Who says bring back the good old days?
Bring back the peach baskets! Groused Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, after his fifth-ranked Jayhawks scored just 13 first-half points...
The Seattle Times
Bring back the peach baskets!
Groused Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, after his fifth-ranked Jayhawks scored just 13 first-half points in losing to lowly Texas Christian: "The worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there. I think he had some bad teams when he lost to Topeka YMCA."
Where have you gone, Ray Lewis? The nation's 10 most disliked athletes, according to a Nielsen/E-Poll survey published in Forbes:
10) Tony Romo, 9) Kobe Bryant, 8) Kurt Busch, 7) Michael Vick, 6) Alex Rodriguez, 5) Metta World Peace, 4) Jay Cutler, 3) Tiger Woods, 2) Manti Te'o, 1) Lance Armstrong.
"Not for the first time," wrote Bob Molinaro of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, "I find it ironic that a guy named Braun would need PEDs."
Officials are mulling whether to simply give up and list as "vacant":
a) The seven years that Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France.
b) The No. 1 spot in this week's AP basketball poll.
Sports quiz II
a) The latest PED for which a baseball player tested positive.
b) An NHL goalie.
Nine of the 11 Rockets got in on the act as Houston tied an NBA record with 23 three-pointers in a 140-109 win over the Warriors.
In other words, just two players shy of a three-for-all.
Plaxico Burress Award
Outfielder Bryce Brentz, one of the Red Sox's top 10 prospects, will miss much of spring training after shooting himself in the leg while cleaning his gun.
There went his shot at making the opening-day roster.
• Headline in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, after customers at Baltimore's Gardiner Furniture got their recent purchases — $600,000 worth — for free when the Ravens won the Super Bowl: "Now, that's what we call an easy chair."
• New Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, to ESPN, on being let go by the Cowboys: "Better coaches than me have been fired. Just not many."
• Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on plans for a film about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong: "No title yet. Too bad 'Liar, Liar' was already taken."
• NBC's Jimmy Fallon, with the latest sports scandal — from the annual race up the steps of the Empire State Building: "One of the competitors tested positive for elevator."
Dressed for success
Ravens cornerback Cary Williams, who shoved an official during Super Bowl XLVII, won't be fined by the NFL, an AFC spokesman told USA Today.
Good thing he was wearing his socks correctly.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org