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The Daily Six Shooter 3-22-11

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1. That huge collective gasp you may have heard last night came from San Antonio Spurs fans who watched forward Tim Duncan go down with a sprained ankle in the first quarter of a 111-96 win against the Golden State Warriors last night. Duncan will likely be out for two weeks, which isn’t really that bad considering the Spurs have the No. 1 seed virtually locked up in the Western Conference. Sitting “The Big Fundamental” may actually serve to help the team in the long run, as Tiago Splitter can use the time as a starter to gain some much needed confidence. Splitter finished last night with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

When Duncan gets back, he will likely pass Dennis Rodman for 21st All-time on the NBA rebounding list, as he is one rebound shy of doing it. Let’s just hope he doesn’t start showing up book signing dressed up in drag like Rodman used to. “The Big Crossdresser” isn’t a great nickname for Timmy.

2. You may not have noticed but the Dallas Stars are fighting for a playoff spot in the NHL. Okay, who am I kidding? There’s a better chance that you’re paying attention to Snooki on “Jersey Shore” than following hockey in Texas, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the right choice. In all likelihood, you’re better off taking a puck to head than watching anything on MTV right now. So listen and learn, class. The Stars are fighting for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference and play the Anaheim Ducks, who currently are in that eighth spot, tomorrow night. There are few sports as exciting to watch live as hockey, so go to the game if you’re going to be in Dallas tomorrow. Plus, it gives you a chance to make that oh so underused Gordon Bombay reference. Quack, quack, quack!

3. The Men’s Final Four is in Houston, Texas this year and there’s a very good chance two No. 1 seeds will be playing each other for the title. The Kansas Jayhawks are in the San Antonio Regional and seemingly have an easy road to walk on their way to the Final Four, and Playmaker Magazine will be there covering the potential massacre, we mean match-up, against the Richmond Spiders. The No. 1 seed is in a Regional with the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles, No. 11 VCU Rams and No. 12 Spiders. You know Jayhawks head coach Bill Self must be thanking the hoop Gods for this fate. Barring a monumental slip-up, his team is going to be cutting down the nets in that portion of the bracket. On a side note, if there isn’t a single Richmond fan dressed up in a Spider-Man outfit, I am going to be EXTREMELY upset.

4.  College superstar Brittney Griner and the No. 1 seeded Baylor Lady Bears continue their run to the Final Four tonight against No. 9 West Virginia. Jerry Briggs of the Houston Chronicle highlights Griner’s continued improvement this year. There’s a scary thought. Griner can get better than she already is at this point. She’s already a killer offensively.

Texas A&M and Danielle Adams also are looking for a win tonight against Rutgers after destroying McNeese State in the opening round of the tournament, 87-47. Check out Danielle Adams in that game if you get a chance. She’s a force to be reckoned with.

5. Opening Day is right around the corner for Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are fighting to figure out how best to use pitcher Neftali Feliz and center fielder Julio Borbon, as discussed in writer Jim Reeves’ recent article.  Feliz seems set on proving he can be a contributor to the Rangers’ starting rotation, in spite of the fact he has the potential to be the next great closer in the game. Meanwhile, Borbon’s sloppy defense out in center is preventing the team from making a shift for Josh Hamilton to left field in the hopes to prevent injuries like he had last season. We’re hoping Texas can figure it out quickly, as there are plenty of other issues to deal with in their attempt to make a run to the World Series for the second straight year.

6. When the college football season starts up, it will likely be the Texas A&M Aggies and not the Texas Longhorns emerging as the front-runners in the state for the Big 12 crown. There are two huge holes to fill at linebacker, however, for the Aggies with the departure of Von Miller and Michael Hodges, as Star-Telegram’s Jimmy Burch discusses. The Aggies were a welcome surprise last season. They won’t sneak up on anybody this year but they look ready to make a run with 16 starters returning. Expectations are sky high in College Station, so here’s hoping the boys in maroon don’t let the Aggie faithful down.

About Adam Sweeney

Adam Sweeney is the co-publisher, and Editor-in-chief at Playmaker Magazine. He currently lives in Austin.