28 points leading Pacers to a huge, HCA-eroding W at Boston. (Thought about Yao in this spot for his 33 points on 13/14 FG, but had to go with age.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Why in the world would Phil Jackson want to go back to
coach the Lakers, as his upcoming meeting with Kobe suggests he
Coaching in L.A. without Shaq would be like coaching in Chicago
without Michael Jordan.
Phil's full season without MJ in 1993 was arguably the finest coaching
job of his career but wasn't exactly fun (and it didn't end with a
And "Solo Kobe" is an even bigger headcase than "Solo Pippen" -- and
that's saying something.
(Meanwhile, Phil met with Isiah Thomas yesterday in L.A. So little
reportedly emerged that the meeting with Kobe is still bigger
So: The team is a trainwreck.
The star player is a mess.
The legacy is at risk.
Why WILL Phil return to L.A.?
Two words: Jeannie. Buss.
Love makes you do crazy things.
Nine straight wins for the Rockets, including the last
two over the Mavs... in Dallas... in the Playoffs.
T-Mac has his head screwed on right. Yao is playing like a young Shaq.
Jeff Van Gundy is coaching circles around playoff rookie Avery
You almost have to root for the Rockets sweep when the series goes
back to Houston, if only to see what Mark Cuban does to shake up the
PHI at DET: Hey, if the Tigers can finally record a
save in Detroit, then maybe the Sixers can hold a 20-point lead there,
NJ at MIA: Who would have thought that the player the Nets MUST
stop is... Damon Jones?
SAC at SEA: Forget finding Mike Bibby's shot; the Kings better
find a way to solve Sonics' Jerome James (17 pts, 15 reb in
White Sox Roll On
Isn't it refreshing to talk about "the Sox" and not
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Sidney Crosby in the NHL: Looking at Sweden, Switz, Russia
Eight straight Ws for Chicago, and P Jon Garland (4-0) likely
locked up the "April AL Cy"(awards coming soon!), shutting out the
Results over 20 games is edging pretty close to statistical
significance in the W-L columns -- well, at least when a team starts
Sox Today: Mark Buehrle (3-1) vs. A's ace Rich Harden, who
hasn't been scored on in 15 innings (and probably IS the AL's best
Dykstra: Day 2
Take today's poll (right), because I have a theory I'd
like to test:
For all the hubbub about steroids, fans care a lot more about
gambling-related issues, when it comes to the integrity of their
Frankly, I think fans don't care about either as much as they do about
simple, low-effort lollygagging. (Prove me wrong/right!)
NFL Draft UFAs
"Undrafted Free Agents": The NFL's equivalent of
"sloppy seconds" -- you're not really a first choice, but you're still
getting some. (It sure beats nothing.)
For example: Why should the Dolphins waste their No. 2 overall
pick (or ANY of their picks, for that matter) on a QB, when they can
get local college washout Brock Berlin to show up for a
New BCS Poll?
NCAA ADs are floating an entirely new BCS poll made up
of "eight constituencies," although details in USA Today were
Let's hope "constituencies" mean "special interests." And if you're
developing a roster of them, here's my roll call:
Coaches (It's their ego)
Media (It's their job)
ADs (It's their idea)
Players (It's their life)
TV execs (It's their show)
Boosters (It's their money)
Corporate sponsors (Ditto)
Fans (Don't hold your breath)
Hmm: Almost sounds like... a committee. (A 100-person committee, to be
sure, but a committee all the same.)
Caught "Through the Fire" at the Tribeca Film Festival
yesterday. The documentary about Sebastian Telfair (from the producer
of "Streetball") effectively humanizes the otherwise over-simplified
"prep-to-pro" process for high-school hoops players.
Taunt Pacers with chants of "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" I mean, who DIDN'T know what was coming next?
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Speaking of prep-to-pro NBA decisions, Mississippi prep PG Monta
Ellis, a Top 5 player in his class, will jump into the NBA
Looking to NFL Roid Hearings at Congress tomorrow, the key witness
could be Steve Courson, the ex-player who used; maybe he'll name
Todd Bertuzzi is meeting with NHL commish Gary Bettman today. Is there
a more idiotically timed meeting than this one? What'll he be
More MLB Today: Smoltz vs. Pedro. And the Jon Lieber Futility Tour
continues; he's 4-0, but pitching for the NL East's lowest-performing
Twins announce new stadium for 2009: Hey, just in time for Johan
Santana to come visit with the Yankees, isn't it? Johan pitches
Good Must-Read today? Kieran Darcy's experience as an Eagles
cheerleader tryout judge, as reported to Page 2. See Q It Up.