Sunday, April 10, 2005

The (whatever) in Review

Been a While, Hasn't It?

  • NBDL names Matt Carroll their MVP. Carroll, now with the Bobcats, averaged over 20 points per game with Roanoke. Now, he's averaging just over 8 points in just under 17 minutes, including 17 versus Toronto last Friday and 20 at the Bulls on Saturday. He's no dummy, either, getting to the line a ton (57 free throw attempts in 17 games) and making his free throws (48, 84.2%).

  • Notre Dame has fallen to a distant 5th in the Director's Cup standings behind Stanford, Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin. Who makes up the point system, though? A 24th place finish in women's swimming gets 49.5 points, a 20th place finish in men's indoor track 53.5, and a combined men's and women's fencing championship gets a whopping 50 points. Huh?

  • You know how I like to spend my Easter? Showing up at the airport at 5:30 pm to find my flight has been delayed until 9:45 due to weather. Then, when the weather clears at 9:30, finding out that Atlanta air traffic control is going to let a bunch of people go ahead of us; we left finally at 12:30. Fun. Fortunately, when I told the people at the training class I was going to that I was working on 1 1/2 hours of sleep, they let me sneak down to the programmer's vending machine, which of course had an ample supply of Mountain Dew.

  • Bubble tea. Good stuff. You gotta try it.

  • Browns trade Mike Myers and Ebenezer Ekuban for Reuben Droughns. I haven't seen yet if Droughns is just going to be insurance for Lee Suggs, or of they're going to be a 1-2 punch. Meanwhile, the Browns' new 3-4 offense is starting to look more like a 0-7, as Myers, Ekuban, Courtney Brown, and Gerard Warren are now all with the Broncos (the Broncos' d-line coach used to work for Cleveland). My hope for Cleveland in the draft is that they pull a Bill Parcells and trade down their #3 pick for two decent players - there are tons of good defensive ends/tackles out there, plus a couple decent DBs.

  • Nets name Petra Pope director of marketing. Wait a minute, this guy's name is "Pope Peter!" How did I miss him in my last column?

  • Obligatory Cleveland sports reporter moment: Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed the last game with a dislocated finger.

  • Obligatory Cleveland sports reporter follow-up: Tape it up and get out there! (Seriously, there has not been a Cleveland sports reporter who hasn't followed up a report on Z missing the game without telling him to suck it up in the very next sentence. It's almost as if Ilgauskas is out with a dislocated fingertapeitupandgetoutthere.)

  • Rockies trade Charles Johnson for Byung-Hyun Kim. Johnson is released by the BoSox and signed as a backup in Tampa Bay. Huh? What? When did this happen?

  • Has anyone seen Ludacris's new song/video "Number One Spot"? All he does is quote Austin Powers to a background beat - and it's not even a song from an Austin Powers soundtrack! Right now Mike and Klondike (ok, and me too) are drooling at their keyboards and trying to think up a beat to go with their Monty Python/Dirty Work/Office Space quotes. Visit Ludacris's site and click "Launch Music Player" as it scrolls by to hear the song - but only if you don't mind all the completely unnecessary half-naked girls at work.