Archive for December, 2008

Rasheed For Tyson?
December 26, 2008

-Sports illustrated Magazine is suggesting the Hornets make the below trade:

C-F Rasheed Wallace to the Hornets; C Tyson Chandler to the Pistons
New Orleans’s payroll next season is $77 million, threatening owner George Shinn with a $6 million luxury-tax bill that he can’t afford. The Hornets would drop below the threshold when Wallace’s $13.9 million salary comes off the books this summer, and they can claim that he improves their immediate title hopes by providing a versatile scoring option to go with Chris Paul and David West. rasheedwallaceIn Chandler, Detroit would gain a longer version of Ben Wallace to protect the rim—without giving up Allen Iverson’s expiring contract.tyson

http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1150099/index.htm?eref=sisf

I’ve been pitching trade ideas at the Hornets for weeks…..and I wish I’d have thought of this one!

I love Tyson Chandler…and if I were calling the shots it would be difficult for me to move him…but after watching this team strugle offensively…I think this deal is good and should be done.

Vacation Cancelled, Slumdog, Drew & CP3
December 19, 2008

What a week.

Last night my brother and I spent 7 hours in the Dallas airport waiting to get a flight back to New Orleans.  We were originally scheduled to have a 45 minute layover on our way to Las Vegas. 

But, because Vegas is experiencing it’s worst snow storm in over 30 years….all flights into McCarron Airport were halted!

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So the Mackel Vegas Christmas was cancelled!

On a happier note…being on vacation has given me plenty of time to catch up on some movies.  I highly recommend ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’

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The director is Danny Boyle who brough us such films as Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach and 28 Days Later.  I was not a huge fan of Boyle but this is a great movie….go see it!!!!

Plus, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of co-star Freida Pinto.

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 As for sports (which this blog is dedicated too) I hate to say it but I see the Saints losing this week to the Detroit Lions.  The Lions will finish 1-15 overall and embarrassingly their only win will come against our black and gold.

I also think Drew Brees will break Dan Marino’s single season NFL passing record.brees-large

And finally, I hope all fans who read this blog understand how lucky we are to have two amazing athletes like Drew Brees and Chris Paul representing our city.      cp3333

More to come when I come back from vacation.

Joe Horn To The New York Giants?
December 17, 2008

courtesy: www.profootballtalk.com

by: Mike Florioflorio1

The New York Giants’ offense is struggling without Plaxico Burress, and veteran free agent wide receiver Joe Horn could be the guy they call on for help.

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports that the Giants have invited Horn in for a visit, and he will take a physical today. If he passes the physical, he could sign a contract with the team and be on the active roster this week.

joehornAt his best, Horn was among the league’s elite receivers. He had four different seasons of more than 1,200 yards with the Saints. However, his production has declined in recent years, and in Atlanta last season he caught just 27 passes for 243 yards.

The 36-year-old Horn was released by the Falcons in August and has been out of football since then.

2009 Saints
December 15, 2008

TENTATIVE 2009 Saints Schedule:

Dates for games will not be announced until April but it looks like the Saints will have a very very very difficult 2009 schedule….but one which lends itself to many primetime games on NBC and ESPN.

***2009 Home Games:
Dallas (Cowboys are always a big draw for tv)
NY Giants (Eli Manning comes home)
New England (Brady vs. Brees)
NY Jets (Favre’s farewell tour?)
Detroit
Atlanta
Carolina
Tampa Bay

***2009 Road Games:
Philadelphia
Washington
Buffalo 
Miami (Payton vs. Parcells)
St. Louis
Atlanta
Carolina
Tampa Bay

Helping The Saints & The Hornets
December 14, 2008

Lets start with the Hornets…because they can still be helped this season (at 7-7 help for the Saints will come next year).

HORNETS HELP

Stopping the Hornets is becoming very very simple. Catch Peja Stojakovic on a slow night…or just slow him down on a good night.

Remember last season’s western conferecne semi-finals? Games 1 & 2 Peja goes for 24 and 26 points and the Hornets cruise to victory.  Games 3-7 Bruce Bowen locks-down on Stojakovic and the Hornets lose the series.

Each game this year that Peja has scored 20-plus points…the Hornets win.peja2

Last night while watching the Hornets Celtics game ESPN analyst Hubie Brown made a great point.  He said for the Hornets to win Paul, West and Peja have to combine for 60 points.  Brown was comletely accurate with his analysis.  If only Paul and West score their usual 20 a night the Hornets fall short offensively.  Tyson Chandler is not an offensive threat…neither is MoPete or Rasual Butler.  James Posey will hit big shots but he’s never going to go for 20 a night. So, if Peja is off, the Hornets lose.

It’s that simple.  So how do the Hornets fix this problem?

Go make another trade for a scorer! 

The team traded Mike James for Antonio Daniels last week.  Great move to help the bench but not a move that will put the Hornets over the top. 

The Hornets need another scorer.  A guy who can start at the shooting guard position or log heavy minutes as a swing player. 

Charlotte is reportedly shopping Gerald Wallace.  Maybe the Bobcats would take Julian Wright, Hilton Armstrong and Morris Peterson for the former University of Alabama Crimson Tide stand-out and his bloated contract.gerald_wallace

Wallace scores 15 points and grabs 7 rebounds per game.

FROM THE I TOLD YOU SO FILES:

Look back at my blog.  delonte

I told you that Delonte West was going to have a big season for the Cavaliers.  West is averaging 11 points and 5 assists per game coming off the bench for Cleveland.  I lobbied all last summer for the Hornets to obtain the combo guard to serve as Jennaro Pargo’s replacement.  No one listened and now the Hornets had to trade for Antonio Daniels to pick up where Pargo left off.      

SAINTS HELP

My good friend and Saints insider Jeff Duncan wrote another great article today about what the Saints have to do to get better for the 2009 season.

Duncan says shoring up the secondary is priority number one.

I agree.  But I also think the Saints have to find an every down runningback!

I do not believe that Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are the guys capable of carrying the rushing attack.

To me, Bush and Thomas are the same player!  They’re not thunder and lightening…they’re lightening and lightening. 

That said, I would not have a problem if the Saints reached for a player like Iowa runningback Shonn Greene (if the junior declares for the NFL draft) in the first round.  Iowa St Iowa Football

Green is a 5’11, 235 pound bruiser who won the Doak Walker award this year.  

 Greene rushed for a school-record 1,729 yards and 17 touchdowns. He gained more than 100 yards in every game, the nation’s only running back to do so.    

If the Saints feel like they don’t have to draft another offensive weapon in the first round they could wait until round 4 and hope two more hefty runningbacks are still on the board.

LSU’s Charles Scott and Oregon’s LeGarrette Blount (assuming both of these guys declare for the draft).blount2_400

So, if the Saints draft a power runningback what happens to Reggie Bush?

I say Reggie gets utilized more as receiver.  Am I crazy?….but why don’t the Saints send Bush deep the way the Bears send Devin Hester deep? I know Devery Henderson is the Saints deep receiver but why not Bush? 

If the Saints pick-up a power back I say that player and Pierre Thomas form the thunder & lightening combination. 

Am I crazy (part II): Could veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie be moved to free safety?  Several veteran cornerbacks have moved to safety and performed nicely at the position.  I’ve got to believe McKenzie would be a huge upgrade over Kevin Kaesviharn and Josh Bullocks (both of whom probably won’t return for 2009).  mckenzie

Tracy Porter could start at one cornerback spot and the Saints could grab another starter at corner through free agency.

Pictures Of The Week
December 14, 2008

Just some pictures from the week that was.
Snow Falls In NOLA! After slipping and falling on the icy side walk I took this picture of my house.

Snow Falls In NOLA! After slipping and falling on the icy side walk I took this picture of my house.

 

Oddly enough, the week Travers and his girlfriend go to Lake Tahoe to ski...very little snow! But plenty of snow in New Orleans...talk about bad luck!

Oddly enough, the week Travers and his girlfriend go to Lake Tahoe to ski...very little snow! But plenty of snow in New Orleans...talk about bad luck!

WDSU reporter Randi Rousseau (5'1) and Hornets center Tyson Chandler (7'1) at the Hornets holiday party.

WDSU reporter Randi Rousseau (5'1) and Hornets center Tyson Chandler (7'1) at the Hornets holiday party.

Bonzi To China
December 13, 2008

courtesy: www.realgm.com

Former Houston guard Bonzi Wells arrived in China on Friday afternoon to join Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association league.

Wells, 32, agreed a one-year contract with the club, but the details of the contract were not disclosed.

Great Trade For The Hornets
December 10, 2008

The Hornets have traded back-up point guard Mike James to the Washington Wizards for combo guard Antonio Daniels.daniels2

Great deal!

James was rotting on the end of the Hornets bench after proving he’s nothing more than a selfish ball hog who has no concept of team.mikejames

Daniels is considered a class act who’s won an NBA title and played in dozens of crucial post season games.

Daniels can back-up Chris Paul and MoPete and Rasual Butler at the shooting guard position.  Daniels could also play alongside Paul in certain sets much the way Jannero Pargo did last season.  daniels_350

Daniels and James make nearly identical salaries (roughly 6 million dollars) and both of their contracts end after the 2009-2010 season.

Antonio Daniels Career Stats:

Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
97-98 VAN 74 50 26.4 0.416 0.212 0.659 0.3 1.6 1.9 4.5 0.7 0.1 2.22 1.20 7.8
98-99 SAS 47 0 13.1 0.454 0.294 0.754 0.3 0.9 1.1 2.3 0.6 0.1 0.94 0.80 4.7
99-00 SAS 68 1 17.6 0.474 0.333 0.713 0.2 1.0 1.3 2.6 0.8 0.1 0.85 1.10 6.2
00-01 SAS 79 23 26.1 0.468 0.404 0.776 0.3 1.7 2.1 3.8 0.8 0.2 1.38 1.50 9.4
01-02 SAS 82 13 26.5 0.440 0.291 0.752 0.3 1.9 2.1 2.8 0.6 0.2 0.85 1.30 9.2
02-03 POR 67 2 13.0 0.452 0.305 0.855 0.2 0.9 1.1 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.48 0.60 3.7
03-04 SEA 71 32 21.3 0.470 0.362 0.842 0.3 1.7 2.0 4.2 0.6 0.1 0.86 0.90 8.0
04-05 SEA 75 2 27.0 0.438 0.297 0.816 0.3 2.0 2.3 4.1 0.7 0.0 1.04 1.00 11.2
05-06 WAS 80 17 28.5 0.418 0.228 0.845 0.2 1.9 2.2 3.6 0.6 0.1 1.11 1.20 9.6
06-07 WAS 80 8 22.0 0.442 0.302 0.832 0.2 1.7 1.9 3.6 0.5 0.1 0.86 1.00 7.1
07-08 WAS 71 63 30.4 0.459 0.230 0.776 0.3 2.5 2.9 4.8 1.0 0.0 1.28 1.10 8.4
08-09 WAS 13 5 22.2 0.400 0.455 0.758 0.0 1.7 1.7 3.6 0.5 0.0 1.00 1.10 5.1
Career 807 216 23.4 0.445 0.310 0.792 0.3 1.7 1.9 3.5 0.7 0.1 1.09 1.10 7.9

Random Thoughts
December 9, 2008

jim_haslett_0001Unlike his predecessor Jim Haslett, current Saints head coach Sean Payton seems to learn from his mistakes in a shorter time.

  

 

 

 

Like most type-A coaches Haslett believed in what he was doing and the players he was doing it with….to a fault.sean-payton-custom

Haslett stuck with Aaron Brooks when he should have played Jake Delhomme in 2002….and Haslett routinely brought in players with questionable attitudes but tremendous athletic ability believing he was the guy who’d turn them into something special.

Only recently, 3 years after being fired did Haslett admit he made serious mistakes with the Saints.

Payton seemed to be heading down the same path. Payton’s pass-happy offense looked good in the stat book but terrible in the win-loss column and the coach didn’t seem to understand his unbalanced offense wasn’t working.

But on Sunday Payton didn’t try to continue jamming his square peg into the round hole. Payton balanced his offense (32 passes, 30 rushes) and the Saints earned a much needed win over arch-rival Atlanta.

So kudos to Sean Payton for seeing the light and learning from his mistakes. seanpayton_f06

That said, I think the Saints are going to finish 10-6 or 9-7 and miss the playoffs and Payton is to blame because had he didn’t commit to running the ball against Washington and Denver early in the season.

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Another Sugar Bowl rout.

bamaI’m very excited to see that Alabama is coming to the Sugar Bowl. No doubt in my mind, the ‘Bama fans will come to New Orleans in force and make the game one of the most profitable ever. I’ve even got confidence in Utah do draw. The Utes brought a huge contingent with them to the Fiesta Bowl in 2005 .

What worries me the game itself!

I believe that fans are in store for another Georgia/Hawaii massacre!brennan

Even though they were 12-0 the Warriors should not have been on the same field with a bigger, stronger, faster Georgia team.

Yeah yeah yeah….I know, the Mountain West Conference performed very well against the Pac-1o this season….but the Pac-10 is a joke!

Utah will get blown away by the Crimson Tide….they’ll be wishing for a patsy opponent (Pitt) like they had back in the Fiesta Bowl in 2005.

Peja’s Charity Bowling Event
December 8, 2008

Hornets sharp shooter Peja Stojakovic held his annual charity bowling event Sunday, December 7th.

As always the event was a huge success and raised substantial money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of southeast Louisiana.

My brother (WDSU reporter) Travers and I took part in the event. 

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Thankfully Peja wasn’t bowling.  His stroke on the court has been so good lately….the team can’t have him messing it up by tossing the bowling ball around. 

Hornets coach Byron Scott signing autographs

Hornets coach Byron Scott signing autographs

Peja joking with Chris Paul and Reggie Bush

Peja joking with Chris Paul and Reggie Bush

Laurn Hotard (Travers fiancee) and Tisbee Dantin posing with Kim Kardashian

Laurn Hotard (Travers fiancee) and Tisbee Dantin posing with Kim Kardashian

Team Rock N Sake

Team Rock N Sake

Hornets forward Ryan Bowen & Lauren Hotard

Hornets forward Ryan Bowen & Lauren Hotard

Brittany Cranston from the Hornets PR department and Travers pose with some Honeybees

Brittany Cranston from the Hornets PR department and Travers pose with some Honeybees