Finally Common Sense Seems To Be Prevailing Well At Least I’d Like To
Think So !
Ah the Jim Tressel episode has now come to an abrupt and discerning end . And with it the mere pomposity and conceited actions of Gene Smith and university President E Scott Gee The sheer stupidity and asinine attitude of two of the university’s highest administrative officials has simply been beyond belief . Gee and in particular Smith have shown poor judgment throughout this whole episode . What might be even more unpalatable has been the audacity of Lou Holtz to even now suggest that Tressel’s actions shouldn’t overlook the good that he’s done for the school over the course of his career. I find it hard to believe that Holtz would seek to defend the coach’s action given the lengths to which Tressel went in lying to senior faculty members and then getting coaching staff subordinates to suborn his actions. But then again the college fraternity of coaching seems to be one big ol’ boys’ club where anything goes just as long as you don’t somehow get caught. However , once that happens it’s everyman for himself but within the fraternity of college coaching who knows what really goes on behind closed doors ?
Slide show for your perusal .
Can someone simply explain to me how the hell this mess went on and with so much of it happening within the public domain ? Tressel and the entire football team haven’t played by the rules and the deeper one delves deeper into this mess the more unsavory this matter becomes . I simply do not believe that this whole episode is now over because of the wide ranging allegations that have taken place. The proprietor of the tattoo parlor where many of the Buckeyes’ players got their tattoos free of charge as we’ve been led to believe or in some cases the players were paid to autograph pieces of memorabilia that would be sold at a later date at a private auction. The owner Edward Rife , of the business in question has been indicted by a Federally appointed grand jury for grand larceny , racketeering , the sale of illegal narcotics, money laundering and drug smuggling . Suffice to say there’s a great deal that the school would rather gloss over along with the apparent idiocy of their actions.
Well the NBA Finals are now upon us and though it might not have been the matchup that everyone had envisaged it will be one that could very well deliver a great deal of intrigue . The Dallas Mavericks will face the Miami Heat in game one of the 2011 NBA Finals with games one and two being played at the AAArena in Miami , Florida . The two teams met in the 2006 NBA Finals with the Heat coming on top over the Mavericks . On either side there are ony four players from the respective rosters from those Finals in 2006 , with those players being Dirk Nowitzki , Jason Terry of the Mavericks and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat. Wade would end up being the Finals’ MVP of the series , laying the foundations for his meteoric rise within the NBA .
For Heat President Pat Riley he may well feel that this is the vindication he sought having made the acquisitions that have bolstered this team . His young protege` Erik Spoelstra has coached this team to the success that they’ve attained this season . That notwithstanding , I do believe that this series won’t be as straight forward as some may well believe because of the Heat being looked upon as the prohibitive favorites . I’ve no doubt that the Heat are duly being rewarded as favorites but I tend to think back to the NBA Finals of 2004 when a highly favored Los Angeles Lakers’ team came up short against the underdogs ___ Detroit Pistons who manhandled that star laden Lakers roster. When the makeup of your roster at the time includes future bound Hall of Famers such as Shaquille O’Neal , Kobe Bryant , Gary Payton and Karl Malone you’re expected to win handsomely . However in this case , the Lakers in their sheer and utter complacency got a drubbing that left a bitter taste in their mouths . That 4-1 series loss showed in fact how lopsided this victory was for the Detroit Pistons whose coach Larry Brown may well have had his proudest professional moment in the NBA , courtesy of his team. I’m not about to suggest that the Heat will wilt under the pressure of expectation but can you imagine what the fallout might well be should they fail to deliver ?
As many of us may well felt that the LeBron James — Jim Gray interview brought to us courtesy of ESPN ” The Decision” was more about hyperbole than being anywhere near substantive in terms of content . James came off as being self serving , conceited in the aftermath of the interview and the Heat in many ways became the pariahs of the NBA . In many ways I look at this all as the monster that NBA Commissioner David Stern created because now the NBA has become more about its marquee superstars rather than it being about the teams . In so much as Stern would want to have us believe that there’s still a team philosophy about the brand and its overall sale to the public . Simply look at how these Finals are now being advertized for the fans and public’s consumption ? It hasn’t been about the two teams involved but more to do with unfinished plot lines and the fact you have players such Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh , Jason Kidd and James in particular still looking for their first NBA title .
I’ve no doubt that the viewership for these Finals will be a ratings bonanza for ABC and the impact it will have for the NBA globally will be significant . James has now become a marketing machine though not yet the heir apparent to Michael Jordan but you can imagine that the player and his management company will be looking for the financial bounty that will undoubtedly come about in aftermath of a Miami Heat victory with numerous corporate clients looking to associate themselves with the superstar.
Picture gallery for your perusal .
This series has the makings of being an instantaneous classic if it lives up to the perceived hype . But I am simply looking forward to it being a completely entertaining and competitive series above all else. And I would certainly like to think that Dallas and Miami can serve us up with something that we will find entertaining throughout the length of the series , no matter how long it may well last . I don’t think that I can put it anymore succinctly than that !
Alan aka tophatal …………………………
Picture and slide show details below .
(1) FILE – In a March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, sits next to E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, during a news conference, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State announced Monday, May 30, 2011 that football coach Jim Tressel has resigned as the NCAA investigates the Buckeyes for possible rules violations. The school says Luke Fickell, an assistant head coach under Tressel, will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 season. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam ……
(2) Ohio State students Curt Stine, left, and Matt Parker hang a sign on their porch near campus in support of former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, Monday, May 30, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel, who guided Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years, resigned Monday amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam ….
(3) Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrives in this Nissan 350Z, center, to a players only meeting Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Woody Hayes Complex, in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam ….
(4) Ohio State players arriving at a players only meeting Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Woody Hayes Complex, in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam …….
(5) MIAMI, FL – MAY 30: Dwyane Wade (3) of the Miami Heat talks to the press during practice before Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks on May 30, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida Getty Images/ Mike Ehrmann …….
(6) LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat laugh looks on during practice before Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks on May 30, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Getty Images/ Mike Ehrmann …..
(7) An exterior view of the American Airlines Arena before the start of Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks on May 30, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Getty Images/ Mike Ehrmann …..
(8) Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd, right, points as teammate Dirk Nowitzki, left, laughs during an NBA Finals basketball practice Monday, May 30, 2011, in Miami. The Dallas Mavericks will play the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Tuesday. AP Photo/David J. Phillip …..
(9) Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Terry listens to a question before an NBA Finals basketball practice Monday, May 30, 2011, in Miami. The Mavericks will play the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Tuesday. AP Photo/David J. Phillip ….
(10) Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, left, and team owner Micky Arison talk during during the team’s practice session, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Miami. The Heat will play the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Tuesday. AP Photo/J Pat Carter …….