Posted 05/29/2007 at 08:35 PM
Get over yourself, Roger Clemens. That rant yesterday reminded me of Dan Marinoís verbal lashing of the press following a home loss to the Colts in his last season with the Dolphins. Now Iím not implying that some dorks in the media arenít complete chafes at times, but thereís no need to play Billy Bad Ass and go into the ďYouíve never played or been there beforeĒ nonsense. Seriously, could you possibly be more self-absorbed? Didnít you tip your cap a dozen times as if you were retiring in 2003? Again, get over yourself.
--So Iím updating college basketball headlines this past Friday and I see the title, ďFlorida A&M coach arrested on stalking charges.Ē Since Iím from the Tallahassee area, Iím well aware of the Rattlers head basketball coach, Mike Gillespie Sr. My first thought before I open the story: ďSurely this is a young assistant coach and the accuser is a college student.Ē When I saw Gillespieís name moments later, my jaw almost hit the floor.
The slick-talkiní Gillespie, who has taken the Rattlers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments during his six-year tenure, has been a fixture on the basketball scene in Tally for the better part of the last two decades. He made a name for himself by building Tallahassee Community College into a national power with players like Jason Cipolla (Syracuse), Booncy Thornton (St. Johnís), Marcus Hatten (St. Johnís) and Kerry Thompson (Florida State).
Unfortunately for Gillespie, he might be staring at the end of his coaching career Ė at least at FAMU. On Friday, he was arrested on one count of misdemeanor stalking. According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the victim in this case has been complaining about Gillespie since she broke off an affair with him in March of 2005.
For the record, Gillespie is married with two adult-age children. When he was released from jail, camera crews were all over him as he took the same path to his lawyerís car that FSUís Adrian Peterson took after getting arrested on gambling charges in 2002. Although Gillespie is wildly popular at FAMU, itís highly unlikely that heíll survive this storm without a pink slip.
--If you read the incident report on Gillespieís arrest, you become even more perplexed by this situation. Why, you ask? Well, because the alleged victim is listed at 170 pounds.
--Whatís the deal with that rat-tail-like patch of hair in the back of Drew Goodenís head?
--As I bang away at the keyboard, LeBron James just slammed home a first-quarter dunk. It looked just like a Dominique Wilkins jam circa mid-1980s.
--Nobody breaks down a basketball game better than ESPNís Hubie Brown.
--Somebody send Kobe some tissues for me. Quit cryiní, you made your bed so sleep in it!
--Interesting column over the weekend by CBS Sportsline.comís Gregg Doyel, who rails at Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan for his flirtation with Kentucky, the Grizzlies and now the Magic.
--Since Daunte Culpepper finished as the runner-up for NFL MVP in 2004, he has a touchdown-interception ratio of 8/15.