Posts Tagged ‘draft’

Marc-GasolNYK_crop_north

Sheridan Hoops-  2. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (Unrestricted)

He probably isn’t going anywhere, either. And a little birdie who knows of what he speaks tells me Gasol has already ruled out playing for the New York Knicks. It’s nothing personal with Phil Jackson or that consummate New Yorker, Jim Dolan (gag). It’s a matter of money. He can get a five-year deal to stay in Memphis, where he attended high school. After taxes, that will be worth more than twice what he would get from New York.

 

Well that was a real kick in the dick.  I think all Knicks fans thought Gasol was the best free agent the Knicks had a shot at.  You know when you come up with a ton of reasons for why a player will sign with your team that really don’t matter when push comes to shove?  Well here were mine for Marc Gasol and New York, in math equation form:

Marc’s brother Pau loved playing in the triangle for Phil Jackson in L.A. + Pau has 2 rings thanks to Phil + Marc looks up to Pau + Marc is a young Spaniard that apparently loves culture + New York has roughly 1 billion times more culture than Memphis + New York is CLOSER to Spain than Memphis + There are tonnnnnnnns of Spanish-speaking people in New York = Marc Gasol is 100% going to sign with the Knicks.

But I guess the whole “Grew up and loves it in Memphis + The Grizzlies are clearly a better team + Gasol can make twice as much from Memphis as he could from New York” just may be enough to slightly tip the scales out of New York’s favor.

Sheridan lists Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge as number 4 and 5 on his list, with the Knicks being a potential fit for both (Monroe being much more likely).  So I guess all hope isn’t lost.  And if neither sign with the Knicks, New York can always draft Jahlil Okafor or Karl Anthony-Towns with the number 1 pick (please, please, please you spiteful Basketball Gods).

 

And while we are speaking of the draft, news broke on Sunday that the Knicks were shopping their number 1 pick:

ESPN- In an interview on ESPN New York’s “The Robin Lundberg Show,” ESPN NBA reporter Brian Windhorst said the Knicks are at the very least considering their options when it comes to trading their first-round pick.

Specifically, Windhorst said the Knicks are looking into “opportunities” to see “what they could possibly get if they trade their draft pick.”

Of course, it’s wise for Phil Jackson and the Knicks to at least gauge the market for the pick.  

 

Basically long story short, that report was just some click bait to take advantage of us frail, emotionally-abused Knicks fans.  Obviously the Knicks aren’t going to head into the draft with blinders on and just use their pick.  They are going to see what they can get for it, regardless of where the pick is in the lottery.  And it would honestly be stupid not to.

Now, it’s not like Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook are going to be offered in a trade for the pick.  But you never know how stupid another NBA team may be.  Like, for example, when the Bulls robbed the Knicks blind in the Eddy Curry trade.  Phil is going to have to at least shop around and see what’s out there before deciding what he will do with the pick.  There are going to be a ton of fake trade rumors and discussion about who the Knicks will pick.  But it’s better then what Knicks fans have looked forward to the last few summers.

Advertisements

fv2_080914_tc26-02107

It is with a heavy heart that we do our annual fantasy preview for this season of MTV: The Challenge.  Last year I power ranked each player in The Challenge: Free Agents.  With the passing of Diem and Knight, this season kind of has a black cloud over it.  But nonetheless, my wife, sister, and brother-in-law drafted our teams.  Rest in peace Diem and Knight.  Fuck cancer and the personal demons that took Diem and Knight from us.  But we will push on and try to have some fun watching the show that has brought us so much joy over the years.  The rules are as follows.

Each individual player gets drafted.  If Nany and Johnny Bananas are a team, that’s fine.  But you can only draft one player at a time.  If their team wins a challenge, both the players that have Nany and Bananas get points.  The draft is a typical snake draft.  Even though you will probably read this way too late to draft before the season actually begins, you can still draft after the first episode airs.  There’s nothing wrong with that.

The point system is:

First place in challenge= 25 Points
Last place in challenge= -5 Points
Winning a Dome= 10 Points
Losing a Dome= -10 Points
Surviving an episode= 5 Points
Leave the show for anything other than losing a Dome. This includes giving up in the finals= -25 Points
First place in finals= 100 Points
2nd Place in finals= 50 Points (Must cross finish line)
3rd Place in finals= 15 Points (Must cross finish line)

Teams Breakdown:

IMG_7219

1. Johnny Bananas and Nany:

bana

Basically the 2001 Miami Hurricanes of this Challenge.

2. Wes and Theresa:

theresa

The 2001 Va Tech Hokies (the only team that may be able to upset Banany, who yes call themselves that).  Theresa goes from meh to hot depending on her outfits and can ABSOLUTELY pull off the knee-high sock look.

3. Jordan and Sarah:

jorda

Jordan is a hardo asshole that no one likes.  Sarah changes between likable to the annoying chick that tries too hard.  Unfortunately they have to be taken seriously on these shows because a break here or there makes them the favorites.

4. Leroy and Nia:

leroy

ROY LEEEE is the God damn man and my favorite person on the show.  Nia is a legit terrible person that I wish ill upon.  I just like Leroy too much to not have him higher.

5. Zach and Jonna:

jona

Zach looks like a big tough guy, but has lampooned me in two challenges in a row.  Jonna is either a pseudo homeless person or a legit homeless person.  That means she may be weak from malnutrition or may be hungrier and willing to do ANYTHING to win that money.  Do not count that out.  She also goes from a hard 8.5 to a soft 5 depending on her look.  Jonna, like Theresa, dominates the knee-high sock look.

6. CT and Diem:

ct

Obviously I feel weird talking about this team because of all the real sadness that has happened.  CT is an absolute animal at his peak.  I heard Diem goes home this season.  Call me a sap, but in my heart I hope CT somehow is able to stay on The Challenge, dominate, and donate his winnings to Diem’s MedGift foundation.  It’s not the most likely thing in the world to happen, but I think we are all ROOTING for it to happen.

7. Adam and Brittany:

mgid-uma-image-mtv

I know very little about either of these people, but usually one rookie team surpasses expectations.  Flexing in your pic makes you an asshole, but Adam has muscles.

8. Johnny and Avery: 

aver

I fell for these two harrrrrrd in their season of The Real World.  I thought they were the modern day Julie Taylor and Matt Saracen.  Except in this version, Johnny broke Avery’s God damn heart.  Sure she may be spacey and perhaps somewhat of a floozy.  But she is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen inside and out.  F you Johnny.  Still, they have some clout just because they are both so likable.

9. Jay and Jenna:

jenna

Jenna is hot.  Jay is meh.  Nuff said.  Actually Jenna is really, really, really hot.  Ok, that’s enough.

10. Knight and Jemmye:

knight

Their relationship is always bordering on chaotic.  Jemmye has been a great competitor in the past, but the picture of her tells me she isn’t in the best physical shape going into The Challenge.  If they were both focused, they could have been contenders.

11. JJ and Simon: 

dev

Basically Napoleon Dynamite and Devyn from The Challenge.  Pass.  HARD pass.

12. Thomas and Hailey:

thoma

I never saw their season, but my sister called them “feeble and wack”.  So, yeah.  That can’t be good.

13. Dustin and Jessica:

dus

The two worst and most annoying people on the challenge BY FAR.  F them both.  I pray to God they are eliminated first round.

FullSizeRender

My draft breakdown:

I had the three pick, which was less than ideal.  To no one’s surprise, Bananas and Nany were the first two taken.  But instead of playing it safe with Wes, I went with my heart.  I love CT.  I love Diem.  I know Diem leaves at some point in the season.  But like I said, sometimes you have to draft with what you want to root for.  And I want to believe that CT took home a W in the name of Diem.  Plus, if they need to give him a new ex, they can say Laurel and CT once had a flirting fling.  And THAT would be the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.  So CT was my first pick.

The next round, I was blinded by my hatred for Wes and Theresa that I didn’t even look at them.  I went with Sarah, who is pretty decent and has a bunch of arm tattoos, which raises her toughness level to well above mine.  This was a mistake.

In the 3rd round, I went with Jonna.  Again, she is probably willing to do things to win the money that many of us (including some of these desperate SOBs) would never do.  Plus she has The Incredible Hulk on her team.  That should help slightly.

I literally picked Adam because his blurb on my sheet said “Maybe” which was better than anyone else’s blurb at that time.  It’s getting desperate.

Knight was my boy on his Real World season, so I went with him.  The long hair and Jemmye’s weight gain is a big red flag however.

Finally, I took Jenna with my last pick because she is hot.  That matters because:

1. It is fun to root for hot girls.

2. Guys like to keep hot girls in The Challenge house.

Again, sorry for the shorter blog for this season, but it just never felt right to get excited after all the crappy news we heard last month.  Here’s to another season of The Challenge.  Rest in peace, Diem and Knight.

God I love this video.  It is basically a 90 second long unintentional joke that delivers EVERY.  SINGLE.  TIME.  Being a Mets and Knicks fan, I am usually on the other side of these videos.  But by the grace of God, I am not a Jets fan.  Here are the highlights of this masterpiece:

1. The video starts off with Johnny “Lam” Jones.  I know nothing about Johnny “Lam” Jones other than he was a wide receiver drafted by the Jets. The sneaky funniest part of this video is the nasal delivery of Pete Rozelle.  It makes every pick he announces 80% funnier.  Plus we get our first Jets fan appearance, saying it was a surprising selection.  God Bless their little hearts.

2. Freeman McNeil gets selected and we just get a shot of an 80s Jets fan all bummed out.  And then we see Boomer!  Mr. With Leather himself, giving his 2 cents on the pick.  When you can make the unbiased media (especially back then) biased, you’ve done your job as a terrible franchise.

3. This is clearly the climax of the video.  Rozelle announces that the Jets are selecting a quarterback and takes a brief pause.  He is letting dreams of Dan Marino pop into Jets fans heads with that pause.  And then he just drops the hammer.  Ken O’Brien.  Hands on head disappointment.

4. This guy really puts the video onto the next level, because Jets fans wanted Marino back then and to have this guy second-guess them right off the bat is priceless.  “Obviously the Jets know something that the people up here don’t”.  Gets me every damn time.

5. Roger Vick gets drafted and Berman lets out an audible groan….

6. …Which sounds EXACTLY like the groan he gives after Jeff Lageman is drafted.  So much to like about this pick.  The groan.  The guy laughing in the red shirt (who is clearly not a Jets fan).  And of course the name Jeff Lageman.  He was born to be a Jets bust.  The guy in the red shirt was the perfect embodiment how every other fan base reacted when the Jets made picks back in the day.

7. A Mel Kiper appearance!  This was during Mel’s younger/feistier days, so it is a real treat to see him with his fastball.  Current Mel is exhausted by this point, being picked apart by the countless draftheads out there, let alone Todd McShay on his own network.  Mel critiquing the old Jets was like Mike Tyson taking on Marvis Frazier.

8. The Johnny Mitchell pick is great because we get to see a flock of Jets fans all crumble at once.  The “New York, New York.  Tight End, Tight End” line works thanks to the site of crushed Jets fans.

9. And finally, ESPN brings in Mariano Rivera to close out this video.  Jets fans are going nuts, chanting for Warren Sapp.  Sapp looks like he is hoping the Jets take him.  And then BOOM, a right hook to the temple.  The Jets take Kyle Brady, Jets fans place their head into their hands, and Kyle Brady goes on stage and looks like he just watched his puppy die.  This clip has it all.  Excited Jets fans, a Hall of Fame player who they should have drafted, heart broken Jets fans, and then a player who just was eaten up and spit out by New Yorkers before even getting to mini camp.

So even if you don’t love the new draft format, you know the NY Jets Draft Blunders Youtube video will bubble up and make you smile.  Here are to the Jets making more memories, starting tonight.