Tuesday February 21 2012- Portland Oregon- Greg Oden requires a third micro-fracture surgery on his left knee according to team spokespeople. Any one micro-fracture surgery is career threatening and this one should end an injury plagued and disappointing on-court NBA career, through no fault of Oden's other than his own body's betrayal.
Oden, who was chosen ahead of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, only played in 82 games since being drafted in 2007 and is the latest in a historical line of injury-riddled post players for the Trail Blazers.
Bill Walton won a championship in Portland but bad feet and a poor attitude ended his Portland run before he came back with the Celtics. Sam Bowie was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. Not much else to say about "Sittin' Out Sammy". Now Oden.
Pittsburgh- From the "It's not me it's you" File: New Steeler Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley and QB Ben Roethlisberger have still not spoken. This drama is going on two weeks and has reached ridiculous levels. Is "Big Boy Benny" posturing? You bet. Is Haley acting foolishly? Of course. This mess is entirely on Haley, who, as the coach, should at least pretend he's more mature. Probably distracted by the team of agents survailling his every movement. I am not sure this is the best first move from a beleaguered coach with a questionable reputation when dealing with a two-time super bowl winning QB. Even Josh "I'm the Man!" McDaniels thinks it's crass.
St. Louis- From the "You talkin' to me?" File: In a social climate that has professional sports teams holding cities hostage for bigger better stadiums and bigger better tax incentives, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC), the owners of the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams play their home games, have said enough.
Already under pressure from team owner Stan Kroenke to upgrade many of the Dome facilities, the CVC put their chins down and fists up after Kroenke announced that the Rams would play a "home" game in London in each of the next three seasons. Reminding Kroenke that the lease agreement between the team and the Dome requires the Rams to play all home games at the Dome, the CVC agreed to a one-year amendment to the lease that can be revisited in the future, that will allow the team to play in London. If Kroenke pays all contract employees (ticket takers, venders, etc.) their full hourly wage for the game. Additionally, the CVC will now have use of the Dome for two weekends a month during the football season. Kroenke agreed.
Don't be messin' with the CVC. They'll cut a dude.
Denver- From the "It had to happen" File: Brady Quinn, back-up QB for the Denver Broncos, let his feelings on the Tim Tebow situation fly in an interview with GQ magazine. The no. 2 qb when starter Kyle Orton got hurt, Quinn felt passed over when Tebow got the nod. "I think the fans had a lot to do with it," said Quinn, "chanting his name, there was a big calling for him. I didn't have any billboards. That would have been nice."
Quinn also offered an opinion on Tebow's success late in games. " When the defensive line has to chase the QB around for the entire game, it effects the pass rush. The defensive backs are chasing the receivers but when you throw only eight passes, they can start to feel lazy. Then it only takes one big play to score a touchdown."
Quinn must wonder what it would be like to have the complete support of the coaching staff and front office with no danger of being pulled even if you only complete eight passes. Would Quinn have the same success with the same opportunity? No one can say with certainty.
Except this. In 12 career starts, all with Cleveland, Quinn, who came in to the league from Notre Dame with a great deal of fanfare and hype, was 3-9 and completed only 52% of his passes. While journeyman Derek Anderson took the same basic on-field personnel to the play offs and himself to the Pro Bowl.
Quinn is now backtracking from his comments and confessing his true and undying love for all things Tebow. Sit down and shut up, Brady before someone actually puts you on the field and you make an even bigger fool of yourself.