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African American news from Pasadena - Sports Watching and Wondering questions on Lakers, Dodgers, Tiger and Griffin IIIINQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

We seem to be living in an age where there are more questions than answers. There are a number of things that could happen this week, or they could never happen. Here is my version of a list that many fans are concerned about:

THE LAKERS - We have been waiting for the other shoe, or shoes, to drop since Commissioner Stern detailed the trade for Chris Paul. This year's team is without Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown. That means that they are unlikely to be better than last year's team since these players have not been replaced. The management of the Lakers have to be working hard to try to make a deal to bring in at least one talented player. We do not know who they are after, or if it will happen. For a while it seemed that they would be able to pry Dwight Howard away from the Orlando Magic. That still may be possible, but there does not seem to be as much interest in making this deal as it was a few weeks ago. This is the last week before the trading deadline takes effect. If a trade does not happen in a day or so, then it will not happen at all.

THE DOGDERS - The list of Bidders to buy the team has been reduced to six. The Group headed by Magic Johnson is still in the running. Frank McCourt has said that he will announce the name of the winning Bidder on April 1. The Sale of the team is supposedly completed by April 30, 2012. MLB believes that those dates will be met since McCourt is legally required to pay his ex-wife $131 million which is due to her as a part of their divorce settlement. I have a suspicion that things won't happen that quickly. I think that it is highly likely that Mrs. McCourt would give Frank an extension if he agreed to pay some late fees. Commissioner Selig has been outflanked by McCourt at every turn. I think that there was a real possibility that the sale of this team may not be completed for several years. Eventually, when the sale is completed, the City of Los Angeles may have to use Eminent Domain to take the Parking Lot back from him. That approach should work, since it was used by the City to take the land from those who owned it in the first place.

TIGER WOODS - His game has improved recently. However, he had to retire from his last tournament, due to the pain in his left leg. According to the reports, this injury is not serious and Woods may be able to play again, in a week or two. This injury may not be related to the one that he had a few years ago. He appeared to be in excruciating pain, but he dragged himself around the golf course and eventually won the match. I happen to think that it is never a great idea for an athlete to continue to play when he or she is injured. When they do that, it shows that they have a lot of courage, but not good judgment. By aggravating injury they might forfeit the rest of their career, or at least diminished their ability to perform. This is a difficult time for Woods, since he was on top of the world, for such a long time. It must be very painful for him to struggle through one loss after another. He may be able to get on top again, that is starting to seem unlikely, as Father Time has begun to make his presence felt.

ROBERT GRIFFIN III - It wasn't that long ago when NFL Teams were somewhat reluctant to sign an African-American Quarterback. The ones like Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick, and others, also did a lot of running from that position. However, of the group only Doug Williams and Warren Moon were considered to be pinpoint passers. Robert Griffin may run faster than any quarterback, whoever played in the NFL. However, it is the uncanny accuracy of his passes that will cause him to be drafted first or second by the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts have the First Draft Choice this year, and they are expected to take Andrew Luck. The St. Louis Rams owned the Second Draft Choice. The Washington Redskins, who owns the Sixth Draft Choice, created a King's Ransom to the Rams to secure the right to draft Griffin. Not only do the Redskins want him, they want him badly. The feeling is that he has the potential to become one of the all-time great quarterbacks.

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