Monday, August 16, 2010
MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS - AUG16/10
Dustin Johnson didn't do himself any favors with a wayward tee shot on 18 at the PGA Championship, but the ruling that cost him a two stroke penalty and a spot in the playoff was brutal. Johnson was penalized for grounding his club while playing out of a tiny patch of sand, which tournament officials subsequently informed him was a bunker, even though the gallery had been walking in the same spot all weekend. The ironhanded interpretation of the rule was more mean-spirited than it was judicious, and there's considerable and legitimate debate over whether the same rigorous standard would have been applied for Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson...There wasn't a lot to like about the Alouettes' 37-22 loss in Toronto Saturday, but there was this: Anthony Calvillo completed 37 of 50 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns. So much for Calvillo's effectiveness being impaired by a dislocated finger on his throwing hand...Hamilton Tiger Cats owner Bob Young is intelligent, engaging, reasonable and entirely in the right in his dispute with Hamilton city council over the location of a new stadium. But it's about the hat, Bob. For anyone who doesn't take the time to scratch below the surface - and most people don't - a 51 year old businessman who insists on wearing a yellow baseball cap with a dress shirt and jacket for news conferences and interviews isn't enhancing his crediblity...So, a report from Venezuela says the women's World Cup of Baseball was relocated for security reasons after a player was hit in the leg by a stray bullet. Two things about that: 1. the description of the bullet as "stray" implies that other bullets were flying and hitting whatever or whomever they were meant to hit, and 2. the tournament was being held on an Army base. Well, there's your problem right there.