Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thursday 06/18 A.M. Quickie:
Tiger, Open, Zack, Al For Amare, More

Finally: A golf major with more subplots than, simply, "How is Tiger doing?" There is the whole "Sympathy for Mickelson" angle, but the one I love (and led today's SN column with) was that there is no gallery in golf like the Bethpage gallery, which was THE highlight of the '02 Open.

Did you see that Slate-produced video yesterday? (I posted a tweet linking to it, but you may have seen it elsewhere: It overlaid Gus Johnson, Dick Vitale and other boisterous college hoops announcers over golf video.) Bethpage is as close as we'll get to that.

It is SO good for golf -- not to mention great TV -- that you wonder why golf doesn't promote more rowdiness in the gallery (at least between shots).

Meanwhile, two things worth noting this morning (among others):

(1) Amare for Al Jefferson? Straight up, I might consider that deal, although Amare could bolt next summer and, as long as his knee is healed, Al Jefferson is the better player, both now and into the future. But the rumor includes that the T'wolves would throw in the No. 6 pick. WHA?!

(2) Zack Greinke is struggling. Another up-and-down outing last night. It sort of proves how dominant his start to the season was that even though he hasn't been pitching well in his last few starts, he is still the best pitcher in the AL, statistically. I would question whether he has lost his lock on the AL All-Star SP spot to Roy Halladay, but Halladay just went on the DL.

I'm looking out my window right now and the weather couldn't be worse -- I suspect the Open's start will be delayed for a while.

Complete SN column here. More later.

-- D.S.

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