The Bucs' D loves him, and now the 49ers may love him, too -- as a head coach. And if you caught his act at the Bucs' victory parade, you know the only thing he's
missing is rhythm.
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Two Words For You:
Can't we all just get along? Last night, Jazz
coach Jerry Sloan was ejected for pushing a ref, one
night after Ron Artest's widely criticized antics
against the Heat. Because it's a coach assaulting an
official, it's a lot worse than this season's typical
player-on-player (or player-on-coach) posturing; there
is no excuse for team management to have a physical
altercation with a league ref.
He Needs a T.O.
Remember, Sloan is a repeat offender, who
served a one-game suspension in 1993 for pushing an
official. If Rasheed Wallace was given a seven-game
suspension for intimidating a ref after a game, Sloan
should be benched for at least that long, if not the
entire month of February. (Isn't it interesting how
Sloan has always been complimented as "intense," while
Artest is marginalized as "crazy?")
The NBA's marketing machine should capitalize
on this season's hot trend and channel the widespread
angst into a couple new All-Star Weekend events:
"3-on-3 Duke-It-Out" ... "Body-Slam Dunk Contest" ... "Three-Point Chew-Out" ... "Rookie Beat-Down" ... and,
because kids need role models, a community-service component: "Scream to Achieve."
On today's edition of "Snubs": Jerry K. is
hopping mad about Jalen being left out of the party ... Jerry S. is disappointed, but takes yet another
backseat to teammate Michael J. ...
Karl is resigned (but maybe he should have taken a cue from Michael and
said this is his last year, since "sympathy votes" are
Allan would rather be in the playoffs anyway ...
Mike F. can't really complain, seeing how his
playmates Dirk and Steve both made it ... And Brad is
just happy to be here!
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|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. When Coaches Attack|
2. Ron Artest's Fear Factor
3. American 'Sheed-ol
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. The Bachelor (MJ's marriage woes)|
2. Jerry Krause: "Will you accept this Rose?"
3. Survivor: Surprise at NBDL-to-NBA success stories
State of the 'Boys
"I can't go on 'might do,'" Bill Parcells said
Tuesday at his first press conference as Cowboys
head coach. "Nobody gets a free pass." That's an
offseason heads-up to all Dallas players that roster
spots might be a little harder to come by this year,
not that Chad Hutchinson or Quincy Carter have
'might-do' potential. But Parcells allowed for one
"Jerry do," leaving the decision about Emmitt Smith's
future with the team to owner Jerry Jones. Better to
worry about getting his assistant coaches used to his
systems than to touch that one.
If Arizona basketball players weren't involved
in violating a vending machine at a Kansas hotel last
weekend for a little cash-and-carry (or is that
"cash-and-candy"), then why do the cops and hotel
manager say a Wildcats assistant reimbursed the hotel?
The bigger question: Can he expense that?
Arizona might be No. 1 in the latest hoops poll, but
what are the top 5 vending-machine candies? 5)
Starburst; 4) Peppermint Patties; 3) Snickers; 2)
Skittles; 1) Twix. Vote in the Big Q's!
Bucs D Nickname
Purple People Eaters. Orange Crush. Steel
Curtain. Classic nicknames for classic defenses. The
Bucs D needs a nickname, and it sure can't be "The
Swashbucklers," which was the official name of the
Bucs' cheerleaders through 1999.
A couple hundred Quickie readers sent in suggestions,
falling into a couple of general categories. Here is a
sample: "Red" prefixes" (Red Menace, Red Scare, Red
Sea, Red Swarm, Red Tide); "Pirate-ish" (Keelhaulers,
Treasure-Hunters); "Not Swashbucklers!"
(Smashbucklers, Squashbucklers); "Kiffin Tributes"
(The Full Monte, Monte's Mateys); "Derivative" (Pewter
People Eaters ... how about some originality, people!);
"Other" (Buc-Stoppers, Mouth of the South); and my personal favorites, from several of you: "The Armada."
Ex-Lions coach "shocked" at dismissal. "There was no explanation," he said. He also said of his take-wind-over-ball OT decision: "I'd do that again." That explains it.
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If Matt Millen couldn't say that the Lions' hiring
process isn't a done deal for Mariucci, not only was
Dennis Green right to decline an interview, but the
league should deliver sanctions ...|
Memo to Vince Carter: Sit out the All-Star Game. MJ
then starts, and Jalen is named a reserve. Stack and
Rip get spots in celebrity 3-on-3 festivities ...
College sports' Title IX complexities being debated
this week make the BCS system seem clear-cut ...
The Barret Robbins saga begs a larger question about a
team's responsibility to reveal players' medical
situations to teammates and the media ...
And another thing: It would be nice to see more
Raiders back-pedaling to support him ...
Is tonight the night that Trista will finally see
through Russ' facade and dump him? ...
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