Started Nissan Open final round seven back of Charles Howell, but won in playoff. (Tiger tied for fifth, case you're wondering.)
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Two Words For You:
Kobe Bryant got his points last night,
extending his 40-plus scoring streak to nine games
with 41 in a closer-than-it-should-have-been 106-101
win over Seattle. But people might get the idea that Kobe cares a little
more about the stat sheet than the result.
From his actions: 4-of-19 second-half shooting,
including a selfish 0 for 6 in the game's last five
minutes trying to get his points, a drought that let
the Sonics back in the game.
From his words: "I really took us out of our
system, but [hitting 40] was a tough challenge to back
Though the Lakers have rocketed to the seventh playoff
spot in the West, at some point he'll have to choose
between his points and a critical win for the team.
And right now, I'm not quite sure which way he'd go.
Shaq's postgame quote has ominous undertones: "When
you win, nothing's a problem."
This Week: Kobe will
definitely get his 40 over the hapless Clippers on
Tuesday, but look out for the "Kobe Rules" when the
Lakers host the Pistons on Thursday; the streak ends
then. He'll be back on track in Seattle on Friday.
As Mike Tyson put it, "Rhinos don't dance."
Neither do tomato cans. Lost in all the post-fight
commentary about Tyson's nasty vintage right to knock
out Clifford "Campbell's" Etienne, there's not much
outrage that Etienne seemed to take that one punch,
hit the deck, then say thank you very much for your
time, attention and, oh, $1 million.
The smoking mouthpiece: Sure, Etienne took a punch flush to his jaw, but he had the wherewithal
to take out his mouthpiece upon hitting the canvas --
and it sure didn't take him long to pop up after the
But Tyson is no fool: He knows this fight was
about a payday, not some evaluation of his fitness
for a rematch with Lennox Lewis, which even he says
would be unwise in the near future. But he needs some
real challenges before a Lewis fight, not more stiffs
What lasts longer than 49 seconds?
Tyson's swagger into
||"LOOKING AHEAD THIS WEEK" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. Kobe might stay hot -- but will the Lakers still win?|
2. "At Large": Let the real college-hoops jostling begin
3. Glove Fits? Keeping our eye on Payton in Milwaukee
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. Swimsuit Mania: No space for bikinis, just brackets|
2. Barry Sanders: At some point, we'll stop begging
3. Reality match-making: No Bachelorette, no Joe
the ring, my hustle from couch to
refrigerator for snacks and back to couch, the fighter
introductions, half a song in the pre-fight Jay-Z
concert, Tyson's in-ring post-fight interview,
Etienne's post-fight walk of shame.
What doesn't last longer than 49 seconds?
Muttering: "Can you believe this sham?"; shaking your
head at the shame of it all; then flipping the
Don't Forget T-Mac
Joining Kobe as a "must-see" attraction, Tracy
McGrady had a sick triple-double Sunday: 46 points,
13 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over the Nets --
following his 52-point outburst on Friday.
Meanwhile, if T-Mac's motivation is the Magic trading away Mike
Miller, his best friend on the team, then Orlando
should have shipped Miller out months ago.
Coming up: An awesome matchup with
no-D-in-Dallas on Tuesday.
After a game for each player, how about a
premature analysis of the Gary
Payton-Ray Allen trade. In short,
Bucks: Got what they wanted -- a gritty
leader with a win-now mentality. Payton notched 22
points and nine assists in a tough 93-90 W at Portland
Sonics: Got what they wanted -- an
all-around performer for a team that just wants to
compete (if not win now). Allen nearly posted a
triple-double, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine
assists in Seattle's 106-101 loss to the Lakers.
His jersey retirement is back on. After the
weather-related cancellation of his team's final
regular-season game, St. Vincent/St. Mary found a
replacement game -- less important for the ceremony
than to allow LeBron to complete his two-game
suspension before the playoffs start.
Picks: The 'Fess-Up
If you took your shekels and rolled with the
Quickie picks for this past weekend, here's how things
On Target: Tyson wins ... Tiger doesn't ... Creighton W highlights Bracket Buster ... Norah Jones
the big Grammy winner.
Mea Culpa: Didn't believe Kobe could keep up
his 40+ streak. (But you have to admit he's
DQ'ed? How about "KO'ed"? Like "Glass Joe" from
"Punch-Out" come to life.
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Kansas closed a 32-point deficit to five in a
second-half rally at Oklahoma, but the Sooners held
on. Says better things about KU than OU ...|
Kobe and T-Mac are impressive, but MJ (30 pts, 9 reb.,
52 min. vs. Mavs Sunday) has elevated his game more,
relative to age ...
Was Louisville overrated or just overconfident? Cards
have dropped 3 of 4, including weekend thumping at
No bumbled execution here: Giants punter Matt Allen --
part of the team's playoff-kick snafu -- waived ...
Lions should offer Barry Sanders for a conditional
draft pick to any team that can convince him to
Spring-training watch: Hideki Matsui starts in LF
today for Yankees' intrasquad game. Says here he hits
a homer ...
Pete Rose doesn't make Canadian Baseball H.O.F.: Our
Northern brothers deftly sidestep laughingstock
UConn won its 65th straight women's hoops game ...
Another thing that would take less than 49 seconds:
Have you told your friends and co-workers about the