Ortiz plays first when the Sox visit a NL team (re: the Braves series) and does so in the World Series. He's actually not a bad first baseman. Just ask Jeff Suppan.
His postseason performance alone merits consideration for the Hall, and yes, that is through Red Sox-tinted glasses. Adam Dunn also has 450 homers (452) but Ortiz's batting average and RBI totals, coupled with his penchant for big hits at big times, makes him a little more worthy of a Cooperstown candidate.
Hooge sweep for the Braves. Then again, the NL East is an amalgam of various degrees of mediocrity. So too, alas, is the AL East.
Trout is worth the price of admission. Also does not appear to be a tool of the scale Bryce Harper is.
On the careers question - I go Eric Davis of the Reds and Dodgers, and you can throw Darryl Strawberry in there, too, though Straw's setbacks were more self-inflicted. When it comes to hoops, still thinking about what Reggie Lewis could have been had he lived saddens me. Injuries also impacted William Andrews' career with the Falcons.
And if his knees had ever been anywhere close to healthy, there is no telling the numbers Bobby Orr would have been able to put up for a career. Dude was an instant Hall of Famer the moment he retired because of what he had already accomplished - at the age of 30.
I get soccer. I just don't care about it. Wonder what the US ratings for copa mondial will be once the US is turned into Glass Joe.
Letterman had a good line - the Italian guy who got bit on the shoulder? He went down with a leg injury.
I don't know how long Lindy's or Athlon's has been giving FCS some preseason love (and I concur, 5, on Phil Steele and Sports Network) - I just want to know when the Obscure Sports Quarterly preview on FCS is coming out
NBA draft? Yawn. Except for the blinding suits, I'll pass.
World Cup match? NASCAR race yawn. Until my attorney texted me a few minutes ago, I forgot there was a game. There's so many if/thens with the possible results, I feel like I'm back in computer science class, writing BASIC programs (yes, I'm that old.)
Vanderbilt won? Yay smart guys. Moving on.
Tiger already plus-5? Tony the Tiger feels grrr-eeeattt!. Tiger the golfer does not.
Best non steroid user in the steroid era? Might be Larry Jones Jr.
You want bad offense? Check out the defending World Series champs. Fifteen runs in eight games. Jim Rice is rolling over in his grave, and he's not even dead.
Child sports stars ... well, you could go all gymnastics (Nadia Comeneci) or figure skating (Tara Lipinski) or even tennis (Andrea Jaeger). But I'll submit one Damon Bailey for consideration.
And does anyone know how much "extra" time there is? No, unless you are the ref, with FIFA in your headset telling you to give Ronaldo a few extra seconds to try to make a play and oh look at the pass he made for a goal to tie the game and aw wouldn't you know it, there's no time left to do anything else. That plus there is more flopping than Nicolas Cage's filmography and everybody goes down like they've been shot with a sniper rifle. And do we have to have French Army corpsmen come out with a stretcher like it's the battle of Verdun for every little owie that stops play? In the U.S. you get a stretcher if you've broken your neck. Otherwise, walk it off, Francis.
The Spy's intelligence gathering capability points to 5 shooting in the low to mid 90s, the kid playing in the Am shooting 66 - from the tips - and your wingman past the century mark. It also may have been your first time out with a caddy.
The Spy's intelligence gathering capability points to 5 shooting in the low to mid 90s, the kid
While I think Dan Snyder should consider changing the name of his franchise, it seems a bit of a government overreach to strip away their trademark rights. And I'll stop with any political philosophy right there.
Because boy do the Braves need to do something with Struggla. Having a 24-man roster, which in essence it is if you are not playing Struggla at all, is beyond counter productive. No, Pastornicky is not the answer. Neither is Pena, though his value is increased, albeit marginally, because of his ability to play more than position. At this point, the Braves are going to most assuredly have to eat most if not all of Struggla's contract. But they have to do something with that roster spot, even if it means carrying one extra arm in the bullpen, which has been overextended.
And the ladies (Hey, Ladies! A little Beasties. Just for you, 5) get Pinehurst for their U.S. Open. Maybe they should have waited another week to let the divots in the fairway heal up first. Because if it looked bad last week, what will it look like this week?
How could I leave out Greg "The Hammer" Valentine?
I wore my Honors hat yesterday at Hooters. Not the same as playing The Honors this morning, but it'll do.
Former Celtics center Greg Kite. OK, maybe not so much.
RIP, Tony Gwynn. In his youth, he was also a terrific basestealer and a very good defensive outfielder. And he was always one of the best hitters ever to dig in a major league batter's box.
A 4-1 NBA Finals and most of the games held very little drama at all. A 4-1 NHL Final and most of the games were absolutely terrific. Three into OT, another with a last-minute shot not getting all the way in and the finale in double OT.
And an early lookahead to the Ryder Cup. This does not bode well for the U.S. Tiger's hurt (and his Ryder Cup record is spotty), Phil is a mess and while Rory is up and down, Justin Rose is playing well, Kaymer might be the best player right now and there's still Donald, Westwood and Henrik Stenson, not to mention Victor Dubuisson, who won a WGC event in Arizona this year.
Golf did not win the weekend. The weekend before a major usually doesn't draw a lot of big names and then the weather absolutely upset the PGA's apple cart in Memphis this weekend.
Little E and Nadal were the big winners, and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals have been every bit as entertaining as last year's first two games, when it was Chicago and Boston (see NBA, the NHL knows how to maneuver to get its best TV markets into the finals. They learned their lesson).
But how much do you have to pay Don King or Bob Arum to get into the boxing hall of fame? And how soon before the entire sport itself is relegated to a museum?
Gotta have Oscar Gamble on the Oscar Rushmore, if only for the fro alone. Plus Oscar the golden statuette. He rules Hollywood. And Oscar Mayer. He rules the lunch meat section.
Enjoy the time off, 5.