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Scattershooting while wondering if there is any way you can bottle whatever magic the LSU baseball team had over its final 20 games.
• The Louisiana High School Athletic Association and Mississippi Private School Association will have to take a hard look at cutting back on games or re-arrranging districts to where they are closer if the cost of gas continues to rise. The Mississippi High School Association is talking about cutting back on its basketball schedules. The way its going, two road games in one week will cost as much as a whole new set of uniforms.
• Here's a sign the Apocalypse is within reach. There is talk of LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Alabama all fielding ice hockey teams.
Somehow I have a hard time envisioning tailgating at LSU for a hockey game. I mean, what do you bring for that? Hot cocoa?
• Five years from now people will be talking about Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in the same backfield at Arkansas and wonder how in the world the Razorbacks were not in a BCS bowl.
• Do you need any more proof that college baseball does not get the respect it deserves from national networks? How about ESPN's top 10 plays Monday having two plays from college lacrosse and none from college baseball, despite the fact there were so many conference championship games played. How in the world did LSU's Derek Helenihi's great diving catch in right field get overlooked. Oh well, I feel you pain, Ron Polk. Some things will never change.
• Quarterback Mitch Mustain will regret going out to Southern California and not being able to play under Bobby Petrino at Arkansas.
• Joke of the day: The NCAA is investigating Southern California for O.J. Mayo's reported take of money and gifts during his only year as a Trojan. Don't waste our time and money, folks. We'll have a playoff in college football before the NCAA ever cracks down on USC. In other words - don't hold your breath.
• Poor Brett Favre cannot make a statement without someone bringing out the 2-ton microscope and stating how Favre is hedging. Sure he's going to have second thoughts about retiring and sure he's going to miss it. Brett Favre has saddled his horse and is singing, "Happy Trails." You won't find a Michael Jordan moment with Favre.
• So if an SEC team is playing in the championship game of the College World Series and the game goes into extra innings will we just have to have two champions because they certainly can't miss that flight back to their home state? As close as the SEC East and West races were this season, I would think the SEC would do something about games ending on Sunday because of travel restrictions. I can understand not being able to make up a rained-out game, but play two games on Saturday or start early on Sunday if you have to, but don't treat an SEC baseball game as a Little League game played in parts unknown.
• Hopefully prognosticators will wait before claiming the Pac 10 on the same level as the SEC as they did last year and looked so foolish during the season.
• I am just getting used to Dick Vitale not being on the television. Now if we can just do something with Skip Bayless. And how I would love for Bob Ryan to just spend just one fall in the Southeast and see how real football is played.
• I wish I had one-third the energy, enthusiasm and optimism of UNO's Joe Pasternack III. Of course, he got it honest. Joe Pasternack Jr., is still the same way himself.
• Pacman Jones to Dallas to team up with Terrell Owens? So much for being America's team.
• Can't go without mentioning how sad to see Alcorn State fire head men's basketball coach Sam West. West allowed an ESPN writer to go on a road trip and that writer told the truth, mentioning the poor conditions at athlete's dorms and other enormous obstacles you find at tiny Lorman. The new president disregarded West's outstanding graduation rate and other disadvantages. Sam won't be unemployed for long.
• At this rate, about five years from now Dixie Youth Baseball will be holding opening ceremonies on Valentine's Day.
• Don't be so amazed by a Mid-Major basketball team reaching the Sweet 16. While your powerhouses are losing guys after their freshman and sophomore years, the smaller schools are keeping their players together for four years and that makes a huge difference. And players nowadays are not willing to sit on the bench for a year at places like Duke, North Carolina and Georgetown. Stephen Curry is showing you can still get noticed at a small school like Davidson. I still would like to see smaller conferences have to earn their way into the tournament. Davidson was already ranked, and Western Kentucky was good enough to win a play-in game to get there.
• Is it just me, or does Manu Ginobili take about two or three steps when he catches the basketball? OK, OK, I know. You don't call traveling in the NBA. After watching the San Antonio-New Orleans series, there are a lot of things officials do not call. But what a tough job. There sure are a lot of whiny babies out there making millions of dollars.
• Hoover High School in Alabama won its first baseball state championship earlier this month. Wouldn't you think the home of the SEC Baseball Tournament would have a stout baseball team year in and year out?
• With the addition of Paul Mainieri and Trent Johnson, LSU has its best coaching staff ever in my opinion.
• So maybe Sean Payton knew what he was doing after all. Apparently, Joe Horn is not happy in Atlanta. Horn did not attend the team's three voluntary workouts and does not plan to attend any team functions unless they are mandatory, according to his agent.
On the final day of minicamp earlier this month, Horn, 36, expressed a desire to be traded because he said he felt the team planned on using younger players at wide receiver. Horn, who started most of last season after signing a four-year, free-agent contract worth up to $19 million, said he didn't want to be a "just-in-case guy."
• Death, taxes and the Atlanta Braves developing young pitchers. They are all certainties. Jair Jurrjens is the latest in a long line of outstanding Brave pitchers. The 22-year-old is among the top five in several categories.
• And, finally, who would have ever thought that Chicago Cub fans would be going crazy over a guy named Kosuke Fukudome. How do you say "Let's play two" in Japanese.
• How many more days until Street & Smith's or Athlon's football preview magazines hit the stands? Too many.
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