Let’s face facts folks; we all take sports a little too seriously some times. In order to keep the games fun year in and year out, we have to look at every situation with an open mind, and an ability to laugh. With that in mind, we once again return for another round of Monday Monologues.
– PGA golfer J.P. Hayes, after discovering that he played a PGA qualifying round with a prototype ball not yet authorized by the tour for tournament play, turned himself in, resulting in his disqualification from the tournament. In a not so similar incident, John Daly was recently disqualified from a tournament for violating the newly enacted, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Scoring” rule.
– The New York Yankees torch has finally been passed from George Steinbrenner to son Hal Steinbrenner, completing the transition that many had expected for the last few years. In a prepared statement, brother Hank Steinbrenner ripped the decision, saying “my father knows that I have nothing but the Yankees in mind with my plans to restructure the playoff system and revenue sharing. Start Joba!”
– Notre Dame football players were pelted with snowballs by the home crowd after the team lost to lowly Syracuse over the weekend, putting yet another black-eye on a team that has seen better days. Word from the sidelines is that the fans had an easier time hitting wide receivers than Jimmy Clausen.
– Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley broke his leg after slipping on ice outside of his Pennsylvania home over the weekend. In a related move, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti has decided to increase his offer to free agent pitcher C.C. Sabathia, in hoped to acquire the highly sought after lefty, by adding a cherry on top.
– Last week Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo performed his third good deed of the season, taking a homeless man to a movie. This follows the revelation that Romo, driving home after the game where he broke a finger, stopped to help a motorist and his wife change a tire in the rain, not to mention his continued efforts to keep Jessica Simpson on the map.
– The New York Knicks traded Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph last week in moves that were meant to get themselves under the salary cap for 2009, with speculation being that they will make a serious run at LeBron James. The only other explanation being that they are doing everything possible to spend more on players and coaches no longer on the team than the Florida Marlins are on their entire roster.
– The World Anti-Doping Agency is testing if Viagra can be used as a performance enhancer on the field as well as in the bedroom. If a connection is discovered, the Olympics is considering adding a three-legged race to the 2012 Summer Games.
– The Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder both fired their respective coaches this week, after combining to start the season with a woeful record of 2-22. Needless to say, they were both immediately taking phone calls from Bobcats coach Larry Brown, who is missing both storied franchises from his esteemed collection.