The Everyday Mailbag- 5/31/11

Sports are just like time. They keep going on and on and on. And just like sports, they're are sports questions that America wants to know. Let's see what America wants to know!

Q: ‎​Do you think the Chicago Bulls will try and land the three time defensive player of the year Dwight Howard?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think there's a very small chance that Dwight Howard is wearing a Bulls uniform next season. But, there is a chance. Depends on what Orlando asks for and what the Bulls are willing to give up. I've heard that if the trade does happen, the Magic will ask for Deng and Noah and that's a trade I don't think the Bulls make.

Q: What are your thoughts on Tressel resigning?
-Mike D., Waldorf, MD

A: I thought when he lied about knowing anything in TattooGate he was done. And I also think that its interesting that he is resigning, yet he talked the suspended players into coming back and taking responsibilities for their actions and not taking the easy way out.

Q: What's up with the NFL lockout?
-T.J, Memphis, TN

A: Still in a standstill man. Owners don't want to give any and they still aren't getting it. The two sides are still far apart. Doesn't look good, but the June court date could change things.

Q: If you were the Lakers and you really wanted to trade for Dwight Howard, who would you give up?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I've said before that the only way Andrew Bynum should be traded is if the trade includes Dwight Howard, so he would be one piece that's included. As far as the other pieces, I would try to get Orlando to take Luke Walton, Matt Barnes or Steve Blake, but in all actuality, the only other player that has trade value for LA besides Bynum is Lamar Odom. That would be a huge deal if he's traded, but LA would have to part with him as well to get Howard in my opinion.

Q: Since Tressel basically made his players that were suspended promise to come back for this upcoming year, do you think those guys really live up to that promise now that the coach is done?
-Jabbar L., Nashville, TN

A: I think that they live up to the promise. Reason being is that I don't think most of the players who stayed will really command a compensation pick in the NFL supplemental draft.

Q: Is it time for NCAA players to get paid?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: That's a double-edged sword there. I feel they should get some kind of compensation for playing, but at what costs would that happen though? The negative about that is Pandora's box would be opened on how much for certain teams and players would get and also, how would that be regulated?

Q: Do you think Lord Stanley finally goes back to Canada? Or can Boston find a way?
-Jabbar L., Nashville, TN

A: ‎​I think Canada will be taking the cup. I think Vancouver is clicking at the right time and playing good hockey.

Q: Being that the Mavs are out-manned on the wings, how much zone do you believe they will play defensively & will it be effective?
-Ken L., Silver Valley, NC

A: I think they will mix in the zone, but I don't think they will exclusively play it. It will be used probably 30% of the time. Just to throw the Heat off a little bit.

Thanks to all who participated in the mailbag this week. And for those who have sports questions, I have answers. Every question gets answered.

2 Responses

  1. I felt bad at the time for Ohio St. players and I still do. Even if none of them deserves a very high NFL pick, the fact that they were basically tricked into coming back even though they aren’t going to have a full season. These College coaches don’t give a crap about their future and now that Tressell is gone these guys have just been jobbed so badly by him.

    • Jim Poppe

      None of the players that broke the rules and got caught, are good enoguh for the NFL and are returning to school where they can get an education and a degree which will help them the rest of their life. Yeah they got jobbed alright.
      How about the embarrassment they brought on the school?
      What about the fact they knew the rules and disregarded them anyway?
      Where is their responsibility? Don’t they deserve to be punished for
      breaking the rules? They messed up and got caught. No sympathy from me.

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