It’s All-Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Yes, ladies, you showed the men how it’s done. Texas A & M and Notre Dame were only miles better than UConn and Butler when it came to NCAA championship games. You go, girls . . .
The saddest story in sports revolves around the Giants’ fan who was beaten into a coma in the Dodgers’ parking lot. Truth is, it’s a situation that has been building for some time. People have been talking about the “Raiders element” at Dodger Stadum for a while now. The problem is, how do you deal with it? . . .
Or maybe you don’t remember what those Raiders crowds used to look and act like in L.A. . . .
I thought UConn didn’t get enough credit for playing hellacious defense in the paint in the men’s NCAA title game. There was a reason Butler shot so poorly. It never got a good look inside 15 feet . . .
Give the Angels’ Mike Scioscia credit for demoting erratic closer Francisco Rodney and replacing him with Jordan Walden, the kid with the 97 mph heater. It had to be done . . .
Now what does he do about Scott Kazmir? This is a guy who has lost his fastball, his slider, his control and, not surprisingly, his confidence. Not much you can do to fix that. If it’s my team, I don’t let him make another start, $14.5 million owed or not . . .
The story of the spring so far at USC is sure-tackling Tony Burnett, who has risen from obscurity to become a starter at one corner on defense . . .
Why in the world was the Lakers’ Phil Jackson playing an already banged up Pau Gasol Tuesday night against Utah? Makes no sense with the playoffs fast approaching . . .
It would be nice if the Masters turned into another Tiger vs. Phil show, but there has been absolutely no evidence that Tiger Woods has any of that old magic . . .
There never has been stronger evidence that college basketball’s regular season is meaningless than having UConn, a team that finished ninth in the Big East, win the whole enchilada . . .
Butler coach Brad Stevens was classy to the end, wasn’t he? . . .
I know Red Sox and Brewers fans are panicking, but both those teams will hit in due time. Trust me . . .
Headline: NFL gives $1 million to charities of current, ex-players. Reaction: As PR moves go, that one is about as subtle as a Ray Lewis blitz . . .
Our old friend Manny looked well past his prime, striking out three times against Jered Weaver Tuesday night . . .
The NFL lockout is really getting to be a lot of laughs, isn’t it?
By the way, with the draft coming up, I love the way the fickle scouts keep changing their minds. It’s as if all those games they watched last fall suddenly are meaningless . . .
I love Charles Barkley, but he never really seemed comfortable talking college hoops during the tournament . . .
USC’s Matt Barkley keeps throwing interceptions in spring practice, and Lane Kiffin keeps saying it’s nothing to worry about. Sure, it isn’t . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF