Rand: Weekend of Love (and more brouhahas)

  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 7:03 AM

Houston’s Luis Scola was knocked to the floor by Kevin Love on Saturday at Target Center. What really happened?

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A weekend of sports like this one cannot be contained in one single subject. So let's take a look back at five things we can't stop thinking about.

1 Kevin Love vs. Luis Scola: You've probably seen, or at least heard about, Love coming down on the Rockets' Luis Scola during the third quarter of Saturday's Wolves victory. The interesting thing is how so many people seem to see so many different things when watching Love's foot come down on and around Scola's head.

We've heard from people who think Love should be suspended for 10 games. We've heard from others who thought it wouldn't be punished at all. We've heard from those who thought it was clearly intentional to those who thought it was clearly accidental. Truth be told, it almost does change every time you look at it.

After looking at it at least a dozen times: It wouldn't be surprising if Love was suspended for a game. Anything more than that would be surprising. One thing certain: He doesn't want any more incidents like this adding up to a reputation.

2 The Love controversy has taken some of the glow off a weekend that saw the Wolves get back to .500 at a meaningful point in the season for the first time in more than five years. Yes, Jan. 29, 2007, was the last time the Wolves (22-22 at that point) were at that level more than two games into a season. Neither victory was televised locally over the weekend, but we can report that the team-sponsored viewing party at Champps in Eden Prairie on Friday -- Wolves vs. Nets, shown via NBA League Pass -- drew a considerable crowd.

3 The Giants' website inadvertently displayed a "Giants are Super Bowl champions!" graphic ... on Saturday, one day before the big game.

4 Is there a major Hall of Fame with stranger voting than pro football? If we told you these five eligible candidates made the Hall -- Cris Carter, Jerome Bettis, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed and Tim Brown -- instead of these five who actually made it -- Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson and Willie Roaf -- you would believe it in a second.

5 The best news of the weekend regarded a football "bowl." No it wasn't the Super Bowl. It wasn't even Puppy Bowl, that bundle of cuteness that has become a tradition on Animal Planet. No, the best bowl news is that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is amenable to doing away with the Pro Bowl.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even consider eliminating the game if that's the kind of quality game we're going to provide," Goodell said during a Sunday radio appearance.

Amen.

MICHAEL RAND

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