Friday, February 29, 2008

Shaq Under A Double Lensed Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

Here's a double dose of that funky stuff:

February 26, 2008

Phoenix Suns 127
Memphis Grizzlies 113

Games Shaq played in: 4 out of 8
Record with Shaq: 2-2
Record without Shaq: 3-1

February 27, 2008

Phoenix Suns 103
New Orleans Hornets 120

Games Shaq played in: 5 out of 9
Record with Shaq: 2-3
Record without Shaq: 3-1

This ongoing feature chronicles the Phoenix Suns' journey after they traded for Shaq.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

An American Exodus

posted by MoneyMouth

Since most of you are continuing to ignore soccer, I feel a special responsibility to keep you updated on how soccer is shaping up here in the United States. You can call me a guru if you like, but I prefer prophet. So please, listen up, because you'll be linking to this post for years to come.

I've been very frank about the fact that soccer in the United States will never compete in popularity with the NFL, MLB, and NBA until the U.S. National team is able to make it to the semi-finals of a World Cup. A strong World Cup showing will increase interest and transfer over to interest in the MLS. This trend, however, cannot go the either way. Even if the MLS (Major League Soccer) continues to sign popular stars at the end of their careers like David Beckham, their gains will still be relatively small for the popularity of the sport as a whole here in the States. Sure, Beckham is fun to watch, but the guy is on his way out.

In fact, the MLS needs to worry about possibly becoming a retirement league as more of these soccer superstars see the MLS as a lower level league that will still allow them to compete in a way that will preserve their legendary status even as they play with lower talent. Imagine if Emmitt Smith hadn't signed with the Cardinals for those last two years and instead played in the CFL. He might have been able to tear it up for another year or two and spared himself some pity and embarrassment. The only difference is that the MLS receives much more attention and support than the CFL ever could.

But back to the main point: U.S. soccer needs a strong showing in the World Cup if it ever wants to be seen as a major sport here in the United States. Right now, that doesn't exactly look likely for the next World Cup in 2010. But then again, it doesn't exactly look like it's impossible either. We are currently seeing a continuing number of MLS soccer players making the move over teams in the various European leagues where the level of talent is much higher. The latest move was Eddie Johnson from the KC Wizards who signed with Fulham which is in the English Premier League, with news that Brad Guzan of Chivas USA might not be far behind, although a strange Premier League rule kept him from signing this month with Glaslow Celtic. While this is bad for the MLS in that it is losing its strong young talent, this is good for the national team which Johnson and Guzan play for. As you can imagine, playing with better talent only makes you better, and the national team needs better talent if its going to make it into the bracket next Cup.

So cheer up, soccer fans. Your time might be coming in the next 6 or 10 years. Until then, you'll just have to endure watching the European teams steal all the home grown talent and the MLS picking up their leftovers. Hope you can wait!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

Blowout. 'Nuff Said.

Phoenix Suns 86
Detroit Pistons 116

Games Shaq played in: 3 out of 7

Record with Shaq: 1-2

Record without Shaq: 3-1
This ongoing feature chronicles the Phoenix Suns' journey after they traded for Shaq.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I Love Me Some Cons

posted by IntrinsicBent

Converse turns 100 this year. That's great Intrinsic, you say............nice way to go all fashion runway on us..............................

No company has had the impact on sports and fashion the way Converse has.

Not Levi's, cuz there's no denim sports.

Nike has changed things and had a tremendous impact but are veritable babes in the biz compared to Converse since they have only existed since 1964 (when they were called Blue Ribbon Sports). They (Nike) own the sports world now via team, player, and coach sponsorship and endorsement. Ironically, they now also own Converse.

But Converse created the shoe category that came to be known as tennis shoes and now are commonly referred to as sneakers.

Founder Marquis Converse got into the rubber soled shoe making business originally to aid people in America's northeast in their struggle against winter's wet and cold.

In 1915 they made their first canvas shoe. In 1917 they introduced a high topped model they called All Star in order to go after the burgeoning tennis and basketball business.
In 1918, pro basketball player Chuck Taylor tried on his first pair of Cons and 3 years later found himself working for Converse as maybe the very first athlete spokesperson. His name was put on all All Star model shoes he had helped refine in the 1930's. Chuck Taylors, or "Chucks" as they have become known proved harder than a cockroach to kill over the years in their popularity.

When World War II came along, Converse shifted their production to begin making rubber soled flight boots while continuing to sell All Stars to the military for basic training use.

The psychedelic 60's found Converse offering 6 color choices in high tops and a new low top version.

In the '70's they introduced an All Star in a low top that featured suede leather that later came back in the late '90's and 2000's styling of what became known as skater shoes for skate boarders and other adrenaline junkie sports fans and punk rock lovers alike.

Converse have been made in all types of prints and materials, and have even been made in stack styled super thick soles.

Happy birthday Converse, from the many generations that have loved your shoes!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

The Suns get their first win in the Shaq era.

Phoenix Suns 85
Boston Celtics 77

Games played: 2 out of 6
Record with Shaq: 1-1
Record without Shaq: 3-1

More Beef With Scott Boras

posted by MoneyMouth

When Gary Sheffield opens his mouth, I celebrate.  Sheffield certainly isn't shy about speaking his mind, even when it comes to legal matters that he is supposed to keep his mouth shut on.  Currently, Scott Boras is going after money he feels he deserves from Gary Sheffield's three year, $39 million deal that he signed back in 2003 with the Yankees.

Gary Sheffield's response: he's a "bad person."

While Sheffield cracks me up and I usually don't side with the dude, in this case, I'm just happy to hear another player speaking out against Scott Boras.  Sheffield had fired Boras as his agent in 2003 and then negotiated his own contract with the Yankees.  Boras is seeking %5 of that $39 million.  

Even better is that Sheffield is promising to say a lot more when this case is finally put to rest. quotes him as saying that when this is all settled,

"It's going to be the ugliest thing you've ever seen because certain people you don't mess with, and I guarantee you, I'm one of them."

Well played, Sheff.  I'll start pitching this cage match to the WWE for you, but I better get my commission.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

Results of last night's matchup against the Lakers which included the first game by Shaq since his trade to the Suns.

Phoenix Suns 124
Los Angeles Lakers 130

Games played: 1 out of 5

Record with Shaq: 0 for 1

Record without Shaq: 3-1

Cleveland Makes Huge Move, Will it Help?

posted by BiCoastal Bias

In case you haven't heard, the Cavs pulled off an 11 man trade involving the Bulls and Sonics today. This might be reactionary, but the MLB's trading deadline has nothing on the NBA's. There are no MLB trades that will change a team's entire on the field persona like this one has.

I can see why the Cavs made this move. We've known for years that they needed to get some help for Lebron, and apparently the contracts they are acquiring will give them a lot of flexibility in 2010, coinciding with Lebron's next chance at free agency.

But on the other hand, can you imagine these four players putting Lebron's crew over the top? Wally Szczerbiak, Ben Wallace, Delonte West, and Joe Smith. The Cavs give up Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes, the two starters they probably would've most loved to dump, and a couple more role players : Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble.

Will any of these guys solve Cleveland's problems? I doubt it. Not this season, anyway. James will benefit from the addition of Szczerbiak on the perimeter, that's the one piece of immediate progress we can expect to see. And yeah, Wallace is a great defender. But Cleveland's problems stem from the fact that they have NO offensive movement, and they've added Wallace who has been an absolute liability on the offensive end as his career has turned downward.

What they needed was a proven point guard. So who is the key to this trade? Delonte West, believe it or not. Can he become the point guard that he failed to become with Boston and Seattle? It's not going to happen this season. And since trade deadline deals are supposed to help you in the current stretch, this deal ends up looking pretty so-so from Lebron James' perspective.

But for Cleveland fans, at least this deal makes the rest of the season interesting. You knew what the old cast was capable of - and what they were definitely incapable of. With this deal, who knows what will happen, who knows what the on-court action will even look like in the near future. And for that alone, this deal was worth making.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Steve Nash Might Buy the Spurs

posted by MoneyMouth

Just to freak you out a little bit more, here’s a quote from Steve Nash that was in the Guardian:

"I'm completely behind the group that's there now and I love what's going on at Spurs at the moment.”

Most of you (especially you Zonies) are freaking out right now and tearing your clothes at my blasphemous remarks. You are probably saying things like, “How can Nash buy the Spurs? Is he going to retire?” Some of you are taking more proactive approaches and emailing my partners with complaints and requesting my immediate dismissal. So before you get busted by your boss for abusing the company’s email policy I should let you know that he’s interested in the Spurs of the English Premier Soccer League.

That’s right, another soccer post. I’m trying to slowly convince you Frappe readers that soccer is a pretty big deal, even if it hasn’t fully caught on here in the United States.

Since most of you have already stopped reading, I’ll just complete this post letting you know that Steve Nash isn’t interested in getting financially involved with the Spurs to turn a profit, but because he’s apparently a big time fan and simply wants to help them succeed in the future. But don’t expect him to be dropping any bills in the immediate future; Nash says that this move will have to wait until he is done with his basketball career.

Hank Steinbrenner Points Fingers

posted by MoneyMouth

Now that Andy Pettitte has come out and officially told reporters and congress that he used HGH in 2002 and 2004, Hank Steinbrenner is doing everything he can to get the attention off of the Yankees and onto anyone within reach. According to, Hank Steinbrenner came out yesterday saying that the NFL has a bigger problem with performance-enhancing drugs than baseball does. He also claims that the NBA kicked sand from the sandbox in his face first.

Okay, so maybe he didn't say the second half of that, but he is insisting that the MLB is being picked on and that the problems they are dealing with are minor in comparison to what would happen if the NFL and the NBA were placed under a similar microscope. Too bad Steinbrenner's only proof is based on how "big and fast" these players are from the NFL and NBA. Really, Steinbrenner? Is that your startling proof?

If we've learned anything from this ugly investigation into Baseball's dark past, it's that anyone--and I do mean anyone--could be taking steroids or HGH regardless of their size and speed. In fact some of the most unlikely suspects have been those that have fessed up to using performance-enhancing drugs while those we point our fingers at first often come up relatively clean. Just because your big and fast doesn't mean that you are guilty of taking steroids or HGH; just ask Frank Thomas or Chone Figgins.

Hank Steinbrenner's comments can simply be chalked up as diversion tactics, and I refuse to be tricked into looking away as the Yankee's try to clean up the clubhouse and preserve the integrity of their championships of the late 90's. Steinbrenner knows that somewhere along the line this is going to bring some questions regarding their knowledge of their players' use of these performance-enhancing drugs and how legitimate those 4 championships actually were.

So keep on pointing, Steinbrenner. There's not a chance I'm going to miss this one.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Is This What Spring Training Is Like?

posted by MoneyMouth

The Phillies pulled a pretty nasty prank on Kyle Kendrick today when they convinced him that he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants. Not only did the manager hand Kendrick the news, but they held a staged press conference to keep that gag going for a bit longer. Check it out:

Too bad Kendrick doesn't read the Sports Frappe, or he would have known that the player he was traded for is actually the former hot dog eating contest champion.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Andruw Jones At Loggerheads With Agent Boras

posted by IntrinsicBent

The LA Times reported that new Dodger Andruw Jones seems to be disagreeing with the philosophy and statements recently made by his superagent Scott Boras.

Boras has noted that Jones' short term contract with the Dodgers would allow Jones to quickly get back into the free agent market (which is of course a ka-ching for Boras).

Jones is saying not so fast, that he wants to avoid that and will discuss an extension any time.

This is the lastest blip for Scott Boras who recently lost MLB clients Kenny Rogers and Alex Rodriguez due to differing opinions on details of their career.

Don't cry for Boras though as he still has a large bevy of current stars and more importantly, likely future superstars.

Sports Douche Of The Week

posted by Knowledge Droppings

Knowledge Droppings back again with one of your favorite Frappe segments.

Today's recipient goes to none other than our very own IntrinsicBent. Did you read this post? How do you break a promise to yourself a month and a half in? Nice resolve old prefer "Old Skool" don't you?

To further my point, our blog header says "A Forty Something Midwest Raised Air Force Brat Professional Living In SoCal For The Past Twenty Years." One, I think it's much older than "forty something", and Two, you can't make it more than 6 weeks? Nice integrity.

This award has nothing to do with the fact that Intrinsic basically railroaded me by getting the other "geniuses" to agree that I wasn't pulling my weight and now I have to work from home. It's hard submitting posts now because my parents don't have internet and I have to post from the library. I'm not sure this title (Douche) will even make it past the library's filter.

Anyway Intrinsic, step up. I'm giving you uncalled credit just by leaving "sports" in the title. "Big" would have been more appropriate.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Are You Kidding Me?

posted by IntrinsicBent

I feel like Pacino in Godfather III when he uttered the classic line "Just when I think I'm out.....they pull me back in."

One of my goals for 2008 is going out the window in this post. I promised myself I would not get involved in writing about Roger Clemens this year or his (alleged) Performance Enhancing Drug circus that BiCoastal so brilliantly already commented on.

But then I read this article and just had to bust out my Big Chief Tablet and give you the goods.

The article talks about the likelihood of President Bush pardoning Clemens before this debacle (I didn't say he GOT debacled Emmitt fans) ends. You can read the article, but it mentions that GHW Bush (#41) has been boys with Clemens for a while. He tracked down Roger in a duck blind (how embarassing) and wished him well on the hearings.

The article goes on to point out the clear delineation by political party of the way Clemens was handled in this week's congressional hearings. The reporting of Clemens going on what amounted to a barnstorming circuit from Congressional office to Congressional office trying to obviously curry favor disgusted me. It begged the question "How geeked should an elected official get over an autograph?"

I'm going to skip the obvious questions which ask about a war going on, poverty, tanking economy etcetera.

The first thing I thought of when I saw the headline was the race card. I'm not waiting for someone else to play it either. I'm going all in. If this is true, how can you sit back and let Marion Jones take a sentence where she'll be separated from her kids? If Clemens were to be pardoned, then explain to me the dogged pursuit of Barry Bonds? Don't get me wrong, I don't disagree with that dogged pursuit, but if Caucasian Roger Clemens gets a pass but Jones and Bonds don't, isn't that a gross inequity?

Sure it is, with a glaring racial obviousness. It's like hating Osama Bin Laden the terrorist but being ok with Timothy McVeigh's terrorist actions.

If a widespread pardon is planned, how do you ever get the genie back in the bottle? Maybe we should just pardon, accept, and move on. Oh wait, that hasn't been mentioned as an option. Right now we have to be transfixed on the bat barrel chucking medical wonder.

Two things that I know:

1) Spring training will slightly soften the focus on this crap.

2) Some day George W. Bush (#43) will in fact be Major League Baseball's Commissioner.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

All Star Weekend - Enjoy The Break

Phoenix Suns 109
Dallas Mavericks 97

Games played: 0 out of 4
Record with Shaq: 0 for 0
Record without Shaq: 3-1

Sporting News is Not Televised by CSPAN

posted by BiCoastal Bias

If it happens in D.C., then it isn't a sporting event (yes, this applies to you as well, Nationals). The only affect these Roger Clemens hearings will have on the sporting world is whether or not he ends up in the Hall of Fame. And does Congress decide that? No. The affect will be indirect at best.

Here's a better solution to this little Clemens debacle - let's have all of the baseball hall of fame voters get together and have a purely baseball hearing pertaining to Clemens's level of guilt. These are the guys whose opinions really count when it comes to the sporting world. Then, they can make their own educated decision over the next five years, when Roger's time on the ballot comes up.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Devean George Puts Mavs Trade For Kidd In Check

posted by IntrinsicBent

The NBA's Western Conference gets more interesting almost every day now. And if you ask me, more nutty. That's a word I'm bringing back so jump on board.

Seriously though, I hate to repeat myself, but every since Mitch Kupchak tossed the Jerry Dust on the Memphis Grizz things have been............well, nutty.

It seems that teams that thought they were previously on the championship ring bubble, now think that in order to stay relevant they need to trade for a future hall of famer that is behind the power curve of their careers.

Today's reported trade (brought to you by Metamucil), went as follows:

Dallas sent Devean George, Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, and Maurice Ager.

And thought they were receiving Jason Kidd, Malik Allen, and Antoine Wright.

Instead George blocked the trade using his "Early Bird Rights" which previously was just a discount at IHOP, wasn't it?

Actually Yahoo! describes it as follows, "being on his second one-year deal, mainly gives him a chance to sign for more than the salary cap allows. However, he's unlikely to command that much anyway. Still, he's able to take advantage now of the veto power that's also part of those rights, as per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement."

Whatever. Mortgaging your future for a temporary quick term doesn't work. Ask all those sub prime lending institutions.

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Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

Back again and I know what's buggin' ya. You already think this Shaq Traq I started is lame and you hate yourself because like an addict you gotta have it. You have to check and see the number of games that Shaq does not play in add up.

You tell yourself that you just like the funny pictures, but we both know you are compelled with the fact that I am always right.

Here's today's dose, you junkie. All Star break is coming up. Maybe you can kick the habit.

Don't fool yourself.

Golden State Warriors - 120
Phoenix Suns - 118

When the Suns do have Shaq in tow (get it?), the Warriors will be the new Suns.

You read it here first.

Games played: 0 out of 3
Record with Shaq: 0 for 0
Record without Shaq: 2-1

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Next Governor Of California?

posted by IntrinsicBent

This 19 year old is an amazing guy. Hailing from Phagwara India, Aditya 'Romeo' Dev who weighs a mere 20 pounds works out with specially made 4 pound dumbells.

He has become a local celebrity and says he has been working out as a body builder for two years, and feels that he is now the strongest dwarf in the area.

Romeo is not a one trick pony as he also aerobicizes and performs dance on stage.

Watch out Ahnuld, your days may be numbered.

The Girl Can Dunk

posted by MoneyMouth

Your's truly has been fairly critical of women in basketball, especially when they've tried to play above the rim. So I'll be the first to announce that Brittney Griner, a 6'8" Junior in High School, has got game. This is what I call playing with authority (excuse the poor quality):

Yeah, I don't want to guard her either.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Miss South Carolina Redone

posted by IntrinsicBent

We've told you time and again that the Sports Frappe is not really your topical, flavor of the month/day, spewtal that just sends through everything sports including "Babes, beer, and scratching and spitting". So suffice it to say that we know that an aged ex pitcher and his scorned trainer are in the news every single day. But you can go anywhere and find that.

We act as sort of a relevance filter for our little Frappies.

That being said, I cannot figure out why I am still so amused by the Miss South Carolina U.S. American, not having maps thing. But I am.

I know it's old hat and sooo 2007, but maybe by sharing it I can let go of it.

Now what's really funny is watching the video of Miss South Carolina (1st video) and then listening to the song created by some other sick addict (2nd video) in that order.

I hope it brings you as much joy as it has brought me. Please don't email me asking why the dude from Saved By The Bell is in the original video or if Miss South Carolina is a giant because she towers over him. I don't have answers, sorry.

"They don't have maps, no they don't have maps."


And if you get called into your boss' office because you draw a congregation to your cubicle........leave the Sports Frappe out of it.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

The Big Aristotle did not play in tonight's game, but at least he gave his new teammates the big blessing of being on the bench. Phoenix Suns beat the Washington Wizards by one point 108-107.

The Shaq Miqroscope numbers after tonight are:
Games played: 0 out of 2

Record with Shaq: 0 for 0

Record without Shaq: 2-0

Popovich Wants To Adopt Fantasy Rules?

posted by IntrinsicBent

Many in the NBA have expressed opinion on the recent Lakers/Grizzlies trade where Pau Gasol went to the Lakers.

San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich stated:

"What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension," Popovich told "There should be a trade committee that can scratch all trades that make no sense. I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I would have voted no to the LA trade."

Now I wouldn't know about this first hand, but isn't Pop asking to institute Fantasy Sports rules? Don't they have veto rules and commissioner overrides in fantasy sports? I know Pop, why don't you throw everyone back into the pool and redraft every year too?

I hear fantasy geeks everywhere rejoicing that finally it looks like they are being taken seriously which only makes the matter worse. Now every geek with a fresh team name like "Anaheim Old Skoolers" will believe his inner discussion that always ends with "you totally could run a big league franchise" to be legitimized.

Someone tell Pop that you can't fight the Jerry Dust. If you don't know what that means, you haven't been keeping up with your Sports Frappe. That's just a shame.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Shaq Under A Microscope

posted by IntrinsicBent

I don't think Shaq and the Phoenix Suns should be allowed to get away with saying things that aren't true.

Shaq, The Big Aristotle, is using his big eraser to change the past. Remember when he said that Steve Nash winning the MVP honors twice tainted that award? Now he says he never said that. Miraculously, he now always thought Nash was awesome. I'm sure he has someone photoshopping pictures from the past taking out his uniforms from his Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat playing days, and replacing them with Suns uniforms.

The trade went down Wednesday. We'll scratch that day and the game played. We'll start with tonight's game when Shaq was in....................Florida.

Games played: 0 out of 1

Record with Shaq: 0 for 0

Record without Shaq: 1-0

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Texas Rangers Re-Sign Nolan Ryan

posted by IntrinsicBent

Yeah, it was a cheap grab, but it worked.

The Rangers did a wise thing and signed 61 year old Nolan Ryan as their new club President.

Good move!

How To Turn A Cheetah Into A Snail

posted by IntrinsicBent

I commented last night briefly on the rumor of Shaq being dealt to the Phoenix Suns. I begged Phoenix to do the trade for me.

I'd like to thank Steve Kerr for hearing my plea, and getting the job done. Hopefully he has another job lined up for next season. I'm sure the boys at TNT will take him back.

There is no way this deal makes sense. Someone slipped the Phoenix Suns a mickey and then redecorated the Suns office circa 1999. When the Suns came to, there was talk of the primaries for the impending election and how George Bush's son will never beat VP Al Gore. The perils of Y2K are also discussed as is the latest raging stock market filled with dot coms.

Then the perpetrator started talking about trading for Shaq and that Pat Riley was even helping move him. All they had to do was give them the rookie kid, Shawn Marion. Don't worry they say, after all it's not like they're asking for Rex Chapman. Everyone laughs.

They get the docs signed right before the Suns nod off again. When they awaken, they are shocked to find that it is not 1999 even though their head feels like they partied like it was. You know, 2000 zero zero party over oops out of time.

But the ink was dry, and the dye cast. They traded Shawn Marion, and some other dude for the 2008 Shaq!! How did this happen? Did Pat Riley toss Jerry Dust on them?

That's the only way that I can figure that the Suns would make such a bone head move.

They take a team that is run and gun and in one day turn it into a half court team.

This Yahoo! article is interesting. Shaq and Riles aren't feuding, Amare is stoked, Stevie Kerr knew what he was doing, Mike D'Antoni can't wait, yada yada yada. Do you notice that there's no quote from Steve Nash? Of course there's not! Nash has got to hate this move. It's an anti-Nash manuever, from a philosophical and personnel standpoint. And don't hand me that bag of mess that goes, "Everyone that plays with Nash gets numbers. Look what he did for Tim Thomas." Please.

Shaq has been hurt the majority of the season, was he just resting on company time because he got tired or disgruntled on company time?

The reality is that Marion and Amare didn't get along. The Suns weren't going to get a ring with their existing roster.........even before the Laker trade (scoreboard Kupchak again!). Marion forced the Suns hand with the preseason demand which put Steve Kerr between a rock......and another rock, right out of the Shaq leaving the Lakers playbook.

Welcome back to anonymity Phoenix. Just like when Charles Barkley was brought in to get Dan Maerle, KJ, and Coach Cotton into the big time.

Check and see who has Alvan Adams' rights.

Dan Patrick today already coined the very "fresh" moniker of "The Big Shaqtus" for Shaq since he is in the desert now.

This is going to be the best season ever.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Purple And Gold Goodness

posted by IntrinsicBent

My email inbox has been blowing up from all you little Frappies wanting to know what yours truly, the resident Sports Frappe Laker homer thought about the recent trade.

Like the commercial says ......."Brilliant!"

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak threw some Jerry (West) Dust on the Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace and said "Gimme Pasol." I mean really, isn't this the best Lakers rip of another team since they abused the Milwaukee Bucks and traded for/stole Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar)?

I love EVERYTHING about this trade. The best previous trade to impact this season was made by Danny Ainge, ex Celtic, when he with ex teammate and Timberwolves GM Kevin McHale for Kevin Garnett. Ex Laker player and current Gm Mitch Kupchak vs. Ex Celtic player and current GM Danny Ainge. Scoreboard Lakers!

Look closely at the details of this deal and you will squeal with delight along with me:

The Lakers gave up:

  • Rookie PG Javaris Crittenton - Best thing the Griz received - Will be a star someday

  • Kwame Brown - Largest expiring contract in the league

  • 1st Round Draft Pick in 2008 - A 20 something selection

  • 1st Round Draft Pick in 2010 - A 20 something selection

  • Philadelphia Coach Aaron McKie - Property of Lakers and sent to Memphis

  • Rights to Pau's Brother Marc - Lakers have rights to Marc after drafting him in 2nd round of 2007 draft

  • Cash considerations - Who knows what that means? Maybe they'll take future Lakers finals tickets and consider it cash?

The Lakers received:

  • Pau Gasol - 2002 Rookie Of The Year, All Star, 7 Footer with good hands, post up threat to complement the best young center in the NBA (Andrew Bynum).

  • The ability to dump Kwame Brown

  • 2nd Round Draft Pick 2010

  • 1-3 More Rings

Tonight Pau dropped 24 points and 14 rebounds in his first outing as a Laker.

Rumors had it today that the Heat may trade Shaquille O'Neal to the Suns for Shawn Marion, which is totally disrespectful to Marion. Please pull off this trade Phoenix, for me.

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and a solid bench............

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Monday, February 04, 2008

From The "Commentating Ain't Like Dancing" Department

posted by IntrinsicBent

Last night in ESPN's 9 hour post game "wish we had the big game" coverage I heard something that made me hit the record button on the old DVR.

ESPN commentator and rug cutter Emmitt Smith said, "But we always knew that the Patriots defense was one of the weakest links of the team. But what happened tonight, the strength of the Patriot team got debacled."


Don't you mean they got fallen aparted?


Coach Bob Knight: Quitter?

posted by IntrinsicBent

With 902 career wins and 10 games left still yet to be played this 2008 season, controversial and legendary Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight abruptly announced he was quitting and handing the reigns of the team over to his son, Pat Knight.

The announcement ended a storied career that stretched over 42 seasons. 29 of the seasons were at Indiana where he balanced success on the court and graduating players with fits of seeming rage, tossing chairs across the court, expletive filled tirade press conferences, and alleged player choking and son kicking events.

Tension and negative issues stacked themselves against Knight where all it took was for a coed on campus to address Coach Knight with a "Wattup Knight?" to send him over the edge and into a rage that led to his dismissal from his Indianic throne.

In 1976, his Indiana team went undefeated (eat that Patriots) on the way to his first NCAA championship. A feat which has not been duplicated since then. The undefeated part that is.

In 1984, he led the Olympic team to a gold medal.

Now, in his typical mysterious style, it seems the nuclear ball of almost drunk mean fire has simply.....dissipated. At least that's what his family and extended network of supporters would lead you to believe. It wouldn't surprise this internet reporter if he popped back to life like Mr. Smith in those Matrix movies though.

If he is done, I think somewhere Coach Woody Hayes is shedding a tear in losing an old skool coaching comrade, and then punching a player for making eye contact with him.

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Lessons Learned In Defeat

posted by MoneyMouth

Now that we can move beyond all this crazy talk about the Patriots being the best championship team of all time, let's take a few moments to focus on what we've learned from yesterday's Super Bowl upset. In no particular order:

1. Never underestimate the ability of the underdog.

This should be becoming more and more obvious to you sports fans, especially after last night's game. A lot of people thought I was rather crazy to be picking the Giants simply because the KSU Wildcats had upset the KU Jayhawks earlier in the week, but sometimes it takes a prophet to open the eyes of his people. The Giants proved yesterday that no matter how good the other team might be, the underdog always has a chance to win the game.

2. When you start talking about having a perfect season, you've already lost.

If Patriot Fans are looking for a scapegoat this morning and they can't bring themselves to blame Bill Belichick (see lesson three), then I suggest Ty Warren. Why would I suggest a defensive lineman who made 6 tackles (4 solo) and no blatant mistakes in the big game? Because he was the first Patriot to slip up and actually acknowledge that he was thinking about going 19 - 0. This only opened up the floodgates and allowed for several other players to make varying comments on the possible feat. When this happened, I knew that the Patriots had set themselves on a tragic path for failure.

Look, I don't care who you are or what sport you play, as soon as you acknowledge that going perfect is your goal, then winning the championship becomes secondary. We see it happen every year in college basketball, college football, and the NFL. The only way to be perfect is to refuse to be perfect. It's what we educated folk call a paradox.

3. Bill Belichick Isn't Perfect.

Remember after the half when the Patriots came out for their first offensive series? They received the kickoff and marched the ball 48 yards to the NY 31. On 4th and 13, they elected to go for it instead of attempting a 49 yard field goal. Tom Brady ended up throwing a pass out the corner of the end zone missing Gafney completely and turning the ball over on downs. This ended up being the longest time of possession the Patriots had the entire game and not to mention the first decent drive that the Patriots had had since their very first drive which ended in a touchdown.

I'm not one that is big on second guessing coaching decisions and analyzing particular play calls after the fact, but I just can't help to point out that going for a field goal instead of throwing a 40 yard pass on 4th down might have been a better option, especially when your kicker has made a 52 yarder during the regular season. While there is certainly no guarantee, especially from that distance, it just might have changed one of the most thrilling endings to a Super Bowl game that I've possibly ever seen (keeping in mind SB XXXIV was pretty remarkable) into the first overtime played in Super Bowl history and given the New England Patriots a chance to do the unthinkable: 19 - 0. Unfortunately, Bill Belichick had other ideas. I guess nobody's perfect.

Keep dreamin', Pats Fans. There is always next season.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Consistency In Defeat

posted by IntrinsicBent

You can go to any sports site on the web and find out the Giants did what seemed to be the impossible in derailing the train that was the Patriots along their destination to the country that inhabits undefeated season, playoffs, and Superbowl NFL teams.

The ecosystem of that country is way out of wack, cuz there's only Dolphins that live there.

What I want to discuss is the consistency that the Patriots showed with "accidental" poor sportsmanship.

I, like the rest of you, were bamboozled by what the Patriots pulled off this year. When QB Tom Brady got the ball in his hands with over 30 seconds in the game needing only 3 points to tie, or 4 points to win, I said to myself "Intrinsic, you know the Patriots have won this."

So I was shocked like the monkey in that Peter Gabriel song when they could not get it done.

But I was not shocked that Patriots Coach Bill Belichick bumrushed the field with a second left to "congratulate" Giants coach Tom Coughlin and then left that same field before he could watch Eli Manning take a knee, time run out, and the confetti cannons start thudding like a high school sophomore knocking on the door of his date's Dad house to pick her up.

You can't tell me the dude that went ref and challenged a play where the Giants had too many men on the field didn't know that the last second had to be played. And talk about played, he pwned poor Tom Coughlin by getting him to participate in it.

America's sweetheart and Patriots QB Tom Brady gets off no better, as the camera went straight from Eli downing the ball to kill the last second to Brady leading his posse out through the tunnel denying Eli Manning a classy congratulation in winning the big one.

Don't spend any time feeling bad for the New York Giants though, 'cuz they'll be busy relishing the fact that they are Superbowl Champs for a year and will not need any consoling after all they've overcome.

Tiki Barber should contact the Patriots to see if they are interested in him staging a comeback. His scene would play much better there with the Patriots' mindset than it would with his ex teammates that will now have heavier hands......from wearing the Superbowl ring.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tales From Phoenix

posted by Travellin' Frappian

Even if you lived in a cave, it only took a few steps into Phoenix' Sky Harbor Airport to realize that the desert town was about to host a very big football game.

Banners hang from anything hangable touting this weekend's Superbowl match between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. The lofty priced gift stores offer t-shirts, pennants, mugs, hats, and just about any other logoable item complete with either team's brand or the brand of the Superbowl.

A walk into the rental car pickup area in the rental car pavilion features convertible corvettes complete with window flags emblazoned with the big game's information on it. The lady in the booth on the way out tells me that they have rented all cars in the general area. Good thing I thought ahead and got mine.

My travels to Phoenix began Tuesday and ended with my departure Thursday before hotels tripled their price on very scarce rooms.

The Patriots won the unofficial fan gear representation going away. I can't really give you a percentage breakdown but fans with New England gear was about all I saw to a weak and barely trickling repping by Giants fans.

Sports talk radio was similar to what you could hear anywhere in the country where your favorite talk show hosts were at the site in Phoenix competing for time with athletes and celebrities that are there to either feel wanted again, or to pimp a product or cause.

Tony Gonzales was heard being interviewed talking about the Chiefs being just a few players away from getting to the playoffs. Good luck with that I think. Then he makes sure that I am aware that he is excited to be there with Edge shaving gel that comes in three different versions, all with alloy. Alloy I say? Awwwww, surely he meant aloe. And he came so close to me pulling the car over to grab a can at Walgreen just because he said so.

The most curious thing was that the local sports talking heads had this weird tic like quality of bending everything going on superbowl back to their Arizona Cardinals. Interviewing Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, they asked if it was weird to play on another team other than the 49ers like they always thought it was for Emmitt Smith to be a Cardinal. While interviewing rookie phenom and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, they asked if the Cardinals ever expressed serious interest in him in last year's draft since they really could have used his talent. The answer was no. Of course.

It was kind of a respite from the regurge of the other worn out topics. I kept listening like you do when your friends kid brother tells you a story about how rad it was that he got to be Batman for halloween. No one else is listening so you might as well do it.

Celebrity sighting at Burbank airport: Lily Tomlin! Not a young lass.

Thanks Senator

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Thank you, to the senator from Philadelphia, for bringing up spy-gate once again. This season started with the Patriots using the scandal as motivation to blow the rest of the league out of the water, so how appropriate that they be reminded of that at the end of the season. Patriots fans will be forever grateful while the fourth quarter turns into a merciless rout.

Notice that in this blog, the congressman's name will not be used - since his statement is obviously a political ploy to get a little attention. But if you ask me, he comes off looking like a politician with too much time on his hands, waving around the NFL's anti-trust exemption just so he can look powerful on his next Philadelphia sports talk radio call-in.