Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Crushed Optimist?

I'm sure there are many of you out there wondering just where the hell Colin appears to have gone. Unlike many of the baseless accusations out there, he hasn't been jumping from bordello to bordello in Germany, sleeping off the excess in a gutter, holding a pint of hefeweizen in his hand and snoring peacefully. The truth is, Colin doesn't snore.

Actually, the reason it's been since June 13th since we have been able to partake of his boundless wisdom is that he was in Orlando longer than I was, came back, and is having his nose broken today to fix something about a nasal passage being all crooked-like. This gives him the ability to sit on the couch and do nothing for a few days, only with an excuse this time. The down side of the surgery is that he may miss all three of the M's games against Arizona. Bad news, Colin.

So it's left to me (and El Jefe, if he can come down from his own personal vacation high) to hold down the fort. I was going to run through another NBA Mock Draft today, but realized that I just don't care as much. Seriously, this must be one of the worst drafts ever. The players are really bad as a whole. All the good young players entered last year's draft, and so we're left with a bunch of players going 1-5 who wouldn't crack the top 10 the past three years. You think I'm kidding? I love Brandon Roy, but no way he goes in the top five last year. Check this out... Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Martell Webster, Charlie Villanueva, Channing Frye, Ike Diogu. That's 1-9 last season. I take ANY of those players over the top players in this year's draft. Two years ago? Dwight Howard, Emeka Okeafor, Ben Gordan, Shaun Livingston, and Devin Harris round out the top five (the later picks do get weaker). All this to say that if I were the Sonics, and B-Roy or Shelden Williams are off the table, I trade down for a pick next year, perhaps something to pair with Rashard Lewis (good column today by John McGrath on the subject) if the season doesn't go the right way. I'll still probably trot out my own mock draft tomorrow, but my fascination with the draft this year is slightly more morbid, in the "who is going to be paid an obscene amount of money to be a decent role player with a team for the next few years" sort of way. All that to say, if JJ Redick is still available, and willing to come over and do nothing but make threes for us with Ray, I'll probably be okay. Basically, there's little the Sonics could do to screw this up, even if I'd be a little upset if they took that Senegal player, but more on that tomorrow.

As is the case for this entire season, for good M's analysis check out Lookout Landings and USSM. Suffice it to say that I'm actually watching most games, enjoying them, and being upset if it turns out to be a loss. Mike Hargrove still ticks me off, his double switches were something an AI manager might do in an EA Sports game, and using Julio Mateo four days in a row is about as useful as bringing in Eddie to pitch in a tie game with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. If (and this is a big "if") Beltre and Sexson can continue to produce more effectively like they have been, this is a scary lineup, except against Oakland, when we will all routinely take the "we suck" juice and let ourselves be kneed in the groin.

To any and all soccer enthusiasts who weren't amused by my rant last night... boo-freaking-hoo. You tell me why I should get excited about a tournament in which every game is becoming a yellow-red enfused nightmare, where bad penalty kicks are being awarded, and where the style of play is very sub-par. I was thinking about this more after having a night to sleep off the hangover of that Portugal-Netherlands mess, and I can't believe so much as changed in four years. We saw some absolutely amazing soccer in Japan/South Korea. The US played four matches (against Portugal, South Korea, Mexico, and Germany) that were far superior to 90% of the games I've seen this time around, in terms of the officiating, quality of play, scoring opportunities, etc. It reminds me of what happened to hockey, when they instituted all those rules to help more goals to be scored. If it's the round of 16 in the World Cup, you shouldn't have only two teams score two goals (and one of them needed extra time to do it). You shouldn't have that nightmare last night, and you definitely shouldn't force me to wake up for Italy stealing a game from the Aussies with that awful PK call. What is going on here? Just read the British papers. You haven't seen a country this irritated with a team that made it to the final eight. They know England's absolutely sucked and played awful making it there. The problem is that only Brazil and Germany have actually played soccer. Hopefully it changes soon, but we're starting to run out of matches.

Finally, I'm starting to really like this Jeffri Chadiha guy from SI.com. His latest offering, five playoff teams that could struggle, reads exactly like what Colin and I would put together. First on that list? Pittsburgh. Nice.

Mock draft tomorrow, followed by M's going for .500! Go Mediocrity!

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