Oh wow, do red-eye flights suck. But enough complaining: Spencer Hall is pinch-hitting this morning for me at SportingNews.com, which I could never complain about.
Bleary-eyed and briefly:
Lakers beat Nuggets: I was watching this game at a sports bar in Denver, and you can feel the frustration from Nuggets fans about their team.
(But not nearly the frustration that they have in the Rockies' relief situation: I went to games the last two nights -- both blown saves. Ridiculous.)
Cowboys trade for Pac-Man Jones: Presumably, he will be taking the Michael Irvin Distinguished Professorship in Troublemaking.
Matt Walsh to talk with Roger Goodell, NFL: This will never happen, but they should stream the conversation live at NFL.com; it would set online-sports records for audience size.
NFL Draft: Are the Rams going to draft Glenn Dorsey? I hope they actually sign him before Saturday, and the "pre-draft" can continue to the Falcons.
Are the Packers going to sign Daunte Culpepper? That's a strong move.
Gee, thanks Trevor Hoffman: You blew Greg Maddux's shot at win No. 350. Speaking of milestone wins, Mike Mussina moved ahead of Bob Gibson on the career wins list.
(In 5-10 years, when it becomes obvious that Mussina will be the last pitcher ever to reach the 250-win plateau, will he make it to the Hall of Fame? Hell, 200 might be a stretch.)
Celtics, Pistons win in routs: The C's are on track for a sweep; the Pistons, obviously perturbed at the Game 1 result, might win in 5 after finding their focus.
Is Tony Stewart leaving Joe Gibbs Racing? That means the most charismatic (and interesting) NASCAR driver is up for grabs -- if I was an owner, I'd pay to get him.
CFB: Is there any greater sin than transferring from Michigan to Ohio State? Justin Boren will find out. I don't begrudge him for leaving Michigan -- Rich Rodriguez isn't everyone's taste -- but how could he go to Ohio State? That's not a transfer; that's an allergic reaction.