Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday 04/10 A.M. Quickie:
Adenhart, Tiger, Bynum, Burnett, BU, More

Longtime readers know that of the many things I don't do well, gravitas is at the top of the list.

It is hard to lead today's SN column with Nick Adenhart's death. My own inadequate contribution is merely that the circumstances -- coming off an impressive '09 debut, basically his MLB career debut -- remind me how fleeting the thrill in sports is, and how I should appreciate it. I can't speak for MLB players appreciating every minute; I can only say it for myself, as a fan.

Beyond that tragedy, the season is off to an intriguing start: The Yankees finally winning (behind Burnett); the Rays topping the Sox at Fenway; the breakthrough(?) Royals; Joey Votto (drafted him!)

The NBA playoffs are going to be boring -- at least in the West, where the Lakers should roll. Why are they bothering to even play the series? With Bynum back, they're even better.

Hope Syracuse fans enjoyed the ride this year: Flynn, Devendorf and Harris all declare for the draft. Flynn says he may come back -- and he's be preseason national POY if he did -- but I also think he could be a Top 10 NBA pick. Why would you come back to school if that was the case? Hansbrough-Lawson-Green sure as heck wouldn't have.

NFL Draft: Two weeks away. Rumor-mongering should start to pick up next week.

More in the column here.

-- D.S.

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