Here is your Iditarod update. As of this morning, Jeff King leads the race having left the Elim Alaska checkpoint 4 minutes ahead of Aliy Zirkle. The distance – as the crow flies – from Elim to the finish line at Nome is less than 100 miles. The problem for the mushers is the dogs cannot fly; on the ground, there are mountains, rivers and all sorts of other impedimenta to deal with. Here are two comments regarding the Iditarod:
“Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is under way. Finally, something Sarah Palin actually can see from her backyard!” [Greg Cote, Miami Herald]
“At the Iditarod, where some say dogs are mistreated, Scott Janssen, known (seriously) as the “Mushing Mortician,” had a rough day. He crashed his sled, hit his head on a stump, woke up, slipped on the ice while chasing a dog and broke his ankle. Do dogs snicker?” [Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle]
The Iditarod has a “racing family” sort of like NASCAR. In this year’s race, Dallas Seavy is in third place – about 2 hours behind the leader; Mitch Seavy is in fifth place – about 4 hours behind the leader; Danny Seavy is in 44th place – four checkpoints behind the leader. Between the three of them, they have 33 dogs in this race. That family must have dog food delivered via 18-wheelers…
The timing of events often manipulated by politicians to make a point or to try to make them look good. Fat chance of that… There has been no manipulation here; this report and the ongoing Iditarod happened at the same time.
Michael Vick is an NFL free agent.
Bob Molinaro had this comment regarding Vick in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot:
“Lightning rod: When the NFL free agency period begins next week, I’ll be curious to see which team pins its hopes on Michael Vick. As a polarizing figure, anything he does – and anywhere he plays – takes on a significance within the NFL that transcends his actual contributions at quarterback.”
As Professor Molinaro penned those thoughts, there were some folks in the NY media who were advocating Vick come to NY to play for – wait for it – the Jets. Picture this:
Mark Sanchez returns from injury.
Geno Smith is there to maintain his role as the starting QB.
Michael Vick adds a dose of media second-guessing.
And … Rex Ryan is in charge of all that.
You thought that the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the Gryphon made for a weird story…
Amidst all the talk of NBA teams tanking the season to secure a prime place in the upcoming NBA draft, which has been highly regarded by draftniks, the fact is that there are three truly bad teams in the NBA this year:
Looking back over the history of the NBA, the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks and Sixers have all been important franchises as the focus of lots of attention for the league. The cumulative record as of today for those four teams is 83-170. The Lakers are dead last in the West; the three Eastern teams sit in the 11th 12th and 14th positions. None of the four has a good chance to be in the playoffs this year.
Here is what Bill Simmons (ESPN.com and Grantland.com) had to say about the status of the Sixers who have lost 16 games in a row and have lost their last 13 home games:
“You know how Lance Armstrong was the greatest cheater ever? How he blended his commendable charity work with state-of-the-art science and relentless lying to pull an ongoing Jedi mind trick on the American public? The 2013-14 Sixers have a chance to go down as the greatest NBA self-sabotagers ever. They haven’t been tanking games as much as obliterating any chance of winning them. And they’re doing it because the NBA gives every team the same loophole.
“The Sixers know they’re better off bottoming out in the grisliest way possible, so they’re owning it — they’ve done everything short of signing Kevin Hart and Allen Iverson’s mom to 10-day contracts. And those moves might be coming next week. Would anything shock you?”
On the Sixers roster this morning, you will find 5 rookies. Nerlins Noel has yet to play as he recovers from knee surgery; Michael Carter-Williams has played well this year but will never carry an NBA team to glory by himself; I would be surprised if you could tell the other three rookies from Manny Moe and Jack. There are also 4 players on the roster in their sophomore year as pro players. I’ll give you five names here and you tell me which one is not on the Sixers’ roster:
Finally, here is an observation from Brad Dickson in the Omaha World-Herald from last week:
“We lose an hour of sleep Saturday night when we spring forward. Why do we have to lose sleep? Why couldn’t we lose that hour, say, when Winter Olympic curling was on?”
By the way, JayVaughn Pinkston is not on the Sixers’ roster; he plays for Villanova…
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………