Random thoughts during my day at work…
The “gyro ball” gyro-ed for about four innings then it just pita-ed for Dice-K last night against the Indians. Dice-K (hate the nickname by the way but I’m not about to write out his full name every time I want to use it) looks to be nothing special. He’s a good pitcher but not worth the $100 million the Red Sox paid to get him. He has seven wins but on any other team he probably would only have four. Having the Red Sox line up behind him sure helps. Hell, Jeremy Sowers might even have four wins with that line up. I’ll say Dice-K is a start for just 3, maybe 4 years before he forget about him and he becomes the answer to the question “who is the highest paid .500 pitcher not named Gil Meche?”
With San Antonio in the NBA Finals, they should win their fourth championship in the Tim Duncan Era. That is they should, not they will. Cleveland has beat the Spurs three straight times. Granted it hasn’t been in the postseason but still something to go on. Detroit is still Detroit and you can’t write them off. Both teams can match up well with the Spurs. I don’t think they really care who they play, they’ll be favored against ether. They are happy just to have nine days off before the Finals start.
I think the NBA and ABC especially, will want to see the Cavs reach the Finals. We’ve already seen the Pistons-Spurs series in 2005 and it was boring. The only draw left is LeBron James and ABC has to be praying he makes it to the Finals or else the NBA Finals’ ratings may look like the Stanley Cup’s.
Can we all agree to stop calling Duncan a power forward? He hasn’t been a power forward since David Robinson retired. I’m not sure the exact definition but isn’t someone who has range no more than 12-15 feet from the basket, with his back to the basket most of the time and barely ever leaves the paint, a center? That sure sounds like Duncan to me. It would be like still calling Alex Rodriguez or Cal Ripken, Jr., in his last years, a short stop. Duncan is a center.
Kobe Bryant trades? The NBA off-season hasn’t even begun and I’m already sick of the “Kobe wants to be traded, now he doesn’t, yes he does” and “Kobe will be traded to Team X if Team Y does this and the Lakers do that and Kobe agrees to only shave his head twice a year” or “Kobe will end up on Team A if Team B ships Player R, S, T and Future Pick Z to Team C and Team C in returns gives the Lakers Players M, N, O and P.” It’s going to be long, stupid, annoying, lead every SportsCenter and in the long run, be a no story. Kobe will still be a Laker.
A-Rod’s “Hah!” call in last nights game against the Blue Jay’s was classic. While coming into third on a pop-up, A-Rod yelled what he said was “Hah!” at Blue Jay’s third baseman Howie Clark. Clark claimed A-Rod called for the ball and Clark then let the ball go and it landed safely. A little bit Bush League, yes. But come on. These are professional players and they just have to make the play. It’s like the hidden ball trick, or outfielders pretending they lost the ball then making the catch or an infielder acting as if the relay throw is coming in. All little fun parts of the game. Well done A-Rod.