The announcement will be made in Houston, but a large part of the spotlight will be on San Antonio Saturday when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023 is officially introduced.
Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker and Becky Hammon provide the S.A. connection, joining Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzy and Pao Gasol in a strong class of hoop immortals.
Pop? I could write a book. Maybe I will. He’s one of the half dozen or so smartest and most interesting people I’ve ever encountered, in any realm. He’s not flawless. But he is fascinating. And he is a man of principle.
The men’s NIT Final will include a mean shade of green. North Texas used a decisive 10-0 run to upset Wisconsin in Tuesday’s semi. BTW, Conference USA is now 16-1 this postseason.
Thursday Night Football is a problem for the NFL. The games largely suck, the players hate them, Amazon Prime is on the warpath about dull matchups and Al Michaels regularly pillories his own product. Yeah, that’s a problem. And there is no easy fix. The NFL owners Tuesday tabled a proposal to expand “flex” scheduling to Thursday night. “Flexing” is an attractive option for Sunday and Monday games, but it’s more than problematic on Thursdays, for logistical, competitive and player safety reasons. While the NFL kicked that can down the road Tuesday, the league did agree to modify the existing rule and allow teams to play two short-week games.
Wearing jersey number 0 is once again allowed in the NFL, at least for everybody except offensive and defensive linemen. Good. The only number cooler than 0 is 00.
I was disappointed that the league didn’t pass or in some cases didn’t even vote on a series of interesting proposed rule changes on punts and kickoffs. And I was REALLY disappointed that roughing the passer penalties are still unreviewable. That has become an inconsistent, inexplicable mess.
“Deplorable Dan” Snyder wants six bill for the Commanders. Looks like two different groups are willing to meet that price. Whatever. Just get that scumbag out of football.