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Cold week and hot topics

It's been an interesting week in the world of sports – both locally and nationally.

Here are some things that caught my attention:

• I drove up to Milledgeville on Tuesday for a feature story on the Missiles boys basketball team. The Missiles have started strong, and had a pair of big games scheduled this week against Aquin and Polo.

It was my plan to cover Thursday's home game at Aquin, and by doing so, check off a goal on my sports reporting checklist. See, I've been here 9½ years, and I don't think I've ever covered an event in Milledgeville's gym.

I've covered football, softball, baseball, and track at Milledgeville, but through a fluke in scheduling through the years, never anything inside the gym.

Well, the sports gods thwarted my attempt. Extreme cold canceled school and postponed the game. Oh well ... one of these days it will happen. Maybe on Feb. 13, when the Aquin game will be made up.

• Not everything was called off on Thursday. In fact, I was able to take in a good matchup between the Oregon Hawks and Byron Tigers girls basketball teams.

The last time I saw the two teams was in the same gym in a Class 2A regional game last winter.

Oddly enough, even with some different faces, the game played out much the same, with Byron pulling ahead early, and Oregon playing catchup for most of the game.

Looking at the Tigers' roster that is filled with juniors, sophomores and freshmen, it looks like Byron will be a BNC West contender for years to come.

• Nationally, neither Greg Maddux nor Tony LaRussa will have a logo on the cap on their Hall of Fame plaques. Which is fine with me, but in the stories I read, it seemed that both were part of the decision to do so.

I might be dreaming, but I thought the Hall of Fame took that choice away from inductees after Wade Boggs famously sold the spot to the Rays, despite having played very little for Tampa.

If the players do have a choice, I can't figure out why Andre Dawson was seemingly forced into having an Expos logo on his cap, when he stated he preferred it be a Cubs logo.

• The Browns hired another new coach. That's nine since 1999; in that same period of time, the Browns have made one playoff appearance (in 2002).

It takes quite a bit of work to be that inept in a competitive atmosphere like the NFL.

By the way, the Browns hired the Bills' former defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine. I don't know about you, but I don't think the Bills' defense has been notable since it had the likes of Bruce Smith and Darryl Talley.

• Kobe Bryant was named a Western Conference All-Star starter despite only playing six games this season. He even begged fans not to vote for him. Folks, All-Star games in professional sports are pointless.

With that said, I hope everyone has fun at their Pro Bowl parties on Sunday.

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