While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Earl Campbell Unscripted is coming to Comcast SportsNet Houston on Monday night with an hourlong interview hosted by anchor Steve Bunin. The Longhorn Heisman Trophy winner speaks about his suicidal thoughts because of an addiction to alcohol and painkillers and the highs and lows of his career. Earl says Mean Joe Greene was the best player he ever played against and that Jim Brown once told him at one function with Emmitt Smith, Eric Dickerson and others in a discussion of all-time greats, “It’s me first, Earl second and everybody else, get in line.” … I’ll never forget one starry night at training camp in San Angelo in the summer of 1978 when a nervous Campbell and I sat on a curb outside his dormitory and he told me, “I don’t know if I’m good enough to play at this level.” I told him he was nuts because he was going to turn the league on its ear. I really went out on a limb there.
2. Only three home runs were hit in 12 College World Series games before the best-of-three championship series between UCLA and Mississippi State, which have one home run in 189 CWS at-bats between them. Hear they may go to a flat-seam ball. The 3-year-old TD Ameritrade Park, unlike historic Rosenblatt Stadium, sits in a bowl in downtown Omaha, Neb., with no wind blowing out, instead of up on a big hill in a jet stream, and consequently it devours most fly balls. I’m old-fashioned and love pitching and defense, but I like the chance of a home run. They should move in the fences, but I’m told it’d be too expensive. Hasn’t affected attendance. This year’s Indiana-Louisville game drew more than 27,000.
3. Augie Garrido’s contemplating some shifts in next year’s Texas baseball lineup. He told our Mark Rosner he’s considering playing right fielder Mark Payton in center field and batting him leadoff and putting Erich Weiss in left field or right field. Would help the draft status of both to shift positions.
4. Not buying the notion that legacies were on the line in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. What exactly do Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have to do to improve their standing among the best of all time? Nothing. And even if Miami had lost, LeBron James has already proved his greatness and will have more shots at multiple titles. Also, any other team besides the Spurs would have been blown out by the Heat. … Kawhi Leonard is the next great player in the league. He has arrived. … Spurs showed great class and dignity in defeat. Still a model franchise. … Lastly, the Spurs’ window is as open as ever for another title. They are not going away but could need a better backup for Tony Parker and another scoring option if Gary Neal leaves. Love Cory Joseph’s defense and overall mentality, but he can’t break down defenses.
5. Big 12 offensive player of the year? My top four candidates are Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, TCU quarterback Casey Pachall, Texas running back Johnathan Gray and Baylor guard Cyril Richardson.
6. I’m on board with Nick Saban, who is pushing for his SEC peers to play tougher schedules, starting with nine conference games. He’s not entirely altruistic. If the Georgias and Floridas beef up their nonconference schedules, it’s good for the league, but tougher games lead to more injuries, depleting Saban’s rivals’ depth, and the possibility of more losses for his competitors but also a stronger strength of schedule for Alabama as well.
7. What was Serena Williams thinking when, in her interview with Rolling Stone, she implied that the girl raped by football players in Steubenville, Ohio, all but had it coming by getting so drunk? Shameful quote.
8. While awaiting Edward Snowden to leak the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first pick of this week’s NBA draft, here’s saying Texas’ Myck Kabongo will get drafted in the second round but be a very good guard in the NBA if he takes a hint from Jason Kidd and works on his jump shot. He’s fast enough and can break down defenses, prerequisites one and two for point guards. Kabongo may need an attitude adjustment (read: Danny Green).
9. My son John Tyler put it perfectly. “The Internship” had funny parts but wasn’t a funny movie. Don’t expect “Wedding Crashers II.” Gave it six ducks.
10. Crazy prediction: The Astros trade starter Bud Norris and reliever Jose Veras to the Rangers.