Shanoff's W.U.C.: Open, Draft, Father's Day

Today's Calls: U.S. Open vs. Weather Channel, Stallworth vs. Goodell, Adrian Gonzalez vs. Raul Ibanez, Ricky Rubio vs. Stephen Curry, Lamar Odom vs. Trevor Ariza, Kevin McHale vs. Mark Jackson, Dirk Nowitzki vs. Crystal Taylor, Ovechkin vs. Crosby, FSU vs. NCAA, Fathers vs. Mothers and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: Blake Griffin is an afterthought. ↵

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↵One week from the NBA draft, the consensus No. 1 pick couldn't be further off the radar. Instead, all of the intrigue is about the point guards. Will ...: ↵

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↵— The Grizzlies trade the No. 2 pick to someone (Kings? Knicks?) who covets Ricky Rubio? ↵

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↵— Stephen Curry crack the Top 3, as Sean Deveney has in his lastest mock? ↵

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↵— Jrue Holiday disprove the myth of college experience by vaulting into the Top 5? ↵

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↵— Tyreke Evans' point-like versatility lure a team to take HIM the Top 5? ↵

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↵— Brandon Jennings climb near the Top 5, affirming his Euro vacation (and pre-draft cockiness?) ↵

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↵— Jonny Flynn last past the first 10 picks? (Unlikely, even at 5-foot-10.) ↵

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↵— Ty Lawson's mantra be: "Hey, anyone remember me?" ↵

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↵— Eric Maynor turn out to be the safest bet of all of them, this year's Mario Chalmers? ↵

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↵For those scoring at home, that is six PGs going in the Top 10, plus Lawson and Maynor going in the Top 15. ↵

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↵I'll trust the smartest GM in the NBA — Houston's Daryl Morey — who put it this way earlier this morning on Twitter: "This is the deepest PG draft in a long time. Quality and quantity are high. Rule changes have indirectly driven the depth we are now seeing." ↵

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↵Get ready for the Year of the Point. ↵

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↵U.S. Open 1st round rained out: That was a bit anti-climactic yesterday, wasn't it? Morning tweets from the media bus suggest that it is going to be dry (no rain) but swampy (wet course) on a packed day that will see the 1st-round crammed into this morning and early afternoon, with the 2nd round getting off to a start, continuing into tomorrow (weather-permitting, natch!) Thursday's story lines carry over to today: Tiger, Phil/Amy, boisterous Bethpage gallery. As you were, folks ... ↵

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↵Donte Stallworth suspended indefinitely: What does "indefinitely" mean? It means "The Commissioner wanted to give himself a little breathing room, had to do something and now has time to figure it all out. So ... probably half a season or so." ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵— Adrian Gonzo, Cont'd: 4-for-4, 23rd HR lead Pads off IL schneid ↵

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↵— Even with K-Rod ... : ...Same old Mets ↵

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↵— Rain Delay THIS: Nats beat Yanks again?! ↵

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↵— HR Derby: 7 homers in Jays’ win in Philly ↵

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↵— Raul Ibanez Watch: Put on DL (groin) ↵

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↵— Fantasy Stud: Nick Blackburn (CG 6-hitter for 6th W) ↵

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↵NFL Offseason: So now Brandon Marshall WON'T be traded? The Broncos are the new Raiders, in terms of organizational dysfunction. ↵

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↵NBA Offseason: For the Lakers to repeat, they really need to keep both Lamar Odom AND Trevor Ariza. The problem is they probably can't afford to keep both. The speculation is they would keep Ariza's young length over Odom's vet versatility. But hmm: Both are saying they want to stay in L.A. ↵

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↵Rumors: Nope, Al Jefferson will NOT be traded for Amare Stoudemire. Nor should he be traded for anyone, least of all along with the 6th pick. ↵

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↵Coaching Carousel: Mark Jackson to the Wolves? I'm quite sure that if he did take the job, Jackson would like to have Al Jefferson back. (That would be an interesting splash for new GM David Kahn to make — bringing in the high-profile/low-experience TV analyst.) ↵

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↵Father's Day-ish: Not only does Dirk Nowitzki want to keep his love-child with Crystal Taylor, but he apparently wants sole custody. (As he should!) ↵

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↵U.S. Soccer blitzed by Brazil: 15 years or so ago, back when the World Cup was in the U.S., wasn't there this "2010" plan for the U.S. to be a world soccer power by the year, duh, 2010? After this week's games, I honestly think the system has regressed — let alone come close to meeting its goal. ↵

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↵NHL Awards: Ovie wins a second straight Hart trophy as league MVP. And he is not just a great player, but charismatic and a great face for the league. But it must irk him that Crosby and Malkin won the Cup this year. (Or maybe it motivates him: If they can do it, why not me?) ↵

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↵CFB Punishments: Oh, Florida State! Hahahahaha! The schadenfreude is as thick as Tallahassee humidity in the summer. Or FSU fans' bitter tears. ↵

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↵CFB Preview: Buffalo was the Cinderella story of the 2008 season. Where does SN have them ranked in 2009? No. 78. (Let's hope that Turner Gill didn't miss his window to get a bigger, better head-coaching job; that he got snubbed across the country this past winter was a joke.) ↵

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↵UFL Mania: So the league held it's "draft" last night, even though teams have 20 players assigned already.(What's that you say? Julio Jones or Dez Bryant or any other top-flight college underclassman ineligible for the NFL draft weren't selected? FAIL.) ↵

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↵No, seriously: I have been involved in fantasy leagues with a better media plan than what the UFL rolled out last night. It's like they didn't think anyone would care (nice signal) — then, when some media outlets did show interest, the league scrambled to figure out how to make it work. ↵

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↵Findlay Prep Watch: Scourge of high school basketball or the future of player development? I go back and forth: On the one hand, these players are effectively being trained to be pros; on the other hand, HOWISTHISNOTSOMESORTOFNCAAVIOLATION?! Can we at least drop the charade that THIS is high school hoops? ↵

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↵Must-Read: Annually, one of my favorite and most anticipated columns of the year is FreeDarko's "Free Drafto" mock draft. Bethlehem Shoals and Co. nail it again this year. ↵

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↵The Last Word: Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Sounds like Tiger is enjoying his fatherhood immensely. (It would be hard NOT to if you were Tiger, don't you think?) ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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