In announcing his re-hiring with the Lakers right before Game 3 of the Finals, was it fortuitous timing... or crass spotlight-swiping?
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It is SO back on.
The Pistons may not win the NBA Finals, but they've at
least made it interesting. That's a huge upgrade over
Monday's bleak outlook.
This wasn't a scrappy salvage job; this was the same
kind of thumping Detroit received in Texas, triggering
all the Spurs-fawning through Tuesday.
In fact, if last night's result had happened in Game
1, we'd all be talking about Detroit's intensity, Big
Ben's presence, Manu's wilting.
The entire mood of the series has shifted. Did you
catch it in the 3rd and 4th quarters?
Hopefully Larry Brown noticed the correlation between
running and pressing (they call that "energy") and
People may be too quick to proclaim that the Pistons
are right back in it. Last night means nothing if they
go into the weekend down 3-1.
But the fan-wagon was definitely too quick to
write the Pistons off.
New Phil Jackson?
Phil's already hedging:
"It's not going to happen overnight," he said of his
Lakers turnaround job. "It's going to take some
Um, how does "never" sound?
$30-some million is a small price to pay for relevancy
for Lakers owner Jerry Buss. The Lakers matter again,
if only to follow the Kobe-Phil saga.
But what's the hidden cost for Phil Jackson in this
otherwise sweet deal?
Assuming he merely nudges the Lakers to mediocrity
(from the current suckery), nothing but
People who argue that it'll taint his winning legacy
are way off; fans have selective memories (see Riley,
Daly, Rudy T).
The lingering question is: Why would Phil put himself
through the pain, aside from money and power? Maybe
that's the answer.
New "Fastest Man"
"World's Fastest Man": There is no
cooler title in sports. The best part? The only way it
changes hands is by being better.
No mainstream-sport title can make that same
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New Wie Watch
Next stop: Augusta?! Teen sensation
Michelle Wie qualified for U.S. Amateur Public Links
championship in mid-July.
Just to clarify: MEN'S side!
If she wins that, she gets an invite to Augusta. Or,
at least, that's the tradition. The Masters couldn't
possibly neg her, could they?
New Nats Mania
Choose your own Nats-venture!
Top 7th: Angels RP Brendan Donnelly gets
ejected after Nats manager Frank Robinson orders a
glove inspection (before a single pitch!)
Angels manager Mike Scioscia goes all Jose Guillen on
Ex-Angel/new-Nat Jose Guillen then goes all Jose
Guillen on Scoscia and has to be restrained by
Bottom 7th: In retaliation, Scioscia asks for a
glove review of Nats reliever Gary Majewski (umps
determine the glove is clean).
Top 8th: In the final ironic twist, Guillen
smacks the game-tying HR and the Nats win the game
one inning later.
New Yankee Stadium
The only thing older than the Yankees'
lineup is their stadium. (Thank you... I'll be here
So it's big news that the team will announce today
that they're building a new Yankee Stadium, to be
completed by the end of the decade.
The park's dimensions will be roughly the same
(although shouldn't they be considerate of 2009
pitching staff Santana, Perez, Prior, Peavy and
The biggest difference will be the loss of 6,000 seats
in favor of 50 to 60 luxury boxes, because as everyone
knows, that's where the money is.
The "New Poker"?
Is ballroom dancing the "new poker,"
that mythical status in which a fringe sport enjoys
explosive growth thanks to TV exposure?
Ratings for "Dancing with the Stars" have been huge
(Larger than poker? That's penny ante. Larger than
the NBA Finals.)
Sure, it's probably a fad. Don't expect to see groups
of college guys getting together each week to cha-cha
(or Dancin' Dan replacing Jackpot Jay).
But for one summer, it's the hottest show on TV. If
anything, that may make the Olympics think harder
about introducing it as a medal sport.
A sensation in Games 1 and 2 in San Antonio, Manu
disappeared in Game 3, scoring only 7 points on just 6
shots (with 6 turnovers and countless flops).
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