For those of you who have not yet filed your 2009 income tax return and who are frantically dashing about trying to get all of your records into some semblance of order, allow me to jump to the end of your process and give you a final piece of advice. Take a moment and look through your instructions to find where you should mail your return and take the opportunity to use that channel for the delivery of your return. Do not try to deliver the tax forms by flying them through the window of an IRS Field Office in a single engine aircraft. That is an unacceptable delivery mode on so many different levels…
The Masters is over. For reasons that I do not understand, The Masters commanded a large fraction of the front page of the Washington Post this morning – - in addition to virtually the entire front page of the Sports Section. I can certainly understand dedicating that much “real estate” in the sports section; The Masters was the most important sporting event of the weekend. But to cover about one-third of the front page with large pictures and a few short paragraphs about a golf tournament?
The Nike ad that was released as The Masters started – - the one where Tiger Woods hears from his deceased father – - has been described by folks as “creepy” and “disturbing” and “irreverent” and “repulsive”. I have seen the ad twice and it neither speaks to me nor does it offend me in any way. Here is what I just do not understand.
The folks who do the ad campaigns for Nike are not bozos; those folks know what they are doing; they have made Nike one of the most recognized brands worldwide.
When they ran this concept – - or even perhaps this ad – - past their focus groups and they heard even a few opinions like “repulsive” or “creepy”, what made them air it anyway?
How is the content of that ad – - recognizing that I am not one of the folks “offended” by it – - supposed to motivate me to go out and buy shoes or sports apparel?
When I said above that The Masters was the most important sporting event of the weekend, I was almost damning by faint praise. Here is one of the other competing sporting events from last weekend. Evander Holyfield (age 47) knocked out Frans Botha (age 41) in the eighth round of their heavyweight fight. This confrontation happened in Las Vegas – - but not at any of the hotels on The Strip where big time fights happen in Vegas. This fight went on at the Thomas and Mack Center – - where UNLV plays its home basketball games – - and the attendance was 3,127 according to the Associated Press. After the fight, Holyfield repeated his assertion that he plans to become the “undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.” And the dwindling number of boxing fans just sighed when they heard that…
When a freshman athlete performs/behaves like a senior athlete, oftentimes coaches talk about his maturity and his poise and his leadership qualities. In the case of redshirt freshman linebacker Sam Maresh at the University of Minnesota, the coaches may be calling it something else. Maresh has now been arrested twice in a two-week period for the same thing – - consuming alcohol in public. Maresh is not yet 21 years old and on two occasions he has been out on the streets of Minneapolis drinking in the wee hours of the morning and has drawn the attention of the police in the area.
I realize that it is not news to learn that college kids – - athletes or not – - consume alcohol prior to attaining the age of 21 years. Nonetheless, it does not require an Einsteinian intellect to conclude that a run-in with the gendarmes over the matter of underage drinking is far more likely when you are doing that drinking out on the street in a major metropolitan area.
Memo to Sam Maresh:
1. Take it indoors, son.
2. By the way, I am a bit surprised that the school has not devised a course for its athletes that would teach them these kinds of insights. That course ought to be worth at least 3 academic credits. Suggest that to your academic coordinator in the athletic department…
It has been a while since I had heard anything about Isaiah Rider. Well, he is back in the news and, as usual, it is not all good news. Rider has been arrested in Arizona on charges of assaulting his fiancée and then running away from a cab where he owed $150 on the meter. The assault allegedly happened in Mesa, Arizona and then Rider supposedly hopped a cab to Phoenix whereupon he ran away from the cab without paying the bill. Given Rider’s history of arrests, I wonder if he was able to recite the Miranda Warning along with the arresting officer(s).
Golden State Warrior’s coach, Don Nelson, broke the NBA record for wins by a coach over the weekend. Nelson now has 1,333 wins and passed the record previously held by Lenny Wilkins. Interestingly, Nelson achieved this career record with teams that never won a championship and never even reached the NBA Finals. He started coaching 34 years ago. Don Nelson is credited with creating the concept of the “point forward” in basketball and he is also the guy who came up with the “Hack-a-Shaq” strategy.
Iona College has a new basketball coach, Tim Cluess. He had been the coach at Division II C.W. Post where his teams won 81% of their games. This is Cluess’ first assignment with a Division I basketball program meaning that the Iona Athletic department must be convinced that he is indeed Tim Cluess and not Tim Clueless…
Finally, here is word from Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:
“Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc., has named Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun as its Position Player of the Year and Rangers righty Scott Feldman as its Pitcher of the Year.
“Still no word on the Golden Mohel Award, for hitting the cutoff man.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…