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Spellman's Scorecard: A way to keep stars in college

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  • Would Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker's stay with the Blue Devils be a lot longer if the system was a lot more equitable? Maybe it's time to find out.

    Would Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker's stay with the Blue Devils be a lot longer if the system was a lot more equitable? Maybe it's time to find out.
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I'm sure this is not an original thought, but I'll throw it out there as original nonetheless because I haven't read or heard enough on the subject to know if it is or not.


Anyhoo, that subject is the desire of NBA honchos to have kids stay in college longer before entering the league.

Here's a thought:

How about adjusting the rookie pay scale based on college experience?

For the sake of argument, let's say a guy who comes out after one year and is the first pick in the draft is eligible to make a maximum of $4 million.

That max would jump to $6 million for a two-year guy picked first overall, and so on all the way up to a four-year guy having the potential to make the most per season.

Now I know most kids with NBA potential won't stick around more than a couple of years anyway -- and rightly so -- but this would ensure those who stay in school longer would get a little something for doing so.


That's way too much math for me.

Oh, c'mon:

So there I am minding my own business watching highlights of Rolling Meadows product Jimmy Garoppolo working out at Northwestern this week and then all of a sudden there it is …

Jim Harbaugh … still wearing those khakis!!

Good Lord.

Someone call McCloud!

I'm not really liking that it may have the potential to affect his play, but I'm kinda liking this whole mystery surrounding the disappearance of Corey Crawford's pads.

Not sayin', just sayin':

Nikolai Khabibulin has been awfully quiet lately. Maybe a little too quiet?

I kid, of course.

Or do I?

Yeah, I do.

Many happy returns:

That's what Devin Hester gave us for eight years.

He also gave us many head-shaking, what-are-you-doing? returns.

But the good way outweighed the bad, and I'm kinda sad to see him go, but it was absolutely time.

Good luck No. 23.

Clean machines:

Just a warning to local car wash owner/operators: Like the great wildebeest migration across the Serengeti spurred by the need for fresh grazing areas, with the warmer weather approaching, soon herds of us will be arriving at your door spurred by the need for refreshing soap, water and the scent of 'new car.'

And that's no croc.



What are there more of, wildebeest in Africa, NFL draft experts on the airwaves or fake "breaking news" stories on the local news?

I mean seriously, what in the name of Larry Roderick is going on?

I'm actually starting to feel bad for "regular" news stories.

The equation?

Starlin Castro = Wally Pipp

NASCAR thoughts:

• If Dale Jr. keeps this up, I'm going to be paying a lot more attention to every race. And I know I won't be the only one, because when he does well, the sport does well.

• Always been kind of ambivalent about Kurt Busch, but simply love the fact that he's doing double driving duty (Indy/Charlotte) on Memorial Day weekend. That's just too cool.

The whoozee what now?

As heard by me way too early Thursday morning on "Mike and Mike," Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay claims to have never eaten condiments.

Any condiments.


How randomly awesome is that?

Thank you:

If, like it's been written, friends are the family you choose, than this week has cemented one fact: I've chosen very, very wisely.


Get out there and enjoy the weather!

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