Daily Archives: May 5, 2010

“High Risk High Reward”

An event that is showering the Cincinnati media realm is the possible signing of Adam “Pacman” Jones.  Will the Bengals actually sign him?  It looks very likely.  And I will be honest.  This is not a bad decision in my eyes..

So Jones has only appeared in 9 games since 2006.  The guy could really play at a time.  You take away his off field antics, which are a big deal, and he is probably a Pro Bowl player on a consistent basis.  You want to know the best part?  He is only 26 after all that he has been through.  Now many are saying, why would we pick up another corner?  We have arguably the best tandem in the League in Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph.  This is true.  But how was our punt return game last year?  Did guys in our secondary not get hurt last year?  You ever remember going through an NFL season injury free?

Though the Bengals had a great year, their punt return game was abysmal.  We had a man by the name of Quan Cosby returning punts.  And you know what, I think I could go out there and do what he does.  It was fair catch after fair catch.  Or a catch and a 5 yard run.  The man was no threat in any shape, way, or form.  This is a problem.  See the difference a guy like Mardy Gilyard made for our very own UC Bearcats last year?  A threat in the return game can be a major game changer.   Jones could be a perfect threat for us.  In 2 years with the Titans, he took 4 punts back for TD’s.  How many did Quan take back last year?  Well it is a very easy number to count to..0.

So I am hoping the Bengals solidify this deal.  It is a high risk high reward type of proposition due to his off field antics.  The best part though is we can sign him for pretty much the League minimum.  So in no way is this a make or break deal for our overall team salary.

Welcome to the Pacman era in Cincinnati (hopefully).

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

“Defense Wins Championships”

I am sure every one of you who has ever played a sport such as basketball, football, or baseball at some point in your lives have heard the old saying, “Defense wins championships.”  And to an extent, this is a true statement.

Today the NBA announced their All Defensive Team.  And wouldn’t you know all 5 players on the 1st team play on teams who made the playoffs.  4 of them play on teams that are still left in the playoffs.  A coincidence, I think not.  The players on the first team are as follows:

Kobe Bryant-Lakers

Rajon Rondo-Celtics

Dwight Howard-Magic (Defensive Player of the Year)

Lebron James-Cavaliers

Gerald Wallace-Bobcats

These guys are all five some of the premier players that the NBA has to offer today.  This demonstrates that the NBA is not all about just scoring points.  If you want recognition as one of the superstars in the game, you better D up.  People accuse Kobe Bryant of playing lazy defense.  Well I think  you need to get your glasses out.  The man has made the All Defensive Team five consecutive years.  This is no fluke.  Rondo and Wallace are both first timers.  Rondo is a rising star as I talked about the other day.  Wallace just had a career season and made his first All-Star Appearance.  Then of course Dwight Howard is no stranger to this in that he is the Defensive Player of the Year for a change.  This is also Lebron’s second time on the team.  Go figure in both of these years, he has also secured the League’s MVP Award.

I will state this though.  Playing defense in the NBA is much different from in the College forum.  There is a different style of play in the League.  There are way more scorers.  Guys are bigger, stronger, and faster.  Teams are playing a grueling 82 game schedule, not to mention a 2 month playoff journey for some.  It is no easy task to play great defense night in and night out.  All of these guys not only do it, but they also put up points.

So 4 of the 5 remain in the playoff hunt.  It will be very interesting to see who ends up winning the title.  Remember in the NBA, and especially in the playoffs, games are generally decided by one or two key possessions (other than the Magic game last night).  So will the defense or offense execute in these crunch time situations?

Does defense win championships?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

Aside

And this one belongs to the Reds!  The Reds won again today against the New York Mets to find their way back to the 500 marker, sitting at 14 and 14.  And they won in typical Reds fashion.  Just leave it … Continue reading