It’s Tuesday and it’s time for Inside Sports With The General again. There has been a ton of things that have gone on in sports. Let’s dive right into it.
No college campus has received as much attention this past week as the campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino was in a motorcycle accident and suffered some injuries, none of them life-threatening. But what was left out of the story was the passenger that was accompanying Petrino on the motorcycle.
It was found out that Petrino was on his motorcycle with 25 year old Jessica Dorrell, a former volleyball player at the school and currently the foundation assistant director for the school and that the two were having an affair. Petrino fled the scene as fast as possible with a police officer so that he could get to the hospital and try to cover up his affair with Dorrell.
He apologized to everyone at the university and the university promptly placed him on paid leave while the school makes a decision on his fate.
The crazy thing about all of this is that most Arkansas fans still want Petrino as their head coach. I can understand why they would. Petrino has posted a 21-5 record since he has been there, but let’s look at the facts everyone. This is just not a case about adultery. Petrino fled the scene of the accident and he, along with the police officer, falsified the police report, which are serious issues. We will see what happens, but if I was the athletic director or the school president, I would have fired him by now.
Speaking of firing, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen let some pretty crazy comments come out of his mouth. Guillen was quoted as saying ” I love Fidel Castro.” when he was speaking to Time magazine. He also said that when the team is on road games, he gets drunk after the games.
The drinking comments are something that I think the organization can live with, but the comments about loving Fidel Castro hit a sore spot with the fans of this team. Miami is a community that has plenty of Cuban-Americans and for him to say this was careless and dumb.
Now, there is a Cuban-American group that is going to boycott the Marlin games until Guillen is fired. And for a team that has historically struggled to get fans in the stadium, this is a huge hurdle to overcome. Guillen has apologized for his comments, but the damage is already done. Finally, his mouth has got him into something that he may not be able to get out of and the Marlins may have to do something they did not plan to do: fire Ozzie.
The Knicks have lost their starting point guard and their starting power forward for this important stretch of the season. New York is fighting for their playoff lives and at this point. They will only go as far as Carmelo Anthony will carry them. If Sunday was any indication as to what he can do when he is the main offensive threat on the floor for this team, then the Knicks will make the playoffs.
Carmelo Anthony scored 43 points on the way to leading his team to a huge win over the Chicago Bulls in overtime. Melo hit a clutch three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime and he also hit the game-winning three-pointer as well, all while being guarded by one of the best defenders in the NBA, Luol Deng.
This type of performance makes you wonder if Melo just needs to be the guy on his own in New York. I believe that Amarâ€™e must take a back seat to Melo in this instance because when Melo is scoring like he is, he is extremely dangerous. And another difference about Melo is he is getting it done on the defensive end as well. If the Knicks keep this up and can get Jeremy Lin back for the playoffs, then the they could cause some sleepless nights for whoever they play in the playoffs.
The Lamar Odom experiment in Dallas is officially over. The Mavericks and the former 6th man of the year have decided to part ways mutually. In the agreement, Odom will be made inactive for the rest of the season by the team and not released, meaning he cannot sign with another team. It really does not matter whether he could sign with another team anyways because it is past the deadline for players to be eligible for playoff competition.
Odom, who was averaging career lows of 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds, just never seemed to get over the fact that, as a Laker, he was included in the trade for Chris Paul that was nixed by the NBA. That along with other issues off the court caused this season to be a never-ending emotional rollercoaster for the talented forward. I hope that this time is taken by Lamar to get himself back together, both on and off the court.
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