||Red Sox Rings:
How soon before diehard Red Sox Nation fans can buy a replica of the World Series rings the team will get today before their game with the Yankees?
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Take that, doubters!
This was Tiger's finest Major title. Some marvel when
he has made it look easy; appreciate this one even
more because it wasn't.
During Tiger's Major drought, some might have
forgotten what a uniquely must-see event he transforms
golf into on a Sunday.
No other sport has an athlete who is single-handedly
as much of a spectacle as Tiger is for golf.
But where I once thought that all golf needed was
Tiger alone to succeed with mainstream fans;
now I realize that he needs a foil.
But it doesn't have to be Phil or Vijay or Ernie. Just
someone who won't fold in his presence -- someone to
force him to make his biggest shots.
Like that birdie chip on 16, which was the most
dramatic golf shot I've ever seen, given who shot it,
when it happened...
...And HOW: Pausing on the lip for what felt
like an hour, then dropping in.
Which reaction shot was best: Tiger's?
How about those two fans on the left side of the wide
TV shot, who jumped each other in celebration like two
teens in a backseat?
Another big lesson: In case you'd forgotten
(and so many had), it's Tiger's world, and we're only
in the gallery.
Tragedy in Arena
Speed: What makes Arena Football so
exciting is also what makes it even more dangerous. Al
Lucas was a 300-pound lineman; size couldn't protect
Arena needs to reevaluate itself; a high-growth sports
league built on high-flying action is now "that league
where the player died."
A good place to start is canceling next week's games,
out of respect for the player, his family and his
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|WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...|
Chris DiMarco: Vaults into next top tier, after wild Sunday|
Jeff Gordon: Wins (again), on Martinsville's short track
Bulls: Back in playoffs for the first time in post-MJ Era
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
Vijay vs. Phil: They played together; even Phil downplayed|
Roberto Clemente Jr: Admits he took 'roids (unknowingly)
Dissing Tiger's golf swing: Looked pretty good on 16, no?
Yankees at Red Sox
Nothing says "In your face!" like
getting your World Series rings in front of the very
rival you vanquished to earn them.
The Yankees insist that they won't be watching what
happens on the field at Fenway today, but pretending
it doesn't exist is a mistake.
The Boss should make them all sit on the dugout bench,
eyes glued open. (Call it "Clockwork
If the rowdy, glorious scene at Fenway doesn't
motivate them, nothing will. (3:05, ESPN)
Pistons d. Heat
Which team is worse off in the
playoffs: The Heat without Shaq or the Spurs without
Based on Miami's anemic showing on Sunday losing to
the Pistons, Detroit is still the team to beat in the
East, until Shaq can prove otherwise.
Meanwhile, the Spurs beat those streaking Warriors in
2OT, not just without Duncan, but without Ginobili and
Met expectations: Smoltz tied his
Atlanta record with 15 Ks, but Pedro threw a
complete-game two-hitter and Beltran hit a go-ahead HR
to give the new Mets a new taste: Victory.
Johan Santana Watch: 11Ks over 7 IP in
a Twins win over the White Sox.
Troy "R.O.I." Glaus: Hit a HR in his fourth
straight game Sunday, leading the D'backs over the
Meanwhile, JD Drew finally got his first
hit as a Dodger in that game.
Beckett is back: 11 Ks in a W over the Nats,
plus he's working a 15-inning scoreless
Pitchers pegged: Pavano gets drilled with a
shot to the head; Lowe takes a line drive to the right
arm. Are batters out for blood?
Bonds and Greg Anderson: Working out with his
old, BALCO-tainted trainer?! What. Is. Barry.
||Scottish soccer fans:
Can expect a worldwide p.r. problem after booing the Pope during a moment of silence in his honor. (Makes Eagles fans look rational.)
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|Chants at Fenway Today|
|Can't get around it ...|
|"Thank you, Theo!"|
|Many tried, only Theo succeeded|
|MLB's biggest Yankee killer|
|"Belllhorn!" doesn't work|
|Can they hear you?|
If George Steinbrenner's horse wins the Kentucky
Derby, will Red Sox owner John Henry go out and buy
one to compete with him?|
NBA Draft watch: Washington 5-9 dynamo Nate Robinson
will announce his intention to go pro today. Outside
chance at being a first-rounder.
MLB Monday: Andy Pettitte makes his return to New York
to pitch against the Mets. Unlikely to find many
Yankees fans out at Shea today.
Pitch-slapped: Early box-office returns on Fever Pitch
were the equivalent of a dribbling single. $13 mil,
but less than Sahara or Sin City.
Colorado watch: San Diego St AD to take CU job, which
may qualify as the Worst Job in Sports. Enjoy those
Who needs the NHL's Avalanche? Denver wins another
NCAA Frozen Four hockey title.