Time to wrap it up around here, as is the normal Friday custom:
E-mailer Bob Brown sends in a note about the NBA's upcoming All-Star weekend coverage, including TNT's addition of 10 more players to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list of a decade ago -- actually, it was nine years ago, but never let the facts get in the way of a debate, good or otherwise.
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Anyway, Bob fell for it, and so did I, because I'm a sucker for lists: "I’d like to see Bob McAdoo added to the list for starters," says Bob. I'll second that, McAdoo being one of the most notable omissions when the list originally came out. And what about Dominique Wilkins? Is it his time? Or are those chips 'n salsa commercials with Isiah and Kareem just too fresh in our minds?
Who else? From the crowd that have dominated the NBA in the last decade, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are cinches. Allen Iverson and Jason Kidd, too. What about Robert Horry? Steve Nash? Kevin Garnett? Shawn Bradley?
Ha. Almost caught you there, didn't I? Dirk or Ben Wallace?
Let's fill out the list, and if you want to really get creative, scratch who you figure should be taken off the original list of 50 (Dave Bing? notes Bob. Yes, Dave Bing, sez I. I saw him as a little shaver at MLG and he was worthy in my book). Send in your top 10 suggestions. I've got a Latrell Sprewell bobblehead to award to the one selected at random from the entries, and we'll see if we can come up with 10 names that get the most consideration. I'll keep it open till midweek next week, leading up to the all-star weekend beginning Feb. 17 in Houston.
I mean, a Spree bobblehead? Let the e-mail blizzard begin.
One last read Two last reads: A couple of things from across the Atlantic this week, with Simon Jordan's latest Observer piece an instant classic. Regular readers know this kind of stuff hits me right between the eyes, the distance between the sports establishment and its core audience a real sore point (and along the same lines, did I tell you that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has himself a blog -- thanks to Off Wing Opinion for the tip. I'm not holding my breath for the MLSE Board Blog):
It may sound glib, but a chairman really needs to know and to feel the culture of the game, to be a fan. Steve Gibson at Middlesbrough, Delia at Norwich, Milan Mandaric at Portsmouth: all single-minded, respected, committed fans. I'm not saying Milan grew up in Yugoslavia calling himself 'Pompey mush', but he gets fan culture.
Oh, Aki is back, and how:
Preparation is boring. So are footballers — we are not that exciting at all. At least I’m not, although I’ve been suggested to be a bit of a nutter. I’m just bang on boring most of the times. My highlight of the day on Fridays is to get skinny takeaway cappuccino from Starbucks.
One last look: Best long-range goals, Daft Punk providing the soundtrack. Amazing stuff, although it all becomes a blur after a while.
Breaking news: The NBA has named Gilbert Arenas is the injury replacement for Jermaine O'Neal. And apparently the Olympics are starting.
Sports around town: Big weekend for the U of T Blues, with Carleton in town on Friday and Ottawa on Saturday. Women at 6 both nights, and men's game at 8 -- couple of weeks ago, the guys were slapped down in the nation's capital and with the regular season finishing next Wednesday, these are rather large games.
Watching: Rangers at Leafs, 6 p.m. Saturday, CBC. With the Olympic break starting, this is the last time we'll see them for a while. Mind you, that's not an entirely bad thing.
Not watching: X-Games, 12:30 a.m. Saturday, TSN. After a full day of Olympics, am I really going to stay up half the night to watch more snowy high jinks?