-In today’s paper, Nappy picked Lee Westwood, Doughty picked Tiger and editor Steve Hemphill went with Ian Poulter. I stuck with Luke Donald, but you guys talked me into putting Bubba Watson down as my sleeper. If he wins…thanks!
ANOTHER ROUND OF BASEBALL OPENERS TODAY highlighted by Red Sox at Tigers at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Also on the tube: Stephen Strasburg and the Nats at the Cubs (2 p.m., MASN), Marlins at Reds (4 p.m. ESPN2) and Dodgers at Padres (7 p.m. MLB Network).
-Per family tradition that dates back to Tom Niedenfuer’s heyday as a gascan Orioles reliever (“I think the O’s be Needin’ Fewer runs given up by this guy,” my dad used to say. My love of puns might have started then), I’ll be taking the wife and kids to Baltimore tomorrow for Orioles Opening Day. That dovetails into a vacation that will continue until the Salem Red Sox have their home opener next Friday. This’ll be the last briefing for this week and next. So…
I’M STEALING AN IDEA FROM THE SCOTT VAN PELT SHOW. I guess it’s not stealing if I give them credit — and I am, it’s a great idea. They were talking yesterday about the NBA player that they can’t stand to watch. Maybe he’s a ball hog or has an awkward shot or flops on defense — whatever, but it irks you. I know the NBA garners tepid interest here (myself included) outside of Travis and a few others, so we’re going to broaden it to…THE NO. 1 ATHLETE YOU CAN’T STAND TO WATCH. ANY SPORT. PAST OR PRESENT. I’m guessing, giving the discussion of the past few days, Tiger will be on some people’s lists. He’s not on mine. My guy is Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg. Performance-wise, he’s a lot like Tom Niedenfuer — always seems to give up runs at key times. But that’s not the main reason I don’t like watching him.
-Instead, it’s his approach as the ultimate nibbler. You’re a closer for Pete’s sake! (Or at least he was last year.) Challenge somebody! And adding to the frustration of watching this is the announcers, whom I normally like, saying, “Gregg just refuses to give in to hitters.” No. He refuses to throw strikes. And it drives me nuts.
OK, YOUR TURN. Who is the No. 1 athlete you can’t stand to watch? You can throw in more if you want, too, but try to pick a No. 1.THE COST OF GOING BOWLING
-The Sugar Bowl trip cost Tech $3.18 million, but the school is expected to more than make up that money in the end. Andy does a nice job breaking down the numbers. I just wish we could get our hands on the itemized receipts; you get a feeling there’d be some things on there that would make those $600 White House toilet seats seem like a bargain.
NAME THAT TUNE
-Tough one today.
I know how you feel, you get crazy inside
They say it runs in the family
I know just how you feel when you get crazy inside
Your mom she said that you are just like me
I can see it in your eyes
I can see your shaky hands
Yes, I think you think I’m stupid
You don’t think I understand
Yes, I see you and I see myself when I was a younger man