By Eddie Mayrose
Tiger Woods Drives Into The Rough
I’m wondering just how many of those calling for Tiger Woods to come clean about the circumstances surrounding his auto accident would be so open with the authorities in the same situation. Here’s all I need to know. Woods was involved in a one car accident where he was the only person injured and no alcohol was involved. He met his legal requirements by producing license, registration and proof of insurance and is recovering from minor injuries that will not affect his career. That’s it, I’m good. Whatever else may have happened is the sole business of Tiger and his wife; no matter how far he can hit a golf ball. Funny, a sports superstar crashes his car and public outrage ensues because we can’t find out why it occurred. Yet, when two morons trying to get on TV commit a felony by trespassing on White House grounds and compromising Presidential security, it’s received as little more than a college fraternity prank. Here’s an idea. Let’s cut Mr. and Mrs. Woods some slack and throw Mr. and Mrs. Salahi in prison for as long as President Obama resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
New York Rangers’ Tortorella May Be Writing Own Pink Slip
After a weekend that saw his hockey team blown out of two games while surrendering thirteen goals, Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella had an interesting take. “The locker room, sooner or later, has to take some ownership as far as how we’re gonna go about this,” Tortorella said. “It’s about accountability … individual players taking responsibility for their play.” Seems to me that accountability and responsibility are part of the head man’s job description; right up there with motivation. Every coach knows the game. The successful ones are those that inspire their players to compete. Could it be that Tortorella may soon be held accountable for the Blueshirts’ malaise? Then again, he’s being evaluated by GM Glen Sather; an exec that’s reigned over a decade of mediocrity while escaping any vestige of accountability, himself. Who knows? Maybe he and Tortorella are a perfect match.
Derek Jeter Named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
This one is a little confusing. Now, a case could be made for a player of Derek Jeter’s caliber just about every year. Having said that, if SI was looking to select a baseball player based solely on his accomplishments in 2009, Albert Pujols should have been the choice. If Jeter’s exceptional season was viewed as part of a career resume that includes a number of championships, how can Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson be overlooked after setting an NBA record with his tenth title? After all, Jeter’s been with the Yanks for each of the last nine seasons that have failed to produce a title. It wasn’t until C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira arrived that the Bombers were able to rise to the top of the baseball world once again. No matter your opinion, however, the editors at SI are grateful for the interest generated by any controversy. That said, the pick here would have been Jackson.
New Jersey Nets Fire Coach Lawrence Frank
There. That ought to fix everything. No word yet as to when Nets’ playoff tickets go on sale.
Tennessee Titans On Comeback Trail
This is the flip side to the New Jersey Nets situation and one for those who recognize that a great coach doesn’t suddenly become stupid. After Tennessee’s 0-6 start, some were calling for the head of Titan’s coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher, the NFL’s longest tenured head man, was under fire after his team’s disastrous opening to the ’09 campaign. Wonder if a new guy would have been able to rally the Titans back to playoff contention with a five game winning streak the way Fisher has.
McAlarney Leads Fort Wayne Mad Ants To First Victory
Fort Wayne Mad Ants? Well, it doesn’t always come easy. For every NBA star, there are a hundred scratching and clawing to get into the league. Some, like former Knick, John Starks, go from bagging groceries to the All Star Game. For many others, though, it’s a long trek through a lot of small towns that doesn’t always end with an NBA contract. Former Notre Dame star, Kyle McAlarney, is currently on the first step of that journey, toiling in the NBA Developmental League for the Mad Ants. He had twenty two the other night in the Ants’ first win as he tries to refute the notion that a player his size can’t make it. Hard to believe there isn’t a team in the NBA that couldn’t use one of the best shooters at any level. You listening, Donnie Walsh?