Thursday, January 05, 2006

Yeah, so I gave up on the gamely updates...

I don't have the time to update 2 blogs and do, you know, other stuff. I love the idea of this thing, and may continue it, but we'll have to see if that happens.

Friday, November 18, 2005

A funny post from someone who was at the Bucks-Warriors game.

It's here.

From Bucks View -- one of the few, the proud, the Milwaukee Bucks Blogs.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Milwaukee Bucks 90, Golden State Warriors 87

(unexpectedly, TJ Ford turned and whipped the ball at Troy Murphy's head a split second later. It was awesome.)

This game was important for a couple of reasons:

1) It was a revenge game, since those scum from Golden State beat the Bucks in Milwaukee last week, spoiling their undefeated season.

2) The Bucks had lost their last 17 on the road against the West. That's right, they didn't win one road game against a Western Conference team last year. Yikes.

3) The Bucks played their worst game of the year the night before (against the Clippers, in a game I didn't recap because I couldn't bring myself to write the nonsensical sentence "The Clippers are just a better team than the Bucks at this point." I'm happy for Cassell, though), and badly needed to bounce back with a good showing.

I'm working on a theory about these Bucks: They're so newly thrown together that they need games on a regular basis to keep them from forgetting how to play together. That's why their defense has been so atrocious lately. Last night, on the second night of a back-to-back, they held Golden State under 40% shooting and outrebounded them by a silly 58-42 margin. Once again, rebounding has won them a game. This truly is a new and different Bucks team.

Coach Terry Stotts continues to work with an 8-man rotation, only bringing the White Foreigner Trinity of Bogut, Kukoc, and Jiri Welsch off the bench. Again, this doesn't make much sense to me. Is Gadzuric insurance or is he on the trading block? Is Welsch really better than Chaz Bell?

Also, Coach Terry finally snuck Joe Smith into the starting lineup, with admittedly pretty good results. I'd still rather see Bogut get 20 minutes a game (especially since he went for 9 pts and 11 boards in 16 minutes last night), since he is our future, but I totally understand Stotts' desire to see more Joe Smith out there. He's clearly the best frontcourt defender they have right now.

THE BAD: The Bucks are still having problems blocking shots and forcing turnovers, two things that would help their defensive effort considerably. Like I said, it's a good thing they can rebound so well, because sloppy defense that doesn't make hustle plays or force turnovers is a recipe for disaster. I still think they'll be ok defensively with Simmons, Smith, and Magloire along the front line. They're just not there yet.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Green Bay Packers 33, Atlanta Falcons 25

Group Hug. Aww. It's fun not to fail, isn't it?
Too little, too late. The Pack is not Back, even though Samkon Gado ran wild for them. He ran for 100 yards! That's insane!

With this win, they probably took themselves out of the Matt Leinart race. They're not going to make the playoffs, because the Bears are 6-3 and hot as heck. I'd like to take this opportunity to proclaim this season a failure after this win. Thanks for nothing, Samkon. Next time show up in week 5 when we need you.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Milwaukee Bucks 103, Indiana Pacers 102

Above: Bucks Guard Mo Williams takes a well-deserved break from winning games at the buzzer

You don't get victories much more amazing than the 103-102 Bucks win over the Pacers on Saturday night. This should give them confidence going into their 4-game western death trip that starts Tuesday. After all, when you've come back from a 14-point deficit in the final 3:39 of regulation, you start to believe that you can come back from any deficit. That's good, unless it encourages them to keep falling behind early in games. Sooner or later, this team is going to have to win a game without spotting their opponents 15 points. The last two games it's seemed like they were rusty after the 3-4 day layoff. They can't get any momentum going with the schedule the way it is, which is ok because youre not going to be able to sustain momentum through the whole year anyway. It's best they learn to play together and through adversity at the beginning of the year, and build up momentum at the end.

But it was a wholly amazing game. First, the Pacers went up by 20 in the second quarter, but you knew that wouldn't last. Again, it would be nice if the Bucks could defend their way through some cold stretches, but as long as they keep winning I guess we will forgive them for now. The Bucks came back to tie, only to fall back behind by 14 points in the 4th quarter. They then stormed back to within 6 with 2 minutes left, and slowly grabbed the Pacers and pulled them backwards just in time to win by a point on a last-second 30-footer. Amazing.

THE GOOD: If you look at the box score, you'll easily recognize what kept the Bucks in the game: rebounding. They got 22 offensive boards, and beat the Pacers overall 53-41. They keep boarding like that, they'll stay in any game they can shoot themselves back into.

Mo Williams, who looks like a candidate for 6th man of the year. He's hot, which is good, because Redd and Simmons are inconsistent at this point.

Redd had what we in Bucks land like to call a "Desmond Mason Night," which means he shot like crap but was 13-15 from the line for 28 points. When he gets hot, this team will be awesome.

THE PUZZLING: Jiri "Journeyman" Welsch has apparently leapfrogged not only Charlie Bell but also Kukoc and Dan Gadzuric in the Bucks rotation. What is it about Jiri that warranted this type of promotion, I wonder? It can't be racism, because Kukoc is white and Dan G. is Danish. Mmm...danish.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

"Golden State" Warriors 110, Milwaukee Bucks 103

(I find this photo humourous for some reason.)

The dream is over. There will be no undefeated season for these Bucks. They fell last night at home to the fricking Golden State Warriors, who by all accounts shot out of their minds. These kinds of games will happen over an NBA schedule, especially when nobody's really trying at a 100% level because if they did they would be dead by game 50. Anyway, the Bucks are now 3-1 and still looking ok for the time being. Since this is a loss, let's start with:

The Bucks only shot 11 free throws to GS's 26, which would go a long way toward explaining why they lost. I didn't see the game, so I don't know if it was a ref thing or a lack-of-aggressiveness thing. Only shooting 11 free throws is bad.

They allowed those scuzzbags to shoot 13-27 from three-point range, which is absurd.

They outscored the stupid Warriors in the paint 60-28, and still lost. To all those people out there on Dallas sports talk radio who don't think jump shots win ball games, this stat's for you.

They outscored those idiots 24-4 on the fast break, and I could go on and on but I'm going crazy.

There is nothing good about it. They failed, and they don't play until Saturday at home against the Pacers, a team they should own but probably won't. Like I said, the dream is over. Go back to your homes.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Green Bay Packers 10

(no, tackle the guy with the ball. And aren't you supposed to be on offense?)

I got to catch the brutal end of the latest Packer debacle, a 20-10 loss to the Charlie Batch-led Steelers in Lambeau. I remember the good old days, when the Steelers were a bunch of guys named "Yancy" who dropped game-winning passes. Yesterday, it was the Packers who should have been named "Yancy." Brett Favre kept throwing the ball near his receivers, and any balls that weren't thrown into the dirt were either dropped or batted into the air in lieu of being caught. You know what it was like? Remember that Simpsons episode where Homer's brother buys him the Denver Broncos? Homer's mad because it's the Broncos and not the Cowboys (this was in the early-90's, before the Elway-Davis Super Bowl victories), and you see the Broncos practicing on the Simpsons' front lawn. They were dropping the ball, falling down, throwing the ball off of each other's helmets, etc. That's what the Packers looked like yesterday. I don't want to talk about it.

Until yesterday, Charlie Batch didn't have a victory at Lambeau. Another first for the 2005-2006 Packers. Bleah.