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Pistons

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Now that the season is officially over, I have a little bit to say.

First off, can we place trading Chauncey Billups for ‘Rapping Shitbag’ Allen Iverson the worst thing done by a GM since Dumars drafted Darko? I thought that trade smelled like day old diaper when it happened, and was sadly proved correct.

That was ‘Rapping Shitbag’, BTW, not ‘Raping Shitbag’. The second title is reserved for Kobe Bryant.

Anyways, let’s face facts, the Pistons are in a state of flux. This is seemingly a long term plan. because next year does not look better. We are going to dump A.I. and Rasheed Wallace. This will free up mucho cap space. Theoretically we are going to go after Dwayne Wade/Lebron James when they come free after next season.

This will not happen for us.

No, our best bet is to go after Mr. Chris Bosh (Aka that guy we should have drafted instead of Darko) after next season to play the Center position. Combine that with mainstays Prince and Hamilton. As well as newbies Stuckey and Maxiell and you got yourself a decent starting 5! Especially with the young guys getting yet another season under their belts next year!

Sadly this plan will not be good in the short term. We can expect slightly better than we had this year, next year. I do not know off the top of my head what free agents are there this offseason for us, but I can only assume that Joe D. has somebody in mind. Also, our draft pick should be decent in this, a very deep draft.

So expect a few growing pains in the near future, but a couple years from now Your Detroit Pistons should be back on top again!

I mean, once David Stern gets his Kobe vs. Lebron finals in 2 straight years that he is pushing through right now. I mean seriously? Fuck David Stern, that guy is Vince McMahon in a cheaper suit.

To paraphrase/misquote Futurama; ‘I used to think that the NBA was real like Pro Wrestling, but it turned out that it was fake like Boxing’.

-Ray

Draft Talk

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Ok, want to get this out before the draft on Saturday;

Your Detroit Lions are going to have a very interesting day at the draft this year.

That being said it would appear that they will take Matthew Stafford with the overall #1 pick. Boy, I hope that he is the guy. By that I mean I hope he does not turn out to be a mega bust, not that I hope that he is who they take.

Let’s face facts, the team has got alot of needs, and it would behoove them to trade down. Nobody wants to trade down however, so they be stuck.

An interesting thought hit me earlier today. It would seem that the Browns are looking to potentially trade away Brady Quinn. Maybe they wish to try and draft QB Mark Sanchez at 5? What if Sanchez gets drafted at #4 by a team trading up to get him? Would Cleveland perchance trade with the Lions? Matt Stafford for the #5 pick and Brady Quinn? Then the Lions could draft OT Eugene Monroe or DE Brian Orakpo and fill another need with (theoretically) the QB position covered? That way Cleveland could start Derek Anderson for a year and groom Stafford for the role over time, instead of throwing him to the wolves right away. Just a thought, I really do not even like Brady Quinn to be honest, but it made me think a little.

What I would like to see Detroit do;

Pass on Stafford. Draft either LB Aaron Curry or OT Jason Smith at #1. They will cost less, and have less ‘bust’ potential. We cannot afford high level busts at this point.

Use the #20 pick to take QB Josh Freeman. If he is not there, go with USC LB Rey Maualuga, who is projected around that slot. If Freeman is gone and they took Aaron Curry at #1, go with the best available OT, and if that feels like too much of a reach, take the top rated Defensive player.

The first pick of round 2 is interesting. Somebody is going to slip who is a mid first round talent. We would be wise to snatch that guy up, cause not only will he be very good, but he’ll also be pissed off and come into the league with a HUGE chip on his shoulder. Barring that, I would love to see Detroit take (Yeah I’ll say it) LB James Laurinaitis. James’s father is former WWE(F) wrestler Animal from the Legion of Doom!!! We need more Animal blood on our team. This I believe. Of course if we take Curry or Maualuga this pick would make no sense, just go with the top rated player. One of the bonuses of having so many needs is that they can take a player from about any position (BUT NOT WR!!!) and it would make sense.

In any case, This draft will be very interesting to watch. I am very curious to see how it all works itself out. With no Matt Millen to mismanage everything, I actually for the first time in almost a decade have a good feeling about the draft. At least I have a good feeling that I will not be embarrassed about the results.

GO LIONS!!!

-Ray

MLB Predictions 2009

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Ok gang, it’s time once again to flaunt my brilliance against the rest of the world…again.

If you write a blog, you are invited to join the challenge with me. Pick the winners of all the divisions and wild card teams this year, and then pick who goes to and wins the World Series.

It’s easy, and I am pretty sure I’ve never lost this to anyone.

For the record, here are my picks…

AL East: Boston
AL Central: Minnesota
AL West: LA Angels
Wild Card: Tampa Bay

NL East: Philadelphia
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: LA Dodgers
Wild Card: St. Louis

World Series: Cubs lose to the LA Angels of Anaheim 4 games to 1.

OK World, let’s see what you come up with!

GO GET CUTLER!!!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I am watching ESPN and see that Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler is having a tiff with his current team. He has asked to be traded today, and skipped out on his brand new coach’s first team meeting.

The GM of Your Detroit Lions should be on the phone constantly with Denver trying to get this guy.

Right now the Lions have the #1 overall pick in the draft, and look to draft a QB. Trade the darn #1 pick to Denver for Cutler!!! Cutler can play, he’s in his prime, and has already proven that he is a talented Quarterback of quality. Wouldn’t that be better than an unproven Matt Stafford? Shoot, maybe we can even get a 4th round pick from Denver out of the deal as well? Denver has a brand new head coach who is looking to put his new stamp on his new team. Starting over with Stafford would seem like a better choice for them than keeping around an unhappy Cutler. This seems like slam dunk obvious.

So no doubt they’ll find a way to screw it up.

-Ray

World Baseball Classic

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

You know, I think that the WBC is pretty darn cool.

I’m sitting here watching Italy play Venezuela in what is fast becoming a rout. But still I see such potential for grand worldwide interest and growth of the game. I keep hearing negative American press on the whole event and I just believe that these people are missing the boat completely.

The WBC is not for the Americans. It is for the rest of the world. Once our media understands that, they will be more able to enjoy it.

The theory is, if we hold these events and invite the world to play, the global interest in baseball will escalate. This will lead to greater exposure, and with greater exposure no doubt will come more popularity. More kids will be interested and possibly take up playing baseball themselves. Thusly, down the line, cause the talent pool of baseball players to improve as well.

Net result: Major League Baseball has an even higher level of player, creating more enjoyment for all it’s fans. Boom.

So ESPN and FSN should just sit back and enjoy it, and not worry about the local ratings etc. This event is a really good thing if you are a fan of the game of baseball.

-Ray

Lions Draft: 2009

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

So, obviously Your Detroit Lions have the #1 pick in the draft. And they have many needs.

that being said I’m fairly happy with what they have done so far in the offseason. They look to be bringing in a bunch of journeymen, older players to compete for the starting jobs. This will make them theoretically not embarrassing on defense anymore, and give them room to upgrade through the draft. Now, this will not be spectacular, but at least might bring them up to the middle of the pack or so, which would be a HUGE improvement.

I expect them to focus on defense in the draft. I wish that there was a Mario Williams type of stud out there, but it does not appear as if there is. At fist I thought that they would be best served taking an OT, and andre Smith looked to be the guy. But looking at the mess that this guy seems to be, I’m all about letting him be someone else’s problem.

So it would seem at this point that QB Matt Stafford is the forgone conclusion. I’m not sold on him at all. I do know that all through the season everyone touted him as the best available college QB in the nation, and they are still saying it now, so there ya go. I just hope that if they do make him the guy, that he lives up to the billing and doesn’t turn into an Alex Smith, which is about what I think he is.

This takes us to the 20th pick, which we got from Dallas in the smart Roy Williams deal. You got to look defense defense defense here. Personally the guy that I hope is still around and they take is James Laurenitis from (I know, I know) Ohio State. I see this as good for 2 reasons. First off they are in desperate need of a leader at the LB position. And secondly. James’ Dad was in the FREAKING LEGION OF DOOM!!! We need more Animal blood on our team. That would be the awesome.

As far as the 33rd pick in the draft goes. I think that they should just sit back and take whoever the top defensive player is still left on the board, regardless of position.

I mean, they have an adequate offensive line, and one can only assume if they hold back some money, they can grab a veteran OL or two who get cut in training camp. They have a decent up and coming running back in Kevin Smith, and they have a top 3 stud at wide receiver in Calvin Johnson.

Now I wanted them to get Matt Cassel, but since that seems to have gone south, the answer seems to be either start the rookie they no doubt will draft, or sign a guy to be a stopgap measure. Let’s be honest, Culpepper is done, Orlovsky can’t play at this level, and Drew Stanton should just go ahead and try to learn to play safety.

So anyways, these are my draft thoughts at this time. no doubt I’ll get more into it as the magic draft day approaches.

-Ray

Sniff:::

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I was accosted on Facebook chat yesterday and congratulated on the Lions signing former Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Bart Scott. Scott is a good LB from a good team, and would have been a huge signing!

Then I woke up today to discover that he has signed a 6 year deal with the New York Jets.

Ugh, jerks, all of you.

-Ray

Detroit Lions 2008: Wow, That Sucked

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I’ve been getting a buttload of calls, texts, e-mails, Facebook messages, and general comments about my favorite team in the universe: Your Detroit Lions.

In the case of one E-mail, it was just simply the following picture;

I have for the most part remained silent, which is odd for me, but truly what can you say about this? It’s as socially awkward as taking maternal credit for your daughter’s retarded baby and then running for VP.

Where to begin? Well I will first say Thank God it’s at least over. I do not think I could handle another week of taking time out of my Sunday to care about this team.

This season was the culmination of the incompetence of one Matt Millen. Matt Millen is the biggest disgrace in the history of football. I wish I could go back in time and convince his parents to adopt instead. For reals if I ever share a room with Matt Millen, I am going to punch him in the face. No hyperbole, no bravado, if it happens, I will do it. When stupidity is mixed with arrogance and allowed to simmer for 8 years, what you get is a smoking pot of mule diarrhea. The 2008 Detroit Lions are that smoking pot of mule diarrhea. Under Millen, the Lions ranked 31st out of 32 teams in overall defense. But don’t worry, they also ranked 31st out of 32 teams in overall offense too! I am very glad that Matt Millen was fired finally, but it was at least 3 years too late. His combination of terrible head coach choices, terrible player personnel choices, and horrendous draft choices led us to this point.

Let’s talk about these head coaches for a second. It started with Marty ‘Take the Wind’ Mornhinweg. The year before Millen came into town, the Lions went 9-7 and barely missed the playoffs. The first year of the Millen regime they went 2-14. As he decided to uproot the entire team (which was previously winning might I add again) and install a West Coast offense that it was not built to run. More on this later though. Following a 3-13 second year, ol’ Marty got the axe and in came local boy Steve Mariucci.
I will admit, I was overjoyed when he was announced as head coach. And then I saw what Steve Mariucci was and what he was not up close. He was not a good football coach. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Mariucci continued to cram players that did not fit into a system he designed for them. Mariucci made starting QB Joey Harrington into a local pariah, and added the word ‘Drawson’ into my vocabulary. (For those not in the know the Drawson was the draw play to Shawn Bryson that he called on every 3rd down play we ever had where we needed 7 or more yards) Later in his tenure, Mariucci got the oft injured Jeff Garcia, who blew donkey balls, but was continually praised as ‘a great QB’ despite what we were watching. This eventually led to Rod Marinelli.
Rod Marinelli is a good man, and a good coach. Just not a good Head Coach. This was clearly another case of a man being promoted beyond his ability, as Marinelli had never even been a coordinator before, much less a head coach. At least under coach Rod, the team never quit. They also never won, which is why he got the axe today.

So Millen went 3 for 3 on bad coaches. But at least he made up for that by making bad personnel choices and draft picks! So let me see here, you are rebuilding a franchise and want to run a high percentage West Coast style passing game, so you do you draft first to run this machine? Why Joey Harrington, a QB with a big arm that had a 52% completion percentage in college of course! right away people should have known this was not going to end well. But he needed weapons! So Millen drafted 4 Wide Receivers in a 5 year span. It should be noted that 3 of those 4 WR’s are no longer with the team, and 2 of them are not even in the NFL anymore, SCORE! And not just that, a draft ago, when everyone was screaming that we needed defense, Millen passed on Linebackers Paul Pozlusney and David Harris to draft QB Drew Stanton from Michigan State! He drafted Stanton because ‘He would be a good fit in a Mike Martz offense down the line’. At the time Martz was the offensive coordinator of the team, and was not expected to stick around beyond the next season. So Millen drafted a player for a coach that he was pretty sure would not be around by the time the player would be ready to play. This scenario encapsulates the thinking of Matt Millen.

But all that aside, it’s just backstory for the sporting abortion that was this past season.

Going into this year, the Lions felt that they had just had a season to build off of. They had just gone 7-9 the year prior, and seemed poised to make a move. So naturally the obvious thing to do would be dismatle the team of course! They traded away their most important defensive player, Shawn Rogers to Cleveland for a 2nd string cornerback and a bag of donuts. They also let Defensive lineman Kalimba Edwards get away as well. Net result; They could not stop the run, and hemmoraged yards all season long. They also totally failed to address their holes at the linebacker and defensive back positions. Net Result; They gave up huge passing plays because their backs couldn’t cover anyone. They also released Running Back Kevin Jones in order to start Tatum Bell, who was a healthy scratch almost the entire prior season. For those who may not know ‘Healthy Scratch’ is football jargon for ‘This guy sucks so bad that we don’t even want him in uniform for our team’. Starting Quarterback Jon Kitna, aka the soul of the team, was put on Injured Reserve early on in the season with what could only be seen as a minor injury. they replaced him with Daunte Culpepper, who literally walked in off the street after every other NFL refused to even consider looking at him. When Culpepper’s ‘Not in football shape’ body got inevitably injured they went with QB Dan Orlovsky the rest of the way, despite the fact that Orlovsky is probably not even good enough to be the BACKUP QB on any other NFL team. Oh yeah, and they traded their best offensive player, WR Roy Williams away to Dallas, thus guaranteeing that they only had one viable target in the passing game. With Williams and Kitna gone, and no defense with which to speak, their one chance of winning a game (via shootout) went totally out the window.

This is not even to mention the schedule! Which was one of the most brutal I have ever seen in my life! They did not play a single team rated in the bottom quarter of the league, and played 12 of their 16 games against teams that had an 8-8 or better record! Why does the NFL schedulemaker hate the Detroit Lions?

So 0-16 is what happens when you have the following; A rough schedule, incompetent management, a bad head coach, no talent on either side of the ball, and a front office’s desire to get rid of every good player on the roster.

I don’t think that it is a far fetched statement to say that I would have been a better GM for the team.

So, going forward, what can you possibly do? CLEAN F’ING HOUSE. Matt Millen is gone. Rod Marinelli is gone. Many of these players will be gone. We got a bunch of high draft picks in the 2009 draft. They need to draft playmakers on defense and the offensive line. Some skill position pieces are already in place, I think they would be best served to avoid drafting a QB, and instead look to sign Matt Cassell away from New England. Drafting a QB with the first pick makes so much less sense than a good Left Tackle or Defensive End. Note to the team; GO THE MARIO WILLIAMS/JAKE LONG ROUTE!

Cleaning house will only help though if good decisions are made to replace the holes. I just read today that the new GM of the team is the guy that was Matt Millen’s right hand man. There are so many good football minds out there with proven track records, and the Ford family worked quickly to remove the interim tag from the name of MATT MILLEN’S SECOND IN COMMAND AS THE NEW GM OF THE TEAM.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Fuck, it sucks to care.

-Ray

Dustin Who?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

So, I am a little busy with my crap out here, and do not always keep up on all the sports I need to.

That being said it was brought to my mind yesterday that Dustin Pedroia won the AL MVP this past year, and I thought that sounded like crap. So I looked up the numbers today;

All I can say is that while I might have thought Pedroia was a bad choice for MVP, now I am outraged by it.

83 RBI???
17 Home Runs?
.376 OBP?

Come on now! Yes he scored 117 runs and hit .326 with 20 stolen bases, but Whoop Dee Doo! Those are not MVP numbers.

Meanwhile A-rod got the bone…

104 runs
103 RBI
35 Home Runs
Hit over .300 with a .392 OBP
Had nearly a full point difference over Pedroia in Slugging pct.
And let’s just add 18 stolen bases to the picture for fun.

A-Rod is also a very good defensive 3B, so I cannot feel that this ‘Pedroia played good defense at 2B’ argument holds much water.

As far as the best of the rest goes…

I cannot justify giving MVP to a pitcher, unless it was one of those amazingly special seasons. Only one pitcher had that kind of special season, and that was K-Rod. However giving an MVP to a reliever is kind of a joke in itself, so pass.

I cannot justify Joe Mauer as MVP due to his failure to achieve either 100 runs or RBI, and also the fact that he only hit 9 Home Runs.

Justin Morneau has about the same resume as Pedroia, just replace the runs with RBI and you got about the same player. So pass there as well.

We are left with A-Rod as the head and shoulders MVP of the league getting screwed. No 2 ways around it. I understand anti-Yankee backlash, and mostly agree with it, but the preposterous selection of Dustin Pedroia as MVP takes it to an unreal level.

-Ray

More thoughts…

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

OK, the sack beating is over. I cannot remember ever being less excited going into a UM/OSU game, and this has been echoed by my evil brothers on the other side of the fence. It’s sad that going into this game, nobody really seemed to care. Seemingly the one who cared less than anyone was the coach of Michigan, and that is just sad.

Rich Rod needs to go.

That being said, what does he say to his team at halftime to cool them down so hard every game? It seems like the game is close going into halftime every week, and then in the second half the other team pulls away and makes it a huge gap in score. I saw this today, Penn State, and Michigan State? What is Rich doing at halftime, reading passages from ‘The Book of Manners’???

It was also refreshing to see Tressel being classless as usual in the game. Up 42-7 in the 4th quarter he brings in his backup QB and proceeds to start calling long bombs. Nice job, I’m glad to see that you don’t remember the lesson of 1968. If this doesn’t give all the drive in the world for next year’s game, I don’t know what is left.

So all we have left is to sit back and cheer for Penn State. Because, seriously, is there anyone in the world that actually wants to see a rematch of USC-Ohio State in the Rose Bowl? That would be 15 shades of awful. Send the Suckeyes to the Capital One bowl to get hammered by the 4th or 5th best team in the SEC, and let Joe Pa get crushed in the Rose Bowl, it’s only fair!

Oh, and by the way, FIRE RICH RODRIGUEZ!!!

-Ray