Sunday, November 21, 2004
Artest gone for season, Jackson gets 30, O'Neal 25, Wallace 6 and Anthony Johnson 5.
The NBA announced moments ago that Ron Artest has been suspended for the rest of the season
Stephen Jackson received a 30 game suspension, Jermaine O'Neal 25 games, Ben Wallace of the Pistons received 6 games and Pacers' guard Anthony Johnson got 5 (why, I'm not sure about yet).
Also, four players received a one-game suspension: Pacers' guard Reggie Miller (who was injured and on the bench), and Detroit's Chauncey Billips, Elden Campbell, and Derrick Coleman.
Last night when there were rumors of Artest only getting 30 and Jackson and O'Neal getting 20 with Wallace getting five, I thought that was too excessive. But now it's even worse than that. The NBA is way too excessive with these suspensions and I can guarantee you that the NBA Players' Association will send this into arbitration to get appealed.
In my opinion, Artest should have only gotten 20 games, with Jackson and O'Neal getting 10. The fans at courtside started that incident, not those guys. I understand the reasoning behind Artest being punished, but that could have been done with less time and could have been done without scarring the whole Pacers franchise.
All David Stern has done with this incident has made the Pistons' attempts of a NBA championship repeat that much easier. Hell; Detroit fans have been rewarded by this incident, not punished.
But hey; maybe this will give the Charlotte Bobcats their second win. They play the Pistons tonight.
Posted at 06:28 pm by Expertise
This won't be a big week, as there really isn't any high-profile matchups. Expect the favorites to cruise for the most part.
anyways, here are my picks this week:
Baltimore over Dallas
St. Louis over Buffalo
Carolina over Arizona
Indy over Chicago
Steelers over Cincinnatti
Jets over Cleveland
Jacksonville over Tennessee
Minnesota over Detroit
New Orleans over Denver
Tampa over San Fran
Chargers over Oakland
Seattle over Miami
Giants over Atlanta (that's my upset)
Philly over Washington
Houston over Green Bay
and Monday Night: Pats over KC
Games to watch are Houston/GB, NO/Denver (both need a win), Atlanta/Giants (Atlanta will make the playoffs easily, but Giants need a win and Eli Manning gets his first start), and possibly Balt/Dallas for the simple fact that the Ravens' O sucks just enough to keep Dallas in that one throughout.
They'll be some alright games, and I'm sure one of the top tier teams will slack off and come close to getting upsetted, but it doesn't look good on paper for this week. Let's hope I do better than my 8-6 record from last week.
Posted at 06:22 am by Expertise
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Artest, Jackson, and O'Neal clean house on Detroit fans.
If you haven't heard, one of the wildest altercations in sports history happened Friday night.
It started with only 45 seconds left in the Pistons-Pacers game. Ron Artest fouls Ben Wallace as Wallace was driving to the lane. Wallace takes exception to that and shoves the hell out of Artest.
Players and officials immediately start breaking it up before it becomes a full blown fight. Artest, to his credit, actually backs up and doesn't try to fight. In fact, Artest - the NBA's wild child that snaps like a power keg - lays down on the scoring table, which was hilarious.
But nobody could have imagined what was to happen next. While lying on the table, a fan throws a cup of beer and hits Artest.
set Artest off. And before anyone could blink, Artest was in the stands trying to make that fan a part of one of the arena chairs, bashing the guy's head into one of those seats. And other guy walked in the melee and threw ANOTHER beer, and was immediately mollywhopped by Pacers forward Stephen Jackson.
The only problem is, that wasn't the guy that actually hit Artest with the beer. The one that did was the one with the cap and jersey on in the picture.
He tried along with arena security and both teams to pull Artest off of the guy, and once they had done that, cheap-shotted Artest with rabbit punches in the back of the head.
It turned into a very ugly situation, with Pacers players fighting with Pistons fans anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Everybody's trying to subdue Artest before he killed someone, Jackson is trying to beat everyone's asses in the building, and even Pacers big man Jermaine O'Neal came out of nowhere with a sliding overhand right on a fan who was trying to fight Artest on the court.
All in all, a great substitute for Friday Night Fights. All of these guys have potential to be wrestlers after their NBA careers are over. I'm sure Vince McMahon is drooling at the prospects (and it is quite ironic that earlier this month the Pistons came out during the introduction of their home opener each wearing a replica of Ric Flair's World Heavyweight Championship gold belt. Maybe they should have given those to the Pacers).
This is probably an all new low for the behavior of sports fans. Detroit gets absolutely no respect for what went down Friday night. And what makes it worse is that a number of them ended up getting tagged by Artest, Jackson, and O'Neal.
Suspensions? Oh you can bet on it. We might even see someone gone for the rest of the year. You can bet those four will be suspended as well a couple of others. Right now, I see Stephen Jackson being MIA for the most games, but they might get Artest worse because of Artest's past history of getting into altercations. Wallace will be suspended for about three games, and O'Neal will get a game as well.
: The NBA has indefinitely suspended Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O'Neal, and Ben Wallace
pending a further investigation into Friday night's incident.
This was the correct thing to do by the NBA. Actually, I wished they had did it a few hours after the fight. But it does show that they are on top of things and all parties involved will be found and punished.
And hopefully they find the fans behind this and have them banned from all Detroit games, as well have criminal charges filed against them.
Posted at 01:46 am by Expertise
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Cleveland anchor poses nude for sweeps.
Did anyone hear about the stunt this anchor pulled in Cleveland this week?
Well, Action News 19's Sharon Reed - in a very cheap attempt to grab ratings during sweeps - decided to do a nude feature story, taping numerous people naked, including herself.
I haven't seen the actual video of the story. I'm sure I'll find it somewhere online by the end of the night, but CNN has a pretty good description
of what went down:
Sharon Reed was one of hundreds of people who participated in Spencer Tunick's nude photo installation in Cleveland in June. Her report, shown Monday on the 11 p.m. newscast on WOIO-TV, showed far away angles of her nude and some closer seminude shots, as well as other participants.
And believe me, they made no bones about why they did it:
WOIO news director Steve Doerr said the idea was to cover Tunick, a well-known artist, in a different way. Doerr said the story also was aimed at bringing in ratings during November sweeps when audiences are measured to set advertising rates.
Monday night's newscast received a record 17.1 share, compared with the 13.6 earned during the newscast airing immediately after this year's Super Bowl, according to Broadcasting & Cable, an industry publication.
And they are eating this up, as they plan another story on this tonight. This is from their website
All of Cleveland has something to say about the most controversial news story in the city's history. 19 Action News anchor Sharon Reed, along with 3,000 other Clevelanders, posed naked for a world-famous photographer. In the highest-rated local newscast in the station's history, the story aired with unedited, unaltered video.
After making local television history, there's more to be told.
With telephones ringing off the hook, national networks requesting interviews and 19ActionNews.com receiving more than 1 million hits from Internet users across the globe, 19 Action News is baring it all again -- this time showing the story behind the big story.
Exactly how do you green-light a story that features the nudity of one of your own news anchors? If you think the viewers who watched the story are divided, wait until you see how this report went over in our own newsroom. It's an unprecedented look at how a high-stakes news story can turn a newsroom upside down.
That's Thursday night at 11 on 19 Action News, right after a new episode of "Without A Trace."
Now, am I salty because she was naked? No. That's no big thing. But I am disturbed by it industry-wise
, in which now television stations will go above and beyond the news in order to gain ratings in this kind of manner.
With all due respect, just report the damn news. Reed looks good, and if she was naked in front of me, I wouldn't turn my head away from her. But I'm sure I can see better bodies on porn doing a WHOLE lot more. This is nothing more than a tease.
I mean hell; if you gonna go this far, why half-step? Get a train started or somethin?!??!?? All of those people naked...and no orgies? If you gonna do something, do it right.
: Yo....this chick got ISH-SHUES, man.
I was sitting here all day thinkin, "Sharon Reed, Sharon Reed...where have I heard that name before?" I knew that chick from somewhere. And then Tooley
reminded me that she was about to get her ass whupped by Philly anchor Alicia Taylor about a couple of years ago
. She ended up having to leave Philly because of that
She was also linked to jungle fever victim Robert De Niro, as well as with the Eagles' Donovan McNabb and the Sixers' Aaron McKie. In the case of McKie, she was accused of being a homewrecker.
It's quite sad to see such a situation come to pass. She's enjoying this for the short-term, but what happens once this dies down and she loses her 15 minutes of fame? She's placed herself in a bad spot considering that there will be very few top tiered markets that will take her after this and the other issues she's had. You might as well call her damaged goods.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE
Folks, believe me when I tell you this...
Naw; life is REALLY good.
I don't even care no mo. I'm through.
If you really want to see more pics, check out this link
Posted at 10:54 am by Expertise
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Eh. This was an alright week.
Of course, Pittsburgh is the king of the hill for right now, and perhaps for the rest of the regular season. I don't see them losing anytime soon. The Eagles and Patriots have came back from their respective whuppins from the Steelers, although they really haven't been tested yet (Well, the Pats had a pretty impressive win over the Rams last week, so I guess that accounts for something.)
But I watched the Eagles/Cowboys game last night, the Eagles didn't look that great against a team that has pretty much given up on the season. Sure, TO got three touches but that was against a nonexistent secondary that didn't seemed like they didn't try. The Eagles' chances of sweeping the NFC look pretty good, although the Eagles are still vulnerable to a good secondary effort and an offense that can possibly put points on the board. The only teams I can see doing that right now are all in the AFC, albeit Atlanta can do that if their defense decides to show up that day, and possibly Minnesota and St. Louis can outshoot them.
For example, I watched Atlanta/Tampa Bay, and it was a decent game. Tampa Bay looked real sloppy, as it was their worst effort since Michael Vick has been playing in Atlanta. Tampa Bay usually plays "kill the man" with Vick, as their linemen are reall quick and can shut him down. Vick was contained for a while, but finally he started connecting with Algee Crumpler, who got two huge passes late in the game. That pretty much put the Bucs away.
Atlanta is in that second tier in the league with Minnesota, Green Bay, St. Louis, Jacksonville and Denver. However, I'm still not sold on their chances to be a quality team right now because you never know when their defense will show up, and if you have a good back - ala Priest Holmes's dismantling of their defense a few weeks ago - they will get ran over. Lucky for them the NFC only has a couple of those backs, so I expect them to lose once to New Orleans this year. And they might have a problem with Tiki Barber and the Giants next week, albeit they've been having problems as well.
I'm just grateful that Carolina didn't lose the Toilet Bowl matchup vs. San Francisco, but I was really pissed that they let themselves get behind 17-0 late in the first half. There's no excuse for that. Luckily San Francisco's defensive line couldn't push their way through a wet paper bag, so Delhomme was able to do the things he normally would if he had a real offensive line. Fox might as well get used to the idea that Carolina will be a passing team for the rest of the year, considering all three running backs are hurt.
Okay so I went....8-6 last week. Not good. Hopefully I'll do better with next week's predictions, which should be up Saturday.
Also, congratulations to my TARHEELS for turning this season around and getting a big win over Wake Forest
. If they beat Duke, they'll go to their first bowl game in about..three or four years. That's great, and I'm really excited about UNC quarterback Darian Durant. You might hear about him doing some big things next year in the NFL.
So Tarheels, go get our bell back
Oh, and one more thing to the prudes out there: GET OVER YOURSELVES
. It wasn't as if she flashed a tiddie on national television or anything. Get a life.
Posted at 02:02 am by Expertise
Monday, November 15, 2004
Powell resigns; Rice made Sec of State.
As expected, Colin Powell gave Bush his resignation papers
, pending the training of his replacement being completed.
Bush wasted no time making Condoleeza Rice that replacement
There were scant rumors that Rice would resign also, albeit it was a long shot. Rice comes into the State Department tested, and I wouldn't be surprised about hearing the word "reform" dancing around much like the CIA is doing under new director Porter Goss. Bush seems determined to do the clean up that he talked about during Election 2000.
This also gives a little insight into Rice's future plans, as she will now become a familiar name for vice-president in 2008 or possibly Governor of California in 2010 or 2014 (assuming Schwarzenegger runs and is reelected). However, I agree with Reynolds over at Instapundit that she has to be awfully tired, considering that this administration has had one of the most daunting and draining four years probably since WWII. I can't see her wanting to go straight into a VP nomination in 08.
And to show how draining it can be, Powell makes six cabinet members that won't be back for the second term. From most accounts, there could be as many as two or three more.
I'm not going to gloat or celebrate because Rice is the Sec of State. I'll just wish her luck and leave it at that.
Posted at 09:52 pm by Expertise
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Tonight's fights and NFL picks.
Don King put on a 4 heavyweight match fight card tonight, pitting Hasim Rahman vs. Kali Meehan, Evander Holyfield vs. Larry Donald, John Ruiz vs. Andrew Golata, and Chris Byrd vs. Jameel McCline.
Believe me folks, this is the worst the heavyweight division has ever looked since the early 80's, during the period when Larry Holmes retired and before Tyson became a monster. It doesn't look like it's going to get any better anytime soon, either. Rahman dominated his fight as he should have, winning by a 4th round KO. However, the other three were embarrassing.
Chris Byrd retained his IBF title despite hitting the canvas in the second round and won by a very narrow decision. The AP had Byrd winning the fight by a couple of rounds, due to his boxing prowess.
And John Ruiz has proved to be one of the biggest embarrassments to be considered a heavyweight champion, sliding past Andrew Golata despite being knocked down twice and being penalized by a low blow. And he did it by turning the fight into a cirus in which the ref had to throw his trainer out of the arena after he first threw a punch at Golata's trainer in the first round, and kept arguing with the ref until he was thrown out in the eighth. And after Ruiz was knocked down in the second he continued to fight that same dirty grabbing style and afterwards got a little love from the judges.
Golata was surprised. So was the AP, as they had him winning the fight. And note, this was the second time he got robbed by a Don King fighter, as his fight against Chris Byrd was a draw. Golata won't win a fight with them unless he knocks them out.
UPDATE: I forgot the third fight. Holyfield got embarrassed by unknown Larry Donald. Someone needs to force Holyfield to retire. This is becoming a joke.
Anyway, on to the NFL. Here are my picks for today:
- Tampa Bay over Atlanta
- Pittsburgh over Cleveland
- Indy over Houston
- Jacksonville over Detroit (I'm not sure bout this one folks, but I'll go with the favorite)
- KC over NO
- Baltimore over Jets
- St. Louis over Seattle
- Titans over Chicago (not sure bout this one either)
- Redskins over Bengals
- Giants over Cards
- Minnesota over Green Bay
- Carolina over San Francisco (Toilet Bowl)
- New England over Buffalo (duh.)
And for Monday Night:
- Philly over Dallas
The games to watch are Minn/GB, St. Louis/Seattle, Balt/Jets, Pitt/Cleve (Roethlisberger will break rookie starting record if he wins today), and Car/San Fran (to see who will be the worst team in the league). Philly/Dallas will more likely be a snoozer, so plan to go to bed early.
Posted at 02:55 am by Expertise
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Tell me if this makes sense...
CBS News fired a senior producer
earlier this week due to cutting into CSI: New York for a special report announcing Yasser Arafat's passing.
This could, and possibly should deserve criticism and a reprimand, since it wasn't a breaking news story considering Arafat's passing had been rumored for over a week. And it probably did stop local affiliates from reporting the scoop on their late news.
But put it in perspective; this woman gets fired immediately, yet it's been over two months and Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and Andrew Heyward still haven't received any kind of punishment for airing fake documents that would have embarassed the President of the United States less than two months before a hotly contested presidential election. And CBS hasn't been criticized nearly as much for this slip-up by this producer as they have been for that "60 Minutes" story in September.
If only Dan Rather would have preempted CBS programming in order to do announce that they had found these documents, he would have been held accountable for his actions in a quicker manner. At least the producer was concerned on getting the story right and properly informing the public. Rather wasn't. But I suppose all that really matters is that he still has his job and she doesn't.
Gotta love those standards at CBS.
Posted at 02:48 am by Expertise
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Carole Simpson flips her wig.
Anyone heard about Carole Simpson lately?
Ole girl hasn't been looking too good lately, and it seems that ABSNews has put her on the back burner so she can run around harrassing little children. An up-and-comer in the news industry during Bill Clinton's run for the White House in 92 and headed the first presidential townhall debate where Slick Willie's bullshit was in full view for probably the first time (have you seen that debate? Check out this
and fast foward to about 2:04 into it.). You would have thought she was sprung by Slick Willie.
Anyway, she showed her behind at a forum covered by CSpan
the other day in Washington. It seems as if the ABS employee isn't as objective as most ABS employees have tried to suggest.
Here's some of what she said:
I look at this map, and I'm like, "What the heck is happening?" For the past year, I am bringing news into the schools. I was concerned that all research was showing young people in America are not watching the news; they're not reading the news, and this is frightening to me, from someone who got into journalism in the 1960s because we wanted to change America. We thought if people understood the problems, that we'd get solutions to some of the problems. So when I find out that our young people are noooot being aware of what's going on, um... ABC has allowed me to travel about this city, and I leave for a big red state tomorrow (Laughing) Missouri. (Laughing.)
One thing that irks me about journalists and news broadcasting today is that they feel it's their duty to change America. America doesn't need to be changed, at least not by them. Your job is to report the news. Find a story, and tell people what happened. It's not that hard, Carole.
Call me crazy, but I think if people are given the problems in a fair, reasonable manner, they can find the solutions on their own. *shrugs*
Here's some more:
They are chatting. They are on their phones constantly. They are talking to people on the phones. They're watching these reality shows. They are NOT watching the news. Then I'm going, "Oh, my God! Are our children going to grow up stupid?" and I don't say that to them, but when I hear some of their answers to questions, I'm like, "They still think that Saddam Hussein blew up the World Trade Center," and I'm telling you, I've been all over the country, and I'm like, "Oh, my God! How could they miss this?" and then I look at the election, and I'm going, "Well, of course our kids are not bright about these things because their parents aren't." Seventy percent of the people of America still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the World Trade Center, and that's why we're at war, and I'm like, "Oh, my God! Nobody is looking at news."
Correction, Carole: they aren't watching YOUR news.
And really, can you blame them? The mainstream media has a serious problem with objectivity and credibility, and as you see further down, Simpson isn't helping this a bit.
Maybe Hussein didn't have anything to do with 9/11. That's reasonable, although we don't know what Hussein knows, and we do know that he has have been aligned with terrorist organizations dating back to Mogadishu
. We also know that Al Qaeda agents and Hussein have met on several occasions, and that Abu Al-Zarqawi has held refuge in the country after 9/11, among other terrorists. So it isn't surprising that people would think the worst of Hussein. Regardless, that doesn't make them stupid because they believe it. If anything, it makes Simpson naive.
The children are saying, "Well, I hear Rush Limbaugh," and I said that's not the news, and they go, "But he's talking about news things." Okay, that's really scary when I hear them say that they think they're getting the news. They can't make the separation between the New York Times and ABC News and NPR and the talk shows: Hannity & Colmes or Bill O'Reilly. It's all the same to them. It's all the news,. Entertainment Tonight. It's all the news. So it's been a very frightening thing to me. I am scared. I'm gonna admit to you that I'm scared.
Here's what Simpson doesn't get: the reason why people are turning to these shows isn't due to lack of enthusiam for news, but the interest to get the other side of the story.
Also, she's "scared" because no one can see the difference between newspapers and talk shows. What she doesn't realize is that talk shows rarely claim to be unopinionated. In fact, they're quite up front about it, and it's easy to see. The mainstream media claims to be unbiased, yet people see them as no different than those talk shows. Maybe it's just me, but that says alot more about the supposed "unbiased" mainstream media than it does about those talk shows or the people watching them.
I got a little map here of pre-Civil War free versus slave states. I wish you could see it in color and large. But if you look at it, the red states are all done in the South, and you have the Nebraska territories, the New Mexico territories and the Kansas territories, but the Pacific Northwest and California were not slave states. The northeast was not. It looks like the map of 2004, and when you say, "Let's let the states decide," I remember what the states decided when they had slavery. I think they're going quickly after social programs, despite what he says. (tepid applause) I think we're going to get a roll back on all kind of things. Affirmative action is a bad word; liberal is a bad word; gay is a bad word, diversity. All these words that are perfectly fine words now are these touchstones, these trigger points, and that frightens me.
This, out of anything else Simpson has said, shows her outright bias against Republicans and their supporters.
I wrote about this last week on Northern Arc
in regards to the leftist ego. It's no wonder people from the South and the Heartland doesn't want to support Democrats or leftist ideals; the self-righteous attitude shown by people like Simpson will never add one vote in these areas. The whiny-assed way leftists have behaved after Election Night will not add one vote in the South. In fact, they could possibly see landslides throughout the South in 2006 and 2008.
To try to treat the South in 2004 as if it was 1860 reeks of nothing more than pure elitism. Are there racists in the South? Sure. But they are the exception rather than the norm. And it should be emphasized that there are still more Democrats in a number of Southern states and they still remain dominant in the state houses and legislatures throughout the South.
Soimehow, the party that has dominated the South ever since Thomas Jefferson captured the presidency in 1800 - even throughout the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and through the Reagan Presidency - has allowed the leadership of 1994-2004 to squelch their hold on it. To undo the work of over 200 years takes a lot of hard work, albeit in a very short time.
I have to tell you, I'm going to average schools. I don't want the bright schools. I don't want the kids that are in the selective high schools. I want the kids that are going to be average Americans and may hold a... a... blue-collar job or something and may not be going to college. But if that's the bulk of America, and they don't care -- and I'm trying to make them care and see how all of these things connect to them -- um, it's really scary. I may be reaching, out of the 4,000 students I've talked, to maybe 400 I've reached. That's a good number, I guess, if I've gotten to at least 10% of them. Umm, But it's scary to me. I'm... I'm really afraid and I'm afraid about this election.
Hey...did you notice how she snuck that "Talented Tenth" reference? 4,000 students she talked to, but only 400 students she "reached". Right. Elitism and self-righteousness can be a motha. Maybe that other 90% wasn't feeding into her b.s. that day.
Check out part of Simpson's comments from The Daily Recycler
and Simpson''s audio with commentary from Limbaugh's website
Posted at 02:20 am by Expertise
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
A few ponderings that I have:
I think there is no question in anyone's minds who the hottest team in the NFL is, and that's the Pittsburgh Steelers. The additions of Ben Roethlisberger and Duce Staley were proven to put them over the top.
Roethlisberger is having the same year Tom Brady had during the Patriots first Super Bowl run. He's a pretty big guy, standing at 6'5 and weighing over 240, but can move with ease and can throw under pressure. He currently has a 105.2 quarterback rating, which is good for a QB with years on his belt, and even better for a rookie. I watched both the Eagles and Patriots games, and I thought he did a pretty decent job.
But the anchor of that offense is the ground game, and the Eagles showed they still can't stop the run. Jerome Bettis is one of the best running backs of all time, as he's #6th in the all-time yardage for a RB and is guaranteed a spot in the Hall. But considering all of the injuries and also being downgraded once Duce Staley came from Philly this year, it's a shame that Philly can not muster up enough to keep Bettis under 100 yards. And it goes to show that Philly would probably be on a 2-game losing streak if Jamal Lewis wasn't serving his suspension for being charged with drug trafficking earlier this year.
But with all of that, Philly will still win the NFC East this year and will have home field throughout the playoffs. The NFC is quite weak this year, as there is no one other than the Eagles that looks like they can contend for a Super Bowl. The only ones that comes close to Philly is probably the Vikings, as long as Culpepper can keep launching bombs and outrunning defensive linemen. However, they need a damn defense, which is why they lost last night's game against Indianapolis.
The cream of the crop: Steelers, Pats, Eagles, Colts, Chargers. I suppose alot of naysayers are apologizing to Marty Schottenheimer right about now, as the Chargers are now 6-3 after going 4-12 last year.
The toilet bowl: Dolphins, Panthers, Niners, Cows, Cards. Four of those five are in the NFC. Which one will be the last to get Win 2: the Dolphins, Niners, or the Panthers? Ugh. Right now, the Panthers are just finding ways to lose games. I know they've lost 10 guys to injury, but when you lose games in such a fashion as they've been doing, that's no excuse. You don't need to be skilled to avoid penalties.
I'll have more later this week, including my picks.
Posted at 07:26 pm by Expertise