Archive for October, 2009

Charles Barkley: Hornets General Manager???
October 25, 2009

If things go sideways for the Hornets this season…would George Shinn even entertain this idea???

courtesy: www.realgm.com

Charles Barkley believes it’s time for him to make the switch from television to the front office of an NBA team.

“It’s time for me to be a general manager,” Barkley told the Boston Globe. “I think everybody around me knows it’s time for me to take a different challenge.

“I always want to keep going as a person. I love my job. I love the people I work with. But now it’s time for me to take on another challenge as a man. I need to grow as a person and it’s time for me.

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“And certainly I can do a better job than some of these guys have been doing.”

Barkley added that all he needs is an opportunity.

“If a good opportunity came up, I would take it,” he said. “I think people sometimes get confused with taking a job and taking a bad job. Every job is not a good job, but I think if a good job came up, I would take it. But I am not going to leave TNT for no bad job.”

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Hornets Should Sign This Guy If He’s Healthy
October 24, 2009

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have waived guard Brent Barry, a move that trims their roster to the required 15 players.

The 6-foot-7 Barry signed as a free agent with the Rockets before last season and averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 assists in 56 games.

Barry, 37, has played 14 seasons in the NBA. He was selected by Denver in the first round of the 1995 draft, but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before his rookie season. He was traded to Miami in February 1998 and also played for Chicago (1998-99), Seattle (1999-2004) and San Antonio (2004-08), where he played on championship teams in 2005 and ’07.

Barry had not rejoined the team in the preseason.

If A Change Is Made Uptown
October 22, 2009

I know, this is complete speculation…but if Tulane continues to bomb this season their is a chance a coaching change could be made uptown.

So, who would be a good choice to replace Bob Toledo?

Personally, I think the program needs to hire a young up-and-coming coach that is hungry for his first head coaching job and that will work tirelesly to bring the program back.

Here are a few suggestions: (you’ll notice none of my top choices are offensive or defensive coordinators from BCS conferences.  I think all the good coordinators from the major schools are waiting for BCS head coaching jobs.)

1. (my top choice) Dana Holgorsen:

Offensive Coordinator University of Houston

http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/holgorsen_dana00.html

Fletcher’s Take: Offensive guru familiar with C-USA.

2. Frank Wilson

Wide Receivers Coach University of Tennessee

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/wilson_frank00.html

Fletcher’s Take: Local coach who in the beginning of this decade led O. Perry Walker to great success.  Known as a tremendous recruiter. 

3. Trooper Taylor

Wide Receivers Coach Auburn University

http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/taylor_trooper00.html

Fletcher’s Take: Former Tulane assistant who understands how the school and it’s athletic program works.

4. Larry Porter

Running Backs Coach LSU

http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=175223

Fletcher’s Take: If LSU makes changes on it’s coaching staff they’ll be made on the offensive side of the ball meaning Porter could be looking for a change of secenry.

5. (longshot candidate) Gus Malzahn

Offensive Coordinator Auburn University

http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/malzahn_gus00.html

Fletcher’s Take: Longshot because Malzahn is a BCS conference head coach just waiting for a shot. 

6. (Longshot candidate II) Brain Harsin

Offensive Coordinator Boise State University

http://www.broncosports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=54307&SPID=4061&DB_OEM_ID=9900&ATCLID=578847&Q_SEASON=2009

Fletcher’s Take: Considered one of the best young coaches in college football.  Harsin is from Boise and may not leave his home state and alma mater unless he’s got a golden opportunity.

7. (wild card candidate) Major Applewhite

Offensive Coordinator Rice University

http://riceowls.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/applewhite_major00.html

Fletcher’s Take: Until this season I was very high on Applewhite but have cooled on him due to his teams struggles…so he’s a wild card to me.  But I still think he’ll be a great head coach one day.

Hornets Concerns
October 14, 2009

As I write this the Hornets trail the Orlando Magic in a preseason game by 36 points!!!!!

Okay, I know it’s only the preseason but I’m a worry-wort and the Hornets worry me.

They’ve looked terrible this preseason.

Sure, I know Emeka Okafor has not played because of a toe injury but still…this team does not look like a Western Conference contender.

Take away all stars Chris Paul and David West because it’s understood that those guys will bring it each night and will be the heart and soul of the team.

Julian Wright does not look like an NBA starter and Peja looks old and inconsistent off the bench…same for James Posey. 

New bench player Darius Songaila seems lost at the uptempo pace of the Hornets offense.

As for the starting shooting guard position…who thought the team would miss Rasual Butler so much? 

I DID!!

I gave up on Morris Peterson last season and this year he’s already seemingly lost his job to Devin Brown….DEVIN BROWN!!!

If Devin Brown is a starter for the Hornets it’s time to start searching for 2010 mock lottery drafts because the Hornets are headed to the lottery!

Rookies Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton have not been given enough playing time for me to formulate an opinion but I will say I do like both players at this point. 

To sum it up, this team better get healthy and start playing at the top of it’s game or in my opinion they’re gonna take another step backwards this season!

Heck, maybe it’s even time to try to make a trade to spark the team before the season begins!  Seriously, if this group can’t get it done start making moves now to try to salvage the season instead of waiting to February and selling off the entire club (except for CP3) in a fire sale.

Just my opinion.

Lolo Jones Photo From ESPN The Magazine
October 7, 2009

This is half of the photo of former LSU All American hurdler Lolo Jones from the ESPN The Magazine (The Body) issue.

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To see the full photo click the link below:

http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/olympian-lolo-jones-pic-from-espn-body-issue-26372

Lolo Jones Nude
October 7, 2009

Lolo Jones is a former All American hurdler from LSU who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  She plans to run in the 2012 London games.

{Editor’s Note: I know Lolo Jones…she is a talented, amazing person, I’m sure the pictures will be in good taste.}

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One of Iowa’s most famous athletes debated her clothes-not-optional involvement in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which is set to hit newsstands on Friday.Lolo Jones, an Olympic hurdler from Des Moines, is proud of the sweat and effort that led to her world-class, athletic shape.

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Jones worries, however, about how the project, which includes a range of birthday-suit-wearing athletes, will reflect on her. What’s too much nudity? What are the right and wrong kinds of nudity?

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2009-10-06-lolo-jones-body-issue_N.htm