The Lakers weren't the biggest losers on Christmas Day. The biggest losers were the people who spent exorbitant amounts of money to witness another Christmas Day Lakers blowout loss.
The real reason for the Lakers' poor performance in holiday home games is not apathy, injury or the play of their opponents -- it must be the white jerseys.
Another apathetic performance by the Lakers is no surprise, aren't they coached by the ZEN (Zero Effort Nightly) Master?
Kobe, you are aging and it's time to change your game. You are no longer consistent night after night.
You come out against the Spurs firing up shot after shot and not executing the triangle and involving your teammates. The Lakers had the height advantage with two 7-footers under the boards and eight shots for Gasol and Bynum while you take 27 shots with one assist? Sit down and have a talk with Tim Duncan. Maybe you can learn something, like team ball?
Kobe Bryant's postgame rant after the Christmas Day Massacre administered by the Heat calls to mind the maxim: "Adversity does not build character, it reveals it." Bryant is the same guy who threw Shaquille O'Neal under the bus after the loss to Detroit in the Finals; chastised Pau Gasol for being soft after the Boston Finals loss; and cursed out Andrew Bynum while threatening to jump ship after exiting the playoffs sans Shaq. Adversity in Bryant's career has consistently revealed a finger-pointing narcissist who is quick to assign blame, but loathe to accept it!
Mark S. Roth
My question is a simple one. When a player misses 13 straight shots and ends up going eight for 27, is it the player's fault or the coach's fault? For the second straight game, Kobe Bryant was awful
When Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol take nearly half as many shots combined, that's a problem. What did Phil do? Nothing. Nada. Zippo. I for one can't wait until next year when Jackson is off on his pompous way. I put the blame of three double-digit loses squarely at his feet for failing to coach the team and make the moves necessary to win.
Isn't it ironic that some of the most underpaid members of our society (police, firefighters, soldiers, etc.) and some of the most overpaid (NBA players) have to work on Christmas, but it seems like only the latter group complains about it.
News item: Shaquille O'Neal was fined $35,000 by the NBA for calling the referees "control freaks" and saying things like, "I just wonder why I've never gotten that call in 20 years."
Reaction: You have got to be kidding me! Never in my 41 years of watching NBA basketball have I ever seen a single player get away with more than Shaq. Every move he has ever made to the basket is a charge.
UConn blue streak
Stanford's women have just beaten UConn, ending their 90-game win streak, and what does ESPN do? ESPN interviews the losing male coach of UConn instead of the winning female coach of Stanford. How incredibly, insensitively sexist of ESPN in reporting a women's sport!
Some things never change.
No one mentioned this in two hours of the telecast, but here is a similarity of 90-game win streak vs. UCLA's 88-game win streak: The last team to beat UCLA before the start of the streak was Notre Dame and of course Notre Dame ended the streak.
Same with UConn. Their streak began by beating Stanford, and of course Stanford ended the streak.
I regret not sending Stanford a Christmas card last week.
Mark J. Featherstone
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton has had a fantastic college career, zero doubt about that. He deserves much praise. However, some of the comparisons to Slingin' Sammy Baugh are a bit much.
Cam Newton's Padre Papa admits to "selling" his son but didn't tell him (hmmm, such a close relationship). Case decided in two days.
Terrelle Pryor sells his football stuff and is ruled eligible for the bowl game in less than a week.
Ol' Corn Fed Marty got a fat contract with his kid going to the 'Huskers, not a problem.
Takes two weeks for Dillon Baxter's golf cart ride.
The NCAA is a joke.
Favre's fine mess
What a joke. Yes, I'm talking about the $50,000 fine on Brett Favre for "failure to cooperate" in the Jenn Sterger case. Favre makes about $680,000 per NFL game; in his case a $50,000 fine equates to someone making about $40,000 a year being fined about $150. Big deal, the penalty is a pittance.
The NFL fines Brett Favre $50,000 for not cooperating with its investigation. A mere pittance for the multimillionaire quarterback. The greater affront is that the U.S. median household income is less than that.
[Michael] Vick getting the most votes for the Pro Bowl is ridiculously stupid.