Difficult to watch.
The thuggery. The brutality. The career-threatening injuries.
And that's just the NBA. How about that NHL?
Here's a secret: There's only one reason any team, in any sport, would resort to violence. It's because they can't get it done on talent alone.
So long Raffi Torres, hopefully forever. You make Dino Cicarelli look like a choir boy.
And so long, fun NHL. This is not the league of Rocket Richard. This is the league of the Hansen brothers.
As for the mighty (?) Blackhawks, I fear it's over. After being roughed up by Phoenix, my favorite Hawk Marian Hossa is hurt, and badly. And for what? Being a great skater and scoring goals. Pitiful. I said when this started they're either the Stanley Cup winners or a first-round TKO. I'm thinking the latter.
The Bulls also have the look of an early out. I'm sick of this headline: Rose and Deng out again.
All right, even if they're back by the playoffs, these guys need a week or two of playing together to get their "rhythm" and their "spacing."
More bad news about Derrick Rose. And this is the "mental aspect." I fear … he may not have it—and by "it" I mean that Michael Jordan thing. Not the talent; that's unfair to judge. I'm talking about the instinct. The attitude that says "I will cut out your insides and have them for dinner if that's what it takes to win."
Life's not fair Derrick. It's a lot of pressure playing here, your hometown. And you have the gift. So as Sean told Will in "Good Will Hunting": "No. You were born with it. So don't cop out behind 'I didn't ask for this.' "
You're a superstar Derrick, that's why you get to buy the condo in Trump Tower that I can only window-shop for. Deal with it—quickly. The ship is sinking.
I'm afraid I can't watch the young White Sox, either. Too young, too up-and-down, too many strikeouts.
That leaves the Cubs.
Um, anything else on?
Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.