Tuesday, June 21, 2011
No Mickelsonitis for McIlroy(and other Monday morning musings on a Tuesday because I had Monday off)
That Rory McIlroy recovered from his Masters meltdown to win the US Open is remarkable enough. That he did it in record fashion at the age of 22 just two months after a collapse of historic proportions at Augusta is nothing short of astounding. There's no telling how much Mickelsonesque grief McIlroy spared himself by brushing that monkey off his back before it became a gorilla...His career speaks for itself, but Rafael Nadal showed another sign of a true champion when he dismissed pre-Wimbledon suggestions that he's an imminent threat to Roger Federer's record of 16 Grand Slam tennis championships. For the tournament's defending champion and top seed to publicly defer to his greatest rival is a measure of Nadal's respect for Federer, and a demonstration of the humility of a real champion compared to the substantial number of the arrogant professional athletes whose talent is exceeded only by their sense of entitlement...Say what you will about the concept of a Higher Power, but from where I sit, it's only by the grace of God that Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has a clean bill of health and a new multi-million dollar contract fewer than 3 1/2 months after most of us wondered for a few anxious moments whether he was dead...I had the privilege of chatting briefly with Larry Robinson at the Strangers in the Night charity event at Fairview Saturday, and the Hall of Fame defenceman wondered aloud whether it's only a matter of time before someone is killed in a National Hockey League game. Many others have said the same thing, but when it comes from someone of Robinson's stature and credentials, it really gets your attention.