- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 2, 2002

With Greg Norman near the top of the leader board, this is one happy Kemper.

I'll take the Shark today, by the way. You can have the field.

Love those snazzy pants of Charles Howell's, the ones with the stripe down the outside of the leg. Larry Storch wore pants kinda like that in "F Troop," if memory serves.

What's next, Charlie? Epaulets? A pith helmet?

Every time I see Fluff Cowan, Tiger Woods' old bag carrier, he looks more like Wilford Brimley.

Fluff: "Did that guy just call me an old bag?"

Absolutely not, Mr. Cowan. It was just an unfortunate juxtaposition of words.

Steve Elkington's back-to-back eagles Friday, at the par5 13th and the par4 14th, aren't something you see every day. In fact, the feat has been accomplished only 11 times on the PGA Tour since '97. None of the other players who did it two of whom, Brent Geiberger and Joe Ogilvie, also are competing in the Kemper went on to win the tournament, interestingly enough. David Toms came closest, tying for third at Doral in '99 after ringing up two straight eagles (on No.1 and No.2, no less).
Ogilvie, believe it or not, missed the cut after recording consecutive eagles last year at New Orleans. So while it's an interesting sidelight, it doesn't mean a whole lot.

Avenel gives up its share of eagles, no doubt about that. In the '98 Kemper, little-known pro Brian Kamm had three in the second round. The first two came at par5 holes, the sixth and 13th, the third at the par3 17th, which he aced with a 5-iron. How often does that happen, you ask? Well, it was nearly three years before another Tour player pulled it off.
(Kamm, incidentally, ended up tied for 66th in the tournament. He had his troubles on the weekend, finishing 78-77.)

To encourage good manners at the upcoming U.S. Open, Golf Digest is distributing 25,000 buttons that say, "Be Nice To Monty."

Has there ever been a bigger Game7 blowout in any sport than the Red Wings' 7-0 abusing of the Avs on Friday night? Possibly not, especially when you consider that this was, for all intents and purposes, the Stanley Cup Finals.
There has certainly been nothing in the NBA Finals to compare with it. (Largest Game7 rout: 19 points, 122-103, by the Celtics over the St. Louis Hawks in 1960. Bill Russell led the way with 22 points and 35 boards.)
But there have been a few one-sided Game7s in the World Series. For instance:
1909 Pirates 8, Tigers 0 Babe Adams spun a six-hit shutout for his third win of the Series and completely shut down Ty Cobb, who went 0-for-4 with two bouncers back to the mound.
1934 Cardinals 11, Tigers 0 Detroit fans were so miserable that they pelted St. Louis left fielder Ducky Medwick with garbage as he tried to take his position in the sixth inning. (Earlier in the inning, Medwick had slid hard into Tigers third baseman Marv Owen on a triple, provoking a brief scuffle.) Since the Cards were comfortably ahead, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis decided to have Ducky removed from the game rather than chance a riot.
1956 Yankees 9, Dodgers 0 Two days after Don Larsen's perfect game, Johnny Kucks held the Bums to three measly singles. Yogi Berra belted two homers off Cy Young winner Don Newcombe, and Moose Skowron iced it with a grand slam in the seventh off reliever Roger Craig.
1985 Royals 11, Cardinals 0 St. Louis manager Whitey Herzog and pitcher Joaquin Andujar both got ejected in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Don Denkinger. They were still peeved at Denkinger for missing a call at first base the night before that probably cost the Cards the Series.

>News item: NFL says FAA should continue to bar small planes from flying near stadiums (as a post-September 11 precaution).
Comment: Except, of course, for Air McNair.

This story about the Chargers possibly returning to Los Angeles where they started out in 1960 has me concerned. Does this mean the Lions might eventually return to Portsmouth, Ohio?

Call me crazy, but I wouldn't be surprised if Marco Coleman helped the Eagles' defense as much as Jeremiah Trotter helps the Redskins'. (Assuming, that is, that Philly signs him after he's released here.) Playing alongside Hugh Douglas and Corey Simon, Marco could easily double last year's sack total of 4, especially since he's healthy now. He'll also be great for team chemistry.

If the Redskins reacquire Matt Campbell, who was just cut by the expansion Houston Texans, what would that say about the interior of their offensive line?

Not to make you feel worse, Caps fans, but your team had more regular-season victories (36) than Stanley Cup Finals-bound Carolina (35).

The Hurricanes' playoff run is eerily similar to the Caps' in '98. The Caps won five overtime games that year including three in the conference finals (Games 2, 3 and 6, the series clincher). The 'Canes have won six games in OT so far including three in the conference finals (Games 2, 3 and 6, the series clincher). Amazing, eh?

Pete Sampras, the greatest men's tennis player of his time, now has been beaten in the French Open by Thierry Champion ('91, second round), Gilbert Schaller ('95, first round), Ramon Delgado ('98, second round), Galo Blanco ('01, second round) and, last week, Andrea Gaudenzi (first round).

Pete, in other words, ain't exactly the Rodin of the clay-court game.

Eleven things you probably didn't know about the 11th pick in the NBA draft (which the Wizards currently possess):
1. There are 14 No.11 picks still in the league.
2. Kevin Willis, class of '84, has been around the longest.
3. Other oldies but goodies include Reggie Miller ('87), Tyrone Hill ('90), Terrell Brandon ('91), Robert Horry ('92) and Allan Houston ('93).
4. None of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, selected in 1996, was the 11th pick in the draft.
5. But Keith Lee ('85) was.
6. The No.11 pick in '97, Olivier Saint-Jean, is now known as Tariq Abdul-Wahad.
7. The Bullets/Wizards have had the 11th pick three times in the past.
8. They've used it to draft Frank Johnson ('81), Jerry Sloan ('65) and Gus Johnson ('63).
9. Another No.11 pick who wore their uniform was Cliff Robinson (New Jersey, '79).
10. The 11th pick has produced just one Rookie of the Year: Jamaal Wilkes of Golden State in '74.
11. George Washington's Walt Devlin was the No. 11 pick in '55 (by the Philadelphia Warriors).

One thing I didn't know until I researched the previous item was that the Bullets drafted Sloan not once but twice. In '64, they took him with the 21st pick, but he opted to return to Evansville as a fifth-year senior. So they took him again in '65. He spent one season with Baltimore before going to the Bulls in the expansion draft.

I'm all for the NBA experimenting with instant replay next season. I'd just like to see it outlaw the crackback block on Shaquille O'Neal, too.

It seems a bit extreme to disqualify a high school relay team because one of its members is wearing a multicolored sports bra, as happened recently in Wisconsin. (According to the rules, sports bras must be a solid color.)

Unless the member is a guy, I mean.

Good thing FloJo didn't grow up in Wisconsin. They would have given her life without parole.

And finally
The thing that disturbs me most about Ken Caminiti's steroid revelations in Sports Illustrated is that the Orioles' .248 team batting average last season might actually have been inflated.

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