Tell me you read about LeBron James and his thoughts on contraction this week. LeBron dropped another gem on us all with his, " I had no idea what the word ‘contraction’ meant before I saw it on the Internet". How did LeBron possibly tell people that Ms. LeBron was about to give birth to his children?
"Doc, this is LeBron. Something wrong with my girl, man. I think she going into con...vulsions?"
Speaking of LeBron, did you know Kanye was at "The Decision"? I found out this week and had a good laugh. It all makes perfect sense now.
LeBron: "I don't know if LeBron should do this Ye`. LeBron thinks it would hurt a lot of feelings in the Cleveland metropolitan area."I like to think that's exactly how it went down.
Kanye: "Do that shit."
*Kanye begins dancing maniacally and hitting the "Look at ya!" sample on his sound machine*
With the recent Suns-Magic trade, it's time for another update on Super Cool Beas. Beasley is averaging 22 ppg, 6 rpg on 48% FG and 44% 3P on the season. He has scored at least 25 points in a game seven times this month. He turns 22 years old in two weeks. The 34 million dollar man Amir Johnson is still chugging along in Toronto. He's played more than 25 minutes in a game eight times this month. 9 points, 6 boards a game and he's now losing minutes to first round pick Ed Davis. Money well spent. The Suns are in even worse shape. Since the trade for Marcin Gortat, Channing Frye has moved to PF, Hakim Warrick has moved to the bench. He hasn't hit 15 minutes in a game since the trade. 18 million bucks down the drain.
I've since lightened my stance on the roster overhaul Orlando underwent for a couple of reasons. First, I didn't expect Gilbert Arenas to openly welcome coming off the bench. After a brutal start, Gil has had some solid games. He initiates offense off the bench and has the versatility to close games out at SG. I also didn't realize that he was born in Tampa and had been trying to come to Orlando for years. Of course, the homecoming angle was played up for Vince Carter too. GM Otis Smith is more of a father figure to him, than an old friend from Golden State allegedly. I'm still not a huge fan of the deal, but I'm more hopeful than I was on the day of the trades. Turkoglu and Richardson have been coming on lately. Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson have played very well in Rashard Lewis' absence. JJ Redick has caught fire since the trade and Dwight has really locked down. He can focus on rebounding an defense now, because with a lineup of Howard-Bass-Turkoglu-Richardson-Nelson or Howard-Turkoglu-Richardson-Arenas-Nelson, he no longer has to get the offense going. Only now, he has the moves to do so when called on. It's still early, but I do like the way this team is playing and that's more than I could say a couple of weeks ago.
You mentioned Marvin Lewis calling out Chad and starting young guys a little too late. That's the theme of the Marvin Lewis era. Carlos Dunlap has 8 sacks in his last seven games. Imagine how many he'd have if he started getting regular playing time before Week 8. The Bengals as a team had all of six sacks after week 8. The defensive line had two of those. The team was 2-5. Why wasn't Dunlap playing earlier? Jerome Simpson had a great game against San Diego last week, the top ranked pass defense in the league. In the past two games, Simpson has had 8 catches. In the previous three seasons, he had 1 catch. Again, what was stopping him from seeing the field before? Bernard Scott has 30 touches in the last 4 games. We won two of those games. He had 36 touches combined in the previous 11 games. We won one of those games. Lewis' reluctance to play young guys with the season out of hand is beyond me. This isn't the first time it's happened but I hope it is the last. I appreciate Marvin Lewis stringing together some solid seasons and picking up a couple of division titles, but I hope this Sunday he coaches his last game as a Bengals head coach.
This Sunday also ends the T.O. era in Cincinnati. I must admit...I enjoyed it. The drops were (11 in 13 games), but that was to be expected. I saw a guy that still has something left. I saw a guy that would actively block for a 2-10 team. He correctly pointed out how all of the Bengals problems start at the top with owner Mike Brown and the team was allegedly threatening to deactivate him for the final three games of the season if he hadn't hurt himself. I can see TO popping up somewhere just year, but I couldn't imagine where. Oakland, maybe? The team has an option on Chad that I'd like to see them pick up and then trade him if the contract allows it. This team needs to start fresh. I'd love to get Kevin Kolb and dump Palmer, but the Eagles are reportedly looking for two first round picks for him. Good luck with that, Philly. With the way Carson has looked recently, I wouldn't be entirely opposed to bringing Palmer back next year and letting him play a full year with Simpson-Caldwell-Shipley-Gresham as his options. I'd still draft a QB early in the draft to let him sit for a year, but Palmer has showed he's not quite dead yet.
This week in extremely depressing pictures:
I'm with you on Greinke to the Brewers. I wanted Cincy to snag him and I hate that he's in the division, but I love that he went to a small market team that will appreciate him. I like what Milwaukee is doing. They have Prince Fielder for one more year and Greinke for two. They know that chance of Fielder re-signing in Milwaukee is between 0 and 0, so why not go for it all this year? The Cardinals and Reds haven't gotten that much better this offseason. Greinke and Yovani Gallardo at the top of the rotation. Weeks, Hart, Braun, McGehee and Fielder in a contract year scoring runs. A city that will show their love for a good team. Milwaukee could do big things this year.
Atlanta over Carolina- Atlanta had so, so many chances to win that Saints game and couldn't do it. They'll destroy the Panthers here, but that has to be disheartening for them heading into the playoffs.
Steelers over Browns- Doesn't seem like Pittsburgh has 12 wins. I knew they were having a good year but, as you mentioned, they haven't looked as good as expected since Roethlisberger came back.
Lions over Vikings- I enjoyed Joe Webb against the Eagles, but Detroit has won three in a row and Suh and company will make it a long day for Webb.
Chiefs over Raiders- At first, I thought the Chiefs would rest their guys with the division locked up but I believe they have a small chance at locking up a first round bye, if the Steelers stumble.
Dolphins over Patriots- The Dolphins are really good on the road. The Patriots have nothing to play for.
Buccaneers over Saints- I think the Saints will win, but I want the Bucs to win. Freeman, Blount and Williams are all heating up and I think they could be a tough out in the playoffs.
Bills over Jets- Jets have nothing to play for. The story about Rex Ryan and the video of his wife's feet cracked me up though.
Bengals over Ravens- Palmer has won 9 of his last 12 against Baltimore. I don't know what it is but he turns it up for Baltimore.
Broncos over Chargers- If San Diego couldn't get up to play Cincy last week with the playoffs on the line, I can't imagine Tebow will bring some effort out of them. Additional note: I would also endorse Kyle Orton as the 2011 Bengals quarterback.
Packers over Bears- Rodgers has really turned it on lately. Chicago is playing for a first round bye. This should be an outstanding game. If the NFL wanted to flex a game to primetime, this is the game. Not the Seahawks- Rams.
49ers over Cardinals- Not one Cardinals quarterback has a QB rating over 70, yet Larry Fitzgerald still cracked 1,000 yards. He'll hear none of Steve Smith or Woody Moss' complaints. By the way, I loved the link you sent to the Tennessee radio station. There is no doubt in my mind, that was Randy Moss' voice. None whatsoever.
Giants over Redskins- Do you realize Eli Manning is on pace for over 4,000 yards and 30+ touchdowns? He must be an elite quarterback! What's that you say? He's thrown 24 interceptions this year? Oh....nevermind then.
Jaguars over Texans- Feh. The Jags had a chance to end the Colts reign and gave it up.
Rams over Seahawks- Even that loud Seattle crowd can't help Charlie Whitehurst pretend to know what he' doing out there.