Implied Dissent

Monday, February 16, 2004

This is not as big a deal as it seems, at least in terms of affecting the Red Sox' chances this year. It certainly is a big story when the best player in baseball is traded to the largest market, but I'm not sure if it makes the Yankees that much better overall. Let's see what they do with that hole at second base.
Gregg Easterbrook (aka Tuesday Morning Quarterback) on what's wrong with the NBA. A lot of what he says and quotes Oscar Robertson on is dead-on, such as "today's 19-year-old guaranteed-contract players seem to view hard work on defense as the price they pay to do whatever they damn please on offense." There's a lot of truth in that. Though I definitely disagree with him that "defense is ascendant because, unlike offense, it requires little cooperation." Defense requires a great deal of teamwork/cooperation. It's ascendant for a few reasons, one of which is that a coach who wins with offense isn't well regarded, while a coach who wins with defense is, so that's where they put almost all of their efforts.
Enjoy, and maybe learn. Pure genius.


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