Monday, March 20, 2006

Ok, I am bad about the updates. To be honest, it needs to be a priority, it isn't compared to other tasks of the day such as preparing for a four hour show, and even though the blog can be a part of the process to prepare for a show, it isn't always possible. I do appreciate those who check it out, especially in conjunction with listening to the show, and like anything else, it will get better.... so enough! As the midnight hour approaches, some thoughts:

Back from The Rose Garden-Obvious statement of the night: Darius must go....
The only numbers you need to know 25-8. That is the run at one point in the fourth quarter the Blazers made without Darius Miles in the lineup. I was wrong. I didn't think you could be a "better" basketball team without a player who was at one time your leading scorer and really is your most talented player. That isn't true. Nate McMillan said it best tonight when he stated "There is too much drama" here with this team. In other words, Darius is a puss-a complete distraction, and is tearing this team apart. Without him tonight, they made a run, pulled to within one, and had a chance to actually win. Shockingly, missed free throws (2 by Zach), a couple of non-calls by the "Heat Miser" himself Jess Kersey, and the Blazers lose again.

But really.... what does it really mean?
We had our "Fan Reporter for a Night" Dominic at the game with us tonight, and he made a great point while we waited for 20 minutes until Nate was ready to address the media. He said, as we all bitched and complained about having to wait about 10 minutes longer than the league requires, that "the media is really synical." We are, he is right. But why? Truth be told, we as a collective group are tired of this same old routine. Blazers lose when key players have zero to no effort, coach gets mad, coach has no consistent rotation because he is a) still evaluating or b) not sure what kind of effort he will get from his key players.
The problem?
THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME SITUATION AS ONE YEAR AGO. Nothing has changed except a few players and the coach. The Kevin Pritchard era was to evaluate and "look under the hood" of the car as he stated. What the hell did he see? What was actually accomplished in that 5-22 stretch? Nothing. Most of us see a dysfunctional team that is no better off today than one year ago, and the evaluation process continues. Evaluation is code for "we are trying to buy more time." The time is now for the owner to sell, the management to leave with him (I like Nash and Pritchard but they are PA guys), and the only piece of the basketball operations staff that should be left standing is the only valuable piece in this organization and that is the Head Coach.

More coming Tuesday afternoon on March Madness (Buddy Jay is right- we all suck at picking the brackets), Hutch leaves the Hawks, and a different look at the dunks in women's basketball.

Thank you and goodbye.


At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What was actually accomplished in that 5-22 stretch? Nothing." Wrong. Progress has been accomplished. While the progress has been small, there has been progress. The Blazers record when Mo was fired was 22-33. In the first 55 games this year the Blazers are 18-37. Just a small step back from how great we were with the beloved pothead Damon and his pals. That 5-22 stretch where we "evalutated" players translates to a 18.6 win season over the course of and 82 game season. This year, the Blazers are on pace for 25. A 6 win increase isn't much, but it sure as hell isn't "nothing". Furness, you suck.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

What's wrong with professional sports? I also think the media's cynicism contributes to a predatory sports fan environment. We want to hate far more than we should, and the media tends to egg on this psychological flaw.

HOWEVER, I will tell you what recent sporting characteristics have really turned the fan into a blind consumer. It is the motto, "win at any expense." Example, TO is actually going to play for the Dallas Cowboys! Sports used to be about fans, competition, loyalty, and the game. This win at any cost mind-set has thrown aside everything that made sports pure and turned it into "that neat new gadget." Cowboy fan has always annoyed the heck-out-a-me, but they were always the most pridefull and loyal fans out there. How can they justify rooting for TO this year after what he did to them and the franchise on the whole? Yah, a championship at any cost, even your soul.

This isn't a one time example either. There are numerous examples of a team doing something against their core philosophies or fan base to "win" in all sports. Blame it on free agency or whatever you want, but things have changed and sports have been sold down the river under the guise of "winning."

NCAA tourny action is the best. Do you think Adam Morrison will bang his head on the ball and play so hard a couple years into the NBA .. no way.

Tourny bracket update: After a terrible start, all the fan hosts made a great comeback in the second round. G Dawson shot off to a lead over the others, but then faultered in the last few games. I Ropp now holds the lead among Fan hosts (I am tied with him).

At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you quit your whining Ian.
I would love to go to the Blazers Games for free every night. Why do all of the sports media in Oregon specifically (Canzano, Quick, Eggers, Furness) have to be so negative about everything the Blazers do. I am sick of the media's pessimistic view of sports. It makes sports not fun.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

Yah, why don't you get in the company line and rave about this team! Maybe the team would do better if you, IAN, started getting behind them a little more.


If something is crappy, and a ton of mistakes are made, a reported is going to say something smells funny and suggest different avenues to walk down. I love the same guy who cracks on pot smoking Blazers as if they aren't around anymore claims progress with D Miles. Dude, MOST OF THOSE WINS THIS SEASON CAME WHILE HE WAS INJURED!

How about some constructive arguments utilizing THE MEDIA'S words and print to make them look bad ... it works a lot better than annonymous insults with misguided complaints.

Finally, I have heard the Fan get on board with the Trailblazers a few times in the past three years. I would call and say the current decisions are horrible, and they would spin the futuristic aspect of what the Blazers are trying to do. The Fan only slams the Blazers after something goes wrong or a million dollar player gives a two dollar performance. Psychologically, I think the recent complaints about the Fan staff are most likely the result of denial. You don't want that negative analysis to be true, even though all the facts are pointing you in that direction, hence the anger is misguided from the team to the media.

At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ian is absolutely right. Keep the coach and everyone else can be excused. I've followed this team for years and watched it slowly sink to the bottom. It's so bad I've actually become a fan of the Clippers.


At 12:52 PM, Blogger Michael Namba said...

It's become quite obvious to anyone with half a brain that Darius has become a cancer on this team...He already got one coach ran, do we want to see him get another? I say he must go.


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