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.