Player of the D.A.Y.

By Sam Rubenstein

First of all, R.I.P. Sean Taylor. I don’t want to get into the whole blame game, the speculating and all of that. I just know that he was one of my favorite football players, even though he was on a division rival. I wish he could have caught Peyton’s little brother on a safety blitz just once, given him a little wake up call. Let’s see if he can be so unemotional about that! Alas, it will never happen.

Sean Taylor the football player cemented his legacy forever with one play in the Pro Bowl. The NFL Pro Bowl is the biggest waste of time in sports. Nobody cares, nobody plays hard, everyone is goofing off on the sidelines doing interviews, it’s the most laid back game of the year. Teams run lots of trick plays because it really doesn’t matter who wins or loses, and even NFL coaches are allowed to have fun one day out of 365. So, the AFC ran a fake punt, meaning a little, innocent, helpless punter weighing in at a common man’s 6’0″ 170 lbs. was puttering along towards the protection of the sideline, where the big, mean, track star fast human WMDs couldn’t hurt him…

YES! That one hit is a legacy that will live on forever. To paraphrase Sugar Ray Leonard in one of my favorite episodes of Married… With Children, “It’s every professional athlete’s dream to see how bad he can hurt an amateur.” R.I.P. Sean Taylor.

And now we move back to the NBA. Upset night! And I love giving the Player of the D.A.Y. to someone who sparks an upset. The Warriors had too much sharing of glory between Stephen Jackson, Monta, and Baron. There was Caron Butler continuing to step up in Gilbert’s absence as the Wizards beat Dallas, and Beno Udrih having a career night against his ex-team. I found that especially shocking considering he was the guy the Spurs couldn’t even trust to not turn the ball over every single time he touched it in the playoffs. But there was a more shocking twist and turn of events last night…

Chris Paul. Deron Williams. The two beloved point guards of the future. Both of their teams lost last night. And who were the points that opposed them, you ask? Why, it was Bassy and Steph respectively! To add to the situation, Chris and Deron had better numbers than Bassy and Steph. That’s usually a thing you would say about Marbury in the past, he outplayed his man but his team lost. A totally bizarre night.

But, Steph got some bigtime help from Z-Bo’s 25 and 14 with a huge offensive rebound when the Knicks seemed like they were ready to cave in a la everytime they’ve had a fourth quarter lead in the 2000’s. So I am giving the player of the D.A.Y. to Sebastian Telfair who had 20 of 8 on 6 of 9 shooting. Madness! This, I never saw coming.