Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Chris Webber trade

Wow. When I heard Webber was dealt to Philly, the first thing I thought was, "The big dog is going to Sacramento." Then I found out that Glenn Robinson was not involved, I thought that Philly totally screwed over Sacramento. Now I must wonder if Chris Webber's knee is really up to the challenge of an NBA season, or if he is just playing on one leg for the rest of his career.

Maybe so, and may I say that C-Webb is playing better on one leg than most 4's are playing on 2. He may not have too many season's left in him, but still, a trade for Webber and Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley (who are those other two?) and all you get is Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson (who admittedly can score down low) and Brian Skinner? If Webber showed up with only one leg, a single amputee, I would still say it was a wash trade. As it is a two-legged Webber, Philly robbed Sacramento. Plain and simple.

And that is all you need to know.

The Randy Moss trade

So Randy Moss is now a Raider. Have you ever heard of an unhappy Raider? Me neither. Good move by Oakland. They needed a playmaker, someone, anyone. They got themselves a game-changer. They have taken a big step forward.

On the other side, Minnesota gets Napoleon Harris (they needed help on defense), a first round pick (#7) and a late round pick next year. With all the wide receivers available, they can replace Moss with 1, maybe 2 guys and their offense will not be any worse off.

Here are some of the guys they can look at: Plaxico Burress is available, so is Derrick Mason. I believe Isaac Bruce and Mushin Mohammad are soon to be out there for the taking. Also, in the draft they have 2 options, Michigan's Braylon Edwards and USC's Mike Williams.

Not too shabby. Plus, they don't have to deal with that headache in the locker room. The Raiders are used to that type of headache, Al Davis owns the team.

And that is all you need to know.

Dallas got themselves a bus driver

Dallas has its quarterback for 2005. Good. Nice to see this situation tied up so early in the free agency period. I feel Bledsoe is the best available Free Agent QB right now. Dallas didn't overspend for him. They structured the deal so he could be cut in 2 years easily with little affect on the Salary cap. Well done Jerry and Bill, well done. Now all we need is a corner, safety, defensive end, defensive tackle, backup running back, new and young wide receiver, another linebacker, right guard and tackle and some better depth overall. That’s all.

I have nothing against Vinny Testeverde. He did a great job with what he had to work with last season. Thank you Vinny, and I am sorry for the idiots who booed you at Texas Stadium, they certainly don’t reflect MY views.

As for Mr. Bledsoe, finally Dallas fans have a quarterback worthy of wearing Danny White’s old number. With the Dallas offensive weapons, I expect him to have a better season here than in Buffalo, and a better season here than Vinny did.

This offensive line is better than he had in Buffalo, our running game is better, our receivers are better, and we have one of the best tight-ends in the game. He should do fine. With some tweaking on the offense (and health) the real improvements need to take place on defense.

I am officially excited about the 2005 season.

And that is all you need to know.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

NBA All Star Weekend

Some random thoughts assembled by the crack staff at Oldmanwinters.

  • While watching the one-on-one with Kevin Garnett, I have never liked this guy more. Watching how much losing is affecting him (KG cried!) made me want him to win more than ever. Also, it made me dislike Sam Cassell and Sprewell more than I ever have. Those guys ought to be ashamed of themselves. I would love for GP or Jason Kidd to go there in a last-minute trade. Whatever they need to get KG over the top.
  • Loved the old slam-dunk footage. Not sure why, but the old guys just didn't have the hang time. They never looked like they were jumping that high. Also, they seemed to look old even when they were young.
  • Watching the NBA Shooting Stars and we wondered: What's the over/under on Magic's weight gain since last year? We set it at 20 lbs. and I am taking the over. Honestly, who weighs more now, Magic or Shaq?
  • The 3 point shoot out. Is it just me or do you get the feeling that even though they aren't "leading the league," guys like Kobe, Lebron, Dirk, Rip Hamilton, etc. would make more shots than Rafer Alston.
  • Was Josh Smith on or what? Living in Atlanta, we have seen some nasty dunks from him and some blocks administered with much anger, but that was something special

On to the game

  • Kobe and Shaq did not greet each other before the game. Grow up, boys.
  • Kobe had a sweet turnaround jumper with the left hand. Nice.
  • In response, Shaq gets a nice dunk and a foul. (He misses the free throw.)
  • LBJ completes a beautiful Alley-oop from half-court.
  • Shawn Marion gets identical dunks, one on a breakaway, one in the half-court set. That is some creativity, let me tell you.
  • We at Oldmanwinters approve of the return to the official jerseys for the All-Star game. That idea of players wearing jerseys of their own teams, but with an All Star patch was stupid. I like the East/West jerseys with the logo of the team embroidered just above the name.
  • How nice was that alley-oop by Amare where he nearly decapitated himself ducking under the rim?
  • Almost as nice as Vince's Alley-oop to himself. I don't care if his cousin T-Mac did it before. I am still impressed by any player that can do that in a game.

And that is all you need to know.

In response to Frank J's call

My most favoritest blogger has issued a challenge to all bloggers, of which I'm. (That contraction was for you, Dad.)

So, heeding his highness', Frank J ( master of all he blogs) command, here is my response. (I was atrocious at diagramming sentences in school. Nearly flunked out of Honors English because of it.)

1. Who the hell do you think you are?
Oldmanwinters. KaiserSoze37. Bruce Leroy. Champion. Formerly "Blondie".

2. So, other than blogging, what's your job? Do you work at some fast food joint, dumbass?
Financial Consultant. I could buy and sell you like that! (Snaps fingers)

3. Do you have like any experience in journalism, idiot?
I know what I hate. I hate the New York Times and Ted Rall

4. Do you even read newspapers?
Used to read the sports sections, now I get all I need and then some online.

5. Do you watch any other news than FOX News propaganda, you ignorant fool?
On-line, I like National Review (Jonah Goldberg is the man!) But above them all, I get my news from and

6. I bet you're some moron talk radio listener too, huh?
I listen now and again, but the guys on the radio are way too nice, except for Boortz. That man can get a mean-on like no other.

7. So, do you get a fax from the GOP each day for what to say, you @#$% Republican parrot?
Braaaaaaak! Polly want a tax cut! Braaaaaak! I love Halliburton! Braaaaaak!

8. Why do you and your blogger friends want to silence and fire everyone who disagrees with you, fascist?
Because they contribute nothing good to society, and I like quiet. And just because I am German, doesn't make me a facist. That's Profiling, you hypocrite!

9. Are you completely ignorant of other countries, or do you actually own a passport?
Yup, will be using it again real soon.

10. Have you even been to another country, you dumb hick?
Enjoy Canada, but they always accuse me of making fun of their country. Probably because I am. I loved Italy. Beautiful country, with outstanding history and art. I would like to go back again. CHEAP wine!!!

11. If you're so keen on the war, why haven't you signed up, chickenhawk?
Not now...I'm far too drunk. (Simpson's reference in case you missed it.)

12. Do you have any idea of the horrors of war? Have you ever reached into a pile of goo that was your best friend's face?
That's really two separate issues. Neither of which I can comfortably discuss without consulting my attorney.

13. Have you ever reached into any pile of goo?
Yes, I worked my way through college on a landscaping crew. Much goo.

14. Once again, who the hell do you think you are?!
Old. Man. Winters.

And that is all you need to know.

Monday, February 14, 2005

So Mad.

The company took away all previous web-based e-mail and fantasy basketball access. A CLEAR case of THE MAN keeping me down. How am I supposed to keep up with the losers in my fantasy basketball league if I can't check stats and update my roster? This bites.

Also, how am I supposed to keep up with my e-mails and organize Klown Incorporated with His High Klownness, Scott Burks?

This is NOT good.

And that is all you need to know.

Friday, February 11, 2005

The Official General Of This Blog

Click on the title to see the Washington Post article and tell me this isn't exactly the guy you want running the Marines.

Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis.

Take these quotes for example:
"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. . . . It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling," he said at the forum in San Diego.
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," he added. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

BEA-UTIFUL. It almost makes this Old Man want to cry.

Rush Limbaugh always said the purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. My thanks to General

And that is all you need to know.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

I don't think this needs any comment.

The title alone tells the tale. Click on the title of the post to see the whole article.

Woman Accused of Giving Lethal Sherry Enema

Evidently she used two 1.5 Liter bottles of the stuff.

Makes me clench just thinking about it.

And that is ALL you need to know.

Great shot at the Left.

I for one am always looking for ways to take shots at the political left, but rarely do I see a comment that so succinctly puts my feelings into words. Tim Graham does so for me on National Review Online with the following. I will quote the entire paragraph for context:

"After several years of projecting doom in Iraq, it's odd to see the media attacking the White House for building a sense of urgency about reforming Social Security with the Democrats kicking and screaming behind. The night before last, Ted Koppel concluded with the thought: "Yes, fear is a powerful force, but here's a lovely sign I saw the other day: 'Pessimism,' it read, 'is a misuse of the imagination.'" How any arrogant liberal media gloom merchant like Koppel can say that without an ounce of introspection on their own recent career is an amazing sign of the hermetically sealed desperation inside the shrinking bubble of liberalism."

Beautiful. Thank you Mr. Graham.

Also, I just have to mention the tiny amount of attention I have seen in the mainstream media about the election in Iraq. I was half-way through Sunday before I remembered the election and decided to check out FoxNews for an update. I was stuck in the house by ice, so I was watching more TV that even usual, but there was no mention of it on any of the regular channels I watched, network or otherwise.

This is absolutely pathetic. 25 million people get to experience democracy after living under the thumb of a junior Stalin for 35 years, and we hear not a peep. I am so tired of this country's media, I am tempted to tune out completely. Makes me sick.

I will revert to sports with the next post and get off my soap box and onto a sports-related one.

And that is all you need to know.