Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wednesday 01/14 A.M. Quickie:
Meeks, Pioli, Magic, Mays, Kiffin

Because his college career came at the peak of my teen-aged development as a sports fan, I maintain something of a nostalgic fascination with Chris Jackson during his career at LSU.

If you're under 30, you probably don't remember him much, if at all -- or, more likely, you know him far better as Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, summarily drummed out of the NBA, basically for being a Muslim. ("If you're under 30?" Cripes. Smack me for ever offering up that patronizing clause again.)

Anyway, in college, Jackson was absurdly good. Like: Makes-Stephen-Curry-look-pedestrian good. And one time in 1989, he scored a double-nickel vs. Ole Miss, and that came up last night when Kentucky's Jodie Meeks scored 54 at Tennessee.

Meeks had already scored 46 a month ago vs. App State -- but topping 50 in major college hoops, on the road no less, is putting yourself in very rare air. On an otherwise slow sports night where I was a lot more interested in the "Idol" premiere than any sports being shown on TV, it was a prolific performance. And so it leads today's SN column.

Other storylines you'll find:
*Why KC hiring Scott Pioli is the NFL best move of the offseason.
*Why the Magic are so on fire right now.
*Why the Coaches' poll will continue to frustrate you.
*Why Taylor Mays could win the Heisman.
*Why Lane Kiffin put his newborn in a tough position.

Check it out here. More later.

-- D.S.


Steve said...

Chris Jackson was the best freshman college basketball player ever. Just completely unstoppable.

WuzUpG said...

Chris Jackson was good, but what made him absurdly good was playing with Shaq.

And the Sharks, still on record pace....

Trent McBride said...

Re: your SN column. Even though that's a lot of 3s on Meeks' line, I think your still missing one. ;)