Tuesday, December 16, 2008
You're Not the Only One Taking Crazy Pills
I hate to harp on other people’s poor decisions and come across like a snarky know-it-all, but, well, I am, and there’s lot of stupid people out there.
I’ve tried to let the Georgetown-Memphis basketball game pass me by without a rant. Of course, immediately after the game was over I engaged in pissed off phone calls with a friend, my brother, and then, a face-to-face bitching session with my sister over Tyreke Evans. I thought those three conversations would let off enough steam to leave old Tyreke alone. But then, I read today that Evans was named the Conference USA co-Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Georgetown game. The reasoning was that he had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Sure, that statline sounds good, but even Derek Zoolander could tell you that Evans sucked it up and ruined any Tigers chance of winning. If Evans gets an award for the Georgetown game, we might as well give George W. Bush the “Best President Ever” ribbon for the last 8 years.
Why am I pouring on Tyreke? Why doesn’t he deserve any recognition for putting up 20 and 7? I’ll start with the basics. While Evans had 20 points, he shot 8-24 from the field and 1-5 from deep. 33% from the field? Are you kidding me? Screw his stupid 7 rebounds, he’d of had to pull down 10 offensive rebounds just to make up for the 16 shots he missed. Three assists and 3 steals is fair for the starting shooting guard, but when you turn the ball over 5 times and spend the majority of the 2nd half in foul trouble, let’s just go ahead and say that you aren’t doing so hot.
To top all this off, the Tigers were still in the game until it came down to crunch time. Then, for some unbeknownst reason, we keep giving the ball to the chucker, and he throws up crappy shot after crappy shot. As a matter of fact, in the last 9 minutes of the game (4 minutes regulation, 5 minutes overtime), Evans shot 1-10 from the field and attempted 0 free throws. I hadn’t seen a worse performance from a freshman since Breckin Meyer in Road Trip. And you know what, the only saving grace from the loss was that at least people would be able to see that Evans is a chucker, a shooting guard without a shot, has a basketball IQ of absolute 0 and is making his draft stock slip faster than, well, any stock these days. But no, these things aren’t realized, the guy is winning awards. CBS named him player of the game, and C-USA gives him Rookie of the Week. Shoot me now.