Posted 05/29/2007 at 08:35 PM
Get over yourself, Roger Clemens. That rant yesterday reminded me of Dan Marino’s verbal lashing of the press following a home loss to the Colts in his last season with the Dolphins. Now I’m not implying that some dorks in the media aren’t complete chafes at times, but there’s no need to play Billy Bad Ass and go into the “You’ve never played or been there before” nonsense. Seriously, could you possibly be more self-absorbed? Didn’t you tip your cap a dozen times as if you were retiring in 2003? Again, get over yourself.
--So I’m updating college basketball headlines this past Friday and I see the title, “Florida A&M coach arrested on stalking charges.” Since I’m from the Tallahassee area, I’m well aware of the Rattlers head basketball coach, Mike Gillespie Sr. My first thought before I open the story: “Surely this is a young assistant coach and the accuser is a college student.” When I saw Gillespie’s name moments later, my jaw almost hit the floor.
The slick-talkin’ 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. John’s), Marcus Hatten (St. John’s) and Kerry Thompson (Florida State).
Unfortunately for Gillespie, he might be staring at the end of his coaching career – 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 lawyer’s car that FSU’s Adrian Peterson took after getting arrested on gambling charges in 2002. Although Gillespie is wildly popular at FAMU, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll survive this storm without a pink slip.
--If you read the incident report on Gillespie’s arrest, you become even more perplexed by this situation. Why, you ask? Well, because the alleged victim is listed at 170 pounds.
--What’s the deal with that rat-tail-like patch of hair in the back of Drew Gooden’s 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 ESPN’s Hubie Brown.
--Somebody send Kobe some tissues for me. Quit cryin’, you made your bed so sleep in it!
--Interesting column over the weekend by CBS Sportsline.com’s 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.