Dwight Howard new Rocket Man, Britain’s 77-year Wimbledon Drought, Hero/Villain of the Week

Rocket's Power Dancers just got more to cheer about.
Rocket’s Power Dancers just got more to cheer about.

Houston, TX – There’s only one song playing on every juke box in the Houston Area – Elton John’s Rocket Man – in honor of LA Laker’s center Dwight Howard’s decision to sign a free agent contract with the Houston Rockets, as announced yesterday.

After a fierce bidding war among NBA teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Golden State Warriors, it came down to the Lakers and Rockets in the end.  Apparently Kobe Bryant’s pitch to Dwight that he should stay in LA and “Learn how it’s done” fell flatter than a pancake at IHOP. I’m sure paying no State Income tax in Texas had nothing to do with it either…

Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman celebrate the defeat of DOMA at their weigh-in for UFC 162 Saturday night.
Silva & Weidman celebrate DOMA defeat at UFC weigh-in.

Heading over to England

Though my favorites were already knocked out of Wimbledon, I found a little bit of motivation to write about the Men’s Finals on Sunday.  Top-ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic will be playing against 2nd ranked Britain’s Andy Murray.  It’s been 77 years since a Brit has won the Men’s trophy at their own tournament, so Preacher Collins will go with Andy in 5 sets.  They’ve faced each other in 3 of the last 4 Grand Slam Finals so this should be a good one to watch.

Bryan Brothers Tennis the Cirque du Soleil way
Bryan Brothers Tennis: Le Cirque du Soleil way.

And while I had thought there were no Americans left standing at the All England Club, surprisingly I came across the Bryan brothers.  Mike and Bob Bryan are identical twins from California and apparently the best double’s team EVER. They face off against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo tomorrow for what could make the Bryan’s the first team in history to hold all 4 major titles at the same time.

These guys have won like 90 tournaments, 14 Grand Slams, and have been #1 in the world rankings for 310 “WEEKS”!  My monopoly money is on the Bryan’s.  What’s their secret, you say?

Well, Bob Bryan was quoted as saying “I slept with that trophy” after his win in the 1998 NCAA Men’s Finals.

Manny's Back!  From Taiwan's Rhinos to TX Ranger's Round Rock Express.
Manny’s Back!

Sleeping with trophies.  I’m sure many a Investment Banker and Hedge Fund Manager are nodding their heads in agreement right now.

And now it’s time for the Hero & Villain of the Week!

Hero of the Week:  Manny Ramirez… Congratulations on making it back to the MLB.  And I like the fact that Manny decided to donate his league-minimum salary to charity and to his church.  Could this move from Taiwan’s Rhinos to Rangers’ Round Rock Express be the precursor for one of the biggest comebacks…ever?!

Kobe runs D12 out of LA and into Houston's arms.
Kobe runs D12 out of LA.

Villian of the Week:  Kobe Bryant… For his atypical arrogance in pushing Dwight Howard out of LA. Kobe failed to bond with D12 constantly berating him until finally Dwight had enough of being Kobe’s Tonto. Although this would actually make Kobe a hero in Houston wouldn’t it?

That’s all for Preacher’s Row for now. Be safe, be kind and stay tuned for my eloquent colleague Cheesy Bruin tomorrow.

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Glen "Preacher" Collins is a the quintessential southern baseball junkie and God-fearing man. You may see him toiling in amateur baseball leagues with the likes of Cam James and Short Matt... His teams are all-Atlanta - that's where he's from. Is his love for the Braves innate? Maybe. After all, he is 1/16 Cherokee. Check him out on Saturdays for Preacher's Row.