Recent Comments by sashae

Finally a "2ND" Scorer to Go With Allen Iverson?

Jumpshooting PFs work in the regular season (see Nowitzki, Dirk and Webber, Chris) but not in the playoffs. Webber's unwillingness to initiate contact and draw fouls was a large part of the failure of those Kings teams. Also, if he plays more than 60 games this year I'll eat my hat.

posted by sashae at 11:14 AM on November 17

Injuries, age finally catching up to Yankees

I love em too, but years of win-now excesses and Steinbrenner's unwillingness to listen to his people (why take a 27-year old Vlad when you can have Sheff?) is finally coming home to roost. Punting Vasquez after one so-so season after he'd been dominant in the NL for years is inexcusable. Punting Weaver and Brazoban for frickin' Kevin Brown is criminal. This team -needs- to lose this year, to hopefully clear people out. I would direly love to see Sheffield get dealt in July for some youngsters, same with RJ. It's time for the down years.

posted by sashae at 11:37 AM on May 05

NBA Play-offs

Ahem. Are we neglecting to mention THE WIZARDS!@$? First trio to average 20+ ppg since Run-TMC? Yeah, Kwame's a stiff, but they're going to thump the bejesus out of the Bulls in the 1st round.

posted by sashae at 11:41 AM on April 19

C U Later

I don't know... big Z has been fading since the break, they need another scorer and a banger to spell Gooden, and Snow's been playing with a fork embedded in his back all season. McInnis, maybe, but he's been unreliable. If they can pull in Redd, that's a big deal. Allow LeBron to focus more on being a distributor than a scorer. They're losing games right now because Bron's assists are way down and he's shooting too much. Anyway, does Silas get another NBA job? Getting canned twice in a year isn't a good sign.

posted by sashae at 04:22 PM on March 22

Simon Barnes' Magic Numbers for 2004

Be curious to see the stat on the number of penalties actually given in that time, not just the number of scores...

posted by sashae at 01:53 PM on January 10

Vikings Sack Packers, 31-17

Question of the day -- is Favre done? Michael Wilbon muses on the subject in today's Washington Post. I've gotta say... Favre looked distinctly... un-Favre like. Hard to imagine the Packers without him though.

posted by sashae at 01:52 PM on January 10

'O.J. Simpson plans to root like crazy at the Orange Bowl.'

I must... kill... the queen.

posted by sashae at 11:44 AM on January 04

Big Unit to the Big Apple

I'm actually pretty peeved at this trade... I can see trading Vasquez due to his seriously un-even reliability over last season and into the playoffs, but I'm actually more irritated to give up on Dioner Navarro, who was one of the very (VERY) few worthwhile Yankee prospects, and actually looked to be in line to replace Posada in a couple of years. Beh. Wonder if Victor Martinez will be busy in '06. -s

posted by sashae at 02:12 AM on January 04

Behind the Mask.

...and Ilgauskas looks like Hannibal Lecter. Did LeBron break his nose or something?

posted by sashae at 02:03 AM on January 04

"Giants Stadium, on this afternoon of Eli Manning's debut, is Plato's Cave. The millions of people watching the game are inside the cave, staring at shadows on the wall.

As for San Diego taking Rivers, Brees *did* look like a total bust the last few years... kinda shocking his performance this year, to say the least.

posted by sashae at 02:06 PM on December 20

MakeADealYouD***s.com

What is this "hockey" you speak of? I'm mainly irritated because for once the Capitals actually have a player that has a chance to be great (hello, Mr. Ovechkin) and we DON'T GET TO SEE HIM! Ugh, being a Washington sports fan is painful.

posted by sashae at 02:04 PM on December 20

K stays

That sound you heard was Donald Sterling chuckling. Kobe Bryant will be a Clipper. Bank on it. I'm glad Coach K stayed at Duke -- my wife went to Duke, and was going to enforce a "Lakers Fandom" rule in the house had he gone to LA. Yech. -s

posted by sashae at 10:35 AM on July 06

Terry, will you marry me? Chris.

What, we're not counting the WNBA as a major North American sport?

posted by sashae at 11:08 AM on June 25

Et tu Antawn?

The problem is that Kenyon Martin is a PF, and Jamison is a tweener SF -- PF skills, SF size. He's never averaged more than 2apg in his career. Brutal. Human matador too. We're just going to have to agree to disagree on this one ;) The idea that he's going to get 12.5 mil next year to be a blah player just gives me hives.

posted by sashae at 09:43 PM on June 23

Et tu Antawn?

Hayes is going to be a better SG than SF, and Jeffries is a stiff (why we draft players from Indiana after the Calbert Cheaney era ended, I will never understand.) I'm happy with Hayes as 6th man next year, honestly. I'm unsure that he'll make it as a starter, but I can hope... I disagree with you about Deng... with his huge wingspan, long stride, defensive skills, and good 15' jumper he would have been the perfect SF for the Wizards. There haven't been -any- PGs that have jumped from HS to the pros, but Livingston sounds like he could be the guy to do it. He's not much of a scorer actually (18ppg) but rather a quality distributor with fabulous court vision. I still would have rather had Deng. Childress and Iguodala both have something that Jamison most certainly does not -- upside. Jamison is what he is -- an egregiously overpaid (13mil/13mil/15mil/16mil over the next 4) SF with limited range, weak defense, and ZERO passing ability. Sounds like a super fit for the Princeton offense which is ENTIRELY predicated upon ball movement! Kwame Brown will not see the ball for the entirety of the 2004-2005 season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's either a 3-way with the Lakers (Wizards ending up with say... Luke Walton and the #27) or Howard is involved.

posted by sashae at 09:30 PM on June 23

Et tu Antawn?

nemo - Arguing that Jamison is an improvement over Stackhouse and Laettner isn't hard. Arguing that he's an improvement over Stackhouse, Laettner, and [Deng|Livingston|Iguodala|Childress] is facile. This is another in the never-ending series of TERRIBLE Wizards trades. At least this time we're not trading young for old, but still. -s

posted by sashae at 09:12 PM on June 23

Et tu Antawn?

Now how on earth would Stackhouse + Laettner be enough for McGrady if Dallas does the deal? They have a> bad contracts, b> health/age problems... if the #5 went to Orlando, maybe. But I doubt it.

posted by sashae at 09:01 PM on June 23

Et tu Antawn?

Ok, this makes no sense to me... Stackhouse Laettner #5 ...for Antawn Frickin' Jamison!#%@!@% What the hell is Ernie Grunfeld thinking? Unless this deal includes Josh Howard or Marquis Daniels, the Wizards, AS USUAL, got UTTERLY SCREWED. I hate rooting for this team. -s

posted by sashae at 08:54 PM on June 23

Bill Simmons of ESPN's Page 2

Well, it's an interesting argument isn't it? LeBron is a Cleveland local, hugely popular, and looks like he's the next coming of Magic Johnson. I don't know if I'd do KG for LeBron... now, for Tim Duncan, that would be an interesting test.

posted by sashae at 12:30 PM on June 23

Top Prospects of 1980

As Baseball Prospectus once said, "There's No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect."

posted by sashae at 11:54 AM on June 23

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2004-05 Charlotte Bobcats.

Three reasons, really. #1: The Wizards are WAY overloaded at SG with Stackhouse, Hughes, Hayes, Dixon, Butler, and to some extent Arenas (even if listed as a PG... well, he's a shooter). #2: Dixon is an inveterate gunner and is too small to effectively play SG. He's a great bench-spark guy, but he's not going to be a starter. A -terrible- pick at #17 when there were guys like, say, Tayshaun Prince still available. #3: Cap room. He doesn't make much, but anything we can use to squeeze some more dollars is a help, especially if the Wizards want to add someone like Brent Barry, Mehmet Okur or Hedo Turkoglu. I'm deathly afraid of this draft. As I look at it, the Wizards are going to draft one of 4 guys -- Luol Deng, Josh Childress, Shaun Livingston, or Andre Iguodala. Deng looks pretty good, but the history of Duke players in the NBA is -not- good. He's also a Freshman who's been called 'unathletic.' Wow, Shane Battier. Childress is -far- too skinny to effectively play SF, which means he'd be... another SG! Just what the Wizards need! Livingston is intriguing, but leaves the Wizards in a situation where they've got both Arenas and Livingston at the point, which isn't really tenable. Iguodala looks like a decent fit, but I think he'll end up going to Chicago instead. Personally, I'd like Luke Jackson at around #8 or so, but that's just me...

posted by sashae at 09:06 AM on June 23

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2004-05 Charlotte Bobcats.

As a Wizards fan, I have to say I'm unbelievably disappointed that Dixon or Stackhouse were not taken. I was actually expecting Dixon to go to the Bobcats due to the ACC connection and his decent scoring touch, but I guess they're going to start Gerald Wallace. Not that I can argue with that. -s

posted by sashae at 11:21 PM on June 22

ESPN.com's Ralph Wiley passes away of a heart attack at age 52.

I actually liked Wiley a great deal, especially his commentary on the NBA. He'll most certainly be missed.

posted by sashae at 12:28 AM on June 16

Pistons!

1> Mailman retires. 2> Kobe opts out, plays in [PHX/LAC/NYK] 3> Phil retires. 4> Gary leaves. 5> Shaq stands alone with stiffs like Cook and Rush, Lakers suffer under Jim Cleamons, miss playoffs. 6> Much rejoicing amongst the populace. Seriously though, the Lakers as we know it are done. Shaq's decline and the decline of the supporting cast (no Shaw, no Harper, no Horry) meant that the Lakers had little chance in this series when faced with Detroit's insane defense and depth. Congrats to the Washington Pistons, btw! 1/4 of the Pistons are ex-Wizards, so at least I can be happy knowing that they got a ring somewhere... *sigh*

posted by sashae at 12:27 AM on June 16

I remember reading a statistic that Shanahan's record as a head coach without John Elway was well under .500... certainly not terribly surprising. Anyone who thinks Jake Plummer is a saviour should seriously have their head examined.

posted by sashae at 06:04 PM on January 07

Slip-on Soccer Shoes

Strange, link didn't show. One more try.

posted by sashae at 05:25 PM on January 07

Slip-on Soccer Shoes

If you click through here you can see the story without registering. Crazy looking boot. -s

posted by sashae at 05:24 PM on January 07

Kinda neat, but one of my next door neighbors from childhood, Stephen Werner, was on that team. Good to see him get closer to his dreams of playing in the NHL. -s

posted by sashae at 05:19 PM on January 07

Snyder outright idolizes Gibbs, so I don't see how he's going to end up meddling. With Gibbs' title of President of Football Operations, the final decisions on players and personnel all come down to him as well. It's a wonderful, wonderful day in the Redskins nation. -s

posted by sashae at 05:18 PM on January 07