So, the football games tomorrow. Can the match-ups get any worse? Seriously, they need some kind of flex schedule for these Turkey day games. Even if they just swapped opponents this year I'd be happy. Like Detroit and Seattle should play the early game and then we get Dallas and Tennessee. So you'd get a sloppy first game that could be high scoring because both defenses are terrible, and then you get a pretty decent second game. Who's with me on this?
Speaking of the Lions, some dude was on the local rock station this morning and he said he's trying to bring a football team to Los Angeles. Blah, blah, blah, heard it before. This dude, however, wants to bring the Lions to L.A., to which my response was, "Oh Lord, Please God, NO". I want a football team, just not THAT football team. Unless Barry Sanders is coming back. Is Barry Sanders coming back? No? He's not coming back? Ok, I'm going to go back to my previous stance about the Lions coming to L.A.; please God, nooooooooooooooo!
So this McNabb business; it's just crazy. The dude has no one to throw to, Andy Reid calls passing plays on 95% of their downs, and their all-purpose running back is hobbling around on one leg. Oh, and they were also playing against one of the best defenses in the NFL. So, when you throw on virtually every down, and you have a JV receiving corps (or core; I didn't want to go an entire post without a HDH sighting), really, what the hell is the guy supposed to do? A good defense like the Ravens is going to do just what they did; pick you apart. And they almost murdered Kevin
Damn, it seems I have been defending Philly in almost every post lately, which really pisses me off.
Anyways, if I were the Lions or the Raiders, or better yet, the 49ers GM, I'd say to my owner, "You know what, we're just going to screw up our first round pick anyway, let's see if we can trade it to Philly for McNabb". I could really see him fitting in on the 9ers squad. Their receivers are about as good as the Eagles, they have a beast at Tight-End (who still needs to prove himself, but I think with McNabb he would finally reach his potential) and they have a Westbrook-type back in Gore. Singletary wants to commit to the run, so you don't have an Andy Reid who completely forgets about running the ball during a game. You also have Mike Martz, who some claim is a genius, so he should be able to draw up some plays for McNabb. Screw it, I just read this on ESPN's homepage; Chris Mortensen is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers have offered a first and third round draft pick for Donovan McNabb*. Done and done.
Speaking of rumors, El P, get ready. The hot rumor right now is Lebron to the Knicks. And people are already saying that it's a done deal, even though there's still almost 2 years of basketball to be played. The only holdup is that Lebron wants the team named after himself**.
The strange thing is, I really don't know why the Knicks are holding up this Zebo trade, apparently they're worried about Mobley's heart. He ain't gonna be playing for you in less than two years, and this deal frees up a ton of cap space. Clear the guy and play him 15 minutes a game. You've already got Eddie Curry on your team, who you're actively trying to kill by having him run in Dantony's offense, what are you waiting for? Get the deal done already. ::EDITOR'S NOTE:: This was discussed yesterday and the trade was finalized in the afternoon.
Anyways, back to the Lebron rumor. He's not the only guy rumored to be headed to the NYC. The Knicks are on the hook for $18 mill in 2010/2011, and $0 for 2011-2013. So, basically, they can sign Lebron to a max contract AND STILL be in the running for the other top free agents in a loaded off season (That sound you heard was El P busting a nut in his pants at his computer). Like, let's say Chris Bosh, which there are rumors flying around that that is a done deal too. If they don't get Chris Bosh, there's also Carlos Boozer (he has a player option at the end of this year, so he could be off the market by then, but they could sign him in this coming off season). Dwyane Wade could also opt out of his contract.
There's also plenty of second tier players to fill out the rest of your starters. Like Joe Johnson. Tracy McGrady. Richard Jefferson and Micheal Redd. STEVE NASH (Lately, Dantony has been having dreams every night involving himself in Candy Land, holding hands with Nash and Lebron while they skip alone on a basketball court made of gumdrops***). I'm not saying they're going to get all of those guys, but they'll have a shot at whoever they want to go after. And yeah, Nash is gonna be old by the time he's a free agent, but if they can sign him to a reasonable contract and play him in a time-share with another point guard, that wouldn't be all bad.
There are also plenty of other unrestricted free agents, like Marcus Camby and Brad Miller and Kenyon Martin that they can sign to fill out their bench. The possibilities are endless. And the two contracts that they are committed to for 2010 (Eddie Curry at $11 mill, and Jared Jeffries at almost $7 mill) are both expiring contracts, so, at some point in the season, they could make a trade to some team that just wants to clear cap space. They could have an entirely brand-new team inside of two years. Like a 100%, totally new roster. It's crazy.
And remember, this is an owner that spent $141 million a couple of years ago and is spending pretty close to $100 million this year, so you're looking at a possible $80-100 million to play with in 2010; with Lebron as the figurehead. AND, if you can land him, every single man, woman and child in NYC is going to go out and buy a brand new #23 Lebrons James New York
*Ok, I made that up. Mort really didn't report that.
**Ok, I made that up too. But it would be funny to see everyone in NYC have to throw out their old Knicks gear then go out and buy new "New York Lebrons" stuff. The guys that walk around the streets of NYC in their Knicks hat, Knicks baseball jersey, Knicks jeans, with their Knicks cellphone and Knicks tattoos would be pissed****. I can only hope that El P is not "one of those people".
***This may or may not be true. Only Dantony really knows, and he's not telling anyone. But, there is another rumor that he is going to insist that Lebron and Nash and whoever else they sign be contractually obligated to grow, groom and maintain a mustache during the season. Everyone in NYC will be growing "Playoff 'staches" in May/June.
****I did not make that up. Last time I was there, in one day I saw like seven guys rockin' that look. And it is super tacky. I really hope El P's closet doesn't look someone ate a Knicks t-shirt and then threw up on his clothes, because that's what those guys look like. It's a disease.