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A little higher learning
By Brian Murphy
Special to Page 2
|It is the last work Monday before Christmas -- or, as it's known in my cubicle, "Aloha Bowl Day." (For Xmas gifts, I often hand the family over-under bets made through my own personal Santa).
"That's the way the cookie cutter crumbles," Johnny wrote. "I always liked the multi-purpose crib. Gimme the Vet, Riverfront, Busch, Three Rivers any day. Seams in the turf. Two sport tenants. The sights of my childhood: heat vapors rising off the turf in baseball's August, dudes slipping and sliding and freezing on the same monstrosity in December's NFL. So here's to Three Rivers, man: To Bradshaw and Blount, to Franco and Rocky, to the Irish Rooneys, to Cowher's jaw and to Stallworth's hands. And way to pound Danny Snyder's boys. Bonus points, lads." 2. Still Tripping on A-Rod
"Never thought Texas was the place," Johnny wrote. "And to think, last week we were clowning on Mike Hampton. But hey, man. If the owner's got it, he can spend it any way he wants. I'm not ripping A-Rod. No way. Just get paid, baby." 3. Fired Up on My Boy Shaq
"Give him some love," Johnny wrote. "He didn't have to go back. But he knew the example it would set. And he knew what his Mom would think. So props to the Lakers for giving him the day off, and for setting Kobe loose on Air Canada on Sunday. Too bad NBC's hoop schedule doesn't begin until next week." 4. College Hoops Takes Shape
"Looks like Illinois is the bomb," Johnny wrote. "And you know Arizona is going to be meaner, tougher and more unbeatable in March because of this kick-ass schedule they're playing. I don't know what Izzo's boys are doing, scoring 46 vs. Kentucky. But I do know they held Big Blue to 45, so that's all that matters. Murph, I am fired up for the next few months of college hoop, one of America's great treasures, and for this week's Stanford-Duke showdown. Sweet." 5. Finally, Loving "The Sound of Music" on NBC
There was no explanation under this one. Say what? Johnny and a musical? The only music Johnny digs are his Led Zeppelin live discs, and his library of Sinatra. Then I noticed the handwriting was different. "Reminds me of my childhood, when I did some time in Germany when Pops was in the military, bro," Shaq said, grinning. "And Christmas. Can you give me that?" I nodded. Christmas is for kids, even -- especially -- the overgrown ones. Brian Murphy of the San Francisco Chronicle is a regular contributor to Page 2.
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