree before any games are lost so the only way I can frame this is to say, “hey look, now even the owners are agreeing with me.”
The other thing I wanted to bring up is moving a bit under the radar. As the draft nears it feels like Cam Newton is being slowly picked apart by people who appear to have an agenda. This isn’t about where Newton should go in the draft, but more about how many people there are out there that seem to genuinely dislike Cam Newton. The latest blast comes from a Pro Football Weekly draft guide. In the analysis of Newton, writer Nolan Nowrocki goes off the field for some of Newton’s negatives. He calls him selfish, fake, a poor leader, not dependable. It goes on for a while. Not singling out this one guy’s intentions, but in general it seems like people are saying, forget this guy as a player, I don’t like him as an individual. Now, that certainly has a part in the draft process. If someone is a bad guy, he’s a bad guy, but I wonder how much Newton’s background at Florida and then his transfer to Auburn are playing a part here. Is some of the criticism due to the fact that people think Newton didn’t really play by the rules in college? I think by the time the draft rolls around Newton is going to be considered a risk to take with a top pick and then he’ll either be judged as a bust or a steal who fell because of trumped up concerns.
Quiz of the Day: Phillies All-Stars 1980-Present. Category: Unnecessary Knowledge. My Score: 73/77.
Joe Cowley….not on the list. Some real shockers, though. So, a humorous guess could take you a long way.