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A few things…Friday

I’m travelling again. Happy Anniversary to my wonderful wife!! If God is willing, and the airlines cooperate, I should be home tonight!!

  • I’m sorry, I could care less about the Royal wedding. As far as I know, they aren’t putting any food on my table and aren’t paying any of my bills. Knowledge of the Royal wedding will not improve the job market or stop companies from shipping jobs overseas. Just like with all newlyweds, I wish them well.
  • Let’s talk sports for a second – The Dallas Mavericks slid by the Portland Trailblazers. They figured out how to blow a 17-point lead, only to hold on for dear life in the end. BTW, what was the deal with the flagrant fouls?!?!? The Los Angeles Lakers looked like they were simply running through practice drills as they spanked the New Orleans Hornets. The Orlando Magic proved that you need more than a great mobile center in order to advance in the NBA playoffs. Howard was great. The rest of the team was awful. The Atlanta Hawks move on to the second round.
  • Speaking of sports – I really, really, dislike the hype over the NFL draft. More than 50% of these guys are going to flame out. The list of over-hyped 20s is nearly endless. The fact that professional NFL coaches, owners and scouts cannot predict future performance is amazing. Just look at five years ago, (the top 10 picks in order) – Mario Williams (great player), Reggie Bush (periods of greatness mixed with average play), Vince Young (classic over hyped player), D’Brickashaw Ferguson (great player), AJ Hawk (one of the reasons the Packers won the SuperBowl), Vernon Davis (great two years ago; not so great last year), Michael Huff (seven ints in five years!!), Donte Whitner (five ints in five yrs and 19 passes defensed), Ernie Sims (one int, four and a half sacks; was traded from original team already), Matt Leinart (much hyped and now out of football). You decide if the pros did a great job at picking future players. Cam Newton was the first drafted yesterday. The second round of the draft is happening now.
  • I’m reviewing the People’s Budget. I’m liking what I’m seeing. I’ll have more on the People’s Budget. I like the idea of balancing the budget and having a surplus by 2012.

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  • ATLS, the standard in trauma care, was started nearly 35 years ago. An orthopedic surgeon crashed his plane with his wife, mother and four kids with him in the plane. His terrible ordeal led for him to push for changes in trauma care. Great story.
  • Senator Al Franken has introduced a bill in Congress that will force Congress to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I’m liking this.
  • Donald “Birther” Trump continues to prove how classy he is by dropping da F-Bomb on camera.
  • As I said yesterday, the birthers were going to say that Obama’s birth certificate ain’t real. I knew it. Whatever. (Btw, note the familiar formula: local conservative blogger types something that makes no sense. Drudge picks up the nonsense and plasters it on his front page. The craziness goes viral from there.)
  • Michele Bachmann is dancing away from the GOP plan to end Medicare. Maybe she is smarter than I give her credit for??

What are your thoughts this Friday afternoon? Hate the hype of the draft or the Royal “pain” Wedding?

Catching a plane….

By |2011-04-29T14:59:49-04:00April 29th, 2011|Afghanistan, Budget, Foreign Affairs, Iraq, Sports|Comments Off on A few things…Friday

Mavericks Fire Johnson

Two years ago, Avery Johnson led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA finals. The Mavs were up 2-0 versus Dwayne Wade. Wade single-handedly beat the Mavericks. Shaq was on the floor but really wasn’t a major factor in their championship win. Since then, the Mavericks have come up short. They lost to Golden State in the first round last year. I’ll re-type that. The Dallas Mavericks lost to Golden State in the first round of the playoffs. This year they showed the heart of deer as they got spanked by the New Orleans Hornets.

The Mavericks need to make some major moves in order to get back to where they were two years ago. I think that firing Avery Johnson was a good move. Next, give Jason Kidd his walking papers. Then, find a guard who is young and who will take the ball to the hole. We need a guard that will dish to Nowitzki or shoot the teardrop that Tony Parker has made famous. We need a guard who can breakdown a defense like Steve Nash. Oh yeah, we traded him. We need a guard who can play some defense and stop Chris Paul and other quick shooting guards like Devin Harris. Oh yeah, we traded him too. I’m not saying that we have made some stupid trades but WE have made some stupid trades!!!

Why is Jason Terry still sitting pretty for the Mavs? In the crutch, he has folded time and time again. He seems to have all of the skills to expect the ability to play great defense and to be a dominant player in this league, but he has to be able to crank it up a notch. Two years ago, he carried the team in a couple of playoff games. Dirk wasn’t shooting well. Terry stepped up. Where was he this past week? What about against Golden State? You have to refuse to lose.

Mark Cuban is in a tough spot but he is the owner. He needs to figure out where to go. He needs better talent on the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki is 30 years old and has proven that he can play, but he really cannot carry a team in the final three minutes of a game. Jerry Stackhouse can do great things, but sometimes his head isn’t in the game. Getting ejected during an elimination playoff game should be grounds for being fired from the team.Devean George – bye. Juwan Howard – see ya. Eddie Jones – bye. The Mavericks need to clean house. What are we going to do with Dampier? He is one of these invisible 7 foot centers. Why? Find a 7 footer who can move inside and score.

The Mavericks have been too content. They need to make major moves to prevent two to five more years of almost being great.

By |2008-04-30T22:33:37-04:00April 30th, 2008|Sports|Comments Off on Mavericks Fire Johnson
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