||Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
If RBG was an athlete, it's possible that "Madame Justice" might be the coolest nickname in sports. Instead, she's just its MVP today.
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Two Words For You:
The "character" thing: NFL draftniks,
GMs and fans all pay it a ton of lip service.
So I wonder if Eli Manning's demand to be shipped to
New York -- or, more accurately, to not play
for San Diego -- will hurt his draft grade? (Why do I
think it won't?) It should. What a
Teams draft the players, not the other way around. The
system works because the struggling teams get the
player that best fits their needs. Here's an irony:
All Mike Williams wants to do is play in the NFL -- and he can't; meanwhile, Manning is
acting like a prima donna before he even gets to the
If I was a Chargers fan, I wouldn't even want
Manning anymore. Forget it: Ship his overrated
keister to the Giants Then at No. 4, draft Philip Rivers, who will
be a better NFL QB than Manning anyway.
Bonds Shut Out
So much for yesterday's "Bonds/56"
notion. (And that multi-game HR streak, too.) But tell
you what: If Joe DiMaggio was served the crap that
Bonds got, his streak would have been over in the
single digits, too.
Out of 18 pitches, Bonds was served three
called (and questionable) strikes. The rest --
balls ... and not even close; he didn't even take a
swing last night. Oh well: He's still hitting .500.
Wouldn't it be more fun if Clarett and
the NFL agreed to bring their cases in front of Judge
Judy? (Better yet: Judge Wapner, with ol' Rusty the
Bailiff keeping feisty Alan Milstein in line.)
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Here's the point: Because no one knows what
Justice Ginsburg will do once the NFL provides its
argument this morning, we're better off making Rusty
the Bailiff references.
My gut: Tomorrow morning, Ginsburg delivers the
stay in Clarett's favor. The NFL scrambles to convene
the full Supreme Court on Friday afternoon, which is
as ludicrous as it is arrogant (read: ain't gonna
happen). Clarett and Williams are both eligible on
NBA: Road Rules!
The tyranny of the home team is over,
usurped -- barely -- by the Bucks, who nearly threw
away a huge last-minute lead, but held on to steal a
game from the Pistons in Detroit. For being the first
team to lose at home, the Pistons have good reason to
More playoffs: Sixth Man Award? Kind of a yawner when
you've got the leading "First Man Award" (a.k.a.
"MVP") contender Kevin Garnett piling up a
triple-double (20/22/10) en route to a 2-0 playoff
series lead over Denver.
KG seems pretty possessed
with getting out of the first round (he should be);
he's halfway there.
Back to NBA "Sixth Man": Denver's "Li'l" Earl Boykins was on the losing side
of last night's game -- and reportedly Friday's Sixth
Man award, which will go to the Mavs' Antawn
Considering that Jamison is only the third-best sixth
man in his division (behind Boykins and Spurs'
Manu Ginobili), it's a weak pick.
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"Nothing but 'Nets" is about right: In last night's blowout loss to the Heat, shot 24.4%, the 2nd-worst playoff FG% in shot-clock era.
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