This exchange took place recently on TNT's “Inside the NBA” between Hall of Fame player/current broadcaster Charles Barkley and star point guard Jason Kidd of the Western Conference Champion Dallas Mavericks.
Barkley: "What part of your career was the best? The “Bush One” years, the “Bush Two” years, the Clinton years or the Obama years?” Kidd: "You left out Carter."
In actuality, Kidd’s NBA debut took place on November 5, 1994, nearly two years into President Clinton’s first term.
Monday’s announcement of the forced resignation of Ohio State's Jim Tressel should not have surprised anyone, as more serious allegations are surfacing regarding rules violations and other wrongdoings under his watch. As usual, the cover-up turned out to be worse than the crime, as Tressel reportedly lied to the NCAA. Ohio State is facing major sanctions and may hope that the dismissal of Tressel would mitigate future penalties.
Already, Big Ten rivals are taking aim at the Buckeyes including a t-shirt reading: "Jim Tressel V.I.P. (Vest in Peace)" or as Charles Dickens may have written: "It was the vest of times. It was the worst of times".
The University of Florida recently received a verbal commitment from Boone County (Kentucky) forward Sydney Moss, daughter of controversial wide receiver Randy Moss. The 5-11 Moss averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game during her junior season.
Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times added: "Pundits predict she'll sign her national letter of intent when she feels like it."
A bad situation for the West Virginia Mountaineers just got worse. Oliver Luck, the school’s athletic director, surprisingly hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to be the "head coach in waiting" and serve as offensive coordinator at West Virginia under Bill Stewart for the 2011 season. Stewart's base salary is $950,000, while Holgorsen makes $200,000 less now, but will start at $1.4 million plus incentives and bonuses when he becomes head coach in 2012. His contract runs through 2016.
Last week, Holgorsen was at the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes, West Virginia and at 3 AM became uncooperative with casino management and was ejected by security. When local police arrived, Holgorsen was sitting on a bench outside, waiting for a taxi. So far, no charges have been filed.
The Los Angeles Lakers signed a Brown to be their new head coach, but it wasn't Larry or even Hubie. Mike Brown instantly became one of the most unpopular choices in Southern California sports history, after being hired to replace legendary coach Phil Jackson. Brown appeared seemingly overwhelmed during his only other head coaching experience, with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This hiring has disaster written all over it and Jim Buss (Lakers Executive Vice President, Player Personnel/son of team owner Jerry Buss) is getting lambasted in the media and by fans, especially due to the fact that the only other coach Buss hired was Rudy Tomjanovich, who lasted only 43 games (24-19) before stepping down. Brown was the only candidate interviewed by Buss and amazingly, Kobe Bryant was never consulted.
The Seattle Times reported that the independent league St. Paul Saints have chosen "Justin Bieboar" as its pig mascot this season, beating out rivals such as Natalie Porkman and Shaquille O'Squeal for the honor of bringing new baseballs up to the home plate umpire. The one-month old Bieboar is the latest (smoky?) link in the list of previous St. Paul porkers including: Brat Favre, Notorious P.I.G. and Kevin Bacon.
The Saints have also scheduled upcoming promotional nights including: “Anti Social Media Night”, “Tribute to Hank Greenburg and Other Jewish Athletes Night” and “Cheese Curd Night.”
Syndicated columnist Norm Chad is unhappy with the lawlessness in the stands at sporting events, especially NFL and MLB games. "If you bring kids to a game hoping for a family experience, forget about it. Loud, profane and drunk is routine fair these days. It's even money to have a beer spilled on you before there is a pitching change or touchdown. Sitting in the upper deck is like going to a Hells Angels rally without a Harley. "