Thursday, December 01, 2005

Why Oregon and Ruben is a no-win situation.

I have a couple of quick thoughts to share before the show today...

BCS Talk continues: Why is Notre Dame so important to the BCS? Maybe because they don't go on a regular basis. The Irish have only played in one BCS Bowl since the series was put in place in 1998. Remember the game? OSU 41, Notre Dame 9. That year, by the way, was one of only two years in the seven there have been BCS games that the Pac-10 has had two teams play in BCS Bowl games. The other year was 2002 when WSU lost in the Rose Bowl to Oklahoma and USC hammered Iowa in the Orange Bowl 38-17. So why does Oregon belong in a BCS game? We will take e-mails (ifurness@entercom.com) and phone calls on that very subject today.

Ruben-What to do? Good question. This is a bad situation that will never be resolved to the point where both sides are content, unless Nash waves a magic wand and makes a trade that brings back equal value as a player. Bottom line-when he is playing, and happy, Ruben Patterson makes Portland better. When he isn't happy, and when he is out of the lineup, they are not as good as a team, and he can be very, very disruptive to a locker room. Blazer fans, one question: What do you want the team to do with Patterson? If they work out an agreement to release him, with Ruben waiving some money of the remaining 13 million, the Blazers still have his contract working against them on the cap. And remember, they are within a couple of million of the luxury tax threshold, something that Paul Allen has said he doesn't want to pay unless they are a playoff team. If they keep him, inactive, it could turn into the NBA's version of TO, except Ruben, despite what he thinks of himself, is not an impact player like Owens is in the NFL. But is cutting Patterson, despite the financial implications, something you as fans want to see happen? Or do you want a guy who has worked hard to improve his image, and a guy who does bring it every night on the floor, to stay here in Portland? Addition by subtraction (i.e. Sheed) or work through the issues (i.e. Damon).