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Bobby Jenks and Phil Jackson

The Major League Baseball Association needs to take a page out of the NBA’s book.  Just this past week after a game four loss to the Denver Nuggets, Phil Jackson commented on the performance of the refs.  The complaint was due to the lack consistency in regards to the way the game was called.  He said that his players did not know what a foul was or was not.

Ensuing the following day Phil Jackson was slapped with a $25,000 fine.  To say this fine is a bit hefty would be an understatement, yet by issuing such stiff penalties it cleans up the post game banter in the press room, and keeps the conversation for the most part on hoops.

Lets jump over to the MLB now.  About a month ago Bobby Jenks, and his Chi Town White Sox, got hit six time from the Texas Rangers.  When Jenks came in to close, the very first pitch he threw behind Ian Kinsler.  Jenks got his point across along with a warning.  After the game Jenks admitted he did it on purpose.  The very next day Jenks was slapped with a seven hundred and fifty dollar fine.

What is the MLB doing in regards to protecting its players?  If Phil Jackson can get a $25,000 dollar fine for verbal banter in a post game conference then a pitcher should get that for throwing at a player purposefully.  Even the flagrant foul penalty or the technical foul penalty in the NBA is much stiffer than the throwing at a player penalty.  The MLB needs to get some sort of policy in order for fining a player, that amount is just ridiculous and quite laughable.

For a more comical approach on this category check out Zach from Lost Angeles blog HERE


Andrew Bynum is tough like GI-Joe

Andrew Bynum came into the NBA at the ripe old age of 18 years old. Coming straight out of high school he was projected to do big things. Under the strict super vision of the man who can float in the air while meditating, the Zen Master Phil Jackson, kept his numbers down when he came into the league so he could develop. His first two years in the league he rode the pine and got the occasional bitch minutes at the end of halves and blow out games. 
Bynum’s third year in the Association he was moved to a starting role. After spending all summer working on his inside game with Kareem Abdoul Jabar we could start to see what Dr. Buss saw in this massive heap of athletic ability.

Bynum started dominating the paint and was making true progress. I remember one trip down the floor playing the Heat, Bynum got absolutely abused by Shaq. Shaq did a nice little baby drop step and put it down over him. Sheer strength meeting young wit. The very next play on the other end of the floor Bynum received the ball on the block and used the very same move to throw it down on Shaqavic (-noun-when shaq makes freethrows he calls himself Shaqavic). 
There have been glimpses over the past two years that Bynum has potential. All of this led up to a nasty bone bruise that originally was going to put him out 3 weeks. This turned into the rest of the season which was 4 months. It was very apparent in the NBA finals how soft the Lakers were on the inside. There was no stopping the dribble penetration when teams would run a high pick and roll. The Celtics picked us apart. We had no shot blockers on the inside.
So now lets flash back to the start of this year. Bynum is healthy, we have Gasol from the start of the season, and Kobe is coming fresh off of an Olympic gold. Things sure were looking good in LALA land. Up through the first thirty games of the season, the Lakers played to the level of their opponent. It wasn’t stuff that is going to win a Championship. What was even more disheartening was the fact that Bynum was sucking. Not as bad as Quame Brown sucking but it was not good.

He looked nowhere near the level he was playing at the previous year before the injury. 
We all knew it would take some time for Bynum to get his swagger back, but man it seemed like it would never come. Each game I would watch in anticipation, like a little kid on Christmas Eve lying in bed knowing that there was a brand new Hall of Fame GI Joe waiting for him under the Christmas tree. (Now I know what you are thinking, the Hall of Fame GI Joe has the same specs in size as a Barbie, but it’s not a doll, it’s a GI-Joe the American Hero and he has guns.)
Anyhow back to Bynum, so the progress was not what the Laker fans were expecting this year.
This was true until last night. Jan 21 2009 Andrew Bynum had a career night. He pulled down 15 boards, 4 blocks, and 42 ohh so sweet points. Do those numbers look familiar? Can you say Shaq? After the game Bynum was interviewed a
nd he did a very Shaq Esq. thing. He gave Kobe Bryant a new nick name – Kobe Nash, *quick side note Kobe received his second triple double in three games finishing off with 18 points 12 rebounds and 10 assists. So has Andrew Bynum overcome the injury, is he ready to step up and play like this consistently? Some think no, it was a fluke; it happened against Los Angeles’s JV team the Clippers. I think he has arrived, a game that will change a career forever. Ladies and Gentle Men, I give you Andrew the Stilt Bynum…      


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