Summer sports musing while I try to enjoy the heat and avoid the humidity…
— One guy calmly sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, raised his arms in jubilation, then had a family group hug greenside…The other guy was storming around the old links course, swearing and cursing in complete frustration.
Welcome to the ballad of Phil and Tiger.
Life seems good for Lefty Mickelson. The golf gods seem none too pleased with Eldridge Woods.
— I worry about the upcoming NHL season as it pertains to the Boston Bruins…First there was the rush of that 48-game lockout season last year. Then the emotional run to the Cup finals that ended in late June. The new season starts Oct. 3 and that’s very early. Add in an Olympic shutdown for two and a half weeks in February. Add on a tougher new division that now includes the Detroit Red Wings…get ready for a long, long grind!
— What’s wrong with this picture…
The Little League Parent/Volunteer Pledge is often read before all-star tournament games…”I will teach all children to play fair and do their best. I will positively support all managers, coaches and players. I will respect the decisions of the umpires. I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.”
Then too often, you see and hear the yelling when a call goes against your team.
— After watching the phony Boston Celtics press conference welcoming some of their new players from the trade with the Brooklyn Nets (Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans,etc)…and then watching Paul Pierce and KG at their Nets introduction press conference — can both sides just call off the trade? The Nets guys don’t want to be in Boston. And clearly Pierce and KG didn’t really want to be in Brooklyn.
— Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is off to see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Next stop for Buchholz — an appointment with Dr. Phil.
— Dave Mellor…you may not recognize the name, but he is the head groundskeeper at Fenway Park. Because we haven’t bought enough tickets to Sox games this year, Sox brass has brought in a McCartney concert followed by a Jason Aldean concert – next Timberlake and Jay-Z concerts at Friendly Fenway? Good luck, Dave.
— We say it every year — how do they do it? Lobster Bowl football practices in that heat last week? I simply tip my cap to all.
— Yes, the Red Sox have several young, talented prospects. The question is how many of them will actually contribute to the Sox all at once? In a year with no dominant team in baseball, GM Ben Cherrington needs to be bold and smart as the trade deadline draws near. I am confident he will be both.
— Sometimes the national sports media gets it wrong. In the days leading up to the MLB all-star game, the talking heads said fans want to see Yasiel Puig in the game. Fans were given the chance to vote him in and they voted no. End of story.
— Here’s what gets me about the Johnny Manziel and the Manning QB camp…aspiring quarterbacks from eighth grade through high school come to this camp to learn from pro and college guys…So I don’t care how old (or young) Manziel is. He’s working a camp and is expected to be at meetings and be on time. I do not buy the “oh, he’s only 20-years-old – cut him some slack stuff.”
— American Legion baseball Zone 1 playoff action this week on Sportsradio 92.9The Ticket.