Monday Notes

I’m not a huge NBA guy. I like basketball a lot, but I’ll take college each and every day over the pros. I do watch NBA, though – especially during the playoffs. That being said, the playoffs this year have been amazing, and I am extremely excited about the conference championship rounds. These two series were somewhat unexpected, but they have pretty much everything going for them. Four incredibly massive stars – three who we know on a first name basis, and the fourth who can lead tall buildings in a single bound. It features not necessarily the four best teams, but certainly the four most deserving. Both series have clear favorites, but they also have underdogs who are full capable of the upset. They both have the potential to set a record for highlight reel plays. As a big college fan, the only thing that makes me a bit sad about this one is that the three biggest stars all skipped college ball. Mostly, that makes me sad because I love to think what any of them could have done in March. Melo essentially won a title on his own, and you’d think that at least a couple of these guys could have done the same in the right spot.

Kenyon Martin and Mark Cuban have continued to trade blows in the press this weekend. I don’t blame Martin for being upset and all – Cuban has been a jerk throughout this ordeal. I just wish that Martin would let it live in the past and move on – he has more important things to focus on, and the Nugget don’t stand any chance of winning without him at his very best.

It sucks to be Tony Granato. He’s the coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He has a contract going forward to remain so, and he has not been told hat he won’t be. The problem is that Avs and NHL legend Patrick Roy, currently a coach in Canadian junior hockey, has reportedly been offered the coaching job with the Avs and is rather publicly mulling the decision. The team was awful and needs to make a change badly, and everyone knows Granato needs to go, but I never understand why pro teams don’t have the class to send a guy packing gracefully instead of leaving him hanging like this. Brutal.

Jon Gruden is replacing Tony Kornheiser in the MNF booth. I’m glad that Kornheiser is gone – I respect him and like hm on PTI, but he never quite worked in the booth. I think Gruden will be good, too – he knows his stuff and he’s charismatic. I just don’t understand the move entirely because I don’t see Gruden staying there for any time. He’s young and he’ll have his choice of jobs – college or pro – next year. I can’t imagine that he’ll be content in the booth when the sidelines beckon. That being said, at least he’s not Joe Theismann.

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