Fanview: January 1, 2021


“The star player must slay his ego and learn teamwork and communication skills before he can achieve the ultimate in sport.”—Walt Frazier

Kick it!

I have to be honest…The college football games today do not move my needle. And to be even more real, football on January 1st has always been the saving grace of New Year’s Day.

So we’re gonna get football…but it’s like seeing a movie I’ve already seen five times before. Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State–I’ve heard it all before–just like John, Paul, and George.

To answer a question regarding yesterday’s column…Yes, my first instinct is to always trust, believe, or give the benefit of the doubt to the individual or company, the sports media or the social media mob is attempting to cancel, declare evil, racist, sexist, and/or homophobic.

In these matters, including issues of religion and faith, my policy is; Trust No One.

Read some local media folks who believe Los Angeles Rams backup John Wolford (starting in place of injured Jared Goff on Sunday) might be the next Kurt Warner. I don’t need him to be Kurt Warner. If Wolford is the next Marc Bulger, the Rams are beating Arizona handily on Sunday and making a run in the playoffs.

Note to Miami Dolphins Fan: You’ve got the third overall pick in the 2021 draft…Do you like Tua Tagovailoa enough to pass on one of the elite quarterbacks in this year’s draft? 

This was a question posed by Colin Cowherd a couple of days ago. It’s interesting. It’s also interesting that Tua was the next Drew Brees a month ago in Cowherd’s view. 

So would you give up on a young Drew Brees to take an elite quarterback in this year’s draft at number three?

(Between you and me, Tua isn’t the next Drew Brees.)

Speaking of quarterbacks drafted, whatever happened to the next Aaron Rodgers? What was his name? Oh yeah, Josh Rosen. Think about this the Patriots foolishly stuck with Cam Newton (love the guy) and didn’t sign a Blake Bortles…or…make a deal to bring in the 10th overall pick from the NFL Draft in 2018—Josh Rosen—who was available for a phone call.

When Sunday ends, I think the Colts and Cowboys will be on the outside looking in. But don’t bet on it.

I’m not a marketing guy, but a brand is a brand. An identity is an identity, and a logo, jersey, or team colors can link you immediately to a particular franchise.

With that said, I don’t know what the heck the NBA is doing. The Houston Rockets wore blue in their game against the Sacramento Kings last night. What shade of blue? The same blue the Kings wore when they first got to Sacramento—think UNC Tar Heel powder blue.

The blue didn’t make me think of Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, or Kevin Kunnert…The blue made me want to change the channel.

Philadelphia at Orlando: 76ers—win.
I like the 76ers uniforms. And everyone but Andrew Toney seemed to score for them in their route of the Magic. Philly’s interesting, but I don’t know what to make of Joel Embiid.

Orlando-Shmorlando…meh…Maybe I’ll bet better feel for them down the road.

This was the first time I’ve seen Ben Simmons plays since college. It was the first time I’ve seen the Sixers play a full game since Allen Iverson was laying down the law about practice…you know…practice, man.

Either way, it was another blowout. This is why I don’t mind giving Becky Hammon and others a shot in the NBA. All that’s

Blowouts wouldn’t be so prevalent if teams consistently ran an offense instead of these–kick it in/kick it out, spot up in the corner–analytic friendly concepts.

Therefore if a team is having a cold-shooting night, they are apt to be blown out. And because there are so many players lacking fundamentally, the games turn into the worst sort of church league basketball disasters.

The hardest lesson I learned playing basketball was the easiest to execute. And it was realizing there are many ways to contribute when your shot isn’t falling.

Phoenix at Utah: Suns—win.
The Suns better not lose Chris Paul. They are a bunch of talented young dudes, but as long as Dad (CP3) is around, they’re going to be okay.

I like Devin Booker, but he’s inconsistent and needs to tighten his game. I just flat out love Mikal Bridges.

The Jazz look like a team without a number one, and that’s okay. I like Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Mike Conley Jr. is a pros-pro. Early and late, they moved the ball really well but struggled in the middle.

In the first four minutes of this game, Utah executed three distinct cuts to the basket. It was beautiful. Then they stopped, and before you knew it, they were down 13 (53-40) at the half.

NBA Games Seen: 14

The Dude abides…
Romans 15:4

Joe T. is the author of “Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” … “Temple City & The Company of The Ages” … “The Dead Bug Tales” … “The Dark Norm” & “FaithViews for Storm Riders”…all five available through
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