Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday 07/30 A.M. Quickie:
Favre, Artest, Angels, WVU, More

Let's skip the latest Favre development all together, shall we? Wouldn't it be amazing if people stopped covering it or fans stopped clicking on any links related to it (or turned off the TV or radio when it came on the air)?

There's a lot more to talk about in today's SN column. Wouldn't you rather talk about the Angels' power-play to affirm their status as the team to beat in baseball? Wasn't it enough to have MLB's best record? How about a 12-game division lead? How about a 7-game win streak against the defending champs?

You've got to respect "Title or bust," and the Angels are now in the same position as the Celtics in the NBA: Anything less than a World Series title at this point would be considered a failure. Mark Teixeira only sharpens that argument.

Meanwhile, the Rockets seem to have the same idea: In the West, it isn't enough to simply make the playoffs, only to lose before the conference semifinal round is over. You're either woefully out of it or you're a contender. With Yao and T-Mac, the Rockets weren't there; with Ron Artest, they are.

That's up there with Duncan/Parker/Ginobili and Bryant/Gasol/Bynum as the best "Big Three" in the West. Making it more interesting is Artest's versatility. I'd love to see the Rockets continue to retool, shopping T-Mac. But with Artest a free agent next summer, this is a one-shot-for-it-all deal for the Rockets. I like it.

Complete SN column here
, including the proper homage to Carlos Zambrano.

Blog navel-gazing: Playingthefield.net launches, offering a platform and hub for some of the leading women sports bloggers. It's a little sad this has to exist, but -- then again -- it could be worse. Look at Fanhouse right now.

Meanwhile, speaking of blog-world navel-gazing, where is the coverage of the insanity going on over there at Fanhouse? Between the soft-core fantasy football video and the resulting insurrection among the contributors, AOL Sports is about to implode their very valuable property.

-- D.S.

2 comments:

Johnny b said...

You know dan since you're a writer and all that jazz you could have NOT led with Farve if you didn't want to

You do have free will

Ross said...

It got up to 105 yesterday in Dallas. What's wrong with the Cowboys training in Oxnard?