Ultra-gimmick third edition crushed at the box office;
to improve attendance, should baseball consider 3-D
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Two Words For You:
Lance Armstrong is the Jerry Lewis of
American sports: Undervalued in the U.S.; beloved
Watching this weekend's Tour de France conclusion --
Saturday's harrowing time trial, Sunday's glorious
"homecoming" -- allows for appreciation that Armstrong
is arguably the world's top male athlete of the last
Looking for another under-pubbed record-smashing
American sports star? 18-year-old swimmer Michael
Phelps set five individual world records at the world
championships last week; could win a bushel of gold at
next summer's Olympics.
Battle at the Bridges
Made-for-TV sports exhibition is populism
at its best: Tonight's best-ball Monday Night Golf
fiesta pitting Tiger and Ernie versus Sergio and Phil
(where's Rush?) brings together exactly who fans want
to see, made even better through a format that lets us
see them relaxed, rather than their usual
Remembering Bob Hope: An avid golfer and golf
fan, Bob Hope died late Sunday night. A moment of
reflection at the BOTB would be appropriate to mark
the passing of this comedy legend.
The day's most divisive sports issue
will be the NFL's $200,000 fine for Lions president
Matt Millen for failing to comply with league rules
about diversity in failing to interview a minority candidate for coach.
Lions owner Bill Ford expressed outrage, but at the
very least, Millen appeared to flout the spirit
of the policy; as with any infant initiative,
perception is often as damaging as substance.
Halladay's 15 Straight
Believe in jinxes? Just about time to
ruin Roy Halladay's win streak (now 15) by mentioning
that the record is 19, set so long
||MINELLI, GEST SPLIT! WHO HAD 16 MONTHS IN THE POOL?
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY|
1 Tiger/Ernie vs. Sergio/Phil: Best ball rules (8pm ET ABC)|
2 D'backs at Marlins: Battling for NL Wild Card position
3 Braves at Expos: Montreal needs to make its move...now
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Suzy Whaley: 15 minutes over, but well-received showing|
2 Piazza wants to be traded: Mets C laughed at the rumor
3 Jason Sehorn: Broke foot in Rams camp; out until October
ago it wouldn't mean anything if I used the space to explain.
But while we're talking "at this pace...": Who
can possibly deny the Cy Young to the Royals' comeback-of-the-year Jose Lima, who ran his record to
7-0 on Sunday for the Kansas
On baseball's Hall of Fame induction day,
what about the players who are close but will never
make it? If they were smart, they would pool their
resources and create some kind of "Hall of Near-Fame."
(Criteria: Named on more than 15 but less than 75
percent of ballots). Welcome in Pete Rose and Joe
Jackson (posthumously) to generate p.r. Celebrate the
LeBron in L.A.
Is it foreshadowing that LeBron was
overshadowed by Carmelo at Magic Johnson's
charity hoops event on Sunday? James had 28 points,
but Anthony had 34 (what bodes best for the rookies is
that they topped the vets 127-123). Silly kids:
Effort is for the playoffs!
Countdown to court date: 10 days.
Random spa employee? Childhood friend? Mark Madsen?
With "Law and Order: Eagle County" set for full TV
treatment, some unknowing regular shmoe anonymously
slurping coffee today will be this generation's Kato
Chuckle if you want at the Minneapolis
Metrodome engineer who claims to have rigged the
air pipes to help the home team Twins in late innings.
But what if your team missed out on playoffs because
of the Twins' home-air advantage?
After blowing three-run lead in 6-4 loss to Red Sox in
Boston last night, it appears the entire 'pen caught
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|NFL: Training Camp reports|
|It's Jose Lima's season|
|Halladay can't be stopped|
|Armstrong x 5|
|Eddie Murray same type|
|Snyder lounges at 'Skins camp|
Hopefully, m.e.'s identifying Patrick Dennehy's body
will allow his family to begin to find some
Welcome to Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis: Bengals star RB
Corey Dillon was late to the first day of training
camp on Sunday ...
Signing Elden Campbell quietly puts the Pistons ahead
of the Nets in the East. Why? No lingering "if" about
EC, like with 'Zo ...
Korey Stringer's widow is going to sue the NFL today
over its policies' role in her husband's death;
Sunday, Jags' Larry Smith collapsed at camp ...