We Hardly Knew Ye

May 19, 2008 at 8:24 am | Posted in Basketball, Ed Geth, Lates Links | Leave a comment

see ya

Good luck wherever you decide to go.  I’ll be listening to Tiffany all day.

NEWS FLASH

May 16, 2008 at 8:11 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | Leave a comment
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Breaking news from the News & Observer!:

UNC coach Roy Williams expects it will be close to the June 16 deadline before Danny Green, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington decide whether to enter the draft or return to UNC.

Oh. Actually, there is no news about Wayne, Tywon, or Danny. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round.

F*ck inter-league baseball.

Greater Execptations

May 15, 2008 at 8:52 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | 3 Comments
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J.P. Giglio posts a preview of Carolina gridiron:

Butch Davis didn’t make a lot of friends in his first season by angling a raise out of a four-win season but he made a lot of money. Davis’ job is as far from danger as possible but there is pressure to prove he’s worth the $2 million-plus salary.

What kind of pressure? What are the expectations?

The Heels also avoid what could be the top three teams in the Atlantic Division so the schedule sets up for Davis to make a big improvement, at least to 7-5. If not, the Rams Club should ask for a refund.

On one hand, this seems reasonable to me. With 18 returning starters and a favorable league schedule a bowl run seems like a real possibility for this team. On the other hand (left), this team won 4 games last season. All of those were at home. In fact, North Carolina gridiron has not won a game outside of North Carolina since October 6th, 2002 (Arizona State). I don’t care how much Butch Davis makes, even Vince Lombardi would need more than two years to turn around the program. If his salary is going to be mentioned and held against him after two seasons (never mind a May preview of his second season) than why bother with trying to build (not rebuild) a program?

We have to be fair about the 2008 season. We have questions at QB and in the secondary. The first four games are brutal and with bad luck we could be 1-5 heading to Charlottesville. If we are, I sure hope fans don’t start asking if he is worth the money. That can’t necessarily be decided this season.

No news about Wayne, Tywon, or Danny. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round.

What school would Tommy turn down? A few Yank footballers have decisions. Stat-heads applying to be Manager. Yank twat > Uzbekistan mobster.

Auto Text Blogging Is Fun

May 14, 2008 at 8:48 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | Leave a comment
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No news about Wayne, Tywon, or Danny. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round.

Boston cheating again? I fear for my sanity when I agree with Tom Brady. I really think women’s tennis should consider this. Joe Morgan is back! Why did the Dodgers ever fire this guy to hire Ned Colletti? We could be good. If you were wondering how Baseball Prospectus has been nailing projections, check out this free breakdown of Raffy Furcal. Variables…what variables?

Ping Not My Thing

May 13, 2008 at 8:59 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | Leave a comment
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Not much news that I could find this morning. Most of you probably know that Carolina has a very very good baseball team. The conference tournament is 10 days away and it is a great time for those who love the sport. I understand that aluminum bats are a necessary evil, but I just can’t watch the sport. Good luck to the Heels though!

Elsewhwhere, there is no news about Wayne, Tywon, or Danny. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round.

Gary Williams not sweating this?  No more time this morning. . .

Random Nuggets

May 12, 2008 at 8:53 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | Leave a comment
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Some discussion of the ACC going to 18 games is always going to be had around this time of year. I’d be in favor, but I’d also be in favor of kicking out Miami and Boston College so we can play a 14 game conference schedule instead. Neither seems likely to happen. It is hilarious that some think more league games will help the league get more teams into the tourney. Lennox Rawlings has no idea what will happen with Green, Lawson, and Ellington. Will Tywon learn from AI? Draft Express has posted a camp preview. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round.

David Glenn has a brief preview of the upcoming gridiron season. If only we could switch some early games with some late ones. I have a feeling we will be much better in October than we are in August.

What is going on in the NBA Conference semifinals? The average point differential is ridiculous with home teams now 14-1 in this round. I was pretty much joking about a Pistons-Sp*rs final all season, but with the Lakers and Celtics showing some vulnerabilty…it could happen. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about flopping being even worse this season. Some have unfortunately even blamed football and the foreigners. I don’t watch enough of the league to say for sure, but it does not seem to be any worse than I recall. Players like Varejao, Ginobli, Okur, and Oberto are easy targets for those who claim the game is changing for the worse. People just seem to have forgotten Laimbeer, McHale, Stockton, and Rodman. It doesn’t seem any different to me. Besides if we want to put blame somewhere, maybe we should consider that Coach K is now in charge of the national team.

The Arsenal finished third. Overall it was a very respectable season from the Gunners. Of course, it is always easy to look back over 38 games and see where you could have easily made up ground, but 83 points was far more than most expected. Many were claiming Arsenal had fallen before the season and many will write that it has happened again this summer. Flamini has already left and now Alex Hleb is rumored to be leaving too. I think Arsene went into this season with a lot more questions than he has now. Many players have shown their class and others have shown their lack of class. If Eboue is still first choice at right half next season, I’ll be concerned. That said, I think a lot of people don’t give enough consideration to Arsenal’s massive debt. Now, remember this is the good kind of debt. We could have been bought by a yank tw*t who brought tons of his own debt to the club. Granted that resulted in a title both of the last two seasons, but it remains to be seen how that will play out long term. We could have been bought by a Russian mobster too and who knows if his boredom will result in bankruptcy. I expect the calls for more money and signings might lead some to buy the bollocks that Dein and Usmanov are spouting, but even if it means we’ll be behind Chelski and United, I’d prefer that Arsenal keep their current board and manager. The criticisms of Arsene are almost entirely down to his lack of spending, but we don’t really know how much he has to spend. I find it silly that some claim he has no interest in English players or big names. Obviously, he just doesn’t have the money for them. The less the club spends, the faster the massive stadium debt can be paid back and thus Arsenal’s financial position improved. He took this team to within four points of the last season’s champions and they bought Haergraves, Nani, Anderson, and Tevez. We drew with relegated Birmingham twice and in both games we were incredibly unlucky (bs penalty, Eduard injury, bs offsides). If I believed in karma. . .well . . . f*ck off to the coke league Martin Taylor. Anyway, I’m not saying we were better than United as we were not. I’m saying Arsene has us on the right track and he deserves our trust. If he does have money he’ll buy Ricardo Quaresma, Ashley Young, and Micah Richards. It is most likely though that he’ll find another Bacary Sagna type for much much less. Congrats to United…the c*nts.

Andruw Jones says f*ck off to the fans. Meh. A very classy athletic program. More sport? Til tomorrow.

Captain Obvious: Caulton Tudor

May 5, 2008 at 8:54 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | Leave a comment
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There has to be a better article to write. Was the N&O really requesting a hypothetical 2009 ACC basketball preview? No news about Wayne, Tywon, or Danny. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round.

Anthony Macri has an interesting read on how difficult stopping the nut puncher will be for San Antonio. Fred Lewis is better than Barry? Cards for real? Premiership recaps are here. United can win the title this afternoon if Newcastle defeat Chelsea. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid win their titles, Lyon and Inter must wait a bit. The joy of Cesc? This was for Jackie.

I am just not sure horse racing should be allowed. Perhaps an over-reaction, though.

OK. Hugo the Hornet gets his. I recognize that Hugo was not named after the Hurricane that hit Charlotte but I can’t believe they kept the name and that he is still the mascot for the New Orleans Hornets? I’m going to have to take the week off now.

A quick Thursday Morning Poll

May 1, 2008 at 8:55 am | Posted in Ed Geth | 3 Comments

When you hear the name “Socceroos” do you think of kangaroos or Underoos?

Me too.

I guess vote in the comments section.

Last Blog Til Next Week

May 1, 2008 at 8:49 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment
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No news about Wayne, Tywon, or Danny. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round. Did Roy endorse Obama? It was really more of a prediction than an endorsement. We at JMP are endorsing him though. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday or even better, vote this week as there are three days left of early voting!

Roy should call up Paulie P and tell him to cut this out. All Twat English Cash Final. Go OBAMA!

Larry Brown Returns

April 30, 2008 at 8:45 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel, Lates Links | 8 Comments
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I could blog daily about what NBA draft experts are saying about our boys, but basically you already know. All three have a legitimate shot at being drafted in the first round. All three have a legitimate risk of not being drafted in the first round. Perhaps I’ll just post those two sentences every day. Anyway, the big news this morning is that Larry Brown has accepted the Charlotte Bobcats job. This franchise is in serious trouble. Designing terrible television deals, insulting the local business community, hiring inexperienced coaches and general managers, and arrogantly expecting a city to support a league that has caused nothing but grief are mistakes that may not be forgiven. I do think this is a good hire, but it is probably too late. I have been unable to fall in love with the Bobbycats, but I am still hoping they can turn it around. Blue uniforms, changing Charlotte to Carolina, and trading Adam Morrison for $37 would be a great start. At least wait until Tywon decides, Bobby.

I taped this but have yet to watch? HBO never contacted me?  The Dodgers are going to the World Series. Maybe they just need a new GM? Turns out that it isn’t 2001 and trading for Shaq and Jason Kidd is not really a good idea. Who knew? (besides us) Congrats to Manure and now we must hope that the Scousers win. Trade him! A very bad idea.

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