Same Old Lying, Cheating Pete Carroll

In his years as co-Cappo of the clown college trojan brain surgeon criminal enterprise, pete carroll, forever to us “Uncle Petey”, had one over-riding trait, that transcended all others: His fervent belief that society’s rules did not apply to him, and that he could lie, cheat, and steal any time, any where, and the long arm of the law and of the NCAA could not touch him. His locker room and his sideline were second homes for every professions crook, con man, and crime boss in Southern California, and Uncle Petey welcomed them with open arms, and looked the other way as they showered his players with cash, gifts, free rent, and more. His co-conspirator, athletic director Mike Garrett, and their underling, basketball coach Timmy Floyd, knew that they had the most politically powerful legal entity in Los Angeles County backing them up, the usc legal department, whose brother lawyers dominated the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and Los Angeles County Superior Court. Time and time again, trojans facing major crimes were either not

prosecuted or given slap-on-the-wrist suspended sentences for criminal activities that should have warranted state prison terms. Reggie Bush did things that should have seen a felony prosecution for fraud involving hundreds of thousands of dollars; Mark Sanchez, arrested for rape, had his victim suddenly no longer remember what had happened a day earlier and a District Attorney then see no evidence of a crime; and assistant coach Dave Watson,.. well

the worst of all was Dave Watson, and that is all described right here.

Then, when the long arm of the law ordered Uncle Petey to show up and testify under oath and when the NCAA was closing in, well then Uncle Petey took his act up north to Seattle for many millions of dollars. And there he has assembled another group of football players who think, picking up the act from their boss, that they are above the law. No NFL team, since Uncle Petey came to town, has had more drug suspensions than the Seahawks, and now, and here is today’s saga, they are the most penalized team around.


So, it seems that upon reflecting on the fact that his team, coming off their Super Bowl win, has been called for more penalties than their opponent in ten straight games, Uncle Petey has told the press that the reason is that referees are out to get them due to their success, just the way his trojan brain surgeons became the NCAA's most penalized team after their national championship season.

Hogwash.

There are other explanations for increased penalties being called on title-winning teams, the most obvious one being simply greater scrutiny resulting in more typical, everyday penalties being called, rather than escaping the eye of the officials. But that’s not what has happened here, nor what previously happened at the clown college. Rather, it again was Uncle Petey’s ABOVE THE LAW belief system that was passed on to his players, in effect telling them that they just do not have to follow the rules, that they can and should ignore the rules, and commit whatever foul they deem necessary at the time, and screw the rules and screw the refs. And deceive the fans and take the money and run.

That’s the Pete Carroll way of life.

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Stats Tell Part of the Story for Disappointing Clippers

The LA Clippers went into the 2014–2015 NBA seasons with high hopes for a franchise-best season, maybe including a legitimate title shot. Instead, over the first 14 games of the season, they are a disappointing 9-5, and sitting three games behind the Pacific Division leading Golden State Warriors. At this time last season, the Clippers were an identical 9-5, and on Thanksgiving Day, they were 11-5. But, Golden State was 9-8, as were the Lakers and Phoenix, and the Clippers were in first place in the division with a 2-1/2 game lead, instead of being three games out. Continue reading

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Big Changes in Boston as the Red Sox Raid the NL West

The Boston Red Sox went from World Champions to the AL East basement in a single season, and despite a year when some of the organization’s prized prospects got golden opportunities to display their potential, the team has now reverted to the money game, and is out and about signing free agents, in particular free agent infielders departing the National League West. The two big agreements reached in the past few days are with now former World Champion San Francisco Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval, and with now former Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

This raises a significant question that really makes one wonder: what were they thinking? Continue reading

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Bad Nuggets Team + Worse Lakers’ Team = Awful Game

After getting blown out of Dallas by a good but far from great Mavericks’ team, the Lakers came home tonight to play the Denver Nuggets, a bad team, but not nearly as awful as are the Lakers. The result was a game that, despite a few exciting moments in the second half, was overall close to unwatchable due to a shooting display that words cannot accurately describe. The number were a combined 37.5% from the floor, including 21% from three-point range. Denver even contributed a free-throw percentage that barely reached 60%. For the season, the Lakers and Denver have both shot at a 44% clip, and Denver has hit free throws at a 75% rate, so play tonight was far worse than even these two league stalwarts are use to displaying. Continue reading

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Who and When – Questions About the Next Dodgers’ Shortstop(s)

In 2011, the Dodgers had two young shortstops about ready for major league duty, Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers. Sellers was a solid defensive player, but with limited offensive skills, while Gordon possessed tremendous speed and more offensive promise. Rafael Furcal, an all-around player with solid defense, a great arm, speed and a measure of power, had done a fine job at short for the Dodgers, when he was able to play. But he had one injury after another, and by mid-2011, the team decided a change was needed, and Furcal was traded to St. Louis. Gordon ended the season as the team’s shortstop, and hit .304 in 56 games. The next season saw his average drop to ,234. Sellers in limited time, hit .203 and then .205 over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Clearly, help was needed, and in mid-2012, the team traded for Hanley Ramirez. Continue reading

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The Lakers’ Win Over Houston Was Meaningless

All you fans now on the “streaking” LA Lakers’ bandwagon, not so fast! I never thought they would beat Houston on Wednesday night, but then again, no one knew until game time that the laughing man, Deee-Wignt Howard, would run and hide from the media amid new allegations of child abuse, and with no NBA-caliber sub in his stead, a decent team effort by the talentless Lakers was enough to muddle through to a six-point win. But relax, it won’t last, and the Dallas Mavericks will demonstrate that this evening. Continue reading

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Lakers’ One-Game Win Streak Ends Tonight in Houston

The Lakers doubled their season’s win total last night, beating the Hawks by a solid five points. For Atlanta, that represented an improvement of 28 points over their last game, a 127-94 loss to Cleveland. No one will ever confuse Atlanta’s offensive with that of Golden State or Dallas, but despite the loss, facing the non-existent Lakers’ defense they still exceeded their season averages for points per game and field goal percentage. The Laker’s team defense, already boasting the likes of shooting stars who are incapable of defending, like Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer, took another major blow last night with the return to the lineup of the worst defender in the NBA, maybe the worst defender in the history of the NBA, in nick young. Continue reading

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How Valid Are Sports Awards Based Only on the Regular Season?

Throughout almost all of the 2014 major league baseball season, certainly after his return from the disabled list in May, there was little question that the most dominant pitcher in the game was the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. His 21-3 won-lost record in only 27 starts, 1.77 ERA, and 0.86 WHIP were clear, documentary evidence of what players, fans and sportswriters were seeing each time he took the mound. A handful of other National League pitchers also had career year stats, such as Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38, 1.03) and Johnny Cueto (20-9, 2.25, 0.96). The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner had the best year of his young career (18-10, 2.98, 1.09), but his stats, though excellent, did not compare to the top three NL pitchers. But then came the post season. Continue reading

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Lakers Now Two Games Into Second of Many Long Losing Streaks

After the sun and stars lined up just right for the Lakers to steal a victory from Charlotte last Sunday, they returned to reality two nights later in Memphis, losing a game that was slightly closer than anticipated, and followed that with an extremely poor effort, one not nearly as close as the final score made it seem, in a loss last night in New Orleans. Down by as many as 23, a late 14-1 rally and 33 points from Kobe Bryant made the final score a deceiving 109-102. Despite hitting five-of-11 three-pointers, Kobe missed 18 of his 28 shots, the night after breaking John Havlicek’s NBA record of 13,418 missed shots. Continue reading

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Will the Lakers Win Second in a Row Tonight? Ever?

In the topsey-turvy NBA, with Houston losing to Golden State, Golden State losing to Phoenix, Memphis losing to Milwaukee, and the Lakers beating Charlotte all over the last three days, can anything happen? Can the Lakers win their second in a row? The answer to both questions is no. Say goodbye to the winner’s circle, Lakers, and for several days. Sunday’s game against an improved but still bad Hornets’ team looked awhile back like the one and only game the Lakers would win over their first dozen or so games, and as they prepare to take on the Grizzlies tonight, with upcoming games in places like New Orleans and Houston and Dallas, Continue reading

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Angels Off-Season Gets Off to Great Start

Through much of last season, the Angels, despite eventually compiling the major league’s best won-lost record, were operating on a razor-thing starting staff, and when injuries prematurely ended the season first for Tyler Skaggs and then for Garrett Richards, Mike Scioscia had nowhere to turn, using reliever Cory Rasmus as a three-inning starter over the last month, and had to continue to use C.J. Wilson in key games, not to mention in the post-season. As the off-season and the time for improvement begins, GM Jerry Dipoto began yesterday with a little-noticed but brilliant move, acquiring for a most reasonable price, a young starter who could well be able to step into the team’s 2015 rotation. Continue reading

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Chris Paul Recovers Quickly From Foot Tweak, Has Triple-Double

Sunday afternoon in the Clippers first loss of the season, Chris Paul missed a few minutes of the game after spending several more limping around, after suffering a sprained left foot, but he came back real strong last night, not just recording his 12th lifetime triple-double, but leading the team in rebounds, on a 13-10-12 night. He got lots of help as the Clippers bounced back after a painful loss to the vastly improved Sacramento Kings, as they defeated the similarly improved Jazz. Besides Paul’s great game, they had another great performance from Blake Griffin, who scored 31, from Jamal Crawford, who had missed Sunday’ game and who was still operating at only 70%, and from last year’s disappointing first-round draft pick, Reggie Bullock, who has now seemingly surpassed the underachieving Chris Douglas-Roberts at the backup small forward spot. Continue reading

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