One of the main reasons I started this blog was to be able to branch out and give my opinion on other things happening across the nation in the sporting world. I started my Giants Baseball Blog in late 2005 and then a Golden Stat Warriors Blog in early 2008, but I've never really dedicated posts to topics outside of these Bay Area Teams. We've done that occasionally here at BASJ, but with the Major League Baseball playoff race heating up, NBA free agency in full swing, and the NFL training camp underway, I am going to start doing it with more frequency.
Today, we'll be taking a quick gander at some of the hot topics going on in sports this week, starting with Terrell Owens pending nuptials with the Cincinnati Bengals... Two wide receivers on one team with their own reality show? Seems like a lot of drama from the outside, but I have a strange feeling that this is going to be a good thing for both the Bengals and T.O. It immediately gives the Bengals the best receiving corps in the game, all-in-all. Say what you want about New England, or New Orleans, opposing defenses are going to have a hard time figuring out how to contain not only Ochocinco, but now Owens, Antonio Bryant (122 catches, 1848 yards, 11 TD's in his last 29 games) and their prize new rookie target, tight-end Jermaine Greshem. Add those options to a fully recovered Carson Palmer and you may have the best aerial attack in the NFL. They also have the late-blooming Cedric Benson (1251, 6 TD's in '09) handling the rushing duties, and as long as they can keep everyone happy, should have the premiere offense in the NFL.
Also grabbing some headlines this week is the Chris Paul/Hornet's fiasco that may end with Paul playing in a new city. If Chris Paul is indeed on the outs in New Orleans, the Warriors should seriously consider putting together a package. They did deal away a few of their bullets when they added David Lee a couple weeks back, but they still have enough that could entice New Orleans I think. Any potential package would have to start around Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry, but it would be well worth it. Bringing Chris Paul to Oakland would be 3-times as big as when they got Baron Davis from those same New Orleans Hornets. My guess though is that he makes well with Hornets' management though and sticks around, if not, Cleveland needs a new face after LeBron left them high and dry and could see Paul as the perfect fit.
Note: As always, if your looking for more in-depth news on the San Francisco Giants or the Golden State Warriors, be sure to check out The Giants Baseball Blog and The Warriors Rundown. We'll certainly discuss both teams here when relevant, but if you've been following us, and as you can tell by the post distribution, we save the majority of our Giants and Warriors talk for their specific sites.