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Smile, you're on
the XFL cameras
By Brian Murphy
Special to Page 2
|Wiping SPF 40 on my sun-burned mug -- a weekend in sun-splashed Pebble Beach did more than just identify Tiger's slump, Mickelson's fade and D.L. Three's
I'm-back 63 on Sunday -- I entered the Den of Fluorescents, the work den, ready for a Monday morning full of sports talk.
So many reactions, so few shreds of dignity after watching. The cheerleaders? Right out of a Tampa strip club, with accompanying class. Made the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders look like the Women's Christian Temperance Union. But at least the cameras didn't linger too long on the babes. No, only about 5-6 minutes per cut. The wacky names on the jerseys? Been there, done that when San Francisco Giants shortstop Johnnie LeMaster wore the word "Boo" on his jersey back in '79 at Candlestick. The halftime cameras in the locker room? Now we know why we like Britney during our intermissions. Those cats had nothing to say. The water polo scrum for the kickoff? Just as we said after the Super Bowl, dude: America: The Most Embarrassing Country in the World. Given those parameters, the league should be a huge hit.
It's kind of like the Dalai Lama in an XFL jersey, isn't it? I mean, it does not get much more incongruous than the most amped, intense, unrelaxed guy in the world wearing the international symbol for "Garcon! Get me a mai tai!" on the sidelines. That's the beauty of the Pro Bowl. The only beauty of the Pro Bowl, mind you. I will say I was a little disappointed the Niners' Terrell Owens didn't run through hot lava up Diamond Head to slam the ball on the mountaintop after his TD catch. 3. The World's Three Most Beautiful Words: Golf at Pebble
The only place I'd rather have been was in an XFL cheerleaders' dressing room, bro. My only problem with an otherwise scintillating tourney -- I mean, besides the nutbag who knocked down Tiger, and besides the I-can't-bear-to-watch-it meltdown of Matt Gogel, and besides the very concept of Kenny G -- was not waking up in time to see Davis Love III go birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie, a feat I have not performed since 1983 at a Lake Tahoe mini-golf course. Well done, Davis. Now, Tiger: Can you win this week at San Diego so we can have a reason to watch the rest of the season? I mean, Calc and D.L Trey are great and all, but ... 4. The NHL All-Star Game
14-12? Hell, man, beats most NBA runs! And is it me, or is Barry Melrose looking more and more like Wolfman Jack? 5. Jimmy Buffett Gets Run
So, the biggest Miami Heat fan in the world uses some bad language at a ref. Ref did not think King Parrothead used the phrase "shaker of salt." Must have thought it was another shaker of some other four-letter word to describe the ref's calls. I'm amazed, though. Think about it. I mean, Jimmy Buffett actually cares about an NBA game in February? "Wonders will never cease, Murph. Gotta run. V. McMahon is calling my cell. Something about next week's point spreads. "Take it light! "Johnny." Brian Murphy of the San Francisco Chronicle is a regular contributor to Page 2.
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