No Time Like Now To Prove Your Worth ………………
OK, so here we are and with the advent of the decision made Justice Susan Nelson appears to have sided with the players in the mediation process of the NFL lockout . That being said I’m pretty sure that the owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be hard pressed not to come back with their own strategy of rescinding the judge’s decision and if anything Goodell will certainly look lodge an appeal with the Appellate Court at the behest of the NFL team owners . If anything this will most certainly drag on the situation way more than it has been necessary but as with all things , when it comes to communicating between the two sides , it has if anything has become far too contentious and litigious . And with Judge Nelson having ruled against the owners being able have her original verdict rescinded it remains to be seen whether or not they’re quite prepared to present their case to the US Supreme Court in requesting the Justices there to render a final and decisive verdict .
Slide show for your perusal .
While this all plays itself out we have another case where to players independently have chosen to challenge the league’s antitrust exemption status furthermore proving how asinine this situation has now become . But yet the league has seen fit to make public its 2011-12 NFL schedule . No surprises there however but we do know that once again a game ( Week 7 Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers ) is scheduled to be played abroad at England’s famed Wembley Stadium , London , England . Nothing wrong there as the league looks to further broaden its reach beyond the North American consumer market where it has reached its peak . In lieu of this we also have being staged at Radio City Musical Hall , New York City , New York the NFL Draft of 2011 . As usual the creme-de-la-creme will be on display for the coaches and general managers of the NFL will be looking assess the latest crop of collegiate talent looking to make their mark in the professional ranks.
Inasmuch, as we have the draft geeks out there creating their own war rooms and assessing the talent for themselves. I for one won’t be in the least bit be interested in the entire process. This is bound to be a long and arduous task over three days , seven rounds and some 220 plus draft picks. And no doubt with there being door to door coverage of the event by ESPN and their in-house analysts , Mel Kiper , Todd McShay , with further insight being proffered by John Clayton and Chris Mortensen . It’s pretty safe to say that no expense will be spared to make sure that even the most ardent NFL fan and in particular draft geek will be supplied with as much information as needed .
If I were to say to you that two of the worse franchises in all of Major League Baseball were actually playing barely .500 baseball would it at all come as a surprise to you ? Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals are trying to make a case where they ought to be viewed as teams that are ready to contend within their respective divisions . Personally, given the years where both teams have failed to make the postseason I’d say this ………..what’s about to change at this juncture ? It’s not as if overnight the ownership group of both teams had suddenly become awash with money whereby they’ve gone on a spending spree to bolster the rosters of both the Pirates and Royals . If anything the front office of the teams in question have been redundant in doing what is in the best interests of their teams.
Bob Nutting as owner of the Pirates has been anything but transparent in the running of the Pirates and if anything he’s either been pleading ignorance or making a complete buffoon of himself with the statement that the Pirates are ready to contend . Well , considering that the team hasn’t been in contention much less having played in the postseason in almost two and a half decades , it begs the question how have the Pirates improved to the extent where Nutting actually believes that his team will be a major factor in the NL this season ?
Suffice to say that with the Royals, what you see is what you get with regard to its ownership group”> and the coaching staff . If you’re prepared to trade away your best player, a former Cy Young winner in Zach Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers it would suggest that the ambitions of this organization isn’t what we have been led to believe . It’s at times like this that I wonder if the league hierarchy is fully cognisant with what is happening within the league as it relates to the lack of real competitiveness of many of the teams within baseball. The Royals struggle to compete competitively in the AL but what might be even more unpalatable is the very fact as I’ve alluded to earlier this doesn’t appear to be an organization that has the will to win . If nothing else it will be extremely interesting to see the season unfold for the Kansas City Royals and how they fare over the year .
I find it rather inane that the Royals’ ownership group led by David Glass and the Glass family. Am I remiss here in suggesting that the family aren’t really that ambitious with regard to this ball-club ? In reality I believe that the issue here is within this environment teams such as the Royals caught behind the 8 ball or between a rock and a hard place merely to meet the expectations of their fans , in light of the vast financial clout of organizations such as the New York Yankees , Boston Red Sox , Philadelphia Phillies and even the Texas Rangers .
Is it me but on appearance alone I get the feeling that the NBA Playoffs have simply dragged on but in reality the postseason as such has only been in effect since the 16th of April . But many of the series in question because of the less than thrilling suspense , one tends to get the impression that many of the teams that are part of the NBA’s show case postseason gala haven’t really been playing at a high standard . We’ve seen the New York Knicks being unceremoniously dumped out of these playoffs with a rather lopsided series loss 4-0 courtesy of the Boston Celtics . And with the thinking that team owner James Dolan may well be on the cusp of parting ways with not only team coach Mike D’Antoni but also team President & Head of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh . With all the turmoil that befell this team over the years it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the turmoil still exists . Suffice to say we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires over the course of the postseason as it relates to the New York Knicks.
The Miami Heat was able to close out its series with the Philadelphia 76ers in a hard fought game five with a 97-91 victory to win that series 4-1 . A conference semi finals match-up against the Boston Celtics now awaits Erik Spoelstra’s — team as they seek to make the conference finals with their ‘Big Three’ of Chris Bosh , LeBron James and Dwyane Wade . And no doubt either side believes that they’ve something to prove as their season series was quite an eventful one .
The San Antonio Spurs now find themselves in a fight for their very survival in the postseason . In their round one match-up with the Memphis Grizzlies the Spurs still find themselves down 3-2 in this series . And having eked out a hard fought game 5 victory defeating the Grizzlies 110-103 in overtime . The hero in game 5 for the Spurs was Gary Neal in taking the lead in the waning moments of this game during regular play for the Spurs. But if anything the commanding presence of Manu Ginobli and the 33 points scored in the game that brought the Spurs back off life support. This series could very well have ended last night with a shocking first round exit for the number one seed in the Western Conference .
As the series plays themselves out within the NBA there’s still a few more chapters to be written as it relates to the postseason. We’ve already had a great deal of excitement , thrills and suspense . And I’d dare say that there’s still a great deal to come and much of that will be due to the tenacity shown by the teams competing . My own thoughts are that the NBA’s postseason is one of the most exciting high points of the year’s sporting calendar . And while I know that the NHL’s own postseason gala is well underway by comparison I believe it pales in significance when it’s adjudged against that of the NBA and their postseason schedule !
Picture gallery for your perusal .
What thoughts if any do you have on the topics raised within this piece ? Simply leave a comment on each or as it relates to the sporting scene at present . Thanks as always for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !
Alan aka tophatal ……………………….
(1) Judge Susan Richard Nelson whose verdict has the NFL owners in turmoil having sided with the the players of the NFL in their suit against the league . AP Photo / Chris Samuels ….
(2) LAKE FOREST, IL – APRIL 26: Defensive tackle Anthony Adams(notes) of the Chicago Bears speaks to media during the 2010 Brian Piccolo Award ceremony at Halas Hall on April 26, 2011 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Players participated in the ceremony one day after a federal judge temporarily lifted the 45-day lockout, the NFL has already asked for a stay on the judges order. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images ……
(3) Rick Spielman, vice president of player personnel for the Minnesota Vikings, heads to the podium during a news conference about the upcoming NFL football draft, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Eden Prairie, Minn. AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jerry Holt …….
(4) ESPN’s on air NFL analysts seen here from left to right (foreground) Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen and former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson discussing the merits of the 2010 NFL Draft . Getty Images / Chris McGrath ……
(5) Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Nick Leyva waves Brandon Wood (2) home on a base hit by Jose Tabata, not pictured, during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 2-0 . AP Photo/Don Wright ……..
(6) Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Brandon Wood (2) throws to first base for the double play as San Francisco Giants’ Cody Ross (13) is out during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 2-0. AP Photo/Don Wright ………
(7) Bob Nutting the principal managing partner of the Pittsburgh Pirates . AP Photos/ Paul Mason …..
(8) Kansas City Royals starter Jeff Francis pitches to the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The Indians would go on to defeat the Royals 7-2 . AP Photo/Amy Sancetta …..
(9) Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson cannot catch up to a three-run double by Cleveland Indians second baseman Orlando Cabrera off Royals starting pitcher Jeff Francis in the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. AP Photo/Amy Sancetta …….
(10) Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar leaps over Cleveland Indians baserunner Shin-Soo Choo after forcing him out at second and then throwing to first on a ground ball by Indians’ batter Carlos Santana in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Santana was safe at first on the play. AP Photo/Amy Sancetta ……..
(11) Kansas City Royals owner David Glass, right, talks with baseball commissioner Bud Selig after it was announced that the 2012 All-Star Game will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. , Wednesday, June 16, 2010. AP Photo / Ed Zurga ….
(12) Dwyane Wade(3) of the Miami Heat shoots over Thaddeus Young (21) of the Philadelphia 76ers during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida . Getty Images /Mike Ehrmann …..
(13) Elton Brand(42) of the Philadelphia 76ers posts up against Joel Anthony(50) of the Miami Heat during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Getty Images/ Mike Ehrmann …….
(14) Memphis Grizzlies’ Tony Allen, right, is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ Richard Jefferson, left, as he reaches for the basket during the third quarter of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in San Antonio. AP Photo/Eric Gay ……..
(15) San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, points to the crowd during over time of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in San Antonio. AP Photo/Eric Gay ……..
(16) San Antonio Spurs’ Gary Neal (14) shoots a three-point shot to tie the Memphis Grizzlies in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in San Antonio. AP Photo/Eric Gay …..
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