Sorry I missed yesterday (no excuses but I was busy at work [for once] and just didn’t have a good topic to come up with). Today could be my last post (besides for a game I’ll post later) until after Christmas so don’t miss your daily Beanie two much over the next five days. Because that’s the case, let this moron (I’ll explain later) take you through some things from yesterday and preview what should be a pretty good weekend.
~ The Cavs stink. The end. Really? You lose by 18 to the New York Knicks? The same New York Knicks team that has their fans booing them during warm-ups. The same New York Knicks that are led by Isiah Thomas who can’t even run a fantasy basketball team let a lone a real live one. The Same New York Knicks whose fans are picketing in from of MSG to fire Thomas. The same New York Teams that is making the Los Angeles Clippers of the 1990’s look stable. Yeah, they seem like a team who should beat the defending Eastern Conference Champions by 18.
~ The Boston Celtics lost to the Detroit Pistons last night to fall to just 20-3 on the season. Barring some injury or plague, they could beat the Bulls record for wins in a season.
~ Pittsburgh travels to St. Louis tonight in a game that could decide the AFC North. The Steelers have looked pretty bad recently and have dropped to just a tie breaker lead over the Browns. Can the Steelers right the ship (how bad is the cliché? I apologize for using it?) I hope they don’t. A loss to the Rams would really help the Browns but I just don’t see Pittsburgh playing that bad any more. I say they beat St. Louis, even on a short week, but then the Ravens come out and play a great final game of the year and beat them while the Browns win their final two games and win the division. Kind of crazy, right? Well this whole season has been.
~ As for the Browns, they go to Cincinnati. The Bengals are done. They’ve folded this season faster than Mary Poppins folds laundry (not sure if she ever folded laundry but it seems like she would do it a warp speed). They made the 49ers and some quarterback named Shaun Hill look good last Saturday. They allowed the Browns to score 51 points in Week 2. It was a game that really set the season for both teams. Now, the only thing the Bengals have to play for is pride and to stop the Browns from making the playoffs. For some reason I just don’t see a lot of pride in the Bengals. Their “high power offense” is on low battery. The Browns need this game to make the playoffs. Win and their in. Lose and they need help. All year long the Browns have taken it one game at a time and approached each game with the right attitude. This game is no different. They know how much it means to their season and there’s no way they lose. Browns and Steelers both 10-5 going in to the last week of the season. Never would have guessed that.
~ Now let me explain the moron reference at the beginning of the post. In Team River City’s basketball game last night, we dropped a hard fought, tough played game. I don’t remember the final score b/c the other team made a few meaningless threes in the final minute while we missed some, but it was a close game until the final 4 minutes are so. There were a few moments of confusion during the game (who’s ball was it at halftime, the clock ran a few times during our timeouts and just little stuff like that). Well around 3 minutes, all hell broke loose. The other team called a timeout. Everyone walks to the bleachers. We look up at the clock and notice the clock is still running. At this point, we are done 6. Our team tells the scorekeepers (mind you probably high school kids who know nothing about basketball) to stop the clock. They ask “who called the timeout?” They thought we called it and since we were out of timeouts, they thought the clock should keep running. Finally they stopped it at 2:45. I was furious that they cost us a good 30 seconds but one teammate calmed me down just saying, “we got to play 30 seconds harder.” Fine, it wasn’t that big of deal. But then all of sudden, the clock starting running again. At this point I, and I think a few others, are yelling at the scores table. I then go out and talk to a ref. After yelling at him to fix the clock, here’s what happened.
Ref: The clock runs during a timeout.
Me: What are you talking about? That’s why it’s a time out?
Ref: They put a timer up there.
Me: No they don’t. There was over three minutes when the time out was called, and now there 2:43.
Ref: Hey, moron! They put a 60 second timer up there.
Me: No they don’t. That’s why it says 2:43.
Ref: I’ve been here for two games and that’s what they’ve done.
Me: I’ve been in the league for three years and I know they don’t.
Well this went on for a while but they idiot ref wouldn’t hear about that he was wrong, yet the other ref put 3:00 back on the clock. In the long run it didn’t matter b/c we got manhandled in the final minutes but at the time I was ready to hit that ref for calling me a moron when he had no idea what he was talking about. At least it didn’t go as bad as the time last year I got a whole game canceled because I called a ref a “ephin male genital licker.”
Team River City falls to 2-3 and in fourth place. A two week break and we are back at it with a strong second half.