It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Was it just me, or did Andrew Bynum look considerably more energized in that big Lakers’ win in Boston Thursday night? Wonder why . . .
And yes, in case anyone was wondering, Kobe still knows how to close out big games . . .
Don’t be shocked about the NFL owners breaking off talks with the players. They’ve had this upcoming lockout planned for a long time . . .
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There is no more arrogant, greedy group of people in all of sports than NFL owners . . .
You want proof? Many of the players who made the league what is are destitute today, yet they hire F-18s to stage a pregame flyover at the Super Bowl site — one that has a roof over it, no less — at a reported cost of $450,000 . . .
Great, the Angels defeated Jered Weaver in arbitration. Now all they have to worry about is their best pitcher bolting as soon as he becomes a free agent. With Scott Boras whispering in his ear, this probably won’t end well . . .
I wrote before the Super Bowl that Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu didn’t look like the same player in his final two playoff games before Sunday. That Achilles injury seemed to slow him down even more against the Packers. And if you don’t think that was a big factor, you haven’t seen the ex-USC star play when he’s healthy . . .
Michael Young would fit great in the Dodgers’ lineup, but he has less chance of winding up in L.A. than he does in Anaheim. And his odds there about 1,000 to 1 . . .
Andy Pettitte is a perfect example of someone who belongs in the Hall of Very Good, not the Hall of Fame. His postseason record is great, but was he ever, at any point, the best pitcher in the sport? The answer is no . . .
You know college basketball is in trouble when even a Duke-North Carolina match up doesn’t make me want to watch . . .
Let’s see, we have Terry Collins with the Mets, Ron Roenicke with the Brewers, Bud Black with the Padres and Joe Maddon with the Rays. That’s a lot of ex-Angels in big league managers’ offices . . .
Someone has to tell UCLA’s powerful Josh Smith that he can dunk a lot more if he doesn’t try to put the ball on the floor first . . .
I wonder what the real story is behind the Rocky Seto pullback in Westwood. The former USC assistant is one of the nicest guys in the business. It’s hard to believe Rick Neuheisel did this because Seto leaked the news early online that he had accepted the UCLA defensive coordinator’s job online . . .
It is sad to see Utah’s Jerry Sloan, who apparently couldn’t get along with his best player, Deron Williams, have to go out this way. He’s been one of the three or four best coaches in the league for a long time . . .
In all his postgame appearances, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers has come off as likeable as he is talented. He doesn’t seem nearly as consumed with himself as that other Green Bay quarterback . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF