■ Love soccer and the World Cup, but ESPN is trying too hard to make the United States' brief stay mean more than it did.
The Americans led for just three of the 390 minutes it played. It missed a golden opportunity to reach the semifinals. In a real soccer country, that's not cause for celebration.
■ Great soccer point made by former German coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who now lives in Los Angeles.
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Klinsmann said the U.S. is the only country in the world where parents pay for kids to play soccer, because they hope to earn scholarships. In other countries, kids dream of being a professional soccer player.
Klinsmann said that something must be done to get more lower-income kids involved in the game, a la basketball.
■ Think Klinsmann's point might also apply to modern baseball?
■ One part of the World Cup is indefensible. Never mind extra time, shootouts, flopping, etc. Not using technology to help officials decide the legitimacy of goals is idiotic. Especially when there are so few goals.
■ Why you must love the British newspapers at World Cup time, from Paul Hayward of the Guardian, "With England, though, their talent evaporates, their sense of self collapses. They look tight and ponderous and tactically illiterate."
■ Looking forward to Argentina-Germany.
■ John Calipari's "greatest day in the history of the program" declaration NBA Draft night was not a dumb thing to say. It was a Calpari thing to say.
The man is hyperbole. He can't help himself. Exaggerations and near-truths leak from his spinning brain at a blurring pace. That's just Cal being Cal. And will continue to be Cal.
Still, saying that draft night was like "winning the national championship" is a dog that absolutely does not hunt. There is only one thing like winning a national championship. And that is winning a national championship.
■ Quiz question: How many non-Kentucky players from the SEC were taken in the draft? Two. Ole Miss guard Terrico White was taken by Detroit with the 36th pick. Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado was taken by Miami with the 41st pick.
■ The Big 10 had just one player chosen by the NBA last week. That just means the Big 10 figures to be pretty good next season.
■ Interesting comment from Rich Brooks, who in an interview with the Register-Guard in Eugene compared the progress made by his former team, Oregon, with the future of Kentucky football.
Said Brooks, "If Kentucky wants to maintain what we have started there, they're going to have to get into the 21st century. ... They have to make that commitment."
■ LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson was asked Monday about the pressures of having a No. 1 recruiting class, a la Kentucky. "I wouldn't know," said Johnson, "I've never had one."
■ Good luck to Debbie Yow, who is leaving her athletics director's post at Maryland for the same job at North Carolina State. Yow was once head women's basketball coach at Kentucky. Her 16-year tenure at Maryland was longer than the previous three ADs combined.
■ That West Virginia University report revealing that Chris Henry suffered from chronic brain damage, the same condition found in many former football players, is truly frightening, especially when you consider that Henry played in one of the sport's least physical positions.
■ Heard Dick Vitale on ESPN Radio say that Minnesota's Wesley Johnson, not John Wall, would win NBA Rookie of the Year next season.
■ Male sports fans may breathe again. Erin Andrews has reportedly reached a tentative agreement to remain at ESPN.