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Michelle Wie, the Sony Open, Tony Luke’s, Eagles Fight Song, and Steroids

Let’s sop up the weekend sports au jus in Bullet Points today: 1. We’ll start with golf. Tadd Fujikawa ended his dream weekend and started his dream career with a terrific T-20 5-under performance at the Sony Open. The roars heard all over the course for the kid were reminiscent of a rock concert and the kid was grateful, humble and fun to watch the whole...

Duke Lacrosse “Rape Case” DA Mike Nifong should be disbarred

In this picture, Mike Nifong is wheeling “evidence” into court. Maybe he can use the same cart and dirty old box again as he leaves his version of “public service” forever – dismissed in disgrace. I am an attorney as well as a sportswriter. So let me lay out the case against Mike Nifong, the Durham DA who got re-elected solely on the...

Sports nicknames and bands – did you know?

1)…That the Brooklyn Dodgers were so named because hundreds of trolleys zig-zagged the streets so haphazardly pedestrians were constantly artfully dodging them?  Hence, the Brooklyn Dodgers… 2)…that the Green Bay Packers were named for the “Indian Packing Co.” in 1919.  The company went out of business the next year, but the nickname...

M*A*S*H Unit Mets, fans: Hold your heads proudly!

“It was devastating” said Akim Furaha, a shopkeep in Manhattan. “I don’t even want to talk about it” lamented LA Mets fan Rafi Cabrera. “It was about the saddest feeling I have had in the big leagues” wrote Met reliever Billy Wagner in his final column in the New York Post. “Now what?” asked Gina Binns, a Mets fan...

Mike Vaccaro honors Cory Lidle, Thurman Munson, earns Honor Roll spot at AWITP

It is a sad day for baseball and for NYC, not just the New York Yankees as Cory Lidle tragically died in the crash of his Cirrus-SR20. Details are still coming out in slow drops, but the incident recalls the deaths of other great athletes in similar ways – Payne Stewart, who’s seventh annivesary will be in less than two weeks, Thurman Munson, Roberto...

Sports News: Joe Torre saved, Mike Strantz honored, Jeff Mingay working hard

Just when you think the Yankees weren’t going to learn from one mistake and were about to make a bigger one, sanity prevails. Maybe Joe Torre played the wrong hunch sitting Giambi and playing Sheffield and Matsui, but who among us thought Matsui (and the rest of the Yankees) would get skunked by Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman? That was a lightning strike...

Italy’s Azzurri win World Cup, Zindane career ends in disgraceful ejection, violent cheap shot

Italy’s Azzurri (“Blue”) completed their cinderella run to the World Cup in the same dominating fashion with which they began, but not before giving their fans a massive case of agita. After referees awarded a highly questionable penalty kick to France after Therry Henry took a dive in the penalty area, Italy – down 1-0 thanks to Zidane...

The Knicks vs. the fans of New York: The Natives Scream for Blood Sacrifice

Most Egyptologists agree the famous boy-king of Egypt, Tutankhamun was ruthlessly murdered. Some blame court intrigue saying Tut’s inexperience and tender years were a recipe for mis-management of the realm. How many boy-kings in history have had the political acumen and intellectual prowess to protect both the kingdom and their necks? It would be easy – don’t you...

World Cup redux (part 2)

Following up on my World Cup preview piece, let’s take a look at the round of 16 matchups. You can still review these brackets as “Groups” as they do in previous rounds, just single elimination (like our regional finals in the NCAA tourney) and each winner goes to the final four. A. Brazil v. Ghana, Spain v. France – This is the Group of Death...

Shut up already Charles Barkley

ESPN thoroughly disgusted me and betrayed every ordinary citizen ever burdened with any kind of addiction when they rolled out Charles barkley to offer “expert analysis” on, get this, he gambles too much money when he loses. Could someone point me to any poignant analysis in the disgraceful rant that followed? What exactly are we supposed to have learned...

The Olympics have jumped the shark, so lets add golf just to make it worse

I’m really disappointed in the American Olympic team. Not with the medal count – I’m actually happy about that. Winning every medal in every event completely demeans the so-called and entirely non-existent “Olympic Spirit,” but that’s not what I’m on about. No, I’m disappointed in the way our preening, self-aggrandizing...