Commentary on the World Wide Web of Sports ‘n’ Stuff
Links I like from the past week or so……
- Pat Forde of ESPN.com writes a pretty nice article about New Orleans and the continuing recovery process (pre-BCS national championship game). I hope that NOLA continues to receive media coverage…..anything to further assist the rebuilding.
- Have you ever wondered what a wad of cash looks like spread all over the floor of a Virginia Tech football player’s abode….err…. the dwelling of a “friend”? — thanks to the Big Lead for showing us how the Flo-Rida dope boiz do the damn thang.
- Ahhhh memories…..I’ll admit it, I used to have a pair of Redskins Zubaz pants, much like the ones worn here by Jim Lachey and brought to the us by Mr. Irrelevant. I’m not sure what happened to my pants….can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not. But I used to be the flyest 8th grader who never wore ‘em out in public. What I can’t figure out is why the good folks at zubaz.com are still in business. They even have pictures on their site of people from modern times modeling the ‘baz.
- Winnie Cooper is still kickin’, lookin’ tasty, and just about a third of a century old.
- Speaking of hotties, Co-Ed Magazine.com has the run-down on the top 25 sexiest female athletes of 2007 – Not sure about you, but my #1 vote goes to #6 on the list, Allison Stokke, University of Cal pole vaulter. College Candy has the coverage — easy gents, she’s just a college freshman, for now.
- A little late in the game to jump on the Gilbert Arenas blogging band-wagon, but I’m sure that Gil appreciates the love from the San Francisco Chronicle nonetheless. Found via Gilbertology, the article, “Arenas leads the league in humorous blog entries,” by Dave D’Alessandro actually touches on the blogging fad of many NBA players. It will be interesting to see how professional sports leagues and individual team PR will handle the new means of communication as it continues to blow up. Many sports media pundits, such as Michael Wilbon, have expressed their displeasure with blogs….and they have some valid points……but their dirty little secret is that more and more “traditional” journalists are monitoring blogs for information with a different perspective, just like the general public.
UPDATE: Slam Online has this timely post touching on the dangers of professional sports players in the limelight and the ability to personally broadcast to the masses.
[The dangers of YouTube for NBA players by Vincent Thomas]
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: True Hoop’s take – NBA Players, Please don’t fear YouTube
- Can you make change on top of a back-board? True Hoop is intent on figuring it out with these posts:
James White vs. a Jumping Myth
About “Making Change” off the Top of a Backboard
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I seen a guy do it….It was Bo Kimble in the 1991 movie, Heaven Is A Playground (which also featured Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon).
- Speaking of Bo Kimble…..we all know how he is tied to Hank Gathers — if you don’t, here’s the quick background: Kimble & Gathers played high school ball together in Philly. They both decided to head west for college, signing with USC. After the coaches who recruited them were fired after 1 season, both decided to transfer to Loyola Marymount. In his junior season, Gathers led the NCAA in points, 32.7, and rebounds, 13.7 — the second player in history to do so. Kimble, limited to 18 games, only averaged 16.8 that season. But the following year, in a Paul Westhead system, Kimble averaged 35.3 PPG and Gathers 29.0 — AND they had another guy, Jeff Fryer, who averaged 22.7 [what a Big Three, 87 points per game...in college!].
The death of Hank Gathers: In a WCC tournament semi-final game vs. Portland, Gathers scores an alley-oop dunk, putting his team up 12 with just over 13 minutes left in the 1st half. Gathers then collapsed and never got up; he died from a heart muscle disorder.
Here is what I didn’t know: Not only was the rest of that game canceled, but the rest of the WCC tournament was canceled. Loyola Marymount was given the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. 1990 doesn’t seem like that long ago, but I suppose a lot has happened in the 18 years since. Was this fair to the rest of the teams in the WCC? Would a conference basketball tournament under similar conditions be canceled today?
I’m not sure….being only 9 at the time, but I would like to know about any controversy surrounding this decision. Yea, Loyola Marymount was the WCC regular season champion — so the move somewhat made sense. I’m just imaging what the reaction would’ve been if the Skins were given a playoff spot after Sean Taylor passed away.