In unlikely outcome proving once again that
prognosticators have no clue, the anonymous
26-year-old PGA rookie won the British Open.
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Two Words For You:
Hottie fiancee for show; local caddie
And three other lessons you can learn while
watching a 396th-ranked golfer win a major on his
Thomas Bjorn's "Groundhog Day" double-take
double-bogey on a Sunday 16th was bad; his
two-shot penalty for a sandbox tantrum on Thursday was
"Hooters Tour: Cradle of Champions": Expect to
see still-majorless Phil Mickelson making an
appearance any day now.
George Karl Ousted
Have you tried "Karl-legra?" It's for
NBA coaches who are allergic to developing young
players. Side effects include losing your job as the
most overpaid coach in pro sports when your team
decides to rebuild. He will, however, make quite a
candid TV analyst.
So much for "Respect the alleged victim's
privacy": But the Eagle DA's
guarantee when creating an info vacuum around the
woman was that the media, hungry to fill the void, can
and will find anyone willing to trade uncorroborated
quotes for a little spotlight.
As you weigh reports and analysis floating around,
consider this: If you had never heard of Kobe, but
someone was quoted as saying "Two months ago, I saw
him extremely agitated...on the verge of
tears," would you stop to consider the context was the
moments after being bounced by the Spurs in the
Big Unit Returns
It's not that Randy Johnson didn't pitch
well; it's that his team couldn't rally for any
runs in a 3-2 loss to the Padres.
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3 Gilbert Arenas as a Wizard: Clippers have the edge
Unit threw six innings allowing only 1 earned run, to go with 6 hits,
2 walks, 2 hit batters and a balk, apparently wanting
to test out all forms of pitching mistakes.
Call it dramatic foreshadowing: If
LeBron gets winded by back-to-back summer-league games
and is gimped by some shots to the thigh, take the
"under" on him surviving 82 as a rookie.
Props for playing through pain in his Boston
summer league finale Sunday, but 2-for-14 FG shooting
was almost as unhelpful as his missed free throws to
tie at the end of the game.
More BCS Fun
The BCS cabal is staging a media call today to
pre-empt a Tuesday conference call between a
quasi-union of non-BCS teams attempting to horn in on
the loot, acc. to the NY Times.
The non-BCS'ers should lobby for one of the
BCS's "at-large" spots. Pushing a playoff is
admirable, but if the tourney field were 8 (or even
16), the "Nons" wouldn't get much love anyway.
If the Phillies had traded for Pirates closer
Mike Williams (he of the "All-Star"
6-point-stifled-laughter ERA) two Sundays ago instead
of yesterday, needless to say he wouldn't have had to
endure all the All-Star joking at his stats' expense.
Because the closest he would have gotten to the
All-Star Game is his TV remote.
||Mark Roe and
How do you screw up signing a British Open golf
scorecard? Putt-Putt birthday parties offer more
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How refreshing to see Scottie Pippen skip a winning
season on a glamorous title contender to play with a
team that will be lucky to win 25 games ...
Taking Pippen's place in Portland: Watch out for
Qyntel Woods ...
Walked around Manhattan this weekend fully expecting
to see a "Free Kobe" T-shirt. Didn't see one; thank
goodness for eBay ...