Soap opera in Detroit reaches white-hot intensity
today, with reports that he's out -- and rampant
speculation about what he'll do next.
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Fired or buyout? Who
That is the least of the Brown-Pistons saga, quickly
coming to an end.
So many other questions are floating around
today that need to be answered (or at least wildly
Should Brown go to New York?
If he can, he should. Isiah is willing, and for a HOF
coach who built a rep on projects, rebuilding the
sorry Knicks is his career's biggest.
But is NY his best move?
Given his health and history, is he really ready to
commit to the half-decade it'll take to fix the
Knicks? (There may be questions about buyout
restrictions, too.) Why not rest a year? Isiah will
Will Detroit take a PR hit?
Brown is a media favorite and the perception of
forcing out a championship coach is ugly. But Brown's
shtick eroded a lot of his support.
Can Detroit still contend?
Brown was the coach who gave the Pistons the best chance to
win a title in 2006; bandwagon pick Flip Saunders'
track record in the playoffs is spotty.
Who else could Dumars pick?
Given the win-now pressures, I'd make Rudy T. a
must-interview. The Pistons are a lot closer to the
'94-95 Rockets than the brutal '04-05 Lakers.
What about Darko?
What about Darko? What part of "win-now" do
people not understand? And do you really care
about him, or are you just asking because saying his
name makes you chuckle?
Yanks Lead AL East
Who else liked it better when the
Yankees were gurgling below .500 and every day was a
new laugh at New York's expense?
Then the Red Sox became entrenched in first place, and
they became as insufferable as the Yankees ever were.
So insufferable that the Yankees became
sympathetic (now there's a trick) and NY's
express train back into first is a cool development.
That's sickening to even think.
Let's face it: If you're not from either area, you
hate both. But their presence in a playoff race
has become MLB's drug of choice... the new
Burnett to O's could come today,
precisely the bold midseason move that O's fans have
been craving for years.
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It's a signal the team considers itself a contender -
and is serious about competing with the Yanks and Sox
(or is it really about the Nats?)
More Marlins: McKeon out? Could be a busy
couple of days for Florida, rumored to be interested
in Torre protege Joe Girardi.
I liked Karl Ravech's idea on BT Monday night: Why not
trade McKeon to the D-Rays for Lou Piniella, straight up?
Would create buzz for both teams.
Red Sox making a move? Presumably out of the
running for Burnett, Boston is rumored to be looking at Twins
RP J.C. Romero.
Wasn't it a key trade with the Twins last
summer (for 1B Doug Mientkiewicz) that proved a key to Boston's title run?
Who will they ship out? (FA-to-be Bill Mueller?)
K. Rogers Redux
Turned himself in on misdemeanor
assault charges. Bet the guys in Oz have a different
interpretation of "All-Star pitcher."
The best part? During the process, he got snappish
with a cameraman, who caught it on tape. Poor
Kenny: Won't he ever learn?
The NFL's must-follow training camp is
the Dolphins', beginning Sunday.
Despite a hot new head coach (Saban) and a hot new
rookie RB (Brown), the brightest spotlight will be
there for one reason: Ricky.
Williams' agent says he'll be there this weekend. What
a way to kick off TC season!
NBA Free Agency
Shareef Abdur-Rahim to Nets? Sign-'n'-trade would
be one of the coups of offseason. Nets starting 5
would be tough; Kidd should be thrilled.
Stromile Swift to Rockets? Another smart move, teaming
the talented (if erratic) Swift with Yao on Houston's
Marko Jaric jumping to Cavs? Imagine a backcourt with
6-8 LeBron and 6-7 Marko, both with the ability to
handle the ball.
Samuel Dalembert meeting with Hawks: Nice fantasy for
Atlanta fans, but the Sixers are said to be ready to
match any offer (hmm: even the max?)
50 in 50: ID
Impressions of Idaho:
Boise State football (and that blue turf!)
might have the most innovative offense in college
NCAA Tournament: Not only does Boise regularly
host the most exciting sub-region, the fans are the
best that March Madness has to offer.
Vote Best of Idaho
Loses to Japan in shocker in final of World Cup of
Softball. (Conspiracy theory: US tanked to prove to
IOC and critics that sport is competitive!)
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Quickie favorite and NFL rookie QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
(7th round, Harvard) signed a deal with the Rams. Kids
at home: Studying matters.
49ers make a hire to fill the current worst job in
sports: PR director of the team. Good luck, Aaron
Salkin. Avoid that "how-to" video theme.
One of the all-time NFL draft busts, Heath Shuler,
announced he's running for Congress (N.C.) Insert your
own NFL-bust-themed campaign slogan here.
NHL news: Mark Messier is reportedly open to playing
for any team, not just the Rangers. Forget his skills;
sign him for PR value (via NY Daily News).
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