Thursday, May 27, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: May 26, 2004
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Like the media tradition of predicting
an Election Night result after only a fraction of the
returns are in, it's time to "call" the Western
Conference finals after three games:
The T'wolves are toast.
The Lakers are clicking:
Payton's first-quarter blitz... Shaq running circles
around Minnesota's four-headed monster... Kobe
scoring, seemingly, at will... even supporting players
Devean, Fish and Slava were draining shots.
Even more than during L.A.'s four-game run versus the
Spurs, this is the team reaching its potential
-- at just the right time.
The T'wolves are overmatched, and all but the playoff
vets looked bewildered. It was a nice run for
Minnesota, but let's call it a series.
Growing up a Wizards/Bullets fan, I
always considered the NBA draft lottery my
"postseason." Isn't that pathetic? But no more sorry
than the lack of a LeBron in this year's draft for the
Lottery's "winner." (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Sure, Emeka Okafor will help any team, but
otherwise, the Lottery pickings offer the biggest
question marks since Michael Jordan brilliantly
selected Kwame Brown. Again, it all comes back to the
My favorite tradition: The random lucky charms
team reps bring (say, Sixers GM Billy King bringing a
Smarty Jones horseshoe; there goes that
Pacers at Pistons
Game 3: There's a classic case of
performance anxiety going on in this series -- and the
more each team thinks about the bad shooting, the
worse it seems to get. Everyone can relate, right?
(No? Just me? Yeah, right.)
Coming off being blocked 19 times Monday, now the
Pacers have to contend with the Pistons' home
advantage. (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Stanley Cup Game 1
My Canadian buddy JS is Blackberrying
game-related insights to me, because regular Quickie
readers know I can only talk about hockey in terms of
marketing problems, labor woes and other things that
have nothing to do with the action actually on the
"Dan: Iginla broke them with the short-handed goal.
Completely representative of their team -- he missed
on the breakaway and then scored on the SECOND EFFORT.
Hardest working club in the league, hands down.
Calgary simply played a better physical game."
NFL Back L.A.?
Bringing the NFL back to L.A. isn't
contentious; the league has been eyeing that for
years. No, the big issue is that owners don't want a
new franchise -- they want to relocate an existing
Whose fans will get screwed? Chargers, Colts
and Saints have been tossed around. Most convenient
for everyone involved if San Diego relocates slightly
Catch Ken Griffey's glare into the
Marlins' dugout last night after hitting the
game-winning home-run? Wow. Knowing Griffey, scowling
like that might strain an eye muscle.
Kid, lighten up: You aren't so good anymore
that you should take intentional walks to get to you
Today: Extrapolated MVPs
Continuing the week-long gimmick, extrapolating
season-ending award winners based on a statistically
significant start to the season (40
AL: Vlad Guerrero. Hitting for average (5th in
AL); power (3rd in HR); run production (1st in runs,
2nd in RBI) and his team is in first despite
tons of injuries. (Runners-up: Manny Ramirez, Michael Young)
NL: Barry Bonds. Even though it's a cop-out,
you'd take him, too. (Runners-up: Lance Berkman, Scott Rolen)