SO NEEDY, THIS NASCAR: We ran AP commentary in today’s paper with the following headline: “NASCAR needs old Kyle Busch back.” I stopped reading at “NASCAR needs…” In what other sport is there so much written on what that said sport needs? Why do we care so much about the health and well-being of a multi-million dollar business? Isn’t it NASCAR’s job to determine what NASCAR needs?
GLASS HOUSES: I’ve written a bunch of columns and blog posts about what NASCAR needs. I guess what I’m saying is, I don’t want to write any more of those.
A-MAC’S WHEELHOUSE: We have O-line news outta Blacksburg! Yes, sir! Michael Via is challenging Brent Benedict for the right guard spot.
MR. ED: Yahoo! Sports has a feature on everybody’s favorite ripped ref, Ed Hochuli. In the gym, Ed Hochuli does an hour of cardio daily and lifts weights for another four days a week. His wife, Cathie, doesn’t ask if he’s going to the gym; she asks when. You can say this is about vanity, but to him it’s part of his profession. “I ought to look like an athlete,” he says.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ed Hochuli also is a practicing attorney. Should have had him drop by and clear up that arbitration discovery debate on Lance on Friday. Speaking of Lance…
LANCE: From Yahoo! Sports: Lance Armstrong’s former team captain and close confidant George Hincapie begins life in cycling retirement this week, leaving behind the burning question: Was his cooperation with doping investigators the reason Armstrong decided last week to quit trying to clear his name?
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? Fewer than 11,000 attended Baltimore’s stirring, come-from-behind victory over the White Sox at Camden Yards last night. I know it was the first day of school up there and all, but…my family drove 4.5 hours to be there Saturday (great time, BTW). Charm City residents, I know your fear that this is a mirage. I understand it. But I promise you, this year is different, regardless of whether the O’s make the playoffs or not. This team’s impossibly cool to watch.
NO COMMENTARY NECESSARY: Penn State removes “Sweet Caroline” from its stadium playlist, saying the lyrics had nothing to do with it.
OK, COMMENTARY NECESSARY:
Regardless of what they say, I’m pretty sure they removed it because of the lyrics (“touching you, touching me…), which is ludicrous. My kids will still hear me call myself the “Tickle Monster” at times; Jailbird Jerry’s got no trademark on that phrase. Change your oversight procedures, yes, but this kind of thing is just ridiculous.
IDENTIFY THE MOVIE
“Ten thousand strong at least.”
“It is an army bred for a single purpose: to destroy the world of men. They will be here by nightfall.”
“Let them come.”
NAME THAT TUNE
Life’s kinda always been messing with me
You wanna see the light?
Can’t they chill and let me be free?
So do I
Can’t I take away all this pain?
You wanna see the light?
I try to every night, all in vain, in vain
Sometimes I cannot take this place
Sometimes it’s my life I can’t taste
Sometimes I cannot feel my face
You’ll never see me fall from grace…