400 NHL wins is performance/endurance comparable to MLB's 550 HR; but Patrick Roy's all-time W record of 551? Prediction: Brodeur shatters it.
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Time for some "bracket bran:
Every year, some study comes out that rips Sweet 16
teams for low academic performance of players. This
year, yesterday's report was headlined with only four
schools having grad rates higher than 50 percent.
Wait, wait ... don't yawn and skip to the next item
The NCAA wrings its hands, explaining that a proposed
"incentive/disincentive" plan will punish teams --
limiting scholarships, no Tourney participation -- for
not meeting academic requirements or graduating
WHAT STAGGERING CHUTZPAH. To pull
players out of class for basically a month, to reap
billions of dollars in corporate sponsorships, to leave players' scholarships each
year at the mercy of coaches with no real incentive
but their own personal welfare ...
It's so easy to blame players, coaches, ADs and school
presidents -- when, exactly, is the ultimate scrutiny
going to be turned on the NCAA's executive
Related: Today's must-must-read is Bob Lipsyte's
Writers' Bloc column on NCAA reform.
No major quibbles with the AP first-team
All-Americans: Nelson, Okafor, Roberts,
Childress, Gomes. But once again, there's a ballot
bias against freshmen.
Wake Forest PG Chris Paul, the top player this
March, only merits "Honorable Mention" after a
Freshman of the Year season?
Meanwhile, Duke PG Chris Duhon gets a
"lifetime-achievement" third-team spot? He isn't even
the third best player on his team. Give me Duke
frosh Luol Deng in that spot, rather than just an
Frankly, I'll take the "frosh team" over the
above-listed "first team," period.
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Moving on to guys who will never make
an "All-Freshman" team ...
Reportedly, up to half of the all-star preps
participating in tonight's Roundball Classic in
Chicago are mulling over the NBA Draft. No, it's not
the end of the NBA as we know it. Get over it.
Top 3 Players to Watch:
Dwight Howard, 6-11, PF
At best: next Kevin Garnett
At worst: next Kwame Brown
Shaun Livingston, 6-7, PG
At best: Early-career Penny
At worst: Late-career Penny
Josh Smith, 6-8, SF
At best: D-Miles
At worst: D-League
Face it: The MLBPA will only accept
changes to drug testing when honcho Don Fehr lets it
happen. So don't let Fehr's subtled, door-cracking
phrasing Tuesday throw off the gargantuan
foreshadowing that the rules will
Anyone else notice that his updated rhetoric
came after a meeting with the Red Sox?
Hmm ... think Curt Schilling had anything to do with that?
Rivera: Best Ever?
As superlatives are my specialty, I'll
agree with Yanks GM Brian Cashman: Mariano Rivera is
the best closer in baseball history. But along with
that wicked cut fastball, you better credit kismet.
(On the Brewers, he's merely great.)
The must-read daily coverage of the
women's NCAA Tournament? Check out the "Tourney Dish."
Covers everything you need to know to
enjoy the Women's NCAAs. Today: Why No. 7 Minnesota
over No. 2 K-State -- the biggest paper upset of the
tournament so far -- isn't much of one.
Reportedly going to make students pay $30 extra in tuition to limit the school's athletic department deficit. Maybe if they made the Dance ...
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beat in the East ...
As Mike Price's career is shattered, he seems to have
nothing better to do than continue to sue people
involved in his ouster ...
What to make of this, if you're Warner/Bulger: The
Rams signed Chris Chandler to be the backup of the
backup (whoever it may be) ...
Is Bobby Taylor the missing piece in Seattle? Not
quite, but his signing will help: Hawks were
28th-ranked passing D in '03 ...
Eye on the Ball(ot) -- more politics/sports crossover:
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