AI, Stern, Bizarro Values?

A few of Dr. Dick’s bullets for today:

  • Many commentators (including ESPN.com’s Marc Stein) point out the advantages for the Sixers of dragging out the Iverson Sweepstakes (not sure I’d call it a Sweepstakes, for as I posted earlier, the team that acquires AI better “beware”.) The primary of these benefits is that losing games increases the likelihood of winning the Greg Oden Sweepstakes. Dragging it out also increases media speculation, which leads is to our second bullet…
  • David Stern is a !@#$%^&*()ing genius. In the last CBA (collective bargaining agreement) an inactive list was added. This list allows teams to stow players like AI away, with pay, while they hold an Ebay style auction for the player. Same thing happened last year with Artest. It is practically an annual event. I gotta believe this idea was Stern’s doing. If you have tuned in to sportsyak radio in the last 48 hours it is practically all AI, all the time. Net result: Stern ends up with valuable airtime at the NFL’s expense. Genius.
  • For example, I was listening to SportingNewsRadio personality Tony Bruno this morning and he was on a rant about the Goldies trading for AI. Paraphrasing: “Baron Davis is in play, but Monta Ellis is ‘untouchable’? How can that be? Davis is their best player!!!” To answer Mssr. Bruno, first, Monta (correct pronunciation Montae) is pretty damned good. Second, he is 21 years old, with an inexpensive contract. Anyone read Moneyball? Seems Chris Mullin has. Talented, inexpensive, young players have the MOST value. Now to acquire AI the Warriors could put together a package B Davis, M Pietrus and a #1, although I wouldn’t do it if I were the Goldies. But I’m not 66 year old Don Nelson.
  • After signing Aurilia (35), Roberts (34), Molina (32), Feliz (32) and Bonds (42) you gotta wonder if Giant GM Brian Sabean has even heard of Moneyball.

That’s it for now…Dr. Dick

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One Response to “AI, Stern, Bizarro Values?”

  1. Keven Malkewitz Says:

    Hey Dr. Dick,

    Don’t give me that whining about having a bad season with the Raiders…try being a Detroit Lions fan! You guys feel depressed about a bad season? Suck it up and take it like a big boy. Sounds like you might be wearing some of those Raider’s pink polka-dot princess panties featured on the NFL’s nflshop.com website (for the record, that hint is courtesy of ESPN’s Mary Buckheit’s rant about the NFL’s pink products, worth a read).

    So, you sniveling, snotty-nosed, black-and-silver painted sissy, here’s the Top Ten reasons why you should be glad you’re a Raiders fan and not a pathetic Detroit Lions Fan…

    10) You’ve played in a Super Bowl…

    9) You haven’t gone through three straight entire SEASONS without winning a road game (see the Lion’s record from 2001-2003 for comparison)…

    8) You’ve won at least a league championship within the last half CENTURY (well, OK, I’m exaggerating, the Lions last league championship was actually only a brief 49 years ago, seems like it was only yesterday)…

    7) You don’t have to ruin your Thanksgiving dinner four of the last five years by watching your inept team lose…

    6) Your running backs don’t quit the team and walk away from millions of dollars because there is no chance that your team will ever, ever, ever get better (see “Barry Sanders” for clarification)…

    5) You get wins other than those that cost you the first pick in the draft (note: the only time that you could possibly be glad to be a Lions fan instead of a Raiders fan is if both the Lions and the Raiders lose out the rest of the season, as the Lions would get first pick over the Raiders because they have a weaker schedule). That being said, see reason 5 above…

    4) You’ve had a long-time owner that isn’t completely inept (42 years and running for us, with no end in sight)…

    3) Your GM’s record over the last 93 games is better than 23-70.

    2) Watching your team play isn’t always like watching an episode of Scooby-Doo (which is a slightly different theme each episode, but with the same predictable ending…thanks to Andy Benoit at http://www.sportsnetwork.com/ for that analogy)…

    1) Been to Detroit lately?

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