From The Cheap Seats
Well, I'll be a dirty bird. I did say that Reeves was great at winning the games he could. And I did wonder if the Falcon team that should have been ahead 21-0 was the real one. Unfortunately, my confidence in the Vikings at home overwhelmed those doubts. Unfortunately, my confidence in the Vikings at home overwhelmed those doubts. I was confident in Randall Cunningham and Dennis Green -- whatever was I thinking?
One has to wonder how Gary Anderson will remember this season. He had a brilliant year, setting an all-time record, yet he missed the kick that would've put them in the Super Bowl. Life is funny, and sometimes, pretty damn cruel.
As for the Jets…I've rarely seen a team work so hard to lose -- four lost fumbles, two interceptions, and a kickoff that they didn't catch. They still only lost by 13 points. All the coaching in the world can't help you when your tailback drops a handoff, or your receiver coughs up the ball after a 25 yard game.
So it's on to the Super Bowl, with the wonderful Dan Reeves-John Elway back story. More about that next week.
Mike Tyson won, lived to fight for big money again, which is about all you can say of his performance, if the judges and press reports are to be believed. As promised, I didn't contribute to the Tyson coffers and from what I hear, didn't miss much in the way of a fight. The beauty of fighting an out-of-shape opponent who can't take a punch is that it requires little activity to win. I like the concept of a Tyson-Foreman fight that Bob Arum is pushing for. It has little to recommend it as an actual prize fight, but as a garish spectacle, it's a winner; good vs. evil personified in the ring world.
No sports league has ever started a season with as little going for it as the NBA. Starting three months late with a near complete lack of concern by their fans, they have lost the player who was the unquestioned heart and soul of the league, followed closely by the complete disintegration of the league's three-time champion. As bad as those are, the lack of a true "off season", a time for player signings and trades to be absorbed, for fans to focus on who is on their teams and who their key opponents are, may be worse. All-stars are bouncing around like ping pong balls, players get signed and traded, no one remembers who their team drafted, or remembers what it was their teams lacked last year. And we haven't even gotten to the point where we have to watch the fat and otherwise out-of-shape staggering around the court at several million a year. This won't exactly make me Nostradamus, but I'd say with a few exceptions (LA, Indiana, Houston), the attendance will be frighteningly low, and the national TV ratings will be a disaster.
The departure of the Bulls and Jordan may also make the entire season seem odd, with the championship itself less than valid, but that's a long way away.
Kevin Brown contributed a million dollars to RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner cities.) Yes, he can easily afford it, but it's a great thing to do. Baseball players don't have a lot of chances to give things back to their sport, and this is one of the best ways to do it. Sammy Sosa has done wonderful work in his homeland, building baseball diamonds, buying equipment, giving poor kids a chance. Yet here, poor kids in the inner city have no fields to play on, even the high schools in those neighborhoods lack the proper facilities and equipment. It's great to see a player helping his sport's future, now where are the rest of the players?
Is it time for the NBA trading deadline yet? Just wondering.