So many sports thoughts, so few big ideas of the week.
I know: Let’s borrow a page from compadre Marek Warzsawski and dump a stream of conscience all over your print edition, right next to the coffee stain and spilled Fruit Loops. We’ll not call it the War Zone, lest he slap me with a cease-and-desist.
No, this is what us pastor types like to call making a short story long.
• Former Fresno State coach Dennis DeLiddo was at the NCAA Wrestling Championships this weekend, there to see Lemoore farmhand Isaiah Martinez win a national title as an Illinois freshman.
Never miss a local story.
No truth to the rumor that DeLiddo offered a Bulldogs scholarship to Martinez’s unconceived son, but if you’re going to restart a program, he may as well get a head start now.
• Stop rooting for UCLA men’s basketball because you’ve got weak knees for underdogs.
Eleven seed or no eleven seed, they are U-C-Stinking-L-A. They don’t have trophy cases; they have trophy auditoriums. By reaching the Sweet 16, all they’ve done is make sure Alabama-Birmingham’s basketball program was as dormant as its football team this spring.
• Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw lost a chunk of a tooth to a line drive the other spring-training day.
Next morning, he checked under his pillow. Still a $215 million contract there. Still no ring. So, it’s not like he has anything to smile about come October anyways.
• New Zealand beat West Indies 393/6 (50) to 250/10 (30.3) in cricket’s World Cup quarterfinals. Really wish I took foreign language to tell you what any of that means.
• Me: “Gotta get home and punch out my column, kiddos.”
Little David: “Dad, have you written about how the 49ers are kind of going away?”
(Sniff sniff) That’s my boy.
• Jerod Haase didn’t get the Fresno State men’s basketball gig in 2011. He did, however, get to coach Alabama-Birmingham to the second round of the NCAA Jig this weekend.
Oh, to finish second in a coaching race.
• That said, glad to see Fresno State is giving men’s basketball chief Rodney Terry one more year to flip this house.
Hope he understands the singular-form nature of that last sentence, because nice guys can finish sixth or seventh only so many times before they get fired — not for being nice, but for being sixth or seventh.
• The Fresno State men’s basketball team went 15-17, the football team went 6-8, the baseball team started 12-11 …
The Big Three are going to have to be Bigger than that if they want to make Fresno State more than your average bear.
• It’s March 22, and the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA.
Because, of course they do. Said no one who was sober, in the history of ever.
• Sports writing hero Ron Orozco retired from The Fresno Bee the other day. These pages just got a little less sunshine in the cup.