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The Breakdown: Lights out

BRYCE EVANS
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Sports editor Bryce Evans
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Normally, I have very little trouble when it comes to falling asleep. Really, it’s one of my biggest talents; put a pillow under my head, and I’ll see you in 8 hours.

That’s why I’m a bit perplexed at the last few nights. For some reason or another, I just can’t get myself to even nod off a little bit.

Tossing and turning, turning and tossing, there’s just nothing I can do.

I don’t know, maybe it has to do with the slew of spring snow that keeps forcing me to scrape off my car and prolong my urge for some summer(ish) activities. I mean, I had the sticks pulled out and ready to go for opening day of the golf season for Summit County on Friday, only for the course to be buried in 8 inches of powder.

It could also be that I’m still a bit disoriented from moving apartments or the fact the Cubs seem to think it’s funny to torture me.

(Sad note: At the time I am writing this sentence the Cubs’ two best hitters – Aramis Ramirez and Derek Lee – are hitting .370, and that’s when you add the two averages together. Throw in that their best pitcher and opening-day starter for the last six years – Carlos Zambrano – was demoted to the bullpen after just four starts, and I think my head may literally explode.)

The real reason I can’t sleep, though, may be that I just have too many random thoughts floating around inside my head. This is also something that feels pretty new. Honestly, there’s usually not much going on up there.

Anyway, in honor of the randomness of my mind lately, I thought I’d give you a few hundred words about random things I’ve been pondering in the sports world. Here we go …

Shooting free throws left-handed in the NBA. Normally, this isn’t a problem – if you’re left-handed. However, if you’re LeBron James and doing it because you have a mysterious injury in your shooting elbow that didn’t affect you for an entire playoff series or even on the free throw you swished (right-handed), it’s a bit dramatic. I’m confused how in between a pair of freebees, the pain becomes so unbearable that you have to clank the next shot with your off hand, then walk back down the court holding onto the “injury” like a 4-year-old that just scraped his elbow. Strange.

Betting on the Kentucky Derby. I love watching it every year, but I can’t help but think it’s crazy that people actually bet their hard-earned money on something controlled by, well, horses. Maybe that’s the exciting part, I don’t know, but as unreliable as pro athletes can be, it’s funny to me that anyone can think a horse would be any better.

Speaking of unreliable, how about Tiger Woods at Quail Hollow this week? By this, I’m not referring to the fact he had one of his worst tournaments of his career, resulting in a missed cut, but instead how the media is making this into a big deal. In case people didn’t know this, every golfer misses cuts. This is only Tiger’s sixth time doing so in the 14 years he’s been on Tour. To put that in perspective, Phil Mickelson missed six cuts just in 2007 alone, a season in which he won three times. I understand if Tiger sneezes differently on the course these days, it’s somehow news, but let’s just settle down a bit.

Cutting high school sports. On Tuesday, it was announced that Summit High School was axing its girls’ tennis and boys’ swimming and diving teams, part of a mandatory 5 percent budget cut in the athletic department. Seems to be pretty sad timing, seeing as both teams are in the midst of great seasons. With two new, young head coaches – Ryan Van Gundy (swimming) and Sean Carlton (tennis) – the Tigers have been throttling teams all spring, despite depleted rosters and could have a number of athletes make it to state. Now, I’m not saying athletics should be spared while teachers get cut, but you’d think after raising more than $600,000 for six teams to play on a brand new synthetic turf field, maybe there’s a way to keep these two teams going without taking up school district funds. Just a thought.

Well, all of this is making me tired. I think it’s time for a nap.


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