Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dumars Hires Former Child Star to Coach Pistons

Dennis the Menace
 The Detroit Pistons are set to name Lawrence Frank as their new head coach, according to recent reports.  Frank will attempt to do what Michael Curry and John Kuester failed miserably at and that is bringing the Pistons back to respectability. 

Frank went 225-241 in 6½ seasons as coach of the New Jersey Nets. He was fired by New Jersey in November 2009 after the team started that season 0-16. He was an assistant for the Boston Celtics last season.

Lawrence Frank
I'm not sure what to make of this move.  In my opinion, the Pistons need to generate some interest in the team.  At least on this side of the state, the Pistons are now a joke of a franchise.  It's a sad thing to say because for so many years, they were one of the strongest.  I can still remember watching the Bad Boys back in the late '80s and early '90s.  More recently they advanced to six straight Eastern Conference Finals.  Now though, they are a far cry as to what they once were.  Even worse, there's no hope that things will get better anytime soon. 

I still believe that they should have hired Bill Laimbeer as head coach.  More than anything, he would have gotten people excited about the Pistons again, very similar to what Alan Trammell did for the Tigers when he was hired.  Sure, Trammell didn't do a very good job of managing the Tigers, but people wanted to come back out to the ballpark to see them.  Trammell brought back memories of the "good ol' days".  That is the same thing that Laimbeer would be able to do for the Pistons.  People will remember the Bad Boys days and start to feel excited about being a Pistons fan again. 

But no...Joe Dumars (whom I am convinced is just grasping at straws now) has decided to go a different direction and hire a guy that looks like an aging Dennis the Menace to resurrect the Pistons. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Is Osgood Headed for the Hall?

Chris Osgood...Hall of Famer?
 Veteran Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood retired today during a news conference in Detroit.  The 38 year old is going to be hanging up the skates and taking a job within the organization helping scout and develop young goaltenders for the Red Wings.

The question on everybody's mind now is if Osgood should be considered a Hall of Famer. 

I initially thought no.  Even a good friend of mine who is a crazy Red Wings fan told me a few years ago that he didn't think that Osgood was "Hall-worthy". 

After a bit of investigating though I changed my mind.  What changed it were the career stats that Osgood put together.  He is 10th all time in wins (401) which puts him ahead of Hall of Fame goaltenders Billy Smith and Eddie Giacomin and future Hall of Famers Dominik Hasek and Nikolai Khabibulin.  He is 8th on the all time playoff wins list (ahead of Hall of Famers Terry Sawchuk and Tony Esposito and future Hall of Famer Curtis Joseph).  He is 24th all time in career shutouts (2006 HOF Inductee Grant Fuhr isn't even in the top 50), and has lifted Lord Stanley's Cup on three different occasions. 

If it were up to me...Osgood would be in the Hall of Fame.  He is a proven winner on one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports and deserves to take his place amongst the all time greats. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

And the winner of this week's "Just Shut Up" award goes to...

Jimmie Johnson; 5 time Nascar Sprint Cup Champion

  Seattle Seahawks wide received Golden Tate (yes...that's his real name) was upset at the fact that NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was included as a nominee at the Espy's in the Male Athlete of the Year category.
Tate was so enraged that he decided to take to his Twitter account to voice his displeasure.  The following are a few of his "tweets"...

Golden Tate...he went to Notre Dame
-Guarantee he couldn't in million year play any SPORT

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Congrats to #21

On Saturday, July 16th, Desmond Howard will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  In my mind it is a well deserving recognition for one of the most exciting players in Michigan history.  I know that I will never forget this punt return against Ohio State in 1991.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Chestnut Adds to his Legendary Status by Winning his Fifth Consecutive Mustard Yellow Belt

Some people would call it gross, others would say that it was a disgusting display of gluttony.  There are many words that some people would use to describe the MLE (Major League Eaters and is a real organization) and the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog competition. 

I would call it impressive.

The majority of us have overeaten at one point in our lives.  I know that when I do I feel horrible.  I ate three brat's in a single sitting and threw up shortly thereafter.  These guys wouldn't even call that a warm up. 

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut claimed his 5th Mustard Yellow championship belt by inhaling 60 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in 10 minutes today.   

Like it or not, what these guys (and girls) do is impressive.  They all have what I would call a "gift" and are lucky enough to get paid for it.