Talk about a delicious sports smorgasbord!
Let us begin with the simultaneous NBA theatrics on the Left Coast Wednesday night.
The Golden State Warriors fried the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 to set a new league record for wins in a season, their 73-9 record putting them one win ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
As their per usual, the Warriors just let the bullets fly and never seemed to run out of ammunition or accuracy while exhibiting an almost preternatural comfort in execution.
Then there was the ballyhooed farewell of Kobe Bryant, whose Los Angeles Lakers career began just around the time that Henry Ford was fine-tuning the Model T.
In his prime the Black Mamba had searingly quick reflexes, was a marvel in the open court, and flashed a mosaic of movement at warp speed.
His ballet of nimble moves gave the distinct impression he could cut at full speed even on a thimble. The ultimate slasher, his sirloin strip of a body knifed through defenders with the explosion of a powder keg.
Those physical attributes have gotten lost in the fog of time.
In his farewell game, Kobe astonishingly demonstrated that the inconveniences of aging flesh are no match for the soaring octaves of renewed spirit. At least for one magical evening for the ages and the sages.
He didn’t walk away. He flew away on the wings of legend.
He shot. He shot some more. He kept shooting. Shots from the courtside seats, from underneath the basket, on wild drives, off crazy dribbles, back to the basket, feet in the air, hands in his face, shooting forever.
Sixty points. Fifty shots. Twenty-three points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lakers back from a 14-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to beat the Utah Jazz 101-96.
Now that is one freaking exit scene!
Then came news this morning that the Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster trade.
Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles’ first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams’ first- and third-round picks in 2017.
With the trade, the Rams now have the ability to draft the quarterback of their choice, likely either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, and make a tsunami splash as they settle into Los Angeles after leaving St. Louis this year.
The Rams, who gambled and lost on Nick Foles at quarterback last year, needed to make an intergalactic statement.
The galvanic presence of a young Messiah at QB hopefully will have his newbie disciples scoffing up season tickets and merchandise.