Tuesday’s Tidbits

Paraguay and Japan are in oooooooooovertime. And my mind is wandering. But don’t misunderstand, I’m locked in to the upcoming penalty kick shootout.

Super(cilious) Trio. What started with the rantings of Stephen A. Smith is today’s internet Sports Rumor of the Day. Chris Bosh and King LeBron to Miami to join Dwayne Wade. Thereby making them a lock to win the NBA title for as long as they stay together in Pat Riley’s South Beach nest.

Of course, D-Wade is also looking northward. So we’ll see. But, hey, why dampen some super innuendo?

But those Miami Heat fans already inclined to order championship garb, best heed the admonitions of George Santayana. “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

So, let me remind one and all of the fate of the Los Angeles Lakers, who once upon a time had three of the top five hoopsters in the world on the same squad at the same time — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain.

That triad’s championship total when playing together: 0. As in zed. Nil. Zero. The Big Goose egg.

The other adage to remember is, “The best players don’t always make the best team.” Just ask any reasonably introspective member of the Big Blue Nation.

College Hoops Changes. It seems The Rick isn’t the only coach who is promising changes for next season. Coach K came down from his ivory tower the other day and gave an audience to the media. He said the Blue Devils will have a different plan of attack as defending champs.

“We’ll press more. We’ll run more.”

Haven’t I heard that somewhere else recently? Oh yeah, from Coach Pitino. At least Krzyzewski didn’t herald a change of brand.

He’ll Be Baaaaaaaack! Drew Brees says there isn’t any doubt in his mind whatsoever that Brett Favre will return next season. Whew. That one had me worried.

The Shoot Out. Paraguay beat Japan on a shoot out, 5-3. It’s compelling theater, if not the best way to decide a winner. Striking in the three hole was Japan’s Komano. He’s a defender. He’s played over 50 international matches for his country, and never scored a goal. He still hasn’t. Paraguay becomes one of four South American countries to advance to the Round of 8.

– Seedy K

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