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 does the NFL put too much emphasis on the combine and pro days? It would seem to me that four years of college football would carry more weight than a one or two day scripted workout. It seems silly to downgrade a player if he has a poor showing at the combine or pro day. Or for that matter really boost a player because of a good showing. The body of work over four years would appear to be more revealing. But hey, if teams want to blow big bucks on a one shot audition…why not! After all they can always raise ticket prices and have the fans pay for their mistake(s).
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Is it me…
Or is it sad that the winning streak in the NBA is over? Yes the consecutive game streak ended Monday night—-no, not that one – Denver’s. The Denver Nuggets who had won 15 straight games lost to the Hornets.
The other streak, is at 27 games and counting, The Miami Heat are bearing down on the record of 33 games set by the 71-72 Lakers. The Lakers were led by Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, who ironically was the leading scorer during the streak, not West as is commonly thought, and Wilt Chamberlain, who led the team in rebounds. The other two starters were Jim McMillan and Happy Hairston, at the forwards. The great Elgin Baylor started the year with the team, but retired during the season, allowing the team to start McMillan. Baylor’s sacrifice helped the team set the record and win a championship, but cost him a ring. Pat Riley the president of the Heat was on the Laker’s in 71-72 and will be a part of the record regardless of what happens with the Heat over the next six games.
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Is it me…
Or is Tiger Back? I know, a couple of weeks ago we said it was too early to proclaim Tiger Woods back. But you gotta admit he is hot and was impressive winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at Bay Hill. In addition to winning for the eighth time at Bay Hill, he recaptured the number one ranking on the circuit.
Way to go Tiger!
The next time we see Woods will be in three weekends at Augusta National where he’ll be chasing major No. 15. This is the fourth time Woods has won three tournaments in the same season before the Masters.
Is it me…
Or did you really have FGCU in the sweet sixteen? Florida Gulf Coast University is the Cinderella story, so far, in the NCAA tournament. A no. 15 seed had never made it to the sweet sixteen; A division one program for approximately 600 days, the Eagle has landed. There are three teams from Florida in the sweet sixteen (Miami and Florida are the other two) which speaks highly of the quality of ball being played in the state.
Ironically FGCU tried to get a scrimmage with Florida before the start of the season. But the Gators refused, thinking they had nothing to gain. Little did they know they would be playing them in the tournament, with so much at stake. Other underdogs still hanging in there are LaSalle, a 13th seed, and Wichita State (they play one another) and Oregon. You have to love March Madness.
The tournament was rough on two high profile coaches; Howland at UCLA and Smith at Minnesota were both let go after poor performances by their respective teams in the tournament. Howland was victim of an injury to a key player and Smith was expected to perform miracles with an under achieving program. You are only as good as your last win.
Is it me…
Or do you need a program to recognize the Yankees? The New York Yankees will begin the season next week without the following players in the starting lineup:
They are being replaced by: Juan Rivera, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkillis, and Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees better make sure the names are spelled correctly on the uniforms or we won’t know ‘who’s on first.’
Edited by D. Pride.