■ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was right to throw the book at Tom Brady and the New England Patriots — not so much for Deflate-gate but for the Pats' overall attitude of defiance, obstruction and skirting of the rules.
■ Pay no attention to those comparing Ray Rice's two-game penalty for domestic abuse to Brady's four-game suspension for deflated footballs.
The NFL acknowledged it got it way wrong with Rice. All punishments are arbitrary without set guidelines. Timing is everything.
■ If you want a reason why it is good to be in the Southeastern Conference, look no further than the UK softball team. Rachel Lawson's squad finished a very disappointing conference season 5-19, yet it still made the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year.
■ Skeptics predicted Louisville baseball would meet its match now that the Cards were playing an Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. Instead, in its very first year in the league, Dan McDonnell's team will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
■ Expect heralded Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and his name trainer, Bob Baffert, to lead to excellent television ratings for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
■ Must admit, Pete Rose is interesting and entertaining as an analyst for Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports 1.
■ Maybe we'll see Bill Simmons and Charlie Hustle on the same Fox set soon.
■ I say go back to the old days of Bill Russell and Dave Cowens and make Anthony Davis the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
■ Sure, the John Calipari-to-New Orleans rumors have already begun.
■ At Alabama, a groom's cake featured Nick Saban riding an elephant, holding a crystal national championship trophy.
■ After starting the baseball season 13-0, Mississippi State is now 24-27 under former UK coach John Cohen. The Bulldogs, the College World Series runner-up in 2013, are 8-19 in the SEC.
"You know 18- to 22-year-olds have a way of bouncing back a lot better than old people like me," Cohen told the Clarion-Ledger.
■ Headline on the Washington Post website: "John Wall begins dribbling with his left hand."
■ Jay Bruce hit .281 in 2010; .256 in 2011; .252 in 2012 and .262 in 2013. He hit .217 last year and was hitting just .170 going into Cincinnati's game Tuesday night against Atlanta. How can a 28-year-old suffer such a drastic drop?
■ It bears noting that St. Louis lost its ace, Adam Wainwright, and it hasn't missed a beat. That's the proof of a great organization. But we already knew that.
■ Loved this quote from Atlanta's Kyle Korver on the problems with the Hawks' stagnant offense against Washington (before Monday night): "The ball wasn't hopping."
■ Sorry to hear Scott Van Pelt is leaving his ESPN Radio Show. He and Ryen Russillo are excellent talking college and pro hoops.
■ New Jersey governor Chris Christie spent $82,594 of taxpayer money on food at NFL football stadiums. Given the price of concessions these days, that sounds about right.
■ One of the Philadelphia 76ers' new logos features Ben Franklin dribbling a basketball. If UK baseball can use a guy dressed as Abraham Lincoln to throw out a first pitch, I see no reason why the Sixers can't use Ben.
■ People are talking Florida State, but I'm betting Florida ends up with former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.
■ Northern Kentucky made a good move leaving the Atlantic Sun behind for the Horizon League. Shorter road trips. Now it's time for the Norse to start competing on the D-I level.
■ I don't always agree with Dan Dakich — I totally disagree with Dakich's stand that the NCAA should scrap the graduate transfer rule — but I do agree with the ESPN analyst when he wrote: "I believe (Billy) Donovan was the most normal of all super-successful college basketball coaches."