Because we’re not sure any of this would sink in unless we really went through this weekly exercise before the start of the next week:
1. The Lakers fell to 7-5 at home this season. The only other team in the league with close to 12 homes games so far is Oklahoma City. With 11. And the Thunder have already won nine of those. And probably looking forward to the Lakers’ visit there this week.
2. Will future UCLA basketball schedules now make the Wooden Classic a designated road game? It has to, if the Bruins ever use it again to throw a cookie at San Diego State. Don’t even think of scheduling UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton or Orange Coast College. It’d be a brutal disadvantage. BruinsNation.com isn’t even sure if Ben Howland’s squad is even on the radar for the CollegeInsider.Com tournament. Let’s see – he’s got eight scholarship players left on the roster, and four are freshmen. At least we know there’s going to be turnover soon.
3. Instead of a victory parade through Carson, the Galaxy plans a victory party at the Home Depot Center’s tennis center tonight at 7 p.m. Maybe Tim Leiweke will use the occasion to introduce the newest overseas import – a giant Kaka. Just as long as Robbie Keane is pouring shots.
4. In a strange chain reaction, Northern Illinois is in the Orange Bowl, and Louisiana Tech, after a 9-3 season, isn’t going to a bowl game. Not to mention 12-0 Ohio State sliding up to No. 3 in the AP poll with nowhere else to go. It’s kinda complicated. But we offer no logical explanation in either case. Maybe if UCLA just knocked off Stanford . . .
5. Marvin Miller deserves to be in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. And now that he’s died, at the age of 95, he won’t get the satisfaction of seeing it happen. Five times already he’s been turned down, and he could be up for election again in 2014. Meanwhile, what about Scott Boras? Who, him? Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times makes a case for the superagent as well based on his impact “no matter how annoying that may seem to any number of people who love the sport.” Without Miller, there’s no Boras. The hitch, for now, is only players, managers and league execs can be considered (Miller was in the later, based on his activity in the players’ union starting in the mid 1960s). Miller, in. Boras, let’s circle back to that once his biggest cashcow, Barry Zito, is eligible for election as well.