It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
The main thing wrong with the Lakers right now is that Kobe Bryant isn’t playing like Kobe Bryant . . .
Question: How many bad shots did Kobe take in San Antonio? Answer: Too many. Waaaay too many . . .
Seriously, when his jumper isn’t working, why would he proceed to attempt 27 shots, or almost 20 more than anyone else? I’ve always been pro-Kobe, but if he’s not careful, that old selfish tag will reappear here soon . . .
Joe Webb outplays Michael Vick. Yeah, we all saw that one coming, right? . . .
I’ve heard the Jon Gruden rumors, but Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh seems like the obvious candidate to become the 49ers’ new head coach to me . . .
So Coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will both be back, huh? Chargers fans must be thrilled . . .
What’s with Ben Howland and this free throw thing? His UCLA teams seem to consistently have trouble making them . . .
His game-winning drive was impressive, but the Saints’ Drew Brees really showed you what he’s about on his second of two weird interceptions on Monday night. A batted ball went directly to a lumbering Falcons lineman. Most quarterbacks would have hung their heads and cussed at that point. Not Brees. He dove and actually tackled the big lug, who probably outweighed him by about 150 pounds. To me, that’s all you need to know about Brees . . .
Isn’t it interesting that Cincy’s Carson Palmer had his best game of the year with Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho-whatever both out of the lineup? . . .
You have to feel bad for the Clilppers’ terrrific Eric Gordon. He would be getting a lot more attention if he didn’t play with Mr. Dunk-o-rama every night . . .
All the hype and so-called insight with the draft etc., and the NFL’s two best wide receivers this year turn out to be the Falcons’ Roddy White and the Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe. Go figure . . .
By the way, Bowe not being a Pro Bowl starter for the AFC is a joke . . .
The Brandon Webb signing is a good gamble for the Rangers and puts them yet another step ahead of the passive Angels . . .
I know Tim Tebow’s mechanics aren’t good, but who’s to say
a kid with all that passion and leadership ability can’t make it in the NFL? Anybody remember Billy Kilmer? Same kind of guy . . .
Now, tell me, just how wrong were the Packers for dumping an aging Brett Favre for Aaron Rodgers? . .
About as wrong as Andy Reid turned out to be for trading Donovan McNabb and benching Kevin Kolb for Michael Vick . . .
I loved DeJuan Blair at Pittsburgh, but NBA scouts kept saying he was nothing more than a “tweener” at 6-7 and 265 pounds. Sure didn’t look like it Tuesday night against the Lakers, did it? . . .
Wisconsin-TCU is a good Rose Bowl match up. But Wisconsin-Stanford would have been better . . .
Stanford people keep saying Andrew Luck is strongly considering staying for his senior year on the Farm. But if he turns his back on being the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, I’d be shocked . . .
USC’s Lane Kiffin seems on the verge of a Top 10 recruiting class, but to make it more of a Pete Carroll-like haul, he needs to get a couple of big out-of-state signings . . .
Here’s one for the few horse racing fans out there (I’m talking to you, Terry Crow): Santa Anita’s new dirt track must be razor fast to have a 2-year-old like Bob Baffert’s The Factor win at six furlongs in 1:06 and change. That’s equivalent to a 4.2 football 40 time . . .
Yes, I voted for Jack Morris again on my baseball Hall of Fame ballot. I just wish I knew why so many others don’t. The guy was the dominant American League pitcher of his generation. Isn’t that what the Hall is all about? . . .
Supposedly, the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte is leaning toward retirement. I’m just guessing here, but don’t be surprised if a couple of extra million eventually make him lean the other way.
— STEVE BISHEFF