Recent Comments by BlueTrain

Knicks pursuing Van Exel?

Getting Zo to play for the Knicks is like Bird wearing a Laker jersey...even if it happens, Zo won't play with his heart.

posted by BlueTrain at 03:29 PM on August 08, 2002

Knicks pursuing Van Exel?

Thomas will help them beat Sacremento...he was damn incredible during the last 3-4 weeks of the regular season...djacobs, did you ever actually watch a Knicks game? Ward is a decent PG; definitely a worthy backup. The only problem is that Jackson is well past his prime and Childs/Ward are simply great backups, but not actual stars. Van Exel, in my opinion, would be a terrible addition to the already terrible Knicks. I just wish that they could buy out half of their existing contracts and get some decent players. Too bad no one is stupid enough to take on Houston or Spree. The Knicks got lucky that someone took Camby...fucking stooge, that player is.

posted by BlueTrain at 04:30 PM on August 07, 2002

Cavs trade Miller for Clips Miles.

That sucks...I wanted to see Baron goto the Knicks, or a bigger name team. The Hornets will remain the dark horse for yet another year.

posted by BlueTrain at 01:25 PM on July 30, 2002

"I had to stop wearing my Iverson shirt as soon as I got this case."

but isn't this just a little conflict of interest? Why? Because he's a fan? It's not like they knew each other, ever met, or have any type of relationship. The judge is from Philly. He's a Sixer's fan and watched Iverson play. What's the conflict? I really want to know what the Philly DA expected to accomplish by adding about 30 charges. Was it pure media hype to see papers? A vendetta against Iverson for losing in the First Round? That's the real story.

posted by BlueTrain at 01:23 PM on July 30, 2002

The NBA institutes instant replay, as expected.

Is this meaningful, or just a response to a hot issue? Basically, it's one less thing Mark Cuban can bitch about. With all of his "independent researches" out there scouring the court, the NBA felt compelled to do the trendy thing and get instant replay. Bogus remedy to please the critics. What about the oft-miscalled issues that instant replay can't cover? Shhh! Instant replay sees all! Will we ever get instant replay for travelling calls and non-calls? Isn't the game slow enough as is?

posted by BlueTrain at 10:14 PM on July 29, 2002

Kournikova wins!

Which career, worldcup2002? According to most diehard tennis fans, Kournikova is a disgrace to the sport. She used her limited tennis ability to propel her modelling career.

posted by BlueTrain at 06:42 PM on July 24, 2002

Are the Knicks padding player's salaries?

Okay...but why? The Knicks are already COMPLETELY over the cap. Houston is the most overpaid basketball player in the league at the moment. They're probably just trying to keep the fans interested in the Knicks, who were an absolute disgrace this past season.

posted by BlueTrain at 06:40 PM on July 24, 2002

Golf game.

Not counting the 17th, I got 40...Take a guess as to what my score really is.

posted by BlueTrain at 04:59 PM on July 21, 2002

Of course NBA Finals ratings are down...without U2

[off topic] U2 sucks. Hard. [/off topic] Ratings for this year's NBA Finals are down because no one wants to see Shaq and Kobe roll over the Nets, plain and simple. Kings/Lakers was the best series of the entire playoffs, with exception to the Nets/Pacers. No one expects the Nets to win, including the media, although sports analysts are being NBA whores by claiming that the Nets may surprise us all. What a load of crap.

posted by BlueTrain at 01:35 PM on June 07, 2002

Ten Reasons Why the Nets Will Win the 2002 NBA Finals.

So what do the Nets have to do to win the NBA Championship? Shaq must be eliminated, literally. The Nets have absolutely no answer for the big man, and will therefore be rolled over, probably in 5, but I'm hoping for a sweep. I hate the Lakers. I want them to just finish this up quickly so I can forget this past season.

posted by BlueTrain at 10:50 AM on June 06, 2002

But you need MOJO to win it all. Ack...I apologize in advance, but shut up! You need mojo, champions find a way, blah blah blah. The team was fricking robbed, on more than a few occasions. This isn't about honor, or heroes, or any such crap. The officiating was horrendous and the Lake Show should've ended.

posted by BlueTrain at 01:17 PM on June 03, 2002

NBA Draft.

Since we're hypothesizing here, is it possible for the Rockets to trade their pick to the Bulls, and then the Bulls could get both Jay Williams and Yao?

posted by BlueTrain at 10:08 AM on May 21, 2002

NBA Draft.

Francis is a great talent, but he's also a flake and you never know when he is going to play or not. I completely disagree with this. Francis has had a history of migraines, to the point of affecting his career. This past year is complete proof of that, and hopefully he'll fight back. The Rockets will trade their pick, probably to the Knicks, possibly for Thomas and Camby. I wish they could keep the pick and get Yao, but then, I'm a Knicks fan and want to see the Rockets trade. NY has the perfect market, and the Bulls are pretty tight as is. I see the Bulls picking up a couple of veterans over the summer and staying pat. They have a good team; they just need some experience.

posted by BlueTrain at 02:20 PM on May 20, 2002

Did anyone expect

I forgot to mention, although I have no idea how much this is a factor, Duncan did lose his father last week. Truth is, when Camby's family was taken hostage last year during the NY-Toronto matchup, NY took a big hit. I expected the Spurs to take a similar hit, especially given the fact that Robinson's injury is career-threatening. Spurs would've given the Lakers a run, but circumstances were bad. Last year, I was sure the Knicks would beat the Raps.

posted by BlueTrain at 05:15 PM on May 14, 2002

Did anyone expect

I don't often agree with Walton, but I certainly agreed with him at the end of the Spurs/LA Game 4 the Spurs needed just 2 points to tie it and came up with a non-play to get Duncan a fading near-3 point attempt at the buzzer which missed, Walton in his best snide voice said, "You take a time out before this possession and that's the play you run?". I agree with this (wow, I agree with hincandenza). Lack of chemistry really hurt the Mavs. I truly hope Cuban keeps the team together. They say that in Indian cooking, if you allow the dish to be stored, if only for a few hours, the spices and flavors have a chance to prove themselves, creating a beautiful dish. I feel the same way about the Mavs. Van Exel and LaFrenz were just added after the All-Star break. Give the team time to stew. IMHO, the Kings were definitely the underdog in this matchup, and they really shouldn't have been. This just goes to show that flash, or in jacknose's case, hustle doesn't win ballgames.

posted by BlueTrain at 04:00 PM on May 14, 2002

Brown tired of Iverson?

Feh...Iverson's too valuable to be traded, so I'd bet on Brown quitting after next year. Although I would love to see a Vince Carter/AI deal. Hey, it worked for New Jersey...

posted by BlueTrain at 01:51 AM on May 07, 2002

Charlotte will beat NJ in 6. Boston over Detroit in 6. Lakers over Spurs in 5. Dallas over the Kings in 6, possibly 7. Boston over Charlotte in 6. Lakers over Dallas in 4, maybe 5. Lakers over Boston in 4. Charlotte is damn good, and Mashburn isn't even playing yet. Detroit sucked in the 1st round and won't get it together. NJ, same as Detroit. Boston, to beat Philly, was amazing. Sac really stunk it up, and Dallas has a shitload of momentum. Come on, they're the Lakers. Ain't no one stopping that train.

posted by BlueTrain at 06:04 PM on May 04, 2002

Interesting...I was abroad a couple of summers ago and was able to see the Cricket World Cup of 99. At some point England won the match (game?) and the fans stormed the field. I will never forget what I saw next: A bunch of incredibly beautiful blonde women all took off their tops. What I wouldn't do to be an athlete at that moment.

posted by BlueTrain at 01:25 PM on April 23, 2002

Ewing's last night at MSG?

Stockton/Malone and Alonzo Mourning are also on that list of incredible players who will never win a championship. Ewing's best chance was in '99, IMHO, and he went down with an injury right before the finals. Outstanding player, and a legend in's a shame that he leaves the league without a ring, which is very likely after this season.

posted by BlueTrain at 03:38 PM on April 09, 2002

He's bac- er, check that; He's gone.

Dan Patrick says it better than most.

posted by BlueTrain at 06:23 PM on April 04, 2002

He's bac- er, check that; He's gone.

This was incredibly depressing to me for several reasons. I'm a Knicks fan and since they sucked this year, I secretly cheered for the Wizards. I really thought they had a shot, even after the surgery. MJ made a huge impact upon the Wizards, and no one can claim otherwise. Without him, they probably would've won 20-25 games. With him, they'll end up with 35-40 wins, some against great teams. He brings a love to the game that no one else knows. He tamed Rodman, for God's sake. And even when he was hurt, he took the bench role. My guess is he'll be back next season, after he figures out how to avoid further damage to his knee. He's got the juice, and now the experience. Expect some decent trades this summer, nothing blockbuster, but something to put them into contention for next year. Mark my words, he and the Wiz will make the Conference Semis next year.

posted by BlueTrain at 11:50 PM on April 03, 2002

Michael Jordan's getting knee surgury,

This surprised me. I knew he was hurting, but this caught me off guard.That being said, he needs the rest. Badly. If the surgery is good, he should be back in 3 weeks, at most, and become reinvigorated. I don't see any teams struggling that aren't already, but let's run down the list. NJ---Milwaukee---Detroit---Boston---Orlando---Toronto---Indiana---Washington---Philadelphia---Charlotte---Miami NJ, Bucks, Philadelphia, and Boston are sealed. They're in the playoffs, no matter what seed. Detroit may falter, which is has done in the past (i.e. last month). McGrady's out for a bit and they've been inconsistent all season. Toronto's a fan favorite, and even more inconsistent that the Magic. That leaves Charlotte, who have been injured all season and are on the bubble, Miami, who have been surging as of late, the Pacers with their newly aquired personnel, and DC. If the Wiz can win 5 of their next 15, get MJ back fresh in late March, they'll make the eighth seed and play the Nets. They can't beat the Nets now; but we all now how good MJ is in the playoffs. Think Knicks in '99. They'll beat NJ in 5, play Toronto in the Semis, take it in 6, and then play either Milwaukee or Philly in the Conference finals. My prediction: a repeat of last year's NBA Finals. I love MJ, but he can't beat the Bucks or the Sixers.

posted by BlueTrain at 10:17 PM on February 26, 2002

Most amusing paragraphs of this article: Litman said the Jazz would arrange for Stevenson to do his community service at the Boys & Girls Club. Prosecutor Brian Andritch objected to that idea, saying Stevenson should not work around children because of the case's circumstances. Superior Court Judge Dale Ikeda clarified that Stevenson could complete the service at a club for boys only. (emphasis mine) *sigh*...this is why I've always wanted to become a basketball player, for the girls, literally. On a more serious note, statutory rape is an offense that shouldn't go without severe punishment.

posted by BlueTrain at 05:15 PM on February 11, 2002

Juanita to Jordan: "I'm Back."

Financial intelligence, probably. Also a factor, the fact that no judge would give Juanita what she was asking for (rumor mill tells me half of Jordan's $400 million worth). Everyone loves MJ. I would totally have his baby...(if I were capable)

posted by BlueTrain at 08:47 PM on February 05, 2002

Christianity in Athleticism

More or less related, I'm a huge Knicks fan. Charlie Ward, a bench point guard, made a point to bring Christianity into an interview he gave. He essentially went so far as to alienate an entire community.

posted by BlueTrain at 05:20 PM on February 03, 2002