Talking Points: 50 years later, no one can touch 100

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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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How amazing is it that in 50 years, only one NBA player has even got a sniff of nearing a 100-point game?

Kobe Bryant’s 81 points on Jan. 22, 2006, against the Raptors was as close as any NBA player has come to Wilt Chamberlain’s mythical 100-point game against the Knicks on March 2, 1962.

Of the top 10 all-time single-game scoring efforts in the NBA, Wilt has six of the them (100, 78, 73, 73, 72, and 70).

Michael Jordan doesn’t even crack the list as his highest scoring effort was 69 points against the Cavaliers on March 28, 1990.

Another sign of the times, longtime Philadelphia sports broadcaster Bill Campbell, who did the play-by-play of the 100-point game, said on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday that the 50th anniversary of the game is being made into a bigger deal than it was the day after the game happened.

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There will now be 10 teams in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

As one noted baseball journalist put it (more or less): “When it works, it’ll work. When it doesn’t, it won’t.”

We probably won’t have an epic final day of the baseball season like we did in 2011.

But we probably won’t see teams that are usually hopelessly out of playoff contention trading players to the Yankees. If there’s a chance to be the third playoff team, might as well keep trying, right?

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Just wondering ... did the New Orleans Saints think no one would ever find out they had bounties on opposing players?

Apparently there was also a bounty out on spilling the beans to NFL officials.

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