||Dream Job winner
Survived final vote by fans to win "Dream" -- then
nailed five sports-trivia questions to boost his
salary by $25K (to $95K). Umm, boss, can we talk ...?
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
With the Final Four's top two teams -- UConn
and Duke -- playing in the semifinal, watch for the
usual whining this week about the need to re-seed the
Silly gripers: You tried that on Selection Sunday,
ranking the No. 1 seeds -- even though everyone knows
that all four No. 1 seeds never make the Final
Let 'em play it out: The beauty of the format is that
teams have to take it as it comes; re-seeding would
corrupt the bracket, which is just about the only
uncorrupted thing left in college hoops.
Besides: You might get an argument whether Duke and
UConn are even the top two teams left ...
The Slept-On Semi
You could say that UConn and/or Duke
are playing better right now than the two teams in the
other semifinal, but don't ignore precedent:
11/26/03: Ga Tech 77, UConn 61
3/3/04: Ga Tech 76, AT Duke 68
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State's backcourt just toppled the
consensus "nation's best," and its frontcourt is
athletic enough to give either Duke or UConn
So as titanic a matchup as Duke-UConn might be, don't
jump on the bandwagon calling it the de facto
national title game.
Semi 1: Ga. Tech/Okla St.
Lacks the other semi's cachet,
but it'll be the better game:
Why? Not nearly the pressure.
Semi 2: Duke/UConn
Despite UConn's cupcake route,
Remember that '99 title game:
Calhoun simply out-Coached K.
St. Joe's Salute
Everyone seems too polite, but someone has to
say it: Told you so.
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|WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...|
Ga Tech PG/MVP Jarrett Jack: 29 p, 9 r, 6 a, 4 s vs KU|
Coach K: Reaches 10th Final Four; in this era, that's huge
Grizzlies: Clinch first-ever playoff spot (5 str. Ws, too)
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
Nomar: Likely to miss opener; not way to start off w/ fans|
Cinderellas: Hey UAB, Nevada, Xavier ... thanks for nothing
Jerry Orbach: Leaving "Law/Order?" Who'll make the jokes?
Come on: Didn't everyone predict St. Joe's to fall short of the Final Four?
That said: Here's permanent respect to Joe's for
not taking a TO at the end of the game and
giving star Jameer Nelson the team's best (last) shot
possible to send the game to OT.
Griffey to Seattle?
Are reporters that bored with spring
training? I'm sure the M's ownership is just
dying to trade for Griffey's huge contract and limited talent. Thank god the regular season starts
Will the greatest slugger of all time
become the greatest blogger of all time?
TMFTML, Gawker and Kausfiles have little to worry
Weekly postings aren't enough to make his new Web site
useful: This only works if he does something
groundbreaking, like not speak to the media at all --
but post after every game.
Selectively silencing student-section chants
at Maryland hoops games is a slippery slope (and
regular readers know I loathe those "slippery"
theories); before long, clever Duke or Stanford
student chants will be banned as "insensitive" to
NFL Owner Meetings
Replay will be re-affirmed (but not
permanently approved), but here's wishful thinking for a few other rules NFL owners should approve at their
meetings this week:
*Weekly Thurs. Night Football
*Al Davis: New fantasy commish
*SB XXXIX: Janet Jacksonville!
||Dream Job runner-up
No SportsCenter glory, but Stanford senior will land on his feet as your friendly local small-market weekend sports anchor.
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Hubie Brown clinched NBA Coach of the Year when his
Grizzlies clinched their first-ever playoff spot
Where's that Benadryl endorsement? Despite nearly
blowing it with a throat-closing shot on 18, young
Adam Scott won The Players Championship ...
That game-deciding call at the end of the
Tennessee-Baylor game Sunday was so bad it opens
up "Vols conspiracy" talk ...
Forehand or foreshadow: Serena says Athens security
concerns may keep her from the Olympics; she won't be
the only U.S. pro athlete to skip out ...
While Carmelo does a Sunday Convo lamenting his fading
Rookie of the Year status, LeBron's 41/13 game
Saturday still worth marveling over ...
You might hate the Yankees, but you have to love live
baseball at odd times; hey, I'm up at 5 a.m. tomorrow