If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t have believed it. The Kings, doing their best impression of the worst team in basketball for much of this season, shocked the World Champion Lakers on Friday night in LA… then closed out the Hornets (who’d won TEN in a row) on Saturday. And when did DeMarcus Cousins become Karl Malone? I don’t know, and I really don’t care. The much vilified home club has their hands full with the Boston Celtics tomorrow… and it won’t get any easier the rest of the way. But it doesn’t matter. For one brief shining moment… they were the real deal. And the coach, the players and the fans should not forget what that was like.
January 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment
When times were tough in Green Bay, and the 49ers passed on him, Aaron Rodgers turned to Steve Young for guidance. Waiting for Favre for Rodgers was like Young waiting for Montana, so Rodgers reached out.
Young says-”I told that him what’s really important is never, ever allow yourself the cheap thrill of saying something just to make yourself feel better for a moment because something is unfair or not right, Young told CNNSI. “That always backfires on you. It never works out in the long run.”
January 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Von Miller is just what every defensive coordinator wants, especially if you run the 3-4 scheme. An outside linebacker that’s quick. Scouts are loving this kid, even some “oohs” coming out on a couple of plays. His stock is rising, and 49ers GM Trent Baalke is said to be one that’s interested.
January 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
In the current edition of HBO’s Real Sports, Bryant Gumbel visits with Troy Aikman. The former Super Bowl star knows a thing or two about head trauma, having suffered four or five or ten concussions in his illustrious career. His take on the brutality of the game might surprise some. Aikman: “I think that we’re at a real crossroads, as it relates to the grassroots of our sport, because if I had a 10-year-old boy, I don’t know that I’d be real inclined to encourage him to play football, in light of what we’re learning about head injury.” He went on to say.. “The only way you’re gonna eliminate helmet to helmet contact is to take the helmets off. Go back to leather helmets. I mean, I think – a defensive player would be much less inclined to lead with his head, if he had no protection.” I get the impression he wasn’t trying to be funny. We’ve all seen the recent studies that seem to link head trauma in sports…. to early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, even ALS. And there’s nothing funny about that.
January 27, 2011 at 11:14 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment
Hue Jackson’s love affair with Chad Ochocinco, or Johnson, or whatever he is, is quite fascinating. For the “look at me” disaster that Ocho can be or has been, it’s a little bit surprising that Hue would leap out praising the wideout. Especially when you take Marvin Lewis’ thoughts into consideration.
Mike Florio below offers his take.
January 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
The San Francisco Giants may have some tough choices after next season is over, according to MLB’s Chris Haft. There are some obvious names that will come off the books, that the Giants won’t retain. Names like Mark DeRosa, and Miguel Tejada. When you look at other names on the pitching staff, that’s when things get tricky. Who do you let go of amongst Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Brian Wilson. Depending on how he does this year, it could be Sanchez, although Haft predicts Wilson, since closers are easier to find.
January 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
The cameras follow him around in his hometown of Seattle. He also sings Hall and Oates very badly. Go here for a video preview.
January 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
January 25, 2011 at 4:49 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment
Tom Nakashima does River City Rant on AM 1320 every Wednesday and Friday. In his latest edition, he discusses why the idea of charging people in the parking lot at the Super Bowl is dumb.
January 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Uncategorized | No comment
CBS golf analyst, Gary McCord, one of the most entertaining people on television was recently in Sacramento as a speaker for the Northern California PGA’s annual Teaching Forum. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Gary about golf. Click here for part 1 of that interview.