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Thanks to Kelly Dwyer’s blog on Yahoo’s NBA Experts section, I have now seen Richard Jefferson give the Atlanta Hawks’ Shelden Williams the poster dunk. Extra points for having the ball bounce off of the former Duke player’s body, recovering on the ground.

Categories: Nets, tv

Today in “As the Knicks Sink”…

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Reading through the weekend’s links, I come upon a long Filip Bondy piece on how every 20 years , the Knicks fall into extreme suckage. This is what happens when the basketball becomes interminable to watch or write about– the journalists dig deep into their vault and pull some nuggets from the back shelf to keep the readership entertained. I dig that.

Stephon Marbury sat out the last game with a “left ankle injury”; as we all know, the left ankle is where everyone’s “willingness to play with a reduced role” bone is. The Journal News points out an interesting “if” in Isiah’s comments about Starbury’s status, the kind of if that is kin to Steve Francis’ injuries when he was with the Knicks and “rehabbing at home”. But wait…

James Dolan might considering firing Isiah?!:

Garden chairman James Dolan recently told confidants that he knows a coaching change must be made and that he is preparing to do just that, according to a source close to Dolan. No timetable was given, but the source indicated that Dolan is leaning toward making a change before the end of the season.

Firing Isiah as coach? As GM? As both? I guess Dolan found those dirty photos that isiah must have been holding over his head to keep him job in the face of this unprecedented constant sucking.

Categories: coach issues, Knicks

Rick Barnes, Television Cameo Star

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During Missouri’s fast-paced, ridiculous-shooting 97-84 win over the #13 Texas Longhorns at Columbia, the announcers pointed out why the face at the end of last Friday’s Friday Night Lights looked familiar– it was Texas coach Rick Barnes. Kinda nondescript, but he sells one of the character on “trust” as the football coach of Texas Methodist U, which is a stand-in for the University of Texas in the show– the BIG school in Texas.

Categories: college basketball, tv

Ten Reasons why the Cowboys Lost to the Giants

January 14, 2008 2 comments

1. Jessica Simpson, obviously.

2. Steve Smith—the Giants have found a third receiver? That’s crazy talk.

3. Michael Strahan ogling Jessica Simpson (seriously, people need to get over Tony Romo taking a few relaxation days off before an intense playoff game. Let the man get his Mexican beach on. He’s not the only man on the team. And Strahan gets his mack on with famous women too).

4. Seriously, I didn’t know Kavika Mitchell had that much hard tackling in him. Marion Barber ran for 124 yards but didn’t control the game after the second quarter.

5. Amani Toomer going in the way-back machine to find his game and a little elusiveness.

6. Eli Manning didn’t make dumb mistakes. In fact, he’s been kinda nice all playoffs.

7. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but some good coaching to shore up the Giants’ pass defense problems against the Dallas Cowboys—who worked them over in two regular season meetings—just enough to allow the Giants to win a nail-biter. Way to go, Tom Coughlin.

8. Just enough pressure in the second half to get the Cowboys’ passing game out of its timing. Damn, those defensive linemen took a long time to wear down Dallas’ offensive line, but in the end, Spagnolo’s blitzes really started slapping Tony Romo around.

9. Thanks Patrick Crayton’s butterfingers!

10. That game was winnable in the final five minutes, and I know Romo was getting harrassed, but damn, he lost his composure real hard. Yelling, obviously upset over his intentional grounding call… made me think of that playoff game in 1998 when Armstead and Strahan and the Giants’ defense were arguing on the field and on the sidelines, as the Vikings rallied back during that 23-22 playoff loss at Giants Stadium in 1997.

Categories: nfl