My Two Cents

By Tony McClean
Updated: January 28, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Some random thoughts while wondering what sort of crazy questions the Steelers and Seahawks will have to answer over the next few weeks leading up to Super Bowl XL

Might be something like this……..
“What’s the religious significance of your nickname, Jerome?’
“Have you always been bald, Matt?”
“Will you and Coach Holmgren kiss and make up, Shaun?”
“Did the league fix the game for you guys to win in Denver, Joey?”
You get the idea. But enough of this, here’s my two cents.
Go to fullsize image 81 IS GREATER THAN 100??
In reading the national media this week, most pundits are now saying that Kobe Bryant’s 81-point performance a few weeks back was a greater accomplishment than Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game back in 1962.
Whaaaaaat?? Isn’t this the same media who have openly called Kobe a selfish ballplayer over the last few years since the Big Aristotle was shipped to South Beach? When did the memo for a change of heart come? If anything, this game should reinforce the selfish tag.
It just reminds me of a great quote uttered by the Kansas Hall of Famer when he was in his heyday, “Nobody roots for Goliath”. Even his resting days, the Big Dipper is still catching hell from the media.
Go to fullsize image Go to fullsize image OLD SKOOL/NEW SKOOL
How cool was it last Sunday to see CBS use David “Deacon” Jones to help introduce Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at Denver. The Minister of Defense was in his Ol’ No. 75 and looked like he could have started for either the Broncos or Steelers on Sunday.
In that same vein, how pathetic was it to see Terrell Owens talking about “being ready” while hawking some cellphones. Watching him flapping his gums lets me know that even after his “apology” and subsequent dismissal from Philly, T.O. just still doesn’t get it.
It’s too bad Owens didn’t play during the Deacon’s day. You just know that Mr. Jones would have constantly reminded T.O. of just how lucky his misguided ass is to be even playing in the NFL. It’s just as well, Owens probably would have been on the phone with Mastah…..I mean, Mr. Rosenhaus away.
Go to fullsize image HERE WE GO AGAIN
While most folks thought the incident at the United Center with Antonio Davis “evoked” memories of last year’s “Malice At The Palace”, the thing that got completely overlooked was another major, major lapse in security at a sporting event.
Just what the hell is it going to take for David Stern and NBA to realize that security must be beefed up at these games. Is a fan or a player going to have to be killed before something is seriously done about it?
When BASN explored the aftermath of last year’s brawl, one of this issues we raised was the rapidly increasing development of fan violence. I’m not saying that NBA crowds are all turning into English soccer fans, but there has to be a major, major upgrade in security for college and professional sports.
In Chicago alone, this is the third “incident” at a major sporting event in the last three years. Remember Chad Kreuter and the Cub fans at Wrigley. How about K.C. coach Tom Gamboa getting bum rushed by a father and son at Comiskey nearly a year later?
While trying not to be overly dramatic, I think this is a problem that all sports have to take seriously now before it becomes like trying to put the toothpaste back in its tube.
Go to fullsize image I don’t wanna say I told you so, but you just knew that the real Jake Plummer would show up last Sunday. He couldn’t hide under that Grizzly Adams beard for long.
Go to fullsize image One man’s opinion: Ron Artest will wear out his welcome in Sacramento so much so that he’ll be somewhere else in ’06-07 or sooner. I really hope I’m wrong about this.
Go to fullsize image I don’t know what I’m more anxious for. The Super Bowl or the long awaited return of “Chappelle’s Show”.
Go to fullsize image ESPN’s Chris Mortenson is now saying that Vanderbilt’s Jay Cutler is the best QB available for the NFL Draft. Gee, it didn’t take long for folks to forget about Vince Young now didn’t it???
Go to fullsize image So Bode Miller says that both Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong are drug cheats. You know, it’s just too damn easy to say that Miller was probably drunk at the time of his statement. But you didn’t hear that from me.
Go to fullsize image Oh well, that’s my two cents. R.I.P. Wilson Pickett.