Lather, rinse, repeat. No changes to this week’s top four. Took a couple of catch-up days during college basketball’s opening week only to find myself soaked in a cesspool of international incidents in China involving UCLA basketball, the Ball Family, and an inside look into the Forbidden City (Chino Hills). Then more shoes dropped in the FBI indictment case while a cranky, old, loathsome man, with white hair, who used to throw tantrums and chairs while choking and coaching kids at Indiana,  decided to take another swipe at UCLA John Wooden, who is dead. This, while Bob Knight contemporaries are running for their legal lives and cloaking themselves in the Fifth Amendment as the sport gets its collective nuts crushed in a vice. But how about what Sam Gilbert, 50 years ago, did at UCLA? Do we really need to hear from Bob Knight anymore? Does he bring anything relevant to any discussion he enters? Knight was a fine coach, Xs and Os, but he needs to fade off now on a long, long duck hunt, where he can blast birds into feathers with his arsenal of shotguns while regaling his boat mates with tales of Clair Bee and Henry Iba. Got it Bob. You graduated your kids and your 1975 Indiana team was better than your 1976 team and would have denied Wooden his last NCAA title had Scott May not been injured. You have also diminished your legacy with drivel and nonsense and devalued any greater purpose served. I  have frankly never been more sick of NCAA basketball before a season started and need to hear Bob Knight quoted about as much as I need indigestion or more righteous indignation pontificated by Rick Pitino through his lawyers.  I can’t tell you how much this makes me love, even more,  college football playoff talk in November, even though I know football isn’t clean. But it’s way more compelling, in the regular season, than the squeaks of one-and-done sneakers as we cross off calendar days, like a jail sentence, waiting for three precious weeks starting in late March.

 

1: Alabama (9-0): Woman hauled out of Bryant-Denny for smoking says she used to bum unfiltered Chesterfield’s off Bear Bryant under the goal posts.  (1)

2: Georgia (9-0): Chubb\Michel rank high on my list of great duos along with Sonny\Cher, Seals\Croft,  Loggins\Messina–but not higher than Cheech or Chong.  (2)

3: Notre Dame (9-1):  Rankman’s early idea for ND-Miami, “One, Holy Apostolics vs.  Persons Guilty of Crimes, especially in a Court Of Law,” wouldn’t fit on t-shirt. (3) The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.