The curse of three has struck again.
First it was Ed McMahon, then Farah Fawcett, and now Michael Jackson.
As it typically happens, celebrity deaths usually occur three at a time. And this week, three celebrities (famous in their own ways) lost their lives.
As a child of the mid-to-late 1980’s, I grew up hearing the latest hit from the King of Pop. And as I grew older, Jacko grew crazier. But despite all his issues, both physically and mentally, Michael Jackson was an American Icon. That isn’t even up for debate.
And now, on to the linkage.
** University of South Dakota women’s basketball recruits Kate Edwards (Crete, Neb.) and Stacia Robertson (Grand Island, Neb.) are both members of the Nebraska Twisterz, a summer club team. They will be in Sioux Falls this weekend for the Dakota Showcase, a premier high school hoops event.
** One newspaper reports that someone named Vontae Davis was arrested in Illinois. A second paper reports that no, wait, it wasn’t the same Vontae Davis (the one that’s a rookie for the Miami Dolphins). Strange story.
** LA Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy calls ESPN’s Bill Simmons a “joke writer” with no credibility. Thus began a massive Twitter war.
** How is Twitter revolutionizing sports journalism? Ric Bucher of ESPN reassures Kevin Love of the T-Wolves VIA TWITTER that he’s not likely to be traded. Odd, I have to say. That’d be like me Twittering a college player telling them if they’re starting in the next game.
** Uh-oh Twins fans, Joe Mauer is on the cover of next Sports Illustrated. The story, “written” by Tom Verducci, includes not only the usual stereotypes of Mauer, but gives Verducci yet another mascot for his STEROIDS BAD campaign.
** Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he has “toyed” with the idea of coaching mostly at home next season, letting assistant Kurt Rambis handle more road duties. C’mon, Phil, that’s not how the gig works.
** If you need something to distract you on this Friday afternoon, here are the Top 50 Movie Trailers. Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho” is personally my favorite film of all time. He was known for hilariously wacky trailers.
** Thanks to a rotation swap, Philadelphia Phillies ace pitcher Cole Hamels takes the mound tonight (Friday) against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hamels (4-3) hasn’t really gotten into a groove this season, even despite allowing two runs in eight innings in his last start — which got him a no-decision.
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TGIF Recommended Tune
The P&D’s own music guru Jodi Bacorn recommends this song, “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage The Elephant. Enjoy.