Thursday, June 24, 2010
By Joe Collins
Random Thoughts And Observations
I HOPE THEY LIKE WAFFLE HOUSE: Talk about a reality check for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel. Just two weeks ago, they were hoisting the Stanley Cup, sipping champagne and floating along in a victory parade with two million revelers. Now? Off to Atlanta-- a city with as much hockey buzz as the "one flag" segment of the "Six Flags" commercials. The Atlanta Thrashers ranked 28th out of 30 teams in attendance last year and have yet to win a playoff game in franchise history (dating back to 2005-06). Yikes.
JUST DON'T CALL HIM TIM TEBOW: New Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said all the right things at Wednesday's introductory press conference. What he said best though, and alluded to often, was his diligent work ethic: "I'm a serious-minded coach. I'm not going to apologize for it." And that's exactly what I would expect from a guy who has a Bachelor of Science degree and a master's degree in counseling. And good for the Bulls, you know? They get a tireless, defensive-minded Bill Nye the Science Guy-type who doesn't mess around and knows a thing or two about accountability. People have wondered about his offensive schematics, but will that really matter if (gulp) King James comes 'a calling?
GAME ON: What actual Milton Bradley game best represents the games that Milton Bradley played with the Cubs? I hate reopening the 'ol Milton Bradley wound but I couldn't resist this week, given that the Cubs are in Bradley's new stomping grounds-- Seattle. Here's my list:
Jenga (you know it's going to implode, it's just a matter of when)
Scattergories (emphasis on the "scatter" part)
Axis & Allies (Appropriate, as it was part of the "Gamemaster" series)
Splat! (A game of fallen expectations)
AND FINALLY: I like how the NHL Awards were in Las Vegas. In fact, shouldn't each of the "Big 4" (baseball, basketball, football and hockey) have a Vegas-based awards show? Think of the possibilities! Lady Gaga and Jerry Seinfeld could co-host the MLB Awards, with umpire Joe West serving as some kind of red carpet bouncer. Jack Nicholson presenting a lifetime achievement trophy at the NBA awards is a no-brainer. And heck, there's all this talk about how the Pro Bowl is lame and poorly attended by the star players themselves. Why not combine the Pro Bowl and an awards show in Vegas? Pssh...you'd have a line of NFL'ers stretching all the way to Henderson to get in on the action. Somebody get Wayne Newton on the phone...
Or something like that.
Coming Monday: Yellow Cards, Red Cards & Man Cards