■ No problem here with the Big Apple being awarded the 2014 Super Bowl.
Agree with SI.com's Joe Posnanski who wrote Tuesday that modern-day football does not contain enough weather.
There are too many domes these days, too much sterilization. Life contains few better joys than switching on the tube and seeing snow in Buffalo, or a blizzard in Green Bay or a wintry mix in New England.
Never miss a local story.
If it's a snowy, frigid day in New York come Super Bowl XX(whatever), thank goodness for Mother Nature, and bring your mittens. After all, maybe the best football game of all time was the Green Bay-Dallas NFL title game in 1967, otherwise known as "The Ice Bowl."
■ Can't wait to see how the clock experiment works at the SEC Baseball Tournament. To keep the games shorter, and starts on time, the league is using a 20-second clock between pitches when there are no runners on base. A ball will be called if pitchers fail to beat the clock. As well, batters that step out of the batter's box in the last five seconds of the pitch clock will be penalized with a strike. About time.
■ Curious that Phil Jackson and John Calipari, the two coaches some believe are preferred by LeBron James, have had problems with zone defenses. West Virginia's 1-3-1 zone took down Cal and the Cats. Phoenix's 2-3 "girlie" zone — Suns Coach Alvin Gentry's description — has helped tie the NBA Western Conference finals with the Lakers.
■ Actually, Phil Jackson might do a better job if he weren't so distracted by Craig Sager's suits.
■ Did you know: Sager's son, Craig Jr., is a walk-on wide receiver at Georgia.
■ Speaking of LeBron, and the Lakers, The King needs to pay attention to the intensity that Kobe Bryant brings to the playoffs.
■ Why don't the Cavs just make Worldwide Wes coach and be done with it?
■ Frank Hughes of SI.com reports that Patrick Patterson did very well in the interview sessions with teams at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago last week. Patterson doing well in an interview? That's news?
■ Yahoo Sports posted a great investigative story Wednesday looking into the ticket-scalping scandal at Kansas. One interesting note, KU has a ticket point system very similar to the one used by Kentucky's K-fund.
■ Seems there are always potential problems with tickets. Ask ex-UK player Steve Masiello, now Rick Pitino's assistant at Louisville, who is in the middle of a lawsuit over Kentucky Derby tickets.
■ Speaking of Louisville, problems just won't stop for U of L basketball. Tuesday night, Louisville TV stations reported that Preston Knowles was being investigated for allegedly punching his girlfriend's stepfather.
■ My Reds worry is that Dusty Baker is overusing Francisco Cordero. The closer is on pace to pitch in 90 games. Not good.
■ Sorry, no sale on the spin that men's basketball made an academic improvement at UK the spring semester.
A rise from 2.025 to 2.18 is not much to brag about. With all the academic and tutorial advantages afforded the basketball team, no excuse for bad grades. Transition or no transition.
■ The Bengals have 11 wide receivers on their 88-man roster. Now if they can just find a couple who can get open.
■ Let's take Bob Baffert's suggestion to limit the Kentucky Derby starters to 18 a step further. Let's put the cutoff at 14, which would add more significance to the Derby prep races and make it more likely that the best horse will win.
■ Kudos to old people, er, veterans such as Kimiko Date Krumm, who at age 39 became the oldest player in 25 years to win a singles match at the French Open this week.
■ Would you be more surprised to find that Lance Armstrong was clean, or dirty, with regard to doping?