There is no need to go over the outrageous situation going on in the NFL. Inexperienced, incompetent officials make a mockery of the game. So much for the integrity of the brand, right Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner and mouthpiece for the league owners. It is very clear that the NFL team owners do not care at all about what the fans, customers, supporters, advertisers, and their own head coaches think. Their product is soiled, if it were a food product, it would be rancid.
It is time for the people to get real. Just a few simple acts by us poor masses will hit where it hurts…their pockets.
Rewind four years ago to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China when both the women's and the men's basketball teams brought home the gold medal proving that the United States remains the top basketball powerhouse in the world.
Now bring yourself back to the present, with a little over a month left until the Olympics start, the pressing question is will there be a repeat? Will both the women's and men's teams bring home the gold medals?
For many years now the women's national team has been dominating all across the world. There is no doubt that this years superstar lineup will have any problems continuing the tradition. With players like Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, and Maya Moore teaming up, this women's team will be a force to be reckoned with. There are seven players who have already been to the Olympics and who have won gold but all eleven players were part of the 2010 World Championships team.
As we all know Monday night's tip off will be between the Kentucky Wildcats (1) and the Kansas Jayhawks (2). This game is coming after a very exciting Final Four round. For those of you who missed it Kentucky held off the Louisville Cardinals 69-61 and Kansas defeated Ohio State 64-62 after trailing the majority of the game. Both Kentucky and Kansas did not play particularly well or at least at the caliber that their coaches hold them too. With that being said lets take a look at what we could expect Monday night.
Most post-game news conferences are the same.
After a disappointing loss, coaches tend to be irritated and are short with their answers. Often times, coaches come up with excuses as to why they lost and what the referees called, or didn't call for that matter. It is a rarity to find a coach who maintains his class and composure in a disappointing defeat.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is one of those rare coaches.
During his post-game interview after the Spartans' loss to Louisville, Izzo was thoughtful, calm, and respectful. Instead of trying to make excuses as to why his team lost, he recognized the reasons, saying that they were out-rebounded and were not on their shooting game.
Basically, Izzo was refreshingly candid as to why Michigan State lost. But he also did it without putting his team down and didn't deny giving Louisville the credit they deserved.
Many times we don't see that in the sports world. Most of the time, coaches play the blame game, or are around the bush with reasons why their team came up short.
Put yourself in the place of a coach or a player of a top seeded team in the NCAA tournament.
You are projected to go far and topple almost any team that you come across.
Put yourself in the shoes of a coach or player of the Duke basketball program.
In the case of Duke, you are the No. 2 seed, among the most famed basketball teams in the country, and coached by one of the most legendary coaches in American sports history.
You are playing a 15th seeded team, Lehigh, which has never won an NCAA tournament game in their history. After a tough and grueling 40 minutes, you come out losers. Post-game interviews provide the standard questions and answers. But what I really want to know is what is going through the heads of the coaches and the players on their way home?
I could only imagine what is going through Coach K's head. "What the hell just happened? Is this a dream?" Unfortunately, Coach K, this was not a dream it was a nightmare that just happened to be real. At some point it settles in, and perhaps hurts more than it did when it actually happened.
As for the players, I ask my readers the same question.