Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: April 27, 2004
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Before the rumor came out that Carmelo
Anthony was dating Christina Aguilera, the Nuggets
were down 0-2 to the T'wolves, and Carmelo had
struggled, shooting 11 of 28 and averaging 17
But after the rumor surfaced Friday,
Carmelo went off, scoring 24 in a Nuggets rout, setting up huge expectations for tonight's
Game 4 in Denver.
So why would Carmelo go and do something dumb like
debunk such an amazing rumor. "I've never even seen
her," he says in today's USA Today.
Is he crazy? That's like talking during a
no-hitter. If your performance turns around, and
there's the slightest correlation to an outside force
(say, the juiciest NBA rumor of the year), you don't
mess with it ... you run with it!
Carmelo, before it's too late: Be more coy about it --
even suggestive. Wally Szczerbiak's got some time on
his hands now, and -- well, with Christina, you never
know -- you wouldn't want that Aguilera mojo going
to the other team.
Mavs Miss Mark
Given the way Mark Cuban's Mavs choked
versus the Kings last night (13 missed free throws? At
home?! Brutal.), it's a good thing he's got that
summer reality-TV series to fall back on.
Benefactor? Not for Mavs coach Don Nelson and
the rest of the team's underachievers. Heading back to
Sacto for Thursday's Game 5 down 3-1,
Cuban's season is as good as over (as are several careers in Dallas).
The New Jiggy
Hot goalies are the real stars of the
NHL playoffs. Last season, we had Jiggy; this season,
the Sharks again enjoy the advantage:
Casual NHL fans, meet Nabby!
Evgeni "Nabby" Nabakov had 33 saves in a
1-0 shutout of the Avs that put San Jose up 3-0 in the
series. Nabby has allowed 3 goals in 3 games, and is
7-1 in the playoffs, with a sick 1.30 goals-against
average. How can you not be on the Nabby
Baseball World Cup
Now that MLB and the union have
miraculously approved a drug-testing plan, MLB can go
forward with plans for that World Cup next March, the
third leg of a trinity that could make this the most
compelling 12 months in baseball history (other two:
Red Sox-Cubs World Series; Bonds catching
One quibble: March is a bad month, what with the NCAA Tournament; February
(post-Super Bowl) is as slow a month as there is in
sports -- why not schedule the World Cup then?
Kerry Collins is out of New York ... but
J-Lo is in! If only it were really Jennifer
Lopez; instead, it's undrafted free-agent QB Jared
Lorenzen. But he's better known as "J-Load."
Mini-camp? Anything but! At 6-foot-3,
288 pounds, he was college football's Kentucky Fried
QB, with other cruel nicknames like "Pillsbury
Throwboy" and "Hefty Lefty." Now that guy would
have made for an entertaining "Bachelor." Can you
imagine the women's faces?
Boss Speaks Out
George Steinbrenner said Monday that he
had "confidence" in both manager Joe Torre and GM
Brian Cashman. Should they be as worried as Yankee fans seem to be?
What the Boss said:
"It's in their hands."
What the Boss meant:
"You know who I'm blaming!"
Deng to NBA?
Duke super-frosh Luol Deng is reportedly going
to test the NBA draft. It ain't much of a test: he'll
be a top 5 pick, which means the best Duke can
hope for is a nice big NBA-financed donation to the
ol' alma mater. (Hmm: Will Blue Devil PG
recruit Shaun Livingston, another top 5 prospect, be