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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Enough was enough

The Larry Harris Era ended today. The Lizard Years are mercifully behind us.

By the way, not that I disagree with the move, but the Bucks always seem to pick the oddest times to change personnel, don't they? What's with these late March purges? What good do they accomplish? (So help me, if the words "playoff push" are uttered at this afternoon's press conference as an answer to that question, my head will explode.)

I guess the explantion could be more benign. Maybe the Senator just wants to get a jump on being rejected by Doug Collins for the eighteenth time. Never can ask that guy too many times, can you? (Why does Senator Kohl have so much respect for Collins basketball acumen, anyway? Because he had a perm in the early 90s? What has he ever done besides offer obvious and boring commentary from the television booth? Why not hire Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, then. At least the fans will be entertained while we lose.)

Or maybe it was just that last night's disgusting performance... at the BC, no less... was more than any self-respecting owner anywhere should be made to tolerate. I mean, losing at home to a team that basically has a white surrender flag tied to the front of their team bus? I mean, the Heat don't even know from day to day whether their coach is going to show (I'm surprised Riley resisted the temptation to scout that Coppin State-Mount Saint Mary's game last night... I have no respect for that guy.) Unforgivable!

So, what will it be this time? Who's next on the menu? Well, let's see, there are two ways this organization likes to go: (1) way overspend on someone with a big name, (2) find someone unqualified who will work on the cheap. Oh, its been a great last twenty years, hasn't it? The ferris wheel just keeps on a turnin' in Bucks Nation.

Anyway, whoever it is, I guess I'll be satisfied if the guy at least pretends to have a logical plan for rebuilding the Bucks... and I mean one that doesn't involve his hand and the seat of his pants. If he could just bring that much to the job, I'd say that would distinguish him from about 95% of the gentlemen who preceded him as Captain of The Good Ship Bango.

Where have you gone, Wayne Embry?


At March 19, 2008 at 10:55 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

Why today? Easy....bag revolt.

Discussions with Larry about his future started on "Sunday" after the bag night.....

At March 20, 2008 at 1:47 AM, Blogger Glenn said...

Just thought I'd drop this quotation from Bill Simmons' wife's NCAA Tournament article:

"Maybe I could talk myself into the Bucks GM thing if we lived somewhere near Marquette; I always thought it seemed like a nice school. Also, I'd be considered a twig if we lived in Wisconsin. Everyone would tell me how skinny I was all the time and ask me where I worked out and what I did. I could introduce the women there to pilates and explain to them the dangers of brats and cheese curds. I like the thought of being regarded as an exercise pioneer even if it wasn't true."


At March 20, 2008 at 3:59 AM, Blogger TCW said...


I completely missed the bag revolt. I've been so myopic on the stupid NCAA tourney.

That's kind of an old stunt. Did it really have that much effect?

I mean, the shitty play is tolerated all season and then all of a sudden people show up with bags on their domes and that prompts immediate action?

That doesn't say much for the Bucks decision making.

At March 20, 2008 at 4:08 AM, Blogger TCW said...


Actually, if he lived here everyone would tell him what a condescending little prick he was and we would not ask him where he worked out but rather whether he wanted one lump or two.

That guy is just an idiot... and not a very smart one at that. Did you ever read his completely illogical "Patrick Ewing Rule" or thereom or whatever he calls it?


PS -- I love all these East Coasters who refer to Wisconsinites as fat. If you've ever visited out there, they have more than their share of Heavy D's.

At March 20, 2008 at 4:14 AM, Blogger TCW said...

On the bag revolt, though, I do like the "We're mad as hell..." thinking behind it. Enough was enough. And it got action, so bravo.

At March 20, 2008 at 8:06 AM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

Of course bag night worked. Precisely because about 12 of those guys went down to the lower bowl and confronted Kohl in his seat and gave him a golf clap with the bags on their head before getting removed. Didn't you see the AP photo of Kohl? It was priceless.

And we knew that once we pulled a stunt like that, it was precisely what was needed to get Kohl to act because that is how Kohl manages things. Now you can argue that it is bad management to react that way. But Kohl has a history of not accepting responsibility with the Bucks publicly. He only does it when he perceives his image being embarrassed in the community.

We knew that having all the high priced seat holders around him watch the bag charade would push him over the edge. If that didn't occur, he would have gladly let Larry's contract run out and then blame Larry for everything at the end of the season, move Babcock to GM and status quo would continue.

Now look what we have. Harris is finally out after being a lame duck all year. And he's trying to talk to Donnie Walsh along with having a big press conference yesterday. All being done to take the attention off himself. Attention brought on himself by bag night.

In the end we may end up with the same old crap and Kohl meddling. But at least the chess board pieces are moving.

At March 23, 2008 at 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Simmons' wife should stop writing. She really sounds like an obnoxious bitch.

Simmons' Ewing Theory isn't as illogical as you think. A Wins Produced guy should love it.

Basically it says that many -- even most -- "superstars" bring contributions that are more easily replaced by teammates than people would think. And it gets proven true again and again and again.

PaulPressey, give it a rest on your 10-man "bag revolt" having anything to do with Harris' firing.

Season ticket renewals were mailed out the next day. Last year, they were mailed out a week after Stotts was fired.


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