… and when you come out the other end, Eddie Griffin has a five-game drug suspension. It’s not a big deal basketball-wise — Griffin hasn’t exactly been playing meaningful minutes this year — but again, not exactly good PR for the Timberwolves. As for Griffin, he’ll have plenty of time on his hands … er, we mean … just … walk … away.
You can get fined for jaywalking or parking at an expired meter, but people who create stuff like this, a song about Matt Hasselbeck and his band of merry Seahawks set to the tune of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback,” are free to walk the earth. Go ahead, give it a listen. (It takes a little while to load, so be patient). If you don’t want to punch somebody, or at least root for the Bears on Sunday, we will be shocked. If you made it to the line, “Got Walter Jones and Robbie To-beck,” then you’re more patient than most. Thanks (sort of) to Deadspin for posting this first.
That’s right: Ex-Timberwolf Christian Laettner is part of a group that paid $33 million for the D.C. United MLS franchise. Several on-line articles mentioned Mr. Laettner, but only one had a picture of him in a soccer scarf. So naturally, that’s the one we’re linking to.
Deadspin.com had a funny little find this morning: A five-car accident may or may not have been caused by gawkers checking out Nick Saban’s motorcade Wednesday in Alabama. If you read the story until the end, you can draw your own conclusions, but we’re betting it really did start by a driver saying, “Golly, look at all them cars. Is that our new football coach in there?” (And chaos ensued). Sorry to offend you if you’re from the south. And, well, sorry in general.
We’re thinking of signing off every Friday with some “bold” predictions for weekend events. RandBall is primarily going to be a Monday-Friday venture — when all the folks are browsing the Interwebs … er, cranking out TPS reports — but feel free to check back over the weekend and tell us exactly how miserable our predictions have worked out. Also, this is a good time to mention an idea we’re kicking around: The best commenter from Monday-Thursday gets to create one post for RandBall each Friday, complete with nickname of choice. But it’s crucial, as we learned this week, that it’s all tastefully done. Now, on with the guesswork (Note: None of this should be used for gambling purposes. Or taken all that seriously, for that matter).
Wolves at Milwaukee (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 45): Allen Iverson remains a 76er all weekend; the Wolves lose a close, high-scoring affair; KG is not pleased.
Wild at Vancouver (Saturday, 9 p.m., FSN): The W’s get back in the W column. Not sure how or why, but it’s one the kids seem to need.
Jets at Vikings (Sunday, noon, CBS): Using double-secret code-cracking from Brooks Bollinger, Minnesota grinds out a 20-13 victory. Brad Johnson is 14 for 22, 157 yards, one TD and one INT.
Non-Vikings NFL Lock of the Week (ooh, that’s a big lock): The Bears feast on the weak. They will defeat Tampa Bay by at least three TDs. Few people seem to truly appreciate how bad the Bucs are this year.
Thanks for playing. See you Monday, and we’ll do this crazy stuff all over again.