Most of us can find something to be thankful for this time of year. I enjoy watching sports and when I woke up this morning I started to think what if some of the more talked about sports figures in the nation needed some help in realizing what they should be thankful for. So just in case they wonder, here it goes:
Chris Bosh should be thankful that his contract in Toronto expired at just the right time. And that NBA GMs bought the hype that he was an important free agent pick up along the lines of James and Stoudemire. Before his exposure as a soft pancake like small forward posing as a shooting guard, before Pat Riley found out that Bosh wanted to ‘chill’, he was able to ink the contract of a lifetime and live in the tax free state of Florida. That is definitely an improvement from merely being Shaq’s Rupaul.
Joe Johnson should be thankful too that the Atlanta Hawks went old school Yankees and bid against themselves in giving him a max contract. At least he knows how to act with it.
Carlos Boozer is thankful that the Bulls are not pushing too hard to figure out how he really got hurt.
The Washington Wizards: For John Wall. How many rookies can do the Dougie for 20 minutes during player introduction AND put up a triple-double on the same night?
Donald Sterling for leasing Blake Griffin for a few years: Blake’s Shawn Kemp like athletically styled freaky destroy the rim dunks will definitely sell a few more season tickets for the Clippers. Sterling can buy more real estate in Beverly Hills where he can discriminate against African-American would be tenants before Blake leaves the team that serves as the unofficial bitches of the Lakers. Maybe he will even become a Laker!
The City of Cleveland: Lebron is fool’s gold. Now that he has taken his talents to South Beach, I guess the South and the Beach have affected his stamina as he’s already gone on record as wanting less minutes. Cleveland stood in the spotlight and had the hope and aspirations of Chicago Cub fans in June for several years. And you had James to thank for that. He got his taste of free agency. James is a physical beast with almost unlimited talent. But his head ain’t right. It may or may not ever get right. What you see now is a player more interested in being famous for famous sake, not a winner who will do whatever it takes like a Jim Brown, or Kobe Bryant. It may take a while, but if Dan Gilbert has the same commitment to the team as he did when James were there, Byron Scott will make sure they play smart and hard every night.
Vince Young: Thankful that Bud Adams loves him like Arthur Blank used to love Michael Vick. And that he is willing to put up with his childlike and unprofessional behavior. I guess if he doesn’t kill any animals or commit any other felonies he may keep that love and even get Jeff Fisher fired. Adams drinks the Young Kool-Aid like ESPN talking heads drink Favre’s. He’s probably going to get Fisher run like Favre did Chili. From what I hear, Young is as committed to putting in work during the week like Favre is in the pre-season too. What similarities.
Speaking of Favre and Kool-Aid; Favre should be thankful that Roger Goodell is a hypocrite and will not punish him for sexually harassing a former Jets employee including sending her text photos of his junk. Roger is great at putting the Pac Man Jones’ of the world in check in laying down the law. But the Old Gunslinger puts tape on his mouth. Shhhhh! Listen to that? What’s that sound? That’s the sound of silence from the NFL offices in New York. The NFL cares about the NFL brand, not the players, not integrity. As long as Favre is starting, you won’t hear anything else regarding Sterger-gate. David Stern’s frozen envelope from 1985 is screaming conspiracy here!
Sterger didn’t help her own cred by trying to get paid from it. Getting paid is nothing I’m against. But she stalled the NFL offices while trying to broker a hush deal. That’s not on Goodell however. He has the information and the self proclaimed sheriff of the shield is showing himself to be nothing more than politician.
Richard Seymour: That his name is not James Harrison. He’s going to get that $25 grand out of his chump change purse like Sweet Daddy from Good Times and still get to play on Sunday.
And finally the City of Philadelphia: That Jeffery Laurie and Andy Reed didn’t listen to YOU when you didn’t want to allow Michael Vick a second chance. The listened to McNabb instead and now they have an MVP candidate, a player who can potentially take them to another Super Bowl.
The New York Yankees/Derek Jeter situation is getting ugly. I think a couple things needs to happen. First, management, especially Hank Steinbrenner need to stop putting their Captain on blast by giving him the, “If you don’t like my offer go get a better one somewhere else,” statement in the press. That’s just disrespectful and unnecessary. Jeter for his part needs to either, a) tell his agent to stop comparing him to Babe Ruth at 36, and b) perhaps take a more active role in his own final contract. He believes he should get paid for ‘services rendered’ and the club believes he should get paid for ‘services currently performed.’ Conventional wisdom says it’s somewhere in between. Jeter should retire in pinstripes. And in this negotiation both parties should come away satisfied though not completely happy. Jeter should get his respect, and the Yanks should not overpay by leaps and bounds if they choose not to this time. I suppose Jeter wonders why they want to get fiscally conservative all of a sudden. But The Boss is dead. Hank is not Vito Corleone or even Michael. He’s more or less Sonny.