In Bowman We (I) Trust

By Robbie Blood

Stan Bowman has been one of the leagues top GM’s over the past few years undoubtedly. Tallon’s picks and Bowman’s tricks won the cup in 2010, and Bowman’s magic alone won it all again in the 2013 shortened season, proving the faith the fans and company instill in him solely.
Over the past few days all I’ve been hearing is the typical comments of: how are we gonna do it, were 2.2 million over cap or that we need to bring in (insert stupid stars name) and the all time classic bash that we need a better back-up goalie to back up Crawford’s shit! Lets state some facts here, Crawford should have won the Conn Smythe during the 2013 run, and last year our failure to win was not on him. During the 2014 playoffs he was third in wins with 11. He had a 2.53 GAA, ranked 11, one spot over the “glorious” Jonathan Quick and a save percentage of 9.13%, also one point over your glorified Quick. He was ranked in the top 5 goalies through out the entirety of the playoffs, the only time stats matter, yet everyone thinks he sucks and that we need to get rid of him. Also, we have a back-up goalie, he’s also our rising star goalie of the future, Anti Rannta. Winning 13 games in his first NHL season while Crawford was out is enough to shut down any non-believer in my opinion.
Our real problems last year stemming through out the playoffs was our power plays and 2nd line center. Bowman responded to this 2nd line center controversy this off-season with Brad Richards, giving Kane the center he desperately needs and bettering Saad. During Richard’s Conn Smythe season he achieved 53 assists that will now go to his new line mate and our hero, Patrick Kane. Richards will also compliment Saad with his humble ability in passing. Richard’s composure and leadership have shined through his inept offensive line during this past season with the Rangers, especially on power plays, scoring five goals and achieving 14 assists. Can you imagine him on a power play with Sharp, Towes, Kane, and Keith?
Before you get your panties in a bunch just remember, Bowman knows more than you or I. Because of Bowman, we now have 3 Conn Smythe winners on this roster. Be patient and have faith. But if you want my honest opinion, TRADE LEDDY.
But what do I know; I’m just a dude on a couch.

Time for McClellin to go to the middle?

By - Rococo Bang

It may not seem like it, but there is a log jam in the Bears line backing core. While Lance Briggs and DJ Williams are firmly entrenched in their starting roles as weak and middle linebackers respectively, they won’t be there for much longer. Both players are long in the tooth and there is a good chance this could be Lance’s last year as a Bear if he’s not open to signing a one year deal after the season.

Fortunately there are two youngsters waiting in the wings. Unfortunately, they are both badly out of position.

The bears drafted Shea McClellin primarily for his perceived pass rush ability. Shea compiled 20.5 sacks during his 4 year college career, recording a high of 9.5 in the 2010 season. However he was playing as the hybrid linebacker in a 3-4. The Bears tried to turn him into a hand-on-the-ground pass rusher. Shea lacks the strength and the skill to shed blocks from 300 pound linemen. It had been a struggle for him the past 2 seasons.

The problem with Shea is that he is an in between player, similar to Michael Sam. He has good speed to rush the passer but not enough to cover receivers and backs in the flat. His skills are perfectly suited for the Mike linebacker in a base defense like the one the Bears run. He has enough speed and size to cover tight ends. Good play from the defensive tackle position would help him avoid offensive lineman. He could still rush the passer in situations. I think he could be a poor man’s Urlacher or like a Zach Thomas.

The Bears drafted Jonathan Bostic because his talent and agility made him a great candidate to replace Urlacher in the middle. Bostic has displayed that talent with the Bears but has struggled with mental errors. It is a struggle for him to call plays and run the defense.

Bostic is perfect for the Will linebacker position. His skill set is out of this world. He’s got the speed, strength, agility and is a vicious hitter. His problems have been mental - calling plays or being out of position. On the weak side he would be free to just react to the play and attack, playing to his strengths.

In 2000, the Bears had a similar situation with both Urlacher and Colvin at the Strong LB position. A Barry Minter injury forced Urlacher to the middle and the rest as they say is history. The clock is ticking on our aging linebackers. The Bears need to think outside the box to find their successors.

awesome-assembly-required:

oh look, it’s Jay Cutler being hott….

awesome-assembly-required:

oh look, it’s Jay Cutler being hott….

(Source: jaysuscutler)

allthewaydown:

… at least this happened first.

allthewaydown:

… at least this happened first.

Why aren’t there more GIFs of Jay Cutler?

redeyechicago:

I mean, seriously.

swag-to-infinity-and-beyond:

Its baby Cutty! He was always a Bears fan, it was meant to be <3

swag-to-infinity-and-beyond:

Its baby Cutty! He was always a Bears fan, it was meant to be <3

(Source: i-be-thatt-pretty-mf)

SUCKER MC’s

On Barry Bonds (by Jerome Gilbert)

Few sports radio discussion topics are more grating than should “should steroid cheat x make it into the hall of fame”.  Amidst the conclusion of the most exciting NBA regular seasons in recent memory, the start of a new baseball season, the beginning of the NHL playoffs, and the ongoing legal battle between the NFL and its players, this topic somehow found time on several different sports talk radio shows I had come across in the last few weeks.  The topical relevance was no doubt the Barry Bonds case: the now-disgraced home run champ was officially charged with one count of Obstruction of Justice. 

When discussion of this topic occurs, it seems to me like everyone involved, from the populist rants of know-nothing sports talk callers to baseball experts and writers is missing the greater point in this whole issue: the absurdity of a harmless drug user being prosecuted with such legal vigor.  One estimate has the total cost of the government’s apparently unrelenting pursuit of Bonds exceeding $100 Million. 

This (a sportsblog) is not exactly the venue to display my personal views on the harsh, expensive, and deadly failure of America to prosecute users of illegal substances; although for the sake of disclosure I will state that besides alcohol I am not a drug user who believes that ending drug prohibition is the smartest, safest, and morally honest action the government should (but will probably never) take. 

Thanks in part to drug users like Bonds, the numbers from the steroid era don’t mean what they once did, and the American public’s “reverence” for certain statistical sensations performed on a major league baseball diamond (and its former national pastime in general) has certainly been struck a blow.  Bud Selig has a right to be angry, but Federal prosecutors?  Why is what should be a private matter being explored with the fullest extent of the law?  Barry Bonds harmed no one with his drug use; if the San Francisco Giant’s disapproved of his drug use they should have cut or traded him; if major league baseball found Bonds to be in violation of rules against drug use in baseball (for the longest time, MLB had no steroid laws on the books) they could choose to leave him out of the Hall of Fame, a la Pete Rose, discredit his records, and prohibit him from working in the industry. 

Is there no better use for $100 Million than paying for the hours of time spent procuring warrants, pouring over evidence, and harassing witnesses to humiliate a baseball player?  Certainly the time of the team of the lawyers no doubt assembled on the Prosecution’s behalf came at a premium?  The next time you hear an angry sports fan speak out in anger against Barry Bonds’ crimes against the game of baseball, direct his anger in the direction his overzealous government, which seems to degrade the meaning of the term “public servant” further on a daily basis. 

Jay’s “ALL-BEEF” Point Guards for 2011 part 1

As the season is coming down to an end The Jay’s beef staff is assembling our first ever “All Beef” team. Think of it as an all american team, or first team selections, except a lot lamer. Today we select the point guards, we got five spots!

Derrick Rose - First team ALL BEEF selection at point guard

The point guard position is one of the most talent saturated positions in all of NBA. How stacked? The Cavs have Baron Davis and before that they had Mo Williams who put up respectable numbers (14 ppg 6apg). Every year since Nash’s back to back MP3’s, experts have been battling it out over who owned the top PG spot in the league. Nash owned it during his MP3 run, Paul owned in 2 stellar years after that (CP3 should have gotten the MP3 instead of Kobe in 2008) and Deron Williams held the spot during Utahs playoff push the past 3 years. A lot of things paved the way for Derrick this year (lets not get on the MP3 chants just yet). Let’s take a look.

1. Team USA/ Summer workouts/Coach Thibs

It seems everyone who played for USA this summer improved their games exponentially all while becoming better teammates. Just run down the list and you’ll see improvements from everyone who was on the team. Even some of the veterans learned new tricks (Lamar Odom, Tyson Chandler).

On top of training with the top players in the Nation Derrick also worked in a summer camp with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Those guys didn’t do too bad this year either.

As far as Coach Thibs goes. We’ve seen Derricks game this year and we know the knock on his defense may have been valid early in this season but not anymore. He shuts down top tier point guards regularly (check the game logs of Nash Rondo and Dwil). Anytime you get your best player to buy into a system then the whole team has to follow through. Its like when a quarterback tries to block  on a reversal. Or when T.O takes double teams  without complaining…well you get the point. Heres DRose stat for the year.

44% fg           4.1 rpg          37 mpg

33% 3pt         0.6 bpg         25 ppg

86% ft            1.1 spg         7.9 apg   

2. CP3/ Deron Williams injury

Despite Derrick Rose’s monumental leaps in his game, there is no doubt that as far as a complete point guard goes, a healthy CP3 is untouchable. They keyword is healthy here, and we may never see a healthy CP3 again. More on that when we get to “All-BEEF” Honorables. Deron Williams seemed to have never gotten into a grove all year long and sure enough, he’s getting wrist surgery. Better luck 2012 yo.

3. Bulls injuries

Yes, believe it or not the bulls injuries aided in Derrick Rose’s inflated stats. He took way more shots this year, he dominated the ball a lot this year and with injuries to mostly offensive players, he had to score.

SIDENOTE: A lot of the criticism against Rose was that he shot the ball way too much this year, portraying an image of a young Iverson aka a selfish player. What people failed to realize is that nobody else was willing to take these shots, and any coach will tell you they would want they shot that gives a team the best chance to win (put the ball in your best players hands right?) Remember Derrick Rose’s stats in High School and College were not as impressive compared to other NBA stars because in blowouts he would defer all his shots to teammates. Team ball, it works.

The point here is, we learned Derrick can dominate a game now. When the bulls need buckets he can get em.

4. CLUTCH

Just watch this video.

5. Swag

Dude is the best teammate in the world! Team USA coaches loved him. Coach Thibs loves him. East All-Star players voted him Team Captain. Can’t hate on Swag. Remember when Nash won his first MVP He said that he believed he won because everyone in the league recognized him as the best teammate in the league. Intangibles are everything.

Conclusion

Derrick Rose is the best PG in 2011. He’s got a high ceiling and we haven’t seen the best of Derrick yet. The league offers plenty of competition with Westbrook, Wall, and Rondo all coming up. Combine that with our already established points who seem to have plenty in the tank (Nash, Kidd) and the years of PG dominance can easily stretch a decade. Lets hope he continues to work hard and stays healthy for the rest of his career. For now, top spots on All Beef PG goes to Derrick.

Dieon Slander

Skylar Diggins, may beauty be thine name.

A goddess came to me tonight and if it wasn’t for the shitty sport of baseball, I probably would have never found her.

The Bulls had just defeated the suns off a boneheaded last second 2 point attempt by Marcin Gortat (despite the fact the team was down by 3). While Chicago’s nailbiting victory brought me joy and happiness (slightly aided by adderall and flu medicine) I couldn’t help but fear for everything beautiful for the Devil we know as Baseball returns yet again. 

(Don’t believe that Baseball is evil? Then tell my why Jessica Alba has herpes)

Avoiding the devil at all cost I was forced to watch the women’s NCAA championship game. Choosing between the Devil and Women’s basketball would seem like a no brainer but I still had to scratch my head on this one. As it turns out combining the two things I love the most, women and basketball, actually gives me a product far less than the sum of the parts. The men’s NCAA finals were god awful (Butler decided to sell all its buckets at halftime and invest in a toxic asset known as bricks) and naturally I made the assumption that the women’s NCAA championship would be a lamer, slower, no dunk, feminine version of “god awful”.  After about two minutes it seemed that my assumption was true until the Goddess known as Skylar Diggins checked into the game. Skylar Diggins, may beauty be thine name!

SIDENOTE: Ever since Jessica Alba had been infected by the Devil, there has always been a vacancy at my number 2 spot for “Top 9 Cho Baby of all time forever and ever list” 

(The list consists of 9 because number 1 is immovable, permanent, the truth….Jordan)

NUMER UNO…..wait…….for…..it.

CONCLUSION?!

Is it possible that for the first time ever, a female basketball player would crack my list? Is this is all made possible because baseball sucks?  As the game played on I realized I began to focus more on the actual game, rather than Skylar Diggins. The game turned out to be a a lot closer then I could have imagined (Its women playing sports, is this really happening?), with lead changes through out the last minutes. As every play came to a stoppage, for every timeout called, I felt a sense of comfort, a safety, knowing the game was extended and that less Baseball was in my life. I watched the two teams battle it out only to witness the incredibly glowing angel, who struggled so hard to compete with Texas A&M fall short of victory. Fall short of a championship? Yes, but not short of heaven. Skylar, You may not have won the game, but you have won my heart; though you will have to be second place on that list as well. 

written by Delusional Dave/Deion Slander

This just in. Lebron is good, Timberwolves are bad.

Lebron thinks hes so smart.