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Saturday / February 24.
  • Terrell Owens Supporting A-Rod in Australia

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    In the here’s something I never thought I’d see category, Terrell Owens turned up at the Australian Open to support his boy Andy Roddick.

    Owens and A-Rod met in Miami and became friends.

    “I’ve been following him since we became friends. And I was sitting at home last week in Atlanta on a Sunday, obviously late night watching him play in the championship game against [Radek] Stepanek [in Brisbane]. And I just said to myself, ‘I’m just going to go to Australia so I just took a random, spur of the moment trip,'” Owens told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

    One tennis player T.O. won’t be seeing Down Under is A-Rod’s former, ahem, “friend,” Maria Sharapova. She was bounced in three sets in the first round by Maria Kirilenko. Apparently Sharpova hadn’t played a tour match since October, choosing to play exhibitions instead. Nice preparation, Maria.

    As for T.O., he was asked who he likes of the four teams left in the NFL playoffs.

    “It’s anybody’s game and I think Brett Favre is playing his best football right now,” he said.

    And would T.O. ever play Australian Rules Football, that crazy sport with no pads?

    “That’s a rugged, physical sport. Our football is violent as it is. But to do what they do without any pads, those guys are nuts,” he said.

    T.O. seemed amazed that the Rod Laver Stadium had a retractable roof that closed when it rained.

    Asked if he could play tennis, he said: “I think I would do OK…I’m athletic enough  to make it happen but I do respect what they do. This is a very challenging game.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • Adam –

      I know this is not related to TO, but I was hoping you could comment on the state of Seton Hall recruiting, specifically for the balance of 2010 & 2011.

      While BG has a couple of good recruits this year (Edwin & Morgan), I think this year will go down as a disappointment. Specifically, BG couldn’t land a top recruit (i.e. Irving or Pinkston) nor could he re-establish connections with one of the best local high schools in the country (St. Anthony’s – D. Collier or A. Pankey). I now consider Mo Walker a “must get” recruit, but I am guessing that is a long shot, especially given how Pitt is playing. Without Walker, SHU goes into next year with Mel Oliver (50/50 he even returns) as the only true center on the roster. That is not good.

      Additionally, if you look at the attached link for 2011 SHU recruiting (sorry, it is from Scout), there is only one 4 star recruit considering SHU (T. Johnson) in a major rebuilding year for SHU. Plus, of the 12 recruits considering SHU, 10 are either PG or SG, the only positions where there is depth on the current SHU roster.

      So my questions are:

      1. How much do you think this year’s potentially disappointing season hurts recruiting 2011 & beyond?
      2. Why is it that legitimate big men do not consider SHU?
      3. Is BG’s relationship with the Hurleys irreparably damaged?
      4. Is there time to turn around the recruiting effort for 2011?

      I do not look at this season’s record as make or break for Bobby G., but rather I look at the impact it is having on the future recruiting pipeline. Right now it is not looking so good.

      Thanks!

      http://setonhall.scout.com/a.z?s=440&p=9&c=4&cfg=bb&yr=2011