1a. Why is The Rick so enamored with New York guards?
A. I dunno. I dunno.
I wasn’t at the Derby Festival Classic (or, as my man on the scene described, the “not very classic.”) Too much introductions for me, too little basketball.
Everybody who has seen Justice play says the kid is the real deal. Perhaps an inch or two short, maybe a half step less quick than optimal. But he’s the best player on the best team in the state. He makes up for other deficiencies with b-ball smarts. Let me repeat what I’ve said before: Give the kid a scholly before he ends up somewhere else.
As for 1a, I’m advised that Edgar Sosa’s second coming is coming. I’ll let you decide how you feel about that?
2. Did Lefty win the Masters because he loves his wife and went to the ER with his daughter after her weekend skate boarding accident?
A. No. This reminds me of the zealots who claimed Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast was caused by a lax abortion policy, not weather patterns and bad levees. And Tiger didn’t lose because he’s a philanderer. Phil made shots. Westwood, Woods, Couples and Choi didn’t make as many.
3. Does the biggest payroll ensure championships?
A. You know the answer is no. If so, the Yankees would win the Series every single year. The latest example is Real Madrid. The Spanish soccer club laid out $330 million — that is not a typo — for two players. Kaká and Ronaldo. And they’re not even leading their league after Saturday’s loss to rival F.C. Barcelona.
4. Speaking of spending a lot of $$$$, how come Phil Knight U. hasn’t hired a coach yet?
A. I dunno the answer to this either. (Not doing very well on today’s quiz, am I?) P.J. Carlesimo’s the big name coach whom I keep hearing viz a viz the Oregon job. That guy Rose from BYU. Randy Bennett. Not an Izzo, Pitino or Calipari among ‘em.
5. Is Mike Hartline really going to start for UK when it opens in the fall against U of L.
A. Once more, let me repeat. I dunno. I do know that if he does, Joker’s honeymoon will be quickly ending if they lose. The senior to be is solid, but woefully unspectacular. His name and the term “game changer” are not synonymous.
Which team — U of L or UK — if either, improves the most and most quickly next season and the seasons to come is going to make autumn a fun time around here.
– Seedy K