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Random acts of senseless sporting - 7/12

July 11, 2010
By B.J. LISKO, Salem News Sports Editor

-LeBron, thank you for showing all prospective athletes in the world how not to do something. Did you just say you were humbled by the free agency process? On your self-created reality sports special?

-ESPN, shame on you for even allowing this to happen. You might as well start reporting on World Wrestling Entertainment.

-Jim Gray had some real hard hitting questions for LeBron, too, and he even thanked him for his time? I'm sorry. What?

-Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert, thanks for the scathing letter but it was little consolation for Cleveland fans and was too little, too late. You never should've fired Mike Brown, and LeBron just made you look like a total idiot for jumping through hoops the last few seasons. Further proof to the claim that LeBron was essentially running the team.

-The wind this week will be so bad at St. Andrews for the British Open there will be snowcaps in the porta-john. It's always fun to watch golf balls roll further down brown fairways into giant sand traps then they do on the green.

-John Daly and Heath Slocum were the highest American finishers in the Barclay's Scottish Open which arguably had just as good a field as the John Deere Classic and far worse weather. Just about every other notable American didn't even make the cut including Phil Mickelson, Lucas Glover and J.B. Holmes. Take the underdogs this week all the way at St. Andrews, and that includes guys like Daly, David Duval, Tom Watson and Nick Faldo.

-Congrats to Paula Creamer for playing better golf than the 100-plus men I saw when I went to Oakmont for the men's U.S. Open a few years back. That course is ridiculous no matter what tees you're playing from, and the greens are just plain unfair.

-Thank you for showing up Cincinnati on Saturday night where Travis Wood had a perfect game going into the ninth inning in Philly. Um, there was a little less incentive to that knowing he was gonna have to keep things perfect for at least two more innings because the Reds hadn't even scored, and they didn't, and ended up losing. Although a colleague put it to me this way: If you throw a perfect game in your third start, isn't it pretty much all down hill after that? Armondo Gallarraga technically did it against the Indians and he's back in AAA-ville already.

-A big thank you to baseball fans for voting in Reds' first baseman Joey Votto into the All-Star game. Votto is hitting .314, has 22 home runs, 60 RBIs and a .422 on-base percentage. There was no reason he should've been sitting at home for the break. Here's a case where fan voting actually worked.

-Jeff Bagwell was named the Houston Astros new hitting coach. What do guys like Mark McGwire and Bagwell tell players to do? "Take steroids. Hit ball far." Yeah, Bagwell may not have been implicated, but I'm not buying that he wasn't on HGH or something else technically "legal" at the time he hit as well as he did. Also see "Travis Hafner."

"The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people that gave us bag pipes and called it music."

'til next time ...

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