Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Milestone Time: Post 100!

Yep, this is officially post 100 in the three month life of Fleece & Flog, and we're damn proud of it! But what to write about? Hmmm...

We could write about how we'd rather have Denis Savard skating for the Blackhawks rather than coaching them, but no one really cares about hockey, right? The least Trent Yawney could have done when leaving the team is rip Bill Wirtz and Dale Tallon a new asshole. But we're betting they gave him quite the golden parachute to keep his mouth shut. Coward.

We could write about how the Illini and Indiana and Penn State all lost on the first night of the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge, but somewhere Dick Vitale is screaming at anyone who'll listen to him that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Maryland coach Gary Williams are the best in the business. And the din is too deafening to overcome. At least Lemont native Alando Tucker and Wisconsin won. Oh, so did Northwestern, but like hockey, no one cares about Northwestern basketball.

We could write about the two game win streak the Bulls are currently enjoying and how the players must love being able to sleep in their own beds again after that dreadful Circus trip, but the win streak is back-to-back victories over the dysfunctional New York Knicks, and they didn't play that well in the two wins anyways -- hardly something to be proud of.

We could add to the Ben Wallace rip job, and say that his overt insubordination tells of a deeper rift affecting the team than anyone had previously imagined, but if their early season play didn't already indicate that, well, then we're no basketball fans. The slumping shoulders tell the true story of that team. And we can't handle the thought of a return to the Jalen Rose days of the Bulls past. Free agents will again be shunning Chicago if coach Scott Skiles doesn't show a little flexibility.

We could write about hot stove reports concerning the possible departure of our man crush Joe Crede, but we'll let the rumors and innuendos settle as we search for a reason why Kenny Williams is even considering offering arbitration to Scott Podsednik. Thank god, KW saw the light and resigned semi-man crush, Ross Gload!

We could pine for the destruction of Wrigley Field (it is in a prime real estate area), but the idea watching Sweet Lou Pinella losing his mind when Alfonso Soriano declares he won't play CF is just way too sweet a thing to miss. And we actually like the Cubby Bear, and what would it be called if the ivy came tumbling down? A Prince-like The Bar Formerly Known As...?

We could write how we're seeing the gleam of a Super Bowl trophy disappearing as we type in the shadow of one Rex Grossman, and how under/over-rated (you decide) Brian Urlacher will dig Rex's grave for him if he keeps giving the ball back every time the defense barely takes a seat on the sideline, but we're not into writing about future Urlacher tomes called "If I Killed Rex."

We could express our remorse at realizing that maybe Notre Dame isn't as good as we wished they were, but why spoil a healthy bout of homerism even though we never attended ND nor lived in South Bend. Even the Fighting Irish name is a misnomer, and while the moniker may be the only thing we share in common with the institution of higher learning, we know that in actuality the university was founded by the French and some Potowatami Indians. What the hell do we have in common with them? Damn history. Damn Frances Wallace.

We could write about a great many things here in Chicago -- the possibility of the Olympics; the exploits of native sons Dwayne Wade, Donovan McNabb, Chris Chelios or Jim Thome (okay, so he's from the Peoria area, well, the Illini are from Champaign and by proxy Chicago, so we can use Thome as such); how Chicago will have the two most outspoken managers in baseball in Pinella and Ozzie Guillen -- we could go on and on.

But we'll really just write one small thing:

Thanks for reading, and come on back now, yah hear?

8 Comments:

Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

Thought Thome was from Peoria.
Maybe the founders felt "The Drinking Irish" was just redundant?
Grossman bad.
Is Wrigley prime property because Wrigley is there?
Posednik would likely be dealt. Williams basically said so in a radio interview months ago. He would only bring back Pods if he felt/knew he could get something, anything for him.
Considering nobody else had a problem with any rules that we know of last year, the concern should stay on the one (new) guy with the problem. A good contract will keep attracting free agents to the Bulls as long as the team keeps a decent core.
The Knicks; the team that just keeps on giving to the Bulls.
Duke; the Notre Dame of college basketball. Not only have I met someone that thought Duke was also a town, they didn't know which state the "town" was in. They had a Duke poster on their wall. They were/are an adult. I rest my case.
The Blackhawks could have at least asked Yawney to skate a couple of shifts until the players that were injured (and got him fired) came back.
Congratulations FtPx2!

12:53 PM, November 29, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Peoria, Decatur, Effinghan, Bloomington, etc....all those Illinois towns run together in my mind.

I think Wrigleyville would still be prime even without Wrigley Field. But what would it be called?

I know there's plenty of time left in the off season, but I have a gut feeling we'll see Pods patrolling LF again next season.

A good contract didn't attract T-Mac or Grant Hill.

Isaiah is secretly sabotaging the Knicks in memorial for his mother.

I feel about Duke the way you feel about ND, unless of course you feel about Duke the same way you feel about ND in which case I feel about Duke the way you feel about ND and Duke. It's a vicious circle of feelings.

Sadly, Yawney'd probably give the Hawks a + in the +/- department.

1:07 PM, November 29, 2006  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Congrats on numero 100! Here's to 100 more good ones.

9:21 PM, November 30, 2006  
Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

HATE Duke.

I think the area is actually called Lakeview(?) Some of the atmosphere would stay, but some of the bar culture would have to die off, no?

Did the prospect of Jerry Krause possibly un-attract McGrady and Hill?

Decataur is where the Bears were founded, Peoria is (I believe) headquarters of John Deere.

Pods would go through arbitration. If he gets say, three million (likely close), the gamble is if somebody will throw a bucket of balls Kenny Williams way to make it worth his time. If Williams doesn't sense it is, he will cut Posednnik loose.

The Knick's are horrendous. The Bulls can only beat them, but the Knicks can't beat anyone. So at least the Bulls maintain the better odds for the top lottery pick. The Bulls will beat somebody else, won't they? Please?

Hope you caught Scrubs. It funny.

2:25 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

thanks jeeves, you know you're a big part of it (part inspiration, part contributor)

4:38 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

scrubs was okay

krause was the only thing attractive about the bulls at that time

umm, the knicks beat the cavs a day or two after their losses to the bulls, so maybe, just maybe----

kw will not cut anyone loose for nothing, least of all pods who has some value

hate hate hate duke too, even with a chicago guy coaching them and mr illinois playing for them

decatur staleys, I know, but anywhere south of kankakee is as I said one big mush pile, (sorry will leitch, mattoon and deadspin)

5:11 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger Soxually Repressed said...

If it makes you feel any better (though I can't see how) they feel the same way about northern Illinois. That is why the funding for everything in Cook County and Chicago is so hard. Most of everyone south of Joliet would like to pretend they were a different state.


Pods only has value for Williams if he is tradeable. If Posednik looks like he will get too much in arbitration, thus scaring off trade suitors, Williams has said out loud that he wouldn't bring him in just to get stuck, because believe it, he DOES NOT think Pods is worth three million. If he did, he would have already signed him to a one year contract for that much.

Krause was the only attractive thing with the Bulls? That's like saying Camryn Manheim is the only chick to look at on Ghost Whisperer. Krause would never have brought in Wallace. All he could get was Eddie (the neckband)Robinson. Did Paxson overpay? Probably. Doesn't everyone for the big free agents? At least Paxson didn't trade Elton Brand for the leather repellent hands of Tyson Chandler.

11:44 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I guess pods isn't worth $3 million, just $2.9 million.

Krause, in other words, was the only guy worth talking to on the Bulls at that time (he held the Reinsdorf's purse strings). Everything else about the Bulls at that time sucked.

11:06 AM, December 02, 2006  

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