Monday, July 19, 2010

MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS - JULY 19/10

Bully for Louis Oosthuizen that he won the British Open, but focusing on an obscure South African whose last name sounds like a noise you make when you sneeze is probably not what ESPN and the BBC had in mind for the final round of golf's oldest major tournament from the game's most fabled venue. Serial adulterer or not, the networks and fans are still cheering for Tiger Woods to be at or near the top of the leaderboard - probably less now for his golf talent than for the spectacle of Woods living out his sordid personal nightmare in the public eye...With all due respect to newly sworn-in Canadian citizen Andrei Markov, his decision to continue representing Russia at international tournaments is a wise one, if only because he's got a much better chance of making the Russian roster than he does of cracking the Canadian lineup...Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber can add the New York Yankees to the Montreal Canadiens and the House of Windsor on his list of the only Western institutions with a true grasp of ceremony. Friday's pre-game tribute to owner George Steinbrenner and long-time Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, both of whom passed away last week, struck a perfect balance between sorrow and celebration, and was made all the more stirring by its simplicity...It makes for exciting racing and the fans love it, but the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski NASCAR rivalry is going to end in tragedy if cooler heads don't prevail...So, I'm watching highlights of Saturday's Edmonton-Saskatchewan CFL game and a white guy chases a black guy down from behind in the open field to prevent a touchdown. If this keeps up, one of us might even learn to dance.

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