Heh. I doubt she was hot anyway.
I missed the press conference on Friday out of just not being aware, but did hear the news the day before that Charles Tillman was going to sign with the Bears and retire right after.
I wasn’t always his biggest fan, mainly because of his play on the field for quite a few years. However, towards the end, I felt I could support the guy. When he was a rookie, I will never forget the interception he just ripped out of Randy Moss’s hands on a cold day at Soldier Field in December. The Bears, obviously out of playoff contention as they usually are in December, had a game against the Vikings. I believe Culpepper was doing what he did at the time and just drove them down the field. In the final minute or two, the Vikings were at the goal line. A pass was thrown right for Moss when Tillman jumped in and took it away.
Yes, play on the field for a certain amount of years frustrated me. The whole “Cover Who” bullshit pissed me off and part of that was Lovie. He would have a bad game or two at the most inopportune times.
But Charles Tillman, the person, is what also I want to show my gratitude for. From the family man to charity work he has done and continues to do, the man is high on the scale. He cares. He cared about the game. I can remember in 2014 on the Sunday Night game against the 49ers. When someone told him on the sideline about his injury, you could see tears go down his face. That’s someone who gives a shit. When it comes to off-the-field things, he helped with charities and spoke out about health conditions with his daughter.
It sucks more guys like him aren’t really around in sports anymore. It’s almost like an extinction now. Sure, some guys do some good things. But Tillman has been one of the most respected football players of the last decade both on and off the field. Nobody really had a bad thing to say about him. One thing I really enjoyed was him coming on The Score to talk to Laurence Holmes. He was on the other day and it was a good listen. In the past, Laurence would let him stay on the air when he wasn’t supposed to be. He talked about things other than football too.
So, to #33, thank you for the memories and sorry about the awful “fuck you” at the end of your name through the early part of this decade. You’re cool, though.
What an amazing night. Sitting there, watching the Bulls come back and show the NBA what it’s all about. I thought after 1998, I would never see the Bulls win a championship ever again. This summer, they didn’t let me down. Congratulations to Jerry Reinsdorf, the best owner fans could ask for. And major credit to Gar Forman and John Paxson for proving all of us wrong and putting together a championship team. What an unbelievaBULL season! And the best part? They beat ThomASS’s team, the Timberwolves for the title. REVENGE.
Now that my sarcasm is out of the way, this was pretty impressive. The Bulls went undefeated in the Summer League. They were down in the last couple of games and came back. They were lead by Bobby Portis, Cristiano Felicio, Jerian Grant and rookie, Denzel Valentine. All four contributed in a big way and Grant was named Most Valuable Player.
Denzel impressed me the most. The dude hit a game-tying three with 0.2 seconds left in regulation. Then, he hit the game-winner in overtime at the buzzer. He was absolutely clutch. Bobby Portis has improved and is starting to hit three point shots. If he gets that going, he is a dual-threat player on offense, meaning he can hurt you from outside or down in the post. Felicio is proving he can play center and play it well. And Grant, well, it’s early, but the guy can be valuable off the bench (if used properly).
I know. I know. These Bulls played young guys on other teams. But I was very happy to see that.
I am not sitting here saying the four guys I mentioned above are going to be All-Stars, but it would be nice to see these guys start/play significant minutes. I still feel signing guys like Wade and Rondo delays what really needs to happen: a rebuild from top to bottom.
So, yes, I went nuts celebrating the game-winner from Valentine on Monday. It may be the most fun I ever have as a Bulls fan for the foreseeable future. I have zero faith in the front office or Fred Hoiberg to rebuild this team the way it should be.
To be clear, I’m not panicking.
Plus: Arrieta pitched well.
Minus: Another bullpen FAIL. And to make it worse, then loading the bases with no outs and FAILING to score one run (for the tie), or more.
Our friend ernie has offered the following…I think he’s been watching the Cubs longer than I have, I’m happy to feature his thoughts here:
(from another blog): “Sorry… but if your closer blows a hold or save in 4 out of his last 5 or 6…AND then you can’t score a single run with bases loaded, no one out…You ain’t a legit playoff team. It’s that simple. THIS is why you don’t give up the farm to go “all-in” this year.”
ernie: “Hey, Genre, this might be a good post for the near future. Do the Cubs go “all-in” this year? I agree with the poster, this team is not ready to make a serious run for the playoffs this year. Forget trading valuable farm pieces for a Chapman or a Miller. Play out the year, see what you can get in Winter Meetings, and see if this club matures enough in 2017 to be a legit contender. They aren’t there yet, that’s a fact.”
Back to me. You see this guy? I would NOT trade him.
Have at it.
After Dusty Baker’s mistake, the Nationals face yet another test of their resilience
Yours truly made a spur of the moment trip down to Nashville earlier in the week for work. Apologies to loyal reader and good friend, “Pie In The Sky” for not giving him enough notice to meet. It would have been difficult given I only had two days. My last night in the city, I finally had some free time to roam the city. Not only did I jokingly piss off Nashville Predator fans with the shirt I was wearing (I promise they came at me first), but I ended up finding this pay phone. Of course, it reminded me of my younger days when I had to use one of these.
With that being said, if any of you have any humorous captions for the photo above, whether it be about sports or anything else, feel free to add it in the comments.
I may sound like a broken record here, but I seriously do not know where to start with this. I would say if you are excited about the moves the Bulls are making, you must be the same fans that were going nuts when Scottie Pippen came back in 2003. For you older folks out there, it might have been when the Bulls signed George Gervin or the Blackhawks signing Bobby Orr.
When Derrick Rose was traded a few weeks ago, Gar: The Village Idiot, decided to insult the fans and media some more by telling everyone that the goal of the team is to get younger and faster. First, I will say that it’s very common for sports figures in Chicago to insult the fans and media. We’ve seen it with all of our teams at some point in our lifetimes, no matter age we may be. Second, if the point was to get younger, why did they sign two players who are OLDER than Derrick Rose. That’s like me saying my goal is to raise my standards by picking up a better-looking bar skank when I head out to the city, but instead, I continue to go below my standards by finding some regular at the place who will have sex with anyone that can walk. Progress doesn’t happen when I do that. Sure, it’s better than nothing. But I want a woman with some class and respect for herself.
The Bulls didn’t find a woman with class and respect. They dipped below the standards, once again. It’s the norm at 1901 West Madison Street.
Dwyane Wade – This has been one of my favorite players of the post-Jordan era who never played with the Bulls. Wade is telling the whole world he’s coming home to play for the team he grew up because he felt it was time. This is bullshit. He left because Pat Riley wouldn’t give him $50 million a year (and maybe rightfully so). He came to Chicago because he didn’t really have a choice and no, Denver was not an option. Nobody wants to go there. At 34, he probably does have another year or two left in him. That’s fine and everything, but he’s had health issues. His knees are bad. He has a lot of miles on those legs throughout 13 NBA years. That’s old in the NBA. The Bulls will be lucky if he plays 70 games.
Rajon Rondo – The Bulls want to get younger, so they sign a guy three years older than Derrick Rose. Oh, and they pick up someone who has had differences with every coach he’s had. Doc Rivers no longer wanted him. Rick Carlisle wanted to get rid of him before his plane landed in Dallas. And George Karl couldn’t stand him in Sacramento. I can’t say that all three coaches are hall-of-famers in the future, but I do know this: With the exception of Phil Jackson, those are three of the most well-respected coaches in the NBA over the last 20 years. If they think Rondo is a head case who is more of a liability than anything else, then this is bad news for the Bulls. Just wait until him and Jimmy Butler have an argument. Hey, speaking of little bitches…
Jimmy Butler – This is the guy that forced Derrick Rose out of town. Whether you were on Rose’s side or not, this didn’t have to be the reason for his departure. This Richard decided to go on ESPN and tell the whole world, “Well, one of us had to go”. I’ll say this: Jimmy Butler was once, a humble and shy kid. It was good to see him evolve over the last two or three years. Someone got into this dude’s head. My guess would be ThomASS, who influenced him that he was a great player. He got paid and all of a sudden, he put himself first. With the exception of LeBron, Jimmy Butler and Paul George are the two best two-way players in the game. I never doubted the guy’s ability. It’s his attitude that I have a problem with and everyone else should too. Along with his level of play, he’s elevating his level of becoming a coach-killer. I wish this guy would just shut up, play basketball and stop worrying about how he thinks the coach is doing.
Draft picks – Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine – Yes, these are all players for the Bulls. What do they have in common? They were the last four first-round draft picks for the Bulls. Where are they? On the bench. Now, those four aren’t exactly Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green. I didn’t say they were. However, isn’t the point of drafting players in any sport supposed to be a plan to make a championship team? I like Snell and don’t think he’s that great. I think he’s a nice player to have off the bench to play ten minutes a game. McDermott, this guy can play. He showed it last year. People who argue differently will say that because he can’t play defense. Last I checked, he isn’t in the NBA because of it. He’s there because he can score. He can hit three’s, he can drive to the basketball and he’s a decent passer. That guy can be used. Bobby Portis was the guy to replace Taj Gibson. Gibson is still here but he can’t shoot or dribble and he’s getting paid a ton. That’s not a good recipe. Denzel Valentine was just drafted. None of these guys are starting. It’s Wade, Rondo, Butler, Gibson and Lopez. Oh, by the way, the Bulls traded for the wrong Lopez brother. Fuck.
Fred Hoiberg – I hate to say it because this guy is a really good dude. He seems like a great family man and loves basketball. But he’s not an NBA coach. He was doing just fine at Iowa State before he took off. Money may be do that to you, so God bless him. But he needs to go and the Bulls need to find a coach who will be respected.
While some may come here and say that the Bulls would be way worse without Wade or Rondo, they can make that argument. However, I’d rather have much younger guys playing and trying to grow. The draft pick guys I mentioned above are all coming off the bench. They may not play that much either. And even if the Bulls did suck ass, they need to get as many draft picks as possible. I mean, they aren’t even going to give Cleveland a run for their money anyway, so what’s the point of all of this? It’s a double-edged sword. Yet, the Bulls are just worried about putting butts in the seats. I’ve been to the United Center for a Bulls game once since 2011. I can’t afford to pay $400 face value for a piece of shit seat. The cheapest seats are over $100 on most nights. Yet, they continue to sell out games and I have no idea how that is possible.
In closing, they should make the playoffs now. But getting a fourth or fifth seed means nothing in the NBA. It just means a first or second round exit at best. They don’t make these moves and they would be lucky to get the eight spot. Unless this is some inside job to get the Bulls to fire Hoiberg by signing an asshole like Rondo and keeping the shithead, Butler, management will remain intact. Jerry Reinsdorf refuses to make changes. The old fart loves his former players too much. No matter what John Paxson and Gar Forman do, they have these jobs for life. We as Bulls fans are fucked.
At least one team has their number (going back to last October)….and we’re not at the halfway point.
No, that’s not the Windy City skyline.
Viva 1969! Just kidding…
Stir the pot, my frendts!
Now, the Knicks have two starters with bad knees/legs. Noah will have fun in New York getting the ball stolen from behind when he pretends he’s a point guard.
Knicks fans, have fun with that.