Archive for July, 2006

Bravo… Young Daniels

Big Props to Rangers GM Jon Daniels for trading for slugger Carlos Lee.

The AL West is winnable and if the A’s deal ace Barry Zito to the Mets, the Rangers and Angels will be the ones fighting it out for the division title.

I had enough of watching Coco Codero blows leads and give up runs in the 8th inning. I think Coco is shot. The NL is an easier league so maybe he can make a comeback in Milwaukee.

OF Kevin Mench is a great person and I’ll miss talking with him in the clubhouse, but he teased Ranger fans too much with his talent. Same with OF Laynce Nix.

The Rangers needed a bat and I don’t think they gave up any major pieces to do it.

Lee has 28 homers. The highest on the Rangers was Brad Wilkerson’s 15.

Good deal my Daniels.

Newy Scruggs

Frogs Picked To Repeat In Mountain West

Last year the folks in the Mountain West didn’t know about those TCU boys. They picked them to finish sixth. All Gary Patterson’s crew did was run rough shot over the league going undefeated and leaving a whole lot of teams crying after defeats.

Go back and look at how Utah, BYU, and Air Force moaned after taking a loss to TCU.

This week the Mountain West media days kicked off. 16 of the 25 1st place media votes went to TCU who finished the 2005 campaign 11-1 (8-0 MWC).

The Frogs have Jeff Ballard back at quarterback and a trio of superb running backs to give offensive coordinator, Mike Schultz, one of the best offenses in the country.

TCU will have to take care of business against two Big 12 South teams early in the season. They travel to Waco on September 3rd against Baylor. 13 days later they host the highly powered Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Look for 2006 to be another bowl year for the Frogs.

Newy Scruggs

Cliff Notes on T.O.’s Book: Chapter 15

Chapter 15: The Interview

The “soft” interview was not “soft” at all. TO goes deep into his unhappiness with the Eagles, his contract, and McNabb. Owens is asked about Irvin’s comments on ESPN, claiming the Eagles would be undefeated if Green Bay quarterback, Brett Favre, lead the team instead of McNabb.

Page 172: “I just feel like just what he brings to the table..I mean he’s the guy. Obviously, a number of commentators will say he’s a warrior. He has played with injuries. iIjust feel like [with] him being knowledgeable about the quarterback position, I just feel we’d be in a better situation.”

Page 174: “If there is a situation where they have a change of heart and they want to come to their senses and do the right thing, I would be more than happy to be here. But at this time, I’m being honest with myself and really trying to look toward the future. And I just don’t see myself really being here. And that’s not because I don’t want to be here, but I just don’t foresee them trying to do the necessary things to keep me here.”

TO figures out “friend” is not what Bensinger was to him. ESPN cut all the negative parts of his interview and played them over and over. That was the last straw for the Eagles. TO never played another game after that “soft” interview.

Cliff Notes on T.O.’s Book: Chapter 14

Chapter 14: The Calm Before the Storm

T.O. causes a stir by wearing an old school Michael Irvin Dallas Cowboys jersey to and from the game at Texas Stadium. The Eagles lose the game 33-10.

Owens scores his 100th TD in an Eagle win over the Chargers. The organization never recognized it. Owens was upset and later called the Eagles “classless”.

Owens gives a college student an interview. After beating up former Eagle defensive end, Hugh Douglas, wearing a pair of flip flops in the locker room, Owens does his interview with Syracuse student, Graham Bensinger.

Page 161: “Graham contacted me and told me would hire him to do an interview with me in my home. He asked me to do him a favor. He said it would be a soft, positive piece that was supposed to appear on the Internet at”

Cliff Notes on T.O.’s Book: Chapter 13

Chapter 13: Chemistry

T.O. comes back to Eagles training camp. Owens and McNabb still aren’t speaking to each other. They start the season the same way.

Philly drops the opener to Atlanta. T.O. rips his old team, San Francisco in Week 2 with 143 yards of receiving and 2 scores on five catches. The Philly fans love him for it but things were still not right with the star wide receiver or quarterback.

Page 151: “Although I made those attempts on the field, he never did anything to try to reconcile things off the field. To be fair, neither did I. Don’t get me wrong, we both wanted to win, more than anything, and on game day, we’d do whatever was necessary. It was between Sundays that we couldn’t let go of our grievances with each other. It was a battle of wills, when it should have been water under the bridge.”

Cliff Notes on T.O.’s Book: Chapter 12

Chapter 12: When Tempers Flare

T.O. gets sent home from training camp. Coach Andy Reid and TO tell each other to shut up over an autograph session.

Owens was told to leave camp for a week. He went on ESPN during halftime of a preseason game and blasted the club.

Page 139: “Whatever level of our confrontation was on before, this took it to a whole new one. No owner, coach, or general manager wants to see a player get up on national television and tell it like it is. I called out the Eagles’ management, coaches, and my quarterback on national television. This is just not done in the league.”

James Took The Money… and He Should Have

The Mavericks wanted to lock up Mike James, but the free agent point guard took more money and more years to sign in Minnesota.

Good for Mike James. This is guy who didn’t come to the NBA through the front door. He wasn’t a first round draft pick, he wasn’t drafted at all.

James had to hone his game in Austria, some French league, and the CBA before making an NBA roster in 2001. He’s played in Miami, Boston, won a ring with Detroit, bounced to Milwaukee, Houston, and Toronto before cashing in a check for $23.4 million over 4 years to play next to KG in Minny.

I respect James for telling Mark Cuban, Houston and Minnesota he was looking for a long-term deal with big dollars. At 31, James had to get while the getting was good. What are the chances of this one time underdog hitting the NBA lotto again? Probably never.

James could have helped the Mavs, but after being part of a championship team in the Motor City he wanted security for the rest of his life. I don’t blame him for that.

I was never 100% sold on James the way the Mavericks were. He averaged 20 points for the first time in his career last season in Toronto. You know the Raptors had the first pick in the draft so that means James got a buck of points on a bad team.

Beware of big numbers on bad teams. It’s the old L.A. Clipper rule. You had to be wary of “good” Clipper players because they usually couldn’t score the same on good teams like they did on the old lottery Clipper teams of old.

Here’s a recent example. Bobby Simmons. He left the Clip joint after averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds a game. The Bucks threw $47 million his way for five years. Of course Bobby’s numbers went into the tank. 13 points and 4 rebounds were his averages last season in Buckland.

All of his numbers went down as the Bucks finished with a losing record but made the playoffs in weak Eastern Conference. Simmons was the 9th best scorer on the team in the playoffs.

Losing James in not a big deal. Greg Buckner will fit into Dallas just fine.

The Mavs wanted Samuel Dalembert last off season and had to settle for DeSagana Diop. Sam got 6 years and $60 million. The Mavs were lucky not to get saddled with that contract versus Diop’s 3-year deal for $6.5 million.

Newy Scruggs

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