Archive for March, 2011

Detroit Pistons Still in Need of Owner

The Pistons have gone nearly there entire season without an owner. In the past three months their have been several potential owners come forth and express their interest, but for one reason or another their interest eventually dwindles. Before the Pistons can become a threat in the league, they need someone to make the off court decisions.

In the last few months the Pistons have grasped the interest of big times names like Magic Johnson, George Postolos, Mike Illitch, and Tom Gores. All four investors very successful in their respected area of business. Johnson, without saying a great player in his day with the Los Angeles Lakers, George Postolos a former executive with the Houston Rockets as well as with the NBA, Mike Illitch current owner of both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers among other venues, and Tom Gores, a home town man now residing in California with a Net Worth of $2.2 Billion. Like I stated before three months ago it was anyones team. All four investors had claimed to set up meetings with the Pistons to move forward in the deal, but as time went on many of these investors begin to drop out. Magic Johnson was the first name on the list to disappear

ar, with no official reasoning. After Johnson Mike Illitch entered a 30-day Negotiation with the Pistons Organization. Local fans were excited about the thought of Illitch expanding his ownership to the Detroit Pistons. Plans  surfaced stating that Illitch would move the Pistons back to Detroit. In doing this Illitch would build a new arena to replace the Palace and Joe Louis arena that would host both the Pistons and the Red Wings and it would be located in the heart of Detroit near Ford Field and Comerica Park. This would make the heart of Detroit an Entertainment hotspot with all four major sports as well as the MGM Casino within five minutes. Unfortunately, this deal would fall through. In December Illitched announced he would not be purchasing the Pistons. It was said that the deal fell through due

Tom Gores is a Flint, MI native and Michigan State graduate

to inflations of revenues by the Detroit Pistons. Once Illitch knew this information he offered Karen Davidson, who currently owns the Pistons, less and it was said that the deal eventually dwinlded. Most recently is Flint native and Michigan State Grad Tom Gores. Following Illitch’s purchase falling through Gores entered his name in bidding for the Pistons. Weeks after the initial rumors surfaced it was announced that Gores had entered his 30-Day Negotiation period with Davidson. After four weeks it was announced that no deal had been made and it seemed as Davidson was back t square one with no potential owners. Fortunately it was announced that Gores was given a two-week extension to continue negotiations with Davidson. Soon after more rumors came out that Davidson and Gores had reached a deal. One article even gave specific details of the deal. Davidson has announced that no deal has been met, but negotiations continue.

The Pistons on court performance is nothing to be proud of, but I believe you need someone steering the ship to help that. Everyone wants to blame specific players, Coach Kuester, and even Joe Dumars, but you  need an Owner who has the best interest of the organization in mind before you can expect the Detroit Pistons to get back to Contending for a NBA Title.


Tressel Takes a Slap on The Wrist

Every year in sports we hear of some sort of crime or violation. Within College sports is where we see the more punishable acts as these punishments usually lead to life altering results instead of a modest fines.

Tressel answering questions at his initial Press Conference

This year’s crime spotlight was on THE Ohio State University and their star players selling their personal items. Over time the focus left star players including star Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and focused on Head Coach Jim Tressel. It was said he knew about the entire situation and even received e-mails about the situation. All else aside the biggest thing is that Tressel lied about this when being questioned by the NCAA. Lying to the NCAA…. Where have we heard this before? Dez Bryant, lied to the NCAA and lost his promising senior season. Chris Webber the top recruit for the University of Michigan lied to the NCAA about taking money  from an outside booster and is not allowed to return to the University of Michigan campus until 2013 .

Dez Bryant had his promising college career cut short after not releasing information about interacting with Deion Sanders

In addition to this the two “Final Four” banners he helped earn have been taken down from Crisler Arena. Both of these examples are student-athletes, not coaches. It is my understanding, or at least my belief, that Coaches, specifically Head Coaches should be held to a higher standard than the athletes they recruit, coach, or other wise teach. Shouldn’t every coach who is guilty lying to the NCAA be punished at least to the extent players in the past have? In the two examples I gave in Dez Bryant and Chris Webber, both players were punished to very harshly.

Dez Bryant was Oklahoma St leading Wide Receiver as well as a Heisman Candidate. He was forced to leave for the NFL early instead of potentially leading his team to a great season and potentially a Heismn trophy. Chris Webber and the legendary “Fab Five” weere and still are trend setters in the game of basketball, let alone their talent on the court. Yet, when you walk into Crisler Arena on the University of Michigan campus you don’t see the two banners from their two Final Four appearances, one being the heart breaking lost to North Carolina.

The Fab Five is one of the most well known starting five in the history of College Basketball. Yet, the University of Michigan has vacated all wins and other achievements accomplished by this team. Including the back to back Final Four appearances.

Tressel is guilty of the same crime, but will only miss five games, not even practices. One could make the argument that missing a game is not very relevant. Tressel will be at practice preparing his team all week and will only be missed when the team calls plays. Which I’m certain Offensive Coordinator Jim Bollman can handle for five games. In addition to this the only threatening opponents in their first five games is Nebraska, Miami (Fl), and Michigan St possibly. One should ask the question how much of an impact will this have on the Ohio State football teams current season and future seasons? Oklahoma St season was definitely altered when they lost their star Wide Receiver.  The University of Michigan lost their Head Coach in Steve Fisher, which as  result harms recruiting. Can anyone honestly say that losing Tressel for five games will harm the Buckeyes current season let alone future seasons? I think not!