Well, it took precisely one day for all the questions I asked about the Suns yesterday to be answered. Amare Stoudemire is out for eight weeks with eye surgery after suffering a detached retina on Wednesday against the Clippers. That essentially eliminate any chance they had of being relevant down the stretch. It seems like Steve Kerr is cursed. He certainly can’t catch a break as GM. I know a lot of people are really down on Kerr, but I’m not one of them. He has certainly struggled to get this team going this year, but I put a lot more of that on Terry Porter than Kerr. Sure, Kerr made the decision to bring Porter in, but that decision turned out to be much worse than it looked at the time. Mike D’Antoni had to go, the team couldn’t lay much defense, and Porter was respected, so it made some sense. I also think that not trading Stoudemire was the right move, even if it really doesn’t look like it right now. Picking up Jason Richardson was also a good move, and Shaq was a solid gamble.
My beloved Michigan had a huge win over Minnesota yesterday. It was a massacre. We still have some work to do, but I feel better every day about our chances of making the tournament. If we do it would be a year ahead of schedule. I said coming into the conference season that we needed to go 9-9 in-conference to ensure a spot, and 8-10 ave us a good chance. We are now 7-7, and we have a very winnable game at Iowa on Sunday. As a Michigan fan I have forgotten how stressful it is to be on the bubble.
I just read a story on SI.com about Oil Can Boyd. It turns out that the 49 year old seems determined to make a major league comeback and is just waiting to hear from a team. That’s such an incredibly ridiculous concept that I hope it’s true. I also hope that he hasn’t lost his ridiculous temper – watching him explode would be worth the price of admission. Sadly, there are probably a few teams’ rotations that could be helped by a 49 year old.
Jered Weaver has arm problems again, and they have kept him from throwing off a mound yet. The problems are apparently similar to what he faced in 2007, and those sent him to the DL to start the season. I don’t know just what it is about the Weaver boys, but they seem determined to go down in history as the family that wastes the most talent in major league history.