From Mama McNabb to Mama LeBron to your own mom: Mother's Day is the year's most
deserving holiday. Treat her right this weekend.
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Two Words For You:
Announcement Sunday for the NBA's MVP,
which has led conspiracy buffs to claim the timing
indicates Nash will win.
Something about how the NBA schedules the award on
the winner's off-day; the Suns are off; and Shaq plays
Sunday if the Wiz win tonight...
Who cares? He SHOULD win:
Valuable is malleable: Don't define it as most
unguardable (Shaq) or most talented (LeBron); trust
the hazy guideline "impact":
*Led Suns from worst to first.
*Triggered NBA-CPR offense.
*PHX stunk when he was out.
See Big 5 for a ballot and Today's Poll to have
NBA: Seven Mania
Nothing replaces the painfully slow
process of an NBA playoff series like the urgency of a
Game 7. Or two.
Pacers at Celtics: Pierce, goat; Walker hero?
Ugh. Boston-Detroit would be painful. (Go Pacers, if
only for the Brawl subplot.)
Rockets at Mavs: It's a zero-sum game: Either
T-Mac confirms his rep as a staggeringly talented
loser or Mark Cuban's head explodes.
Meanwhile, NBA Friday:
Bulls at Wizards (8, ESPN)
Win or go home for Chicago
(Win AND go home, too...)
Yankees Bottom Out
Or "Dead Friggin' Last," as fans in New
York might be muttering.
As other fans continue a week-long revelry, enjoy it
while it lasts; the last time they were in last
(6/20/95), they went on to win the Wild Card.
The week's developments -- lineups, losing, last-place
-- is the best thing to happen to baseball since the
Yankees' dominance started.
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|WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...|
Milwaukee Brewers: Break 'em up! Riding 7-game win streak|
St. Louis Cardinals: Pull MLB's first triple-play of 2005
L.A. Dodgers: Launch program to cultivate more women fans
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
Dirk Nowitzki: 5-22 FGs, mainly caused by T-Mac's defense|
Paul Pierce: Gets himself tossed (real good thing C's won)
Reggie Fowler: May NOT be NFL's first black majority owner
Bonds Doc Sketchy
The bad perception of Barry Bonds has
been built, in part, on guilt-by-association. Think
FBI-investigated trainer Greg Anderson.
So it's not going to help that his knee surgeon,
Arthur Ting, is reportedly on probation, among other
things, for all sorts of sketchy violations (via AZ
Bonds does it to himself.
Dee Brown: NBA?
Will test the draft, reportedly, but
not hire an agent.
Hey, why not? He's coming off the best season
possible (Big Ten POY, NCAA runner-up).
Superlatives aren't a bad way to compare your value,
so it sure doesn't hurt that he would instantly become
the NBA's quickest player.
Shaq vs. Buss
"I didn't need motivation...
I needed a real owner."
Shaq's zinger at Lakers owner Jerry Buss is my
motivation to do further Shaq-style analysis of other
Who: White Sox
Didn't need: SABRmetrics
Needed: Sick pitching
Who: Jeff Van Gundy
Didn't need: Conspiracies
Needed: T-Mac's 37-8-7
Who: Star Wars line-campers
Didn't need: Dates, showers
Needed: Bathroom stand-in
For or against, your rooting interest
has to be George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road,
the odds-on favorite to win.
Of course, Big Stein's Yankees were also odds-on
favorites to win, and look how they've been
(Bellamy DFL = Glue?)
||Kellen Winslow II:
Sources indicate that he tore his ACL in his cycle
wreck and that his season is over. Forget the lost
bonus; he's totally wrecked his career.
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|NBA Daily Dime|
|Scoop on Kwame|
|Quickie NBA MVP Ballot|
|Made biggest impact|
|Heat the best in the East|
|NBA's most talented|
|MVP-ish, WHEN HEALTHY ...|
|R. Allen/G. Arenas|
|Led rivals (where's KG?)|
Isiah on Phil Jackson, presumably declaring Jax his
top candidate: "There's no one out there that really
has this body of work."|
Heart goes out to Panthers LB Mark Fields, whose
Hodgkins returned and will keep him out for the
Tom House corrects himself: Amphetamines, not
steroids, were the problem in the 1960s. That's
semantics: The era still had its own cheating.
NBA All-Rookie Team: Okafor, Howard, Gordon, Deng,
Iguodala. I would have put Nets C Nenad Krstic on the
1st team, instead of Deng.
Jason White Watch: He's alive! The Titans sign him for
competition for No. 3 job.