It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Eric Gordon out three to four weeks with a wrist injury. Ah yes, they’re still the Clippers . . .
Guess the Lakers still know how to play some defense, huh, Utah? . . .
Yes, the Angels overpaid for Vernon Wells. But those critics who claim the trade hasn’t improved them are nuts. Consider this: Wells had 78 extra base hits last year. Bobby Abreu, the Angels’ leader in that department, had 61 . . .
And if Peter Bourjos makes it in center, with Wells in left and Torii Hunter in right, the Angels’ outfield goes from one of the worst defensively in the American League to the best. So now, tell me again, how is this trade not an upgrade? . . .
The biggest bonus of the Wells acquisition is that the team no longer has to consider rushing 19-year-old outfielder Mike Trout, widely considered the No. 1 prospect in baseball . . .
Wait, Norm Chow is fired and then UCLA dumps The Pistol offense? Oh, that makes a lot of sense, considering Chow has molded three Heisman Trophy quarterbacks in a straight, pro-set offense . . .
The funny thing about all the Jay Cutler criticism is that the way he was playing, he might eventually have been pulled even if he hadn’t been injured . . .
It was generally overlooked in all the Cutler bashing, but the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers also suffered through a less than scintillating second half in that game . . .
Now that Mike Napoli has been shipped from Toronto to Texas, it will be interesting to see how the Angels a) Pitch him, and b) Try to run against him when he’s catching . . .
The most exciting college basketball player in the country is BYU’s scoring machine, Jimmer Fredette, who reminds me of a young Jerry West. Trust me, I can’t give a much better compliment than that . . .
I still wonder what it would have been like if West, and Elgin Baylor, for that matter, had been around in the SportsCenter era . . .
The Steelers’ Troy Polamalu still didn’t look 100 per cent healthy to me against the Jets. Maybe two more weeks off will do it, but Achilles’ injuries can be tricky . . .
My MVP of the first half of the NBA season is Chicago’s Derrick Rose. Check the standings, you’ll see why . . .
College basketball seems a lot like the NFL this year. There is no one truly great team out there . . .
My favorite local sports talk radio show remains Steve Mason and John Ireland afternoons on 710 ESPN in L.A. Like everyone else on the station, they go a bit overboard on the Lakers, but overall, they’re topical, fun to listen to and, maybe most important, don’t take themselves too seriously . . .
As for national shows, I’m a big fan of Colin Cowherd in the morning on the same station. He is the most sports column-ish talk show host in the country . . .
You could make a pretty good starting lineup of former USC-UCLA players in the NBA this season if you include Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison, Nick Young and O.J. Mayo . . .
How long before newspapers start running daily tweets by athletes? Not very long, I’m afraid . . .
Trust me, as someone who has spent a lot of time in locker rooms, most athletes don’t have that much to say . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF