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Sports Watching and Wondering

Black news from Pasadena - Sports - Pro and college baseball, basketball and footballTOO MANY SPORTS - TOO LITTLE TIME!

Please allow me to fit just a little bit. There are so many things going on, but I only have a limited amount of space. So, I get confused as to what I should do. I would like to write about the things that most of you are interested in. However, there are times when I don't know what that is. So, I will stop whining and just get busy.

DODGERS - They may not be the best team in the world, but they are certainly giving it all they have. I do think that they lead the league in injuries. Kemp is hurt and unable to play. Eithier and Ramirez are among the walking wounded. Even mighty Puig has some nicks and bruises. At this point the Dodgers are trailing in the Playoff Series against the Cardinals 1-2. They are full of fight, and they have not given up. Most people believe that the Dodgers overachieved this season, and that the best may be yet to come. Go Dodgers!

UCLA - This is the weekend that the whole country will see a good team with a great quarterback. The Bruins have been flying just under the national radar. However, this weekend they go up to Palo Alto to play Stanford in prime time on ABC. This is as big as it gets the Bruins are ranked number nine, and the Cardinals are listed as number 13. The game would have even greater significance if Stanford had not lost at Utah last week. Brett Hundley is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. However, he is not as well-known as some of his contemporaries. That could all change this Saturday, and the entire nation will be watching. I am hoping that Hundley has an outstanding game and that he leads the Bruins to another victory.

USC - The Trojans are going back to Indiana to face Notre Dame. Neither team is ranked in the Top 25, so the outcome is at least uncertain. The Trojans are fortunate that the weather is expected to be mild, and this makes the weather less of a factor. The colder the weather; the better for the Irish. USC just defeated Arizona, but they still do not know how good their team is. Saturday's game should be a good measuring stick for all of us.

THE CLIPPERS - They are now a better team than the Lakers. I never expected that I would write that sentence. For nearly 30 years, this team has been the laughing stock of the nation. Their owner did not seem to care about them, and most of the fans were not aware of their existence. They were a permanent national joke. However, that day has passed. They now have a very talented team, and in Doc Rivers, the have an elite coach. He will see to it that they practice hard, and play even harder. They should go deep into the NBA Playoffs, possibly as deep as the Final Four.

THE LAKERS - When Dr. Buss was alive and running the team, the job did not seem to be so difficult. The Lakers won lots of championships, and that is what they were expected to do. So, year after year, they won, or came close to doing so. This year is different. They are not even dreaming of a championship. They are hopeful of earning a berth in the Playoffs. Their future this season will depend, on large part, how soon Bryant can return, and how well he will play when he does. I happen to think that his level of play will be as good as it was, before he was injured. As I see it, the major problem with this team is that they don't have parts that fit together well. They also have a large number of older players, so that makes them more susceptible to injuries than if they had a younger team. Like everyone else, I hope that Bryant will make a full recovery. However, I do not feel that it is necessary that we be given a television report on his health every five minutes. Maybe they could cut that down to reporting on his status every 10 minutes.

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