Senators remain overwhelming favorite to crush House club
Somebody better alert that crack Capitol security staff, the brave fellows who specialize in locking committee rooms to keep out the taxpaying public.
The security gangsters need to know there is going to be a beat-down involving undermanned members of the House of Representatives.
State senators are now a 15-point favorite over the House in the annual legislative basketball game. That is a one-point increase since we established the spread last weekend.
The game is March 1. House members have a week left to think up excuses as to why they can't run with the big dogs of the Senate.
Here are some alibis for the House players:
* Speaker Ken Martinez, a relentless taskmaster, is overworking them during floor sessions. Martinez's demands have left the House hoopers fatigued, poorly conditioned and grumpy.
* The retirement of former representative Rhonda King means the House has no power forward capable of shadowing 6-foot-4-inch Sen. Peter Wirth on the baseline.
* Rep. Zach Cook, above, refuses to let teammates rub his bald head for good luck. Cook cannot be bothered. He is worried that his defensive skills disappeared after teammates persuaded him to water down a bill that would have allowed handguns in bars.
* Half the House players keep confusing Cook with freshman Rep. Bill McCamley, right.
The rest worry about McCamley's toughness on the boards.
A Harvard man, McCamley might be able to row on the Charles River, but can he box out Sen. Howie Morales, who honed his game on the schoolyards of Silver City?
It looks hopeless for the House. Don't blame us. We are the only the messenger.
Projected score: Senate 26, House 11.