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Monday, March 06, 2006 

A Case of the Mondays (3/6)

Recapping the important events of the weekend...

- On Saturday, #8 Cornell beat #12 Notre Dame 9-6 in the first D1 men's lacrosse game played in the Chicagoland area. A surprising turnout of over 3500 fans packed the football stadium at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL to see the outstanding Matt McMonagle make 12 saves for the Big Red. Being a lacrosse goalie is idiotic so I have to give him some props; standing in front of the net while someone whips a hard, plastic ball at nearly 100 mph is not my idea of athletics. Joe Boulukos scored 3 goals for Cornell, who pretty much dominated the Fighting Irish all day long.

If you've never seen a lacrosse game in person, I highly recommend it. There are big hits and more scoring than hockey or soccer (thank goodness). To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about lacrosse yet, but I am determined to give it a try. Major League Lacrosse has recently placed an expansion team in Chicago (the Machine), also playing at Benedictine, and it seems there is enough of a fan base here to support it. Time will tell...

- Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Lamar Odom actually played up to his ability to chip in 24 points as the Los Angeles Lakers upset the Detroit Pistons Saturday night, 105-94. To put things in perspective, this was the 17th time Kobe has gone over 40 points while Odom reached the 20 point mark for only the 10th time this season. Odom is an extremely capable athlete; he averaged 17.1 ppg for Miami in '03-'04. For him to be averaging just 14 ppg on a team in dire need of a second option on offense is unacceptable. He should be pushing his offensive game to new heights but instead is driving Laker fans insane. But I digress...

The victory over Detroit was especially impressive when one considers that the Lakers trailed at halftime, 58-51. Rasheed Wallace started the game absolutely on fire, hitting his first 6 shots, proving once again that if he had half of Kobe's drive, he would be a lock for the Hall of Fame. After trailing by as many as 10, the Lakers went on an 18-0 run that was more improbable than Natalie Portman's gangsta rap on SNL.

After the game, Kobe had this to say:

"It was a big win for us and a win that we don't usually get, against a great team like Detroit...It's probably the biggest home win of the year for us. We got great play from Lamar, who really is a big key for us when he comes out and plays this well and brings a lot of bounce to our ballclub."
Loosely translated, it means that Kobe knows he needs a wingman and he knows Lamar has skills. Here's hoping that LO puts it all together for an extended run for the first time as a Laker. Trust me, he could be special if Phil ever gets through to him; how many 6'10 guys are capable of basically playing the point in the triangle offense while also averaging double digit rebounds?

- HBO has started running commercials for the upcoming season of Sopranos. Is there any question that this is the best dramatic series of our generation? I'm pretty sure that I would rather watch the next season of the Sopranos than the next season of our Detroit Lions.

- RIP Kirby Puckett.

- The Noob Sports Family

"Kobe's Drive?" How many playoff games did Kobe's drive win for the Lake show last year? Oh yeah... Kobe is a piece of shit.

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