It’s good to be back. After three weeks away, including a family trip to NYC, I’m excited for my return to blogging here and babbling on the radio. And wouldn’t you know it, so many of my favorites showed up to welcome me back, including The F-Word, Mr. Misremembered and more. Thanks to all for coming out and showing your support. Like my friend Jim’s favorite chicken dish at P.F. Chang’s, some of it is sweet and some of it is sour.
- Sweet and Sour - Lou Piniella, nicknamed “Sweet Lou” for his sweet swing and facetiously for his demeanor, retired as manager of the Cubs Sunday. Piniella won two World Series as a player for the NY Yankees and a third as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Sadly, the biggest reason he’s leaving the game is to spend more time with his ailing mother.
- Sweet – Vin Scully made his best announcement yesterday and it had nothing to do with a play on the field: He’s returning to the Dodgers’ broadcast booth for the 62nd consecutive season. Of course, if Mayor McCheap continues to own the team, Scully might need to go 62 more before he sees LA in another World Series and gets to call another moment like Kirk Gibson in 1988.
- Sour – Roger Clemens returned to the spotlight for the wrong reason last week when he was indicted on perjury charges last week. Not surprisingly, “The Rocket” seems to believe his red glare will somehow change the facts and keep him out of jail. Somebody needs to tell Clemens he can’t throw a fastball at the judge’s head or a bat at the jury to try and intimidate them.
- Sour and Sweet – Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are officially divorced, which is clearly sour. But there could be two sweet parts to this equation. One, hopefully this ends a lot of the off-course commentary and speculation. Two, perhaps Tiger can now put it all behind him and start to play golf like he used to play golf.
- Sour – Juli Inkster was disqualified from the Safeway Classic for using a practice “donut” during her round. I don’t have a problem that it happened, because she broke the rule, no matter how stupid the rule might be. But I do have a problem with the way it happened, namely a viewer emailing tournament officials who then reviewed the tape and made the ruling. If we want the fans to make the calls then let’s get rid of the officials altogether. Then again, maybe that’s a sweet idea!
- Sweet and Sour – I had to save the best for last. The F-Word finally did what we all suspected and came back to the Vikings. It’s sweet for Minnesota, because without him they have no chance to go to the Super Bowl. It’s sour for the rest of us who have to deal with his narcissism for another season. But it’s also sweet for the rest of us because now we get to call him The F-Word again!
THERE IT IS!