Let’s Talk About Tiger
by Sean King February 21, 2010
For the love of all that is holy, I just don’t care anymore. I’m tired of hearing about all the chicks he slept with. I’m tired of hearing about his being in sex rehab. I’m tired of the hoopla that surrounded his public statement yesterday.
Just get right with your family and get right with yourself, and get back to playing golf.
The fact is, Tiger Woods doesn’t owe us an apology. The only people he owes an apology to are his wife, his kids and his mom. No one else in this world is in a position to judge him for his mistakes.
He doesn’t owe an apology to parents who told their kids to look up to him. Don’t allow public figures to be a role model for you or your kids, for anything other than their game performance. If you are taking your moral cues from celebrities, you have bigger issues.
Besides, no matter what Tiger says, no one is going to take him seriously. “He’s only sorry because he got caught.” No shit. How many times have you apologized for something before you got caught doing it? Most times, people do not consider the ramifications of their actions until they are caught. Does that excuse the action? Absolutely not. But to say someone is insincere in their apology because they didn’t apologize before they were caught is just ridiculous. It seems as though the fact he was caught is a bigger crime than the act itself.
So let’s all just move on from the Tiger Woods story. Let’s see how he acts on the golf course for the rest of his career. Let’s see how he treats his wife for the rest of their time together, if they even stay together. The only way we’ll ever know if Tiger was sincere in his apologies is to observe how he acts from here on out. Until then, let’s just move on.
Top 10 Amazing Dunkers
by Sean King February 13, 2010
In honor of the NBA All-Star Weekend in here in Dallas, I present, in my opinion, the top 10 dunkers in NBA history. Again, this is merely my opinion, and I’m sure I will not include some great ones, so feel free to let me know where I’m an idiot. Away we go…
10. Brent Barry – Only whitey ever to win the dunk contest. That, by itself, puts him on this list. But just barely.
9. Nate Robinson / Spud Webb – I’m including these 2 together because their accomplishments in the dunk contest are equally amazing. For these 2 little guys to beat the likes of Wilkins, Jordan and Dwight Howard remains completely mind blowing.
8. Darryl Dawkins – Chocolate Thunder gets points for not only shattering backboards, but also for the outrageous names he gave his dunks. Plus, he was an alien from the planet Lovetron. We are lucky that he took time out of practicing interplanetary funkmanship to show us how to put it down with authority.
7. LeBron James – I struggled with the decision to put him on this list because of his baffling refusal to show his stuff in the dunk contest. But, when he wants to take it to the basket, he’s dunking over anyone that gets in his way. May well be at the top of this list when his career is over. And if he ever competes at All-Star Weekend.
6. Shawn Kemp – When he wasn’t too busy having kids, Shawn Kemp thrilled us with his aerial skills. Another guy who would dunk over anyone who got in his way with unmatched hostility. During his and Gary Payton’s hay-days, you did not change the channel when a Sonics game was on T.V.
5. David Thompson – With a nickname like Skywalker, you have to be on this list. Thompson had the ability to take your breath away whenever the ball was in his hands. And, most of the time, he did.
4. Julius Erving – Doctor J revolutionized the air game in his days in the ABA, helping the smaller league compete with the much higher profile NBA.
3. Vince Carter – Dude straight up leaped a 7′2″ guy in the Olympics. Yeah, he was a french guy, but still.
2. Michael Jordan – It always seemed as if Jordan could fly. Even when he was coming down, he seemed to have a little lift left in reserve. And he really made Patrick Ewing look silly.
1. Dominique Wilkins – The human highlight film. I never saw anyone display more in-air acrobatics than ‘Nique. Sorry, Mike, but Dominique is number 1 on this list.
It’s Olympics Time!
Top 10 Scariest 3-Point Shooters
by Sean King Febuary 12, 2010
Yes, it’s Olympics time once again. The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics are happening in Vancouver, British Columbia this evening. But, I’m not here to break down any events or athletes. I don’t follow the Olympics that closely, and I never will. I just want to talk about the beauty of the Olympics.
The Olympic Games is sport in its most pure form. The athletes are out there representing only themselves and their countries. These people aren’t concerned about where their next contract is coming from or what city they may be playing for next season. They are not worried about holding something back to save for the next game. The Olympians leave everything out on the field for that gold medal, because you never know if you’re going to have a chance to get back. You can’t worry about leaving anything in the tank when you only get to compete at the highest level every 4 years. 4 years can be the difference between being on top of your game and struggling to stay afloat.
However, The Olympics are a fantastic case study of civilization as a whole. Many people, from many different backgrounds, all thrown together and competing for the same goal. Isn’t that a microcosm of our world? Regardless of where you come from, where you’ve been and where you’re going, aren’t we all working towards the same basic goals?
I don’t mean to jump on a soapbox, but the world can learn a few things from The Olympics. Let’s stop allowing our differences to stand in the way of progress. Let’s stop worrying about the new skier that may hurt your chance for a medal, or the new guy at the office who is gunning for your promotion. Like the Olympians, we need to take the competition in stride, and use it to better ourselves and the world we live in.
Now is not only the time to sit back and watch some fantastic competition, but also time to sit back and watch these athletes interact with each other and take joy in the fact that, despite their different backgrounds and countries of origin, they are all fighting for the same thing. Just like our world outside of sports.
by Sean King Febuary 12, 2010
In honor of the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend here in Dallas at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, I’ve picked, in my opinion, the top 10 scariest 3-point shooters since the 3-point contest began in the 1985-1986 season. I use the word scary because this is very much a list of guys that scared me when they had an opening to launch a 3. And away we go…
10. LeBron James – I put him on here because I hate watching him settling for 3-pointers. There is no one in this league that can stop him. Take it to the basket. Please!
9. Bruce Bowen – Not only was Bowen a helluva defender during his NBA career, but you couldn’t leave him open on offense. If he had space while he was camped in the corner, that 3 was going up and in.
8. Steve Kerr – If he could get the shot off, it was going in. And he was always clutch.
7. Tim Hardaway – Might be a surprise for Timmy to be on this list, but when he would bring the ball up, do a quick crossover and pull up for the 3, you just knew it was dropping. And he was deadly against the Knicks during his Miami Heat days.
6. Dirk Nowitzki – Just a scary shooter from anywhere on the court. Especially if he’s feelin’ it.
5. Ray Allen – Dude has an absolutely beautiful release, and has always had a knack for making shots when it counts.
4. Chauncey Billups – You’d be hard pressed to find a guy that has made more big shots in the last decade than Billups.
3. John Starks – At times you were clutch, but Game 7 of the 1994 Finals…you’re still shooting in my nightmares.
2. Reggie Miller – Game 1, 1995 Eastern Conference Finals, Pacers vs. Knicks. ‘Nuff said.
1. Larry Bird – There is no one else in NBA history (Okay, maybe Jordan) that I want on my team when I need a big shot to win a game, especially a 3.
This list represents the 10 guys I think of when I think of scary 3-point shooters. I know I’ve missed some guys, so feel free to chime in with your opinions.
So I was Wrong…
by Sean King
I beg your pardon, dear readers, but I was dead wrong. Apparently, you can still bet against Peyton Manning in a big game.
But first, congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on winning your first Super Bowl in franchise history. And leave it to New Orleans to be the first city, in my memory, to throw their parade at night. Absolutely fantastic!
Back to the point, which I can’t emphasize enough. I was wrong. Manning looked confused and disoriented at times. He made bad throws and hurried throws. And he got picked. Quite possibly the worst interception of his career, given what was at stake for his personal legacy. To make matters worse, you didn’t even have the decency to shake hands with the opposition. That is just classless.
My mother’s friend Cindy, a Louisiana native, said she lost all respect for Peyton Manning. That’s saying a lot, considering the clout that the Manning family has in New Orleans and Louisiana. I won’t go so far as to say I lost all respect for Manning. Lord knows we all make stupid decisions and do things we regret in the heat of the moment. But it was still a very classless move.
Now, I don’t want to seem like I’m crediting Manning for the Saints’ victory, because I’m not. The Saints totally earned this victory, not only with clutch performances from their players (Drew Brees, Garrett Hartley and Tracy Porter, to name a few), but also with fantastic play calling by Sean Payton. Brees was absolutely amazing in his MVP performance. It seems odd that I would mention a kicker as a key performer, but considering the terrible kicking we have seen in the playoffs, and the field position advantage the Colts would have had if those kicks were missed, his performance was just as integral to the victory as any other.
Perhaps the biggest story of the Super Bowl, however, was the Saints defense. They held a dynamic Colts offense to 17 points and baffled one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. And they made one of the biggest defensive plays in Super Bowl history, Tracy Porter’s interception return touchdown that effectively ended the game. It was said that you can’t rely on turnovers to win big games. The Saints don’t rely on turnovers, they make ‘em happen.
So, again, I was wrong. My apologies to the Saints. And, congratulations! It’s been a long time coming. Enjoy it.
You’ve given all of us hope. If the Saints can win a Super Bowl, anyone can win a Super Bowl. Except the Jets…
Colts vs. Saints - The Final Showdown
by Sean King Febuary 7, 2010
I have no true rooting interest in this game. My Jets lost to the Colts in the AFC Championship game. At this point, I’m just rooting for a great game.
But, let’s be honest. Outside of Colts “Nation”, we’re all rooting for the Saints.
Forget, for a second, about the horrors of Hurricane Katrina and the hell the people of New Orleans have endured because of it. This is a franchise that has less than 10 winning seasons in over 40 years of existence. This is a fan base that has yearned to see their team compete for the championship. This is the perfect bandwagon for all us that are looking for the underdog. I, for one, will be jumping on. I’m rooting for the Saints.
But I believe the Colts will win. You just don’t bet against Peyton Manning. Not anymore.
Time was, in a big game, we knew Peyton would choke. And even if it wasn’t him choking, he just didn’t seem to have what it took to win the big one. Then he finally beat the Patriots in that AFC Championship game a few years back. After that, you just knew it was over. If Peyton Manning has the ball in his hands with time enough to win the game, he’s going to win the game. He’s done it with guys who could very well be in the Hall of Fame one day (Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Edgerrin James). He’s done it with relative no-names (Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie). And he’s done it with, for most of his career, a rather sub-par defense.
And while the Saints defense completely destroyed Brett Favre and the offensive line of the Minnesota Vikings, they won’t have that success against Indy. The Colts offensive line is built to dominate teams with good pass rushes. Peyton Manning sees the defense, the pass rush and open man all too quickly for the Saints to touch him. He will have a field day.
But, Drew Brees will have a field day as well. He has too many weapons at his disposal, and with Dwight Freeney hobbled by his injured ankle, the Colts pass rush will be less effective.
This will be a close game, and a back and forth game. Neither defense is good enough to consistently stop the offensive attacks. This game will come down to who has the better quarterback. This game will be determined by who can get their team into the endzone that one time where it looks as if a field goal is all they’ll get.
No respect to Drew Brees, but that man is Peyton Manning. Colts, 35-31.
Does Kurt Wagner Belong In The Hall Of Fame?
by Sean King February 3, 2010
Kurt Warner’s retirement last week marked the end of the career of one of the true “Rocky” stories in sports history. Not only did this guy come from completely out of nowhere (we all know the story about the stock boy turned superstar), but he rose to the top of his profession on numerous occasions. He took his lumps, kept getting back up and walked away before he became a little too punchy (unlike Rocky). But the question remains: Does Kurt Warner belong in the Hall of Fame?
I say yes! No doubt about it! His stats are very good, especially when you factor in time missed because of injury concerns. He passed for over 32,000 yards, while completing over 65% of his passes with 208 touchdowns. His QB rating of 93.7 is better than current Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, Dan Fouts, John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Joe Montana. He played in 3 Super Bowls, winning 1, and he owns the top 3 spots for most passing yards in a Super Bowl. And the fact that he came out of nowhere to become the face of two different languishing franchises and brought them to relevance and prominence is something that cannot be overlooked. Hell, the only reason Joe Namath is in the Hall of Fame is because of the guarantee. If Namath is in, Warner definitely belongs in.
Personally, all the stats are fine and dandy. Aside from that, I think Warner belongs in the Hall of Fame because of his character as much as his stats. Regardless of how you feel about people who are outspoken about their faith and how it helps them through their day and decisions and everything else, Warner was always a straight shooter with the people. He wasn’t afraid to say what needed to be said, and you always got the feeling that what he was saying was genuine. This isn’t going to turn into a Favre situation where we’ll be seeing Warner at training camp in 5 months. Warner has always seemed to be a man of his word. And in this day and age of steroid scandals and athlete’s getting in trouble with the law at an alarming rate, being a man of integrity is just as important to an athlete’s ultimate legacy as his statistical accomplishments.
See you in Canton, Kurt. You deserve it.
copyright © Grandposts 2010 All Rights Reserved.