Sunday, January 27, 2013

1/27 (Very) Quickie

Here's my thought for this morning:

When people -- NFL alums like Kurt Warner, Tom Brady's dad, President Obama -- say they're "unsure" they would let their kid play football, it means they wouldn't.

It's not that the end of tackle football is inevitable; it's that the acceleration toward that point is so dramatic.

*One week from the Super Bowl: Harbaugh Brothers. Ray Lewis. Colin Kaepernick. 49ers 5-0 in Super Bowl history. (There: Can we fast-forward through the pre-game lead-up now?)

*College hoops hangover:  It's going to be easy for me to advance Florida to the Final Four on my bracket this year... it's going to be hard for me NOT to advance Butler to the Final Four on my bracket this year... it just got a little easier for me not to want to advance VCU to the Final Four (in fact, if there's a new non-Butler mid-major that I'm starting to get irrationally supportive of, it's Wichita State)... it's going to be hard to resist the temptation to knock out both Kentucky and UNC before the tournament's first weekend is over... it's going to be really hard to figure out how far to advance NC State. (Reminder: The entire college hoops regular season is an exercise in figuring out how to fill out your bracket.)

*NBA: Three months ago, a Sunday double-header of Heat-Celtics and Thunder-Lakers seemed so terrific. Today? Meh. There are two teams total in the NBA -- Miami and OKC -- with a legitimate chance of winning the championship. (Maybe, as always, San Antonio.) Everyone else is playing to make things interesting. (Like my Wiz! How 'bout that! There is nothing more awkward than Wizards fan triumphalism.)

-- D.S.

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