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SPORTS STUFF TO MAKE YOU SOUND SMART by Mike Fisher Print E-mail
by Mike Fisher    Fri, Jan 27, 2006, 09:51 PM

Sports Topics To Raise With Your Friends This Weekend That Will Make Them Think You Know What You're Talking About:

 

 

* University of Houston coach Tom Penders collapsed on the court and the refs gave him a T for it. Good thing he didn't die; that delay-of-game-for-infinity penalty can be a killer. 


* The 2007 NHL All-Star Game is coming to Dallas, and with Stars exec Jim Lites and staff handling details, it ought to come off without a hitch. ... unless Mayor Miller somehow gets involved.

* Jerome Bettis is from Detroit?! I hadn't heard!


* Yes, the Patriots had won 10 straight playoff games. That's a "dynasty,'' right? Well, why didn't anybody mention that stuck in between those three seasons of success was a year in which New England didn't even make the playoffs? I mean, of course they didn't lose any playoff games that year. ... they didn't play any! * Kobe scored 81 points in a game. Making him a hero to all Americans not bothered by a married man's involvement in a rape trial.

* Colleague Tim Cowlishaw from the Morning News asserts that because the NFL's Final Four QBs were Delhomme, Hasselbeck, Plummer and Roethlisberger, and since none of them was a first-pick-in-the-draft guy, that's proof that you don't need a great quarterback to win. No offense, Tim. But that's Pretzel Logic. The fact that a Hasselbeck CAN make it simply strengthens the argument for having a QB who is BETTER than that. Just think what any of those four teams would be like with an Aikman?

* The Mavs' Thursday night win at Seattle makes it seven wins in a row, an unprecedented-in-Dallas 5-0 road trip, a best-in-the-West road record of 18-6 and an overall Spurs-tying mark of 33-10. Mavs life is good. Besides starting slowly again (falling down by 17 in the first quarter!), what's not to like?

Well, depends on who you ask.

If you ask TNT's Chuck Barkley, the Mavs remain a bad rebounding team. Um. ... Individually, Dirk Nowitzki is No. 19 in the league in rebounding at 8.5. Not good enough? Erick Dampier is No. 24 at 7.8. Still not good enough? Damp is No. 4 in rebounds-for-48-minutes at 15.7. Still not? DeSagana Diop is No. 22 in that category at 13.2. OK, one more: Overall, Dallas is averaging 42.93 rebounds a game. That's one rebound behind "powerful rebounding'' Miami. The Heat is ranked second; Dallas is ranked sixth. IN THE LEAGUE.

* Could be quite a scene at American Airlines Center late Saturday afternoon. What we've got here is essentially a two-sports-in-one-day doubleheader. Stars in the aft, Mavs in the eve, and AAC workers laboring furiously to make the ice-to-court switcheroo. All I know is, if you can find a wagering site that adds up "Number of times Mavs and Jazz slip on the floor,'' take the over.

* Back to the Morning News: Good ol' Kevin B. Blackistone tore it up this week regarding Ron Artest vs. Terrell Owens. And after reading the column, I know what KBB got for Christmas: a new thesaurus! From very early in the column: "This is not merely a consideration of each man in a pejorative sense. To the contrary, it is complimentary, too. After all, to be confounding suggest that there is something incongruous.'' And in the next paragraph, Kevin uses the word "plethora.''
Now, KBB, I'm not saying I don't agree with you about Artest and Owens. ... I'm just saying, 'You lost me at 'pejorative.'''

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