The Grand National Championships

June 24, 2010

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Tiny Gallon PF-Oklahoma)

There are two scenarios about how this pick is going to go down. He’s either going to have a chip on his shoulder about falling to pick 47 and he’s gonna come into the league ready to kill some suckers. He’s big and powerful with a deft touch in the paint. They say he can grow up to be a rich man’s Big Baby.

Or? He’s gonna go into camp at about 330. He’s gonna get beaten defensively by Larry Sanders. And he’s going to be released by 2012.

Like I said earlier. This is what the Bucks could afford to do this year. Take a flier on a high-upside guy. No problem with it.

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Jerome Jordan C-Tulsa)

I’ll tell you what? If he plays as well defensively as he did as a sophomore? He’ll become overpaid on his second contract. His offensive game is serviceable. He developed a decent range from 12-15 feet. That being said?

He’s a 24 year old and he’s kind of soft. Also, they passed on Paulo Prestes. You could have grabbed Alabi at 47 if you were so insistent on getting a center for right now.

As a pro? I think he’ll be serviceable. I’m not sure that he’ll be anything more than that. .

The Milwaukee Bucks select (Darrington Hobson-SF New Mexico)

Not thrilled, but not terribly upset. Hobson’s not an athlete. But he’s a versatile sort. He’ll give you a little bit in a lot of areas. His energy will generate a decent amount of rebound, as well as a combined 2 or 3 steals and blocks. His stride allows him to beat defenders off the dribble. And if he works on his shot? He’ll be deadly. Because he’s a fine point forward.

He’s a good off-the-bench addition. I feel like he would have been there at 44 or 47 though.

Like I said. I could be very wrong or very right about him..

So what do I want from the Bucks?

In a nutshell? Best player available. Expanding on that, the Bucks are not without needs and desires. But here’s the tree things I want the Bucks to do.

1) Get a good power forward.

The dream scenario is that Patrick Patterson falls to 15. Will it happen? Maybe. But it’s not likely. The possibilities that will likely be there preclude Patterson or Cole Aldrich. But the Bucks would be better served with a great four than an potentially good five. There are serviceable 2nd round fives this year.

If Larry Sanders is available? I would be thrilled. Dude gets stronger and he’s going to be a disruptive force. I can;t talk myself into Orton or Whiteside. Upside guys who fall to this spot rarely pan out.

But with guys like Craig Brackins and Jarvis Vanardo in round two? I can get behind an other option. Just so long as it’s not a small forward who has the perceived value of 10-20. They all suck if they’re not named Daimon James.

So suffice it to say? Patterson is the dream scenario. A more realistic scenario would be Larry Sanders or Xavier Henry. No one would say James Anderson, but I could get behind that as a pick.

2) Get a foreign dude.

I was misinformed. The #2 that’s going to Jersey for CDR doesn’t come due until 2012. So basically, the Bucks may have a roster space issue. Assume that Salmons, Ivey, Stackhouse, Darrell Jackson and Brezec’s gone? The Bucks are at 10.

Most teams like to remain at a roster size of 13. And anyway? This draft has two tremendously interesting foreigners in the Russian Alexy Shved and the Brazillian Big Man Paulo Prestes. Though a German Big Man like Tibor Pleiss? Send him to Milwaukee and he’d feel right at home.

3) The Luc Richard.

If ever there was an opportunity to take a flier on a diamond in the rough or a straight up specialist? It’s this year. If John Hammond likes Tyren Johnson as much as I do? This is the year to go after it. Now the VP of common sense may disagree with this premise. But? I would not get so upset if a flier gets taken.

Draft starts in 32 minutes: Join me on twitter to follow my live tweet.

May 3, 2010

I’m in the Sky Tonight.

Filed under: Basketball is played by tall guys,Boring Homerism — by Andrew @ 10:29 pm

There I Can Keep By Your Side
Watching the wide world Riot and hiding out.
I’ll be coming home next year.

I said after the Bogut injury I would be thrilled if the Bucks got to a Game 6. The simple fact they got there with a chance to win? Gravy. Not that it doesn’t hurt? But still. Seven games without Bogut is a moral victory.

That being said? There’s things the Bucks can do to solidify their situation. And none of them would involve getting a spectacular free agent, either.

1) Do we need Luke Ridnour?

I’m not sure that we do. It’s no offense to Luke. Luke’s a tremendous 6th man. In fact? You probably could consider him one of the 30 best point guards on an NBA roster. And that’s the problem. The Bucks are the sort of team that should not be paying 7 million a year for Luke.

A sign and trade would be sweet. But I don’t think any team that would be interested in dealing a pick in the bottom third of the draft. It may just be worth the time and consideration to bring a guy like Bo McCalebb over from Greece instead. Dude’s got a certain sort of quality to him. Fast hands, good anticipation, and no fear of attacking the basket.

And he’s just 24. Bringing him over would be like an extra draft choice.

2) Do we need any veteran?

Or does any veteran want to return? I mean Jerry Stackhouse and Kurt Thomas are more than valuable rotational pieces. But if and only if they don’t resign any veteran or Darnell Jackson, they’ll be under the cap. And they should be in fine shape. Jennings-Salmons-Delfino-1st round draft choice-Bogut with Redd, Ilyasova, and Mbah a Moute are a fine rotation.

But Stackhouse will get more than ta prorated veterans minimum next year. And I agree he deserves it. If Thomas signs for less money? I’d be thrilled to have him and his love of How Stella Got His Groove Back. But a point of fact? These decisions are hard.

And if all three are back? John Hammond is doing it wrong.

3) I would most definitely buy a pick.

Even a pick in the early second round. Sure, they will most likely find something highly interesting in terms of a best player available scenario. But the second round has a lot of value this year. Jordan Crawford. Terrico White. Jarvis Vanardo. Craig Brackins. Sylvan Landesberg. Kenneth Faried. Heck, even Armon Johnson has interesting value as a Ramon Sessionsesque backup point guard.  And these guys will all be second round picks. Get Faried, Brackins, and Crawford? This bench will be scary.

I’ll delve into basketball further later. First? A piece of Business.

April 26, 2010

B.J. Novak is now the less annoying Ryan Howard.

Filed under: Baseball,Boring Homerism — by Andrew @ 3:39 pm

Now it’s not the Subway pitchman’s fault. If you were offered 125 million dollars over five years? Goes without saying you’d take it. I mean, you’d be taken to an asylum if you said, “No! I don’t want to be paid 25 million dollars to play a sport when I’m 36! That’s crazy for you to offer!”

But why Ryan Howard is so annoying is because my favorite local sports team has a first baseman of boldness and genius power. Sure, he enjoys candy a little too much, but he’s strong and as long as he’s a Brewer? He’s going to be someone I enjoy a lot.

But with the Ryan Howard contract? There’s no way he’s returning. I’m not going to say that I was so naive as to believe that he was anything close to a 50/50 shot to come back. I know basic math and probabilities. But you know what?

I wanted to believe. Hope’s a good thing. I mean it’s hard to be an idealist upon the internet. And now? In this aspect of my life, I cannot feel good about it. Prince is as good as gone.

Ryan Howard put the final nail in the coffin.

April 25, 2010

The Five Undrafted Free Agents That Really Intrigue Me.

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 11:34 am

Now this is another bit of homerism. The fact that Blair White went to the Colts is interesting and the fact that LaGarrette Blount will probably falcon punch his way past Anthony Dixon are interesting and all. But for the Packers? There are five guys who could really be interesting. Or at least make the roster.

1) Tim Knicky (DE/OLB Stephen F. Austin) Why? Because he was a very productive defensive end in college who showed at the Texas vs. The Nation game that he can play at Outside Linebacker. If he starts fast in camp? He can force his way in.

2) Noah Shepard (QB-South Dakota) Why? Because he has great physical gifts, not to mention the fact that he fits Bill Parcells four rules for drafting a quarterback prospect. 23 wins, 3 year starter, and a senior graduate. There’s a lot to like about him.

3) Chris Campbell (OT-Eastern Illinois) Why? Because he’s a pretty good right tackle mauler type. There may not be so much space at the inn. But Campbell could find his way in as a right tackle.

4) Frank Zombo (OLB-Central Michigan) Why? Because he’s a bit of a Connor Barwin type. Soft hands and pass rush skills mean he could grow up to be another Spencer Havner.

5) Alex Joesph (ILB-Temple) Why? Because he’s a special teamer. And as a PFA? He’s a cheap special teamer.

Note: I would add Sam Shields (CB-Miami) to the list. Rumor has it that he signed with the Packers. And he’s a tremendous athlete. Raw as a corner, but with return skills and three college years at wideout? He could find his way into being somebody.

April 24, 2010

The Green Bay Packers Select… C.J. Wilson (DE-ECU)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 2:23 pm

It’s a rule of thumb that you can never have too many pass rushers. And with C.J. Wilson, the Packers seem to have found themselves another bit of 5-technique pass rush skills. He’s not going to beat someone off the corner. But his hand placement, leg drive, and general strength is plus skills. He’s not going to miss a tackle that he gets to either.

Good value pick. I’m not guaranteeing greatness. But you may see him get more run this year than Mike Lane. He’s the DE version of Matt Flynn, I guess.

The Green Bay Packers Select…James Starks (RB-Buffalo)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd,Sleeperz — by Andrew @ 12:48 pm

There’s a distinct possiblity that we have found the heir apparent if Starks can stay healthy. What we have here is a tough inside runner who was good enough to get 34+ receptions in the three years he was healthy. 52 grabs in his junior year. He can be a third down back straight away who can stun you on a draw. He was hyperproductive when healthy and hat two years of 250+ carries.

He’s not a make you miss sort of a runner in the open field. But he’s a try hard blocker in pass pro. But like I said before. The Packers have found the heir apparent if Starks can stay healthy.

The Green Bay Packers Select…Marshall Newhouse (OG-TCU)

Filed under: Analysis,Boring Homerism,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 11:44 am

There’s a theme that develops in all of Ted’s drafts. Some are inexplicable. Some are straitlaced and common sense. This year? It’s a draft that could run the table of awesome or be as bad as 2004. It’s another pick of a guy with spectacular athletic gifts who needs work on his technique.

Again, while he’s ignoring an obvious need, Marshall Newhouse’s physical gifts are undeniable. He has good strength, and as a 326 pound man, he got clocked at 4.99 with his 40 yard dash. But, you remember last year when the Packers drafted Jamon Meredith? Newhouse is quite a bit more raw.

He’s a guy who vibes practice squad for me. Just being honest. Won’t hate it. If lightning strikes and all. But my gut says he’s not going to be on the 53 Man roster come September.

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