13) Had the good fortune to meet Brent Musburger Friday here at the SouthPoint Casino, where he has a daily radio show. He was kind enough to give me a few minutes as we talked football and his new radio gig. Very nice man.
One thing; Mr Musburger is 78 years old; he does his two-hour radio show standing up. I’m pretty sure I’ve never stood up for two consecutive hours. Ever.
12) There seems to be a bowling tournament here every day; lot of bowlers around. One guy had one of his bowling balls fall out of his bag in the parking lot Monday and was chasing it down a hill. Most bowlers are not great athletes. Strong thumbs, though.
11) There is also a cheerleading competition here this weekend, which means dozens and dozens of teenage girls are here. And their moms, which is much better.
That said, if I had a teenage daughter, the last place on this planet she would spend the weekend was here in America’s Favorite City, much less in a casino.
Nothing quite as uplifting as seeing a young couple drag their four kids into the sports book last night for dinner. “What does par-lay mean, daddy?” Oy.
10) Marlins 7, Mets 2— Must’ve been cold in the Big Apple last night; Giancarlo Stanton was dressed like Bob Hayes in the Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field in 1967, when Cowboys-Packers played in sub-zero temps for the NFL title. He did not look like he was having fun.
9) A young person posted on Twitter this week that Tony Romo is the Cowboys’ best-ever QB; have to excuse him, he probably never saw Roger Staubach play. And by the way, Troy Aikman won more Super Bowls (three) than Romo won playoff games (two).
8) Russell Westbrook joins Oscar Robertson as the only two NBA players to average a triple-double for a season; great for him, good for us, since now TV nitwits can stop talking about it. How many of these people know/care that the Utah Jazz clinched a division last night?
7) Wichita State jumps from the Missouri Valley to the AAC, making Gregg Marshall’s job a lot tougher. Unsure who replaces Wichita in the Valley— Valparaiso? Omaha? Oral Roberts?
6) Phil Mickelson has played 92 rounds at The Masters; he is -72 on the 13th hole, which is kind of hard to believe, had I not seen the graphic myself.
5) Good to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar doing TV talk shows these days; this is 30 years overdue. Because he hasn’t been much of a public figure, people forget how dominant a player he was, from the time he was in high school, all the way to the Hall of Fame.
When Kareem was at UCLA, freshmen couldn’t play varsity; his freshman team beat the Bruins’ varsity by 20. UCLA’s varsity was the defending national champs.
4) Football coaches are nomads; here is where Brady Hoke spent the last few years:
2003-08— Ball State head coach
2009-10— San Diego State head coach
2011-14— Michigan head coach
2015— Out of football
2016— Defensive coordinator, Oregon
2017— Defensive line coach, Tennessee
3) Dodger games aren’t always on TV here in Las Vegas; some bogus rule about TV blackouts. It is three hours from here to LA. Weird rule.
2) Hawks 114, Cavaliers 100— Atlanta rested all five of its starters- those guys must be exhausted- they played Thursday, but their last game before that was Sunday. Anyway here is Cavs’ coach Tyronn Lue on this game:
“I didn’t think we respected them tonight. I thought we thought we’d just mess around with the game until it was time to knuckle down. By that time, they already had confidence. That’s who we’ve been. That’s who we are. I hate it.”
1— Memphis (-12.5) 101, Knicks 88— You have to see how this game ended; guy on Memphis is dribbling out the clock near halfcourt with score 98-88. Just before the shot clock expires, he hoists a 40-footer from the sideline and it swishes at the buzzer!!!
If you bet the Knicks, this was a dagger but if you bet on the Knicks, well……….