this is just mean
Not exactly what the NBA marketing department had in mind when they started that campaign...

The New Jersey Nets: Certain world events that have taken place during my lifetime will forever linger in my memory. The Challenger disaster. The September 11 terrorist attacks. Gigli. And then there is the shocking case of the 2009-10 New Jersey Nyets.

Seriously. It's pretty unreal that the Nyets could steal the headlines on a day when it was revealed that Ron Artest admitted he "used to drink halftime" and said "When I was a 19-year-old father ... I was a single pimp!"

There were a lot of worsts last night, but each and every one of them pale in comparison to what the Nyets managed to do. Last night, New Jersey earned a permanent spot in the Basketbawful Hall of Shame by surpassing the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1998-99 Los Angeles Clippers for the worst start in NBA history: 0-18. And, really, "surpass" isn't the right word to use when talking about anything this bawfulest of bawful teams has accomplished. Underpassed? I'm not sure that's a word, but I'm using it.

The best / worst part of what happened is how it happened. The Nyets entered the game ranked dead last in both scoring and shooting. Well, their defense was apparently jealous of their offense, because the D tried its damnedest to underpass the O. The Nyets meekly surrendered 49 points in the second quarter as the Mavericks shot 17-for-19 from the field. Dallas shot 81 percent in the first half. According to STATS, LLC., that makes them the first team to make 80 percent of its shots in a half since the Denver Nuggets kicked in 82 percent of their shots against (of course) the Clippers on April 4, 2006.

So, to sum up, the Nyets knew going in that they were about to step into "Worst Team Ever" territory if they lost the game, and yet they gave up 77 points on 80 percent shooting in the first two quarters and were down by 27 points at halftime. Were they even trying to avoid infamy? Or were they embracing it, kind of like how person will induce vomiting if they're drunk enough, because sometimes throwing up all over yourself actually feels better than not doing it.

Basketbawful reader Olivier K. sent in this image that sums up the Nyets DEFENSIVE FAIL of a first half:

Nyets defenisve fail

The Mavs really pulled back on the throttle during the second half -- they scored only 12 points in the fourth, apparently because Rick Carlisle invoked the slaughter rule -- and still ended up scoring 117 points while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. And did I mention that, gulp, this massacre happened on the Nyets' home court?

Said Chris Douglas-Roberts: "At this point, I feel the streak has definitely gotten the best of us. It's really starting to get to us now. So when a team goes on a run, we kind of, it's almost like we give up, which is really unfortunate but that's what it looks like to me. We kind of give up and just lay down instead of trying to fight."

Added interim coach Tom Barrise: "I think what happens is you know it wears on you. It's not a two-game losing streak. We play four games a week in this league and it's every day and every other day, and you know you hear it and you start to feel it a little bit."

A little bit? Try a lot. Seriously, I've never seen a team look so beaten, so hopeless, so completely dispirited. And I've watched dozens, maybe hundreds of Clippers games. Speaking of which, here's a sure sign of just how bad things have gotten for the Nyets. There's not a single player on New Jersey's roster who wouldn't rather be playing for the Clippers right now. Think about that.

In a move that's utterly fitting, Nyets GM Kiki Vandeweghe has been hired as the new coach, although he was mysteriously absent from the sidelines of last nights historic pummeling. Convenient, no? Anyway, Kiki deserves the chance to clean up the mess he's made. After all, he's the man who's overseen the dismemberment of this once almost-proud (for a few years during the Jason Kidd era anyway) franchise. Let's hope he can back up his own strong words: "Nobody likes to lose. Period. And obviously we made it clear and you all know this is a developmental year, but nobody expected to be 0-17. That's just obviously not acceptable and I think that it's not acceptable to anybody and especially the players."

Then maybe you should have brought in a few better players, Kiki.

Who knows how long this doom and gloom will last for the poor Nyets. They have a home game against the Bobcats tomorrow night and a game in New York on Sunday. After that they face the Bulls in Chicago, the Warriors in New Jersey and the Pacers in Indiana. So at least they have a bunch of sub-.500 teams coming up. They have to win at least one of those games...right? Right?! Oh dear God.

Basketbawful reader Greg B. is either a super-positive thinker or simply a cruel bastard, because he wrote in to say: "While the Nets have fallen to a most unprecedented 0-18 to start the season, one thing they have to be proud of is that if the 2nd quarter was eliminated completely, they would have won the game! That counts for something...right?"


Bonus Bawful! Thanks to Preveen for sending in this link to 18 ugly moments in Nyets team history.

More Bonus Bawful! A NETS FAIL photo string:

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Nets fail 3

Nets "fans": Way to support your team, Nets fans. Jesus Christ.

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John Hollinger: It was inevitable, really. Somebody was going to tell the world that the winless Nyets aren't as bad as they seem. Well, number-cruncher John Hollinger has proclaimed that the Nyets are not the worst team in the league. I repeat: Hollinger says the 0-18 Nyets are not the worst team in the league. He says that honor belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves...and maybe one of the worst teams in NBA history.

Look, my distaste of advanced stats is well-known, but I'm slowly coming around to seeing their use, not as end-all, be-all evidence of this or that, but as extra tidbits of information that can be used to analyze an incredibly complex system. But any numbers that absolve the Nyets of "Worst Team in the League" status are shamefully, even irresponsibly inaccurate. I mean, really, in the end, the only things that matter are wins and losses, right? At the end of a season, won-loss record the only relevant team statistic. And I'd be willing to bet my entire collection of vintage Larry Bird facial hair clippings that every member of the Nyets would trade their zero wins for the two the Timberwolves have.

Look, I understand Hollinger has more math skills in his nose hairs than I have in my entire body. But the Nyets have been haplessly destroyed in the last several games leading up to their infamous all-time worstie. There are people who have cut off their own arms to you'd think the Nyets would have absolutely killed themselves to avoid this ignominy. Instead, they let the Mavs shoot 80 percent in the first half last night.

Bottom line: there is no worst team in the NBA than the Nyets right now. Any numbers that say otherwise are worse liars than Tigar Woods.

Kiki Vandeweghe, captain obvious: Stormin Lormin sent in this pregame quote from Kiki: "We realize we're not a championship team this year." Well...

no shit

The Toronto Raptors: I thought the acquisition of Hedo "Turkododo" was supposed to make this team better? Is 7-13 better? Is giving up 146 points better? In putting up those points, the Hawks tied the Warriors for the highest scoring game of the season. Nine Atlanta players scored in in double figures. The NBA record is 10...and Maurice Evans finished with nine points for Atlanta. Meanwhile, Chris Bosh -- the Craptors' franchise player -- scored 2 lonely points.

The crazy thing is, Toronto shot 51 percent from the field and better than 62 percent from downtown, but lost by 31 points. Hey, Craptors, stop trying to steal attention from the Nyets, okay?

So, does anybody think Bosh will still be in Toronto next season? Craptors fans have a better chance of seeing God than seeing a dinosaur on Bosh's uniform in 2010-11.

Jason Collins: Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm e-mailed this to me:

Dear Jason Collins,

Hello dear friend! I am writing to you to inform you of glorious opportunity! My country has prepared for you a sum of several thousand dollars just for showing up to building. All you must do is enter a game in which nine of your teammates hit double figures, in which your team puts up 146 points against the worst defense in the league, in which you literally cannot shit without making a field goal, and put the spherical ball in the round hole. Do that and the glory and fortune are yours! All you must do is make one basket! Just one score, and you will be in glory! There is almost no way this plan can fail! To not score in this scenario is to fail to understand basic physical principles of human nature, like walking, or peeing in oil drum! Go, score, and claim this score! My warmest regards!


Imaginary Central African Prince


Dear Jason Collins,



The Dude Who You Were Too Stupid To Be Ripped Off By
The Phoenix Suns: Last night was the second night of back-to-back beatdowns for the "Suns." I used quotes there because the Suns never really showed up for their game against the Crabs. Phoenix was outscored 33-14 in the first quarter and then 24-15 in the second. In case you don't like to perform simple addition, that means the high-flying, run 'n gun Suns scored 29 points in the first half. Dude, 29 points is a below average quarter for these guys. Not surprisingly, their 90 points was a season low.

A lot of people have been wondering how good these Suns really are. Well, really good teams don't usually lose back-to-back games by a combined 44 points, especially when one of the teams that blasted them probably won't reach .500 for a few more seasons. At least.

Mind you, I expected the Suns to lose, and to lose big. After all, I've already shared my feelings about how I expect this particular team to fare on the second night of back-to-back games. But I really didn't expect them to crap the bed so early and so completely. Steve Nash finished with more turnovers (6) than assists (5) and Jason Richardson went 2-for-11 from the field. Man, it really figures this would happen on the one night Amar''''''''e actually hit the boards (he finished with a game-high 12 rebounds). Speaking of STAT...

Amar''''''''e Stoudemire, quote machine: "They don't look bad at all. A lot of folks talk about how bad they look with Shaq. I disagree. I think they look fairly good." Yeah, well, when a team beats you by 17 points -- and the game wasn't even really that close -- they're gonna look "fairly good."

The Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks get WotN honors not simply because of their 2-point loss to the Wizards Generals, but because they got beaten by Earl Boykins. The same Earl Boykins who has to stand on a chair to get a cereal bowl out of his own kitchen cabinet. Boykins scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 10 minutes to sink the Bucks. I mean, he just owned the end of that game, so much so that the Verizon Center crowd actually started chanting "MVP! MVP!"

I'm just sayin'...when your defense inspires MVP chants for Earl Boykins, you earn an instant WotN entry.

Nick Young, quote machine: "He was being Earl. Making big plays, running the team well. He's out there being a mini mouse, just doing his job."

The Minnesota Timberwolves: The league's second-most depressing team lost again last night, this time at home to the Memphis Grizzlies. And it's probably worth reminding you that 50 percent of Minnesota's wins came against the winless Nyets. The worst part is, Minny didn't do anything so bad that it jumps right out at you. They hit 50 percent of their shots (to 45 percent for the Grizzlies). They outrebounded the Grizz 39-34. They had more assists. They canned 40 percent of their treys (compared to 35 percent for Memphis). They're just bad, you know? Just bad. Really bad.

The Los Angeles Clippers: Excuse me for not being as unimpressed as I should be, but considering what's going on with the Nyets, the Clippers' 102-85 home loss to the Rockets barely made a blip on the Bawful Radar. Let's just say they are who we thought they were and leave it at that, okay?

Lacktion report: Chris was pretty geeked about the Kings crawling back over .500...and last night's lacktion:

Raptors-Hawks: Jason Collins had two boards and assists in 6:47, but added four fouls and a giveaway to a mix of two bricks and a rejection for a 5:2 Voskuhl.

Bucks-Generals: With the designated opponents of the Association playing away from the script and actually winning, Dominic McGuire ended his streak of productivity to chime in with a 3.3 trillion (3:18) take for the alchemists, backed by the fabulous Fabricio Oberto's own 2.3 trillion (2:19) payday. Also lacking it up in celebration for Washington was Randy Foye, whose 4:44 was filled with two fouls, two turnovers, and one brick for a +5 suck differential.

Knicks-Magic: Marcin Gortat made one shot and one board in 6:28, only to foul four times and lose the rock twice for a 6:3 Voskuhl.

Suns-Crabs: In 5:13, Phoenix's Jarron Collins got a 2:1 Voskuhl via fouls against a singular board, while crustaceans Daniel Green and Darnell "Lacktion" Jackson each had surprisingly productive stints on the Wii, boxing out positive statistics in their 48 seconds as Mario Brothers (Green with a steal to negate a foul, and "Lacktion" Jackson with an assist and block).

Grizzlies-Wolves: Brian Cardinal made a one-foul vow in 4:14 to give the Clotheslines a +1.

Pistons-Bulls: DaJuan Summers took King Koopa's side briefly by fouling once in an 8 second Super Mario, also earning a +1! For Chicago, Lindsey Hunter had an all-star celebration in 11:02 for Vinny Del Negro's castoff collection with four fouls and a brick for a +5.

Rockets-Clippers: Steve Novak makes it SIX CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCES of complete nonproduction dating back to November 20!!!! Tonight, spurred on by Dominic McGuire's earlier lacktion, he worked on his non-game and bolster his case to be crowned as the Association's most unremarkable benchwarmer. Novak's 2.6 trillion (2:37) provides him with his third wealth-providing appearance in the last four games for Mike Dunleavy's frugal organization, as well as his tenth lacktive night in 2009. In addition, DeAndre Jordan provided a one-turnover +1 in 2:53, also counting as a 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl.

Novak's amazing streak has him now at least 13 minutes and 29 seconds straight without a single positive statistic, his last contributory play being a rebound against the Grizzlies on November 18th. His last points in the Association came the night before in a loss to the Hornets (in which he somehow managed 10 markers, including 4 made field goals!), which followed an 11:54 stint that earned a +1 suck differential. From these calculations, he has been scoreless over 15 calendar days, and non-contributory over 14. Talk about a snapshot of lacktion history that will be unremembered for years to come!!!

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Blogger Henchman #2 said...

Anonymous DKH said...
Nash's assist:turnover ratio probably had something to do with the ineptness of his teammates. I mean, that's a lot of TOs, but assists depend on your teammates making their shots.

Also, Suns lost by "only" 17 last night.

Defensive fail for the Suns, though: Cleveland was actually close to the "ten players in double figures" stat, too. They had seven in double figures, and three other players had 8, 8, and 9 points. If everyone clicks, Cleveland is good. If Ilgauskas and Shaq are their old, creaky selves, and they don't have Delonte West, things are bad.

And, uh...congrats? to the Nets.

Blogger chris said...
Here's an interesting question I just had:

Obviously, the Nyets' history in the Association was marred early on by the selloff of Dr. J and the move to Joisey, after they were forced to pay millions in territorial fees for being a second New York team. (While their one-time co-tenants at Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders, had to pay their own big territorial fees to exist in '72...the team was still created by the NHL itself and not its ABA counterpart, the WHA, so this was more of a one-time fee than a sudden shocker of a margin call.)

Had the Nyets moved to the Garden State with its municipal auditoriums or whatever during the Dr. J era, would they have avoided the territorial fee and then ended up not becoming the futile franchise they are today?!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
On a bizarro side note there was a Harlem Globetrotter being interviewed by comcast sports net during the Wizards/Generals game (I think his name was Buckets) at the Verizon center.

Blogger chris said...
BTW, I don't know whether to be impressed or dumbfounded at Kayte Christiansen of the Kings broadcast team cueing up PER when she discussed Sergio Rodriguez last night. I CAN tell you that Hollinger was the first thing on my mind for sure...

Anonymous kully said...
I place much of the blame on the Nyets owner. Firesale your players, and this is what you get.

What's with the owners who force their gms to trade players for crap and handcuff them in deals, but then toss those same gms into the fire (by making them coach)? Give the gm the chance to create a winner you cheap ass bastards.

Blogger chris said...
kully: Hey, maybe the Maloofs could learn that lesson too!!!!!!!!!!

Here's the thing: I understand the motivations behind the firesale (provide some cash for the Brooklyn project), but if bonds are going to fund the stadium anyway, why not build a decent roster so that the team continues to get ticket revenue?

Or was Ratner trying to produce a Clay Bennett situation, and artificially reduce local demand to "justify" the move?

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
The best part of the Clippers game is that they were actually pretty close in the 4th and then the anounncer Ralph Lawler or Michael Smith said "The Clippers have too many weapons. I think they will prevail". were stat cursed and Houston went on to win the game.

Blogger 49er16 said...
Russell Westbrook had the stat line of the night.

1-for-11 with 15 assists.

Blogger chris said...
Wow: Deadspin liveblogged the Nyets' historic loss!??!

Blogger plonden said...
Looks like CV just stat-cursed the Pistons into missing this season's playoffs a-la Devin Harris last season. Is this the beginning of Basketbawful's 2009-10 Pistons Playoff Watch?

"The season's still young, especially in the East," he said. "I know we've been struggling with the injuries and what not, but it's just a matter of time before we turn this around.

"I'm very optimistic and very positive that we will be in the playoffs. We are a playoff team. We've been dealt a short hand with injuries. I'm not going to sit here and make excuses, but we got a good shot."

Blogger Caleb Smith said...
All that matters is wins and losses when it comes to playoff seeding, and then of course advancing through the playoffs... but when it comes to judging how bad a team is, no... there's a lot more to it. Bill Parcells was wrong... "you are what your record says you are" is not always the case.

Its entirely possible for a team like the Wolves to play even worse basketball than a winless team but still pick up a couple wins. Better record? Okay. Better team? I don't know... the Wolves have played horrible on both sides of the ball. The Nets have played horrible offensively, but even with last night's defensive collapse they are still a league-average defensive team - giving up 105.9 points per 100 possesions, about 4 points less than the Wolves usually give up.

But really, its a rather arbitrary argument anyway... both teams suck pretty bad. But your argument that that the Nets *have* to be considered the worst team in basketball despite what the numbers say reminds me too much of the usual anti-statistical arguments that go something like: "no, that just doesn't seem right to me on a gut level, so I'm going to declare it false."

Blogger chris said...
From the ESPN daily attempt to make 0-18 a "Loss That's Not As Bad As Others" -

OK. I'm back. And Lee has some goodwill stored up for the end of the season when I get to vote for the NBA's All-Interview Team.

Because Lee not only answered the question, he made a valid point -- that Dallas coach Rick Carlisle had to summon Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd off the bench with 6:48 remaining in the fourth quarter after the Nets opened the period with a 13-2 run to cut a 27-point deficit to 16.

The Nets managed to fritter that opportunity away by missing a pair of 3-pointers and committing a turnover on their next three possessions, but hey, you take your small moral victories wherever you can find them.

"We had one unit in there in the second half that was competing and playing defense and getting a couple of stops, letting our defense lead to our offense. So if we can take that out of there and watch it, and hopefully it'll motivate everybody to play the whole game like that," Lee said. "Starting off, what are we waiting for? They had a 50-point second quarter [actually 49]. That's unheard of. They shot 81 percent in the first half. That's unheard of. That's just a lack of defensive effort."

Blogger chris said...
Michael Hsu: What kills me is seeing that the Clippers are 8-11 right now. I mean, really!??!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Ahhh yes, the gimmicky Phoenix Suns.

They are exactly who we thought they were. This 7 seconds or less offense has failed them many times in the past and will continue to do so until they learn to play any form of defense. These guys aren't getting past the first round. Steve Nash might be the worst defender in MVP (*gulp* multiple) history. Hopefully people can get off the bandwagon and move on to teams that are actually worth getting excited about.

They need to trade Amare, pronto.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Ah yes, that stinky Pacific division.

The Suns single quality win was at Boston. They were crushed by the Lakers, Magic, and Cavs. The Lakers have one quality win over the Suns, but laid an egg against Denver and Dallas (albeit without Gasol). It's early, but please, can we ignore the West Coast until they actually beat somebody?

Blogger stephanie g said...
I was wrong when I said the longest NBA losing streak is 24. It's actually 23. I can't read a simple chart apparently. The Cavs lost 24 in a row but it carried over from season to the next and we all know that doesn't really count.

This is the next goal for the Nets though. I think they can do it because now everyone is gonna bring their A-game to make sure they don't become the first team to lose to this sad collection of human beings.

I wonder if this will end the talk about LeBron going to the Nets to join their "young, talented core."

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
The post game interviews on YES were almost depressing. Grown men choking back the tears. Anyways, the 23 loss record watch is on!

Hollinger's numbers don't make sense with themselves either. Other than defensive rebound rate and Off/Def Eff differential (-13.8 to -13), the Nets are worse than the Timberwolves in every other one of his categories. I don't now what his Rating formula is, but he sucks anyways so w/e.

Blogger stephanie g said...
There was another gem from that Artest interview:

On his feelings toward Ben Wallace, the Pistons center whose altercation with Artest touched off the melee in Detroit: "I see Ben, I'm on my guard now. I'm always in the mood to fight him. … I'll get suspended 10 games, 15 games (because) I'll just fight him right there. It won't go into the stands."

“He said he wanted to fight me? You all need to check and see if he’s still drinking,” Wallace said Wednesday night before Detroit’s game in Chicago.

“He’s just running his mouth. You all know who you’re talking about. It’s Ron Artest, just talking.”

Blogger Alex said...
As a Celtics fan, I should be thrilled with the Nets' historically futile start. But they're just not the same hateable bunch of thugs they were when they had Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin running the show and completely owning the Antoine Walker "led" Cs. This 0-18 start, though...this is just sad.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Is it wrong that the Nets losing 24 or more games in a row might be one of the top 10 vicarious experiences of my life? Is it wrong that I just drank four Captain and Cokes on my lunch break? I seem to have lost perspective.

Anyway, I'm off to record myself singing for this year's Birdmas post...

Blogger chris said...
Bawful: If that extended streak does happen, this will be the greatest Birdmas of all time.

IF Taiwan's Apple Daily (responsible for those funny Tiger Woods animations of the last week) does a Yi Jianlian animation in response, I will be officially convinced that Birdmas should become a national month of celebration.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Bawful -- I can drink three Captain and Cokes while bowling on Saturday nights (for free because one of my teammates has too much damn money and pays for all my drinks) without even getting a buzz. Granted, this is over three hours, and the bartender is probably getting cheap on the booze again. Four in one hour may be a bit much. However, under these circumstances, I'm leaning toward giving you a pass. Especially if you do your Birdmas singing while in the Captain Morgan pose.

Blogger John said...
not to pick nits (or nets as the case may be), but this incarnation is the 09-10 Nets, not the 10-11 Nets.


Blogger chris said...
Dan B.: I wonder if those will become complimentary at Brendan Byrne Arena some time in the near future, especially as we start reaching some magical numbers in the twenties...

Blogger Wild Yams said...
To the anonymous poster who wants to write off the Western Conference already, is it because the East has been so great this year? The team with the league's best record has been from the West almost the whole season (Suns & Lakers) and the reigning champs are from the West as well. The Lakers have had three losses, but they were all against West teams (LA did beat Atlanta pretty good earlier this year, btw). It's a bit early in the year to be writing off a whole conference, IMO.

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you surprised they are doing so well or surprised they are doing so poorly? They could have had 2 or 3 more wins if they had Eric Gordon for the past couple of weeks. They may have been... 500.

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
Concerning the suns too. I think bawful mentioned it, but they have only played 6 home games so far this year and they won all 6 being the only team to have zero losses at home. They have also played 19 games which I believe is on the high end. They will have less games as the season ends meaning Steve Nash will be less tired and ready to go for the playoffs.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Dan B. -- We can admit that not all Capn' and Cokes are created equal, can't we? I have hookups. Plus, short amount of time and no food on the stomach.

John -- Yeah. Whoops. My bad. Although the Nets have sucked so hard this year, their suckiness could have traveled forward in time to destroy their future. No, really.

Blogger chris said...
Michael Hsu: That they are doing so well, led by Mike Dunleavy.

Bawful: But of course, Cap'n Jack is more acidic - the kind that currently resides in the auspices of Larry Brown.

As for the Nets' suck having multiple-year implications? Well, look at the way the 1972 Sixers continue to get referred to over and over again...that's, um, a transcendence of the mere universes of Earth and Loevtron.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Bawful - No love for TJ Ford? 20 minutes and 4 shots later, he ended up with as many points as you and I. Somewhere out there, another Nigerian scammer is crying.

You may not be impressed with the Clippers, but I am. If nothing else, you have to give credit to this team's amazing tenacity. Despite putting on a masonry clinic from downtown, the Clips never gave up, and Baron Davis finally hit a three on their 14th attempt! Unfortunately there was 1 second left in the 17 point blowout, but hey, better late than never right?

Isn't it great to see a happy ending in New York? After that mad scramble to figure out contract numbers to retain the services of Nate Robinson, the Knicks gave KryptoNate a DNP - CD. Glad to see D'Antoni and Walsh on the same page.

Blogger chris said...
NarSARSist: I'm interested in the Clips right now specifically for one sucktacular stuporstar, that being Steve Novak!!!!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
chris - What about Kareem Rush and Mardy Collins? Sure they're not consistent, but they definitely have a lot of lacktion potential.

Blogger chris said...
NarSARSist - Collins only has TWO lacktive appearances this season so far, while Kareem Rush appears to have none. Dunleavy's really riding Novak as his lacktator mule these past two weeks...I guess that's the ultimate Thanksgiving gift to the world of bawful.