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Random thoughts on Jordan Williams, the Yankees and the Big East

POSTED October 07, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


The expected and unnecessary news of the NBA cancelling the rest of its preseason, along with the possibility of the first two weeks of the regular season being lost, came out this week.

On Monday, more gloom and doom is expected to be announced after the players and owners complete their weekend meetings.

Locally, the question is, where does this leave Torrington's Jordan Williams?

Williams, a second round draft pick of the New Jersey Nets, has to decide soon whether the NBA is worth waiting around for this year.

Williams potentially could sign overseas, but if the NBA does come back this year, even in a shortened season, Williams will be out of luck. The only players receiving outs in their contracts if the lockout ends are the super-duper stars, such as Kobe, who is about to sign in Italy.

If there is a NBA season that Williams misses, he will have lost out on a great opportunity to play for a team that has little depth on the frontline in the Nets. However, if there is no season, and Williams does not sign overseas, he will have lost out on crucial playing time and, of course, money.

It's an impossible situation to be in, and Williams is learning quickly the ugliness that is the business of sports.

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Let's take a look at some stats: 5 games, 3.27 ERA, 5.6 runs a game, 28-17 run differential. Not to mention, three runs allowed, 12 hitters struck out and your offense notching 10 hits in the series deciding game. If you presented those numbers to any Yankee before their series versus Detroit, they would have signed up for that in a second. Despite recording those numbers, the Yankees are now home in their mansions, while the Tigers are off to Texas for the ALCS.

The lesson learned here, and this will make Billy Beane and the Moneyball producers cringe, is that baseball is not all about the numbers. Sure, some of the newer stats are useful, but you can not live and die by the numbers.

The Yankees learned that the hard way.

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I feel bad for my fellow sportswriters who cover UConn football. Not only do they have to watch a terrible team on a week-to-week basis, they have to deal with the garbage revolving around Big East realignment.

At least in professional sports no one hides the fact that money is the central figure it revolves around. Hearing college ADs try to dance around the notion that all of this conference shifting is not about money is laughable. And expect the laughs to continue for a very long time.

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