Just in time for June's annual "anonymuss" and fuss
over the NBA Draft, perhaps sources will be inspired
to go on the record sooner than 30 years later.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
"We're a mature team and we know how to handle
It's a good thing the Pistons players, like the quoted
Tayshaun Prince, have a better handle on maturity than
their coach, Larry Brown.
While Brown dabbles with the Cavs and gripes to (and
about) the media, his team showed a champion's poise,
despite Brown's distractions.
I'm intrigued by the intensity of the Pistons' D. What
was the statement they were trying to make:
Was it a rallying response of support behind their
Or was their effort really to spite his
Wade was pressured into poor shooting; Shaq was taken
out of the game almost completely (see next
It was as if the Pistons players realized that for 48
minutes, they could silence the off-court talk. And
they have, for the moment.
No thanks to their coach.
Too Many Fouls
Early Shaq foul trouble spiked the
Heat's chances. Eight first-half minutes and 25
overall yielded only 12 points on just 9
What gives? Were the Pistons more aggressive? Have the
refs finally found a way to equalize non-calls when
Shaq is bullying Detroit on offense?
All fans want is consistency: But without question, if
Shaq isn't on the floor because of foul trouble, Miami
is a different team.
The X-Factor? Joe Johnson. No one been
more unpredictable in a mask since Jim Carrey.
His 26 points in Game 4 indicates he's comfortable
with his headgear; with his regained assertiveness and
accuracy, the Suns played like a different team than
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Rip Hamilton: 28 points leads Pistons' offense resurgence|
Carlos Zambrano: Combines with Cubs RP to one-hit Dodgers
D. Beckham: Cool silver kicks! (Owen's 3 goals cool, too)
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Pudge Rodriguez: Fractures right hand in 9th; effect TBD|
Matt Birk: Vikings PB C could miss 3-4 months (via Len P.)
L. Davenport and M. Sharapova: Bounced from French Open
(Not that it matters: Even if the Suns win tonight to
take it to a 6th game, it's too little too
Finish May with 22 wins, a team record.
And the Padres head into the season's third month as
the hottest team in the NL.
Even when the NL's most best young pitcher Jake Peavy
has a bad game (like yesterday), the suddenly nasty
lineup carries the day.
Meanwhile over in the AL, the Rangers keep
rolling, winning their 9th straight last night. Kenny
Rogers won (again) and lowered his AL-best ERA to
Royals Hire Bell
"Right now we are looking for small
victories," Bell said. Let's try to figure out
what "small victories" means:
(From largest to smallest)
Three up, three down!
Fans don't leave early!
Put uniforms on correctly!
Manager retains sanity!
Um: Beating the Yankees?!?!
(I'd say that qualifies...)
The most competitive, pressure-packed sports
event of the year returns!
I'm even more invested than usual, after participating
in a Page 2 Bee Fantasy Draft. I had the first pick.
Where was my "Eric Kara-bee-ll?"
Today's the prelims, where they weed out the losers.
Tomorrow is the 2nd-day mayhem, as usual televised on
ESPN in the a.m. and p.m. A must-see.
By the way, if you're in New York, you should really
see Broadway musical sensation "25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee." It's fantastic.
For the 2nd straight day, an aging slugger comes off
the DL, only to hurt himself in a game the day he
returns. Whatever Big Hurt has, it's catching.
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|Stein on Brown|
|My Spelling Bee Draft Roster:|
|Samir Sudhir Patel|
|No. 238 (Fort Worth Star Telegram)|
|Marshall Kelly Winchester|
|No. 172 (Charlotte Observer)|
|No. 139 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
|David J. Ring|
|No. 104 (Capitol-Gazette, Annapolis)|
|Heather Elizabeth van Stolk|
|No. 230 (Memphis Commercial Appeal)|
That HR robbery of Brian Jordan vs. D.C. Monday night
was enough to convince Braves mgr Bobby Cox that
baseball needs limited replay. He's right.|
Ex-Ravesn LB Peter Boulware will meet with Romeo's
new-look Browns tomorrow, according to ESPN.com's Len
Seven ownership groups put in bids to buy the Nats.
All any fan wants is owners who are willing to spend
to create a winner.
Must-see French Open moments have been few and far
between, but you should check out the semifinal Friday
between young Nadal and No. 1 Federer.
In what should be an emotional home opener, the
Packers will retire the late Reggie White's No. 92
Memo to Dan Wheldon's fans: If it wasn't for Danica
Patrick, no one would have even HEARD of your guy. So
stop with the griping.