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Voisin’s Monday Morning High Five: The week that was in the world of sports

03/03/2014 8:00 AM

03/03/2014 3:52 PM

Thoughts, observations and quick hits on interesting moments, events and developments that occurred during the previous week.

1. Jimmer Fredette signs with the Chicago Bulls.

After the Kings accommodated his request and bought out his contract, the third-year guard signed with the Bulls. Very smart decision. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau needs shooters to space the floor, the roster features several willing passers – including center Joakim Noah – and this is one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. But this decision comes as no surprise for another reason: John Paxson is the Bulls’ vice-president of operations. Paxson, and later Steve Kerr, were undersized shooting guards who had nice careers utilizing screens and spotting up for jumpers.

2. Jason Collins becomes first openly gay player in the four major sports.

The NBA is the most progressive of all the leagues, so it was bound to happen. It’s unfortunate that the veteran center is 35 years old, is only marginally talented, and doesn’t figure to stick around for long. The real test will occur when a starter or rotation player revealshe’s gay.

3. Eric Byrnes comments on Major League Baseball’s collision “experiment.”

As a player, Byrnes was famous for crashing into opposing catchers and trying to dislodge the baseball. But the KNBR host told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins the new rule is a “disaster” and advocates implementing guidelines similar to those in the college ranks. “They’re doing this to avoid concussions?” he said. “Then go all the way with it. Let’s have no collision at all. Use the amateur rules where you have to give runners a lane and you have to slide. That’s it. No collisions. Those guys (college) play hard and the plays at the plate are exciting. Nobody ever accuses them of being a bunch of wussies.” Couldn’t agree more. Less machismo-fueled nonsense, fewer concussions, more common sense.

4. The 12th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers win their first ACC title in 33 years.

In other words, the Cavaliers haven’t been relevant in basketball since the days of Ralph Sampson. And does anyone still remember Ralph Sampson?

5. Sacramento Superior Court judge dismisses the lawsuit that would have forced a public vote on the proposed downtown arena project.

It has taken a while – almost two decades, in fact – but the demolition crews are preparing to dig in. This is extremely good news for Sacramento because the folks in Seattle still want an NBA franchise and expansion is not imminent.

About This Blog

Ailene Voisin, who has been with The Sacramento Bee since 1997, writes columns on a variety of sports, from the NBA, NFL and baseball to local high schools. Voisin previously worked for the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Angels and Clippers. Contact her at or 916-321-1208. Twitter: @ailene_voisin.


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