Houston– The Hawks canceled practice today. They (and me) showed up at the Toyota Center and, no lie, it was overrun by schoolchildren. Just the thing I needed to remind me why I have no kids (knocked on some wood). So the team headed to San Antonio and I’m at H. W. Bush Airport waiting on my flight. I recommend the chipotle chicken wrap with a side of black beans at Bubba’s Bar and Grill in Terminal C.
Anyway, missing the Hawks today means no snooping around to get to the bottom of Woody’s missing eyebrows. Since Woody wasn’t willing to tell the story, a few theories have emerged:
– Smoove said Woody did it to keep the guys relaxed before they played a big game. Now, this could mean Woody decided to use it for that after the fact once he realized there was no damn way his players weren’t going to kill him for that look. Smoove says he was the first one to say something when Woody came into the locker room: “I think everyone else was afraid.”
– FSN South/SportSouth Hawks sideline reporter James Verrett heard that Woody’s barber recommended it because the barber said it would make Woody look younger. Umm, OK, then. And why the hell does Woody need a barber, anyway? That ain’t an ultra perm.
– Similarly, Al Horford Tweeted: “Woody wanted to go with a new clean look, so he shaved his eyebrows off. He says he looks ‘hot’”
– I assumed Woody lost a bet. He’s a Cowboys fan (he still has a home in the Houston area) and after the Vikings beat the Cowboys, he suddenly disclosed that he always liked the Vikings as a kid. He predicted a Viks win over the Saints. They lost. Then his eyebrows were gone.
From a basketball perspective, the main thing to take out of all this eyebrows stuff is the Hawks are a confident and loose bunch. It’s cool for them to have fun when they go out and give a focused effort like Monday night. They need another one against the Spurs. It took them 11 years to win again at Houston, and they haven’t won at San Antonio since Feb. 15, 1997, an 11-game streak.
– The Magic lost at Memphis Monday night, so the Hawks lead the Southeast Division by a full game. Win tomorrow night, and the Hawks are set up for a monster week. They would break two long losing streaks on one trip. They could move up to No. 2 in the East. And they can send J.J., Smoove, and Woody to the All-Star game.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Hawks (29-14) have more than two times as many victories as defeats this late in the season for the first time since the end of the 1996-97 season, when they were 56-26. Elias has been busy keeping track of these kinds of stats lately as the Hawks keep rolling.
– Horford needed six stitches for that gash that Rockets/former U. Kentucky hitman Chuck Hayes opened on his left thumb. Horford is fine.
– I just remembered the last time I was in the barber’s chair he asked me if I wanted him to trim my eyebrows. Glad I said no.