"What I Saw This Week" is a weekly recap of the athletes, teams and sporting events that I observed over the past week. My observations are divided into two categories, those things or players that were "tight" and those that were "weak." . A "tight" observation means that the "goods were delivered." "Weak" observations mean there is a lot to be desired, soft or in the words of Mike Singletary "he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field." In some cases, with weak players you "Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can't do it."
Without any further ado, here are this week's Seven" Tight" observations:
1. Manny Pacquiao- Manny delivered another beat down against Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7th. While Manny was not devastating, he put enough "hurt" on Mosley to have Shane running around the ring. The fight was a total bore but what was really cool about Manny this week was that he did not come out and say what he really wanted to say about Mosley. What he really wanted to say was "Shane was fighting like a Be.. at.. ch." Shane looked like Martin Lawrence fighting Tommy Hearns on the sitcom "Martin." Manny, good job delivering the beat down and then not taking Sugar Shane's pride post-fight.
2. Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks- JET went to work. He shot 9 for 10 from beyond the 3-point arc versus the Lakers. Are you kidding me? Although I must admit they were wide open jumpers. Felix Unger could have made a couple of those shots. However, let's give credit where credit is due. The net was barely moving and the shots came in a close out game. I really appreciate a player that "lets them fly."
3. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics- C'mon...Seriously...C'mon. How can a player play a playoff basketball game in the NBA with one arm? We are not talking about your local recreation game. Rondo dislocated his elbow in such a grotesque manner. I don't think I turned away from the television that fast since Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theisman's leg. Then, he came back in the game!! And then he stole the ball from a Heat player and dunked. What? What?
4. LL Cool J and Bella Gonzales- Sugar Shane Mosley may have got his butt whooped, but he gets big props for the non-athletic part of his game. First of all, having Uncle L walking you into the ring with "Mama Said Knock You Out" was more entertaining than the fight. All I have to say is "Don't u call this a regular jam, I'm gonna rock this land. I'm gonna take this itty bitty world by storm. And I'm just gettin warm." (You sing!) Then there is Bella Gonzales. What? What? All I have to say is Google her. She had me drooling like Shane after his third round knockdown. She can have it.
5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls- Have you ever seen such an athletic point guard "give it" to the NBA like he has? When he dropped 44 on the Hawks last week, I was downright giggling. Like Tupac said "How do you want it?" He was taking it to the hoop, floating in the air and dropping threes. He changed speeds and played defense. He has quickly made his way into the Top 5 players in the NBA. Last week, he was getting it done.
6. Greivis Vasquez, Memphis Grizzlies- I heard the murmur. You are saying what is Henson talking about. Stick with me on this one. On Tuesdays, May 10th game, Vasquez brought back memories of his days at Maryland. In the Thunder and Grizzlies 3 overtime game, he made some of the craziest shots in the playoffs to date. He threw up a half hook shot, half jump shot for 3 to send the game into overtime. He also manufactured an underhanded scoop shot and got fouled. He also made some significant steals. He did all of this coming in cold off the bench. It does not sound like much, but he did have me "Fearing the Turtle" for a brief moment.
7. Jorge Arce, Boxer- Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. saved the Pacquiao-Mosley card. It was an all out brawl. There was not much head movement by either fighter but it kept your eyes glued to the television. I thought Arce was losing the fight going into the 10th round, but suddenly the undersized Arce exploded and stopped Vasquez in the12th round. I wouldn't say Arce is a great fighter but he should be placed on all big fight undercards.
Part 2- "That was Weak "will follow this post.