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Monday, December 28, 2009

Odds & ends from Christmas to New Year's ...

Here are a few random items that I want to pass along as Christmas fades into the rearview mirror and New Year's approaches.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - if the temperature cooperates.  I enjoyed the weekend and its 40-50 degree rainstorm that melted away the pre-Christmas blizzard that blanketed our path from New York to Long Island to Boston this past week.

Looking ahead:  Here's a nice posting from Joe Favorito on athletes who blog.  Joe's blog is always filled with interesting and thought-provoking items, a little like a Christmas stocking, hung by the chimney with care and  filled with toys and gifts.  See Joe's work by clicking here.


My kids are gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Opening ceremonies, Bobsleigh, Curling, Ice Hockey, Figure skating, the works.  How are they getting so pumped?  Wii's "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games" quickly rose to the #1 top present.  The video software gift from dear Aunt Samantha and Uncle Peter, will surely be the Olympic preview for our family until the games begin in Vancouver on February 12, 2010.


Tell me? Is it me?  If the USA's men's basketball team for the Olympics was not determined and announced until only 45 days before the Olympic Games, the sky would be falling.  On December 28th, I do not know the USA or Team Canada rosters, yet, I know Sweden's team.  January 1st is announcement day via the NHL's Winter Classic. (Yes, on NBC, the network of the Olympics).


FoxSports Charley Rosen contends that the 2010 NBA champ will come from four teams that played the key slots on network televised Christmas Day games.  Chances are, he is right, however, at this point in time, I would not count out the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets. Overall, I think the NBA diluted the 'aura' of their Christmas Day games on TV by televising five games and 10 teams.  I would prefer to focus on one great match-up at 5:30pm ET and (maybe) one late night game from the west coast on TNT.  Hey, if you really want some great TV, maybe the NBA should place the parquet on top of the ice at Fenway and play an outdoor game late afternoon on New Year's Day!


Since when did Urban Meyer become a combo of Vince Lombardi-Red Auerbach-Joe Paterno-Bear Bryant and John Wooden? Or was it just a very slow news day?


This from Utah scribe Steve Luhm via Truehoop:  "John Stockton , Karl Malone and Rickey Green are the only players in Utah Jazz history with at least 3,000 assists. Deron Williams is about to join them. After handing out eight assists in Saturday night's 97-76 victory over Philadelphia, Williams has 2,975 in his career. Williams needs 25 assists for 3,000. If he reaches his season average of 10 assists in games at Minnesota (Wednesday) and Oklahoma City (Thursday), Williams will get No. 3,000 on Saturday night, when the Jazz play Denver at EnergySolutions Arena. The game will be the 341st in Williams' five-year career. Stockton is the NBA's all-time leader in assists with 15,806. He handed out his 3,000th assist in a 107-93 win over Chicago on Nov. 30, 1988. It was the 341st game of his career. Amazingly, Williams is on the exact same pace set by Stockton -- at least on paper."

What I think is more amazing is that Deron Williams is reaching the milestone without a go-to guy like Karl Malone on the receiving end of passes.


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