West Is Best
No conference ever had four teams inside the AP's top five before this week. Not only did the SEC change that, all four teams come from the SEC West. Where would you place these programs? Rank 'Em »AP Photo, Getty Images
It's hard to trust any cool video on the Internet these days. But this one -- in which six-time PGA Tour winner Brandt Snedeker shoots skeet with a golf club and ball -- looks pretty legit:
Even with Kobe Bryant back, the Los Angeles Lakers seem sure to endure another difficult campaign in the impossibly good Western Conference.
AND IT'S GETTING WORSE.
That's right -- trouble's a-brewing in the Southland, and it has to do with Nick Young. Not his six- to eight-week absence with a torn thumb ligament, but new point guard Jeremy Lin's refusal to call Young by his somewhat self-applied nickname, "Swaggy P."
"He's super-cool," Lin told the media last week. "But I just find it ridiculous that everyone comes in and just calls him 'Swaggy.' You've got to earn it or something, and maybe he has but I just got here, so maybe I'll adopt [it] eventually."
What must he do to earn it, asked a reporter?
"It has to be something that I see," Lin said, "that when I look at him he just glows with Swaggy-ness."
Perhaps sensing the oncoming controversy, Lin walked back on his stance a little, adding: "He's hilarious. He's hilarious. He's really cool. So just out of respect for him being eight years in, if he wants me to call him Swaggy P, I guess I will. But besides that I'll call him Nick Young."
Sorry, Mr. Lin. Damage, done. If the Lakers don't make the playoffs, it won't be because the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans are all probably better.
It'll be because you questioned Nick Young's swaggy-ness.
Kyrie Irving is already doing good things with the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers. But whatever, we knew that was coming.
This Nerf dunk, though?
IMPRESSIVE. I mean, it's Nerf, so who knows how high up that hoop is. Also, while the pass from teammate/fellow New Jerseyan (and Florida Gators guard) Eli Carter was sweet, poor friend/stranded defender Jux Jones had no chance on that 2-on-1.
Still, something tells us we might see something like this a time or two at the Q this year. Not with a Nerf ball, though. That would be illegal.
The Baltimore Orioles aren't exactly surprises to reach the ALCS; they controlled the AL East for months and tied for the second-best record in MLB. The Kansas City Royals, though, continued their dream run by dispatching the AL West's two teams in the wild-card game (Oakland A's) and ALDS (Los Angeles Angels, in a sweep). Which will earn a trip to the World Series?