Bigger, stronger and deeper prevailed.
That was a good one that expanded my respect for both teams. There was a lot to like Monday night in the Big Never Easy. And I think that’s what I most appreciate about KU’s victory. That was hard.
After draining their emotional and physical tanks Saturday in that unforgettable win over Duke, North Carolina stumbled a bit out of the blocks, falling behind 7-0 in a blink. But it bothered the ‘Heels not at all. In fact, they looked like the better team for the remainder of the first half, leading by as many as 16 and taking a 15-point lead to the break. Carolina’s quickness took the upper hand.
Then bigger, stronger and deeper kicked in. Kansas proved to be a more royal shade of blue, outscoring the Tarheels 31-10 to open the second half. That sparked the biggest comeback victory in men’s national championship game history.
As a neutral fan, that was a pleasure to watch. Because that was hard.
So what are the Eagles up to? Because that Monday trade with the Saints is just their first move. Philly gets a 2022 first-round pick, a ’23 first-rounder, a second-rounder in 2024, and both a third-round and seventh-round selection in 2022. That’s a haul, but clearly the Iggles are not now going to hold onto all of those picks. My immediate suspicion? Hey, Jalen Hurts. Rent, don’t buy. And don’t you get too comfortable, either, Jameis Winston.
New Orleans still has two picks in this year’s first round, at 16 and 19.
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has committed an unpardonable sin. He told the truth when he called out NFL owners for their failed minority coach hiring practices.
This is just not going to work out for Colin Kaepernick. I say that objectively, with no emotional reaction one way or the other. That “throwing session” in front of some NFL coaches and execs last Saturday in Ann Arbor was a sham. Kaepernick is 34 and hasn’t played in five years. While he probably is good enough to serve as a backup somewhere, he is not going to start for any team ever again. The hard reality is that all 32 teams have decided he’s just not worth the trouble. Plus, I saw him throw (realizing he was throwing to random and unfamiliar receivers). Nope. That long, loopy, sloppy delivery has just gotten longer, loopier and sloppier. That ship has sailed. The Spike Lee documentary should be interesting.
Yeah, I know this is an inner conflict and contradiction, one that I haven’t resolved in 68 years. I am just reflexively anti-elitism. Rubs me the wrong way, in pretty much all forms. Always has. There is nothing more elitist than The Masters. But I can’t wait! I’ll be locked down Thursday through Sunday. Of course I acknowledge my inconsistency. But first, let’s watch The Masters!
Bryson DeChambeau says he has tried but failed to get in touch with the now reclusive Phil Mickelson. I can’t imagine anything more blessed than not being able to get in touch with Phil Mickelson.
May your day be similarly fortunate!