Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Where are the priorities?

Let me be the 1 millionth person to weigh in on what is now affectionately being called "Headbandgate" around the sports discussion world. The only question that I can muster up is "Are you guys kidding me?"

Not even a quarter of the way into the season and this is what we have to deal with? I am still on the fence about whose side I'm on in this fiasco. I understand that team rules are team rules and that they are there to be followed. Scott Skiles is just following John Paxson's mandate and if someone can't follow them then you deserve to get what's coming to you. Ben Wallace knew the rule and still went out to prove whatever assinine point that he had to prove. It seemed that he had some kind of agenda to make known and it's going to do nothing but cause problems within the team as a whole.

When given the opportunity to offer up some sort of apology for his actions he comes out with the wording that he knows the team rules and is "not sorry" for what he did. Not exactly the words that instill confidence that all is well in the Bulls camp.

Skiles has a new job role that he needs to accept in order to right the ship...peacemaker. He's played the babysitter role well to this point in developing the young Bulls team into a playoff team. Now that role changes if the team is to take the next step in their progression.

My suggestion? Win. Winning games breeds contentment and that is just what the Bulls need at this time.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

When a loss is good

I am not one to make excuses for the effort put out there today by the Chicago Bears, they sure didn't deserve a victory by any means. But to me, I need to see the silver lining in this cloud of a pounding.

To make it through an entire season undefeated in this era of football parity is nothing but a pipe dream. Making it this far into the season with an unblemished record is truly something to behold. Naysayers may point to the mediocrity of the competition that the Bears have faced so far, but the schedule is what it is. The Bears have just gone out up until this Sunday and taken care of the business at hand.

A loss like this is the kind of thing that can help the Bears to refocus onthe task at hand to work towards the playoffs and then anything can happen. The hype over an undefeated season can now be put to bed and it's time for the Bears to focus on each upcoming game on the rest of the schedule.

It all starts with the next game on the national stage at the Meadowlands against a very tough and streaking Giants team. No doubt that this week of practices with be some of the most crisp since the start of the season. Time to look ahead and focus on the task at hand...handing the Giants their 3rd loss of the season.