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Not so great Scott.

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Byron Scott out as coach of the Lakers.

17-65 this season, 38-126 overall in two years with the Lakers.

Scott, whose 454-647 career record stands more games under .500 than that of any other veteran coach in NBA history, finished last in his division in each of his past five seasons as an NBA head coach. He has also coached the Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cavaliers. He led the Nets to two NBA Finals in his first head-coaching job, and he won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award with the Hornets in 2008.


Friday, April 15th, 2016

Not Llamas with Hats, but coaches without teams.

George Karl out as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento was 33-49 this season.

Randy Wittman out as head coach of the Washington Wizards. The Wizards went 41-41 for the season, and Wittman was 178-199 during his tenure (4 1/2 seasons, per ESPN.)

Neither team made the playoffs.

Hear that lonesome howl…

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Don Maloney out as general manager of the Arizona Coyotes.

In case you were wondering – I was – the Arizona Coyotes play hockey in the NHL.

Obit watch: March 24, 2016.

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Ken “The White Shadow” Howard. A/V Club.

I had completely forgotten he was Jordan’s father in “Crossing Jordan”, and didn’t know that gig only lasted two seasons. Then again, I checked out of “Crossing Jordan” after the first season: my fondness for Jill Hennessy couldn’t overcome the stupidity of the show.

Joe Garagiola. I think everyone of my age remembers him from television, but I’m too young to remember his baseball career, such as it was:

“Senator, how can you tamper with a .250 hitter?” Garagiola said.

And that wasn’t intended as a cheap shot: he was amazingly self-deprecating.

“Each year I don’t play, I get better,” he once observed. “The first year on the banquet trail, I was a former ballplayer, the second year I was great, the third year one of baseball’s stars, and just last year I was introduced as one of baseball’s immortals. The older I get, the more I realize that the worst break I had was playing.”

Gonzaga 68, Seton Hall 52.

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Well, I was right about something for once.

Memos from the sports desk.

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Trent Johnson out as men’s basketball coach for Texas Christian University. Story with official announcement from the horribly designed Dallas Morning News site. ESPN.

Hattip on this to Lawrence. And speaking of Lawrence, once again I have taken Gonzaga against the field for $5 with Lawrence.

I know that Gonzaga struggled to get a tournament bid this year, but it seems like they are on a hot streak. I think they might at least be able to surprise Seton Hall…

Obit watch: February 16, 2016.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The A/V Club is reporting the death of Denise Matthews. Ms. Matthews was also known as Vanity, Prince’s protege in the early 1980s. (Edited to add: NYT. LAT.)

I’m just going to throw this one out here for all my conspiracy buff friends:

A former director of the disgraced Russian antidoping agency has died unexpectedly, a state news agency reported Monday, becoming the second former top official of the agency to die this month.

TMQ Watch: February 9, 2016.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

And so we come to the end of Gregg Easterbrook’s first season writing TMQ for the New York Times. What does he have in store for us this week? Would you believe neuroscience and the evils of the NFL? Well, yes, you probably would believe that.

After the jump, this week’s ultimate TMQ


Quick Superb Owl reaction.

Monday, February 8th, 2016

TMQ is going to be particularly insufferable this week.

Obit watch: February 5, 2016.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Maurice White, founding member of Earth, Wind, and Fire. NYT. A/V Club.

Dave Mirra, prominent BMX racer.

The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

TMQ Watch: February 2, 2016.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

How did TMQ spend the most boring week in sports? Let’s find out. This week’s TMQ, after the jump…


TMQ Watch: January 26, 2016.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Our apologies for the delay. We intended to work on this last night, but the standard Austin issue cold/allergies/creeping crud knocked us flat, and we ended up sleeping for roughly 12 hours instead. We’re somewhat better now, thanks to Claritin-D, naproxen sodium, and lots of water.

In other news, we have now reached the point in the season at which we don’t care any longer. All of our teams are out, and we’re already tired of hearing about Peyton Manning.

But formalities must be observed. Also, we only have (maybe) two more columns left after this one. So, after the jump, this week’s TMQ