Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Guess Who's Back?

So, as you could probably tell by the sudden lack of posting (a quick "Thank You" to Joel Wertman for the upkeep), The Stu has successfully returned from his trip to Israel. It was a great and glorious trip that will be discussed below. But first, two other recent events require some quick notation, because apparently, when you leave the world for a month it doesn't stop for you.

The Polling Officially Ends

The Sixers Free Agent Poll is still up but is a moot point now. It has been announced that the Sixers have signed not one, not two, but all 3 of their free agents. According to A Fantasy Life readers, Samuel Dalembert was the most important of the three free agents, winning the poll.

Here are the final results:
Dalembert - 11 votes
Korver - 3 votes
Green - 0 votes

Willie Green wasn't exactly popular with the readers here, but I guess that Mo Cheeks and Billy King saw something different. It will be interesting to see if Cheeks gives Green substantially more playing time than Jim O'Brien. The nicest part about these signings is that the Sixers have finally begun to lock up their young players. No longer do we have Larry Brown trading everyone for old, role playing hard-nosed veterans. The biggest problem with these signings? None of the players has consistently performed at a high level. Dalembert has worked his way in and out of the lineup, but showed that he can be a real force in the playoffs against Detroit. Korver showed he can shoot the lights out at times, but truly disappeared in the playoffs when the team needed him most. And Willie Green showed some great scoring touch when he stood in for A.I., but really needs to improve his range to behind the 3 point line to prove he can play in the same backcourt with him. Here's hoping it will be worth it.

Speaking of Larry Brown

Note to New York - Best of luck. He'll stay around just long enough to be the darling of the town, trade away all the assets (OK, so you may not have to worry about that part) to put the team into a win now, lose in 2 years situation, and then decide he can't do it anymore and leave. At least it's fun while it lasts. Congrats.

And About That Coaching Debut

Well, I wish I could write that I single handedly lead every American Judo competitor to a medal winning performance. Well, I can almost make that claim.

The American Maccabiah Judo team performed well in salvaging some pride. But it's a shame that they had to salvage it at all. In the first day of Open Individual competition, we only ended up with only 2 players fighting for bronze medals. And neither won. It was dismal and somewhat embarrassing. However, as mentioned, this was a team that showed they did have heart. On the second day which consisted of team competition, the Americans came out with something to prove. And while they couldn't defeat either the Israeli National Team (ranked #4 in Europe) or the Russians, they fought valiantly against the Argentinians and Brazilians and came home with a team bronze medal.

As for the Junior team I was coaching, things went well. The juniors were not involved in the team competitions and they fought for individual medals on the second day of competition. And both of my kids made me proud with their performances. The one boy on the team, Zach Kransdorf, lost both of his fights in his first real international competition, but he fought hard and showed that he just might have what it takes to win something here next time. And the one girl on the team, Cleo Grinsberg, managed to be the only American to win a medal in individual competition. All in all it was a successful trip, and I would proudly do it again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moslty because you could take a month off from work to act like a moron.


11:35 AM  
Anonymous RA RA said...

Good work! Nice to se that there are some jewish ninjas.

11:40 AM  
Blogger el123chico said...

clive - i don't need to take a month off from work to act like a moron. i do that all the time anyway.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:58 PM  

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