There's drunk, and then there's Larry Sorenson drunk. The former Indians hurler who my late father used to refer to as "mediocre at best" has had a drinking problem for years. The shame of it came early Saturday morning when he was found in his car passed out with beer cans all around him. Sorenson proceeded to blow a .48. Not kidding.
Anyone still watch Survivor? We don't. But the show debuted it's 16 season last night with fans vs favorites. The great Johnny Fairplay is back for more action after famously lying about his grandmother dying the first time around.
That was a wise move, finally. The very dislikeable Mitt Romney has ended his Presidential run, leaving the Republican race to John McCain and Mike Huckabee. McCain is essentially up 21 points in the fourth quarter with two minutes left. Was it just me, or was Romney a phony from day one?
Red-light Curt's career could be curtailed by a shoulder injury. According to the Boston Herald, the Sox are looking into potentially voided his one year, $8 million deal. The Boston Globe says rest and rehab could have him back by the all-star break.
Shaq arrived in Phoenix, ESPN's Chad Ford thinks The Suns could have gotten more for Shawn Marion. Shaq's always a good quote. He said at his press conference: "When I'm upset, I'm known to do stuff like go out and win championships."
Sometimes Jay Mariotti is completely annoying. Other times he is quite amusing, like today for example. Upon hearing that the White Sox re-upped with famed homer....errrr....TV announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrleson, Mariotti wrote a column titled Find Your Earplugs: Harrelson's Back
Who knew! Rosie O'Donnell loves beer.
We've seen some bad mug shots, but get a load of Heidi Fleiss.
#25 Pittsburgh 55 West Virginia 54 - Ronald Ramon's three at the buzzer sunk the Mountaineers upset bid on the road in Pittsburgh. Bob Huggins will tell you differently, he'll blame the free throw shooting which has killed them all year. WVU shot 7-17 from the line, including a pair spilt with nine seconds left by Alex Ruoff, which in essense was a killer. Neither team shot the ball well or could score for that matter, but when Pitt needed it most, Ramon came up big.
#4 UCLA 67 #17 Washington State 59 - Two things were clinched for us last night. 1. Washington State isn't a threat and doesn't have the offensive horses to make a deep tournament run. 2. UCLA is pretty much a lock to be the #1 seed out West unless there is a major collapse. The Bruins swept Wazzu thanks to Darren Collison (18) on the outside and Kevin Love (16 and nine) on the inside. Stat of the night: Washington State had just 16 rebounds for the game.
#14 Xavier 70 St. Louis 68 - The Muskateers almost blew a 16 point second half lead and needed a buzzer-beating tip-in by Derrrick Brown to escape St. Louis with a W. The Billikens' Kevin Lisch (25 points) put on a clinic, hitting three threes plus a basket and one in the last minute of the game to pull St. Louis to even, but Brown saved the day. "Obviously we leave here knowing full well we're fortunate," coach Sean Miller said. "He almost singlehandedly beat us down the stretch." Five Musketeers were in double figures, led by Josh Duncan's 15.
#9 Stanford 73 Oregon 42 - Nobody is noticing, but Stanford is really good. Nobody seems to be able to slow down Brook Lopez these days. Last night, the Ducks couldn't stop either Lopez brother. Brook had 12 and Robin had 15 while the Cardinal defense held Oregon to 29% shooting and just 14 field goals. Sorry Ernie Kent, this is one bad coaching job this season with all of that talent.
#13 Indiana 83 Illinois 79 2 OT - Eric Gordon was booed everytime he touched the ball and in an even weaker move, the Illinois people decided to do alternate introductions for the first time this year, forcing the players to shake hands at half court in between. Chester Frazier in a sad move, shoved Gordon when shaking his hand. A lame and bitter move. In the end, Gordon and Kelvin Sampson got the last laugh. The Hoosiers literally trailed the entire game before a Lance Stemler three with less than three to play put them ahead. The game looked lost again until Gordon hit a bank-shot three with 23 seconds left to tie the game and force OT. Illinois had a chance to win with two seconds left, but Shaun Pruitt missed two free throws.
In the OT's, Gordon became more aggressive, getting to the line, even though his shots weren't falling. He finished with 19 points, but hit just 3-13 from the field. "Coach just told me I had to settle down," Gordon said. "Usually, when I go too fast, I get a turnover, and it's just about myself. I just needed to handle that on my own." It was all about the three point shot for both teams. Both teams hit 11. Demetri McCamey led all scorers with a career high 31. Jordan Crawford was huge for the Hoosiers, coming off the bench with 18 including 4-6 from deep. DJ White had 16 and nine boards in 48 minutes.
Other Scores of Note:
Wright State 55 Cleveland State 49 - That's five losses in a row since beating Butler and starting 7-0 in the Horizon League.
Clemson 82 Virginia 51 - Wow. A lambasting in Charlottsville. This is not what Sean Singletary came back for. We think Clemson is the third best team in a weak ACC.
Massachusetts 78 Rhode Island 76 - This was a game UMass couldn't afford to lose as they moved to 15-7, 4-4 in the A-10.
USC 73 Washington 59 - Tim Floyd's 300th career win was helped by OJ Mayo's 29. Gotta respect any road win in this conference.