Sports Medley: Bits
‘n Pieces 5 Apr 16
by Tony Medley
If the NCAA Championship game between Villanova and North Carolina
wasn’t the best ever played, I don’t remember one better (and I’ve seen
them all for a half century). Both teams played at their pinnacle and
each “won” the game with a miraculous shot in the last five seconds. It
was captivating all the way to the end.
Maybe the Best but
not the Brightest:
Texas A&M was trailing Oklahoma in the Sweet Sixteen by 18 points with
12 minutes left in the game. The ball was passed to A&M’s Jalen Jones
all alone under the basket. Instead of immediately dunking it for two
points, he bounced it once. By that time two Sooners were there and they
fouled him. He missed the free throw. This meaningless dribble happens
all the time. Why bounce the ball when you don’t need to? As a
postscript the identical play occurred in the Carolina-Syracuse
semifinal and the Roy Williams-coached Carolina player eschewed the
dribble and immediately went up for the unopposed dunk.
Goodbye and Good
Prevaricating PED-abusing New York Yankee Third Baseman Alex Rodriquez
has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017 season when his
$275 million contract expires. Can we expect a retirement tour a la Kobe
Bryant, et. al.? Will Alex subject himself to the possibility of getting
a cascade of boos at every park in the American League?
LeBron James announced that he had un-followed his Cleveland Cavaliers
basketball team on Twitter and Instagram. Here’s the colloquy that
followed when he was interviewed after the next game:
Reporter: Lebron, you
might not like this question and I’m not thrilled about asking it. I’m
obviously trying to defuse this a little bit. It appears that you
unfollowed the Cavs on Twitter today and it has caused quite a stir. Why
did you do that? What would go into that?
Before we get to
James’ gutless response, has there ever been a more obsequious question
outside of Matt Lauer and the MSM interviewing Obama and other Democrat
politicians? He apologized three times in the space of the 15 seconds it
took to ask the question. Mike Wallace he is not.
James (frowning and
grimacing): Next question.
You had 38 assists tonight. That’s a season high. What do you take
forward to the next game? (this guy is so clueless he could easily
qualify as a Boobless Baywater Babe).
James: Uh I’ma, I’ma,
muh, uh…I’m done. (stomps away).
James is a player who
is all about publicity, even distributing videos of himself working out
with weights (as if somebody cares). He took an hour of national TV time
in 2010 to announce he was dumping Cleveland to go to Miami. Now he
unfollows his own team. He doesn’t think he’s going to be asked about
it? And then he refuses to answer? Or is this just a devious way to get
people to talk about LeBron James instead of Steph Curry so he could get
more publicity that his performance this year hasn’t justified? With
most of these supercilious guys, it’s all about them.
Kiss of Death:
I have watched four Golden State games this year, against the Spurs,
Thunder, Lakers, and Celtics. Even though they have only lost 8 games
all season, of the four games I watched, Golden State lost three of
them, and barely won the fourth on a last second, 35-foot shot by Steph
Curry. They should pay me to not watch.
”Those were the days,
my friend, we thought they’d never end”:
Scottie Pippen said that the ’95-’96 Bulls would “sweep” this year’s
Golden State and that he would hold Steph Curry under 20 points. This
reminds me of old time minor leaguer Perry Werden (the then holder of
the organized baseball record of 45 home runs in a season), who said in
1920 after Babe Ruth set the major league record by hitting his 30th
home run on July 19, 1920, “Ed Delahanty would have equaled or bettered
the home run record of Babe Ruth if the lively ball had been in use.”
Delahanty, the best hitter of the 19th Century, played from
1888-1903 and died during the 1903 season when he got roaring drunk and
was thrown off a train in Niagara Falls, then got into a fight with a
night watchman walking across the International Falls Bridge and fell
into the river to his death.
The Program about Lance Armstrong.