One week out from the launch of the 16th annual Florida Film Festival and I’m trying to grab my fleeting moments of amusement where I can. Though I didn’t catch either game, you know it’s a landmark day when both Duke and the Lakers are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Blue Devils were upset (not such a big one in my book) by Virginia Commonwealth University, beautifully coached by ex-Univ. of Florida assistant Anthony Grant. Coach K’s team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round for the first time since 1996, and the team unbelievably ended the season with four straight losses. I wonder when was the last time that happened?
The NBA’s LA Lakers are another joyous story, especially if you resent the fact that Phil Jackson has never coached a team without at least one or two of the greatest players in the game in his line-up. But with key injuries to both Lamar Odom and Luke Walton, the team has been struggling mightily (even with Kobe). Last night’s loss to Denver makes the current Lakers the first ever Phil Jackson-coached team to lose seven games in a row (hard to believe after 16 years in the league). And to add insult to injury, the Lakers had back-to-back blow out losses by more than 25 points for the first time ever, and last weekend experienced their worst home loss ever (by 30-something) to the superb Dallas Mavericks.
It’s so nice to see the arrogant and high-and-mighty get taken down a peg every once in awhile. Now let’s see if U of F can repeat–Go Gators!