Armchair Talking Head

Where to Start?
December 21, 2009, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Golf, Hoops, Pigskin, Saban, The Tide, Tuscaloosa

Where to start? So much has gone down since the last time we spoke. That’s my bad, but with another semester in the books I’m free from the chains of the law to write about what I want so…

  • Alabama

The Tide capped off its second straight perfect regular season and is sitting at 13-0 after a dismantling of Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators and headed to Pasadena to play at the Rose Bowl in the BCS National Championship Game vs. Texas. Oh yeah, Mark Ingram brought home the first ever Heisman Trophy for a Tide player to Tuscaloosa.

This program, just three years removed from the shambles of the Shula era is again in the elite echelon of college sports. In just three years Nick Saban has taken Alabama from the ranks of former powers to the current players. The Process, as hokie as it may be, has worked magnificently. Greg McElroy has developed into a dependable QB, our defense may be better than the ’92 D, and our stable of running backs is no doubt as chocked full o’ talent as it has ever been in the history of the program. There’s an empty spot next to Coach Stallings just off University Blvd. and I wouldn’t at all be shocked if it’s filled up when the Tide takes on San Jose State to kickoff the 2010 season.

  • Tiger Woods

Shocker. Highly paid athletes attract fast women. We had no clue! Tiger Woods will be back to golf sooner rather than later (he’s got to pay that exorbitant pre-nup somehow), and we’ll all be the better for it. Tiger Woods has given me someone to hate since he burst onto the scene almost a decade ago, but now I’m his biggest fan. No I’m not pro adultery, I just imagine with Tag Heuer, Gilette, Accenture, Elin and the like dropping him he can use all the fans he can get. 

This story is sad. A family is being torn apart, but the real story here is another deification of an athlete by the media. For almost 10 years Tiger could do no wrong. He was a golf God held to an unmaintainable status not only as a golfer but as a person. Lay off Tiger Woods. Nobody is perfect, and he’s been as close to it on the course as we’ve ever seen in his relatively short PGA career. He’s an athlete, not a role model. (See: Barkley, Sir Charles) Hell, I don’t even understand why he’s taking a leave from golf. If a man’s got troubles at home, what’s left but golf?

  • The Anthony Grant Era Begins

TBD. We’ve looked promising in spots. Only time will tell, but the on the court product is much improved from a year ago. The UCLA high-post is gone and intensity on defense warms my 40 minutes of Hell loving soul. I’m not sure if this is an NCAA team this year, that will all shake out in SEC play but I wouldn’t be shocked to see this team ruffle some feathers in league play and in the SEC Tourney.

I’m going to try to neglect this blog a little less over the break and hopefully the spring semester. Be looking for BCS content, more on the Grant Era, the dawning of the Mitch Gaspard era in Baseball, and I’ll be back when Tiger wins the Masters in April.

How LeBron Won Me Over

I’ve never particularly cared for LeBron James.  I thought he was going to be a massive bust when he was driving an H2 in high school and playing games on ESPN.  When he hit the league, got his endorsement deals, and began to use the moniker  “King  James,” that struck me as a bit pompous.

Nonetheless, the Cavs Forward has lived up to every ounce of the hype, and then some, but LeBron won me over this week when he guaranteed victory in the  Beijing games, a la Broadway Joe.  In a sports culture where athletes and team owners are more concerned with protecting their bottom line than the good of the game, hearing LeBron’s guarantee was refreshing.  Our political climate has everyone in an uproar about what is so wrong with America, and perhaps they’re right to an extent.  However, LeBron James’ promise for an American gold should remind us all of what’s so right about our country.  We’re by God America, and we are supposed to kick ass whether it’s with bombs from planes, or bombs from behind the three point arc.

Once again, in an time of American self-loathing, we can look to sports to remind us why we do, in fact, live in the greatest country on Earth.

With the 49th Pick…

…the Golden State Warriors select former Bama big man Richard Hendrix. That’s mid-way through Round 2. No real shock there. Let’s hope his career goes a little bit better than another memorable UA alum who played at Golden State. The warriors used their first pick to pick another SEC player, LSU Freshman Anthony Randolph. Randolph was one of 12 freshmen selected on day one of the draft.

On a side note, I really, really want the Memphis Grizzlies to be good. Memphis is the nearest NBA team to my home, but it is a hopelessly run franchise. However, they made a very good selection tonight in that of Kevin Love out of UCLA. Still, one good draft pick doesn’t absolve the Grizz for trading Pau Gasol for next to nothing.


And as soon as I spoke of the Grizzlies, they traded Kevin Love and some extras to Minnesota for OJ Mayo and some extras.  Memphis loses Mike Miller in the deal, and I’m not sure that Love for Mayo is any more than a lateral move.  Screw it, if I’m going to pull for a southern team, it might as well be New Orleans.

Steele Stays, Hendrix Goes
June 16, 2008, 11:06 pm
Filed under: CMG Trainwreck 2008, Hoops, The Tide | Tags: , , ,

In UA Basketball news, oft injured PG Ron Steele has withdrawn his name from consideration for the NBA Draft. On the other hand,  big man Richard Hendrix will be leaving Tuscaloosa for the greener pastures of the NBA.

I really hate seeing Richard go pro.  I don’t know how much he would’ve had to gain by staying in Tuscaloosa for another season, but selfishly, I wanted him to stick around.  Good things would have happened.  I’ve enjoyed watching Hendrix grow as a player since we both started at UA, and wish him all the best in the upcoming draft.

Ron Steele is a magnificent point guard when healthy, and quite frankly, he’s been a huge reason that CMG’s teams have sucked lately.  I would have been more than shocked to see him go pro, and am excited for, what will hopefully be, his healthy return.

Friday Fastballs

Some quick hits for you. Heading north to spend a week with the father, which means I’ll have plenty of time to churn out the content. Until then…

This Just In…
June 9, 2008, 3:25 am
Filed under: Hoops | Tags: , , , , , ,

…the Lakers SUCK.

The Celtics lead by 23 points with 7:25 left in the game. YIKES!


Holy crap.  I damn near had to eat my words on this one, kids.  Helluva comeback by the lakers.  After being down 24 points with less than 8 minutes left, the Lakers managed to cut the lead down to 2 before losing 108-102.  Being down 2-0 hurts, but that should energize the LA as the series shifts to a 3 game stand at the Staples Center.

On a related note, Rajon Rondo. Where the Hell did this guy come from? Technically, Kentucky, but who expected him to be an integral part of an NBA (Championship?) team this quickly? Kudos to Rondo for reppin’ the SEC.

Sunday Randomness
June 8, 2008, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Hoops, MLB, NASCAR | Tags: , , , , ,

Lots of stuff going on in the sports world:

  • Obviously, our hopes of having a Triple Crown winner for the first time since 1978 were dashed yesterday. Big Brown never got going, and might have even been kicked along the way. One has to wonder if the hoof crack didn’t have a bigger effect after all.
  • Game 2 of the NBA Finals tips off at 7:30 tonight. Here’s to hoping that the Lakers can take down the basketball representatives of the Great Satan of Sports Towns.
  • Outgoing Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk is going batshit crazy because the assistant he tapped to be his successor was passed over in favor of Kentucky Coach John Cohen.

I’ve got a long day ahead of me. The Cards on the XM, Nascar @ Pocono on TV, and Celtics-Lakers for a nightcap. Life is good…