Pitino has a right to look tired
Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino suddenly is looking all of his 59 years, you say?
“If you did as much in the past 25 years as he has, you’d look that way, too,” wrote Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports. “In a peripatetic and melodramatic quarter-century, Pitino has been to six Final Fours, had five jobs, flirted with at least five other jobs, been a hero on three college campuses, written three books, taken two wildly divergent runs at coaching the pros, endured the sudden deaths of two brothers-in-law, grieved the loss of an infant son, coached the greatest second-half comeback in college history, lost the greatest game in college history, survived a scandalous extortion attempt and won one national title.
“(For now. Check back Monday to see if the last item on the list needs to be updated.) He’s been busy.”
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a) Perseus’ quest to rescue his father Zeus, based on Greek mythology.
b) High-school football coach Denzel Washington instituting a bounty system.
Paging Steve Urkel
This month’s “On Second Thought, Let Me Rephrase That” Award goes to ex-NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, who remarked that Sean Payton’s one-year Bountygate ban “is going to cripple the Saints.”
Oats and timothy
At least six racehorses have been named after the Jets’ new backup quarterback: Tebowing, Tebowmania, Tebow Go, Tebow Gator, Tebow Time and Tebows Big Play.
And if they want to make them all run faster? Just name the next one Here Comes Manning.
Speed it up, boys
“I’m all for Magic Johnson owning the Dodgers, by the way,” tweeted Dan Daly of The Washington Times, “especially if he puts pitchers and batters on a 24-second clock.”
• TNT’s Charles Barkley, picking Kentucky to win the Final Four: “Nobody can beat this team. The Toronto Raptors can’t; the Bobcats, maybe. But there’s nobody in the NCAA tournament that can beat this team.”
• Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, to AP, refuting Barkley’s claim: “It’s absurd. I mean, people will say, ‘Oh, Kentucky you know’s got four NBA players.’ Yeah, well the other team’s got 13.”
• Headline at TheOnion.com: “Kentucky celebrates regional win by cutting down Anthony Davis’ unibrow.”
• NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on reports that Tim Tebow is house-shopping in the same neighborhood where Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez lives: “It’s right at the intersection of Awkward and Yikes.”
Miami Heat star LeBron James dislocated a digit on his left hand in a game Monday night.
No biggie, a cynic might say — it’s just his ring finger.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org