L.A. Pride is a true sports enthusiast. A former youth, and division II assistant basketball coach, who studied the martial arts, he enjoys and follows all sports, even hockey. His quick wit and insight brings a fresh view to the world of sports. You may not always agree with him, but you will enjoy his highly opinionated thoughts.
Is it me…
Or do athletes need to think before they speak? Kevin Youkillis, the NY Yankees third baseman was quoted as saying his heart will always be in Boston. Well, that is were his butt belongs except they traded him last year.
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls guard, said he was prepared to sit out this entire season rather than return too soon. Derrick, the Bulls have been extremely cooperative as you take your sweet time getting back. You need to man up and get back with the team.
Is it me…
Or was Evander Holyfield living dangerously this weekend? Evander was in Chicago promoting his barbeque sauce when Mike Tyson showed up with knife and fork in hand and was staring at Holyfield’s ear. With or without sauce Mike? Ouch!!!!!!
Is it me…
Or is it time to dunk the Slam Dunk contest at the NBA all-Star weekend? The contest draws no big names, the dunks are repetitive, and using spectators as props is dangerous.
In the ‘old’ days the stars of the NBA would participate in the dunk contest and that would add some excitement to the event. Nowadays you don’t know who the competitors are (name this years winner). They take forever to complete the dunk, with more misses than makes, and the dunks look so similar. Lastly, jumping over people can be dangerous as the dunkers are prone to miss the first couple of times. Just what the league needs a kid getting kicked in the face with a size thirteen Jordan.
It is time to put the contest down for a couple of years and let the public and players miss it. Hopefully it will rebound.
NBA teams are adjusting their rosters. Please follow this link for the latest information on your team:
Trade deadline is approaching, will Dwight be a Laker at the end of the week? Who will be in Boston next week?
Is it me…
Or is Danica Patrick in a no-win situation? Patrick had the fastest qualifying time this weekend and won NASCAR’s Daytona ‘s 500-pole position (the top spot). The first women racecar driver to do so, qualifying at over 196 miles per hour.
The downside is that the pole winner rarely wins this race. And Danica admits it would be a minor miracle for her to win the biggest race in NASCAR. She is going to be criticized heavily if she doesn’t win because the pole position makes her the favorite, in theory, and an easy target. Unfortunately, as much as the other drivers claim she is just another driver, they don’t treat her that way. No one is willing to work with her on the track, and let her draft, or use some of the other techniques necessary to be competitive. She still has to convince the other drivers that she is worthy and this is risky because if she wrecks the car in practice she moves to the back in a replacement car. She can’t win. They act as if she’s a woman driver!!!!!
Is it me…
Or has Indiana University survived the #1 jinx in men’s college basketball? Indiana remains the #1 team, surviving the week/weekend without a defeat.
(They beat instate rival Purdue easily). Indiana did lose its best defender, Victor Oladipo, due to an ankle injury. He remains a day-to-day decision, until the next big game. (IU played Michigan State, the number 4 team, last night after we went to press. I bet he played.)
The Big Ten conference appears to be the hot basketball conference, right now. Several of the top ranked teams are from the Big Ten, e.g. Indiana, Michigan State, and Michigan. And we thought they only played football in that conference.
University of Miami moved into second place, replacing Duke who lost to Maryland, a non-ranked team. March Madness is starting already with all the upsets. The current rankings can be found at the following link:
It has been a while since the women’s team at Baylor University faced a challenge. They passed one Monday night defeating UConn in Connecticut. Brittney Griner led a second half charge to overtake UConn and win a close game 76-70. Baylor maintains its number 1 ranking in the polls. Additionally, Griner reached the 3000-point mark for her college career. Congrats Britney.
Is it me…
Or is it with deep regret we note the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was 80 years old.
Buss had been in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with cancer, according to a report last week from the Los Angeles Times, and he had been visited before All-Star Weekend by several current and former Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.
A former aerospace engineer and real-estate developer, Buss has been a prominent name in American sports since he bought the Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, The Forum arena in Inglewood, Calif., and a 13,000-acre Southern California ranch from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 for $67 million.
Buss, a self-styled playboy, immediately transformed the Lakers into the NBA’s most glamorous franchise, winning 10 NBA championships under his watch.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Edited by D. Pride.