EDDIE SUTTON OUT FOR THE SEASON. First off, wasn't he supposed to retire after last season??? Well, the 2006 season is up in smoke as he crashed his car the other night....and apparantly he had been sippin on the sauce [he has only been "cited" since there is apparantly a lack of physical evidence]. Sutton has been dealing with a lot of hip and back problems this year and dealing with a lot of stress. This lends a possibility of the "influence" to be medication and not "the sauce". Either way, it is sad for E-Sutt to have to go down like this.
THANK GOD FOR EXTREME SPORTS!!!! I'm not a big X-games guy. I don't "do the Dew" or eat habenero cheese on everything or have some wild potato chip flavor I love or have these Extreme dots in my deodarant. But thank God Team USA does! Right now, we have 5 medals....all of which come from X-games type events. Well, snowboarding. We have 4 of our medals in the Halfpipe....with the other coming in the 5000m. The 5000m event was a gold won by a dude nicknamed the Flying Tomato. Again, I am not mocking these cats....I'm actually excited that the Olympics are including these newer sports to the stodgy ones they keep in the games. I am more angry at the fact that the normal winter events aren't being won by us....but the nordic countries [but, hey, when do they ever get to shine?]
SAMMY SOSA MAY RETIRE: Really? Man. What a kwinky dink that he has a lousy season then is thinking retirement right after the MLB is starting to crack down on the roids? Sosa is an example [among others] of how quickly someone can crash off our sports pedastals. Sosa was a god a few years ago. He's one of the all time HR leaders [the alltime Latin HR king] and wore that "baseball been berry berry good to me" charm like a badge of honor. Now, after roid rumors, corked bats and crybaby tactics toward Cubs management....he's worth a non-guaranteed $500K deal from the old Montreal Expos.
SHAUN ALEXANDER A PANTHER: The more and more I hear about it....the more and more I think it is a possibility. Coming into the offseason, I would have betmoney on Shaun Alexander staying in Seattle. I still feel that's where he'll end up. But with various rumors and a little common sense, Carolina does seem to have a strong case. The Panthers are in the same class as the Seahawks as far as the NFC heiarchy goes....and Alexander would be a key swing vote for them. Stephen Davis has played his final game in Charlotte...and DeShaun Foster is a free agent. He'd be much closer to his family [in Northern Kentucky] and back in the south where he went to college [Alabama]. The key was that he got a good luck and the Panthers nucleus while at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. QB Jake Delhomme was there...as well as Steve Smith, Mike Wahle and Julius Peppers. Oh, and the entire Panthers coaching staff. So while teams cannot comment on players yet....by their actions they can "sell themselves" to Alexander. Keep an eye on this one.
NBA TRADING DEADLINE. We are about 10 days until the trading deadline...and there are a ton more rumors than good leads right now. But, like usual, the NBA feeds off of the trading deadline to get that extra push into the playoffs....or into a better seed. The MLB does the "star for minor league prospects". The NBA does "B-list star for expiring horrible contract". So the list of names you will see dealt will usually have a horrible contract to them. Ya know, someone like Penny Hardaway, Tim Thomas, Keith Van Horn, Scot Pollard, Devean George, Lorenzen Wright, Kelvin Cato, Bonzi Wells and Antonio Davis to get guys like Theo Ratliff, Steve Francis, Kenyon Martin or Mike Dunleavy. Remember, last year the Kings actually were able to deal away Chris Webber's difficult contract away [um, but didn't work out that great].