Time for Brown, Pistons to break up

Written by John Onan

This relationship has allrepparttar plotlines of a soap opera, orrepparttar 149551 Jerry Springer Show depending on your tastes. You haverepparttar 149552 Casanova (Brown) who has been with allrepparttar 149553 chicks (NBA and NCAA basketball teams). He falls in love a couple years back withrepparttar 149554 newest fling (the Pistons). And it looks like he’s just about ready to settle down into a life of monogamy untilrepparttar 149555 young hottie inrepparttar 149556 Daisy Dukes (Lebron’s Cavs) begin their flirtatious ways. But, after that would-be couple doesn’t come to fruition,repparttar 149557 legendary Broadway starlet (the Knicks) is soon waiting inrepparttar 149558 wings to catch Larryrepparttar 149559 Casanova onrepparttar 149560 basketball rebound.

Okay, enough withrepparttar 149561 dramatics. But, this whole Larry andrepparttar 149562 Pistons saga have almost gotten this silly. Larry wantsrepparttar 149563 team to “wait for him” during his treatment for bladder problems. One day, it’s a crisis;repparttar 149564 next day, it’s not. If it’s not his physical condition, Larry is upset thatrepparttar 149565 team doesn’t “appreciate” him. And you wonder why I compare this to something you’d see on afternoon television, just no “baby mommas” and DNA tests, please. It’s time for these two sides to break up “mutually” on “good terms” onrepparttar 149566 basis of “irreconcilable differences”.

Larry Brown gaverepparttar 149567 Pistons what they wanted, andrepparttar 149568 Pistons didrepparttar 149569 same for Brown. Detroit is on top ofrepparttar 149570 NBA world, by winningrepparttar 149571 Championship in ’04, and almost repeating in ’05. This squad has free agents to resign, young players like Darko Milocic to develop, and if this pissing match inrepparttar 149572 public continues,repparttar 149573 Dynasty window in Detroit will begin to close much quicker than it should. It’s a testament to those players how well they stayed focused duringrepparttar 149574 Playoffs when Brown had one foot already outrepparttar 149575 door.

Schilling to the bullpen; it's a "good thing"

Written by John Onan

Perhaps Johnny Damon’s in a panic (Why are you guys still petrified ofrepparttar Yankees??) withrepparttar 149428 news of Curt Schilling’s return torepparttar 149429 Red Sox in a bullpen role. But, this latest move by Boston, inrepparttar 149430 wake of Keith Foulke’s injury and ineffectiveness (4 blown saves and a 6.23 ERA), makes perfect sense. Granted,repparttar 149431 Yankee will put together a run at Boston afterrepparttar 149432 All Star break, regardless if Schilling is inrepparttar 149433 bullpen, rotation, or rehab. But, this bullpen is what is keepingrepparttar 149434 Yankees inrepparttar 149435 race, and I give Francona props for wanting to do something about it.

It’s apparent that Schilling’s ankle is not strong enough to pitch 6 or 7 innings at this time (see his last outing for Pawtucket), but he can be very valuable coming out ofrepparttar 149436 pen, and givingrepparttar 149437 team a strong inning or two. The gutsy Schilling actually began his career as a reliever, before becoming one ofrepparttar 149438 premier Starting Pitchers in baseball inrepparttar 149439 past decade. John Smoltz is living proof you can make a successful transformation from staff ace to closer. It doesn’t hurt that Schilling is a well respected veteran, and could provide a calming influence over a not-so-calm state of affairs.

Now, back to Damon’s comments before Wednesday’s game at Texas. “I don't think he's ready to be our closer,I think Bronson (Arroyo) would be our best choice as a closer. That's if Mike Timlin's not it.”. Okay Johnny, if Arroyo heads down torepparttar 149440 bullpen, who takes his place inrepparttar 149441 rotation? Certainly not Schilling, he’d have to remain onrepparttar 149442 sidelines. Unless Boston goes exclusively to a four man rotation, they have to insert Jeremi Gonzalez (or another mediocre hurler) back intorepparttar 149443 “spot starter” role. That would be my idea of “panic”. If Timlin takes over for Foulke as team Fireman, thenrepparttar 149444 entire bullpen will be forced to move up one spot. Like Rocket J Squirrel would say to Bullwinkle “Not again!! That trick never works!!!” Chances are, Theo Epstein will acquire an established middle reliever to help plug uprepparttar 149445 leaks inrepparttar 149446 bullpen boat.

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