1. Kentucky wins, NBA style: It was almost time to cut the 76ers some slack, or better yet, to give them some love for defeating the Pistons and ending weeks of futility (and averting record-setting infamy for consecutive defeats). But after freshman Aaron Harrison launched a deep three-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining to beat Michigan and propel the Wildcats into the Final Four? Just couldn’t do it. And how come one state (Kentucky) gets all the fun? Louisville and Rick Pitino won the NCAA Tournament a year ago, making John Calipari’s life miserable. This year, Kentucky eliminated Louisville, which guarantees a lousy offseason for Pitino. Two big-time programs with two big-time coaches who can’t stand each other. We could use some of that big-time action out this way.
2. Philly wins, 76ers style: Ok, so they deserve some love. But anyone outside the 215 area code who says he/she can name the Sixers victorious starting lineup Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons was either (a) pulling your leg or (b) pulling someone else’s leg. For those who might be curious enough to google the roster, here’s saving you some time: Besides rookie Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young – those were the easy ones – head coach Brett Brown also will be forever grateful to James Anderson, Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson. Brown, however, has to be kicking himself for leaving his cushy seat on the San Antonio Spurs bench, only a few inches away from Gregg Popovich.
3. Kara Lawson is even better on the set than on the court: So when are the powers-that-be at ESPN going to recognize her immense talents and start utilizing the former Monarchs star as an in-studio analyst for women’s and men’s games? NBA teams should be paying attention, too.
4. Home sweet home: Glad to hear the Coliseum is nice and stinky – water overflowing from recent storms – just in time for the A’s home opener tonight.
5. Saving pitching careers: With the term “Tommy John surgery” referenced in alarming numbers these days and A’s ace Jarrod Parker recently having the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow replaced for the second time in five years, a huge debt of gratitude is owed to the late Dr. Frank Jobe, who performed the first procedure on John in 1974. Jobe died earlier this month at age 88.