FOR FEBRUARY 11, 2019
LET'S TALK ABOUT SIX
The Patriots as the Greatest of All Teams? They are not even the G.O.A.T. of New England! That would be the Boston Celtics, who from 1957 to '69 went to 12 NBA Finals and won 11 of them! Now that's a run of dominance and excellence that will never be surpassed.
Enough of this Greatest of All Time stuff. It's all relative. I'd love to see if Tom Brady could dominate in, say, Johnny Unitas's day. Yes, the Patriots are amazing, but we have no idea how they would stack up against the heavyweight teams of the past, like the Steelers of the 1970s and 49ers of the '80s. Maybe we should give it a new name: Greatest of Their Generation.
FUEL TO THE FIRE
I had to laugh when I read that baseball players are so despondent about not getting offered nine-figure, long-term contracts that they're encouraging one another to stand strong and speak out for what they believe they are worth. Really? And the millions they have already banked has no bearing here? It's a hard sell if they're looking for sympathy from average Americans who are struggling just to hold onto their jobs and keep a roof over their heads.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
THE Z FACTOR
It's great to read an article that highlights another force in college basketball this year besides Duke's Zion Williamson. Zavier Simpson might not be the best player on the court, but the guard has been the catalyst for Michigan's great season, and exactly what the team has needed.
THE NIPPLE DIARIES
Many thanks for the inside look on how the Lightning's coaching staff goes about its business while leading the best team in the league thus far. It should be required reading for anyone serving in a supervisory role.
JUST DILL WITH IT
I have always liked the Claussen Dill Pickle juice (SCORECARD), and many times drink all the juice out of a jar while there are lots of pickles left. I never do that for the reason athletes do, to alleviate cramps and get back on the field. I just enjoy the flavor!
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