10. Actually went to a Stars game Friday night. First one of the year. When I remarked about the sparse crowd (13,144), the woman next to me said “this is way better than usual.” Yikes. Stars dominated the Wild, 4-1. Saw defenseman Philip Larsen duck just in time with a slap shot headed toward his face. Suffered stitches when his helmet jammed into his forehead, but why don’t all players wear face shields? Could’ve been really ugly, and serious.

9. Dear Chase Budinger: We’re not that stupid. Obviously you can see through your Dunk Contest blindfold. I’d pay to watch LeBron vs. Blake in a dunk-off. Otherwise, I think we’re done here.

8. No matter how bad you feel today, look in the mirror. You’re doing better than Nick Nolte. Wow. Looks like he just got back from captaining one of the boats for Deadliest Catch.

7. Over at UFC 144 in Japan, did you catch Anthony Pettis’ knockout of Joe Lauzon? Roundhouse shin to the chin. And Rampage Jackson almost broke the neck of Ryan Bader with a violent toss to the mat, but somehow managed to lose the match.

6. I had no dog in the hunt and sure Kansas’ comeback from 19 down in the second half against Missouri was impressive Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers got jobbed. Big time. First, at the end of regulation Kansas’ Thomas Robinson makes a buzzer-beating block, but gets away with violent body contact without a foul. In overtime, Mizzou’s Phil Pressey makes an almost identical block with similar body contact but is called for a foul. Whatever the call on those two plays, it just has to be the same. But it shouldn’t have even come to that if the official were paying attention. Down 1 with 10 seconds left in OT, Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor somehow goes from his side of the mid-court line and gets to the rim – with 1 dribble. Look it up. That’s 1 dribble, and the kid took 7 steps. Impossible. At least without traveling.

5. I wonder if “Who are you wearing?” works as a pick-up line? I’ll let you know.

4. So Robert Griffin III was a tad taller than the NFL Scouting Combine geeks expected and he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash. The real surprise was Andrew Luck’s 4.59, same as Cam Newton’s time from 2011.

3. Sorry, but I don’t get The Oscars anymore. Two of the most decorated movies are The Descendants and The Artist. One is about a boring real-estate deal that never gets done with half the film shot in a hospital room over a comatose woman, and the latter is black-and-white with no dialogue. Really?

2. The Daytona 500 should take this rainy suggestion from Mother Nature and do what’s right: Re-schedule stock car racing’s marquee event at the end of the season.

1. Even though they at times dominated the All-Star Game, good to see the Miami Heat’s stars melt away in the final 2 minutes. Dwyane Wade fumbled away a layup in the open court and LeBron James and his Muslim beard threw the ball away with a chance to tie in the final seconds. And since the West won, it means if they get to the NBA Finals the Mavs will have home-court advantage. No? It’s based on regular-season records? Well, that’s weird. Right, baseball?

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