Enter the Warzone, a winter coat sewn from wooly thoughts.
• Despite being 21-2 after 16 consecutive wins, the Warriors can’t possibly be as good as their record.
Only because NBA teams don’t go 75-7. Not even those with multiple Hall of Famers.
• What the Warriors are doing right now is amazing. Beat Memphis on the road Tuesday without Andrew Bogut, and we’ll upgrade that to astounding.
• Michael Jordan was on hand to congratulate Kobe Bryant for passing him on the NBA’s career scoring list — and to witness why Bryant will never pass him in NBA titles.
• The Lakers have been playing better (except Monday). Well enough to ensure they screw up what even Magic Johnson thinks should be a tank job.
• After an encouraging 9-5 start, the Kings have dropped seven of nine since stud center DeMarcus Cousins contracted viral meningitis.
Must be the coach’s fault.
• Judging by Tim DeRuyter’s tone during Monday’s news conference, the Bulldogs aren’t going to the Hawaii Bowl to sip tropical drinks and chase grass skirts.
Nope. He promised tough, physical practices. Honest to goodness hitting. Completely unlike the last time they went.
• Fresno State and Rice played every year from 1999-2004 in a downsized WAC that included SMU, UTEP and (for a time) TCU.
What comes to mind:
The Owls’ triple-option offense, always precise; the Arkansas twang of their old-school coach, Ken Hatfield; 10,000 fans in cavernous 70,000-seat Rice Stadium; game-winning field goals by Asen Asparuhov.
• Didn’t think of it before writing Sunday’s column, but here’s one way Fresno State might be asked to join the Big 12:
If Texas and Oklahoma both leave.
• Always wondered what it would be like if Moneyball had the deepest pockets. Thanks to the Dodgers, now we know.
• Without Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Dee Gordon, the Dodgers are a less volatile, more consistent team. But better? That remains to be seen.
• The Dodgers could’ve used their financial largesse to sign another stud starter to go with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. (Other National League teams would pee in their stirrups.) But that would’ve been too easy for these geniuses.
• Meanwhile, the Giants seem to be taking this “every other year” thing a little too seriously. Even in years they won’t win the World Series, they still have to field a team.
• Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester didn’t want the Giants’ money. And the Giants evidently didn’t think Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Chase Headley, Jed Lowrie, et al. were worth what they got.
Brace yourselves for Gregor Blanco in left field, Joaquin Arias at third base and Ryan Vogelsong filling out the rotation.
• Last week the Giants picked up a minor-league outfielder and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
Still sounds so wrong.
• Congrats to Fresno State senior forward Alex Sheedy for reaching 1,000 career points.
Plus a tip of the cap for enduring three head coaches in four years. Could not have been easy.
• Cezar Guerrero’s expected return will help the Bulldogs men, who have won three of four since a 1-6 start.
Braeden Anderson’s unexpected return already has.
• For no particular reason: Jonas Jerebko
• Those long, flat things with pointy tips leaning up in the garage and covered in dust are called “skis.”
Perhaps this winter you’ll become reacquainted.
• Heard and read nothing but good things about Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. Until ex-Bee columnist Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports filed this gem:
“(Ranadive) shared tactical experiences with (fired coach Michael) Malone about coaching his child’s youth team.”
In a word, yikes.