Comments on Vick situation
Via the Fanhouse, Angela Tuck of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks that there is too much "rumor and speculation" in coverage of the Vick-dogfighting story.
Via Sports Law Blog, East Coast Bias believes prosecutor Gerald Poindexter is doing the right thing by slowly building a case rather than bringing charges due to public pressure (I agree--if Vick is involved, justice is better served by deliberately developing a case based on evidence and following due process than by bringing big charges for early publicity).
ProFootballTalk notes Clinton Portis's comments on the situation to WAVY TV 10:
""I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it's his property, it's his dog," Portis told WAVY-TV. "If that's what he wants to do, do it. (...) I think people should mind their business," Portis added.
In response to the question of whether dog-fighting is prevalent in the NFL and the NBA, Portis said, "I mean it's prevalent in life. . . . I'm from Laurel, Mississippi. I know a lot of back roads that got the dog fight if you want to go see it.""
NBA Playoff Legacy Watch
Jason Kidd does end up averaging a triple-double for the playoffs (an impressive feat over 12 games--Oscar Robertson did it in 1962 but in only four games. Of course, in '63 Oscar averaged 31.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 9 assists per game over 12 games. There's no reason to arbitrarily pick "triple-double" as the standard other than it looks good and sounds good. It does show versatility, but I'll take Oscar's 32-13-9 against the Nationals and eventual champion Celtics--whom Oscar's Royals pushed to 7 games--over Kidd's 15-11-11 against the Raptors and Cavs). Still, his weakness as a shooter is partially responsible for bringing the Nets out of the playoffs (not as responsible for their lack of a real inside game, though). Now can LeBron get past the Pistons and into the Finals?
Steve Nash and the Suns have been impressive the past three years, winning 62, 54, and 61 games. However, they've only won four playoff series in those years, and I think their failures in the playoffs should taint Steve Nash's back-to-back MVPs (if nothing else already does). After all, Steve Nash did nothing to neutralize Tony Parker, who averaged 20.8 ppg (with games of 30 and 32 in Spur wins). Meanwhile, Tim Duncan is solidifying and enhancing his legacy.
See Sports Law Blog for "Yankee Stadium, God Bless America, and the First Amendment."
If you're interested in such things, I've been trying to post more frequently at Costanza Book Club and at We Have Mixed Feelings About Sven Sundgaard.