Tiger Woods is ridiculous, and we should all thank him for the workday diversion today, beginning at noon and running all afternoon. It's like the first two days of the NCAA Tournament: Take a long lunch at the nearest sports bar.
Tiger bumps the NBA Finals as the lead of today's Sporting News column -- as he should. Meanwhile...
I can't believe that Celtics fans would be sweating losing Game 5; given the history in the NBA Finals at work -- no team has ever come back from being down 3-1, no road team has ever won both Games 6 and 7 -- there is little to worry about (except the karmic boomerang from the 2004 ALCS, obviously).
I would love to see Ken Griffey on the Rays, but not at the expense of Tampa's best young arms... Willie Randolph may not make it back to NYC after the Mets' road trip... Can the Tigers have too-little-too-late on June 15?
In case you missed it this weekend, a tribute to Ralph Wiley on the (near-) anniversary of his death four years ago, plus -- yes -- I need to clarify my argument from earlier in the weekend that I would rather lose in the playoffs with Arenas (maximizing my entertainment value for an entire season) than lose in the playoffs without him (without the extra six months of Gilbertainment). I mean: As long as I'm losing in the playoffs anyway...
(That's really all I was saying. I'm not saying I don't want to win an NBA championship; I'm saying that no matter WHO the Wizards would get to build around if they let Gilbert go -- being reasonable here -- they will almost certainly not be winning an NBA title. If they had pulled off that rumored preseason trade for Kobe, it would have been interesting. But, let's face it: Not nearly as entertaining.)
Anyway, there's a ton more in the column today. Check it out here. (It should be up by 8:30 or 9, and you'll have to click through my main archive page to get to the full version.)