I love LaDainian Tomlinson, both for his incredible talent and the way he normally handles himself as a football player.
But L.T. is dead wrong when it comes to criticizing the Patriots for poking fun at Shawne Merriman’s sack dance following their upset playoff win Sunday in San Diego.
Was it uncharacteristic of New England to go all Terrell Owens on the Bolts? You bet, and that in itself tells you how much the Chargers’ talking and grandstanding rubbed them the wrong way. The Pats needed to summon all their emotions to pull off the upset and Merriman’s act was a perfect target.
If you don’t want someone to make fun of your sack dance, you have two options: (1) don’t have a sack dance or (2) Win the football game. No one dances after a loss.
Paging Dr. Stoudemire
Why was Suns center Kurt Thomas laughing seconds after hyperextending his elbow in Monday’s win over Memphis? Seems Amaré Stoudemire, who spent so much time with the trainers last year that he apparently thinks he is one, was the first on the scene to tend to Thomas.
“Amaré told me to squeeze his hand (to test the strength),” Thomas said. “He cracked me up.”
Bringing in Chris Webber (or what’s left of Chris Webber) already smells of desperation on the part of Detroit general manager Joe Dumars. But if the move means the Pistons have to move Antonio McDyess, it pushes the idea into the stupid zone.
As if Flip Saunders isn’t having enough trouble with Rasheed Wallace, now he has to balance Webber’s ego with the others.
• May I introduce you to the latest suitor to Steve Nash’s MVP throne: Gilbert Arenas.
• I’m not the biggest NASCAR fan, but I always enjoyed listening to the knowledge and homespun humor of Benny Parsons, who lost a battle to cancer Tuesday at 65. He wasn’t much on unbiased opinions and never met a driver he didn’t like — at least on the record — but his sunny disposition on and off the air was a huge plus for the sport.
• Marty Schottenheimer’s playoff horrors continue, but it’s hard to pin this loss on the coach. A team that dominated the turnover margin all season gave away the game — and Tom Coughlin of the Giants went 8-8 in the lousy NFC, lost in the first round and kept his job. Schottenheimer goes 14-2 in the AFC with the Chargers and a playoff loss could get him fired? Wow.
• Coach of the week honors go to Oregon’s Ernie Kent, who beat UCLA and Arizona in back-to-back weekends with two different game plans. And his decision to practice the zone defense against ASU Thursday — which allowed the Sun Devils to hang around and have a chance at the upset — paid off when that ploy handcuffed the Wildcats in Tucson.