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Friday, January 29, 2010

Potential Tebow Fall-Out?

You have to wonder what the fallout from the Tebow situation may be. Will recruits with legit NFL dreams re-consider the athletic education they receive in college? Will quarterbacks seek out colleges where they are schooled correctly, as opposed to football factories like Florida where mega stats are racked up at the expense of learning the proper NFL skill set?

It’s one thing to win games and achieve stellar statistics, and it is a great achievement. However, we now know it’s not enough at the next level. NFL scouts distance themselves from stat-happy talent (aka RISKY) and lean toward well-skilled (less risky) talent. So, will this lead to a trend that pressures college coaches to TRAIN the athlete properly? How much emphasis will players and parents put into that...the idea of literally getting an education.

Sure, everyone wants to lay at the big high profile schools...there’s no question about that and they will always get huge recruits. Outside of the QB position, it probably doesn’t matter. But it seems like Florida/Tebow is the perfect example of the problem – high profile - many wins – huge stats – lots of trophies – zero NFL career. Who’s the last stat happy Gator QB to play in the NFL? Hell, WSU has put more QB’s in the NFL – Super Bowl winning ones. If you’re a high school QB with dreams of playing in the NFL – will the Tebow situation influence their decision to go to schools like Florida where you win on Saturday but leave behind any chance of playing on Sunday?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blunder Bulled Over, Drop Third Straight

Ok, here's the familiar Blunder we know and love - on another losing streak! Chicago reached the .500 mark for the first time this season as they crushed the Blunder in OKC on Wednesday night, 96-86. It was the fourth straight win for the Bulls and the third loss in a row for the Zombie Sonics.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant, led OKC with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Durant and Westbrook combined for 52 points. The rest of the Zombie Sonics combined for a paltry 34 points. Brutal. Five Bulls scored in double figures.

Jeff Green, who finished with 24 points and nine rebounds commented about the Blunder's current losing streak, "It's only a three-game losing streak," Green said. "It ain't like we've lost 11 in a row."

No, but they did lose 14 in a row last season. In celebration of that landmark lowlight, the Blunder opened the 4th quarter with 14 straight missed shots. Yay!

Lowlights: Durant and Westbrook both had four turnovers, Nick "Get Me Outta Here" Collison had two rebounds and zero points in 21 minutes.

There was an announced crowd of 17,562...another non sellout for the team supposedly on the brink of the playoffs. Looks like OKC isn't really into the NBA.

Blunder: 21-24 (losses come first!)
Next loss: Thursday vs Denver.
Hilarious "celeb' sighting: Mark Clayton of the Ravens and Tommie Harris of the Bears, former teammates at Oklahoma, sat courtside and each threw an autographed corndog, er, football into the crowd.

More Corndogs! More Losses! More Blunder!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Losing Streak Grows as Cavs Dump Blunder

It's getting ugly out there on the road for the Blunder - Two losses in three nights, 88-86 against Memphis and 100-99 to the Cavaliers, who were forced to start Daniel Gibson for the first time since 2007 due to injuries to to Mo Williams and Delonte West. Not to worry, because Lebron ran the Cavs' offense most of the night, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter and sealing the win with a monster block on Durant with .9 seconds remaining.

It was the 20th loss for the Blunder...21st if you throw in the $1.6 million that shady owner/worldclass douchebag Clay Bennett lost when he 'settled' a lawsuit for ripping off the Seattle fans.

Lebron James was one rebound away from a triple-double as he went off for 37 points nine rebounds and 12 assists. I rarely pimp movies on here, however I highly recommend seeing MORE THAN A GAME, the LeBron James story about his High School basketball team in Ohio. It's awesome - do not miss this movie.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant, as always, led the Zombie Sonics with 34 points and 10 rebounds, his 18th straight game with at least 25 points. The kid can play. It'll be devestating for the franchise when he leaves, as expected.

Lowlights: Nick Collison had 5 fouls in 19 minutes and a paltry 2 points on 1-2 shooting. I think Nick hates it in OKC and I doubt he is back next season. Ibaka had 3 turnovers in 19 minutes. As a team the Blunder shot only 38% from the field, and defensively they were caught cheating (Bennett's influence, no doubt) in the paint and were penalized for a three-second violation.

More Corndogs! More Losses! More Blunder!

Blunder: 20-24 (20 losses...losses always come first in OKC!)
Next Loss: Wednesday vs. Chicago.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bennett Loses Another Lawsuit

SEATTLE – Professional liar and dirtbag Clay Bennett, owner of the Zombie Sonics, has tentatively settled a federal class action lawsuit brought by the team's season ticket holders, according to Seattle's KING 5 News. Bennett has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle the claim.

The season ticket holders claim Bennett breached a contract by not allowing them to renew their seats after the team left for Oklahoma City in 2008. Bennett did not deny he was in the wrong. Nor did he deny he was a world-class douchebag.

The settlement affects about 800 people and means the cowardly Bennett won't testify again in Seattle, where he is loathed. A judge just needs to sign off on the deal.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Spur's Rookie Dominates OKC, Blunder Lose Again!

It's beginning to sound like a broken record around here; Blunder lose again! Weird!

Rookie DeJaun Blair's career high 28 points and 21 rebounds led the Spurs past the the struggling Zombie Sonics on Wednesday night, 109-108. The Blunder, unable to lose in regulation, dragged the game into overtime before conceding defeat.

Blair, the All-American center from Pitt who was passed over in the draft because of concerns about his knees, showed teams that passed on him in the draft what he could do. The Spurs selected him 37 overall. The Blunder, foolishly, passed on him and now will live to regret it. Much like they must regret moving to Tornado Alley where they cannot sell out games, even against elite teams like San Antonio. Damn shame that is.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant had 35 points on 14-31 shooting in 47 minutes.

And now, the lowlights:
The Blunder trailed by as many as 19 in the first half and scored a season-low 18points in the first quarter. Only four Blunder managed to score in double figures. Nonads Krystac went 0-2 in nine minutes for zero points and one foul. Durant had seven turnovers and Toshe Sefalosha had five fouls in 38 minutes.

Blunder: 21-17, tied for third place.
Next loss: Friday at Dallas.
Weather Alert: A magnitude 3.3 earthquake shook Jones, Oklahoma. Panicked residents were calmed when it was revealed the trembler was merely Clay Bennett's corndogs settling in his stomach.

More corndongs! More losses! More blunder!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Latest Buzz: N.O. K.O.'s O.K.C.!

The Blunder suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Hornets of New Orleans on Wednesday, 97-92. The team that was once the show in OKC, returned for another ritual beat down of the Blunder. It was the Hornet's 10th straight win against the Zombie Sonics, their fourth in a row overall, pushing over .500 for the first time this season at 17-16.

Future ex-Blunder Kevin Durant led the way with 27 points in 39 minutes. He fell short of 30 points for the second straight game after going a franchise record seven straight games scoring 30 or more. Kid's a stud. If, like me, you believe KD moves in free agency, it'll be a dagger in the Blunder fans hearts as the face of the franchise leaves. Unfortunately, such is life in modern sports. Loyalty is a memory.

Lowlights: Collison went 0-for-2 in 18 minutes for zero points. He did have a personal foul. I heard it was a good one. Sefalosha went 1-for-5 in 25 minutes. Jeff Green led the team with four fouls in 41 minutes and Durant had four quality turnovers.

The Blunder certainly have improved over last season's debacle. Of course, improving on a 23 win season is almost a certainty. It's nice to see the players improving

Announced 'attendance' was 17,836. Even with the bloated numbers, it was another announced non-sellout in OKC. Surprising that OKC didn't rally for their beloved Hornets appearance. Then again, like McLendon said, "we'll be happy just to break even".

Blunder: 19-16, tied with Utah for third.
Next loss: Indiana on Saturday the 9th.