Jan 28, 2002... Johnny Raimondo
Mid Season Pontifications Ė What does it all mean?
I love turning in my notes late and getting to see what my opponent
wrote Ė particularly after I just tanned his hide. Excellent. It was
close, but with Marbury playing like the ball hog we all know and love
in his second game the mighty Tool managed to escape another great week
by Mr. Jordan.
With the NIBL season at mid-week it seems a good time to assess where
weíre at and where weíre going.
- The East rules. Krikey. Do I have to play everyone in this
division again? With the return of C-Webb even the 2-11 Nashville
Volunteers are starting to sport some scores and give their
opponents a run for their money. Much thanks for beating the tar out
of the high flying Thong for the rest of us. Nashville is living
proof that not everyone has to kiss Bill Kriegerís ass.
- The return of MJ. The general management team of Brian Krieger and
Don Fenton Sr. that put together the mighty Seattle team has a solid
chance at coming out of the watered down West. Krieger and Fenton
have taken their very distinctive management styles and combined
them much like Jobs and Wozniak. If MJ continues to consistently put
up 90-100 niblís per week, beware the SeaWhores (thatís probably
good advice in any situation).
- Where the hell is Jalen Rose? I thought Rob Triolís team from
Rip City had a solid chance at the playoffs this year, but with
McGrady underachieving and Rose sulking the Renegades are gunning
for a lottery pick. Rob will either never pass on Kevin Garnett
again or never draft him out of spite.
- Dia-blow. The worst 11-2 team I have ever seen, but it doesnít
matter because the Spawn are running away with the West. Will the
Kobe of yore show up or will he continue to be referred to as
"bitch" by Chicagoís own Corey Maggette? Bill Krieger
had best be able to put his money where his mouth is as the two top
teams match up this week or he will NEVER hear the end of it.
- Shaq-mommy. Orlando proved it year after year and this year in the
NIBL it is Walla proving it. Shaq does NOT equal title. While
consistently the best NIBL player Shaq cannot take a team all the
way by himself. The only title he has won was on Kobeís coattails
in Diablo two years ago.
- Worst to first. Kudos to Rob Reed. He came back to the NIBL in the
face of ridicule for the quick demise of the Bolingbrook Big Hops
(the NIBLís only winless team). With a new team and location Mr.
Reed apparently has a hankeriní for some spankeriní and is tied
for first with our soft-spoken commissioner Bill Krieger.
- Close call. Vegas is 6-7 and staying with their model of being
snake bit has managed to lose 42 games this season by 2.5 points or
- @%$&!*iní Dogeaters. Could I please finish ahead of my wife
just once in the standings? Oh well. I figure Iím only McDyess
averaging 100 niblís per week and Denver in the playoffs from
winning it all this year.
The playoff spots are up for grabs. Only 3 games separate first place
from seventh in the East and while Diablo seems to have secured a spot
in the West there are only 5 games separating the second place team from
last. Twelve games left and anything can happen. Thanks to all for
another great season, now please play your bench against me.