First, a correction: in an earlier post I stated that Jerry West never won a scoring title. This isn't true: West was the leading scorer in 69-70. Considering I have a basketball card featuring the top three scorers of the 69-70 season, this error is truly troubling to me. But wow, the 1960s would have been a great time to be a basketball fan. Your team of the decade would be Wilt, Russell, West, Oscar, and Elgin Baylor, and I would argue that those five players in their primes would beat any other five players in their primes (though if you put Kareem, Shaq, Jordan, Bird, and Magic against them, it would probably be the greatest event in the universe's history. But enough of random fantasies).
The Spurs took game one, and because I like nothing better than pointless questions about the NBA, here's one: what team has the best trio in the league? It would be hard to beat Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli. Can you think of a better trio? Anyway, if you want to read game summary and analysis from somebody that clearly understands basketball, check out the Starting Five.
I don't know how to feel about the Kate Mara fascination that is spreading about sports blogs. I liked it better when every time I saw her in something I could say "There's the girl from Nip/Tuck and Brokeback Mountain" (which are one of my favorite TV shows and one of my favorite movies). Now everybody knows her and loves her, and I don't feel as special. Oh well, I'm left-handed, so take that all you bland right-handed people who like Kate Mara.
Via the Daily Norseman, Len Pasquarelli of ESPN has a feature on Viking quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
You can always count on Sports Media Watch to get deeper into what the ratings actually mean.
The Onion reports that Brett Favre demands to be traded to the 1996 Packers.
The Onion also points out that Chris Berman has taken a night course on Russian literature, altering his nicknames drastically.