Remember the first HBO Real Sports that showcased “Nails” as some financial genius? Watching Dykstra show Bernard Goldberg around his car wash… where the level of service ranged from single, double, triple, home run to grand slam for the works… I found myself saying “People really give this guy money? Amazing!”
Looking back over HBO’s website for that Real Sports episode, it describes Nails as the most unlikely of moguls. They couldn’t have been more right. Now, as Dykstra files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, I can’t help but think of him as just plain Lenny… you know, like big, dumb Lenny from “Of Mice and Men”… or “Laverne and Shirley.”
History was made Sunday at the All England Club when Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick, thereby breaking the Grand Slam title tie he held with Pete Sampras. Roddick gave it everything he had, taking it to 5 sets, the final going all the way to a 16 to 14 win for Federer. But does it really mean as much knowing that the best challenger he could face missed the tournament, resting his ailing knees?
And how about Tiger Woods? Sunday was vintage Tiger as he shot a 67 to win his own tournament by one stroke. The most significant moment came after the golf was over, when he flashed a bit of personality and showed he has a sense of humor by partaking in a mock Q&A, interviewing himself as host and winner.
As I’m still nursing a hangover from the 4th, that’s all for today.
See ya manana!
Steve McNair will go down in history as one of the toughest men to play football in the NFL… a sport that, by it’s very definition, requires a level of toughness the average person couldn’t imagine. Being a girl, that is especially true for me. But I grew up watching and loving the sport, and admiring those who were able to take the nastiest of licks and get back up for more. And that to a “T” was SteveMcNair.
Coming out of Alcorn State, many felt he would never make it in the NFL. Not only did he prove them wrong, he was selected to three Pro Bowls, Shared an MVP with Payton Manning, and engineered one of the greatest “almost” comebacks in Super Bowl history. He was a warrior, an incredibly skilled passer and runner, and a truly beloved figure in both Tennessee and across the nation.
Over the next few days there will be all kinds of information coming out concering the circumstances surrounding his death… like who was the woman that was murdered along with him and why was she with him in his downtown Nashville apartment? My heart goes out to his wife… not only does she have to deal with the death of her husband and the father of their children, but will forever be tormented with the same questions I just posed.
But for now, let’s remember him for the way he played the game.
We’ll miss you Steve… more then you could ever know.
In the first inning of Saturday’s game, Manny Ramirez showed he still has a little “pop” left in his bat… even now that the female fertility drugs have left his system.
I guess we all figured it would take Man Ram some time to get his feet back under him… and considering the way he performed in his rehab stints, some were even wondering if he could return to his prior form. But his solo shot in the first off Josh Geer, in only his second game back, reminded us all what a dangerous player he can be… when he wants to be!
After taking nearly two months off work, Manny Ramirez punched the clock again Friday night as the Dodgers went on the road to face division rival San Diego. By the sound of the crowd when he was introduced over the loud speaker, it seemed like a number of Dodger fans made the drive down I-5 with the team.
As for the Manny of the hour, he apologized to his fans before the game and fared about as well as could be expected during it… 0 for 3 with a walk. His presence, however, had a big impact on his fellow teammates. The offensively challenged Dodgers rattled off 5 runs in the first, in large part to Manny’s presence in the 3 spot of the line up. So even if he didn’t light it up at the plate, he clearly still makes everyone around him better.
Also, kudos to Tim Wakefield for breaking the record of most starts by a Boston pitcher. By taking the mound Friday night against the Mariners, Wakefield surpassed Roger Clemens with 383 starts, and only trails the Rocket’s win total by 18 games.
That’s right, my head is spinning right round… and I love it (cue up Flo Rida!)
Ron Artest to Los Angeles, Gilbert Arenas to Houston, Rasheed to Boston, Hedo to
Portland Toronto, Hossa to Chicago (that’s going to be an incredible team), Gaborik to the Rangers, Gomez and Cammalleri to the Habs! Wow!!!
Like I said, my head is spinning.
But where are the Devils, Kings and Sharks?
And how about the Suns and Hornets?
More to come as more deals unfold!
Hold onto your seats, everybody… the Ringling Brothers and Manny Ramirez Circus is coming to town! That’s right, Mr. Female Fertility Drug himself has made it through his 50 game suspension… and more importantly, so have the Dodgers! So far this looks like a win win situation… The Dodgers are still in first place in both the League nd Division, and Manny Ramirez seems to have not taken much of a PR hit from loyal Dodger fans. In fact, the only loser in this whole situatuon is Juan Pierre, who played very well in Manny’s absence, but just couldn’t hit the long ball that so many chicks are fond of…