Originally Published: Mar 8, 2011 11:36 PM CDT
-Tuesday tweet: Clones: QB Brandon Weeden is OSU's version of Chris Weinke. Each can rip it, is congenial, is surrounded by outstanding talent, played pro baseball, and is old enough to be called Mister. Now the question is can Weeden match his Heisman. And maybe more important to Cowboy fans, can he do what Weinke couldn't in the 2000 BCS title game: Beat OU.
-Al "See Ya" Eschbach and Jim "Touch em' all Traber told me today on WWLS that ESPN's Doug Gottleib told them he thought Jeff Capel would be fired. A little diggin' proved that wasn't exactly what the former ND/OSU guard actually said. He did not flat out say Capel is a goner. He basically intimated that he'd been led to believe the firing Capel would be a good way to show the NCAA that the school was taking their allegations seriously. And that he was leaning to Capel being a goner. Still a story. Just not the way I heard it initially.
Tired of saying this but it's gotta keep being said. Maybe the ears for which it's intended, will perk up (pardon the pun) sometime before now and the playoffs. The lackadaisical defense the Thunder plays more times than not will make it a challenge for them to hold onto their current home court advantage for the playoffs. Best news out of Monday's loss at Memphis is they got torched in the paint where the Griz outscored them by a ridiculous 22 points. And that's where Kendrick Perkins does his damage.
Latest input I have is that Perk will make his Thunder debut a week from Friday against Charlotte. A short adjustment period would sure help. Nick Collison does more with his 6-9 frame than most anyone in the Association, and he's getting a little help from Aldrich and Mohammed. But Perkins is the answer in the long-term. And in the short term.
We noted the day Ron Adams went to Chicago that it would be a loss that could change the fortunes of each franchise. It has. Did you see Chicago bring LeBron to tears the other day? And did you see Memphis bring Scotty Brooks to tears Monday? Adams has the Bulls on the brink of Finals' talk. And sans Adams has the Thunder getting less and less and less and one more less respect around the league. At least on that "side of the ball."
-Former OU RB DeMarco Murray said after Pro Day in Norman that Detroit is his favorite team because of Barry Sanders. Murray did not run the forty Tuesday after running a swift little 4.41 last week at the combine. I hope OSU's Kendall Hunter can run the "sub 4.4" he told the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten he'd run. His 4.5+ time in Indy disappointed everyone and I'm sure he'll improve. How much will play a part in how high he'll go. I expected DE Jeremy Beal would run after trudging to a 5.13 on the sun dial at the combine, but declined, as did DB Quinton Carter.
While Beal's straightaway speed wowed people the wrong way, he made up for some of it as he was impressive in the Three-Cone Drill. Carter is scheduled for private workouts with the Rams, Broncos, and Chargers. Murray will go to the Motor City Thursday and work out for the Browns and Broncos in Norman next Monday.
Tony Kornheiser brings up a great point. He wants to know why statisticians always refer to "merger" dates when it comes to setting records. Wilt Chamberlain had 227 consecutive double-doubles. Kevin Love's streak is up to 51, one shy of Moses Malone, who holds the record for most D/D in a row since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976. Forget the "post-merger" caveat.
I love Love-that didn't come out right-but surely even he laughs when he gets the non-stop backslaps as his streak continues. It's not like Wilt had 55. That'd be different. But Wilt had 20,000. Check that. I meant 227. That's off the charts. Literally and figuratively. Saying he trails a guy who he leads by 176 D/Ds is enough to make Wilt roll over in his grave. And enough to make 20,000 lassies simultaneously chant, "Say yes to Wilty and no to Love. Si' to El Wilto and no to Love."
The USA Today brings back fond memories for this typist when they list others who rank ahead of the Love Bird. They note that Wilt's record began in the 1959-60 season. And that six others have put together double-double streaks of at least 50 games before the merger: Enid's Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor of the Clippers (he was there longer than the Lakers), Walt (or as I knew him when he played alongside Pete in Atlanta, "Bells") Bellamy, Elvin "Astrodome" Hayes, Jerry "Phonebook" Lucas and Bill "Back Atcha" Russell.
Quick story on the greatest shot-blocker God ever put in black Converse. "Back Atcha" actually played golf out at our club at Oak Tree National a few months back telling us that he and his wife drove around the country pretty much non-stop just going from golf course to golf course. We play in an average of three hours. Took Mr. and Mrs. Russell more than that. On the front! Everyone he sawfrom the workers to the hotshotssaid he was as nice as could be, and told them story after story followed by that one-of-a-kind laugh of his.
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