Sunday, January 31, 2010

Good Signs, Bad Signs...

If this isn't just a flash, but the real Cashmere Wright, the Bearcats chances of going to the NCAA tournament just got a major boost. A guard that can shoot from the outside, penetrate, dish, and show quickness on defense is invaluable. It's like U.C. just had an all-conference player dropped in their laps. After scoring 12 points in the final 10 minutes of the Louisville game, Wright erupts for 24 against Providence. You don't want to put a lot of pressure on a youngster (that may have been the problem early on), but this guy could be a season saver. Now, if they could just make 50 per cent of their free throws.

Xavier is looking mighty good again, and I think the Musketeers will have no problem making the tournament. Despite the loss to Temple, I still think they win the A-10. if not the regular season, certainly the conference tournament. The light bulb is back on for Kenny Frease, Holloway is getting healthier, and that makes for a very deep team. Too deep for the A-10.

By the way, at what point does Fordham quit beating its head against the wall and find another conference? Since joining the A-10 in the '95-'96, by my count, the Rams have a conference record of 63-159. That's hard to believe. That includes 1 win over the past two seasons. Ouch.

No, the Reds did not sign the reincarnation of Barry Larkin, but orlando Cabrera was the best option out there at a position of need for the Reds. They could not go into the season with Paul Janish at shortstop backed up by take your pick. (Sutton, Frazier, Rosales, or ???) My biggest concern has to do with something that has nothing to do with Cabrera. It's the last two veteran free agents the Reds signed to fill a need, Corey Patterson and Willy Taveras. This has to turn out better than that, right????

1 comment:

  1. Even though I'm not a fan of Old Leather Pants Jim Bowden, at least when he brought on a "vet", they delivered. Ron Gant. Greg Vaughn. Kevin Mitchell. Need I go on?

    I think a big part of the problem 3 seasons ago was Dusty Baker's tie to Corey Patterson...Baker apparently overlooked Corey's tie to no hitting and poor fielding (minor parts of the game) in favor of he wore his uniform?! I honestly can't say what he was thinking.

    I try to be optimistic, but as long as Baker is managing, this team is going to have to look to within to find the motivation and enthusiasm to win...regardless of how many "vets" they sign. Remember Baker's excuse a few years ago? "It's not my team." In my opinion, he should have been gone 5 minutes after that statement. When does it become your team, Baker? When they are winning? Bandwagon managers will never lead a team to victory. Sounds like the "vet" most in need of signing would be a new manager.