It’s a busy time in the world of sports with NHL and NBA playoffs, action from the Major Leagues, golf, etc., but nothing really compelling to post about. So here are some random observations on the current happenings in sports:
*Athletes don’t need to make political commentary. Yes, it’s their 1st amendment right to do so, but it’s never going to do anything positive for one’s career. Understand that, Rashard Mendenhall?
*The Lakers are in trouble. Phil Jackson needs to bring in the Dalai Lama because his Zen just isn’t cutting it any more in Tinseltown.
*The Bengals draft was surprisingly solid. Word on the street says the coaches won out with the Andy Dalton pick over Mike Brown’s desire for another “big arm” and reclamation project in Ryan Mallett. I’ve not seen many coaches more excited about a player than Jay Gruden is with Dalton. And AJ Green will be a stud. Period.
*Larry Bird and Pacers owner Herb Simon apparently don’t get along that well. I know Larry doesn’t need the money or the validation of his place in the NBA, but for the sake of the Pacers and their fans, mend the fences and come back. He’s done an outstanding job rebuilding this franchise and needs to stay to provide continuity.
*How ’bout those Bolts?! The Lightning sweep #1 seed Washington and await the Bruins/Flyers winner. Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis are two of the most underrated athletes in any pro sport. That duo is entirely responsible for saving hockey in Tampa. They’ve brought one Cup to the Bay. Now they’re in another conference final with an almost entirely different cast.
*Deandre Liggins and Terrence Jones return to Kentucky, while Brandon Knight stays in the draft. That’s as realistic as my wishful thinking can get.
*Memo to Dan Dakich: you reading your Twitter feed on the radio isn’t entertaining. Call Lance McAlister for some pointers on how to host a sports call-in show.
*John Rocker is writing a book. This should go well 🙂