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More scattershooting while wondering if there is any way you can bottle whatever magic the LSU baseball team had over its final 20 games.
• The Louisiana High School Athletic Associa-tion and Mississippi Private School Associa-tion will have to take a hard look at cutting back on games or re-arranging districts to where they are closer if the cost of gas continues to rise. The Mississippi High School Association is talking about cutting back on its basketball schedules. The way it's going, two road games in one week will cost as much as a whole new set of uniforms.
• Joke of the day: The NCAA is investigating Southern California for O.J. Mayo's reported taking of money and gifts during his only year as a Trojan. Don't waste our time and money, folks. We'll have a playoff in college football before the NCAA ever lowers the boom on USC. In other words - don't hold your breath.
• Speaking of the Mayo situation, the NBA's rule that a high school player cannot go directly into the NBA is not doing anyone any good. As a matter of fact, it's doing the opposite. Do you think some superstar is really going to hit the books for one year at a university knowing he's punching his ticket for the big league at the end of the season? And the agents are stalking these guys the whole season.
• Can you imagine is Chad Jones would have been eligible to play for the LSU baseball team how MUCH better they would have been at this stage.
• Then again, here's Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie offering a couple of 15-year-old basketball players the chance to play for Kentucky by offering them scholarships. College basketball has college football beat by having a true champion and has the NBA beat in that there's a tournament without the home court advantage and the season doesn't end right before the start of college football (OK, almost). But the NCAA better get a grip or people are going to get tired of the get-rich schemes going on now in the sport.
• After Tim Tebow and Matthew Stafford, you have quite a dropoff in the quality of quarterbacks in the SEC this coming season. Sporting News has Casey Dick and Jonathan Cromp-ton listed as the fourth and fifth best quarterbacks in the league. then again, you never know who is in the shadows.
• All right Major League Baseball, it's time to bite the bullet and install instant replay. There are too many close calls that could easily be reversed that may be the difference in a ball game. And I get so tired of the excuse of it will make the game longer. No - all those self promotions by the network carrying the game make the game longer. Besides, why is everyone so obsessed with making sporting events shorter. Have you seen what else in on television?
• Hoover High School in Alabama won its first-ever baseball state championship earlier this month. Wouldn't you think the home of the SEC Baseball Tourna-ment would have a stout high school baseball team year in and year out?
• So maybe Sean Payton knew what he was doing after all. Apparently, Joe Horn is not happy in Atlanta. Horn did not attend the team's three voluntary workouts and does not plan to attend any team functions unless they are mandatory, according to his agent.
On the final day of minicamp earlier this month, Horn, 36, expressed a desire to be traded because he said he felt the team planned on using younger players at wide receiver. Horn, who started most of last season after signing a four-year, free-agent contract worth up to $19 million, said he didn't want to be a "just-in-case guy."
• Death, taxes and the Atlanta Braves developing young pitchers. They are all certainties. Jair Jurrjens is the latest in a long line of outstanding Braves pitchers. The 22-year-old is among the top five in several categories.
• And, finally, who would have ever thought that Chicago Cub fans would be going crazy over a guy named Kosuke Fukudome. How do you say "Let's play two" in Japanese.