Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Page 2 Quickie: March 25, 2003
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Sporting No. 32 (in deference to his hero, No. 23), LeBron James won
the McDonald's All-America Game slam-dunk contest last night (shocker), but
was actually booed by fans, who preferred Michigan State recruit Shannon
* Check the video!
Nothing against Castillo, but the real "Miss Massachusetts" is Boston
College junior guard Amber Jacobs, who hit a last-second NCAA Tournament
game-winning shot for the second game in a row last night. "Miss
Congeniality?" Not to opponents.
Last night was a headliner for the women's tourney's ludicrous
location situation: Why should teams like UNC or Mississippi St. bother
earning a 3 seed if they get stuck playing in a lower-seed's home gym? Don't
call it an upset; call it an outrage.
(But kudos to Minnesota for overcoming the huge disadvantage and beating
Stanford on its court.)
It's the twilight zone between last Sunday's shake-out and Thursday's
harsh reality. What's the buzz? Butler remains all the rage.
Office talking-point: Just say "Boy, those kids sure can shoot" and you come
across as knowing as much about them as anyone. Throw out "Darnell Archey" for extra credit.
The over-under on the actual
combined age of the Expos' new El Duque/Livan Hernandez
duo is 86.
NCAA Grad Rates
Always fun to watch the watchdogs that use nationwide attention on
college hoops this week to point out atrocious graduation rates.
Don't know what's sadder: The stats, or the idealists who think Joe/Jane
Office Pool actually care.
One can only imagine the recruiting platform for the new ice-skating splinter group, being announced today: More evenly spread judging
kick-backs, dirtier ice-dancing routines and skimpier outfits with names like "She Skate Me" on the back.
NFL Owners Meet
Still trying to figure out how to mathematically wedge his mediocre
team into the NFL playoffs, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt wants to see 16 teams in
the playoff field, which has about as much chance of happening next year as
K.C. has of playing in the Super Bowl.
Suddenly sensitive David Wells is concerned about getting the Boss'
cold shoulder recently; he wants to make up. (George's response: "I have no
plans to do anything. How's that?" Ouch.)