This blog entry says it all. I find it hard to contain my frustration. Every team for which I cheer has a long history of strong wills and heart. It’s what I look for when deciding whom to support. Newcastle have that kind of history, but the present is different.
You can try to tell me that it’s injuries or poor defense or lack of distributing midfielders or whatever in an effort to analyze the problem with the hair-pies, but let’s be honest. Failing to get three points from Derby in two games and allowing Titus Bramble of all people to show you up, that’s just mysterious. There’s no logic there. No way to wrap your head around it.
If I were actually a geordie, I might have sawed off an appendage by now. Just out of sheer frustration. And it is masochism that has me coming back over and over again to watch the Keystone Kops picture that is a Newcastle match.
On the bright side, maybe we could get a new star lineperson out of this.
“Offensively, I’m really not that concerned cause I think we did some nice things offensively, the ball just didn’t go in the basket for us. Our defense, it was atrocious. It was bad, so hopefully during this time period with the extra practice time and the extra gym time, we can get a little bit better, a little bit more focused. Get a little more focused is the best way to put it.
Roy is right. With all due respect to the Colonels, that was not a good basketball team that put up 78 on us. That such a small team could get inside on us so easily is absurd. Layups and threes accounted for all but 5 of their baskets and many of those threes were on kick outs. Even worse, they outrebounded us on the defensive boards. Unbelievable, really. Nicholls State also had more guys play 20 minutes than we did. Maybe I’m making too much of this, but we won’t be cutting down nets if we don’t improve our perimeter defense. This season if penetration is allowed there is no Wright or Terry to clean up. You can’t play well every night but consider me concerned.
UC Santa Barbara is next on Saturday afternoon and they can play a bit, shooting 42% from behind the arc. I’m guessing they’ll have seen all of those open threes and obviously that is their best shot. Tar Heel fan is much calmer.
There is too much to link to at FJM. Just head over there and spend the next hour laughing.
Should I be happy about this?
I’m not sure if I’ll be blogging much between now and January 7. Just in case you don’t want to talk to family, here are some things to watch over the next week while you are not watching any
12-20 Duke-Pittsburgh ESPN, Hurricanes-Panthers FSN, Steelers-Rams NFLN, Lakers-Cavs TNT
12-21 Celtics-Bulls ESPN Davidson-N.C. State FSN
12-22 Arsenal-Tottenh*m Setanta, Liverpool-Pompey FSC, Georgetown-Memphis ESPN, UC Santa Barbara-North Carolina FSN, Texas-Michigan St. ESPN, Hurricanes-Lightening FSC, Cowboys-Panthers NFLN
12-23 Manchester United-Everton FSC, Inter Milan-AC Milan FSC, Blackburn-Chelsea FSC, Barcelona-Real Madrid GolTV, 13 NFL Games Fox/CBS/NBC, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest FSN,
12-24 Very sad day….Chargers-Broncos ESPN
12-25 Heat-Cavaliers ABC, Suns-Lakers ABC
12-26 Tottenh*m-Fulham Setanta, Sunderland-Manchester United Setanta, Portsmouth-Arsenal FSC, Hurricanes-Rangers FSN,
12-27 Nevada-North Carolina ESPN2,
It is Nicholls State tonight in Chapel Hill. The Colonels did beat New Orleans away, but their stats are not impressive. The tallest NS stater is 6’7″ so early passes inside should be the idea early on. Tyler is probable, but we won’t know for sure until Woody tells us. Jack Daly checks in with Deon Thompson. I think we share his disappointment, but perhaps he just needs a few more games. He’ll surely be a key player for us in March. There is little doubt that Danny is eyeing a starting role, but if he gets it that will have way more to do with Green’s impressive play than anything Deon has done. Robbi Pickeral says coaches of top teams have a dilemma. Poor top teams. Brian Toomes lists the five best moments of the season so far.
Always fun to beat the Maple Leafs.
Pyscho T will probably play on Wednesday. No word yet on the photographer’s knee. Adam Lucas has a new mailbag. In it there is some brief discussion of the assist-turnover problem and Adam points out what is most likely behind it. I’d also add that Brandan Wright was pretty much unstoppable after getting the ball within 8 feet and we don’t really have that anymore. Luke Winn follows up on Danny Green’s tough situation and does a much better job than Sean McDonough did during the Rutgers broadcast. I’ve got little to add except that I love Danny Green.
Sunt? I do not want this. Sanford’s Soccer Net has League Cup previews. It was pretty fun on second watching too. Not much time for blogging today.
That was one fabulous weekend. I didn’t even get hammered either. Carolina did look a bit rusty last night, but Rutgers was never going to beat this team. Easily, the best part of the night was Tywon Lawson returning to form. Roy was hyping him in the pre-season, but the early ankle injury had really slowed him a bit. With Lawson at full speed, the Heels secondary break was in full effect and Carolina could score pretty much whenever and however they wanted. Not so much for J.R Inman, whom, in 36 minutes scored half as many as Tyler did in 31. Most of those were after Smoove T left the game with a concussion. Roy was mad at the officials but I blame Gerald Henderson. This weekend, Tyler made it clear that he would not leave Carolina without a title. How about two? I do hope Tyler is not still in college in 2012 though. Big news from the Des Moines Register! No not the endorsement of Hillary and Johnny, but a huge signing! Next up for the Heels….an actual home game!
Huge win for the Canes on Saturday. It was not pretty but after the last week we’ll take it. Everyone has been criticized, but we are still five points clear of Florida. Without Commadore this team is forced to play Tanabe, who is just not good enough. I think we will get a puck moving blue liner to replace Hamilton and we’ll be legit threat come playoff time. It is only December.
MIAMI WINS. I’ll admit to jumping up and down when Greg Camarillo caught Cleo Lemon’s spiral and began sprinting for the end zone. Sad sentence there, I realize fully, but expectations can mean everything. By the time this was going on, I appreciated the tears. Sad and funny…the 2008 Miami Dolphins.
Showdown Sunday or whatever was intense, if not beautiful. I thought it was absolutely fantastic though. I didn’t think Arsenal had a title run in them and I am pretty surprised they are top through 17 games. I still think United are better, but Manure only have five competent defenders and red nose prefers cash cups. If the winning point total is 80, we can do it. Maybe. Here are highlights from the weekend.
I found myself wondering who won, so I looked it up.
Perhaps, some of the other members will have something for you today or tomorrow. We play Rutgers on Sunday night at 8 and I’ll have thoughts on that Monday. Until then, I’m busy with work and the newest member of the Carolina family. Go Heels!
I know… I’m as shocked as you are to learn that. Thankfully, WRAL has uncovered the cold hard facts: http://www.wral.com/sports/flash/2158465.
A quick note: the majority of those polled across the Triangle region were Democrats (or Other); so yes, Democrats make up the bulk of fans for all teams in this poll. However, with that in mind, Dook and State garnered 60% of the total Republican support. Dook’s actual numbers are just outside the margin of error to be deadlocked between their party allegiances.
15% Other (presumably Libertarians or members of the Illuminati)
17% Other (influential anti-corporation authors, Nobel Prize winners, etc.)