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Posts Tagged ‘Futility’

Blake Griffin: Still Dunking

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While his Los Angeles Clippers continue to lose (1-11), their prized rookie continues to do what he does best: dunk on anyone silly enough to get in his way. His latest victim? Anthony Tolliver, center for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before Griffin’s career is all said and done, I honestly think Blake Griffin will have dunked on every living member residing in the United States.

You. Me. My mom. Your mom. Obama. His successor. All of us.

And we’d all be better for it, too.

Considering the struggles Griffin is facing as a Clipper, one wonders if he’ll opt for the LeBron/Dwyane Wade style of restricted free agent extension instead of signing for the max? That way, he’ll be able to get away from that moribund franchise and do something good with his basketball ability. Of course, Griffin could be a glutton for punishment and feel that he, along with Erics Gordon and Bledsoe, can change the fortunes of LA’s second basketball team.

The New Jersey Nets *Gasp* Won?

When an NBA team is 44 games into their season before they get their fourth win, it’s newsworthy. Welcome to the 2010 New Jersey Nets, who finally got their first win of the new year by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 103-87. Now their record stands at sterling 4-40.

Four wins and forty losses.

It’s hard to put into words the level of futility that’s been on display from the Nets, but hey, a win’s a win. Who knows, maybe this will launch the Nets on a 38-game winning streak, of course, the team would still be below .500, but hey, who’s counting (besides those pesky league standings keepers)? Terrence Williams — who is experiencing something of a rookie letdown since he joined the Association — provided highlight(s) for this rare Nets victory:

As for the Nets, the win is their first since December 30, when they beat the New York Knicks. That was preceded by the December 8th win against the Chicago Bulls. The Nets’ initial win came against on December 4th against the Charlotte Bobcats.

That’s it. That’s the list.

As an example of the Nets’ futility, a comparison: As indicated, the Nets have four wins all season. Conversely, in the last 12 days (starting from January 16th), the Cleveland Cavaliers have won six games.

If the Nets want to avoid eclipsing the 1972 Philadelphia 76ers for worst NBA record ever, they have their work cut out for them. The 76ers record was a paltry 9-73, meaning New Jersey need six wins in their final 38 games. Considering the Nets have only won four out of 44, I’d say the odds are against them.

How to Spell Futility

Jim Zorn

Apparently, there are a number of spellings of the word futility, as demonstrated by the Washington Redskins, and I think they go like this: W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S S-P-E-C-I-A-L T-E-A-M-S or W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S C-O-A-C-H-I-N-G or just W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S.

Anyone of those is acceptable.

Of course, If your name was Jason Campbell, your own personal spelling of “futility” might look something like this: W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S O-F-F-E-N-S-I-V-E L-I-N-E. Over at KSK, they’re (or the person who submitted it) is calling the upcoming video “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed.”

Considering the incredible amounts of abject failure going on — what a way to end a half and inspire your team as they regroup and try to mount a comeback — I can understand the sentiment about the video. Failure of such magnitude takes a special something. It’s not something you can plan for. Don’t get me wrong, the potential disaster of the perhaps the most boneheaded special teams play of the season (considering Mike Tomlin, that’s saying something) should’ve been evident in its planning, but perhaps the coaching staff told themselves there’s just no way things could go that wrong.

Yeah, about that.

And hey, at least the Giants didn’t score a touchdown after the interception, right? Small victories, folks. Small victories.

Player of the Weak: Saint Louis Billikens

I’m not sure if this is what Rick Majerus had in mind when he took over for the Billikens, but this is what he got: a team that can only muster SEVEN POINTS in one half of basketball (and only 13 in the other). According to ESPN’s segment (thanks for the embeddable video… jerks), Saint Louis went a whooping 54 minutes between baskets in a 49-20 loss to George Washington.

Rick Majerus

Understand, this is real time, not game clock time and 20 of those minutes were dedicated to halftime, where the Billikens weren’t on the floor (thankfully). However, that leaves 34 real time minutes of basketball (which equates to about 10-12 minutes on the basketball clock) between made baskets.

And I thought UK’s offense was ineffective…

To their credit, the Billikens almost doubled their first half output by scoring 13 points. Baby steps, folks. Baby steps. Well, that and minor victories. ;)

Ashley JuddAs for the greatness that is Majerus, he simply said, “We have some issues in terms of our offensive proficiency.” Gee Rick, Do ya think so? Anyway, I prefer to remember Ricky Rick like this–while working as an ESPN analyst, Majerus had some interesting thoughts about Kentucky’s unoffical mascot, Ashley Judd:

“Well, there’s not much to look forward to from here on out, so I’m trying to find Ashley Judd in the crowd. It beats the adult videos at the hotel.”

Update (12:17pm): Great find by Black Heart Gold Pants concerning Saint Louis’ excellence in basketball offensive execution: the 69 combined points from GW and STL was less than eleven of the bowl games we just spent an entire month watching.

Oh yeah, the Billikens’ 20-point outburst set a Division I record for fewest points in a game in the modern era. Kudos are indeed in order. Did Rick Majerus channel the Washington Generals before the game started?