Well, had I been writing, here are some of the topics I would have covered:
Phil Mickelson’s Master’s win at Augusta was fitting. He’s a class act who after learning his wife Amy had breast cancer, left the tour to be with her. Shortly thereafter his mom was also diagnosed with the disease. How many other athletes would have re-acted the same way? Amy was on hand for the victory and Phil declared her to be his inspiration. Tiger, maybe you can learn something!
On the learning theme, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavs and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, you may take a page out of White Sox Coach Harold Baines book as he use to wear a tee shirt under his jersey which read, “Shut Up and Play”. Now Harold took this to the extreme, but until either of you win a championship, stop believing your press clippings and just play the game! And LeBron, stop the dancing on the sidelines too; its bush and showing up your opponents which in the old days would have gotten you dropped in the lane with a hard clean foul. If you’re the “face of the NBA” then ACT like it.
Hey Michelle were you watching? Brian Davis called a two stroke penalty on himself after nicking a loose reed during his backswing on the first playoff hole giving Jim Furyk the win at the Verizon Heritage. Ah, Rule 13.4 cost him a victory and quite a bit of money, but sealed his reputation as a professional and honourable player.
Representative Henry Waxman (D-California), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said MLB and their Players Union should take action to end the use of smokeless tobacco in the Majors; a policy has been in effect for Minor League players, coaches and staff since 1993. While I applaud this initiative, shouldn’t a member of Congress have something better to do right now then to try and dictate policy in MLB? If the smokeless product is dangerous and it is, then make it illegal. Don’t preach to MLB. Or is it just a case that every time a player spits, it’s a free commercial?
Kudos to Stan Van Gundy, coach of the Orlando Magic for his comments on Michael Jordon as an owner: "Let's give Larry Brown and the players the credit. Come on, Michael Jordan hasn't had time to do anything as an owner that would affect anything. I understand we're all supposed to bow down at the altar of Michael Jordan, but come on now, guys. Not in this case. He's been the owner for what, a month? They're playing with the same roster." Well said Stan!
Rest in Peace William Earnest “Ernie” Harwell (January 25, 1918 – May 4, 2010). He was a sportscaster for 55 years, 42 of which were spent with the Detroit Tigers. You will be missed!
Lastly, congrats to Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics on his per game Sunday! Hey A-Rod, stopping trotting across this guys mound, he plays without the ‘roids.
~ Coach Mike