A first-round 83 was never so roundly supported. But
now stop coddling him and expect a little more. This
is the PGA, not a support group.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Who had "less than a month" in the
That "Bachelor" Jesse Palmer and contrived TV
girlfriend Jessica B broke up so soon after the show's
finale is almost as predictable as Palmer's
impending release from the Giants.
More obvs impending break-ups:
Phil from the Lakers.
Shaq from the Lakers.
Kobe from the Lakers.
Anyone else from the Lakers?
Say this for sports over reality-TV romance: At least
contracts require even the most awkward relationship
(Payton and the Lakers?) to continue -- at least make
Jesse B force a trade or something.
Our pop-culture fascination with romance may be
bottomless, but at some point, people will simply stop
investing themselves in relationships they know aren't
going to work out.
Laker fans may already be there.
Explaining references above:
Kobe: GM Kupchak says they'll never do a
"sign-and-trade." So they're going to let him walk
away for nothing?
Fate: He would walk.
Phil: Team to decide as early as Friday. Oh,
right: Phil loves when others have the
appearance of control.
Fate: As good as gone.
Shaq: Lakers willing to trade if he forces them
into it (and losing Phil might trigger that). Do it,
LA: We dare you!
Fate: Ironic return to ORL?
Emmitt Smith: No. 1?
New Cardinals coach Dennis Green must think
it's 1994, because he installed Emmitt Smith as the
team's top RB.
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This only ends badly. Choose your own
Emmitt tanks as starter, or...
Green embarrassed when he demotes him.
Nothing amps up golf's interest among
the coveted 18-to-34 year-old demographic like an
AARP-qualifying U.S. Open leader.
As Bill Parcells might say: "No disrespect" to
Jay Haas, but the only people cheering are the aging
sports columnists for whom this is a symbol of their
Even no-name David Roesch on the leaderboard is
better: At least he's got the appealing Cinderella
factor. Otherwise, there better be some weekend surges
by at least one of the top studs.
NBA Draft In/Out
Will regret remaining in:
Delonte West: Lottery...in '05
Made right move to drop out:
Ryan Gomes: Friars Final Four?
5-year, $38 million extension:
Ah, the knee-jerk payoff to a player coming off his
best season ever: And people accuse me of
practicing Instant History....
In this case, it resembles payment for past services
rendered, because the chances he gets them back to the
Super Bowl in these next five years are
It's the new Poker!
Between the new movie opening today and the TV show
later this summer, Dodgeball's 15 minutes of relevance
starts ... now.
||Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak:
There are very few winning scenarios here: No Phil? So
Shaq leaves? Kobe bolts anyway? Stuck with bratty
Payton, gimpy Mailman? Not pretty.
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