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1. | Jun 26, 2014
Thanks for all the comments. It has been an exuntshiag 48 hours but let me just respond in brief: I certainly can't question Seton Hall's financial commitment in light of the $1 million package for Willard, but I do question the school's sanity. While I like the Willard hire, I believe that is an exhorbitant amount of money for someone who has never won a postseason game of any kind as a head coach. I realize the goal is to entice Willard to remain at the school long-term if he is successful, and I guess time will tell the tale. Generally speaking, I foresee three potential story lines: If Willard succeeds and Seton Hall and stays there, then it will be a shrewd, forward-thinking move that will pay dividends for years to come and have all of us throwing bouquets at Pat Hobbs and company. If Willard succeeds and bolts Seton Hall, it will give the strong impression that Seton Hall can never retain a coach no matter what it does, and will be a stepping stone to the big boys forever. Not the worst thing in the world, just a reality everyone will have to live with. If Willard flops at Seton Hall, it will be the biggest giveaway since the Dutch bought Manhattan for 24 trinkets and Seton Hall will be a punch line for its knee-jerk reaction to a reputation for athletic stinginess. One quick thought on the SHU players declaring for the NBA: In at least two of the three potential cases I am fairly certain academics has quite a bit to do with it. The chances of all three returning are extremely small. Two maybe. One I can see. I'll have a better feel after Wednesday.
2. | Apr 20, 2014
Thanks for all the comments. It has been an exasthuing 48 hours but let me just respond in brief: I certainly can't question Seton Hall's financial commitment in light of the $1 million package for Willard, but I do question the school's sanity. While I like the Willard hire, I believe that is an exhorbitant amount of money for someone who has never won a postseason game of any kind as a head coach. I realize the goal is to entice Willard to remain at the school long-term if he is successful, and I guess time will tell the tale. Generally speaking, I foresee three potential story lines: If Willard succeeds and Seton Hall and stays there, then it will be a shrewd, forward-thinking move that will pay dividends for years to come and have all of us throwing bouquets at Pat Hobbs and company. If Willard succeeds and bolts Seton Hall, it will give the strong impression that Seton Hall can never retain a coach no matter what it does, and will be a stepping stone to the big boys forever. Not the worst thing in the world, just a reality everyone will have to live with. If Willard flops at Seton Hall, it will be the biggest giveaway since the Dutch bought Manhattan for 24 trinkets and Seton Hall will be a punch line for its knee-jerk reaction to a reputation for athletic stinginess. One quick thought on the SHU players declaring for the NBA: In at least two of the three potential cases I am fairly certain academics has quite a bit to do with it. The chances of all three returning are extremely small. Two maybe. One I can see. I'll have a better feel after Wednesday.
3. | Dec 16, 2013
Well, I don't think postseason rroced should really be taken into consideration by the HOF, that is what led to the terrible inductions of guys like Bill Mazeroski and Kirby Puckett. And if you look at Schilling's comparables they are: Kevin Brown, Bob Welch, Orel Hershiser, Freddie Fitzsimmons, John Smoltz, Milt Pappas, Don Drysdale, Dazzy Vance, Jim Perry, and Catfish Hunter. Only three current HOFers and one likely (Smoltz). I think the names Kevin Brown, Bob Welch, and Orel Hershiser are the ones that stand out more to me here. Those guys are his comparables and while each is borderline, none of them are getting in. If you are going to put Schilling in because of his postseason performance, then what about Orel's postseason performance? Outside of 1985 (very early in his career) and 1997 (very late in his career), the guy was an absolute ace. Look at his numbers in the World Series for the Dodgers in 88 and even though he took the losses, his two starts in 95 for the Indians were great! He just had the misfortune of facing vintage Greg Maddux in the first game, but did beat him in game 5. The WHIP and Ks of Schill are better, but the ERAs and Ws are just about the same, plus Orel won a Cy Young (something Schill never did) and set the rroced 59 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
4. | Dec 14, 2013
Thanks for all the comments. It has been an exihnstaug 48 hours but let me just respond in brief: I certainly can't question Seton Hall's financial commitment in light of the $1 million package for Willard, but I do question the school's sanity. While I like the Willard hire, I believe that is an exhorbitant amount of money for someone who has never won a postseason game of any kind as a head coach. I realize the goal is to entice Willard to remain at the school long-term if he is successful, and I guess time will tell the tale. Generally speaking, I foresee three potential story lines: If Willard succeeds and Seton Hall and stays there, then it will be a shrewd, forward-thinking move that will pay dividends for years to come and have all of us throwing bouquets at Pat Hobbs and company. If Willard succeeds and bolts Seton Hall, it will give the strong impression that Seton Hall can never retain a coach no matter what it does, and will be a stepping stone to the big boys forever. Not the worst thing in the world, just a reality everyone will have to live with. If Willard flops at Seton Hall, it will be the biggest giveaway since the Dutch bought Manhattan for 24 trinkets and Seton Hall will be a punch line for its knee-jerk reaction to a reputation for athletic stinginess. One quick thought on the SHU players declaring for the NBA: In at least two of the three potential cases I am fairly certain academics has quite a bit to do with it. The chances of all three returning are extremely small. Two maybe. One I can see. I'll have a better feel after Wednesday.
5. | Dec 13, 2013
I don't think Curt would have much of a shot winning any elicoetn. Is there anyone out there who actually likes him? For all he did for Boston, still every Boston fan I know doesn't really like him, they just respond to questions with something like, well, I'm really happy for what he helped accomplish for us, but he should shut his mouth because he's an idiot.As for Moose in Hall, I guess it makes sense that he not get in if we look at his peers who will be getting nominated around the same time- Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Randy Johnson, Clemens, Pedro. Those are all guys who were incredibly dominant. Moose, as great as he was, just wasn't in that league. While I have never thought much of Glavine, he does have the magic number and that's what counts to get him over the hump. As far as Moose playing on the Orioles in the 90s and Yankees in the 2000s, that's true that that probably helped him get some wins, but it's also true that pitching in the AL East probably took away it's fair share of wins from him. Facing at various times the Sox, Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays is not an easy task- far more difficult than playing in other divisions. This is the premier offense division and probably always will be.Side note: if Moose shouldn't get in before Blyleven- should Schilling get in before him? Or before Jack Morris for that matter? Schilling's got the 3000+ strikeouts, but he doesn't have the win total of Moose or Blyleven (who also has more Ks, as do Clemens, the Unit, Maddux, and Pedro). He also has the postseason record, making him similar to Morris. If you put those together does it make him Hall worthy? I don't know. I think right now people think he and Moose should get in, but in five years from now, with some perspective, I think people will answer no.'
6. | Sep 1, 2013
Thanks for all the comments. It has been an eanuxstihg 48 hours but let me just respond in brief: I certainly can't question Seton Hall's financial commitment in light of the $1 million package for Willard, but I do question the school's sanity. While I like the Willard hire, I believe that is an exhorbitant amount of money for someone who has never won a postseason game of any kind as a head coach. I realize the goal is to entice Willard to remain at the school long-term if he is successful, and I guess time will tell the tale. Generally speaking, I foresee three potential story lines: If Willard succeeds and Seton Hall and stays there, then it will be a shrewd, forward-thinking move that will pay dividends for years to come and have all of us throwing bouquets at Pat Hobbs and company. If Willard succeeds and bolts Seton Hall, it will give the strong impression that Seton Hall can never retain a coach no matter what it does, and will be a stepping stone to the big boys forever. Not the worst thing in the world, just a reality everyone will have to live with. If Willard flops at Seton Hall, it will be the biggest giveaway since the Dutch bought Manhattan for 24 trinkets and Seton Hall will be a punch line for its knee-jerk reaction to a reputation for athletic stinginess. One quick thought on the SHU players declaring for the NBA: In at least two of the three potential cases I am fairly certain academics has quite a bit to do with it. The chances of all three returning are extremely small. Two maybe. One I can see. I'll have a better feel after Wednesday.
7. | Aug 30, 2013
It was nice meeting you on that long line at the bostkoore. The bostkoore is always a great place to strike up a conversation (or take a date) and talk about the latest titles and get a coffee, but Borders will no longer be around to provide that and I am hoping the same fate does not come to Barnes and Noble.I read online months ago during the first set of closings that Borders actually had the opportunity, shortly after the tech boom, to team up with Amazon and be it's sole provider of books but Borders declined. They believed that it would be a detriment to the store sales and that the store would eventually go under because of the feeling that online sales can not match store sales. Online sales are going up every year and Borders didn't take up online sales until years later after Amazon struck out on their own and Barnes and Noble already had their internet sales website up and running. Borders was also the last to get on the e-books trend (which personally I am not a fan of. I like holding a book and relaxing instead of looking at screen like I do at work) and the company suffered there as well.The first set of store closings were of stores inside of malls and a lot of the Borders Express and Waldenbooks locations. The independent stores, that is to say the stores such as Bridgewater and Rockaway which are not part of the mall but outside of it, were to survive. They also kept trying to sell CD's which is old media. I struggle to find a music store anymore but Borders has had a large section devoted to that media. It made them unique at first but began to be a toxic asset after 2003 with the beginnings of the iPod.What caused this final liquidation was that a creditor wouldn't give the company the loan to keep the remaining stores running.In short, it appears as though it was a long time coming.
8. | Aug 29, 2013
My list:1) Alan Embree/Mark Bellhorn Both were hardly Yankees, but still, as a mbmeer of the 04 Boston team, he makes the list by also being crappy for the Yankees.2) Tony Womack Pretty much the same theme, but this time the Diamondbacks, not to mention that he seemed like an irascible fellow.3) Javier Vazquez/Kevin Brown Game 7, 2004 ALCS.4) Jeff Weaver Cardinals world series champion? What the heck?!5) Jose Contreras Same but with the White Sox.6) Kenny Lofton Complain, complain, complain. I really don't like this guy and am so happy he was forced into retirement because nobody wanted him around.7 and Alfonso Soriano and Jason Giambi Way to go in the 03 World Series, guys. I'm not doing a package deal here because both of them annoy me so badly, but in different ways. Soriano, with his bizarro strike zone and no defense. Giambi, with his steroid related injuries and decision to stop staying in shape and partying all the time while in New York. I look at Giambi as instuting the rock star, we don't have to care about winning a World Series because we've already made it by simply being Yankees attitude I've seen with this club since 2001. Enrique Wilson Where do I begin? 1997 Cleveland Indians; hanging out with Manny Ramirez; being incapable of doing anything well on a baseball field except run and yet getting sleepy Joe Torre to play you all the time; and, if you believe this sort of thing, scheduling a flight right after the 01 World Series which caused God to step in and cause Mariano to lose for us in order to keep him off the plane that crashed. (No, I don't really believe in that type of thing, but I still hate the guy for the other reasons.)10) Felix Heredia If I never have to watch this guy pitch again, it will be too soon. Did anyone check this guy's credentials before letting him pitch? Just because you're a lefty doesn't mean you belong on the diamond as this guy, who made a specialty of throwing way way way outside against lefties (well, I guess that qualifies as some kind of lefty specialist) has proven so well.
9. | Jul 14, 2013
Jerry, you say Willard and his staff have sky-high job security. That's soinmhteg that may disappoint fans right now, but they'll have to deal with it. But when is this coaching staff (starting at the top) going to be held accountable for the poor job of recruiting. Isn't that what it's all about at this level? Here are my 3 points.1. No Point GuardWillard has had 3 years to recruit a point guard which is MORE than enough time. He put all his eggs in one basket (Kyle Andersson) and lost. No one remembers who finished second. What was Plan B? (Grennan, Wilson, Maayan). Not one of those should ever be considered a starting Big East PG. You don't have to be a head coach to see that. Gibbs? That was a long shot from the beginning for him to qualify this year. While other programs seem to get handed hardship waivers more often than Ray Lewis receives Deer Antler extract, when was the last time SHU got a hardship waiver? Exactly. For all of his faults (and he had too many to list here), at least Bobby Gonzalez gave us Eugene Harvey and Jordan Theodore.2. Local Recruiting ties.When was the last time this staff signed a local NJ kid out of high school? PJ and Amaker thrived on NJ. Is it because this staff doesn't have strong ties with the high school coaches? Just wondering. And where is our recruiting base? Shouldn't every good program have a base of recruiting? It may be a different sport, but Greg Schiano recruited NJ, NY, PA, DC, CT and FL. For everyone who knocked Louis Orr, at least he had a recruiting base (Chicago/Midwest). What's Willard's? The Canaries Basketball Academy? What other D-1 coach is scouting that team?3. Top 125 playersThere hasn't been this little buzz about Seton Hall basketball since Blaney's last years. But at least then, we had Shaheen Holloway. This staff hasn't recruited one Top 125 player out of high school. Which of the current players do fans really get excited about? Fuquan's the closest thing, and he was the other guy's recruit. People say Willard can coach, and that may be true, but unless you have players who can dribble, run an offense, hit open 3 s, and knock down a big shot in crunch time in a 1-point game, it's a recipe for disaster. It's year 3 for Willard. This hire in my book is looking more and more like Norm Roberts, and we all know how that ended.
10. | Jul 12, 2013
From what it sounds like Jerry C arino you wont be wrintig another article until September, so I wanted to throw out this observation and feeling for Seton Hall Basketball. Every year at this time, I have always tried to follow SHU basketball to find out what they are doing to prepare themselves for that upcoming season. Not being able to find anyone covering the program during the offseason, all I could do is hope they are doing something to better the basketball program. Thanks to sportswriters like Jerry Carino along with the others (Like Zag), this most important up coming season is approaching and people around me who are SHU fans are excited. They are excited that we were able to follow this team to find out about the excellent recruiting season thay had. That is fueling our excitement which we normally dont get until we are approaching Midnight Maddness in October. Seton Hall Basketball is entering a very important time in its life and it was good to be well informed so that we can be in a better position of excitement. Thanks to the sportswriters offseason coverage we know that Coach Gonzales enthusiasm will bring much glory to Seton Hall Basketball. Will take Seton Hall to heights they never experienced before (with all due respect to Honey Russell, PJ Carlesimo and even Tommy Amaker). Thanks to these sports writer who kept us SHU Fans informed of what SHU was doing on the recruting trail and now the added fortune of SHU playing in a brand new Arena and the Excitement is heigher at this time of the year then it has ever been. Just imagine what will happen with that excitement in September when the Students are back on the Campus and we hear the talk of Big East Conference on radio and TV. They will be talking about Big East Football, but to us who are in the Seton Hall Community, I feel our excitement will be the anticipation for October 15th and Midnight Madness. I am excited for Seton Hall Basketball, I am excited that they have a real basketball program under a Coach that is showing evidence of where he wants to take this program. And that is the same place I have always felt Seton Hall should be. This maybe a learning (get to know my teammates) year but whether they jell this year or not, it doesnt take away from what they will be, and that excites me. Thank you sports writers and please dont stop. Gonzo is not finish so I hope you wont be in letting us know what he does in season and off season.
11. | Jul 12, 2013
It's unfortunate that some eyemolpes don't even vote at all. And it seems most part-timers don't care about what goes on at UPS.I see now that it is up to those of us who know what is going on to make sure the uninformed get informed. And even then, they might not listen or care.Remember that even our local Union agents might not be doing their jobs and looking out for us. If their boss is told to support a bad contract, they are expected to tell us it is a "good" contract.That's what happened here in Sacramento.
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