Live Blogging the Pro BowlGrammys

Live Blogging the Pro BowlGrammys

A nice Sunday evening of Pro Bowl football, Grammys, and Desperate Housewives:

7:37 - Wow, Jason Miraz sucks at singing the national anthem.
7:55 - Donovan starts off 0 for 4, mostly dropped balls, but no signs of him puking.
7:58 - Donovan gets sacked for loss of 38 yards.
8:01 - Akers misses a 43 yarder.  Man can the Eagles suck any more?
8:05 - T.O. is hitting on Suzy Kolber and Michael Lewis gets burnt by Marvin Harrison: 7-0 AFC
8:09 - Donovan completes a pass!
8:14 - Donovan throws perfect pass to wrong team.
8:20 - Hines Ward makes Rhonde Barber look silly.
8:25 - Donovan gets the bench, 1-8, 24 yds, 1 int; Steve Young's wife is ehh.
8:29 - Fun fact of the Pro Bowl: Daunte Culpepper was born in prison.
8:31 - Jamie Fox and Alicia Keyes do a duet for Ray Charles at the Grammys.  Kinda weird.
8:34 - Westbrook scores a TD!  I love him.  14-7 AFC.
8:38 - NFC fails miserably at onsides kick, Hines Ward takes it in for a TD. 21-7
8:54 - AFC is winning by 42.  Peyton Manning throws touchdowns.
9:00 - Beyonce looks pretty good, No idea what Gwen is wearing, Joss Stone is pretty cute.  Tyra was at the Grammys, what does she do with music?
9:11 - Donovan jokes with Suzy, something about Stephen Alexander and Mushin Muhamed.. wearing green in the future? Half time score: 28-10
9:18 - Eva Longoria lays on a bed in pink lingerie trying to sell mattresses.  And Mike the neighbor got shot?  Anyone know what that was about?
9:26 - The Pro Bowl half time show includes "Tiny Bubbles."  Are you serious?
9:30 - What the hell is Quinten Tarantino wearing?
9:40 - Mike Vick has a gun, throws to Tory Holt for 6. 
9:46 - My brother IMs me: (9:46:48 PM): Kanye West "Jesus Walks" is money
9:47 - Lito Sheppard gets a NASTY pick, Wow!  That was phenomenal.
9:58 - BWest gets denied for his second touchdown, Vick gets popped on his way in for six.
10:03 - Joss Stone does a nice Janice Joplin tribute and then Mellissa Ethridge comes out to scare the shit out of me.
10:05 - Trotter makes a play; we better resign him.  I think he will want to stay here and sign for cheap.  I hope.
10:23 - David Akers kicks a field goal.  I think he has a bunch of points now.
10:31 - U2 wins a Grammy for best group song with Vertigo.
10:42 - I just brushed my teeth.
10:43 - Stevie Wonder plays harmonica in ensemble performance of Beatles tune.  Norah Jones is pretty hot, I am a fan.  Could the song of the year nominees be any more weird: John Mayer, Kanye West, Tim McGraw, Hoobastank, horrible.  Did you know John Mayer, who won song of the year, performs "Girls just wanna have fun" in concert.
10:52 - Peyton Manning gets named player of the game, meh.
10:54 - AFC wins 38-27.  Pretty boring game all in all.  Donovan stunk, BWest played pretty well.
10:55 - Usher does his Michael Jackson impression.  I don't like Usher much at all.  Why isn't Jessica Simpson performing this year?  James Brown is still alive.
11:01 - Lance Armstrong and Sherly Crow present a grammy to Norah Jones for her album with Ray Charles.
11:15 - Hurry up and give out the last damn award. I have to wake up early.
11:27 - The 2005 Grammy winner for album of the year is: Ray Charles - Genious Loves Company which beat out Usher, Green Day, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys.  The old dude who spoke for Ray Charles was pretty dull.  I should have gone to bed a half hour ago.
11:28 - Queen Latifah is fat.

NBA Notes: Chris Paul to undergo surgery for torn ligament in thumb

NBA Notes: Chris Paul to undergo surgery for torn ligament in thumb

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The Clippers said Tuesday that their All-Star guard will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the club's medical staff.

Paul was injured on a first-half play involving Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook in Monday night's victory over the Thunder. Paul didn't return in the second half.

The Clippers are 26-9 in 36 games with Paul in the lineup this season. He is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game (see full story).

Knicks: Anthony tells Jackson he wants to stay in New York
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony still believes the Knicks can win and still wants to be in New York when they do.

Another January collapse makes it easier to wonder if either will happen.

The Knicks have fallen off the playoff pace, again proving they can win headlines but not games. It seems like the same old story in New York, even though Anthony still thinks they can change the ending.

"Yeah, we will," he said. "I still believe."

He reiterated that Tuesday in a meeting with Phil Jackson, telling the Knicks president of basketball operations that he wanted to remain with the team, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion.

The question is how much Jackson still wants him.

A Fanragsports.com piece by Charley Rosen last week was heavily critical of Anthony, saying his legs are "going, going, almost gone" and that "the only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York."

Criticism of Anthony is nothing new, but this came from a longtime confidant and former assistant coach of Jackson, leading to speculation that those were the same thoughts as the Knicks executive (see full story).

Hornets: Clifford blames poor defense for Hornets' losing streak
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hornets coach Steve Clifford points to one factor when explaining his team's five-game losing streak -- a lack of defense.

Charlotte went 0-5 on its recent road trip, surrendering an uncharacteristic 109.6 points per game during that span. The Hornets return home Wednesday night to face the Portland Trail Blazers, part of a stretch of five-game home stand which Clifford hopes will help turn things around.

But Charlotte's fourth-year coach said nothing will get better until the Hornets start playing better man-to-man defense.

"It starts with our ability to guard our guy," Clifford said. "When you get blown by a lot on the perimeter where you are constantly in need of help, then you are going to give up 3s -- and that's what is happening."

The Hornets raced to a 14-9 start this season and were third-best in the league in points allowed through 23 games.

Since then, things have steadily fallen apart, culminating with Charlotte giving up at least 100 points in eight straight games. The Hornets have since dropped to 12th overall in points allowed (see full story).

Kings: F Omri Casspi out for up to 2 weeks with calf injury
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi will miss up to two weeks with an injured right calf.

The team said Tuesday that an MRI showed Casspi strained a tendon in his calf during practice on Monday.

Casspi is averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.

Another injury, another opportunity as Sixers' PG merry-go-round continues

Another injury, another opportunity as Sixers' PG merry-go-round continues

CAMDEN, N.J. — The camouflaged tape wrapped around T.J. McConnell’s right wrist couldn’t disguise the latest hit to the Sixers’ backcourt. 

McConnell suffered a sprain on Saturday in a play against John Wall and was in a splint on Tuesday. He did not participate in practice and is listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors (see story)

“[I’m] trying to keep it stable and not move it around a lot. I should be good to go very soon,” McConnell said. “I’m leaving [when I play] up to the medical staff. I’ll just tell them how I feel. It’s getting a lot better each day.”

Add McConnell to the list of point guards who have battled injuries this season. Let’s start at training camp: Jerryd Bayless suffered a left wrist ligament injury that ended up requiring season-ending surgery. His absence bumped Sergio Rodriguez into the starting lineup, until Rodriguez sprained his left ankle in late December and missed three games.

That left McConnell as the team’s only healthy true point guard at that point. McConnell played so well as a starter while Rodriguez was sidelined that he remained in the lineup when Rodriguez returned. 

“I obviously want to get back quick, but I know me and my teammates won’t lose that cohesion together,” McConnell said.  

This time around, the Sixers are better equipped to handle the injury of a point guard. They signed Chasson Randle from the Westchester Knicks (NBA Development League) to a 10-day contract on Jan. 10. The team liked Randle for his combo skills that would allow him to play shooting guard in practices and give Gerald Henderson an opportunity to rest. Turns out, they need him at the one spot the most. 

Randle played 16 minutes off the bench in Monday’s win over the Bucks. He scored 10 points (3 for 6 from the field, 2 for 4 from three, 2 for 2 from the line) with two rebounds, an assist and five fouls. Randle took his first shot just 23 seconds after checking in for Rodriguez and made his first NBA bucket, a three. 

“He did a great job,” Rodriguez said. “He stepped up in the game, he made some shots, he got the rhythm of the team going. For us, it’s amazing … he’s just here for a few days and he’s talented and he showed [Monday].”

Now Randle could be the latest point guard to maximize an opportunity created by injury. The Sixers have been impressed by what Stanford’s all-time leading scorer can do on both sides of the court. 

“When you start looking at what we have access to, the physical measurements, his wingspan is elite,” Brett Brown said. “You sit him in a stance and he spreads out, he uncoils. He really can cover some ground with his width, his length, albeit from a point guard position. Some of the deflections he got and defensive plays he made, I thought were outstanding.”