I thought you’d never ask.
1. Tiger Woods continues to fade further into his own parade. You have wonder what his half life as The Superstar of Golf is at this point of his wavering career? Given his infamy, I suppose we’ll be reading about his status for at least another decade or so.
Will he continue his quest to trump Nicklaus? Or will he become David DuVal?
2. Brett Favre is still retired.
3. Mike Garrett is still Athletics Director at Southern Cal.
4. Alberto Contador now leads the Tour de France by several seconds over Andy Schleck, who led at the start of the day. Contador attacked the breakaway riders in this Pyrenees stage as rival Schleck jumped his chain and had to stop for repairs.
After the race, Schleck in his halting English spoke of his anger. As if Contador had breached some sort of etiquette by taking advantage of the equipment gaffe. I’m not familiar with the ethics of bicycle racing, but it seems to me that equipment failure is part of the equation, as harsh as that might seem.
5. LeBron James is still a member of the Miami Heat.
6. Pete Carroll is still shocked, he tells us, shocked that Southern Cal was dealt with so harshly by the NCAA.
7. My Detroit Tigers were swept in Cleveland in the first series after the All-Star break. In Cleveland, for heaven’s sake. And they’re losing ground to Rick Bozich’s surging ChiSox. Where is Uncle Mo Mo now that the Tigers really need him?
8. Forty six days until kickoff of U of L/ UK football, and the beginnings of the Charlie Strong and Joker Phillips eras.
9. Louis Oosthuizen? Okay, cheap joke. Wherever this guy’s been before, he certainly had himself a weekend. Caught him a break with the weather and went carpe diem on it. Stayed steady. Or, to be cute again, stayed the course.
10. The NCAA tournament will now have The First Four. Will anyone who understands that cockamamie play in process, please write and explain it to me?
11. The Big Ten still has 12 teams. The Big 12 still has ten teams. And the Pac 10 still has 12 teams.
12. Steve Kragthorpe is still wide receivers coach at Texas A&M.
Lucky 13. But, far and away the most important development in all of sports this day is a little teleconference I like to call Sun Belt Football Media Days. The first coach to meet the media — via computers, sadly, not face to face — was scheduled to be none other than Florida Atlantic Fighting Owls mentor, Howard Schnellenberger.
As always, when Coach Quote says something worthy, you’ll be able to read it here first.
– Seedy K