Monday, June 4, 2012

It's barfarrific!! (and other Monday morning musings)

With two wins in a little more than two months, Tiger Woods has re-established himself as a player to be reckoned with on the PGA Tour, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Following yesterday's impressive comeback win at the Memorial, Woods is already being touted as the early favorite for the US Open by some of the same fortune tellers who pegged him to win the Masters, where he finished tied for 40th two weeks after taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods is still one of the best, but he has yet to recapture the consistency that made him the dominant force on the Tour...If he wasn't already part of the playoff MVP discussion, Los Angeles defenceman Drew Doughty is surely among the frontrunners after logging 32-plus minutes of playing time and scoring one of the prettiest goals of the playoffs in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win in New Jersey for a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup final. It speaks to the Kings' depth, balance and collective resolve that Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner are all legitimate Conn Smythe Trophy candidates, and that any of them would be happy to see a teammate win it as long as they all win the Stanley Cup...In a meandering, egg-headed defence of Ron MacLean's ill-advised 9/11 analogy earlier in the playoffs, Montreal sociology professor Avi Goldberg demonstrated in Saturday's Gazette how completely out of touch academia can be with the real world. MacLean wasn't writing a thesis when he put hockey players in the same company as emergency response personnel in the worst terrorist attack in history. He was hosting a prime time network broadcast, and his comments were as insensitive and cockamamie as Professor Goldberg's article was harebrained and pretentious...Throwing up is not a staple of supper hour sportscasts, so it was more than a little jarring Friday when TV viewers were subjected to not one but TWO images of athletes losing their lunch: Richard Gasquet barking at the ants on court at the French Open, and a draft prospect projectile vomiting off the exercise bike at the NHL combine. There are websites for people who want to watch stuff like that; I can do without it on my television...Stand by to suspend one of the fundamental rules of English grammar when Euro 2012 gets underway this Friday. Ironically, English announcers are the worst offenders when they pluralize the singular by saying "England win" or "Italy lose," not unlike the Quebec automotive enthusiast who has one cars and two truck.

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