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n Is it humanly possible to find sympathy in one’s heart for a man who truly disgusts him? I didn’t think so either, until I watched Tiger Woods play at the Bridgestone Invitational this weekend. Woods, who had won at Firestone seven of the 11 times he had entered the event, posted scores of 74-72-75-77 from Thursday to Sunday, and it was literally painful to watch.
As repulsed as we all were to learn of Tiger’s multiple affairs and adulterous encounters while playing the public role of devoted family man, there has to be some sense of pity for a man whose professional life seems to be imploding almost as quickly as his personal life has. Or does there?
n Kudos to Washington Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan for sticking to his core principles and holding defensive tackle and resident whiner Albert Haynesworth out of practice until he passed his mandatory conditioning test.
Haynesworth hates Washington and its 3-4 defense, and engaged in a staring contest with Shanahan to see who would blink first. The coach eventually won, after the former All-Pro rolled his 350 pounds through 300 yards of shuttle sprints, before crying about his MRI-proven uninjured left knee and sitting out the rest of practice.
If the petulant Haynesworth takes even one play off in protest of his role in the Skins’ new defense, GM Bruce Allen should void his contract and tell him to go lay brick for a living.
n Speaking of 350-pound lazy guys, anyone know for which company JaMarcus Russell is laying brick these days?
n Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is often ridiculed for being “too perfect.” A two-time national champion, a Heisman Trophy winner and a guy who preaches the word of God to troubled inmates in Florida correctional institutions in the offseason, Tebow himself has never claimed to be “holier-than-thou.” But maybe there is something special about the guy when he’s is victimized by clipper-wielding veterans in a rookie hazing ritual — and comes out with a halo on his head.
n Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Scott Fujita is among a number of NFL player reps demanding that NFL owners open their books before engaging in serious negotiations to avoid a 2011 lockout. Sorry, Scott, but a systems analyst at Microsoft doesn’t get to know how much Bill Gates is making in order to dictate his own salary, and neither do you.
n Former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith was as gracious as ever in accepting his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the NFL’s all-time leading rusher is far from its best ball-carrier.
Smith’s yardage and touchdown total are a testament to his longevity and durability, but for pure ability to run through, around and over defenders — well, I just wish Barry Sanders had not retired after 10 seasons. He’d have set marks that Smith and every back from here to eternity would be chasing for another five decades or more, and he never had Aikman and Irvin to take the pressure off him — nor Moose Johnston to pave the road in front of him.
n I can’t write anymore. My editors made me do 300 words of keyboard shuttle-sprints this morning, and the carpal tunnel in my left hand is really acting up.
Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.