There's little reason to currently follow the NBA just because football's over. (The playoffs aren't until April, and once they begin, they last about 62 months) But if you need a personality on which to fixate, Gilbert Arenas is your man.
He challenged DeShawn Stevenson to a 3-point shooting contest. But it wasn't just any ol' 3-point shooting contest. Arenas' bragged that he could "shoot with one-hand from college three better than [Stevenson] can shoot with both hands from NBA three."
With $20,000 on the line — guess they never watched Trading Places on bet-setting tips — Arenas sank 73 of his 100 3-pointers using only his right arm. Stevenson, who sank 68 of 95 the conventional way, clanked his 96th shot.
I believe Arenas now faces off against the winner of Jim Abbott vs. the drummer from Def Leppard.
Hammer: The final rock of the end.
It's difficult to explain exactly how much SportsCenter has changed since the days of Dan Patrick, Kenny Mayne, Keith Olbermann, and Charley Steiner. Let's just say it's like the show got a boob job.
But since the inception of Pardon the Interruption, the show's format has changed very little, which makes it perhaps the one show worthy of infinite praise.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon seem dedicated to keeping the show humming smoothly. Tony K. has since ditched his radio show, his Washington Post regular column, and is now seen gallivanting with the Monday Night Football gang, while Wilbon is covering a lot of NBA games from the halftime booth. But they always come back to each other at 5:30 p.m., trying to poke holes in the other's arguments.
With the overhaul to ESPN.com Page 2's staff — hard to believe six years ago Hunter S. Thompson was a contributor — and the mess of different SC anchors that grace the screen nightly, at least my PTI remains the same, entertaining, witty show I remember debuting almost six years ago.
They've had but one slight change to their format. Their rapid fire segment, "The Big Finish," no longer appears at the end of the 5:30 show, but rather mixed into the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. But at least they never try anything crazy like, say, Rush Limbaugh to interject once during the show.
See you next week, knuckleheads.