- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 19, 2008

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION >>Greg Norman is second after two days at Royal Birkdale. This could make for some scintillating tragedy at the British Open. 7 a.m., TNT; 9 a.m., Chs. 7, 2

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM ” AN EXCERPT FROM SPORTSBIZ, OUR SPORTS BUSINESS BLOG

One would think Brett Favre wouldn’t be winning any popularity contests with his “I’m retiring/I want to play” flip-flopping. But his jersey was the No. 1 seller from April 1 to June 30. (He was No. 3 behind Tony Romo and Tom Brady last year.)

Of course, his ranking does not take into account the month of July, which is when he revealed that he might be considering a comeback. It will be interesting to see how his jersey sells if he does return, especially if he ends up playing for another team.

- Tim Lemke

TWT FIVE >>GREG NORMAN CHOKE JOBS

1. 1996 Masters - Norman entered Sunday with a six-stroke lead, only to shoot a final-round 78 and lose to Nick Faldo in “Agony at Augusta.”

2. 1995 U.S. Open - All the Shark had to do was manage an even-par 70 on the final 18 at Shinnecock Hills - easier said than done. Norman capsized with a 73 and finished second to Corey Pavin.

3. 1986 PGA Championship - Bob Tway’s incredible bunker shot on 18 would have meant nothing if not for Norman’s incredible 76 on the last day at Inverness.

4. 1987 Masters - Thank goodness for Greg Norman. Without his seizure in the sudden-death playoff, Larry Mize probably would still be caddying at Augusta today.

5. 1993 PGA Championship - Norman’s loss to Paul Azinger on the second hole of sudden death made him only the second player in golf history to lose all four major championships in playoffs.

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