Just a couple of quick things for today: • Since I'm heading to Texas for next week's NBA All-Star Game, we managed to squeeze in a couple of book signings in Austin and Houston on Wednesday and Thursday. Here's the info: Austin, TX: February 15, 7:30 PM
Barnes & Noble (The Arboretum) Houston, TX: February 16, 7:30 PM
Borders River Oaks • The good people at 82games.com answered my question about Doc Rivers and whether A.) the Celtics used more subs/lineups than the average team, and B.) whether there was a correlation between over-subbing and a team's success. Well, I was correct on my theory (the Celts rank 3rd in "most lineups" and 4th in "most substitutions), but there doesn't seem to be too much of a correlation between success/failure because San Antonio has used the most subs per game of any team in the league (and they have the 2nd-best record in the league). Interesting stuff though. At least I know I'm not crazy. Thanks to 82games.com. • I spent yesterday travelling for work and had another OUTSTANDING Delta Song experience. Like an idiot, I forgot to charge my laptop battery all the way, so I was stuck midway through the flight with nothing to do because I didn't bring a book ... so I ended up watching PTI, SportsCenter AND the Dominique-Bird shootout, which was just wrapping up when we landed. That may have been the first time in my life where I didn't want to get off a plane. By the way, I will never forgive Brent Musberger for screaming, "There is blood! There is blood on Dennis Johnson!" right after Bird brought the house down with the three in the final two minutes, and then it turned out that DJ only has a nick under his eye. That was the all-time botched play-by-play call in NBA history. Watch for this the next time it's on. • Random Super Bowl note: Instead of blaming the refs, shouldn't Mike Holmgren be thinking about how him and his QB botched the two-minute drills in both halves? Or are we supposed to forget that happened? (Although I'm glad that poor officiating became such a major story in the playoffs -- maybe they will finally figure out how to fix it.) Also, I loved the SportsCenter discussion with the football guys where they blamed Jerramy Stevens's drops for the fact that he didn't trash-talk enough during Super Bowl Week. One of the guys claimed that the lack of trash-talking made him seem "timid," and that carried over to the game. He said this with full confidence. I think I am ready for football to go away for a few months. • Wanted to mention something in the Super Bowl diary: I didn't realize that Aaron Neville and Dr. John were involved with the national anthem performance because of their New Orleans connections. My bad. Although I still would have made the Aretha Franklin joke. • Final programming note: There's a column coming tomorrow ... and then I won't have anything new until next week. I'm sure you'll be fine.