Welcome to another edition of General Thoughts. The NFL preseason has kicked off and many teams are beginning what they believe is a journey to the Super Bowl. And like their teams, fans are excited about the journey getting started. Unfortunately, there are some fans that are a little too excited. If you looked around social media, some fans were proclaiming their team was going to the Super Bowl. Before those certain fans book their flights to the Super Bowl in February, they may want to understand one thing: this is the preseason! The Detroit Lions went undefeated in the preseason before going 0-16 one year. The Colts never did great in the preseason when Peyton was their quarterback. I say all this to point out that the preseason is about evaluating talent for your team, not wins. The excitement for the game is fine, but please don’t go overboard.
The preseason has also given birth to quarterback battles in Philadelphia and New York. Michael Vick and Mark Sanchez are both the quarterbacks that most expect to start for these teams. But it seems that the competition is not so open and shut. In Philly, Vick will be the starter one preseason game and then Nick Foles will start the other. Meanwhile for the Jets, Mark Sanchez has started and thrown an interception in his first drive of the year. In both of these situations, the better quarterback will win out. And in both situations, one quarterback will be seeing the end of his era coming. Vick will more than likely end up starting the season opener and will do well in the preseason. Sanchez, on the other hand, has major heat coming from rookie quarterback Geno Smith. And from all reports, Geno has played better than Sanchez in camp. The Jets may be doing themselves a disservice if they continue to start Sanchez. The veteran quarterback has not shown strides of getting better over his career. And because of that, it is time to turn the page to Smith right now, provided he is healthy.
In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers have been without a coach through the NBA Draft, summer leagues and also thru free agency. Well, now it appears the 76ers might have found a head coach. The 76ers are reportedly in negotiations with Spurs assistant head coach Brett Brown on a contact for him to join the Philadelphia organization. I believe that this hire would be a good one based off the organization he would be coming from, but what took the 76ers so long? Were they this unsure of themselves? If the negotiations work out and Brown is named the head coach, I would not expect a lot out of this team. Just like the rookies on this team would be trying to adapt to the play of the NBA, Brown would be adjusting to the head coaching position. Another thing that puts him behind the 8 ball is he has no idea if he likes any of the players on the team and it’s going to be tough to set up a trade if he does not like a player. Look for Philly to be exactly where some 76ers fans to be where they want them to be: the bottom of the Eastern Conference. And with that, expect them to enter the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes.
In baseball, the suspensions have been issued, but one man stands in the face of his suspension. His name is Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees third baseman has decided to fight his suspension in hopes of helping his team win games. And in the process of fighting that suspension, he has endured boos from the Chicago crowd on the road every time he has been announced. But the interesting part of the whole scenario is the MLB Players Association. Some players have voiced their disdain for A-Rod and the scenario he helped create for himself. But yet the association still stands behind him. In this instance, the MLBPA may want to examine who they are defending. Rodriguez tried to buy all the Biogenesis evidence and also tampered with witnesses. He basically is guilty. But if the MLBPA does not defend him, then they take a hit. The MLBPA is strong, but in this instance, they are also potentially creating a divide.
This are my thoughts and these are my words. Until next time……