Archive for June, 2008

More Contest Suggestions

June 30, 2008

We’ve gotten in a couple of solid first attempts in the Import Wins Contest (see two posts ago). Keep them coming.

Two more games I definitely want to see someone write up are the Colts throttling of the Bucs on the last day of the 1987 season to secure a playoff bid. I’d also like someone to take on the win over the Vikings on Christmas Eve of 2000 that helped secured a second consecutive playoff bid. The Colts looked like they wouldn’t make the playoffs midway through the season, but closed strong and beat a good team in the Dome to slip in.

Go easy on the 2006 games. I’ve already had a couple (not counting the Super Bowl) entries there. Right now the best way to win is to do one of the four games I’ve suggested in these posts.

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I’m reposting it from the comments section, just because it’s awesome. My Rik Smits fixation has been satisfied for today.

Prisco picks the 30 players most likely to break out. Our own “Junior Seau Junior” Freddy Keiaho made the list.

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CLEVELAND SUCKS!

June 29, 2008

Hey, it’s been a rough year. I’ll take what I can get. A hollow victory? There is no such thing when Cleveland is involved.
THE OHIO CUP IS OURS!

CLEVELAND SUCKS!

June 29, 2008

Hey, it’s been a rough year. I’ll take what I can get. A hollow victory? There is no such thing when Cleveland is involved.
THE OHIO CUP IS OURS!

Announcing: The Most Important Wins Contest

June 28, 2008

I’m sure most of you have perused the Greatest Games list on 18to88.com. You may also be aware that we picked those games based on the quality of the wins and the game played, not on ‘how important’ the game was. 18to88 reader Cambell has suggested we start a ‘Most Important Wins’ list as well. I think it’s a great idea, but both Demond and I are too busy right now to do all the research.

That’s where you come in. The list starts with: Super Bowl XLI (of course). Also on the list has to be the playoff win over KC in 1996 and the Monday Night Massacre over Denver in the first MNF game. So here’s the deal: we are looking for at least 4 (I’ll do XLI) good write-ups of games that could be considered for the Most Important Wins list. Someone has to do the KC game and the MNF win over Denver, but the other slots are open. Up to 9 people can win (the list is capped at 10). The game must be significant for Colts history. It CANNOT be a game that appeared in the Greatest Games list or Peyton’s 4th Quarter wins. Don’t submit a write up on any of those.

Here’s the prize: A genuine official game program from Super Bowl XLI. Submit all entries to 18to88@gmail.com. Only one prize per person. If we choose your write up, you get a program. Grammar and spelling count. If multiple people write up the same game, we’ll choose the best written one. Write-ups should be brief, but informative. Game details are important, so get the facts right. Re-read our write-ups of the games on those other lists to get an idea of what we want. If we get at least 4 good game writeups, then we will award prizes. If not, then sorry. If you are selected and want to be sure the article gets written and the programs are awarded, then feel free to do multiple write-ups.

If you are unclear about anything, write us. I’d like this to be done in about 2 weeks, so the sooner you write, the sooner you can win.

Thanks for being a part of 18to88. The programs really are cool, and worth winning.

Greenspan Gone

June 27, 2008

With all the Pacer draft stuff, we plumb ran out of time to comment on IU A.D. Rick Greenspan resigning in the face of a new NCAA charge. Aside from our elation over his head being placed squarely on our silver platter, I’m still mystified about something. I’ll never understand how Indiana can be held responsible for what Sampson did when THEY CAUGHT HIM AND TURNED HIM IN. Yes I realize that it was a couple of months late, and it was by an independent auditor, but THEY HIRED the auditor to do the audit. This wasn’t turned up by the press or by a player or angered coach. The administration was checking up on things like they are supposed to and found that Sampson was not compliant (not with regular NCAA rules) with the terms of his probation. Frankly, that sounds like they did their job to me. Ultimately, this whole mess shows the insanity of hiring a coach and accepting sanctions that a different school should have had. IU still hasn’t broken any normal NCAA rules, just a higher set that was imposed on them only because they hired Sampson.

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Simmons’ faith in Larry Legend is shaken by the Bayless trade. Yeah, Bill, that makes two of us.

As noted in the comments, Chad Ford loved the moves.

More trade breakdown

Foxsports.com calls Bird’s dealing ‘asinine’. They give the Pacers a C+

DJ gets his 3 guaranteed years

June 27, 2008

Congrats to true warrior (though hopefully not a Tru Warrior) DJ White for getting drafted in the first round. He gets to be an NBA millionaire for sure. I couldn’t be happier for him.

I’m not sure why the Pacers drafted Nathan Jawai. I know nothing about him, but it seems like he’s a bit undersized for the NBA. Ah, now I hear he’s headed to Toronto. I guess I’ll scrap my plans for an awesome Jawai jersey.

Larry Bird makes his move

June 27, 2008

Huge, huge, huge trade. The Pacers send their eleventh pick, Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu to the Portland Trailblazers for Brandon Rush (drafted 13th), guard Jaret Jack (10 ppg, 4 apg) and local boy Josh McRoberts (Carmel, IN).

I’m dizzy. I think everyone was pretty psyched about getting Bayless at #11, but on the bright side Rush is 6′ – 6″ and has the body to play a long time in the NBA. I’m assuming Jack will compete for the backup point guard position. Josh McRoberts (drafted 37th last year) may not even be an NBA caliber player (D-leaguer most of last year), but it’s a nice publicity throw-in. The guy is the latest in a long time of punk losers who leave the state to go play for the likes of Duke. Dude’s an a-hole.

I guess what strikes me about this trade is that Indiana has picked up four players with pretty high name-recognition. This doesn’t count for anything in reality, but maybe it will placate some of us surly Pacer fans for awhile. I’m witholding judgment on this trade. Just like with the JO trade, I’m just happy they did something. And as a bonus: It should be awesomely awkward watching Brandon Rush compete for pt with his brother.

Raptors (Pacers) draft Roy Hibbert with #17

June 27, 2008

You can’t coach size. Hibbert is 7′ – 2″ tall. I’m not sure how this pick fits into the Pacers desire to get up and down the court, but did I mention he’s 7 foot 2?

DZ Comments: Hey, worst case, he plays 10 years in the league as a backup center. You are dead on that you can’t coach height. Right fit or not, this makes me feel better about the JO trade. Maybe it’s my Rik Smits fettish (eww), but I love the tall centers.

Raptors (Pacers) draft Roy Hibbert with #17

June 27, 2008

You can’t coach size. Hibbert is 7′ – 2″ tall. I’m not sure how this pick fits into the Pacers desire to get up and down the court, but did I mention he’s 7 foot 2?

DZ Comments: Hey, worst case, he plays 10 years in the league as a backup center. You are dead on that you can’t coach height. Right fit or not, this makes me feel better about the JO trade. Maybe it’s my Rik Smits fettish (eww), but I love the tall centers.

Raptors (Pacers) draft Roy Hibbert with #17

June 27, 2008

You can’t coach size. Hibbert is 7′ – 2″ tall. I’m not sure how this pick fits into the Pacers desire to get up and down the court, but did I mention he’s 7 foot 2?

DZ Comments: Hey, worst case, he plays 10 years in the league as a backup center. You are dead on that you can’t coach height. Right fit or not, this makes me feel better about the JO trade. Maybe it’s my Rik Smits fettish (eww), but I love the tall centers.