'No' For MJ: So the Bucks will not be sold to Michael Jordan. One of the more interesting plotlines of the otherwise boring draft was whether MJ was really behind the Bucks' moves. I guess we know the answer to that now.
Kidd Narrows The Field: So Jason Kidd has it down to four teams: the Spurs, the Nets, the Mavs (if they sign Zo) and the Nuggets (!). From the sound of things...say good-bye, NJ. He plans to visit Texas and make a decision by the middle of July.
MNF's New Sideline Reporter: Lisa Guerrero of FOX Sports? What, are they going to add Tom Arnold to the booth next? I know we're not supposed to take sideline reporters seriously, but c'mon...
Are Fans Still Allowed To Boo?: More and more athletes are slamming fans for their booing. Even Sammy Sosa! Good column on when to boo and when not to boo, and some funny jokes after that rant. For example: "Cell phone maker Nextel has replaced R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. as the sponsor of NASCAR’s championship series. Racing officials also announced this week that brain had replaced lung as the Official Cancer of NASCAR…"
Could Marketing Defense Save Hockey?: Interesting concept in this column: that the NFL and MLB both successfully market defensive players (pitchers in baseball), but that the NHL has squandered the chance to market guys like Brodeur and Pronger because it pours millions into Mario and the other offensive "stars" in the league. In any event, it's odd that Bettman is now defending 2-1 games after years of slamming them.
In Defense Of Bob Ryan: Can't say I agree with this guy, but here's a great line: "Face it: The same team calling for Ryan’s firing after his suggestion that Mrs. Kidd be "smacked" will break the bank this summer to re-sign a man who actually did smack her!" Also, stay through the Ryan rant for several very funny Ostler-like "random thoughts"
SFM's All-Cinco de Mayo "Team": The folks at SportsFan Magazine have compiled the top 25 "No. 5's" in professional sports in honor of the Mexican holiday. It's a pretty wide variety, from NASCAR to the NHL to the WNBA, but it's hard to argue about the top 4.