Archive | December 2009

The Colts just gave that one away.

I’m not going to preface this with anything to set up my points. I’m just going to start out by saying it: the Indianapolis Colts just handed the New York Jets a victory yesterday. The Jets, who needed three teams to lose yesterday to stay alive in the playoff hunt and got exactly that, were giving the Colts trouble to begin with. They blocked an extra point and had a 106 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. But could they have kept it up the whole game against Peyton Manning and the rest of Indy’s starters? I don’t think so. We do know, though, that a game Jets team can beat a scared Colts team pretty handily. Read More…

76ers and A.I. reunite.

Philadelphia was one of the LAST places anyone expected Allen Iverson to end up. You knew he wouldn’t get picked up by a contender and that the Knicks didn’t want him, but you would have had to think that the 76ers would be crazy to re-sign him. Apparently, they’re not and they’ve signed him to a one year, non-guaranteed contract.

It’s hard to disagree with this move. Iverson can still play and it’s not like the 76ers have a lot to lose. They are currently 5-13 and are going to be without point guard Lou Williams for eight weeks. If he comes in and plays well, great; if not, they can get rid of him with little harm. I don’t think adding him is that bad an idea.

Iverson was traded from the 76ers to the Denver Nuggets almost exactly three years ago on December 3rd, 2006 and the team looks a little different. Maurice Cheeks has since been replaced by Eddie Jordan as the head coach. Chris Webber and Kyle Korver have since moved on, but now Elton Brand and Jason Kapono are filling the same roles. Thaddeus Young, Marreese Speights, Jason Smith, and Jrue Holliday have since been drafted and are becoming solid contributors to the team, especially Young and Speights. Andre Iguodala, Willie Green, and Lou Williams have matured and are better than they were the last time they played with Iverson. And the jerseys have changed too, as if that will make a difference.

Iverson is set to make his debut in Philadelphia next Monday against the Denver Nuggets. This will certainly be an interesting situation to keep an eye on for the rest of the season. And maybe this will be the last post about Mr. Iverson that I have to write for a while.

Iverson accepts 76ers’ offer (ESPN)
No Longer Just A Report, Iverson Rejoining Sixers (SLAM Online)

This post can also be found on Celtics 17, a Boston Celtics blog on MVN.com.

Tim Donaghy’s book will be published after all.

A month or so ago Tim Donaghy’s book about his experiences as a gambling NBA ref was nixed because the publisher Trinity Books, which is owned by Random House Publishing, for fear of legal action by the NBA. But now Donaghy has a new publisher in something called VTi-Group. My immediate response is, Why won’t the NBA threaten legal action against these guys? How will this be any different? Of course, I’m not a legal expert when it comes to these things so I’m just going to leave it alone.

Anyway, the book is now titled “Personal Foul” (it was previously “Blowing The Whistle”) and will be out just in time for Christmas. Great. Now you can get the NBA fan in your life a book about how Tim Donaghy further sullied the reputation of the NBA’s referees. And I have to say “further” because they were suspect to begin with. But is this something you would consider picking up and reading? I’m definitely interested, it’s just that I don’t want to pay the new book price for it. Maybe I can find it later at a library or get it cheap on the Internet. Whatever the case, I think it would be an interesting read.

Tim Donaghy Media Tour Begins
Tim Donaghy Has Found A Publisher

This post can also be found on Celtics 17, a Boston Celtics blog on MVN.com.