The most interesting player of the young NBA season -- Miami's Double Canadian Joel Anthony. His lines thus far:
Game 1: 24 minutes, 0-1, 1 point, 4 boards, 2 assists, 4 blocks
Game 2: 23 minutes, 0-0, 0 points, 4 boards
Game 3: 18 minutes, 0-0, 0 points, 3 boards, 1 block
Game 4: 17 minutes, 1-1, 2 points, 7 points, 1 assist, 1 block
That's 2 shots and 3 points in 82 minutes. Twice as many blocks as points.
I took a quick look back to see how close anybody has come to registering more blocks than points over an entire season and sure enough, the closest guy from last year was our very own Joel Anthony with 109 blocks and 218 points last year. The other guys closest to the neighborhood were JaVale McGee at 101/386 and D-League star Hasheem Thabeet with 89/243.
I'd imgaine that Anthony's shots per minute pace is an all-time record low, although proving that hypothesis would be a tremendous waste of time.
- It sure seems like Mike Shanahan opened up an unnecessary can of worms with the McNabb/Grossman kerfluffle. Unless he was trying to light a fire under McNabb or create a diversion for the result of the game, it's hard to see what he was thinking there. Did Grossman really give them "a better chance to win" the win the game at that point? He's coming in cold off the bench and he's still Rex Grossman. And even if he did give them a better chance to win, how much better? And is it enough to offset all the crap the team is going to have to answer this week. Washington is not a tough media town, but they can still sink their teeth into a QB contoversy. It's just weird...
- ...but not as weird as the Randy Moss saga. What can you say about that one? After all these years he may have finally out TO-ed TO. Evidently, if Bill Belichick can't get a guy to focus then Brad Childress doesn't have much of a chance. And how about that challenge by Childress on the crystal clear intereption in the first half? There may have been worse challenges in NFL history, but I can't remember one.
- In a non-snarky way, let's give it up for Brett Favre. The guy is 41, has some kind of a broken leg and still played pretty well. Even with all the extra-curricular "stuff" I'm going to miss Brett Favre when he's gone. He's got more than his share of on- and off-field baggage, but the guy was fun to watch for a long time and in a way his mistakes made him more interesting. With Favre, there's a pretty good chance "something" would happen every time he dropped back to pass. It sounds like he's going to come back from his chin injury, but he just doesn't look the same this year and it feels like he's going to go out with a bit of a whimper.
- Giants and Rangers playing for the the world championship. Like a really weird dream come true for this guy.
- Tribe Football is holding steady at #3 in most of the major polls after last week's close loss to UNC, although that doesn't mean much at this point. We still have tough games @UNH, @JMU and vs. Richmond to wrap up the regular season. Both QBs, RB Grimes, RB Riggins and TE Gottlieb were injured in Chapel Hill and it's possible that we'll be starting our 3rd QB at New Hampshire (coming off a bye). One win should get us in the playoffs, two will guarantee a bye and three will give us a top 4 seed.
- And finally, let's give it up for modern television -- we've been able to watch five of William and Mary's eight football games so far this season. That's incredible.