Happy 33rd Birthday Stromile Swift!As a child who grew up loving the Vancouver Grizzlies (and cried when they moved to Memphis) it would be easy to lament the failures of Swift, the second overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. However, that would be overlooking the fact that everyone in that draft ended up being mostly awful. Vancouver’s other realistic options at number two were Darius Miles, Marcus Fizer, Mike Miller, and DerMarr Johnson who all ranged from “mediocre” to “can’t do basic basketball things.”
Happy Anniversary NFL Player’s Union!! On this day in 1982, the NFLPA ended a 57 day strike and returned to work. You know the whole NHL lockout that’s happening right now? Imagine if there was a CBA in place and players just walked out on it and tried to act like victims. Then imagine that instead of negotiating, the owners just hired replacement players and played the games anyway. Fun times.
Happy Trails (probably) Gene Chizik! Chizik has undergone one of the most incredible falls from grace in college football since winning the National Championship in January of 2011. Less than two years later, his Auburn team has fallen from undefeated, to 3-8 and winless in conference play. Chizik recently further compounded his problems by hiring an independent security firm to monitor his players and make sure they were making curfew. Chizik is expected to be fired after Auburn’s final game which is this Saturday against Alabama.