I was on the east coast when game 7 of the world series began. It started at 10:35pm edt. No wonder no one cares about baseball anymore.. that’s an insane time to start the seventh game after a 162 game season plus spring training plus a bunch of playoff rounds. You’d have to be a martyr to follow baseball anymore. Not to mention that the weather this year in Chicago was brutal for most of the season until June, half the games seemed to take 4 hours and we’d lose in extra innings, and our teams were mostly terrible (except for Sale and the new Cuban refugee on the south side).
On the other hand we have the Bulls and damn they looked good. Even with Butler out and Rose not playing that great yet (in terms of his shot) the Bulls blew out the Knicks on the road. They were killing the Knicks and then Taj Gibson comes in off the second team and now our reserves are still slaughtering them.
Our friend Fro Dog rightfully points out that our coach Tom T just runs his players into the ground and this is a terrible strategy for an 82 game season along with more interminable playoff rounds (and where home court advantage isn’t super meaningful). Meanwhile San Antonio tries to rest everyone and then get maximum juice out of their players in late rounds of the playoffs, which served them well last year.
Whether it is a good long term coaching strategy or not one can agree that the Bulls play their brains out. They play defense all the time and have high intensity. Their prior flaw was a predictable offense that wasn’t very efficient but that seems to have been corrected (based on only one game, so what the hell do I know) with all the new talent that they’ve brought on board.
Hopefully the Bulls beat Cleveland tonight. Cleveland has all year to get the rust out and learn to play together and they just need to get into the playoffs and get their young players ready for the later rounds.
Dan and I were going back and forth on John Wall. This is a fantastic article on John Wall from deadspin. From the article
After all, John Wall, unlike LeBron, is not 6’9″ and built like God’s personal trainer; he is a guard, and a fairly skinny-looking one, and so when he does things that seem frankly superhuman, your amazement is that much greater for the fact that the guy doing them is built, more or less, like Clyde Frazier.
OK back to thinking about how terrible the Bears are and what a disaster this season is going to be. Too bad they didn’t dump anyone at the trading deadline. Now we just run this season out and see how bad it gets. Enjoy.