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-- Ray Lewis addressed the Stanford Cardinal before the NIT final, then the Cardinal went out and crushed Minnesota 75-51. Lewis has himself a bright future as a motivational speaker.
-- Heat held Dallas to 32 second half points, whacked the Mavs 106-85 and swept their season series with the defending champs.
--Yeonis Cespedes made his first big league homer a big one, giving the A's a 2-1 lead in 7th inning; Oakland salvaged a split in Japan, beating Seattle 4-1 behind veteran hurler Colon (eight IP, allowed three hits).
-- Calgary Flames, who are owned by a billionaire oilman (are there any other kind?), now own over 50% of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders; they also own a pro lacrosse team, a junior hockey team and an AHL team.
-- Henson/Barnes/Marshall are all bolting North Carolina for the NBA, as the Tar Heels' program takes a huge hit. Not sure who is advising Barnes, but he needs to get a lot better before he's an NBA player.
-- This is not to justify Andrew Bynum's immature behavior, but its fair to look at Pau Gasol's 3-point shooting (24-104 career, 5-19 this season) and ask why one 7-footer is allowed to hoist 3's and not the other.
Friday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind........
13) Illinois hired Ohio U’s John Groce as its new basketball coach, but there is dissension in the ranks at Illinois; when the Illini hired Tim Beckman as its new football coach, two members of the board voted against him, simply because Beckman isn’t African-American.
Seems that Illinois has never had a black coach in football/basketball. Groce continues that trend, but he was successful at Ohio U and if he continues that in Champaign, then everyone will either be happy or quiet. Winning tends to silence the critics, just ask the Auburn people who wanted to hire Turner Gill as football coach instead of Gene Chizik.
12) OK, so Magic Johnson’s group paid $2.15B for the Dodgers; do they just write a really big check? How does that transaction work? A wire transaction, like in a John Grisham book? Or a really big suitcase filled with $1,000 bills dropped off under a bridge? How do you move $2.15B?
11) Maryland transfer QB Danny O’Brien is following in the footsteps of former NC State star Russell Wilson and will play QB at Wisconsin next fall; he has two years left to play, whereas Wilson only played one year for the Badgers. If ACC quarterbacks keep transferring, Bret Bielema will never have to recruit another freshman signal caller.
10) Knicks’ JR Smith apparently doesn’t like morning shoootarounds on game day; there are those in the New York media who suggest that Smith signed with the Knicks simply because Mike D’Antoni didn’t have morning shootarounds on the day of a home game. Smith was fined over $1M while playing in China for missing practices.
9) I’ve read it suggested more than once that the Jets should go for two after every TD next year, using Tim Tebow as a goal line QB. Would be fun if someone tried that approach, as long as it isn't the Rams.
8) Final Four coaches all cashed in on their success this month: Thad Matta earned an extra $80,000 for getting to the Final Four, Bill Self $100,000 with potential for $100,000 more if he can win twice this weekend, John Calipari $200,000 already, $400,000 if he wins Monday night and Rick Pitino $175,000 to this point, another $150,00 if he wins the national title.
7) Arizona State hired a new AD; not sure what this means for hoop coach Herb Sendek, who is a very good coach but doesn’t seem like the best fit for the Sun Devils. Curious to see how ASU does next year with prize recruit PG Carson finally eligible.
6) Watched Laker-Warrior game Tuesday, listened to Andrew Bynum’s comments after the game about getting yanked after hoisting up a ridiculous 3-pointer; coaching in the NBA has to be all about the paycheck, because after listening to Bynum, no way has any coaching gotten through to him. He sounded like a 9-year old talking about getting sent to his room.
5) Maybe that’s why the Spurs win; they don’t have guys like Bynum; seven of their 15 players were born outside this country, and of the eight Americans, the only one who didn’t play at least some college ball is in his 14th year in the NBA, so he is highly experienced and somewhat mature, because otherwise, you don’t last 14 years in the league.
4) Hard to believe that Louisville-Kentucky didn’t meet once in the regular season from 1922-1984.
3) Rumor has it Larry Brown is interested in the SMU job; yes, that Larry Brown. Mustangs just fired one North Carolina alum (Matt Doherty); doubt they’ll hire another one.
2) If Dennis Rodman is indeed broke, this is another cautionary tale of an athlete going broke even though he’s made millions and millions of dollars in a short period of time. There is such a thing as too much, too soon.
I don’t necessarily feel bad for guys who go broke like that, since its their fault, but more like I just feel bad they haven’t gained the knowledge of how to handle large sums of money. Lord knows if I had that much money I’d probably screw it up, too.
1) CBSSports.com runs my kids fantasy baseball league’s website; does a good job. Puts a red cross next to injured players’ names on your roster, so you can keep track of who is healthy and who isn’t.
One of the red crosses is for a guy who hurt his pitching arm by sleeping on it funny. I’m not kidding and I'm not amused. Keep in mind that a lineman on the Patriots played in the Super Bowl two months ago with a torn ACL.
What a place this city of New Orleans is. Amazing. Its absolutely insanse.
Had a great night on bourbon street and met the Ohio State Buckeyes team. Met with Jared Sullinger tonight, got some pictures so pretty cool Offered to buy him a drink or introduce him to one of the Hustler girls but he refused. A good sign that they are going to kick Kansas' ass on Saturday. Will post some pictures upon my return.
Meeting with Bobalou on Friday so we shall determine what future stories we shall share.
Saturday's List of 13: Random thoughts with the weekend here.....
13) ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb is smart, outspoken and can be abrasive; he has never coached, but he did play PG at both Notre Dame/Oklahoma State. He has been openly campaigning this week to be the new basketball coach at Kansas State.
Doubt K-State honchos would take such a gamble, but Gottlieb does have a plan, and he does have recruiting connections (his dad, who was once an assistant at K-State, runs a recruiting service in southern California).
12) There were a total of three walks and 26 strikeouts in the two ballgames over in Japan. Wonder what the Japanese fan thinks of our game, as opposed to the Japanese version?
11) OK, there is a new TV show coming on the NatGeo network called Wicked Tuna; its not about Bill Parcells, its about fisherman in New England. I kid you not.
10) If you’re a bigwig at the TNT network, how do you approach Shaquille O’Neal and tell him he’s not good on TV and his contract isn’t being renewed? His defense of Andrew Bynum Thursday was incredibly lame.
9) I need an explanation of how Don Nelson is in the Basketball Hall of Fame, but Rick Pitino/Jerry Tarkanian aren’t. Nelson coached forever in the NBA and never once got to the Finals. When he was coaching the Warriors, he basically rolled the balls out and watched both teams run up and down the floor like madmen, while he planned building his new home in Hawai’i. Nelson was a supporting player on many terrific Celtic teams, but other than longevity, nothing about his career says “Hall of Famer”.
8) Lookalikes: actor Breckin Meyer (the little guy on Franklin & Bash) and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
7) Odd Stat of Day: Someone from 1070 AM radio in Indianapolis tweeted Friday that Dusty Baker is 322-326 in his first four years managing the Reds. His record in his first four years managing the Cubs? 322-326.
6) Rio Grande Valley in Texas had six inches of hail Thursday. Yikes.
5) Charlotte Bobcat coach Paul Silas is having one of his assistants coach the team one game a week; he has to notify the league office when the assistant is going to be the head coach. The assistant? His son Stephen. Quite an organization Michael Jordan has assembled down there.
4) They show GM Mitch Kupchak sitting by himself at Laker games in the Staples Center and I have two thoughts:
a) Doesn’t this guy have any family/friends to sit with him during games? and b) This poor guy looks totally miserable. Both are probably untrue, but I’d like to see Craig Sager run up there one night and interview Kupchak during the game, just to give him a little company.
3) Tony Larussa landed $2.5M gig as special advisor to the Commissioner. Must be nice.
2) Wish I had Gio Gonzalez on my fantasy team; think he’s going to have a very big year in Washington.
1) Land of the Stupid: Mets’ home opener is next Thursday the 5th; instead of finishing Grapefruit League play on Tuesday, flying home that night and having a workout at Citi Field Wednesday (they moved some of the fences in, so its going to be a somewhat different ballpark) and letting the players get settled, these nitwits have a game in Tampa Wednesday, so the first time the Met players will Citi Field is Thursday morning, on the day of the first game. Brilliant!!!
Whats up guys? Heading to the Superdome in a couple of hours.
Had to share with everyone the great time we had on Friday. Met up with the one and only Diva of the forums, Bobalou.
Although its the first time we have met Bob and Magnum PI, it feels like we have met in a past life so it was like old times.
In a nutshell the girls of Hustler have nothing on Bobalou. I would post some pictures but not sure that would be appropriate at this time since we still have a long weekend of who knows what.
But everything you read on the forums and what you think in your minds is nothing compared to how awesome Bobalou is.
She is the best of the best. And not saying that cause she spoiled us rotten and bought us dinner, lunch and treated us like royalty. Although payback is a bitch for her cant tell you how much we enjoyed the day with Bob and Magnum.
From the guy in the green or was it a girl? To hanging out on Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. It was a blast.
Back later with anything we got to share. And more stories for the right price.