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EDITOR’S NOTE: Boyd Bergquist was the sports director at KETS-TV in East Tree Stump, Nebraska for almost 40 years. Known across the Husker state as the voice of the Boy’s High School Basketball Tournament, Bergquist was a four-time winner of the Marv J. Butz “Golden Cob” Award For Excellence In Nebraska Broadcast Journalism. That background, along with his quick if not cliché-riddled wit and love of single-malt scotch makes Bergquist a perfect fit to be our “Question” guy.
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What did you think of Gregg Popovich ripping fans who criticized Team USA’s performance in the FIBA World Cup?
~Silver Screen Pass
I used to love Gregg Popovich, but it’s pretty clear to me the parade has passed him by. This guy was one of the greatest basketball coaches in the history of goddamn game, but the cheese has come off his cracker. I have no idea how this guy can’t understand Team USA getting criticized for their performance in the FIBA World Cup. Face it…they stunk.
They damn near lost to Turkey. That’s not so bad, the Turkish pro hoop league is the real deal, and there have been more than a handful of NBA players from that country. You could almost say the same thing about losing to Serbia in terms of Serbian players in the NBA. But there was no goddamn excuse for this team losing to France. None.
But what this is really all about is why that all happened. Team USA played like crap, and everybody saw it. Even Serbia’s coach was saying well in advance his team would beat the Americans. He was right because this team was badly-coached. It was the perfect example of the difference between having great players and having a great team. Team USA couldn’t play together at all, and the minute they ran up against team that could do things like switch-up on defense or run the good, old-fashioned “give and go,” they were done.
And that’s on one guy, Pops…you.
That’s why it’s even more inexcusable for Popovich to be spewing sewage about fans being critical of Team USA’s performance. Calling fans “immature” and “arrogant” who called out the middlin’-to-shitty performance of this team, and backing that up with excuse-making like “these guys did the best they could” smacks of a coach who knows he “screwed the pooch.”
And let me clear up one other thing, Pops. These fans weren’t reacting to “not winning a gold medal” like you said. They were reacting to Team USA’s worst performance in international competition ever. Did you get that, Pops? WORST PERFORMANCE EVER!!!
Again, that’s all on you, coach. So maybe its time to take your “old man yells at cloud” nonsense somewhere else, and take a hard look at your own failure in all of this.
Which is worse – the Big Ten West or the Pac-12 South?
~ Loose on the Palouse
Jesus, that’s like picking which eye you want to get poked in. At the top of the food chain in the Pac-12 South is USC, who beat #10 Utah last night. The Trojans are 3-1 overall, and already have two conference wins, and the rumors keep flying about coach Clay Helton being replaced with Urban Meyer. Meanwhile, the Big Ten West is being led by the 3-0 Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers. Neither of those two have started their conference schedule yet, and like USC, they haven’t showed us a road win yet. Heading into Week 4, only Iowa was ranked in the Top 25, but that may change with USC’s win over Utah. Either way, it’s still September, and I don’t think any of these three will be ranked come November.
In other words, it “six of one, half-dozen of the other” in terms of the teams at the top of each division, so let’s flip it and look at the teams currently on the bottom. If you put Purdue and UCLA on the field against each other today, the Boilers win by three touchdowns.
What’s the worst 2-0 team in the NFL and what’s the best 0-2 team?
~Seriously, Football Sucks
Remember back in the day when every year that congealed bag of bacon grease Chris Berman would pick the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills to be in the Super Bowl? This would be a perfect time for him to do that again since they are both 2-0 , and just like when they were Berman’s darlings, they aren’t playing in February. Hell, neither of these two teams will make it to January. Anybody got money on the contrary?
That’s what I thought.
As for the “best 0-2” team, I don’t think wither the New York Jets or the Denver Broncos are as bad as 0-2 suggests. As far as Denver is concerned, losing on the road to the sorry-ass Raiders doesn’t look good, but the Broncos are still fiddling with a new offense run by a new quarterback, and let’s be honest…nobody plays in the pre-season anymore. That means we haven’t seen the upside of this team yet, and on top of that, the Raiders had to be on a high after getting rid of the Antonio Brown problem.
When it comes to the New York Jets, they are nearly as bad as that Monday Night showing. Again, there’s a lot of “new” with that Jets offense, they are no different when it comes not palying anybody in August, and what do you expect from a team down to it’s practice quad quarterback due to injuries.
Don’t get me wrong, neither of these teams are going to the play-offs, but unlike some other 0-2 squads, they aren’t looking at 14 more long, brutal weeks to come .like Miami, Carolina, and Pittsburgh.
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