Sunday, November 26, 2023

Prayers For Willie Hernandez

 Prayers, thoughts, peace for the family, friends, former teammates of Tiger legend Willie Hernandez.

Willie passed last week from natural cause, he was 69. 

The Tiger pitching legend was part of the 1984 World Series champions Detroit Tigers. 

Willie also was MVP and a Cy Young award that year too.

Willie will be dearly missed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

From Bad Boys To Worse

The late Bill Davison would be turning over in his grave if he knew how bad the Pistons have been lately.

2024 is the 20th anniversary of the Pistons 2004 championship season.

Davison who was team owner at the time, won his third NBA championship when the Pistons defeated the Lakers in game 5 of the NBA Finals.

They went to the Finals again in 2005 and were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in game 7.

The team also won back to back championships in 1989 and 1990.

The last time the team won in the playoffs was in 2008.

 They were eventually defeated by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals in game 6.

The Pistons last appeared in the 2019 playoffs when they were swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st. round

The Pistons currently are in last place in the Eastern Conference and are 2 - 10 in their current season.

The last decent season was the 2018 - 2019  when the Pistons were 41 - 41. 

They’ve lost their last 9 games so far in this season and were defeated on Tuesday by the Atlanta Hawks 126 - 120.

The last game they won was on October 27th, 2023.

What happened to this team, why are they so bad?

I know we don’t have the same roster or the team personnel when they were good,  but they haven’t improved from last season when they were 17 - 65 and last in the Conference.

Even with a new head coach, they still can’t seen to get their act together as a team.

Could it be their defensive or their offensive schemes that needs improvement.

Could it be their team and group dynamics that needs work?

Or is it early in the season for the team to have time to improve?

Or are we cursed by the NBA gods to be stuck with a lousy team?

We may never back to the way the team was, but we can learn from that era.

Hopefully the team can get back to being good and fun to watch again.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Jim Harbaugh Fumbles On Sideline Gate

Jim Harbaugh has fumbled as head coach of the Wolverines.

This time the coach is under fire after an alleged cheating scandal.

Harbaugh was suspended for the rest of the regular season after he allegedly violated the leagues sportsmanship policy.

Harbaugh has already served a suspension earlier in the season because of a recruiting violation that occurred during the pandemic.

The football program was alleged to have conducted an in-person scouting operation.

To simply put, the Wolverines are accused of stealing sidelines signals from opposing teams.

If there was cheating, why was it allowed and how many teams have practiced it and not caught?    

If there was cheating, what kind of penalties besides the suspension should he or the Wolverines get?

 If there was cheating, why didn't the NCAA do more to prevent it?

And why wasn't there protocols put in place so there's no possible way of cheating.

Even if the alleged cheating never took place, there will still be some doubts about the Wolverines.

Once trust is lost, good luck in ever getting it back. 

Even if the Wolverines & Harbaugh are punished, the damage is still there.

If the NCAA & the Big Ten wants to recover from this, they need to do a better job of cleaning up their act. 

They need to have stiffer penalties in place for those who cheat. 

They need to keep a better eye on the sidelines.  

They should also have better safeguards in place so that it never happens again. 

Then maybe many can enjoy watching the Wolverines  & college football once more. 

Friday, November 3, 2023

Prayers For Bobby Knight

 Prayers, thoughts, peace for the family, friends of former Indiana Hoosier coach Bobby Knight.

Bobby left us this week, he was 83.

The coaching legend led his team to 3 National titles and coached 1984 US Olympic team to a gold medal.

He will be dearly missed.