Due to popular demand, I am going to bring back the “Food for Thought” concept and make this more of a weekly type of ordeal. People want to hear my thoughts on the various topics going on in the always busy, wide world of sports, and this is a way for me to do that on a weekly basis.
So here are some of the main topics making headlines and my incite on them:
-The “Old School” Texas basketball squads are not looking so old.
Is anybody else amazed by the red-hot starts of both the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks? Both of these teams that many called “too old” at the beginning of the season sport the League’s two best records. The Spurs are a formidable squad that has 5 players averaging 11 or more points a game. This team is full of experience, deep, and led by one of the best coaches in the NBA. And then you have the Mark Cuban squad out of Dallas. The Mavs have now won 10 straight games and are just blowing away the competition. Dallas also plays a great brand of team basketball and is being led by arguably the game’s greatest shooting 7 footer ever, in Dirk Nowitzki. Nobody talked about either of these team’s as contenders in the Western Conference. It appears the Wild Wild West will have to go through Texas come playoff time.
-“Pistol” Pete Sampras has lost his bling.
Pete Sampras was possibly the most consistent player ever to play on the men’s professional tennis tour and arguably the greatest of all time. He was an amazing champion who sported the greatest 2nd serve of all time and had the innate ability to stay cool during even the most pressure filled situations. Well this situation is something he is not accustomed too. Between moving houses, he stored many of his tennis trophies and memorabilia at a Los Angeles Public Storage Facility. Pete always was good at taking care of business on his own during his phenomenal career. He was not only a great player on the court, but he was a great person off of it. This incident demonstrates to Pete why he played an individual sport where he only needed to depend on himself. It is hard to trust in others for anybody, but I am sure Sampras will have a very hard time after this unfortunate occurrence to trust anybody. I really hope his trophies and various memorabilia are found in the near future.
-Dave Wannstedt bids adieu to Panther Nation.
Can anybody really say that they did not see this coming? The man with maybe the best mustache in College Football spent 6 years in Panther Nation. And nearly every year started with high expectations and ended with some sort of downer. This was supposed to be the year for Pittsburgh. The Big East was way down. Their rival Cincinnati was going through a major coaching transition. And the Panthers were extremely talented with the likes of Dion Lewis, Jon Baldwin, and Greg Romeus. Instead, Pitt opened up the year with a very disappointing loss to Utah. And never really got it all together, finishing at 7 and 5. Plus they failed to nab the Big East’s automatic BCS Bowl bid. So although Pitt finally won a share of the Big East Championship this year, it was not good enough to get into the BCS Bowl. Wannstedt seems like a good guy. But boy does he struggle to win big games. And in the highly competitive and intense atmosphere that is College Football, the difference between a good coach and a great coach is the ability to win big games. Some guys have it. Some guys do not. Here is a final though on this topic. Could anybody see Bengal’s current coach Marvin Lewis on the Pitt sidelines next September? Weirder things have happened.
-It is Rock Chalk Time as the beat goes on in Lawrence.
And the beat goes on for the Jayhawks. Sure this team started out the year ranked in the Top 10. But last year was “the year” in Lawrence. And with the departures of Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, and Xavier Henry, nobody was expecting this team to be a Final Four Contender. This team looks to have the potential to be the real deal. Sure they have only played one real quality opponent. Sure they struggled to victories over UCLA and Arizona. But the Jayhawks are now 8 and 0, with a great opportunity to start conference play undefeated. Plus they dominated a solid Memphis team on national television last evening. This team plays phenomenally disciplined on the offensive end of the court. They lead the country in assists per game and field goal percentage. You know Bill Self has to be happy at the high percentage his team shoots from the floor and the way that they share the ball. Marcus Morris has developed into one of the best forwards in the country and is extremely versatile. The Morris twins remind me of the Lopez twins out of Stanford. Could this team make some noise come March? That is yet to be determined, but you better believe that these guys will contend with Kansas State for the Big 12 Title.
So there you have my “Food for Thought” on this Wednesday afternoon. There is so much going on and I was only able to touch on a few things here. If you want to hear my thoughts on anything else going on in the sporting world, please comment below and I will be sure to reply.
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