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Each week I talk about the world of sports:
• There have been a lot of wild coaching rumors floating around lately. Names like Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino and John Calipari have been mentioned for the New Jersey Nets coaching job. Are you serious? These guys have been recruiting hard for 2011 and 2012; forget those wacky Nets rumors!
• Wow, what a crowd for the NBA All-Star game at Cowboys Stadium! Dwyane Wade won the MVP award as the East edged the West. I was fortunate enough to call a game at that stadium when Texas prevailed earlier in the season. They do things bigger in Texas, baby!
• Jim Calhoun returning to the sidelines at UConn is great news! However, the Huskies need to finish on fire to have a chance for an NCAA bid. They had a huge upset over Villanova, but the loss to Cincinnati over the weekend did not help their case. Isn't it amazing that perennial powers Connecticut, North Carolina and UCLA could all miss this Big Dance? The last time all three failed to make the NCAA tournament was 1966!
• Congratulations to Jamie McMurray on winning his first Daytona 500. You can see how much it meant to him when looking at the clips of the post-race press conference. He showed so much passion and emotion when talking about the victory.
• You can see how wacky the world of the Big East is by checking out Sunday's results. Louisville and Rutgers shocked Syracuse and Georgetown! Clearly, from top to bottom, the Big East is the Best conference in America!
• I had so much fun jumping in the crowd before the game at Rupp Arena. Those big blue fans in Kentucky are the most passionate in the sport! I truly believe that the John Wall-DeMarcus Cousins diaper dandy tandem is the best inside-outside freshmen combination since the Fab Five pairing of Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. I know some people might argue in favor of Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. or Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara, but I will go with Wall-Cousins and the Wolverine duo.
• Congratulations to golfer Dustin Johnson. It is not easy to repeat on the PGA Tour, but he came through and won at Pebble Beach for the second straight year.
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