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JERRY CROWE

Heat has come together

Text messages from press row…

January 05, 2011|Jerry Crowe
  • Meet 'The Heatles' -- Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Meet 'The Heatles' -- Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. (Al Bello / Getty Images )

All you need is love. …

LeBron James, on the Miami-based lonely hearts club band he's bringing back to Staples Center next week to play the Clippers: "We call ourselves 'The Heatles,' off the Beatles. Every time we take our show on the road, we bring a great crowd out.' " …

One difference: John, Paul, George and Ringo were adored. …

The "Heatles" — here, there and everywhere — are not. …              

Southland high schools have produced so many great athletes that Cooperstown-bound Bert Blyleven might not crack an all-time All-Southland starting rotation. …

The pride of Garden Grove Santiago High is probably no better than the No. 5 right-hander behind fellow Hall of Famers Walter Johnson (Fullerton High), Don Drysdale (Van Nuys), Bob Lemon (Long Beach Wilson) and Rollie Fingers (Upland). …

Blyleven never won a Cy Young Award, but Bret Saberhagen (Reseda Cleveland), Jack McDowell (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame), Randy Jones (Brea Olinda), Mike McCormick (Alhambra Mark Keppel) and Mike Scott (Hawthorne) all did. …

Saberhagen was a two-time winner. …

It's a wacky world in which Texas Christian (13-0) has no chance to win the BCS championship but Charlie Whitehurst and the Seattle Seahawks (7-9) might win the Super Bowl. …

The only thing better than Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh battling annually in the Pacific 10 Conference would be the what's-your-deal duo squaring off twice a year in the NFC West. …

Bowl games bring out the best in Terrelle Pryor, proud owner of a new Sugar Bowl MVP trophy he might soon be hawking. …

Among the top 10 scorers in NBA history, a list that now includes Kobe Bryant, only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain averaged more shots per game than Bryant. …

If Blake Griffin follows through with plans to participate in the NBA slam dunk contest, it won't be much of a contest. …

It will be a Sooner Eclipse. …

Ralph Lawler, on his Facebook page after Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks: "I am at a loss to explain the Clippers. …We've seen this over and over again this season." …

This season? …

How about every season? …

USC will be the opponent Jan. 13 when Oregon — perhaps celebrating a BCS title too — opens its $227-million Matthew Knight Arena, named for the late son of Nike co-founder and deep-pocketed Ducks booster Phil Knight. …

Stan McNeal of Sporting News Today predicts that Vladimir Guerrero will return to the Angels, who have struck out with every other free agent they've pursued this winter. … 

Leslie Frazier, coach of the Minnesota Vikings, says he "cannot think of any circumstance" in which he would ask Brett Favre to return. …

Nor can anyone else. …

Kudos to Michael Vick for resurrecting his career, but the Atlanta Falcons are better off with Matt Ryan. …

Of the four players in major league history who surpassed 3,000 hits and 500 home runs — Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro — only Palmeiro failed a drug test. …

Hall of Fame voters took note. …

Sunday marks the 17th anniversary of the most recent NFL playoff game contested in Los Angeles, a wild-card victory for Jeff Hostetler and the Los Angeles Raiders over John Elway and the Denver Broncos at the Coliseum. …

Matt Leinart did not take a single snap in his first season with the Houston Texans, whose starting quarterback, Matt Schaub, sat out only one offensive play all season. …

Urban Meyer, retiring from coaching at age 46, won his swan song against Joe Paterno, whose Penn State teams have won 338 games since JoePa turned 46 in December 1972. …

Stanford's ending Connecticut's 90-game winning streak brought to mind a great Sports Illustrated headline after Notre Dame stopped UCLA's 88-game run: "After 88 Comes Zero." …

Judge Scott M. Gordon, presiding over the divorce case of Frank and Jamie McCourt, will be honored Jan. 15 by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as L.A. County's "family law jurist of the year." …

Tickets for the black-tie event at Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica are $150 each or, put another way, less than what the McCourts said they paid for their five-times-a-week haircuts.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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