On the bright side

Everyone knows Rick Majerus preaches defense first.

But 20 points in an entire game?

Looks like the ex-Ute coach's "oh-fense" needs some work.

The first-year St. Louis University coach watched his team go 11 1/2 minutes before scoring a field goal en route to a 49-20 loss last week to George Washington. That marked the fewest points in a game since the beginning of the shot clock in the mid-'80s.

"Anyone can look at us and see we don't have height, we don't have depth," Majerus said.

They don't have Keith Van Horn, Andrew Bogut or Andre Miller, either.

But his new hometown does have some great barbecued ribs.

Which — even he would admit — is the beautiful thing about being Majerus.

No matter how bad things get, there's always ribs.

Buyer's remorse

Majerus went on to lament the situation, saying of his team, "I didn't pick them. They didn't pick me."

That's not entirely true.

While the players had no say in who their coach would be, Majerus did have a choice on whether to take the job. And that included the players already there.

Wait a minute — taking a job and having second thoughts.

He'd never do that, would he?

Ol' brushback

Rich Gossage, baseball's newest Hall of Fame inductee, said last week that steroid cheaters should admit their wrongdoings.

"If you did it, the best thing to do is come clean. Fess up and life will go on," he told reporters.

Trust the Goose to bring a high, tight one to back 'em off the plate.

Learning curve

Rumors circulated last week that New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush was engaged to TV tabloid staple Kim Kardashian.

The daughter of former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian told OK! magazine that 2007 taught her much.

"One thing I did learn from '07 was to try to keep it as private as possible," she said.

Good point. Who knew making a sex video, posing for Playboy and showing up on a reality show could make things so ... public?

Knighted

Noted media hater and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight took his 21-month-old grandson to a post-game press conference last week, and made it a teaching moment.

"You see," he said, holding the child, "they ask a question and you don't answer it, and they ask another and you don't answer it, either. You're going to be a good coach. Yes, sir."

He sure is.

Assuming that, just like Gramps, he takes tantrums when things don't go his way, tosses around plastic chairs and has a limited vocabulary.


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