Greetings from the couch on this fine Sunday afternoon--New Years Day 2012. Let's check up on what's going on around the world of sports, shall we?
- Traditional New Year's Day bowl games which take place on January 2 throw everything off, don't they? Yes, I get that today is the final NFL Sunday but tomorrow's schedule of bowl games just seem off as a result. And, what's with the Cotton Bowl being played on Friday night, January 6? I'm so disappointed that classic bowl game moved out of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
- Former Kansas Jayhawk Josh Selby played so well on Friday that Memphis' Marc Gasol tweeted "We broke the ice today with the first win! Great game by both rookies, @TheRightPargo1 and @joshselby2 keep it up." Selby played 26 minutes in the Grizzlies' win over Houston and had nine points and seven assists.
- Four years ago today my family and I were boarding a plane to Miami to see Kansas' win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. My, what a difference three seasons and a bad hire made on KU's opportunity to build on its best season in school history.
- In the "surprise, surprise" department, the University of Washington fired defensive coordinator Nick Holt after the worst defensive performance in school history--the Huskies' 67-56 loss to Baylor. There's no word out of Waco on the fate of Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. I've seen video football games that featured more defense than this one.
- Thomas Robinson scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds yesterday in KU's victory over North Dakota. T-Rob becomes the fifth player in Big 12 history to achieve the 30-20 feat. What's most amazing is that the last player in Kansas history to score 30 or more combined points with 20 or more rebounds was Wayne Hightower in 1961. That means that guys like Walt Wesley, Danny Manning, Nick Collison, Drew Gooden, Wayne Simien and Marcus Morris never achieved this single game standard of greatness.
- By the way, two of those Big 12 players who went 30-20 are Kevin Durant (once) and Blake Griffin (twice.) The former Texas and Oklahoma stars are doing quite well, thank you, in the NBA thus far this season. Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, had the game-winning three-point shot last Thursday against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and Griffin is averaging 28 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the Los Angeles Clippers.