The Mitchell Report: Cutting down the nets
Posted March 10, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
IU? Oh no
Indiana won the Big 10 championship on Sunday by beating Michigan in Ann Arbor. No need for the Hoosiers to cut down the nets, though. They already did that. Indiana became, I'm just guessing here, the first team to ever cut down the net after a loss. Ohio State went into Bloomington and upset the Hoosiers on Senior Night. Indiana had this big plan in place to celebrate the Big 10 title that night and they didn't cancel it despite the loss. The team wore Big 10 Championship hats, held up a trophy and cut down the nets. They did all this even though they could've ended up sharing the title. Indiana coach Tom Creen had a good explanation for the display. He said he wanted to give his seniors the chance to celebrate something they had earned in front of the home crowd. Only problem is, they hadn't earned it yet. I can't imagine the players who were celebrating really had a good time that night following a tough loss. Sometimes it is best just to dump the plan.
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella responded to a reporter's question about an injury this week with the always popular "none of your business". The reporter was asking about the status of Rick Nash, who is a rather important player on this team. First it's important to know how injury reports work. The NFL requires teams to put out an injury report each week. For example, the Patriots would list Tom Brady as out or questionable with a "sprained ankle". If you follow hockey at all you understand a "sprained ankle" in that sport would be described as a "lower body injury". They love to be vague in hockey. A concussion is an "upper body" injury. In this specific case, the reporter wanted to know if Nash's injury was indeed a concussion. Totorella didn't want to answer because he says it's his job to protect the player and not give the media or fans information. "We demand a lot and I think it's a two-way street," Totorella said. He, like many coaches, believes players will target injuries while on the field. If you have a bad knee, the opponent may go after the knee. I get that. I totally understand that and I sympathize. But here is the other side of the coin. The NFL doesn't share this information out of the goodness of its heart. The NFL shares the info so no one can claim to have "inside information" about a team. They are protecting the integrity of the product by making everything known. Think about it. Sports gambling is big business. Paying a player to tell you what's up with the star player can also be big business. If you release all information, you avoid that issue. I believe John Tortorella means well when he answers "none of your business", but I don't think he's looking at the big picture. There is a very blurry line here, but in the end being up front and honest and putting everything out there helps the game.
Rose is right
Speaking of injuries, have you heard about the drama going on in Chicago right now involving Derek Rose? Rose has missed the entire season recovering from an ACL tear. He was cleared to play by doctors this week but he says he's not ready. He will not play until he can "confidently" dunk off of his left foot. It is clear he's not 100 percent ready to return to the court and he should wait until he is to do so. Yes, Rose makes millions, but a franchise won't think twice about cutting a guy who has a serious career-ending injury. This is his career and he should take every precaution to be sure he's ready, physically and mentally, to play. I understand this can't last indefinitely, but he's got the right to take his time with this kind of injury.
Interesting article about Carl Crawford this week. He basically whined about how he was treated by the Boston Media. Doesn't sound like a mentally tough guy to me. Glad he doesn't play for my team (the Braves)
AJ Allmendinger is back in racing. He's been given a second chance by Roger Penske. I hope it works out for him.
I'm a Florida alum, so I naturally love Billy Donovan, but he's really one of the good guys in sports. Check out Rick Reilly's article about him. Still disagree?