Talking Points: Obvious key to NBA success

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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It’s already pretty obvious that any NBA team that wants to make the playoffs or get a prime playoff position will have to win the tail end of their back-to-back or back-to-back-to-back regular-season games.

Said Suns coach Alvin Gentry, whose team beat the Blazers on Friday after Portland played (and won) against the Lakers on Thursday: “I think that given the opportunity to take advantage of something like this you better do it, and especially at home.”

2

Beware those who venture to Berkeley, Calif., for a football game next season. Cal returns to Memorial Stadium after an extensive renovation.

As Cal’s website points out, the stadium’s “western two-thirds of the structure” received a seismic retrofit.

Suppose the visiting team’s fans get tickets for that other third?

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A week or so ago, Jeopardy gave us a local angle on a Final Jeopardy question, er, answer.

Contestants were asked to name the only NFL team whose nickname started with the same three letters as its city.

Hope no Seahawks fans got that one wrong.

Interestingly, the clue also gave a hint that it was one of two teams added to the NFL in the mid-1970s. So that narrowed the choices down to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. Fortunately, the Bucs weren’t named the Tambourines.

With an easy clue such as that for Final Jeopardy, it is easy to see that Jeopardy does not think its contestants watch a lot of sports.

If Talking Points is ever on Jeopardy, we hope there will be two sports categories and then a sports clue for Final Jeopardy.

And we will always make it a true daily double, Alex.

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