[Why is it ok to be critical of Tim Tebow...]
OG, because he's white and Christian...representing two types of majorities in our country and both apparent enemies of the liberal media. Michael Sam, on the other hand, is black and gay...two types of minorities rolled into one. He can be considered as a double-protected class with the media. Double standard, yes. But the media doesn't care.
Jay, I saw the LeBron video last night. Good stuff. Don't know why he still won't enter the dunk contest. I can understand him not doing it before he won titles, but now with 2 rings, what's the excuse? Afraid of losing? Why? No one will remember how many dunk contests he won or lost when his career is over.
For the Rushmore, you noted it's who we saw. Guys like Dr. J. and David Thompson are before my time, so again, this list is for guys I have actually seen (and remember):
Game Dunker Rushmore: MJ, Vinsanity, Kobe, LeBron
Contest Dunkers: MJ, Vinsanity, Nate Robinson, Blake Griffin
The dunk contest has at least 3 all-stars in the field this year, so that should help. Looking forward to all-star Saturday night.
I have never been to a basketball game at Big Mac so I think a throwback men's game would be pretty cool. Agreed that it would probably be best logistically if the game were against a much lesser foe. Or the Blue-Gold game could work too.
No doubt that Sam's announcement has already caused him to slide on several teams' Big Boards. Let's face it, some teams aren't going to want an openly gay guy in their locker room due to the distractions and uncomfortability with other players. And no team is going to draft him any higher than they otherwise would have simply because he's come out. If they do, then they're stupid.
I have no problem with a team drafting a gay player simply because it's their team and being gay isn't a crime. But I do have a problem with Roger Gaydell and the liberal media trying to silence those who oppose homosexual behavior. And not only that, but they are fully buckled in to the gay agenda bandwagon by trying to somehow normalize this lifestyle and force others to tolerate (i.e. "accept") it as normal too. It's a sad day in our society when defending the most natural and healthy lifestyle (one man and one woman for marriage) is seen as nothing more than hate speech.
Billy/Chas, I do think that the tradition that is the Kentucky Derby is pretty cool. However, in the end, we're talking about a lot of fanfare in the media and on the TV for a horse race that lasts only a couple of minutes. No offense to you guys and others who are very interested in this event, but I think its popularity and coverage is a bit over the top. Just my opinion, though.
Good Rushmores. Here's mine:
Overated sporting events/games/celebrations:
National Signing Day, Opening Day, Kentucky Derby, Olympics (seriously, about 90% of the events are not too exciting to watch. But I guess to most of America, they are. Whatever).
Rushmore of Jays:
Jay Leno, Jay-Z, Jay Gatsby, John Jay (Founding Father and 1st Chief Justice).
Jimmy Fallon is nowhere near as good as Leno, but he is still light years ahead of Conan. So Fallon isn't a bad pick for "Tonight", but I would have let Jay end his career on his own terms, especially while he was still #1.
The Mocs have a great class this year, but I'm thinking that none of the offensive players will see the field this year. I'm thinking only 2 or 3 true freshmen will play this year...all on D. Won't know for sure though until they put on the pads in August.
Great tips on V-Day, Jay. And fellas, make sure you know what your wife's top love languages are. Meet those on a daily basis and you'll be rewarded nicely. And we'll just leave it at that.
Recruiting is obviously important, but I believe that National Signing Day is overblown. Is it really worth it for some of the Joe Schmos of the world to burn a vacation day to devote all day to keeping track of who has sent in their faxes? Why can't simply reading the recaps with full analysis at the end of the day or next day be good enough (great job in today's Sports section by the way, TFP)? Plus, what matters more is what actually happens on the field, not who wins some convoluted recruiting rankings battle. Jay, what is your Rushmore of overrated sporting events/games/celebrations? And yes, National Signing Day is on mine.
And in honor of Jay Leno retiring (aka being forced out by NBC for the 2nd time), what is the Rushmore of Jays (alive or dead, real or fiction, first, middle, or last name)?
If the Cuonz gets the ax next year, do the Vols consider going after Will Wade? I know the mere thought of that happening is going to make Jomo's blood boil, but it might actually be a viable option for the Big Orange...especially if Year 2 for Wade in Chatt-ville is even better than Year 1.
Agreed with Jay that Casey Jones is not really a good 3rd-option scorer. He's scoring better this season, but it's mostly clean-up type stuff that he's getting with his extra effort. I'm really surprised/disappointed that Gee McGhee has not developed into that 3rd (or even 2nd) option. That's who it needs to be.
[John Elway said the Broncos "came up short" in the Super Bowl.]
He didn't say it like that. He was referring to the season as a whole, not the Super Bowl game. Below is his quote:
[It was a great year," Elway said. "We came up short, but it wasn't due to lack of effort or lack of want-to. We didn't play very well two days ago. I know that's what everybody is disappointed about. We're disappointed about it, players are disappointed. But, it was a (heck) of a year. We went through a lot of different things, but I'm proud of the team.]
Ali is a great call for this Rushmore and ought to be on everyone's list. Bird and MJ are good calls too. Bird: "Which one of you (guys) is playing for second?" MJ once (or more) started counting backwards from 40 each time he scored and eventually got to 0. Gary Payton is nothing but a talking trash can so he's good for this list too. Barkley never hesitated to run his yapper either. Then there's Reggie, Kobe, and KG.
NFL stars who liked to yap were Sapp, Ray Lewis, Chad Johnson, T.O., Keyshawn, and Deion. Nowadays, you've got Richard Sherman as the poster child for the NFL smack talk. But Tom Brady is underrated as a trash talker too simply because he never does it in the media but he leaves it all on the field. However, I'm sure he regrets telling Richard Sherman to "see me after the game" last year. Sherman held him to it though after the Seahawks beat the Patriots, which led to the Twitter pic of them with the title, "U Mad Bro?" Lol.
So since Eli has 2 rings and Peyton has 1, Eli is better than Peyton? Or what about Eli being 2-0 against Brady in Super Bowls. Eli is better than Brady?
The ring talk in football can only go so far. It's fair to bring it up, but it shouldn't be a major factor when determining legacies for individual stars. Too many other positions are in play that affect the outcome of the game. Rings should hold more weight in a team sport like basketball where not as many players are involved AND each player plays both sides of the ball.
Peter Gene Hernandez (aka Bruno Mars) could easily pass as the older brother of Jake the Neverland Pirate. Thoughts?
Sub any of the the all-time great QBs into the game for Denver last night and Seattle would have still won big. Peyton can only do so much. He actually had a good game throwing for just under 300 yards and also setting a Super Bowl record for completions. Denver's main problems last night was that their D forgot how to tackle and their O-line forgot how to block.
The talk before the game was that it was the #1 offense vs. the #1 defense. But little was said of the other matchup. The #22 defense (Denver) vs. the #8 offense (Seattle). Big disparity there so it should have been clear that Seattle was the overall better team in this game from the start. The Broncos were only favored because of the respect held for Peyton. But again, in a big team game like football, he (alone) can only do so much.
Peyton's legacy should remain unchanged from what happened last night. He has done enough over his career to still be fairly judged as the greatest of all time. Even the great ones lose Super Bowls too. Just ask Elway and Brady. But again, the QB can only do so much.
Maybe it was our worst game and Davidson's best game. But still...a 43 point loss? We're not going to beat many teams when we give up 94. Last year, Davidson was clearly the best team in the league and we "only" lost to them by 26. But let's hope this latest loss is only a one-time nasty glitch in an otherwise great season. Let's take our horse-whippin' like a man and move on.
Jay, I listen to the radio show when I can. By the time I get out of work, I'm lucky if I'm able to catch the last segment or two. But I am most entertained when folks call in and ask the random questions. Like the one yesterday, "Did you read the story on page B8..." Hahaha. And why did he direct that question to just you? I am sure that both Wells and Pasquali enjoyed it just as much. And by "just as much" I mean "not at all".
How about the one from a couple of weeks ago, "David, do you have a brother named Lane? I went to high school with him!" Pasquali: "Uh...I do not have a brother named Lane." Lol.