If only you could just win the press conference….and forget about actually playing. We see it time and again, when the hero returns to save the team…but this time from the sidelines, where others control his/her fate, as opposed to being the one on the field of play who can determine the wins and avoid the losses. The coach is hired to be fired, but it seems a bit more poignant when the person told, “We thank him/her for their service, and wish them well in the future” is of legendary status. The landscape is littered with refuse…Yogi, Singletary, J Kidd, Magic. And not only in sports ( Btw…why can’t DeNiro…you remember him…Godfather, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear… now get roles of substance…while Meryl Streep continues to kill it…enough with watching Ben Whittaker!….but I digress). Which brings me to Chris Mullin.
Who can forget the hype and hoopla, the glitz and glamour. The St. John’s alum, the HOF, the stroke, was coming home to save the program. And what was not to believe. He had the name, the cred, the mojo. And now three years in, his squad of Red (Drenched) Storm is 0-13 in the Big East. And that’s always the downside of hiring one of your greats to coach or manage your team. More than likely, at some point, you may have to call him and his plaques into your office…and ask for the playbook.
Now there was a great storyline this season, when Mullin and Ewing matched up for a renewed old time Big East showdown. Except, as we know, neither they nor their former teammates were actually playing. But as Seinfeld pointed out years ago, we don’t really root for the players…we root for the laundry. It made for great hype, and truth be told, on a parallel career arc, Ewing came into his gig with far more practical experience than the smooth lefty. And the Knick center won the battle of the suits…twice.
So as I was watching Mullin on the sideline in the closing minutes against Xavier, a gallant effort that ended in another home loss, you just had to wonder how this is going to end. Now I’m sure that the St. John’s administration will have an unusually long rope when it comes to their former legend. But as he buried his head in his hands, ones that possessed the touch that probably would have won the Johnnies that game if he had been in shorts rather than pants, you just had to wonder what the final chapter will look like.
And then they beat Duke.
‘King of Comedy’ anyone?
Some upstanding citizen stole Red Panda’s custom unicycle at the San Fran airport. When caught, they should make the perp pedal to Alcatraz.
Looking forward to the Trae/Steph matchup.
It’s officially February. Let the countdown begin for the Judge/Stanton palm tree bomb-a-thon in Tampa.
As one noted scholar would say, ‘The 2 Bills’ was pretty, pretty good.
Heard Robert and Jonathan Kraft live from ‘Radio Row’…on the Howard Stern Wrapup Show! There truly is only one King of all Media.
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