Sunday, March 25, 2007

Weekend Miscellania and Smooth Segues

Before I discuss what I've been up to and what's been floating through my melon of late, I have to apologize for my lack of posts. No excuses. Also to my loyal readers who are fans of the Blue Jays, Twins, Marlins, and Red Sox, I have failed you. I did not attend any spring training games this weekend. I was occupied with other interests, specifically laying out by the pool at the local Hard Rock Casino on Saturday and going to see Public Enemy in concert on Friday night (more on this later).

(By the way, could there be a cooler place to hang out when the Super Bowl returns to Tampa than the local Hard Rock Casino? I am making it a priority in 2009. Think of the VIP sighting potential. Joey Porter? Maybe. Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley? Possibly. Charles Barkley? Probably. Bill Simmons? Definitely.)

First, and I know I am crazy late with this, but I have to comment on James Dolan's vote of confidence in Isiah Thomas two weeks ago. From what I can tell, Knicks' fans seem divided 50/50 on this. Some look at Isiah's draft picks, the youngness of the team, the team's record, and their potential to make the playoffs as evidence enough Isiah is doing a decent, if not good, job. Others, myself included, disagree. Yes, Isiah has a great eye for talent. Every team he has been with as an executive has drafted well and been able to accumulate quality young talent. Sometimes this talent is good enough to win games. But that doesn't make Isiah a good coach. At least not in the NBA. You know where his eye for talent may be better suited? As a college coach. And don't get me started on the payroll. Meanwhile, the Isiah Boycott will continue ...

On the subject of votes of confidence, the Cincinnati Reds released veteran pitcher Paul Wilson last Thursday. Why is this a big deal here at The Serious Tip? Because Wilson, a former Seminole pitcher, had the potential and the hype to be one of The Serious Tip's all-time favorites when he was drafted as the first overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Mets. He was the Mets' first number one pick since 1984 and remains the highest drafted Seminole in any sport. Two great tastes that should have been great together, like peanut butter and chocolate, strawberries and bananas, lamb and tuna fish. Instead, Wilson, like fellow Met busts Jason Isringhausen and Bill Pulsipher, hurt his arm and was eventually traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for spare parts Bubba Trammell and Rick White. So much for predictions of the "next Roger Clemens". Speaking of bad predictions ...

With Kansas losing to UCLA Saturday night, my boy Zheke Snow's bracket officially bit the dust. Glad I didn't bet the house on that. Add this to the fact that my own NIT bracket was busted, dusted, broken, battered, shattered, destroyed, and basically unsalvagable after the Noles lost, and you can see why I usually don't bother filling out brackets. Like I said, between FSU and Drexel, why did I believe the hype? Of course, speaking of "Don't Believe the Hype" ...

I had the great and honorable pleasure of seeing Public Enemy in concert in St. Pete Saturday night. I have always wanted to see them and they didn't disappoint one iota. Very impressive. They did at least one song off of every album in their catalog, which after 20 years, is a lot of songs. Of course, Flavor Flav received the most applause due to his Flavor of Love show. As a true P.E. fan, that still bugs me. I like the group because of Chuck D and his lyrics, not because Flavor screams "Flavor Flaaaav" on VH1. And finally, in other news about appearances on major media ...

I, your humble writer, will be guest-writing for YaySports! NBA starting this Thursday. I have been chosen as part of the YaySports! NBA Substitute Teacher Program beginning this Monday and lasting until April 30th. Every Thursday during this time I'll be commenting and perusing about all things NBA. Should be fun. I want to give a big shout out to The Cavalier for his vote of confidence.

Until next time,

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