A UNLV fan is willing to name his unborn child Shabazz.
I love that.
Let's do Five for the Weekend.
|Over the course of his coaching career, Mike Krzyzewski has amassed four national titles and a gold medal. (Getty Images)|
Of course it's crazy, but people do crazy things with kid names all the time. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have a little girl named Apple. She's literally named after a fruit -- the same fruit that reportedly sent Eve into a tailspin. Bono has a kid named Memphis Eve. The Edge has a kid named Blue Angel. Robert Rodriguez -- who once stole my ex-roommate's girlfriend, but that's neither here nor there -- named his son Rocket, and that's not a nickname. Dude straight-up named his kid Rocket Rodriguez. So given that all of those things are true (and all of those things are true), is it really farfetched for a person to care enough about a college basketball program to promise to name a child after the nation's top-ranked recruit if the nation's top-ranked recruit signs with said person's favorite college basketball program? I mean, I don't care enough about a basketball program to make such an offer. But for a complimentary Delta Sky Club membership, I'd be willing to name my next child Delta or Sky. (Or Club, for that matter.)
2. Are you surprised Erik Murphy has been reinstated to the Florida basketball team without missing a game for his offseason arrest?
I'm a little surprised, if only because coaches typically sit a player in a similar situation for a game to start the season. But that game is usually against an overmatched opponent (Florida, for instance, opens with Jackson State on Nov. 11), which means all we're really debating is whether Murphy should play against Jackson State. In other words, who cares? Murphy has already reached a plea deal that required him to pay $440 in restitution and perform 50 hours of community service, so it's not like Billy Donovan needed to wait to see if the 6-foot-10 forward would be convicted of a felony for allegedly trying to break into a car last April. The case is over, and now Murphy's offseason suspension is too. As long as he remains out of trouble, this whole incident will be but a minor setback in his career.
3. But why did Florida announce it Thursday of all days?
On the afternoon of the opening of the NFL season and a few hours before President Obama is to address Congress seems like an excellent time to announce it because it kind of gets lost. The only better time would've been during next weekend's football game between Florida and Tennessee. Stupid story probably wouldn't have even made the cover of the Gainesville Sun's sports page with that kind of timing.
4. I think I just saw Mike Krzyzewski at the airport. Why is he on the road?
You didn't see Krzysewski, I assure you, because he's not messing around with your silly commercial airport. It's all private everything for Coach K, and he deserves it considering he has four national titles and a gold medal. That said, in general, if you think you see a college basketball coach or assistant at an airport or a hotel or a high school or a random subway over the next month, well, you're probably right because Friday is the start of a 27-day "contact" period during which coaches are allowed by NCAA rules to contact prospective student-athletes away from college campuses. Consequently, most coaches will spend the bulk of the next 27 days away from college campuses except for when they are hosting recruits for official and unofficial visits.
5. Will this cause the top prospects to start committing?
It usually does, yes. Only seven of the nation's top 25 seniors are currently committed, but you can expect that number to increase significantly over the next month. Coaches will conduct in-home visits with prospects, and prospects will take official visits to campuses. Promises will be made, backdoor deals will be cut, and one way or another, these recruiting questions that staffs and fan bases are agonizing over will start to work themselves out.