I have been getting hungry all day and now it is time to quench that hunger with the typical Tuesday “Food for Thought.” So much going on. So much to talk about it. Lets jump right into the main headlines.
Teach Me How to Jimmer
Jimmer Mania has taken the country by storm. I will admit that I am about a month late. But I am finally jumping on the Fredette bus. Let Jimmer Mania reign. Sue me for being a month behind the times. I am not easily sold on guys like that this playing in the smaller conferences. But after witnessing how Mr. Fredette “Put the team on his back” against Utah on Saturday, I am finally sold.
The real question though is Jimmer going to become Adam Morrison Part II? The two have eerily similar numbers.
Fredette: 27.3PPG, 4.3APG (assists), 3.4RPG (rebounds), 1.4SPG (steals per game)
Morrison (his junior year): 28.1PPG, 1.8APG (assists), 5.5RPG (rebounds), 1.1SPG (steals per game)
In addition, both guys take 19 shots per contest. It is kind of scary honestly how similar their numbers are. But I am going to go with my gut on this one. Jimmer may not become a star in the League, but he will become a very solid player. The kid is able to create his own shot much easier than Morrison could and he also D’s up at a much higher level. If you are not sold on Mr. Fredette, check this video out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqX_b_Bu4hI (Teach Me How to Jimmer)
Captain Cardinal Controversy
St. Louis Cardinal’s legendary manager Tony Larussa is at it again. This time he is calling out the MLB Player’s Union. He claims the Union is pressuring Cardinal star Albert Pujols to hold out for a record-setting contract. Either way, could you really blame the guy? Pujols is the unquestioned best player in the game. It would be hard not to expect some sort of record pay-day. But that is besides the point here.
I am not a fan of Tony Larussa. I never have been. I understand that the guy has won the World Series with a team in both Leagues. I realize that he is the longest tenured Coach in any of the Big 4 sports (now that Sloan resigned). And he has accomplished many other great things. It does not mean I like the guy.
He took a blind eye to massive steroid usage on his Oakland Athletic’s teams in the late 80s, early 90s. I am not saying he is the only one who turned a blind eye. But it is blatantly obvious that he condoned this on his teams. In addition, he is the biggest micromanager in all of baseball. Let me repeat.
People wonder why the American public’s interest in Major League baseball has been steadily declining and moving towards the NFL over the past decade. I give you exhibit A. People hate long and boring games. Micromanaging creates this type of ball game. Just thank Mr. Larussa for being one of the main contributors to this problem in baseball today. In addition, he had a DUI incident back in 2007. Had a very controversial incident with Twitter in 2009. And last summer, he ran his mouth, fueling the fire with NL Central rival, Cincinnati. I never got to thank him for this.
Either way, Larussa needs to put a plug in his mouth. I really hope Pujols does not sign tomorrow. It would serve Larussa right having the future of Albert Pujols hanging over his head all season. Maybe thinking about Albert Pujols would make him think twice about batting his pitcher in the 8 hole. Since apparently he knows something that the rest of baseball doesn’t in batting his pitchers 8th. Guy must be a genius.
Philly Tag Usage
Today was a big day for franchise and transition tagging across the board in the NFL. No city was more active though than Philadelphia. Michael Vick, coming off a phenomenal season, was franchised tagged. And Pro Bowl Kicker, David Akers was transitioned tag. Now this is all good and well. We already knew Vick would be the Eagle’s QB next year. But what team will Kevin Kolb be suiting up for next season?
Many see this guy starting somewhere. I have never really understood what all the hype was regarding Mr. Kolb. But I do know he will forever be a backup in Philly as long as Michael Vick is alive and well. This guy must have some sort of ability though. I mean, Kolb was the Eagle’s original starter last season until an injury gave Michael Vick the ability to flap his wings and fly away with the job.
Now this is all hypothetical talk though in that he will not be going anywhere if a new collective bargaining agreement is not formed. But say a new CBA passes. Where will Kolb end up?
The frontrunners are as follows: Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, and Miami Dolphins.
The sleepers are as follows: San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings
And my dark horse is none other than the Cincinnati Bengals. Carson Palmer’s house is currently on the market. The guy has stated that if Cincinnati does not trade him, he will retire. And believe me, the Bengals are not planning on having Jordan Palmer be their starter come September. So why not pick up Kevin Kolb? It is just a thought. I know it is a longshot, but I would not be utterly shocked if it happened.
Just some “Food for Thought.”
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