- The Josh Howard controversy didn't seem worth getting into last night. A multimillionaire celebrity saying some ill-conceived and inconsiderate? It's not worth calling Reuters over, even with Skype.
However, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban defended his employee the best way possible late last night, by simply, wait for it, reprinting the ugly, hate-filled anti-Howard e-mails, complete with names and e-mail addresses. The balls it took to do that are not sold in any sporting goods store.
Who knows what NBA commish David Stern is going to think.
You'll love the one who refers to Steve Nash as "the anti-American Canadian pig vomit," and just to get the point across, types in ALL CAPS. Really, you made your point with the Canadian pig vomit.
Seriously, when NBA players are standing for the anthem (or anthems, if they're playing the Raptors), the War of 1812 is about the farthest thing from their minds. Meantime, Josh Howard could make nice by shooting all of his three-pointers from the right wing.
- This is going to be heard all over the place in a couple weeks, so get started early on building up a tolerance to Eddie Vedder's Cubs song.
It's no surprise coming from Vedder. Pearl Jam was pretty much to grunge's Rolling Stones to Nirvana's Beatles -- they never apologized for not being first, or for selling more albums. Nor should have they. You play for the fans, not the bleedin' critics.
There's an obvious joke that you never would have seen Kurt Cobain, had he lived, writing an anthem about the 2008 Seattle Mariners. After all, their season's been too depressing to contemplate, even for him. Erik Bedard is probably out for about half of 2009, by the way.
- As for the Vikings' QB switch, Tarvaris Jackson was betrayed, but his team isn't going to win with him in the No. 1 job.
The gut feeling, and it's more than that is that the Vikings' stadium push gets about as far as a run up the middle on third-and-8. They'll play at the U of Minnesota while the Metrodome gets gutted and renovated.
- Ex-NHL pest Matthew Barnaby is reportedly headed for a gig at ESPN. Good for him.
- The Legend of Cecilio Guante visited Ottawa and found it much more to its liking than a certain husband of a former governor-general did.
- There's a video of Shaquille O'Neal being lifted by Wee Man from Jackass. Kobe Bryant probably say that and said, "Big deal, I carried him to three championships with the Lakers."
Did everyone see that the Carleton Ravens got a mention in a Sports Illustrated column? Also, three weeks later, people in Kansas still haven't got over Aaron Doornekamp's dad.