Thursday, February 20, 2014

Foul Territory: Crack to the Future

By Jeffrey Boswell

* The NBA is a Hard Habit to Break, Just Like Crack, or Rehab-la Espanol? — Former Los Angeles Laker forward Lamar Odom signed a two-month contract to play for Laboral Kutxa of the Spanish Division. The 34-year-old Odom is hoping for a future comeback in the States, so when it comes to the NBA, Odom is glad to say he'll take another crack at it.

* Gonzo' Journalism — Tony Gonzalez will join CBS' pre-game "The NFL Today" broadcast, while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are out. Marino vowed to find analyst work elsewhere, while Sharpe promised to find an outlet for his love of football, vowing not only to make headlines, but subtitles, as well.

* Re-Assembly Hall, or if You Asked a Former Indiana Coach "What's Up, Knight?", He Surely Wouldn't Reply "The Ceiling" — Tuesday's Iowa-Indiana in Bloomington was postponed after a piece of metal fell from the ceiling and damaged seating. In honor of Bobby Knight, the seats will be thrown away.

* Ligety Splits — Ted Ligety won Wednesday's giant slalom, becoming only the second American to win two golds in Olympic alpine skiing. Ligety built a huge lead in the first run and held on to win with a combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds, leaving him with 12 minutes, 14.81 seconds of fame left.

* Ole Crap! That's a Lot of Medals — Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen set a Winter Olympics record, earning his 13th medal with a gold in the biathlon mixed relay. Russian president Vladimir Putin was impressed, but then demanded that someone explain the difference in a "biathlete" and a "bi-athlete."

* When it Comes to Tweeting, It's No Surprise He Wants to "Table" It — Louisville's Rick Pitino said on Wednesday that social media "poisons" the minds of players, and has banned his players from tweeting. Pitino went on to praise the virtues of face-to-face communication, both vertically and horizontally.

* Baltimore Ragin', He Breaks the Law Better Than He Breaks Tackles — Ray Rice and his fiancee were arrested on Saturday for simple assault after an altercation at a casino in Atlantic City. Allegedly, the two struck each other after a night of poker filled with bad hands. The two apparently asked for the other's hand in marriage, and got it, in spades.

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