"Be careful what you wish for."
In the canons of good advice, this suggestion is right up there with "follow the yellow brick road," "Use the Force, Luke," and "Never start a trip without clean underwear."
America's poet laureate, Eminem, even wrote a song about it that begins:
"So this is it...
This is what I wished for
Just isn't how I envisioned it."
Then the song gets dirty but he made his point. And right now we have two great examples of how wishing doesn't always work out as expected.
You have read and heard much about the so-called "seven Catholic non-football schools" preparing to pull out of the Big East and, seemingly, destroying it. As a pending member of the Big East, UCF must be a twitchy mess right now. But it seems to me that the 10 or 12 "football schools" left can still get a decent TV deal and would still be the sixth best football conference in America.
Let's be honest. The basketball schools probably are better served on their own. Let's be honest again, when a conference that calls itself the Big East begins pilfering schools on the West Coast, it probably deserves some payback for ignoring tradition in the sake of expansion and more TV money.
UCF will play football and basketball next year. As for the name of its conference, perhaps the Leftover League might be a hard sell but the Big East stopped making sense some time ago.
• Example Two: Dwight Howard got out of town
Howard tells us now that he had to get out of Orlando because "everyone from the owner to the janitor has to believe a team can win a championship." Shouldn't we interview that janitor who has been keeping the Magic from winning a title? Shame.
Howard's explanation is bull hockey of course. His ego drove him out of little Orlando to Hollywood, where melodrama is the only kind of drama they know. It is a place where people chase dreams but rarely find happiness to be part of the package.
If there ever was a team getting a face full of karma, it's the Lakers. And anyone here who remembers the earlier Dwight Howard — full of smiles and good times — has to be saddened when looking at the current player that is turning "morose" into an art form.
Be careful what you wish for 'cause it might come true.
The Fab Five Football Picks
LAST WEEK: My scoreboard turned out better than hoped at 11-5 straight up (138-69 for season, 66.7 percent) and solid 10-6 against the spread (99-106-2 for season). But this week has five games that are absolute coin flips, so let's hope I have a smart coin.
Jacksonville (2-11) at Miami (5-8) — Fish favored by 7
Here it is: The Game Florida Demanded To See! — Not buying it? OK, I tried. Actually we might care if this was a "Loser Leaves The State!" game, then Orlando could get a team. Let's pretend loser does leave the state — and in the case of the Jags, we may not be pretending.