This and That
Each week I'll give my thoughts on the world of sports:
• The sports world suffered a major loss last week when Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed. Drinking may have played a vital part in the story. Adenhart was an innocent guy in the whole deal, a passenger who lost his life when an alleged drunken driver ran through a red light and hit the vehicle the pitcher was in. Two others were also killed in the tragedy. Adenhart was just 22 years old and had such a bright future in front of him. It is so sad and the equation of drinking and driving is a disaster.
• Wow, the final round of the Masters was really special. There was the drama of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson being paired together. Then Mickelson tied the course record on the front nine. They made a great run, but it looked like Kenny Perry had the tournament in hand. Then Perry bogeyed 17 and 18, leading to a three-way playoff. You had to feel for the 48-year old Perry, who would have been the oldest winner of a major. Instead, Argentina's Angel Cabrera got the green jacket.
• Sorry to learn about the passing of "The Human Eraser", former NBA center Marvin Webster. He played for the New York Knickerbockers and was also outstanding for the Seattle Sonics, helping them reach the NBA Finals. He lost his life way to early at age 56. There were reports that he was battling depression. Webster was a shot-blocker deluxe.
• Good news out of New York with Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium enjoying their regular-season debuts this week. For the Bronx Bombers, it is like moving into the Taj Mahal. Who would ever believe Major League Baseball teams playing in billion dollar stadiums, wow! That has to fire up the players, but the price of tickets is just outrageous.
• The Lakers had to be thrilled to get center Andrew Bynum back. Phil Jackson's club was so much better when the young big man was in the lineup. He missed well over 30 games due to injury and his return comes at a great time with the playoffs right around the corner. If he can play anywhere near where he was earlier in the season, he will be a positive force for the Western Conference favorites.
• John Calipari wasted no time in bringing in talent to Kentucky. DeMarcus Cousins, who originally committed to Memphis, will now go to Lexington, pleasing the fans of the blue and white. Put it down, my friends... Calipari will bring in lots of talent to the Wildcats roster. This program will turn things around in a hurry.
• North Carolina coach Roy Williams did not rest long after winning a national title. He went right back out on the recruiting trail. He is a recruiting dynamo will go out and take the Tar Heel program and sell it, sell it, sell it. The program will continue to excel at a big-time level as things roll on in Chapel Hill. Why does Williams succeed? The coach thinks ahead about tomorrow and doesn't worry about yesterday. He is always trying to be better and better.