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It’s All-Opinions Day

They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:

Coming back from NCAA sanctions is nothing. Try coming back from being down 24-0 to Notre Dame near the end of the half to win 55-24. Yep, the two USC guys to help pull that off were Pat Haden and J.K. McKay . . .

One of the great, heart-tugging sports pictures in recent years is the Robert Beck shot of Tom Watson waving good bye after his final tournament at St. Andrews in this week’s Sports Illustrated . . .

On any list of the 10 classiest people I’ve ever met in sports, Watson and Haden would have to rank in the top five . . .

By the way, people tend to think Haden didn’t have much of a pro career with the Rams. Wrong. He was the team’s rookie of the year in 1976 and a Pro Bowler in 1977, the same year he was named NFC Player of the Year by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club.

Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir’s problem wasn’t a sore shoulder. It was sore eyes. Mike Scioscia was tired of watching him try to impersonate a major league starter . . .

So is Manny Ramirez always going to be on the disabled list, or what? . . .

Michael Jordan’s shot at LeBron James was a little cheap. Tell me, Michael, how many titles would you have won without Scottie Pippin? . . .

Speaking of cheap, that’s what most of those home runs to right field in the new Yankee Stadium look like . . .

Imagine the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton playing 81 games in that park, something that might well happen when he becomes a free agent next season . . .

Would somebody please inform the Angels that Scot Shields is NEVER going to be what he once was . . .

Good thing the Titans’ Chris Johnson finally got his raise. If they keep asking him to carry the ball 358 times a season, he’s not apt to be around too long . . .

The Padres’ Bud Black might not be just manager of the year. He might be manager of the decade . . .

Headline: British Open TV ratings subpar. Reaction: Gee, I wonder why? . . .

I honestly can’t remember a big league lineup as weak as the one currently presented by the Seattle Mariners . . .

The Giants’ Pablo Sandoval gives new meaning to the term “heavy hitter.” . . .

I know the Cubbies are having an awful season, but they literally have a star in the making in young shortstop Starlin Castro . . .

Stephen Strasburg, 5-2, 2.32 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks. Yeah, the kid just might make it . . .

— Steve Bisheff

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3 Responses to “It’s All-Opinions Day”

  1. I seem to recall that Haden threw a 50 yard TD pass against the Falcons his first play as a Ram. The Rams probably would not have lost some of those playoff games to the Vikings if Chuck Knox had more faith in him and let him throw. The Mariners do have a very weak lineup, Steve, but weren’t you saying at the start of the season that the Padres were fielding a triple A team?

  2. Scot Shields was clearly one of the best setup pitchers the game has ever known. It is loyalty to this memory that I believe motivates Mike Scioscia to continue to have misplaced faith in Scot. Loyalty should not be to the job but to the person. It is an admirable trait for Scioscia to stick with Scot and want the best for him. It is another thing entirely to continue to bring him into critical situations where all he does is embarrass himself. Let’s hope for the sake of the team and its fans that Mike figures this out before we fall too many more games behind Texas.


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