It’s All-Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Terrell Owens to the Bengals, huh? Isn’t that like sending Tiger Woods to Madonna’s house for rehab? . . .
Maybe it’s just me, but I think the Lakers are better than they were a year ago. Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff give them much more quality depth than they had with Jordan Farmar and a bunch of guys who weren’t good enough to play . . .
Does that mean Phil Jackson’s guys should be picked over Miami with its new Heat-induced, three-headed monster? I don’t know, but I sure wouldn’t discount the possibility . . .
Even Juan Rivera’s teammates are cringing at his outfield gaffes now. Or didn’t you see Jered Weaver’s body language after Rivera’s latest misplay cost the Angels, and Weaver, Tuesday night’s game? . . .
Jack Tatum, who just died of a massive heart attack at age 61, is a sad story. The guy was one of the best defensive players of his generation, but he’ll always be remembered first as the one who paralyzed Darryl Stingley. Truth is, Tatum wasn’t trying to hurt anyone on the play . . .
Giants catcher Buster Posey isn’t getting enough credit for being one of the more exciting young hitters to come up in years. The rookie’s current hitting streak is a major-league leading 20 . . .
If Chad Billingsley can keep pitching the way he did Tuesday night in that 2-0 victory over the Padres, the Dodgers, unlike the Angels, should be able to hang in their division race right to the end . . .
The Nationals are wise to be cautious with Stephen Strasburg, who developed some shoulder soreness before his scheduled start Tuesday night. You have an arm like that, you don’t take any unnecessary risks with it . . .
I keep hearing Angels’ GM Tony Reagins say his team is still viable. But I never hear him explain why his lineup lacks even one .300 hitter . . .
As NFL training camps prepare to open, it’s clear that there are a lot of good teams but nothing close to a truly great team . . .
It’s also clear that the Brett Favre saga is getting more old and tired than Hugh Heffner at this poinit . . .
Not that I have anything against Hef. But you get my drift . . .
Pac-10 football media day will be conducted on the field of the Rose Bowl this week. Only one question: Why? . . .
I’ll bet USC’s Lane Kiffin is really looking forward to seeing all those reporters, huh? . . .
There might not be a hotter hitter in baseball right now than the Twins’ Delmon Young . . .
In Baseball America’s halfway issue, the Angels’ Mike Trout is now rated as the No. 2 overall prospect in the sport. Not bad for a kid who won’t turn 19 until next month . . .
Has somebody new thrown a no-hitter every other week this season, or does it just seem that way?
— Steve Bisheff