My ideas for more basketball sites

Updated: November 13, 2011, 11:57 AM ET
By Jerry Greene | Special to Page 2

What a strange week that was. Among other bizarre happenings, they played a college basketball game aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, which also was the ship that carried the body of Osama Bin Laden to his burial at sea. The sailors aboard the Vinson have got to wonder what's in store for them next.

Meanwhile, we're wondering whether playing hoops aboard an aircraft carrier is just the beginning for unusual sites. After all, in the entertainment biz, if it works, copy it. In an effort to get a Christmas bonus from ESPN, here are a few suggestions for the next odd site for a basketball game to break out:

• A really wideload flatbed truck traveling America at 60 mph. Spectators are advised to hold on tight and pray it's not love bug season.

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• An iced-over lake. This has got to be fun as it could take the art of flopping to a new level.

• The Guinness World Records office on 45th Street in New York City. Then their next book could include "First Basketball Game Played Here."

• The "Field of Dreams" outside Dyersville, Iowa. "Build a court, LeBron, and they will come."

• Atop Devils Tower, the Wyoming mountain featured at the end of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Imagine watching some basketball up there and saying, "Hey, what are all those lights in the sky?"

So while we weigh the connection between basketball and alien abduction, let's consider a few more tidbits from the week that was while our literary whiz kids prepare the main dishes for this Sunday Brunch.

• Here is David Stern's comprehensive and complete explanation of the current status of the NBA lockout: "Going once … going twice … going … "

• Philosophical Question of the Week: Can you really have a Western Division of a Big East Conference? Break into small groups and discuss.

• Do you think sports betting will become legal in New Jersey? I'll give you 2-1 that it won't.

• Jay Leno: "A man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at Sunday's Patriots-Giants game. The guy's lucky. If his gun had gone off at a Raiders game, 50,000 fans would have returned fire."

• Plaxico, is that you? What were you doing back at a Giants game?

• Quiet! John Daly found another ball to hit into the water.

• Tim Tebow's thought for the week: "You're going to have people that praise you and people that criticize you and everything in between. If I listened to everything that you all say, my world would be so up and down. I'm grounded upon my faith, my family, and that's what grounds me. Football is what I do for a living and what I do for fun. If I rode the roller coaster of what everybody says about me then my life would be a lot more hectic than what it is."

Feel better?

Ding ding. While we have you in a good mood, the dinner bell tells us that it is time for some delicious main courses in this Sunday Brunch. There is kind of a mini-theme today as our all-star writers ask you to look at well-known topics or celebrities from a slightly different point of view.

• You think you know new Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein? Barbara Brotman tells us about the extraordinary literary background of his family, then uses that as a springboard to explore why more is written about baseball than any other sport. This gives me the chance to urge you to find a strange 1995 novel by Michael Bishop titled "Brittle Innings." Consider it a novel about minor league baseball in the 1940s and Frankenstein's monster. Seriously. As for the Epstein story, find it here.

• You must have an opinion of "Raider Nation," and that opinion may not be good. Kristin J. Bender of the Oakland Tribune takes us beneath the face paint and chains to find a group of maligned fans who would like some respect. Again -- seriously. Read all about it here.

• We've all seen what can happen when you lose a player of the caliber of quarterback Peyton Manning, but do you consider him to be the most important player in the NFL? Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times believes it and makes his case here.

• We've already mentioned Daly. Does he still amuse you? Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Examiner believes Daly, like a petulant child, is in desperate need of a timeout. Make up your mind here.

• And you think you know all about Andrew Luck and his Stanford team, right? Well, did you know they are the scourge of Las Vegas bookies? Erik Matuszewski of lets us in on the worse-kept secret in Vegas here. (Of course, this was before they ran into Oregon. Right now, there's a bookie party going on.) Check it out here.

No matter who you are, have a great Brunch after what was a difficult week in our sporting world.

Jerry Greene is a regular contributor to and can be reached at

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