by Mack Williams
30 December 2012
While many of us have enjoyed the holiday season, a few people found the proverbial lump of coal in their stockings…so here’s hoping for better for them in 2013:
I. Mike Brown
The former Laker coach received the worst early Christmas present, a pink slip after an handful of games. Brown hardly got to see everyone together on the court before getting the ax. Maybe he wasn’t the ideal coach for that collection of players, but it was still unfair to a coach that has taken a team to the Finals.
II. Avery Johnson
When was the last time the Nets were at .500 one-third of the way through the season? Okay, you can google that…but the point is that at 14-14 the Nets were where the franchise has not often been of late…and therefore if you feel that record warrants firing the coach, you must think more highly of their roster than a lot of other people. And by the way, Avery, too, has coached a team to the Finals – and won a ring as the starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.
III. Tim Tebow
All I will say is that I certainly hope he gets an handsome share of the profits from all of the green and white merchandise sold with his name on it, to make up in part for the horrible hand he was dealt by the New York Jets.
IV. Michael Vick
During the last couple of seasons I have felt like trying out for a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line…in that I think I couldn’t do a worse job in protecting Michael Vick than they have. Watch and see how Vick – if he winds up on a team with a solid line – proves to be one of the most unique quarterbacks in the league.
There should be an opening in North Jersey…but maybe stay away from that one.
V. NHL Fans
As the two sides inch closer to season cancellation…
VI. Bobcats and Wizards Fans
Boy, they are having it hard…but at least their league is playing games. If only Michael Jordan would come back downstairs from the owner’s box and suit up for the Bobcats – but then again, MJ will be turning 50 in a few weeks. So that would need to be the 1993 Jordan, not the 2013 version.
VII. Barack Obama
Actually President Obama probably had a pretty good November…check the Nate Silver blog if you need confirmation…and then went off to Christmas vacation in Hawaii. Unfortunately, he had to cut the vacation short due to the Republican and Tea Party members of Congress. Hopefully those folks will have gotten some sense under their trees.