Wow. What a day. On a personal note...I went to my wife's maternal side's Christmas party and came away unscathed and a mean case of the winds. However, the day of sports didn't pass me by. A quick look back....
RIP RICHARD PRYOR. Now, I was a pup when Richard Pryor was out there doing his thing and turning into the edgiest comic of his era. I get to see his stand up in classic DVD and video sets. To me, Richard Prior was the guy in Brewster's Millions, Stir Crazy, Harlem Nights, Critical Condition and The Toy. Later on...I loved him in "The Mack". The shame is that Pryor has suffered from MS for most of my adult life...so I never have gotten to totally bask in his greatness. Rest in peace, Mr. Pryor.
REGGIE BUSH WINS HEISMAN. Not really a surprise...but it is quite amazing that a USC Trojan has won this award in 3 of the past 4 years. And I really feel that Bush will not follow in the "bust" mold that several recent winners have crafted in their pro careers. So, will he be in Houston, Green Bay, New York or San Francisco next year??
TEXAS HOLD IT!!!. In a classic #1 vs #2 matchup....uh, never mind. JJ Redick pours 41 points in for Duke in a 97-66 smack down of Texas. This was the largest margin of victory in a #1 v #2 game in 37 years. This knocks Texas down a peg and gives Duke back a swagger in lost in that razor thin win against Virginia Tech earlier in the week. Redick  and Sheldon Williams  nearly outscored the Longhorns  combined.
INDIANA ROLLS OVER KENTUCKY. In yet another big game that went bad....Indiana completely blew out Kentucky. The Hoosiers Marco Killingsworth just abused the Wildcats' front line in the first half...helping Indiana to a 16 pt halftime lead. A horrible 9 minutes opened the second half....and a run by Kentucky got the game to within 12 at one point...but the Hoosiers ended up with an amazing 26-pt win. Kentucky's frontcourt is beyond horrible. They have absolutely no post presence and their trio of 7-footers seem nothing more than streetlights out there. This also continues a horrible week stretch where Kentucky lost at home to North Carolina....learned that Randolph Morris [a guy who could quickly add strength in the paint] is ineligible this year...and now this bad loss on national TV to an Indiana team that just lost to Indiana State.
GONZAGA PULLS ONE OUT. Now, I like what Gonzaga has done [my wife absolutely loves the "Gozangas"]...but I don't think they are a Final Four team. However, what a great shot to win a pretty darn good game today. Down by a point....Adam Morrison banks a three-pointer to give the Zags the lead with 2.5 seconds left. In a day filled with hyped up games fizzing out...this was quite a nice capper.
OH, THAT RON ARTEST!! Ron Artest stunned everyone when he told the Indianapolis Star that the Pacers are "better off" without him and that he wants to be traded to the Knicks. Apparantly, Artest doesn't like Pacers' coach Rick Carlisle too much...and would prefer to be elsewhere. Artest said: "Don't get it twisted. He's a very good coach. He knows what he's doing. I personally don't like playing for him. I would not want to see him get fired for me after all the immaturity I've been through with this organization." It is nice to see that Artest knows that he has cost the Pacers quite a bit last season by his actions....and that they still stuck be him. I'm sure there will be more to this story.