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McHale is NOT the Best GM in Sports

Forbes.com recently released its list of the top General Managers in all of sports.  The article ESPN.com wrote about this can be found here.

Basically, Forbes looked at the four major sports and tried to pick out the best GM.  Their criteria were two fold.  First, they looked at how each team performed prior to the arrival of their current GM and compared it to how they performed with their previous GM.  Second, they looked at how each team’s payroll compares to the league median.  The first criterion was weighted twice as important since winning is the ultimate measure of success.

After all of the numbers were crunched, Kevin McHale, the GM for the Minnesota mchale1.jpgTimberwolves, emerged as the best there is.  What a joke!  This is why Forbes should never try to report information relating to sports.  Ever.

McHale should not even be in the top 10.  The data is skewed because the Timberwolves were absolutely horrible before he took over.  Now that they are average, it seems like he had something to do with it.  A guy named Kevin did have something to do with it, but that is Kevin Garnett. 

If anything, McHale should be looked at as one of the worst GM’s in sports for not putting the right pieces around KG.  Garnett is an unbelievable talent, and I think it’s McHale’s fault that the Wolves haven’t been able to make a serious title run during the Garnett era.  They had a little something going with Sam Cassell and Latrell Spreewell, but that got broken up.  Now they are sinking back into mediocrity.

Forbes could have randomly selected a GM and been more on target than they were with McHale.  I don’t know who the best GM out there is, although Jerry Angelo, Billy Beane, Joe Dumars, Brian Cashman, and even Jerry Jones come to mind, but I know that it definitely is not Kevin McHale.

March 5, 2007 Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Kevin McHale, MLB, NBA, News, NFL, NHL, Sports | 3 Comments

2007 Baseball Predictions/MLB Baseball Message Board

With the 2007 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, I have decidedmlb.jpg to create a message board dedicated to just that.  This will be a place for baseball lovers to go and talk about anything related to the game.  There are already a few posts related to predictions, but I will be adding posts regularly to hopefully spark conversation and debate.  Feel free to check it out and tell your friends about it so we can get some great baseball talk going.  The site is www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=106169 .

February 27, 2007 Posted by | Baseball, MLB, News, Sports | 12 Comments

John Amaechi Announces His Homosexuality

It has been reported that John Amaechi, former NBA journeyman, is going to admit to being gay in an upcoming book.  Amaechi, the first former NBA player to publicly admit to being gay, retired in 2003 after just five NBA seasons.

nba_maninmiddle_195.jpgThe reaction from some current NBA players is what bothers me, mainly Shavlik Randolph of the Philadelphia 76ers.  When asked about how he would feel if he had an openly gay teammate, Randolph said, “As long as you don’t bring your gayness on me I’m fine.” 

This sounds like something I would hear coming from someone in junior high.  Maybe I have overestimated the maturity level of some NBA players. 

Personally, I have no problem with Amaechi coming out if that is what he feels he needs to do.  I do not think it was necessary for him to make public his sexual preference though.  That is personal information that no one needs to know and the media blows out of perportion.  I understand if he is trying to lead the way for other homosexual NBA players to come out, but once again, I do not understand why they would feel obligated to.  Maybe he is just trying to make some money selling a book, who knows.  However, I admitting this takes a lot of courage, so for that I applaud you Mr. Amaechi.

February 8, 2007 Posted by | Basketball, NBA, News, Sports | Leave a comment