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bawanaal
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Name: Al
Location: Detroit
Gender: Used to be picked first in dodgeball, now washed up jock...
Member since: January 13, 2003
Last visit: June 26, 2006

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Sports Bio

Born and raised a Detroit sports fan (my cross to bear), worshiped at the shrine of Bo Schembechler!

Recent Comments

Iverson ... Greatest little man ever?

People have short memories. The best little man ever was Isiah Thomas. I'll take him over any the players mentioned. When AI actually wins something and doesn't need 30 shots to score 30 points, then we'll talk.

posted by bawanaal at 06:54 PM on January 11

I know Barkley and Magic said it 8 million times tonight,

Is it truly back? I think that remains to be seen. The slam dunk contest was must see TV back in the day. After watching the special about the 76 and 84 contests TNT showed beforehand, I felt even more ambivelent about this years group. I had given up on seeing anything new and thought the dunk contest was well past it's prime. I will have to admit this was the most entertaining slam dunk contest in years. Josh Smith was great and Steve Nash's header made my night. If the NBA can guarantee that kind of creativity and energy every year, then the slam dunk contest will be something not to be missed. By the way, Charles Barkley and his bon mots were an absolute hoot...

posted by bawanaal at 08:20 AM on February 20

H-E Double Hockey Sticks

I can see taking contracts for this year, but next year as well? 2 seasons without hockey will end the NHL as we know it. There will be a demand for hockey in the old school NHL cities. Unfortunately, hockey will never be mainstream. It just doesn't attract a fan base in warm weather cities. It's becoming more and more obvious that it's a regional sport.

posted by bawanaal at 11:22 AM on January 16

Harrington era may be over in Detroit.

This has Steve Mariucci's fingerprints all over it. He has not been a supporter of Harrington since he came to town. For example, there were several drops by receivers in the GB loss late in the season. When asked about the drops during the Monday presser, the first thing Mooch says is the the QB has to be more accurate. Mooch thinks of himself as a QB guru, as he had a hand in shaping the careers of Favre and Garcia. He wants his own QB and Harrington isn't the prototypical west coast offense QB. He's more effective when winging the ball downfield than when he's dinking and dumping. It would be financial suicide for the Lions to cut Harrington . But IF if does happen, it would show that Marriucci has the front office pull, not Matt Millen. Personally, I think they need to give him one more year. But, I will also add this. Harrington had some absolutely brutal games this season. If he just puts up average stats in those games, the Lions win 2 -3 more and they are in the playoffs...

posted by bawanaal at 11:52 AM on January 12

Guess who's back?

Miami will take him back, won't play him (he'll be suspended anyway), will get whatever they can for him in trade during the offseason, even if it is at 50 cents on the dollar or less. Then wash their hands of him and the whole fiasco.

posted by bawanaal at 01:26 PM on November 24

Kurt Busch

The new format worked well. When the points race comes down to the final laps of the last race with 3 drivers still with a chance to win, all driving their asses off, NASCAR, NBC, and the fans had to love it. One caveat though. I'd would like to see them eliminate sone of the cookie cutter tracks that are involved in the last 10 reaces. Less Texas and more Martinsville, so to speak. I think the playoff system is here to stay and that you'll see the new format in the Craftsman Truck amd Busch series next year.

posted by bawanaal at 08:59 PM on November 21

"One thing I love about Vermont is you can take all back roads so you can drink"

I hate the BoSox, but always loved Bill Lee. People tend to remember the "Spaceman" antics, such as naming Don Zimmer "The Gerbil," (That STILL makes me laugh) but forget he was a solid pitcher for 13 seasons with a career ERA around 3.60. "I would change policy, bring back natural grass, and nickel beer. Baseball is the belly-button of our society. Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world." Bill Lee

posted by bawanaal at 10:36 AM on August 20

Ricky isn't running anymore.

This is very much like Barry Sanders and Robert Smith. They were all backs that didn't play for the love of football. The game just happened to be something they were very good at, and exploited it for as much money as they could. When the risk / reward level started to change for them, they got out. Williams was the type of runner who took a lot of punishment. Considering that he played for the dollars, not the love of the game, it makes sense that he got out before his body broke down. Unfortunately, what is good for him screws over the Fish. They will have NO running game. Much like the Lions when Sanders retired a few days before camp, the Dolphins will be scrambling. The Lions are still trying to recover a ground game after his retirement. They had to pretty much make do with what they had that first season, along with picking up a washed up Greg Bell, and basically got no production. They then overpaid for an average back in James Stewart during free agency the next off season. This year may be the first since Barry retired, with Artose Pinner and Kevin Jones, that the running game will be respectable. It took 3 years to recover from the retirement. Miami is now in the same boat. Methinks Eddie George would have been their first call if he hadn't signed with Dallas. Right now though, anyone they find will be older salary cap casualties, never were's, and used to be's.

posted by bawanaal at 10:52 AM on July 25