It’s all fun and games in pro sports until someone gets sent up the river, sticks a fork in a judge and pops a hammy …
* The Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley, is headin’ for the slammer for 5 days after pleading guilty to a DUI charge (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3929251).
Will TNT will be there to broadcast some hoops from the prison yard in Arizona?
I hope so because I’d love to see Sir Charles hit the court with some hardened criminals in the desert.
Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith (http://www.nba.com/tntovertime/) can run the studio show out of a solitary confinement cell and Craig Sager (http://www.tbs.com/stories/story/0,,120594,00.html) can roam the sidelines in one of his gawdawful suits (http://images.google.com/images?q=craig%20sager&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi).
A few words of sage advice for Sager: Stay away from an all orange suit pal. You don’t want any trigger-happy guards mistaking you for a prisoner.
* I’ll freely admit that I love baseball and I have to tip my hat to former pitcher Jim Bunning for carving out a career in politics after he ran out of gas on the diamond.
But Bunning was way out of the strike zone with his comment that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be dead in less than a year (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090223/ap_on_go_su_co/bunning_ginsburg).
Kicking dirt on home plate, that’s cool and always good for a laugh.
Prematurely throwing dirt on Ginsburg’s grave while she deals with cancer?
Uncool dude, very uncool.
* With fantasy baseball season right around the corner I’m on the prowl for every little tidbit of information that could possibly give me a slight edge heading into my drafts.
I took Peter Gammons’ blog on ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3927691&name=gammons_peter) to heart this morning when he said Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vernon Wells is in the best shape of his life.
I’ve always I loved Wells’ bat but it feels like he’s burned me year after year with one injury after another. Gammons’ column gave me a little inspiration to take one more shot at drafting Wells.
But not so fast.
According to ESPN, Wells injured his hamstring today and could miss most of spring training (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2009/news/story?id=3929235).
So much for Wells being in the best shape of his life.