Archive: December, 2008
The 76ers did the Curly Shuffle over the weekend and say "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" to Mo Cheeks, firing him as head coach. Do I like the move? No. But then I don't like it when people die, either, and both these things tend to be inevitable, only that the career lifespan of an NBA coach is typically a lot shorter.
But I think Cheeks got an especially raw deal here in Philly. His relatively short coaching tenure had three distinct periods. 1) The Iverson era, where Cheeks wasn't really able to control A.I. -- but then who has? (And I won't even mention Chris Webber). Then, he was handed a team with a huge element of rookies and untested or not-reaching-their-potential players and asked to see what he could do -- and in my opinion Cheeks worked wonders, reaching the playoffs and stealing two games from the Pistons with a team that should have been fighting for a high lottery pick. Then, management made some moves, especially signing Elton Brand, that altered the chemistry of the team but so far, after just one-fourth of the season, have actually taken it a step backward.
Something to remember as you read all the upcoming prediction stories for 2009 -- these are almost always all wrong, bass-ackwardly so. But The Economist (yes, Sarah Palin's favorote magazine) set a new bar for getting it wrong with its 2008 predictions. Check this out:
For 23 years, The Economist has issued bold predictions for the coming year in its thick December special issue. Last year, its crystal ball, in the issue called “The World in 2008,” was a little foggy.
The years that Miami car dealer Norman Braman owned the Eagles had their Buddy Ryan fun moments but aren't remembered especially fondly -- he didn't have the made-in-Philly bravado of his predecessor Leonard Tose, and none of his teams even made it to the Super Bowl as did Tose's squad in 1980-81 and the 2004-05 Birds of Jeff Lurie. But the biggest complaint against wealthy Miami car dealer Norman Braman was that, well, he may have been born in West Philly but now was a wealthy car dealer from Miami, bleeding not Eagles' green but blue-blood blue.
More than 14 years after selling the Eagles, Braman is still a Miami car dealer -- but apparently he's not as wealthy as he thought he was last week.
Throwing shoes never solves anything. Dude, you're a journalist -- haven't you learned that the pen is mightier than the heel?
Picked this up from Greg Mitchell at Editor and Publisher's excellent newish blog, the E&P Pub" -- the Associated Press list of the Top 10 rock albums of 2008, which in fact is one long giant "huh?" Greg was the senior editor of the legendary rock magazine Crawdaddy during the early 1970s, which is why he and Springsteen are on a first name basis. And he has no idea who the heck these people are.
I'm a little familiar with one of the bands, the Black Keys, and was actually listening online to some TV on the Radio this week only because they were atop someone else's 10 best list. But the other eight could be polka bands for all I know. One of the things that made rock and roll great when it was great was that it was a SHARED experience, in the day when no one would ever look at a "10 best" list and say, "Gee, I never heard that one...'Satisfaction' by the Rolling Stones." Having iTunes and XM radio and all that narrowcasting is great, but I don't see how music can matter as much as it did in the communal days of real Top 40 and, dare I say it, jukeboxes.
Baffled by the lead story on Editor and Publisher:
From the Columbia Journalism Review: Guess which one is a "winner" and which one is a "sinner."
Hint: Why do you think I'm posting it?