Sunday , Jan , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

12th Edition – 01/12/2004

I had an interesting discussion with a very good friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. He’s an avid sports fan who loves the competitiveness and excitement of sports as much as I do. But his game of preference is football. Can’t fault him, everyone can’t truly understand the superior beauty of hoops. Nevertheless, as you can imagine, he’s quite enthralled with the NFL Playoffs. How could anyone not be? I mean football is hot right now. I can’t remember a time when the playoffs have been this scintillating (Panthers vs. Rams…nuff said!). And just for your information, I picked the Colts to go all the way. Anyway, just before the playoffs, I asked my boy if he caught a particular basketball game (I forgot who was playing) on TV and he said to me, and I quote, “I don’t watch basketball until football season is over.”

12th Edition - 01/12/2004That’s right. You read that last line correctly.

After picking my jaw off the floor, I asked him why, and he said something to the effect of not wanting to clutter his mind with frivolous early season basketball games while football was about to hit it’s zenith. I can’t remember his exact words, because at this point I temporarily blacked out due to his insanity-laced diatribe. So forgive me for not printing his words verbatim. Of course–when I recovered–we had one of our customary loud, comical, below the belt, screaming matches of why each of us was right and the other, foolishly incorrect.

It’s SURDICULOUS for a sports fan – A SPORTS FAN – to believe that he can’t watch two different sporting events simultaneously. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be any competent sportswriters. It’s one thing to have a favorite; it’s another to be naïve enough to believe that the human brain is incapable of understanding and enjoying a football and basketball game on the same day. But then again, this same friend thought that J.R. Rider and Isaiah Rider were different people. Oh, and if he isn’t sure, Shaq and Shaquille O’Neal are one in the same as well.

I still love ya money.

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How about my man Ricky Davis? After the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers recently, Davis referred to the Cavs’ organization and the city of Cleveland as a “black hole.” And how classy was it of him to walk off the court without acknowledging any of his former teammates? Maybe someone should explain to him that the hole he was talking about was filled the day he left town. And to think that I actually like Ricky Davis, but it’s quite clear that he was putting a damper on that franchise.

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I watched the Hawks trail the Lakers by 53 points and eventually lose by 46 and I’m telling you, my crew and I could’ve put up a better effort. If I didn’t see it myself, I’d of thought they were using replacement players. Head coach Terry Stotts was calling timeouts every three minutes, and I know what he was saying to them in the huddle, “Fellas! Please… I have a family to support!”

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The Isiah Thomas Era in New York has officially begun… How about the Knick fans at Marbury’s home debut chanting “Fire Cha-ney!?” Well, they got what they wanted. Now I’m interested to hear what they say when Lenny Wilkens doesn’t get the job done.

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Washington Wizards forward Christian Laettner was suspended five games for violating the NBA’s drug policy. Only God knows how he’s managed to stay in the league THIS LONG, you would think he’d be wise enough not to jeopardize his phenomenal blessing…
Speaking of substance abuse, apparently Vin Baker has relapsed in his effort to quell his alcohol addiction. The Celts suspended him for three games for not complying with his treatment program. Good luck Vin.

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It’s the Attack of the Comeback Dennises, first Rodman now Scott. Word out of Florida is Dennis Scott (of the Orlando Magic fame) is trying to make his return to the NBA. You can stop laughing now–seriously–because this, as funny as it’ll look, won’t be pretty.

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Just when Troy Murphy (good player) got off the injured list, it pulls him back on. He has a stress fracture in his right ankle and is out for 4 to 6 weeks. Never fear Warrior fans, he’ll be back to help the team NOT make the playoffs.

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How good is Andrei Kirilenko? He plays offense and DEFENSE. Just wait till he gets some meat on his bones. He’s the next Utah icon. And speaking of the Jazz, best wishes to Bobbye Sloan who is battling pancreatic cancer.

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Some people are making a big fuss over Vince Carter being the overall leading vote getter for the All-Star game. There are those who believe he doesn’t deserve to start, and therefore are questioning the decision making of the fans. Well my responses to the naysayers are look at the list of players in the Eastern Conference forward category, and then tell me whom besides Vince and Jermaine O’Neal would you vote for? Besides, if Vince were in the guard section (LIKE HE SHOULD BE), with the likes of AI, T-Mac, The Truth, and King James, his vote count would be a lot less. Nevertheless, I’m sure afterwards, you’ll understand why (despite his spectacular abilities) he is leading the way.

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The Sixers are down by 3 against the Mavs with a few seconds left in the game and Eric Snow takes the last shot. Eric Snow? Eric Snow? You understand my issue with this don’t you?

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t say: “How ’bout those T-Wolves?”

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The Brooklyn Nets? Well I guess in regards to the NBA, it looks like Brooklyn is definitely in the house.

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And finally… The Clips “waived” goodbye to Glen Rice. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again… How the mighty have fallen.