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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Blunder Tame Grizzlies, Confused by "Winning" Feeling

The Blunder did the unthinkable on Saturday night - they won an NBA game. The Blunder snapped their 14-game losing streak to the toothless Grizzlies, 111-103, and the world now anticipates a spike in celebratory corndog consumption as a result.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led the way with 30 points and 7 rebounds as OKC ended their futility streak and turned their attention to the next string of losses. Inspired by the $55 Thunder 'excellence' polo he'll likely be getting for Christmas from Clay Bennett, Nick Collion led the lowlights with zero points and one foul in seven listless minutes.

Before a stunned home crowd, OJ Mayo led the Grizzlies embarrassing loss with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Grievance counselors were spotted entering the home locker room immediately after the game to console the anguished Grizzlies. In the Blunder locker room came the sound of champagne corks popping and celebrating until the team was informed they had 64 more games to play.

The Blunder tasted victory for the first time since October 13 and gave Scott Brooks his inaugaral triumph as Blunder head coach/scapegoat. The Blunder turn their sights to the next losing streak and look to become then first team to match their team record losing streak for the third time under Clay Bennett.

No official word yet if this victory launched a spending spree on the $55 'Thunder excellence' polo shirt with the golf insignia on it. Only time will tell.

Blunder: 2-16
Next loss: at Charlotte on Wednesday.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bennett-League Blunder Streak to 14th Straight Loss

Blow outs, second half collapses, apathetic play. The Blunder found another way to lose as the Timberwolves' Mike "The Mullet" Miller drained a 19-foot buzzer-beater to lift the hapless T-Wolves over the even more-hapless Blunder, 105-103 on Friday.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant and Jeff Green combined for 44 points to lead the losing effort. Earl Watson added zero points in 14 minutes while Chris Wilcox chipped in with 6 personal fouls to lead the Blunder low lights. Scott Brooks pushed his record to 0-4 as Blunder head coach/Bennett’s scapegoat. The game was another non-sellout. Time to lower corndog prices? Someone wake up the marketing department!

The Blunder lost for the 14th straight time - tying the franchise record set last season. Both dubious streaks come under Clay Bennett's ownership and are compliments of his methodical and intentional decimation of the team to enable his move to OKC. Sadly, frenzied OKC fans must now witness the debacle Bennett created to achieve that agenda. Even worse, Bennett expects the good people of OKC to financially support this intentionally horrible product...during a recession, when disposable income is minimalized.

How many folks are rushing out to buy the "Oklahoma City Thunder Men's Excellence Polo shirt", on the Blunder website....for $55? Say it out loud; "Fifty Five dollars for a Blunder "Excellence" polo shirt??" It's interesting that the Los Angeles Lakers, with the NBA's best record, sells their polo shirts for $45.

Wow.

Maybe we just have different opinions of what excellence means, but 1-16 isn't mine. Charging $55 to the good people of OKC to support a 1-16 team during a recession just doesn't seem excellent to me. Description of shirt; Thunder logo is embroidered at the left chest and the Antigua golf crest on right sleeve. A golf logo on an NBA shirt? Excellence? Another OKC Bush-League Blunder.

The $55 "excellence" Polo.
I think “Bush-League” just became “Bennett-League”.

Blunder: 1-16
Next Loss - Saturday at Memphis

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cavs Give Thanks...Giving Bennett's Blunder A Beat Down

The Cleveland Cavaliers got an early Thanksgiving treat this year, compliments of the OKC Blunder. New coach and future scapegoat, Scott Brooks, led the Blunder into Cleveland with high hopes for a Blunder turnaround. Things looked good early - until the tip-off - and then The Blunder endured another thrashing, 117-82. For the mathematically challenged, that's a 35-point loss. Don't see a lot of those in the NBA. LeBron (Gonna look good in a Knicks Uniform) James matched his career-low in minutes with 17 and still had 14 points...more than any Blunder except Chris Wilcox.

Chris Wilcox led OKC with 14 points and was one of only three Blunder players scoring in double figures. Three. Durant, Watson and Green combined for 28 points on a brutal 12-38 shooting performance between them. Johan Petro added five fouls and WSU alum Kyle Weaver added three points to lead the Blunder lowlights.

This was another night of streaks; Cleveland remained perfect at home (8-0), Scott Brooks remained perfect as Blunder scapegoat/coach (0-3) and the Blunder extended their losing streak to 13 games. The Cavs are off to their best start in franchise history at 12-3 while the former Seattle Sonics are off to the worst start in franchise history at 1-15. The second worst start came last season, also under Clay Bennett's 'ruin-the-team-to-move-them guidance. Classy.

I wonder if the OKC fans will be giving thanks to Clay Bennett this Thanksgiving for this abomination of an "NBA" team he's saddled/gifted them with. I wonder what OKC fans will get for Christmas from Bennett...perhaps demands for a new arena? Higher ticket prices? The news of a Durant trade? Corndog night?

Here’s giving thanks to being in Seattle right now, with or without the NBA. At least we are rid of Clay Bennett, and that's a reason to be very thankful.

Blunder 1-15
Next loss - Thursday vs Minnesota.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

OKC Dumps PJ, Hornet's Dump Blunder; Extend Losing Streak to 11

The Scott Brooks era began with a beat-down in the Big Easy on Saturday night; 109-97 as Chris Paul unleashed a triple-double on the bumbling Blunder. Paul exploded for 29 points, 16 assists and ten rebounds and David West added a season-high 33 points to delight Hornet's fans. Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led OKC, as always, with 30 points on a strong 11-16 shooting performance. Nick Collison led the Blunder lowlights with 4 points on 1-4 shooting in 25 minutes. Chris Wilcox added five fouls to lead the Blunder. The Hornets are 7-5 and gaining momentum. The Blunder are 1-13 and gaining notoriety.

The Blunder fired PJ Carlesimo on Saturday, a move about as shocking as a sunny day in Phoenix. Scott Brooks is the latest low-rent captain to be given the wheel of the OKCTitanic. Welcome aboard Scott - grab a bucket and start bailing water. You're the new fall guy, replacing the previous hired fall guy; P.J. Carlisimo.

Firing PJ was clearly the right thing to do. He's never proven himself to be a great coach or motivator and he's divisive, which fit Bennett's plan of not winning games in Seattle. Handing him the keys to coach a decimated team replete with youth was absurd. He was not hired to turn this team into a winner, but to ensure they would sink in Seattle. Bennett's plan was to find his real coach after the move to OKC. Let's be real here - hiring PJ made no sense to anyone at the time. The young players need a leader they could rally around, a guy they could relate to and a guy who could motivate them - PJ was never any of those, which is exactly why he was hired. It fit in with perfectly with Bennett's plan of team implosion. I am not saying he does not know the game - clearly he does, but Dwayne Casey was the obvious choice at the time. However, that would have gotten the team and fans excited - so it was PJ all the way. Of course, it is entirely possible Bennett thought PJ was the right choice and that angle can be argued, but it's a dubious coincidence that his bumbling coaching decision perfectly compliments an agenda to move a team.

I find the timing of the firing interesting...the day after ESPN's nationally televised Blunder beat-down. I hate to give Bennett credit for being tactical, but waiting until after the ESPN game was the smart move. You don't want the ESPN announcers focusing on the negative - and firing a coach right before that game would have done precisely that. The last thing OKC needed was more negative reviews of the move that some are calling the worst in sports. I get the feeling that Stern had input into the timing of the decision.

Of course, the argument could be made that being embarrassed like that on national TV was the final straw for PJ. Maybe it was. But I simply never believed anyone, including Bennett, truly thought PJ was the right coach. It was all part of 'The Plan'. Well, 'The Plan' is 1-13 in OKC and losers of 11 in a row.

Blunder: 1-13
Next loss: Phoenix

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blunder Go Primetime; Lose 10th Straight

In front of the Blunder's first nationally televised ESPN audience, The Hornets triumphantly returned to Oklahoma City on Friday and left with a resounding win, 105-80. In truth, it wasn't even that close. Merciful New Orleans coach Byron Scott pulled his starters in the third quarter as another Blunder blowout was unfolding. Chris Paul put on a dazzling display of moves and finished with 17 points, one of five Hornets scoring in double figures. The Hornets improved to 6-5 and looked like the playoff team they ascended to last season.

Soon to be ex-Blunder, Kevin Durant led OKC with 17 points on another weak shooting night, going 5-13. Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook shot a combined 10-33. That's not going to get it done in this league. Green officially led the Blunder lowlights with an 0-6 performance in 29 minutes to finish with three points.

I finally had a chance to see the Blunder play for the first time, thanks to ESPN. I was saddened at how bad this team really is and what this once-proud Sonics franchise has become. Lifeless, dinsinterested and overwhelmed are terms that came to mind. The young guns are trying, but in the end they are simply cannon fodder for the more mature teams in this league.

The commentators waxed philosophical about how great the NBA was in Seattle and how they fully expect a team to return there soon. They mentioned how many NBA players told them they missed playing there, as a member of the Sonics and others as a visiting team. They raved about the great atmosphere, knowledgable and passionate fans and the amazing city itself.

This disaster is a result of Bennett's calculated decimation of the team in Seattle to minimize local support and ease resistance to his planned move. It is absolutely unfair to Seattle, OKC and anyone paying to see Bennett's Blunder.

Interpol should demand that crime scene tape be placed around the Ford Center as a reminder of what Bennett has done. Ruining the NBA for Seattle fans and forcing this abomination on the wishful-thinking fans of OKC is practically criminal. At the very least it is cruel and unusual punishment.

The best line of the night was heard as a Blunder player made a move to the hoop and missed; "A million dollar move and a five cent finish". Thank you, Kevin Collabro.

Blunder losing streak at 10.
Next loss: tonight at New Orleans.

As they said in Spinal Tap; "These go to 11".
Tonight, so shall the Blunder losing streak.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bennett's Blunder Crushed by Clippers

The moribund Los Angeles Clippers used runs of 14-2 and 23-4 to beat up on Oklahoma City on Wednesday, 108-88. I cannot remember the last time I read the words "Clippers crush.." in print, but there they are. It was a battle of traditon; the Clippers with a long-standing tradition of futility and the Blunder, a team just establishing theirs.

Chris Kaman went off for the Clippers for 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the surging Clippers to a 2-9 record. Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led the former Sonics with 18 points. Chris Wilcox led the Blunder lowlights with 4 points on 1-7 shooting in 14 minutes. OKC is the worst shooting team in the league. The team that Clay Bennett decimated to alienate the Seattle fanbase in a calculated move to aid his relocation to Oklahoma City, is now 1-11, the worst team in the league with a winning percentage of .083. Ouch. Be careful what you wish for, Clay.

Chris Kaman going off, the Clippers crushing anyone, and five Clipper players scoring in double figures is a rarity in this league. This emerging phenomenon seems to correspond directly with teams playing the Blunder. Coincidence? Hmmm. Ask Clay Bennett, the brain trust behind this team, it's much-maligned name, logo, and 1-11 record. Or ask the OKC fans forced to endure this team. It's eerily similar to the one Bennett thrust upon the long-standing, faithful fans in Seattle. The term that comes to mind is unfair.

It's seems inevitable that unless there is some turnaround and this ship can be righted, serious changes will be necessary to keep the the players from revolting, and the fans from disappearing. How long until rumors swirl about PJ's impending firing? It's only a matter of time. Pretty soon they will have to find a new playbook, one that will forge any kind of positive press for this Blunder; firings, trades and the 'ole fan favorite; refrigerator-magnet give-away night.

This is exactly the scenario I've been predicting since Bennett's forced move. Even the most avid OKC fan has to be scratching their head..as they head for the exits in the third quarter of another home blowout loss. Can it get any worse? Yep.

Next loss; Friday vs the New Orleans Hornets - on ESPN. A national audience gets it's first glimpse of Bennett's Blunder.

MAXIM Disses Blunder - Sales Skyrocket!

From the December issue of Maxim Magazine, in SPORTS - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - under 'More Lows' on page 47...

"The Seattle Sonics are shipped off to Oklahoma City, renamed the Thunder and given the sorriest logo in the NBA"


More Maxim!
More Corndogs!
More Blunder!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Houston, We Have a Problem.

Checklist:
Overpay for NBA team in 12th largest market. Check.
Immediately hatch relocation scheme. Check.
Alienate local fan base. Check.
Decimate team, purge all talent and local ties - call it 'rebuilding'. Check.
Create worst team in 41 year history of franchise, crushing Seattle fans. Check.
Clumsily propose new $500 million stadium be built - but not in Seattle - thus ensuring proposal will get rejected. Check.
Claim 'we tried'. Check.
Move team to 45th largest market. Celebrate with corndogs. Check.
Consider yourself a local hero. Check.
Adopt Blunder team name, Doritos logo, thug Golden State's mascot, moves that are universally panned. Check.
Lose to Houston Rockets on November 17, 100-89 as some unknown dude named Luis Scola scores 23 points. Check.
Blunder center project Johan Petro scores two points on 1-6 shooting in 20 minutes to lead the lowlights. Check.
Open inaugaral Blunder season 1-10 to a fan base not filling new arena. Check.
OKC Fans realizing what kind of team Bennett forced Seattle's 41-year fans base to endure in it's last season, and slowly realize this is their future. Check.

No Problem.

1-10
Next Loss - L.A. Clippers.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blunder 86'd in Philly Blowout

The Blunder stormed into Philadelphia on Saturday carrying the burden of a six-game losing streak. It stands at seven after Philly crushed them 110-85. Jeff Green led the Blunder with 21 points. It's the first time this season the former Seattle Supersonics were led by someone other than future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant who had 13 points on another miserable shooting night, going 6-18 from the field and 1-4 from the stripe. Perhaps his sore ankle is hampering him. Perhaps it's his broken spirit from playing on this 1-9 debacle-of-a-team that Bennett created.

Thaddeus Young dropped in 23 points as the 76ers, one night removed from overcoming a 26-point deficit to beat Indiana, improved to 5-5. Blunder center-project Robert Swift led the Blunder low-lights with zero points and one rebound in 14 minutes. Project-center part two, Johan Petro, led the Blunder with five fouls.

The Blunder look completely overwhelmed and a potential 70-game loser this season. Going to be tough to fill the Ford Center in OKC, even with the most hardcore fans. who are forced to endure what Seattle fans were last season - Clay Bennett's utter decimation of a competitive team.

Next Loss: Monday vs Houston.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bennett's Blunder's Broadway Debut: Brutal

Bennett's Blunder made their Broadway debut on Friday and the reviews were unanimous; this team is Blunderful!

Bennett's first New Your trip was a rounding success...if you're a Knicks fan. New York stormed out to a 30-point lead as they humbled the bumbling OKC/NBA experiment on Friday night, 116-106. The former Seattle Sonics team that was gutted and moved to the 45th largest market by idiot-du-jour Clay Bennett, pushed their current losing streak to six games. Seven, if you count the move. Eight, if you count the New York Knick tribute uniforms they wore...in New York. All interesting choices.

The Blunder are on pace to reach the mythical '70' plateau that few teams dare strive for. Chicago did it. The Lakers are on pace for it. Oh, that's right, those were for wins. OKC is on pace for 70 losses under Bennett, Stern and PJ's wrinkled, guiding hands. The 1973 Philadephia 76ers went 9-73 and Bennett's Blunder is on pace to tie or even break that record. Perhaps the torch will be passed tonight when the 76ers pin another loss on the Blunder.

As always, future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led OKC with 23 points on 8-21 shooting in 33 minutes. Surprising to see Durant logging 33 minutes while coming off of a sore ankle. Maybe sore ankles heal quicker in OKC. Maybe not.

Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph feasted on the Blunder for 29 points a piece. Joe Smith led the Blunder lowlights with 4 points in 16 minutes. Green, Collison and Westbrook led the Blunder in fouls (five) and in effort.

As this team sinks deeper into last place, morale can only be sinking lower, both for the players and the OKC fans. Bennett/Stern/PJ = Blunder.

Blunder record: 1-8.
Blunder outlook: Gloomy.
Next Loss: Saturday at Philadelphia.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Magic Touch Makes Bennett's Blunder Vanish

Titanic. Hindenberg. The Bush Administration. Add the Blunder to this list of disasters.

Dwight Howard's first career triple-double led the Orlando Magic over the Blunder on Wednesday, 109-92. Howard had 30 points, 19 boards and 10 blocks. The Blunder's disappearing act began immediately as the Magic cruised to a 32 point lead on Russell Westbrook's 0-11 first half shooting. He finished with 13 points on 3-19 from the field.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant sat out with a sore ankle. A sign of things to come? Durant has been carrying this team in scoring and minutes and it will catch up to him physically in this league.

Mouhamed Sene led the Blunder lowlights with one point, going 1-2 from the line. Former Washington State star Kyle Weaver scored his first career NBA field goal and finished with two points. Teams continue to feast on this disaster of a team Bennett has created, which is getting embarrassed at home, on the road and in the media. The players are giving all their effort early in the season, but as the losses pile up and morale sinks, how long until the effort wanes?

This team, created by Bennett and Stern to enable the move from Seattle, is embarrassing both for OKC and the league. Every day this ownership group and its relocation to OKC are looking like a huge mistake and a black eye on the league. Night after night this traveling circus gets blown out. You hate to see young talent beaten down and broken so early in their careers. It's simply not fair. They are forced to pay the price for Bennett's agenda and Stern's personal vendetta against Seattle.

I can see Durant having consistent ailments as he gets beaten down physically and mentally. Losing and low morale will taint this team and be difficult to reverse. Players will not want to play in OKC under this ownership group which has turned a once-proud Supersonic franchise into a public laughing-stock CBA team. No offense to the CBA intended.

Three weeks into the season and the games are not selling out in OKC. Can you blame them? They're now bearing witness to what Bennett did to Seattle fans with his decimation of the Sonics; a terrible product that he forced long-time Seattle fans endure. As much as OKC thought they were ready for an NBA team, this cannot be what they were imagining. From one fan to another - my condolences on your nightmare. It's likely only going to get worse, both for the team and the fans, as reality sets in on this ill-fated Blunder. Non of this is the players or the fans fault, yet they are being asked to pay the bar tab for weak, watered down drinks. Totally unfair.

Could this team lose 70 games? How long until OKC is asking for handouts to keep this team afloat financially? Bennett and Stern should be ashamed. Stern will more than likely leave his buddy Bennett high and dry and wring his hands of the situation. This team is a bust and a total OKCBlunder.

Next Loss: At New York - where the Blunder will get to display their Knick tribute uniforms for the fans. That should be fun.

ICEBERG - DEAD AHEAD!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ford Drives Pacers Past Blunder

TJ Ford had 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Pacers past the Blunder in Indianapolis on Monday night, 107-99. Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant netted 37 points on 13-27 shooting in 40 minutes, another long night for the pride of Texas. The former Longhorn led offensively-challenged OKC for the 7th time this season, carrying the entire burden alone. How much longer can he carry this work load? PJ will burn out his only star if he doesn't dial down Durant's minutes and the pressure to carry the load every night on his young shoulders.

Desmond Mason led the Blunder low-lights going 0-5 for two points in 29 minutes and contributed a technical foul in the third quarter as the Blunder watched a ten point lead turn into yet another OKCBlunder. It has to be painful for these players, but don't blame them, blame Bennett. He decimated the team to help enable his coveted move. He got his wish, but this is the price. These are merely pieces left over from what once was a basketball team. It's going to be a long season in OKC for these players. It'll be an even longer one for the fans that will be expected to watch and financially support Bennett's blunder, on display night after losing night. According to attendance figures, the Blunder are not selling out the Ford Center...and we're only seven games into the season. Ouch.

No word on if the Indy crowd enjoyed the Blunder's New York Knick tribute uniforms.

Next loss: Wednesday vs. Orlando.

Hawks Hold Off Blunder - Stay Perfect

Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks held off a late rally by the Blunder to remain a perfect 5-0 with an 89-85 victory Sunday in OKC. Four players scored in double figures for the suprising Hawks.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led OKC for the fifth straight game with 20 points, in 40 minutes. The Blunder managed a paltry 39% shooting from the floor. Perpetual center project Johan Petro led the Blunder low-lights with 2 points in 19 minutes.

Kevin Durant is already logging a lot of minutes early in the season and is carrying this team offensively. If he does not get some help soon he is going to get worn out before the all-star game or get injured before season's end. Let hope neither happens but as the minutes and contact pile up, something's gotta give because he's not a big guy.

The 1-4 Blunder missed a sellout for the second straight Sunday night.

Next Loss: Monday at Indiana.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Jazz Leave Blunder Singing the Blues

Jerry Sloane enjoyed his 1000th career win as the Jazz pummelled the Blunder Friday night, 104-97. The Blunder started off fast en route to a 29-point half-time deficit as they pushed their record under Clay Bennett's leadership to 1-4 while the Jazz improved to 5-0. Soon to be ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led the Blunder, as always, with 24 points. Chris Willcox led the Blunder lowlights with 2 points on 1-7shooting in 23 minutes as the Blunder missed their last 13 shots of the first quarter.

Carlos Boozer led four Utah players in double figures with 21 points. Andrei Kirilinko added 12 boards.

It was Utah coach Jerry Sloane's 1000th victory with the team. Sloane, a future hall of famer, took over for Frank Layden nearly 20 years ago and accomplished a feat (1,000 wins with one team) never before seen in sports, and not likely to be witnessed by a Blunder team except from the sidelines. Congratulations, Jerry. I am sure you'll have many more wins...especially against the Blunder.

OOOPS! Another OKCBlunder! From an article last week prior to 'opening night'. Oklahoma City officials did some scrambling to prepare the Ford Center's new NBA floor. The newly-purchased floor contained the wrong 3-point line and crews worked all night long making the corrections and getting it ready.

Tom Anderson, the Special Projects Manager at City Hall explained; "..It was set up at the Ford Center Monday and when we did the measurements we discovered the manufacturer had painted the 3-point line to collegiate standards rather than to NBA standards," he said. "The manufacturer had a team on standby ready to sand down the collegiate 3-point line and repaint the floors so the NBA 3-point line would be correct..."


While I do not support witchcraft, I do support comedy and this is too funny; http://cursethethunder.com/

Next Loss: Sunday vs Atlanta

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Celtic Pride Crushes Bennett's Blunder

The Blunder raced out to their best first quarter output of the season Wednesday night, en route to their expected beat-down by the Celtics, 96-83. The Blunder that Bennett built jumped out to a 29-21 lead to delight the non-sellout OKC crowd, until Paul Pierce's 20 points led the Boston charge past the hapless Blunder.

Rockstar, superstar and soon-to-be ex-Blunder star Kevin Durant led OKC, as he always does, with 17 points, but had another poor shooting night in the former SuperSonics team's new gym. He went only 6-for-15 and is 18-for-50 this season at the Ford Center. Perhaps he is distracted by Thunderstruck playing every 30 seconds. Perhaps it's the copycat uniforms. Perhaps he was thinking about former Sonic all-star and current Celtic guard Ray Allen's 18 points...or maybe it was Allen's pre-game comments:

Ray Allen also faced the unique situation of playing his former team in the new city that it relocated to after last season. He was the SuperSonics' star player for more than four seasons before getting traded to the Celtics on draft day last year and was able to avoid the turmoil of the team's subsequent move from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

He talked before the game about how he hoped the NBA would return to Seattle and said again that he'd be willing to work to make that happen. "I think that's a good basketball part of the country. There's a lot of fans that are very knowledgeable to the game," Allen said. "If you throw out the disagreements that the city had with the ownership group, and it was just this past ownership group that sold to the Clay Bennett group that the city was somewhat disgruntled with, it definitely worked. I think just to have basketball not only in Portland but in Seattle, it only does better for the league."

Strong words from the usually soft-spoken Allen. A class act.

Damien Wilkins lead the Blunder low-lights with zero points in 10 minutes. Kyle Weaver matched him stride for stride with zero points but did break out with two assists. With performances like that it's understandable why the game was not sold out and the fans began their exodus in the third quarter. Being down by 17 sure didn't help.

Next Loss - Friday at Utah.

Monday, November 3, 2008

NBA's Hornets to Seattle?

Internet boards are alive with speculation George Shinn is selling the Hornets and the odds-on favorite to acquire them is none other than Steve Ballmer, CEO of Seattle's Microsoft.

According to a report from ESPN:

"George Shinn of owner of the Hornets has been listening to a lot of offers for the team. The lease is scheduled to end in 2010 if attendance trends continue the way they are. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is said to be the front runner to purchase the team and the NBA would back the move as they are already seeing revenue losses in the millions from the move to Oklahoma City."

I've been saying for months the OKC/NBA experiment would be a financial disaster and it's coming to fruition, just as common sense would dictate. The NBA had a great thing going in Seattle before the Bennett/Stern Blunder. Now their short-sighted foolishness is on display for everyone to see....especially the other owners.

Ballmer and his group should get right into the details of a new privately-funded multi-use arena. This is the kind of quality, big-picture ownership group that Seattle needs and deserves and who can get it done correctly this time.

This is, of course, merely speculation at this point. But it sure puts Seattle at the top of the list of destination cities for the NBA. Let's sit back and watch the show....and the Blunder losses pile up, both financially and on the court. Maybe Durant would want a second stint in the Jet City? The timing would be perfect.

Blunder Stumble! Perfect Season Over!

The Minnesota Timberwolves gave up the lead with under three minutes to go, allowing the OKCBlunder to pull ahead for good and wiping out the Blunder's chances for a perfect season. Al Jefferson had 24 points and 13 boards in the T-wolves losing effort. Soon to be ex-Blunder, Kevin Durant led the Blunder with 18 points. Damien Wilkins added nothing, leading the lowlights.

Next loss: Wednesday vs Boston.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

BENNETT'S BLUNDER ROCKET TO FIRST LOSING STREAK!

Fresh off their opening night loss in OKC, the Blunder achieved another milestone: their first official losing streak, compliments of the Rockets Saturday night, 89-77. The team that owner Clay Bennett punished fans in Seattle with, to enable the move to the 45th largest market, are off on their quest to lose at every NBA city this season. You can scratch Houston off that list.

Chris Wilcox let the lowlights with two points on one-for six shooting and two rebounds. He also tied Blunder project-center Johan Petro with four fouls to lead the defeat. Soon to be ex-Blunder Kevin Durant had 26 points to go along with his look of shame at having to play, and lose, in the Blunder’s New York Knicks tribute uniforms for the first official time.

Tracey McGrady led Houston with 22 points as six Rockets scored in double figures against the Mighty Blunder. Newly acquired Ron Artest had 10 points. Carl Landry had 14 points and tied a career best with 11 rebounds for Houston. The Rockets made 27 of 31 free throws to the Blunders’ 9 for 12 performance.

Next loss: Sunday vs. Minnesota

College Football Roundup –

Graham Harrell threw for 474 yards and All-American Michael Crabtree grabbed a td pass with one second remaining as Texas Tech knocked off #1 Texas to remain unbeaten and firmly under the glare of the BCS spotlight. Now the speculation begins on what schools with open head coach positions will be courting Tech's innovative coach Mike Leach. You can start with Washington.

Overrated Tulsa proved they are not for real by losing to a tepid Arkansas team. Michigan’s 33 year bowl game streak ends with a 48-42 loss to Purdue. How long until the grumblings begin around Ann Arbor calling for Rich Rodriguez to be replaced by a Michigan man? Expect Stanford to be scouted closely as UM keeps an eye on alum Jim Harbaugh there.

In the battle of top quarterbacks Florida mauled Georgia 49-10 as the Bulldogs simply bumbled away the game with mistakes, missed field goals and turnovers. Matthew Stafford, possibly the #1 QB prospect in the country threw for 265 yards in the loss. Georgia outgained Florida 398 yards to 373. With the win Florida moves into sole possession of first place in the SEC East.

Washington and Washington State lost by a combined 114-0. Their annual rivalry game, The Apple Cup, will likely lull even the most die-hard fans to sleep.