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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007 1:29 am | Updated: 7:09 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

To all those who called this March Madness boring because there is no Cinderella, I ask: “Aren’t you excited to see Florida/UCLA and Georgetown/Ohio State on Saturday?”

The Gonzagas and George Masons are all well and good. But this is the Final Four, and there is nothing wrong with having four teams – all powerhouses, all tradition-laden and all with a decent chance to cut down the nets,

Of course, those of us who trashed our brackets by pushing an underdog all the way to Atlanta (mine was Virginia) have a right to gripe. I had three of four Final Four picks correct, and if Florida beats Georgetown on Monday – I’ll finish a distant second to the office manager and have to hear about it every time I turn in a mileage sheet.

Changing of the guard

Watching John Salmons play well for Sacramento this season, you have to wonder where the Suns would be if the Great Agent in the Sky had pointed him toward the Suns instead of the Kings last summer.

But while the decision to sign Marcus Banks to a five-year deal has fizzled, the rest of the free agent point guard crop has been equally disappointing. Are the Rockets happy with Mike James? How about Speedy Claxton in Atlanta or Bobby Jackson in New Orleans/Oklahoma City? The Suns may come out the best of the “losers’’ because Banks is young, healthy and still could prove attractive to other teams.

Quick hitters

• A human leg washed up on the seaside property of Knicks owner James Dolan this week. Dolan immediately signed the leg to a $50 million contract. Then he released it, blaming the whole thing on Larry Brown.

• Bound and determined to sign someone after Reggie Miller passed, the Mavericks are now considering 44-year-old Kevin Willis for the final vacant roster spot that’s burning a hole through Mark Cuban’s pocket. Can’t wait to see Suns fans blogging about how this shows Cuban’s commitment to winning – or is it his commitment to

Wasting money?

• I was surprised to see that Michael Ray Richardson was suspended as coach of the Albany Patroons for a string of anti-Semitic remarks.

Most of my surprise was that Richardson, banned from the NBA for life in 1986 because of continued cocaine use, and a loose cannon ever since, was allowed to coach anywhere in the first place.

• Can’t wait to see “Blades of Glory” this weekend. If this turns out to be “Talladega Nights” on ice, Will Ferrell will have taken a 2x4 to the two sports that need it most. Bless you, Will.

• Attention male gold diggers: George Steinbrenner’s daughter, Jennifer, is back on the market. All those years playing nice with The Boss and positioning himself to take over the Yankees, and Steve Swindal gets popped for what has to be the most expensive DUI in history.


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