What did I miss?: The Favre who? edition

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By H. Jose Bosch

In just its fourth installment, What did I miss is tweaking itself a bit. For the first three weeks we’ve been very newspaper dependent with the links. This week we’ll try being more blog orientated for two reasons: 1. Blogs tend to be more interesting and funny 2. Blogs tend to be more interesting and funny.

That’s not to say we’ll ignore papers (we will for this week only). But from now on this weekly feature will be drawn primarily from the blogsphere with a sprinkling of interesting feature-style stories from the main stream media. Now back to you regularly scheduled post.

Wow. Minnesota has been tearing it up in the sports world this week. First was the return of Brett Favre, this time in a Vikings jersey. Then our boy Andy Weise and his well-placed sources informed the world that Ricky Rubio just might be coming to Minnesota after all.

fargoI don’t think Minnesota has received this much attention since Frances McDormand won an Oscar for her role in Fargo; which, by the way, was mostly filmed in North Dakota even though it’s set in Minnesota. So enjoy the attention Minnesota. It might be a while before you have another week as eventful as this.

As for the rest of What did I miss, this is what went on in the NFC North/Big Ten foot print that didn’t have to do with Favre-Rubio.

If you like poetry and like Chicago sports, then you’ll love this new blog at Chicago Now, which combines sports blogging with haiku. Nothing I read about the Bears’ 27-20 loss to the Bills sums up the experience quite like this:

High expectations
Lead to high disappointment.
But who is to blame?
-Andrew Braverman-

This might become my new favorite blog to stop by. Funny and original. You should take a look.

Crocs, the company that manufactures those annoying-looking but incredibly-comfortable shoes, is teaming up with new Piston Charlie Villanueva to donate their shoes to children in the Dominican Republic.
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I can’t help but think: “Leave it to the U.S. to peddle its no-longer-useful-fads onto poorer countries. All kidding aside, it’s really a great gesture from one of Detroit’s newest pro athletes.

Speaking of the Pistons, the fellow (fellers?) at Life on Dumars has been running an interesting little series called Forgotten Pistons. Here’s a link to the first one posted last Sunday but they’re all fun, short reads. I didn’t think players so irrelevant could make for a good blog post, but they do.

We have a little Michigan State presence here at The Sports Bank and by little I mean zero. So here’s some (gulp) Spartan love. The Other Side of Spartan Sports (an interesting take on MSU sports if you ask me) likes Michigan State’s agreement to play the three Michigan directional schools 12 times in the next 10 years. The news is significant because the Spartans have agreed to one road game for each series, which is rare for a Big Ten team to do.

The blog Girafinha threw out a very interesting nugget: Ann Arbor is currently under consideration as a venue for the U.S.’s 2018/2022 World Cup bid. Interesting read.

TCW at the Bucks Diary has called his shot early and says the Bucks will win AT LEAST 40 games this season. How many other bloggers will follow suit?

Cubby-Blue’s reaction to Tuesday night’s loss is horribly disturbing yet hilarious all at the same time. This kind of Web site makes me wish I knew how to do something other than write.

Good news Packers fans: Via Ticket News, those scalped tickets you’ll want to buy for Favre’s return to Lambeau Field will now be easier to buy!
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The sad thing about this video, via Total Packers, is that it might be the only time Ashton Kutcher has been funny in at least five years.

The Hour announces that UConn will christen the newly renovated Michigan Stadium in 2010 and will host the Wolverines in 2013, when I’ll invariably still be looking for a journalism job.

The college football season hasn’t even begun but we already have a playoff-is-better-than-the-current-system blog post, courtesy of the Phoenix Club. But, this post is worth reading because it’s the most creative playoff system I’ve ever seen proposed.

It’s essentially based on the European soccer champion’s league format, which could never work in the U.S. I love it and it’s interesting to see how the brackets would play out based on last season. Why is this relevant? Four Big Ten teams (Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa) would be in the playoffs under this system.

Last but not least is just a random video that you can forward to all your friends at work. Sometimes it’ll be sports related and sometimes it won’t be. This week it won’t be. Enjoy!

NBA Draft Mailbag II

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By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

First off I’m from Canada, I live in Vancouver (Miss the Grizzlies)

NO ONE F***in Says “EH” in Canada

Everyone i know pronounces defense the same way the c makes no f**in difference to me

A-BOOT are you F***IN KIDDING ME

i know people who lived in toronto all their life then moved here and they don’t say f**in A-BOOT they say ABOUT not ABOOT

Did you get that s*** South Park or Some S***

F*** YOU

–Johnny Damon


WOW! With the exception of “The FSU Cowgirl” Jenn Sterger, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered someone online so filled with hatred and bitterness. It’s interesting you signed this email under such an obvious pseudonym, and your lack of syntax and sentence structure says quite a bit about yourself. Also, the prodigious cursing would make even Ozzie Guillen blush.

However, you’re barking up the wrong tree if you seek to extinguish bigotry and prejudice against Canadians. I literally had “O Canada” as my ring tone for a few months in 2006, and I plan to hopefully, have my bachelor party in Windsor, Ontario some day soon. jennsterger

If no one says “eh?” in Canada, how come they sell t-shirts with the phrase and a Canadian flag on it at tourist shops everywhere? You did succeed in destroying one Canadian stereotype: many of us Yanks believe your people to excessively polite. You on the other hand…

 
Los Angeles is the perfect market for Ricky Rubio (though I know he preferred NYK)…do you think LA would make the deal? Would you rather have Baron Davis and Eric Gordon or Baron Davis with Ricky Rubio as the future?

— Matt


With Baron and Gordon (or “Basketball Judas” as I call him, being a die-hard Illini and UI alum) you have a better traditional backcourt pairing. Davis can be a score-first point guard if needs be, but he’s better in a distributor role with EG focusing on wing play and off the ball. So this would create better continuity. On the flip side, I think Rubio has a lot more potential long-term.

So even though you’d have two “pure point guards,” watching Rubio highlights make me salivate and given how young he is- imagine what he could be in his prime? Gordon for Rubio straight-up is…advantage- Spaniard. I’ve covered the Big Ten extensively these past couple years, and witness Gordon’s sulking, slumping and sliding shooting percentages after Kelvin Sampson was fired making me wonder what type of maturity and toughness he truly has…Of course Rubio’s game translating to the league is still a wild card in itself.

–Paul

I agree that I would rather have Rubio. He has “special potential” if I can channel my inner-Fran Fraschilla. I don’t see Gordon as anything more than a complimentary scoring option who doesn’t do anything else on the floor.

–Davidgordon_s28_0823z

 

Great work! I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous mock drafts, but yours makes sense. Assuming all the teams stand pat with their picks, it could be a pretty close to accurate draft. If the Wolves end up with Thabeet and Curry, I would be very happy! Once again, nice work!

–Jeris

 

Thanks for the props and checking out our site. I take it you’re a T-Wolves fan. Be sure to check out www.thesportsbank.net  (another site I write for). It’s a Midwest site that has a bunch of Minnesota sports stuff on it, so check it out when you get a chance. I have a lot of friends who are T-Wolves fans and the write extensively about the ineptitude of David Kahn and his “interesting” point guard hoarding philosophy on draft night.
 

 

Mr.  Banks,
 
I am a huge fan of the NBA/NBA Draft and noticed your mock draft on walterfootball. I was wondering how you thought of Jonny Flynn on defense. On a scale of 1 – 10 how do you think he is on defense? Also on a scale of 1-10 how do you think Toney Douglas is on defense? Thanks!!!*Nov 21 - 00:05*

–Andre

 

I think Flynn was one of the best point guard in the country this season, but not really that spectacular on the defensive end. T’ Wolves GM David Kahn thinks he’ll be a great on-the-ball defender in the league though…which makes me think much less of Flynn defensively. Douglas, on the other hand is an outstanding defender- especially man to man. I rate him a 9.

 
Don’t you think this makes the most sense for the Cavs:

The Cavs need to trade for Shaq (Ben Wallace, Sahsa, and this years 2nd round pick). Shaq has only 1 year left on his contract so that gives Cleveland plenty of options for the summer of 2010 where as these rumors of Joe Smith or Antawn Jamison both leave Cleveland in trouble for 2010 if they do indeed try to go after Bosh or Yao. In addition to this, sign Rasheed Wallace to a 2 years deal at a mid-level contract. Try to resign Andy but not at 10 millon a yr that he wants. Then draft a SG/SF with our 1st round draft pick.

This player (I like your idea of drafting Meeks) needs to be able to knock down shots and contribute off the bench when D. West isn’t in the game. But this still leaves Cleveland with a huge hole after they trade Sasha and Wally is a free agent – they still need someone to be a backup for LeBron.

I say try to sign Wally to a cheap deal for 2 more years – I believe he knows that he is not going to make the same amount of money he made this year and he might be willing to give Cleveland a discount due to the fact that he wants to stay a Cav, otherwise they have to sign someone cheap to fill this position. The only other option is a sign and trade with Andy to try to find a backup to LBJ but this doesnt really make sense give the situation because it does not leave Cleveland with any bigs in a year of 2. This gives Cleveland:

C- Shaq, Z, Jackson
PF – R. Wallace, Andy, JJ
SF – LBJ, (sign someone / Wally?), Jawad Williams, JJ
SG – West, (Meeks / whoever we get in the draft), Gibson
PG – Mo Williams, Gibson, Kinsey

Any thoughts?

–t18andme

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I think the Shaq trade makes a lot of sense for Cleveland if Phoenix is willing to pretty much give him away for thirty cents on the dollar, which they are reportedly not interested in doing. It would definitely be worth the risk in their bid to win a championship. Using the mid-level on Sheed makes sense, but if that happens, the odds of re-signing Varajeo go down unless one of them is willing to take a back-up role. No way Varajeo should be signed for more than $7 mil a year, and the Cavs are in a position of power since not a lot of teams have the cap flexibility to sign Varajeo for more than the mid-level exception which Cleveland can surely top.

At 30, the Cavs should draft a wing player whether it’s Sam Young, Derrick Brown, Wayne Ellington, Meeks, or Marcus Thornton. I’d lean towards Young or Brown since they are more multi-dimensional players where Meeks, Ellington, and Thornton are pretty much shooters and not great athletes or defenders. The only way I would bring Wally back is for a one-year deal at the league minimum. Especially in this financially strapped off-season, he doesn’t deserve a penny more than that.