Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Unathletes of the Week Candidates

NCAA Final Four; MLB Opening Day; NBA coming down the wire; an exciting week in sports no doubt, here are this week's unathlete candidates:

(1) Shane McMahon & Umaga: The details were confusing, but it appeared that Shane O Mac and Umaga had a chance to shave Donald Trump's dome at Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit (not so much shave, but probably just "lifting" the tupee) but apparently lost to Lashley. Obviously, the world would have loved to seen the Donald getting humiliated; unfortunately, Umaga and Shane O Mac couldn't get it done (is Shane still recovering from his across-the-ring drop kick from the Astrodome Wrestlemania)? One thing you gotta love from wrestling - if you've tuned out for five years, don't worry, some of the guys who you thought must be getting near 60 years old are still wrestling?! Apparently, Shawn Michaels from the Rockers was the challenger in the main event!! Where is Marty Janetty?

(2) Brad Lidge: New season; same Brad. After Brad's stellar spring, where he carted around an ERA in the 12s, many Astros fans had discarded Lidge's career into the Rocker/Wohlers/Ankiel bin - but not Astros skipper Phil Garner. The Astros' incompetent manager (who for some reason, used 2 hitters with recent OBPs around .300 in the 1st and 2nd slots of the order) installed Lidge as his closer and watched as Lidge coughed up yet another lead by giving up a 2 out homer to the Pirates Xavier Nady in the 9th on Opening Day.

(3) Tracy McGrady: Moments after chucking up a disappointing 9-for-23 effort in which he had 2 late game chances to either tie or put the Rockets ahead, McGrady put the blame squarely on the shoulders of . . . his teammates: "There was miscommunication on a couple of guys' part. They didn't know where to go and they didn't set screens. I couldn't get open and nobody could get open." Uhh, Tracy, how about you stop blaming your teammates, stop going 1-for-8 to start the game, and stop missing important free throws. What did McGrady do on his tie/win chances, passed off to Rafer Alston for a brick on the 1st chance, and bricked the second chance.

(4) Dirk Nowitzki: Fans expected a scintillating rematch of one of the best games of the season and a possible Western Conference Finals preview; fans received a blowout in favor of the Suns, attributable in part to a subpar outing from Dirk. Nowitzki went 6-for-18 from the floor and was otherwise a nonfactor in the Suns' 22 point rout of the Mavericks.

I vote for Brad Lidge
EDIT: Vote changed to Joe Alleva as of the afternoon of 4/3
EDIT2: Quotations removed from references to sports entertainers


Head Dude said...

Hmmm, while I agree that the Bridge to Lidge has long since collapsed, do we blame Lidge or Garner? Meanwhile, nothing ever irritates me as much as a superstar blaming his teammates when he fails to perform in the clutch. I have to be honest, completely irrespective of the dude, I've never been sold on McGrady as a superstar. He's obviously incredibly athletic and incredibly gifted, but nothing about him in Orlando or Houston suggests he's a winner. And I think the Dude would agree the Rockets' success both in this postseason and years to come is predicated around Yao, not T-Mac.

This week Marbury made a similar comment when he threw away a pass in the last 15 seconds against the Mavs, sealing a loss and he blamed ... Renaldo Balkman for not coming to the ball, instead of acknowledging he's the point guard and supposed leader.

The comment may have been an aberration for McGrady, as you always hear what a classy dude he is, but I've never been a fan of his on-court demeanor, and given that he always seems willing to take ridiculously bad shots from 30 feet (some of which do go in), I never thought he cared much about getting screens.

But he does get my Unathlete of the Week vote.

The Dude said...

Given the latest turn of events, I have decided to switch my vote from Brad Lidge to Joe Alleva

Grizzly said...

I would like to place an advisory vote for The Dude as unathlete of the week.

How dare you disrespect the WWE by prefacing wrestlers with "some guy named"??? And I am pretty sure that Shane-O-Mac did another cross-ring trash can maneuver on Sunday.

And finally, the Heartbreak Kid will never die.

Head Dude said...

I like the advisory vote, but I'll switch mine to a tie between Alleva and Goestenkors.

The Franchise said...

Despite my venom for Alleva, I'm going to have to vote for The Dude after his shoddy treatment of pro wrestling. He did it despite the fact that I'm a professional wrestling journalist and Grizzly is a big fan.

The fans goive him a hearty "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Head Dude said...

Alright then, I'll join in the fun. I vote for the Dude!