A little of this — and a lot of that …
» What’s with all the hand-wringing about Reggie Bush’s reported $100,000 contract at Southern Cal?
Haven’t Los Angeles city officials been promising to bring professional football back for decades? Besides, a “Heisman Highlight Reel” for just $100K? I think they got off cheap.
» Let’s see: David Ortiz takes a giant swipe at Derek Jeter over AL bragging rights in the MVP race, saying it’s easy for Jeter to hit in the loaded New York Yankees lineup. Jeter fields the hot shot cleanly and throws Big Papi out by 10 steps with the classic, “I’m not thinking about that, because we’ve still got something to play for” gem. So when does the Big Hurt get involved in that play? Frank Thomas’ 38 home runs and 105 RBIs have come in a non-$200 million lineup and he, too, has something to play for.
» Besides, wouldn’t you want to be in the room when Thomas rings Ortiz’s celly after winning the trophy and the A’s winning the West and asks him, “Who’s your Papi?”
» The San Diego district attorney investigating the shooting of San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley by an off-duty cop says ’roid rage might explain Foley’s aggressive behavior, so he wants to know if Foley was on the juice. Turns out Foley’s blood alcohol content was .233 when he was shot, nearly triple the California limit. Maybe the DA is focusing on the wrong juice.
» Why is everyone coming down so hard on Jerry Porter, simply because he was laughing on the sideline during the Raiders’ opener? Everyone else in the league laughs at the Raiders’ offense, don’t they?
» I suppose Porter isn’t allowed to chuckle at the University of Oregon football uniforms, either.
» Before the season, Oregon proudly announced that the new duds it designed had 384 combinations; 384 possibilities and they come up with the “lizard freshly splattered by a tractor-trailer” look?!? May the fashion gods save us from whatever the runner-up combo looks like.
» ESPN The Magazine says Victor Conte told a buddy that Barry Bonds knew which drugs he was taking, and the Giants’ slugger came to Conte to “get jacked.” Conte denies giving up Bonds to anyone, while Bonds’ personal trainer Greg Anderson continues to bask in striped sunlight, refusing to testify against his 42-year-old test-tube creation. Only one thing is certain: Bonds had better get to 756 and retire in a hurry or the hush money he’s giving these guys during the chase is going to leave him dead broke.
» Finally, from the guy who has consistently proclaimed Tiger Woods to be the best individual athlete in the world, an apology to Roger Federer. It finally occurred to me last week, just after Tiger was blown out in
Round 1 of match play last week: Federer is in match play every single time up. In other words, the dominant Roger doesn’t get to drop three sets on Thursday, then work out the kinks and win nine sets Friday through Sunday to win a tournament. It’s official, Rog: You da man.