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.
The final minute of regulation in last night's Stanley Cup game was unbelievable.
Mark Wahlberg also has landed Jenny McCarthy, who is now on the other side of 40. So there's that.
Jordan-esque musical instrument dominance ... I submit Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman on guitar. And Charlie Daniels on the fiddle.
I recommend Tim Kurkjian's piece on Zim on espn.com as great reading, and Press Row's chat with Dabo yesterday was really good. Glad to see Dabo almost get into the spirit of Rapid Fire at the end. Would have been great if he could talked about the best insult he's heard. I do agree with him that an early signing period would ease a lot of the nonsense (though it might put some recruiting cottage industry folks out of business). Kid signs early, and other schools don't spend time and resources trying to get him to flip - and recruiting "gurus" and "analysts" don't hound the kid, either. I'm all for letting a 16 or 17 year old fella be a 16 or 17 year old boy and wonder if that phone is ringing from a sweet young thing or one of his buddies and not some guy with a recruiting blog asking for his top five schools. Coaches then can focus on other kids who haven't committed/signed. And if the coach gets fired, well, just like with other sports, his recruiting can open back up, if he so chooses.
You know I skew a little Boston centric in my picks, so my best power forward of all time is Kevin McHale (edging out Elgin Baylor) and the best small forward of all time is Larry Joe Bird. But Duncan and James aren't bad.
Wow. I was reading Lindy's and Athlons 30 years ago and did so every year for quite a while. Don Whathisname used to do a preseason FCS poll.
And 5, I still think the NBA really, really wanted the Thunder and Heat, to have its best two younger stars going head to head, mano a mano. Slim Reaper against The King would have been a ratings bonanza. A rematch of last year? I'm not so sure.
Best athlete cameos? Um, Brett Fav-ruh, anybody? And Xavier McDaniel in "Singles"?
Hazel, from the old sitcom Hazel, as a housekeeper.
The housekeeper on Family Guy.
Mrs. Garrett on Different Strokes.
MT, Peter Tong and Mr. French weren't housekeepers, per se, but I do like both calls. Peter did more cooking than anything else. Butlers don't often do the grunt work of housekeepers. They make sure someone else does. Like the butler on The Nanny. That dude was cold.
5, are the SEC teams going to schedule teams of the Georgia Southern (when it was FCS) and North Dakota State ilk, or will it be more toward the Western Carolina end of the scale? And perhaps the payouts aren't the percentage of the bottom line they used to be, but FCS teams still seek these games out. It is their biggest payday of the season for some.
You know, that Rory McIlroy had a pretty good weekend after a pretty lousy week, of his own doing.
As dumb as leaving Santana in to face Big Papi was (and The Spy has a ticket for tonight's game ... if he can make it), coughing up a two-run single to Pedroia on an 0-2 pitch the prior at-bat was a pretty bad thing, too.
Going back to yesterday's 5@10, Jack Lummus was an all-American receiver at Baylor and an all-Southwest Conference center fielder there, too, before playing for the New York football Giants. For his actions on Iwo Jima, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Posthumously.
George Patton, before becoming one of America's all time great commanders in the field, was a member of the 1912 U.S. Olympic team for the Stockholm Summer Games. He finished fifth in the pentathlon.
Could not care less if Johnny Football has a good time in Vegas. I mean, what happens there is supposed to stay there, no?
5, I give Cuban credit for being open and honest in a time when people are afraid to do so or are discouraged from it.
Rushmore of fan bases ... Packers fans, natch; Reds and Cardinals fans; Celtics fans, before TD Garden; Manchester United fans.
5, did you see the condescending comment Woods had toward the media yesterday? And I quote: "Woods even joked that he wished he could join reporters on the course for their media day rounds — 'even though I don't like to play with you guys.'"
Which I'm sure drew nothing but guffaws from a sycophantic press corps that no matter how much feet kissing they do of Woods will never, ever get an exclusive or get to peek behind the curtain or play video games with Tiger.
Hey, Tiger, the ex-Mrs. got her a degree. And we know she can take a full swing with a 9-iron right now. How bout you?
And Brandon Marshall, uh, could you, uh, produce your man card for us? Thanks. We, uh, kinda need to take a look at it for a sec.
5, for all that talk about Uggla's spring training numbers, almost all of his offensive production has come in one game since, as you so succinctly pointed out. That in itself is condemning enough. Right now, the Braves are wasting a roster spot if they intend to let a multi-million dollar second sacker pick splinters out his beehind the rest of the season.
5, do you think they are just a tad nervous in NBA HQ at the prospect of a San Antonio-Indiana finals, rather than the matchup they really want, OKC v. The Heatles? Meanwhile, the NHL has the three largest media markets involved in its conference finals, plus its most decorated franchise.