Enter the Warzone, April’s fool a day early.
• All season, the one question of consequence in college basketball has been, “Who can beat Kentucky?”
The answer has always been the same: Wisconsin — and Duke.
So it’s fitting Wisconsin, and probably Duke, still stand between Kentucky and 40-0. If the Wildcats get there, they’ll have earned their immortality.
• As much as Kentucky and coach John Calipari rankle purists with their one-and-done players, watching Karl-Anthony Towns operate in the post warms the cockles of their fundamental-loving hearts.
What a beast.
• From what we’ve heard, millions of American sports fans Saturday evening experienced for the first time what it felt like to root for Notre Dame.
And doubtlessly felt nauseous afterward.
• Is there any way Fresno can join a Mexican soccer league? Fan support would beenorme
• Said it before but bears repeating: Besides Fresno State football, soccer games between Mexican pro teams bring out the largest sports crowds in the Valley.
• Last week the Fresno Grizzlies brought out general manager Derek Franks in a DeLorean and announced they were giving away 2017 Houston Astros replica World Series championship rings.
A couple hours later, the whole thing got called off.
Back to the future? More like back to the drawing board.
• You can almost picture this conversation taking place at Astros HQ.
PR guy: Sir, our new Triple-A affiliate in Fresno is up to something you might want to know about.
President Reid Ryan: Fresno? Love those guys. Especially that short, bald GM, Derek. A real go-getter. Just wish they put Dad in their bobblehead tournament.
PR guy: You may not love this. They’re giving away 2017 World Series rings with our logo.
Ryan: What?! Get me that shrimp’s phone number!
• The Grizzlies promised a bold promotion, and they definitely delivered. So bold it crossed over into impudence.
• Guessing the names Domingo Santana, Matt Dominguez, Joe Sclafani and Max Stassi don’t mean much to you.
If you’re a baseball fan, they will soon enough.
• Most MLB teams can’t wait till the end of spring training. The Giants are evidently hoping it lasts a good while longer.
• The Giants will only be as good as their starting rotation. But unlike last October, it can’t be just a one-man rotation.
• The Cubs optioned top prospect Kris Bryant, who was hitting .425 with nine homers during Cactus League play.
Not because Bryant isn’t ready. Because he plays for the Cubs.
• When the Fresno State baseball team won a game at New Mexico, the school’s news release labeled the victory “historic.”
Standards have certainly slipped.
• We realize the Bulldogs had never won in Albuquerque. Now they’re 1-11. But, hey, at least that one was historic.
• The NFL punished the Falcons for using illegal crowd noise and fined the Browns and their GM for texting coaches during games.
But still no word on how those footballs deflated themselves in the Patriots equipment room.
• If there’s a team that ever needed the HBO “Hard Knocks” treatment, it’s the 49ers.
Forget drama and dysfunction. We just want to see if coach Jim Tomsula really does keep his spoon in his own soup.
• For no particular reason: Eduardo Najera
• The 2015 edition of the AP stylebook fired a warning shot to sports writers everywhere by instructing them to avoid clichés like the plague.
Just taking it one sentence at a time.
• There’s more. From now on home runs are to be called home runs. Not dingers, longballs, jacks, bombs, dongs, blasts, big flies, taters, lasers, clouts, four baggers, gopher balls or moon shots.
Harumph. Where’s the fun in that?