||Prep QB John David Booty:
Skipping senior HIGH SCHOOL season to play at Southern Cal full year ahead of schedule. Wannabes: To "go NCAA" early too, just hit those books.
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Two Words For You:
34 and 12 in a 107-102 loss? Sounds
like the template for LeBron's NBA rookie year.
Fellow one-name celebs like Sapp, Spike, Bow-Wow,
Carmelo and idol Air himself watched King James
cap his prep career with another shoe-sponsored
all-star game MVP trophy. Hyperbole to call him
hoops' "best prep ever?" Between skills, impact
and scrutiny, can't name anyone better.
Next up: A ridiculous sneaker-deal auction ... warily watching the NBA Lottery in May ... cash, and
lots of it.
Barstool Talking Points (East): How's
Ben Wallace's health? (Detroit in 5) ... Bucks surging;
Nets struggling (Milw. in 7) ... Ron Ar-testy is
must-see TV (Indy in 6) ... AI glamorous, Hornets not
(N'awlins in 7).
B.T.P. (West): Spurs just need to stay healthy
(SA in 5) ... Kings on crusade; Jazz still here? (Sacto
in 5) ... Blazers crazy, unpredictable; Mavs scared of
success (Portland in 7) ... Bad draw, KG (L.A. in 5).
Roy, KU Lovefest
Displacing the Masters as the week's
reigning non-protest: Rather than make Williams
uncomfortable for bolting the program, 2,000 fans paid
standing-O tribute to former coach
(teary-eyed, what else is new?) at the Kansas
One shouting moment: During a
lull, one angry KU fan shouted "Traitor!", to which
Nick Collison's dad yelled back, "You ought to be
ashamed of yourself!"
The heckler's comeback should have been: "Easy for
you to say,
||"WE ALL WANTED TO HIT COLLEGE EARLY" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY:|
1 Lakers-T'wolves: Sunday's Game 1 "must-win" for each|
2 WNBA season on line: Labor-negotiation deadline today
3 "Holes": Hottest story since "Potter" hits movies
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS:|
1 St. Bonnie scandal: Coach, AD officially given boot|
2 Ump attacker: $250K bond; charged w/ felony, stupidity
3 Arkansas violations: Athletes overpaid for summer work
Mr. My-Kid-Is-Graduating!" You always
think of these things hours after the fact.
Refreshing to see NBA player bucking
"retro-respect" craze: "We should look for a coach
that understands the game today," Vince Carter said of
ousted ("by mutual agreement") Lenny Wilkens. "To heck
with the past." Ouch, baby, very ouch -- but
Easy for other players to sport old unis and spout
"respect elders"; they're either in the playoffs or
have promising futures. Toronto's got neither.
What if ... The cash-strapped Senators
didn't get their bankruptcy-protection financing of
$3.9M to cover playoff costs? Would they have stopped
playing? Would the Philly-Toronto winner have chipped
in? Would fans?
Must Read: Logo-gate
Funny, Oakland never seemed to have a
problem with Tampa's old "fancy" pirate, back before
the Bucs whipped their butt: The Raiders have
asked a judge to prevent the Bucs (and the Panthers)
from wearing their uniforms for games in California,
claiming infringement on the Raiders' trademark
rights. That's Super Bowl-sized lingering
But what if a judge issued the injunction?
Alternate Bucs "California-only" logo suggestions:
Middle finger, Super Bowl ring, Super Bowl ring on
middle finger, word "Scoreboard."
||Hard-luck Antonio McDyess:
Will reportedly sit out most of NEXT year for another knee surgery.
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First "ThunderStix," now "Fowl Towels": Anaheim sports fans like their gimmicks ...|
Initial approval given to nationwide
"mercy rule" in high school hoops ...
"Where Are They Now?" Files: Carlos Baerga
delivered 7 RBI and 2 HR in D'backs win.
Be afraid (very afraid): Curt Schilling threw
4-hitter, got 1st win ...
Sorenstam, on the 76.5 over/under for her PGA
prospects: "Well, I can do better than that"...
No street cred, no problem: Kobe still has top-selling NBA player jersey ...