My MVP standings at the halfway mark:
10. Chris Paul -- It should probably be Garnett here, but this is my list and Paul deserves mention.
9. Gilbert Arenas -- Poor man's Kobe.
8. Tim Duncan -- Seems about right.
7. Elton Brand -- Should be higher, but this year's race is stacked.
6. LeBron James -- Change a few of his late-game performances and he's right at the top.
5. Chauncey Billups -- The de facto representative of the Pistons Starting Five.
4. Steve Nash -- Watching him shamelessly (and frequently) bring out the "old man at the Y, whirling left-handed circus layup" is indescribably awesome, almost as if he's channeling late '50s Bob Cousy. Plus, he's the best pg in basketball right now.
3. Dirk Nowitzki -- Hard to ignore the 7-foot German dude in the room.
2. Allen Iverson -- The most remarkable athlete in team sports.
1. Kobe Bryant -- He's the best player in the world, has never won before, has a team of scrubs on pace for the playoffs, and has people contemplating whether Wilt's century mark is no longer sacred. I think he's earned it.
portlandtribune.com (Jeff A. in Gresham, OR) -- NBA officials shot down Nate McMillan's Super Bowl field trip request, citing league rules against salary cap circumvention. Much funnier if you picture Nate as Mr. Shoop from "Summer School" and the Blazers as the loveable group of rejects.
worldwrestlingsanity.com (Brett M. in Charlotte, NC) -- The "It's still real to me, damn it!" guy responds. A brief excerpt:
"This is an environment where Super Heroes come to life and fight the battle of good versus evil nightly. This sport is one where a child can still dream about growing up to overcome the odds and be the best he can be for himself and dream about being the best in the ring and be able to be called "champion".
This is the sport which I love. Professional Wrestling ...
It's still real to me ... DAMN IT!!"
I don't want to overdo it, but this just might be the greatest person who ever lived.
post-gazette.com -- George Costanza must be rolling in his grave ...
centredaily.com -- Wait, there's more Steelers fans displaying complete and total insanity.
nike.com -- Sign up to have Nike athletes Maria Sharapova, Amare Stoudemire, or Alex Rodriguez (among others) give your friends untimely wake-up calls (and if you don't think I just got a call from A-Rod verifying that it works, you're nuts). I foresee this ending badly.
bostonist.com -- Tom Brady made an appearance on last night's 'Family Guy.' Throw in Bill Cowher and this could have been the greatest collection of chins in recorded history.