It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
I have an idea for the NFL owners and players. Instead of quibbling over that $9 billion payout, why not do something, instead, that will show some selflessness and compassion? Why not donate 10 per cent of that money to the Japanese relief fund? . . .
So President Obama is picking the four top NCAA seeds to make it to the Final Four. Come on, Mr. President, you have to be more creative with your bracket than that . . .
If Casey Blake’s back is a question mark, and Juan Uribe has to play a lot at third base, who plays second for the Dodgers? Paging Mr. Eckstein, Mr. David Eckstein. Hey, he’s still unsigned and available. Ned Colletti could do a lot worse . . .
How ironic for the Angels. They finally have developed a young, power-hitting first baseman who appears ready to play, and they have no place to play him. Here’s my advice on what to do with Mark Trumbo early: Rotate him with a still recovering Kendrys Morales and Bobby Abreu at first and DH. Then wait to see what happens. If Trumbo keeps hitting like he has all spring, you have to find him some at-bats . . .
Everybody is down on UCLA for flopping so badly in the Pac-10 Tournament, but here’s my question: How badly did the Bruins really want to play three games, as opposed to resting up for the big tournament, especially with top defender Malcolm Lee hurting?. . .
As it is, the Bruins didn’t catch any break in their first round draw. It’s not Michigan State that is so intimidating, it is the Spartans’ coach, Tom Izzo . . .
The NFL Players Association should be ashamed for asking the top college prospects to boycott the NFL Draft in New York. Those kids worked all their lives to enjoy that moment. They deserve to savor it, as opposed to making a statement about a lockout they probably don’t even understand . . .
I like USC’s chances to not only win its play-in game Wednesday night but to beat Georgetown in its Southwest Regional opener on Friday . . .
By the way, USC coach Kevin O’Neill deserved that brief suspension. If you’re going to party after a game, Coach, you don’t do it within dribbling distance of the arena . . .
The American League’s most improved team might be the Baltimore Orioles, but that won’t get them very far in the A.L. Beast, er, East . . .
They’re already feverishly at work on the new $70 million John McKay Center on the USC campus. The ol’ coach would be very proud . . .
Judging from his first race as a 3-year-old, Uncle Mo still looks like he will make everybody else cry uncle when the Kentucky Derby rolls around in May . . .
Yeah, troubled Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir is a new man, all right. Sure he is . . .
The San Diego Padres have a new-look lineup with only one problem: They have no one who even resembles a star offensively . . .
Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez will be as comfortable in Boston as your average Kennedy relative. He’s still my pick to be A.L. MVP . . .
I’m a Kobe guy, but I have to ask this about his post-game shooting session after that recent Miami loss: Would he have done the same thing if all the media hadn’t been watching? . . .
OK, so here’s the Final Four on my bracket: Kansas, North Carolina, San Diego State and Pittsburgh . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF