Sunday, March 09, 2014


I have never been a fan of ball players, especially basketball players, trash talking and posturing during a game. So you dunked the ball, so what? all you proved was 1) you scored two points, and 2) you're tall. So, two points - there are about 60 baskets scored  every game in college and more in the pros. And so you're tall - it's your mother that should pose and beat her chest - you had nothing to do with it.

Then there are the fans. You want to cheer for your team, go ahead. You want boo the other team, no problem. But keep it in the bounds of decency. You can be cute - "Tusca-loser," you can accentuate the enemies failures - "You! You! You!" after a foul is called - but don't be profane and don't get personal with your taunts, certainly not racial ones. I am especially distressed to see this in the college game, from students who are supposedly educated and should know better. 

I believe the colleges should control this outrageous behavior. Ken Paulson, a Dean at Middle Tenn St., says they can't, because they would violate the 1st Amendment, the right to free speech. I don't buy that. Why couldn't the university make that a part of their code of conduct? They all have them. RIT here in Rochester, NY, has a rule that spectators aren't allowed to say ANYTHING other than cheer for the home team. That's way overcompensation, but it does eliminate taunting. How do they get away with that?

Some say the 'stormin' the court' is a form of taunting. I don't know if that's true, but it can be dangerous. Here's the last storm - Arizona at Oregon. By the way, the Ducks not only have the loudest uniforms, but also the ugliest court in basketball.

There is a strong rumor clogging the airwaves, that The Zen Master, Phil Jackson, is coming out of retirement to coach the Knicks. Proponents say that he would bring respectability to the Knicks and a history of success - 11 World Championships. He will bring that. What he won't bring is Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen or Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, which the Knicks could probably use more.

Sad news for all us Yankee fans: William Rhoden of the NY Times, says the Yankees will NOT win the World Series this year. They just WON'T.  Okay, I guess I won't have to watch the games this year.

Our condolences to Yogi Berra, who lost his wife of 65 years, Carmen Berra, this past week.

"There is a grass-roots attempt to make baseball's opening day a national holiday. If opening day is so American, how come this year's opener is in Australia?"  -- Charles Curtis,  Newark, NL Star-Ledger

"Chicago Cubs, 2014 World Series contenders? Hey, don't laugh. Vladimir Putin just got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. didn't he?"  -- Dwight Perry
"In Scotland, Terrence Crawford outpointed Ricky Burns to win the WBO lightweight boxing title. One judge mysteriously voted for a Russian figure skater."  -- Brad Dickson
"Nose tackle BJ Raji, turned down an $8 million deal from the Packers a year ago and got offered only $4 million this time. How's that discount double-check treating you, Raji?"  - Commenter DavieRicky
"A New Jersey High-school senior who refused to abide by her parents' rules, took them to court because they stopped paying her tuition. Just call her Teen A-Rod."  -- Dwight Perry
"The Brewers newly-adopted pooch ‘Hank’ ran in his first Milwaukee sausage race dressed as a hotdog. Lucky for the sausages, the race wasn't wiener take all."  -- RJ Currie
"Detroit Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson lost two teeth, plucked 'em off the ice, took the teeth to the bench and did not miss a shift. And in baseball news, Oakland's Drew Pomeranz missed the first day of spring training with an ingrown leg hair."  -- Brad Dickson
"What a week for the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, first Ersan Ilyasova was suspended for punching a Kings player, now O.J. Mayo was ejected and faces a suspension for shoving a Pelican. The Bucks may or may not end up with the #1 draft pick. But the whole team stands a chance of being invited to Celebrity Boxing."  -- Janice Hough



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