Notes on a golf scorecard while wondering how believable this story of PGA touring pro Robert Allenby being mugged really is …
Unless you’re a fan of New England or Seattle, this is a Super Bowl that a lot of the rest of us wouldn’t mind seeing both teams lose.
Which squad is more insufferable? Is it the Patriots with Bill Belichick’s smugness and their constant undercurrent of shady doings (deflated footballs?), and the fact Tom Brady is married to a super model? Or is it the Seahawks with their overhyped “12th man” and Pete Carroll’s smirk and Marshawn Lynch’s starring role in his own crotch-grabbing, rule-flaunting silent movie?
At least if you’re an LSU fan you have players to pull for on both sides. Cornerback Tharold Simon plays for the Seahawks, and wide receiver Brandon LaFell and injured running back Stevan Ridley play for the Pats.
Remarkably, this is the 14th straight year LSU has had at least one player in the Super Bowl, and it’s the second straight year a former Tiger is guaranteed to wind up with a Super Bowl ring. Simon and Spencer Ware were both on injured reserve with the Seahawks last year.
In a stern reaction to the Pelicans’ underwhelming 2-3 road trip through the NBA’s Leastern Conference, the Saints have fired director of college scouting Rick Reiprish.
It’s not the first time I’ve written it and it certainly won’t be the last, but I detest the NFL’s overtime rules.
Seattle won the OT coin toss in Sunday’s NFC Championship and went down and scored a touchdown. Game over. What? How can a game so important be decided partially by luck? Green Bay was imploding, but the Packers certainly had enough talent to do the same if they had won the toss.
I’m not much more fond of college overtime rules, because as Nick Saban once said, it isn’t real football. No clock, the ball arbitrarily put at the defense’s 25-yard line, though the saving grace is at least both offenses are guaranteed a chance.
If I were the Czar of Football, here’s how I would handle overtime: Have a 15-minute overtime period with a coin toss and a kick off. Guarantee both teams an opportunity to possess the ball. If the 15-minute period ends without a score (as in the NFL regular season), it’s a tie. That’s it. If it’s the playoffs, play another 15-min OT period.
It may not be TV or newspaper deadline friendly, but it would be fair.
LSU’s 79-61 win Tuesday night at Florida was impressive, even if this is hardly a classic Gators team. But at the same time, it raises the maddening question as to if the Tigers could go into a pit like the O’Connell Center and win, why couldn’t they hold a 13-point lead with 18:40 left at home against Texas A&M? The Tigers have a chance to win every game between now and their Feb. 10 showdown with Kentucky, but they have to prove their consistency first. Winning Saturday at Vanderbilt would be a great start.
Lopsided isn’t the word for the Arroyo Valley (California) High School girls’ 161-2 basketball victory over hapless in-state opponent Bloomington on Jan. 5. No truth to the rumor Bloomington was able to put only three players on the court at a time.
Overreaction isn’t the word for the suspension of Arroyo Valley coach Michael Anderson after the game.
Anderson is accused of being a poor sport and a meanie and a first-class smarty pants, I suppose. Really, they suspended this guy for winning by too much?
OK, maybe they ran up the score, though Anderson said he pulled his starters in the second half. Of course, if your backups are to the other team what John Calipari’s backups are to the other team, it is questionable how much mercy you are showing.
To me, the guy who should be suspended is Bloomington coach Dale Chung, who said people should feel sorry for Anderson’s team, not his, and I’m rubber and you’re glue and your words bounce off me and stick to you (like the passes off his players’ hands apparently). I’d like to think I could coach my team to one basket in an entire high school game (they made two free throws).
Look. I’ve attended hundreds of youth and high school sporting events over the years my kids have played in. And it can make your blood boil to watch your team get shut out and/or routed, as was the case for my daughter’s basketball team earlier this season (I think it lost 24-0).
But I don’t think it was because the other coach was full-court fascist. It was because my daughter’s team wasn’t good enough.
Certainly there are plenty of jerks coaching and running youth sports out there. They’re drawn like moths to a flame it seems. And maybe this Anderson is one of them.
But our “everyone deserves a trophy” attitude toward youth sports isn’t the answer. We had one-win teams in the Louisiana state football playoffs last season, though that’s partially the fault of the public/private playoff split (that’s a whole other column there).
The Bloomington girls aren’t going to be scarred for life by this loss. Probably they’ll laugh about it with their grandchildren one day.
And hopefully, they’ll learn something from it. Hopefully they’ll learn how to deal with failure, which is part of life, which is what playing youth sports is supposed to help prepare you for after all.
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