1. Quick Hits
- The San Francisco 49ers picked up lineman Jonathan Martin who was at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal.
- The Denver Broncos raided the New England Patriots signing star cornerback Aqib Talib.
- The Dallas Cowboys released star defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Ditto the Chicago Bears and Julius Peppers.
- The New York Post reports that the Knicks and Phil Jackson have a deal for Jackson to become president of the team.
So if this Phil Jackson/Knicks deal happens, is this a good thing? No if this is just another endless Knicks move where James Dolan doesn’t get the hell out of the way the way Bob Kraft wisely did with the Patriots when Bill Belichick came on board. Yes if Jackson can play Pat Riley and throw his rings on the table to lure free agents. So bottom line: This could be the turning point in the history of the Knicks or just another pot hole. I’m guessing Knicks fans aren’t holding their breath.
3. Playoffs? We’re Talking About Playoffs?
I know, I sound like a broken record. (Young readers have no idea what that means. “What, phones have dial tones? Busy signals?” Anyway the NBA playoffs are sure to feature losing teams. If the playoffs began today two Eastern Conference teams would make it with a sub .500 record. The Knicks with their sterling 25-40 record are only 3 1/2 games out. My rule is that playoffs are for winners. But nobody’s listening. Now about my collection of 8-track cartridges.
4. Conventional Wisdom
Why didn’t Babe Ruth become a manager after his playing days? Because everyone believed if he couldn’t take care of himself, how could he take care of a team? Everyone knows that. Except for his daughter. 97-year old Julia Ruth Stevens told the New York Times that management was leery of the Babe because he would have employed black players. So good old fashioned racism may have kept the Babe from managing. Interesting.
5. Bracketology 101
Finally a useful college course. St. Joe’s is offering a basic course in Bracketology. Yup, just in time for March Madness you can learn how to fill in an NCAA basketball tournament bracket. Future college courses: “The Basics of Curling” and “How to Keep Score in Bowling.”
Happy Birthday: Former Major League star Darryl Strawberry. 52.
Bonus Birthday: Singer James Taylor. 66.
Today in Sports: Larry Bird sets a Boston Celtics record with 60 points against Atlanta. The record still stands. 1985.
Bonus Event: Thin Mints! Juliet Gordon Low founds the Girl Scouts. 1912.
Who will win the men’s NCAA basketball tournament? The tiebreaker: final score. Put your entire answer in the subject line when you email me. For example: Syracuse 75-69. You can win autographed books and That’s Sports baseball/golf caps. One entry per person. The deadline is Tuesday March 18th. Good luck!
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