The Sports Hogwash

An innovative opinion for a ludacris sports-world.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Championships are Forever

If a tree falls in the middle of the forest, does it make a noise.

This tree had people to hear it.

Hollow-headed Eric Seufert expressed his 1st amendment rights Friday, telling the Longhorn nation they should stop celebrating their first national championship since 1970 in his Daily Texan column.

The column has no sense of sports perspective, violates the unwritten rule of sports and war, and by saying it lacks judgment is an understatement by all means.

I am not joking around by saying that I’m ashamed to have attended the same university as this kid.

I don’t mind him holding Texas responsible for the other national championships of the past 35 years. Being one of the elite, respected and hated (for being good) programs of college football, not to mention one of the most winningest (3rd all time, 800 wins), more national titles should be on display in Belmont Hall.

I do have a problem with this:

"America was founded on an ideology of consistently outperforming our enemies and allies, not self-congratulation at the initial throes of success. Texas' 34-year losing streak brings to mind a similar struggle that America endured, and, thanks to the continuous efforts of our sage statesmen, ultimately routed: the Cold War."


The guy doesn’t have sports perspective. The “Big D” (Detroit) is destroyed when the Pistons win an NBA title. Chowds in Boston were blasted (drunk/crunk) when the Sox won their first title in 86 years. Past championship teams are celebrated on an annual basis as well. The 1972 Dolphins throw a huge party after all NFL teams are defeated in a single year.

Furthermore..

"Truth be told, isn't all this celebrating a little un-American? I don't see George W. Bush throwing up the horns with regards to the Iraqi war, and I think democratizing the Middle East bears more weight than a 3-point squeaker on the old gridiron."


If the celebration of sporting events was un-American, why would the president put in a phone call to the winning coach? Why is the team going to Washington D.C. in two weeks to meet with the president?

The big “No-No,” War and Sports. Kellen Winslow Jr. referred to himself as a soldier after a big-game…Kevin Garnett did it as well in the NBA. Just stop. You are not being bombarded with artillery. There’s no bomb planted at a free throw line, homeplate, or goal line. There is no risking of life. As a journalist, don’t encourage athletes to think like this.

"A brash show of dominance is no way for a champion to act, and I should know - I'm a winner. In fact, just last week I was intimate with a woman whom most people would consider "out of my league." Did I call up my buddies the next day to boast about my exploits? No - I asked her for a ride home and humbly went about my business. Don't kiss and tell, Texas, it's not classy."


Didn’t you just kiss and tell? Guess she wasn’t too hot and you didn’t want to get laid Friday night. Explaining to her that she’s in this trashy column didn’t help your street-cred.

He goes on to compare the stock market to a national championship. (silly I know)

"Let's scale back the partying, Texas. If only one out of my 35 investments was making me money, I wouldn't be downing shots at Maggie Mae's - I'd be having a stern discussion with my broker."


Via TexasSports.com, the Longhorns are 221-33 (not including ties). Texas has recorded four losing seasons, one .500 season and 30 winning seasons. If this was a stock-market and you were up a little 29 times or years, loss some money 4 years, and hit the jackpot one-time…would you throw yourself a party?

Hugh Heffner would give props to my party.

Should he have a shot to explain himself? Hell, why not…I’ll give him a chance. He’s my guest on the Longhorn Round-Up this morning (barring any phone failures).

Longhorn Roundup: 9-11am

Monday, January 30, 2006

Influencing the bet

Super Bowl XL is less than 7 days away. That day is the single-biggest day in sports. From coin flip to 4th quarter triple-zeroes, two groups of people are in absolute heaven: The Media, and Gamble-holics.

What an orgasmic day for me.

The following are some of the silly things you can bet on come Sunday via sportsbook.com :

Player to score last TD
Will Shaun Alexander have more than 6.5 receiving yards
Will Maurice Morris have more than 2.5 yards rushing on his FIRST attempt
Will the Seahawks convert more than 5 third downs

And my personal favorite: Coin Flip: heads or tails?

I would estimate you can bet on close to 300 different things concerning the Super Bowl. (Don’t forget the “Where will Terrell Owens play next year” bet)

The bet the majority of gamblers wager is the line. At the present time the Steelers, a No. 6 seed in the AFC is favored to defeat the No. 1 seed Seattle Seahawks of the NFC by four points. How can this happen? Two words: The media.

Michael Irvin, Mike Ditka, Sean Salisbury, Mark Schlereth and many more of ESPN all get paid to analyze football. They know football (I think), but their initial projections and analysis of why which team is better, is ultimately how people bet. Lines-makers take this into consideration and create a line that gives the favorite as many points as possible where bettors will take that team.

When gamble-holic A thinks of which team he wants to bet on, he strongly considers these analysts opinion. If gambler A was a Dallas Cowboy fan, he would treat Michael Irvin’s opinion like the gospel, even though he’s as degenerate as “The Looter” in New Orleans.

And who knows what goes on behind the scenes? God forbid if they were to all agree on a certain team to win…a producer might step in and direct one analyst to argue FOR a certain team.. and let’s face it, controversy makes better ratings.

As for my pick..you will have to wait until Friday morning.

Or listen to my radio show. Tuesdays 9-11am or on this site Wednesday Morning.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Trade or No Trade?

Ron Artest is an idiot.

Sigh. Ok, now that that’s off my chest, I can continue.

The Indiana Pacers finally got rid of their wild child Ron Artest, in a one-for-one trade with the Sacramento Kings for sharp-shooter Peja Stojakovic. I don’t have a problem with the Kings rolling the dice on Artest and realistically, Peja publicly expressed his disinterest with the franchise and is on a contract year. Why not get something for him?

I did have a problem with how the whole thing went down, and that’s where ESPN dropped the ball.

Tuesday January 24, 2006 1:32pm: ESPN’s Jim Gray reports Ron Artest has been traded to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojakovic

Tuesday January 24, 2006: 5:04pm: On Sportscenter Dan Patrick interviews NBA Insider Ric Bucher about the impact each player will have on their respective teams

Tuesday January 24, 2006: 5:05pm: Dan Patrick is interrupted and Stephen A. Smith comes on saying the trade is off after he has apparently spoke with Artest’s agent

Wednesday January 25, 2006: 11:47am: ESPN’s Jim Gray reports Ron Artest has been traded to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojakovic

Ok, which is it ESPN?

Being the premiere sports news company (“Worldwide Leader in Sports”), I was not impressed with their journalistic practice. Knowing the history of Artest and his fickle-ness, how can you not go to Artest or the agent first before you go live.. To go public with the information you must, I repeat, MUST ask that killer question, “Does Ron really want to go to Sacramento??”

And think about poor Peja? What if the trade didn’t ultimately go through? Do you think Peja would have given that same effort night-in and night-out knowing his team has already attempted to trade him? The Sacramento Kings would have had a problem and it would be greatly attributed to poor coverage.

Too many times reporters try too hard to be the first to “break the story”. To go live with a story, you cannot rely on a third party but instead have concrete information directly from the source. I spoke with a photographer from KXAN (NBC Austin) and he adamantly believes its better to be absolutely certain its true, before breaking a big-time story, especially if its something as trivial as a trade. Don’t get me wrong, he won’t miss a beat to break THE story if the right information is available.

As a reporter, why not ask the extra question? It’s not only a good journalistic practice, but it may help your company from being sued.

Preg's Perspective: Artest worse than TO?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tuesday Morning Longhorn Roundup

For your listening pleasure, my Tuesday morning radio show (The Longhorn Roundup) will be uploaded every wednesday morning.

January 24, 2006 - Longhorn Roundup

To listen live 9-11am Central: go to www.kvrx.org and click listen.

Enjoy. Comments welcome.

Who Cares about the Kids

When Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Raptors Sunday night, he was criticized by New Jersey Nets star Vince Carter. Carter said Kobe set a bad example to the kids who now will not “(honor) the team concept first”. Regardless of Carter’s credibility, (Vince Carter’s tanking of games in Toronto to catalyze a trade) lets sort through this hogwash.

First off, I’m no Kobe fan. However, I do have a problem with a star trying to de-glorify another star on their career night. I’m no Kobe fan, but the guy has been through hell-and-back dealing with rape allegations, a feud with Shaq, and his reunion with Phil. Not to mention the media.

As for “team concept”, lets look at nine of Kobe’s teammates who have played at least 25 games this season, and their point production from the 2004-2005 season.


Lamar Odom 15.2
Chris Mihm 9.8
Devean George 7.3
Kwame Brown 7.0
Brian Cook 6.4
Luke Walton 3.3
Laron Profit 3.2
Smush Parker 3.0
Sasha Vujacic 2.9

Total: 58.1

The average points scored from a single game is 99.59 points.

(99.59)- (58.1) = 41.49.

Right now Kobe is averaging nearly 36 points per game. Based on preconceived expectations for his teammates coming into the season, Kobe is actually being unselfish!

As a basketball player, you shoot a round ball into a hoop. You play defense (well, most of them), you rebound, you talk to the media after the game. In this job title, role-model is not found. Kobe’s job is to play the game. Kobe’s job is to get to the playoffs. Kobe's job is to win a championship. The Lakers were down 14 points heading into the 2nd half. Kobe, by himself, outscored the Raptors 56-41 in the 2nd half to lead them to victory.

In the immortal words of former NBA star Charles Barkley: “I ain’t no role model.” And Kobe doesn’t need to be one either.