The fastest way to get off the bubble is to deliver a huge, high-profile, national-TV win in the last week of the season. By that standard,
The Orange beat national (and my) bandwagon
It was a signature win for the 'Cuse, and precisely the kind of shellacking (where Green and Hibbert were totally shut down) where you (uh: I) have to re-think all of my previous assumptions about
CBB Top 25: Let me make a prediction – at most, 1 team in the current Top 4 will make the Final Four. (Biggest question: How will the absence of forward Brian Butch – potentially for the entire NCAA Tournament – hurt
Meanwhile: Memphis remains overrated at No. 6 (did pollsters learn nothing from last year's team?); the biggest discrepancy remains UNLV, ranked No. 12 in the RPI and No. 29 in the AP poll; and who among us would be bold enough to give Southern Illinois an NCAA Tournament 1-seed if the season ended today. What if I were to tell you the Salukis are ranked No. 4 in the current RPI? I say: Why not?
(Speaking of mid-majors:
CBB Game to Watch tonight: Florida at Tennessee. Can the Gators rebound from losing two of their last three, at one of the tougher road destinations in the SEC? (And what will Pat Summitt do to match Bruce Pearl's shirtless cheerleading for her women's team? The game is televised, so we'll find out.)
NBA: The symbol that the defending champ's reign is really over? The Heat lost to... the Knicks. Eddy Curry (28 pts, 11 reb) outplayed Shaq. Who would have guessed that, between the two teams, the one with more playoff potential in 2007 on February 27 would be... Isiah's gang.
Shaq: 25K Points, 10K Rebounds. Six other players have reached that plateau. Can you name them?
NBA Injury Watch 1: Maybe the Clippers SHOULD have traded Shaun Livingston. The oft-injured young PG dislocated his knee and is done for the season. (The picture will undoubtedly fly around the blog world... and it's pretty gruesome.)
NBA Injury Watch 2: If the Wizards can get Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison simultaneously healthy by the playoffs (and keep them that way), they could have a puncher's chance at winning the East.
Sonics owners the new Tim Hardaway?* One of the most rousing blog debates over the last 24 hours has been the one on Henry Abbott's TrueHoop after he linked to a story in the Stranger (from Seattle) about how the new owners of the Sonics have given lots of money to anti-gay-marriage causes. Check out the Comments section – and if you've got something intelligent to say about it, I'd recommend adding to the debate over there, rather than recreating the wheel over here (which you know could happen). Please keep in mind the Golden Rule of Blog Commenting: You aren't going to change anyone's mind, just like no one is going to change yours.
(* - Yes, it's an easy, cheap joke. But you can expect that anything that has to do with someone in sports associated negatively to gay people will be a "new Tim Hardaway" moment.)
YouTube Video of the Day: Bootleg of Team USA in layup lines in Korea. Like Arenas' post-practice 3-point contest, one of those things you hear myths about but never get a chance to see. (via NBA Fanhouse, and hat tip to JE Skeets for pointing out the way the Korean fans mock Kirk Hinrich for not being able to dunk.)
NFL: Anyone want to trade for Willis McGahee? He's on the block. (Speaking of available, Joey Harrington is about to be, too.)
Rulon Gardner, Day 2: Crazy, eh?
Federer: "Best Ever" Debate. New fodder: He broke Jimmy Connors' 30-y.o. record by maintaining his No. 1 ranking for 161 straight weeks.
Baseball Hall of Fame Vets' Ballot: Marvin Miller deserves to be in.
Finally: Speaking of baseball cards, would you pay $2.35 million for a 1909 Honus Wagner, perhaps the most valuable baseball card on Earth? You might not, but someone did. So here's the question: Is there a particular sports trading card (baseball or otherwise) that is/was particularly special to you?