Rockets' "Meaningless" Finale Wasn't Meaningless For Gamblers

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That time the dude from Big Bang Theory was lobbying for Dwight Howard.
I've said many times, we need a special corner of the sports media world for gamblers. A special channel, a special talk radio show, a special Tweetdeck. All of it.

People who don't wager generally don't care about the same nuances of a sporting event as people that do. That much was obvious on the final night of the NBA regular season, as the Rockets trotted a mish mash lineup of a few regular starters, a couple reserves, and a handful of guys who played more games in Rio Grande than Houston this season as they took on the New Orleans Pelicans in the finale.

Radio hosts and columnists called the game "meaningless." These people obviously didn't have a sawbuck or two on "ROCKETS OVER 54.5 WINS."

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Blond Lets John Daly Hit Golf Ball Off Her Face (VIDEO)

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John Daly, king of fashion.
A trip to Augusta for the Masters is on seemingly every male sports fan's bucket list, and I am no different.

If I ever get the opportunity to swing on down to Augusta during that second week of April, you'd better believe I'll be there. However, I think my agenda would differ slightly from that of the average Masters tourney-goer.

While most (okay, everyone except me) would make a beeline for the country club to watch the pros tee off, I'd be heading to the nearby Hooters to see if John Daly has posted up for his annual merch sale and booze fest. Because that, reportedly, is what Daly does during Masters week. Much like Pete Rose setting up his autograph table in downtown Cooperstown during Hall of Fame weekend, Daly sets up his RV and moves gear.

Apparently, he also spends some time at the driving range, as seen in the video below.

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Texans Tracker: Texans Have Allegedly Already Decided on Jadeveon Clowney

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Clowney talk updates the tracker.
In previous years, we'd be in the home stretch for NFL Draft season now. Forever, the draft has been in or around the third weekend of April, but for reasons that don't really matter at this point, the league has moved it to May 8 through May 10.

And in the age of social media and a land rush to be the guy who guesses what the Texans do with the No. 1 overall pick, this means three more weeks of worthless conjecture, anonymous sources and "people tell me" journalism.

Currently, if there were a title for the king of this sort of reporting, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report would be running away with it.

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Awkward Nick Saban Photo Is Pretty Awesome

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This 2011 shot may be a cardboard cut-out of Nick Saban.
At its best, a major college athletic department is about synergy.

When you compete against the Goliaths of your sport in all sports, teams at a school need to be helping the other teams. All for one, one for all. (Add here whatever other cheesy motivational slogan about togetherness you can think of.)

Being the head coach of a perennial championship program even brings an added burden of giving back. Call it a rub, call it osmosis, call it the "magic touch," but if you're a championship coach, the other coaches at your school will and should want to tap into whatever strand of DNA it is that allows you to compete at such a high level.

Nick Saban knows this. I think. I'm pretty sure he knows this.

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Texans Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar Once Wrestled a Bear

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Bear wrestling was how you proved your manhood, or earned a few bucks. Back in the day.
When Bill O'Brien was assembling his staff that would lead the Houston Texans into the new post-Kubiak frontier, it was widely assumed he would bring in entirely his own staff, and truth be told, he would've been completely justified in doing so.

I mean, 2-14 is 2-14. Clean house. Nobody would've had a problem with that.

However, when the new coaching staff was announced, we found out that there was one assistant coach who would be remaining on board -- defensive line coach Bill Kollar. (Eventually, it wound up being two, as special teams assistant Bob Ligashesky kept his gig as well, but this is a Kollar-centric post.)

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Flopping Is Probably One of the Greatest Sports Sins of Them All

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Pulling a Richard Sherman moment is the least of the seven deadly sports sins.
I got into a semi-argument on air with my SportsRadio 610 cohost, Ted Johnson, the other day. The tiff was about Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman, and his act in the wake of the NFC Title Game on FOX, when he eviscerated Michael Crabtree in an interview with Erin Andrews and turned a "WE" moment into a "ME" moment.

I know that topic is more than two months old, and there was a good reason we argued about it (off hand, I don't remember that good reason), but the argument boiled down to Ted (who is vehemently anti-Sherman) asking me if I would let my son wear a Sherman jersey.

Thinking about it for a second, I determined that I would let him, but not encourage him. (Awesome passive-aggressive parenting by me, by the way.) Ted's point, which was fair, was less about jerseys and more about "Would you want your kid acting like that?"

The answer? Probably not, but I can tell you something even more offensive than Sherman-style mugging that would make me ground my sons from now until they're 50.

Flopping.

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The Worst Wheel of Fortune Contestant Ever (And He Actually Wins!)

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"Wheel of Fortune" has its share of idiots.
I think there's a spectrum of intelligence on which most board games fall, with games like Candy Land at one end and games like, say, chess at the other end. Games such as Scrabble and Monopoly fall somewhere in between, probably somewhere to the "chess" side of center.

Television game shows fall onto a similar grade, with pretty much all of them bunched down at the "mindless" end (for the sake of needing an endpoint, we will plunk Joker's Wild down there), and Jeopardy! all the way at the other end.

Wheel of Fortune, to be fair, probably falls somewhere in the middle, and above the gaggle of games for the braindead (games that, to be clear, I love). You do need at least some working knowledge of the English language to win at Wheel.

Or do you?

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Barrage of Lies Means the NFL Draft Is Almost Here

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Faceless commenter guy says Clowney was born this way. No work involved.
This is where the NFL Draft process really starts to get fun. (This is also where I wish that sarcasm had its own font.)

We are only a few weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft, and maybe it's because we sit smack dab in the middle of the city with the No. 1 overall pick, but it feels like the lies from anonymous personnel people (not to mention the fabricated Chris Mortensen stories) have been taken up a notch this year.

Hey, who cares, right? Just the livelihoods of some 21-year-old kids on the line, not our problem, right?

In case you hadn't seen them, here were the big two strings of faceless conjecture that rang out this past weekend.

(Pay attention, Texans fans, this affects you!)

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Fantasy Crime League Update: Aldon Smith Begins What Could Be 49er Surge

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Aldon Smith and his poor choice of bomb joke venues.
If Vegas had put out a big board on Sunday afternoon with a futures bet on "Next San Francisco 49er most likely to be charged with a crime," the prohibitive favorite would have been quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

After all, Kaepernick is under investigation for a "suspicious incident" in Miami where a woman was doing shots and smoking weed with Kaepernick and two other players, got naked with Kaepernick, and then woke up the next day in a hospital.

Kaepernick's been charged with nothing so far, but certainly he would seem to be teetering the closest to an arrest.

But when you're Aldon Smith, I guess you're always teetering close to an arrest just by being Aldon Smith, and on Sunday, you Kaepernick bettors would've had to crumple up your tickets.

Aldon Smith, Criminal, is back!

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Rockets Release Greg Smith, Sign Former Longhorn Dexter Pittman

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Possibly the answer to Rocket's next-level chances.
The Houston Rockets' magic number (combined Rocket wins and Portland losses) to clinch home court in the first round of the playoffs and lock up the fourth seed (and a likely first round tussle with those Trail Blazers) is two.

So let's start there.

With four games to go in the regular season, and a clinching of the fourth seed in the Western Conference imminent, Daryl Morey and the Rockets can begin the process of getting their ducks in a row. That means being strategic about doling out minutes and granting rest. That means bringing back guys who are currently resting (Dwight Howard, most specifically) at just the right time to shake off the rust before a (hopefully) deep playoff run.

And, unfortunately for center Greg Smith, it means making sure you've got healthy bodies from top to bottom on the roster.

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