News and views of the sports world from the cheap seats.
With a travel day, the sports pundits have had an opportunity to give plenty analysis of Game Five, and the entire series. Slam Magazine’s Tzvi Twersky, asks whether the Laker’s Pau Gasol has started to falter under the pressure. Did you know that Gasol has never won a playoff game without Kobe?
One Lakers fan took the rivalry too far. Laurel Sweet of the Boston Herald reports that an LA fan flew to Boston to sell fake tickets. He picked the wrong victim, a third-grade teacher with a cop for a boyfriend. The scalper was arraigned in court on Monday.
US goalkeeper Tim Howard suffered bruised ribs in the US team’s tie with England on Saturday. After being examined by doctors, Howard has been cleared to continue play.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon injured his back, and couldn’t play in the second half of the team’s opener. His status for the rest of the tournament remains uncertain. If you don’t follow soccer, Italy is to the World Cup, what the Celtics and Lakers are to the NBA. Tying Paraguay will not make fans back at home happy.
College Football Expansion
Texas decided stay in the Big 12. With the decision, Commissioner Dan Beebe went from goat to hero in a weekend. On Friday, a domino effect had been predicted with Texas pulling the thread to unravel the Big 12. By Monday night, the blood letting had ended. Now expansion seems to have ended, as quickly as it was about to change the face of college football. Texas came out the big winner by staying. Things could change in a year or two. Get all the details of the deal that kept college football as we presently know it, intact from Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com.
The Sun, reports that Tiger Woods fathered an illegitimate child. The child was reportedly born in 2003, and Tiger paid the mother to keep quiet. The documentary will air Thursday in the UK.
Gary Van Sickle, Sr. Writer for Sports Illustrated gives us a list of 10 players with a good chance of winning this week’s US Open. Generally, we’ve been over run with hype concerning the US Open. Without Tiger being a real threat, even one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments has lost some luster. The tournament will be broadcast during prime-time starting Thursday.