Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Right, the leprechaun"

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, the journalism mavens over at ESPN have made the Notre Dame leprechaun available to answer your questions over on their Sportsnation page, which hosts the daily chats with various analysts and "experts."

Sure. Why not? I'm sure the sprightly fellow could tell you everything that you ever wanted to know about preparing to cheer on a middling team in the NIT (where ND opens up tonight) or the best way to feign enthusiasm after a last-second home loss to an awful Syracuse football team. Yup. It's a good thing they went and got this guy. Thanks.

So, You're Saying There's A Chance!

Knicks Have 13.9% Chance to Reach Playoffs

According to the published calculations of ESPN's resident hoops number cruncher, John Hollinger, the Knicks still have a decent-ish shot of reaching the postseason as the No. 8 seed in the East. New York enters tonight's action 1.5 games back of Milwaukee and Chicago for the final opening in the (L)Eastern.

The Knicks still have to leap over Charlotte (who they play once more) and hold off the Nets (who they play tomorrow and to end the season). It's not going to be easy. But it's aparently not impossible. There's a chance.

In today's Daily Dime over at the Wordlwide Leader, mediocre NBAer-turned-overly-self-assured analyst Tim Legler tips the Nets for the eighth spot. He gives the "edge to the Nets based on the presence of a big-time point guard in Devin Harris." Um. You'd think that Legs would have noticed that Harris left Sunday's loss to the Clipppers with a shoulder injury that looked serious to quite serious. He's likely out against the Knicks tomorrow night at the Garden.