I’m not much of a NASCAR fan, but I admit that I have always wanted to get loose in Turn 2. That just sounds like fun to me. I’ll have to learn what it means.
My only tribute to Sunday’s race will be to play Chris Rea’s “Daytona” on my way to the fridge. Relax, Left-Turn Devotees. It’s cool that it’s your thing. It’s just not mine. Kindly don’t bother proselytizing me. I’m 68. That’s a little late for a “conversion.” But, hey, it looks good on you…
NBA All-Star Weekend? That’s an OK “Touch and Go” TV event for the weekend after the Super Bowl, I guess. Five minutes here. Five minutes there, Requires and commands no emotional investment. And the All-Star Carnival is now more compelling than is the actual NBA season.
Commissioner Adam Silver says the league’s officials are privately disciplined for making bad calls, also known as Failure to Kiss LeBron’s Ass. That’s a Flagrant 200. The Commish is engaging in his own version of “load management.”
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says his team wants to get back on the court in order to pay tribute to the school’s mass shooting victims. I get it. It’s the only gesture at their disposal. The Spartans will play Saturday night’s Big Ten game at archrival Michigan. The Wolverines plan a moment of silence and a pre-game playing of the MSU alma mater. Michigan players will also wear green and white pre-game warmup shirts. Love and comfort to all involved.
Here’s the way this works in the NFL. Daniel Jones is a quarterback, and all of a sudden a pretty good one. Saquon Barkley is a good running back who until this past season has had a hard time staying on the field. So the Giants will sign Jones to a big extension, and hit Barkley with the franchise tag if they can’t re-sign him. Barkley is not exactly in a strong bargaining position. The Giants are actually being very accommodating. The team is offering him $12 mill per, when it could just impose the tag at $10.1 million. Saquon would be wise to just grab the pen, IMO.
Things just got real for Saints RB Alvin Kamara, Bengals CB Chris Lammons and two other men. That quartet has been indicted by a Nevada grand jury for allegedly beating and stomping a man into unconsciousness at a Vegas nightclub in February of last year, the night before the 2022 Pro Bowl. Kamara’s attorney says the Saints RB acted in self-defense. While the NFL has yet to impose any discipline on Kamara and Lammons, they could face lengthy suspensions in 2023 depending on how this case proceeds. The alleged victim has also filed a civil suit that seeks damages of $10 million.
Just something to consider as we approach the NFL Draft. Top quarterbacks Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud have very similar backgrounds, dating back to their respective high school heroics in California. Stroud is three inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than Young. That could impact relative career durability. Stroud has the bigger arm. Neither is a great runner, but Young is more mobile than is Stroud. But, uh, you know, the Bears and Texans already know that. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
The Bears have finalized purchase of 325 acres in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Park as a possible site for a domed stadium. The club says no decision has been made about whether to proceed with the dome or stay outdoors at historic but often frigid Soldier Field. Current Bears QB Justin Fields says he’d much rather come inside, thank you very much. He may ultimately not have to worry about it, one way or another.
New Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon says he and The Infant That Is Kyler Murray will get along just ducky. Bless his heart…
Is anyone other than Tiger playing in the Genesis Invitational at Riviera? Don’t get me wrong. It was good to see him finish up strong in Friday’s opening round.
Travis Kelce is gonna host SNL March 4? Oh, just hell yeah. I’ll have to move my bedtime back, on a One-Time Only basis.