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