$0.02: Armstrong’s yellow only temporary
The buzz behind Lance Armstrong donning the yellow jersey after just four Tour de France stages is great, but count me among those who think he’ll have to give it up if he wants to wear it in Paris.Only the Discovery Channel team’s prodigious talents and genius team director, Johan Bruyneel, know the strategy to come, but I can’t see Armstrong in all his wisdom and experience pushing to hold onto the dandelion hue at this point. Saving energy for the mountains and later stages is too critical. That’s why I think one of his many hopeless followers (yes, I still think Armstrong will win his seventh straight cycling Super Bowl) will get the chance to make a name for himself as the final rider to snatch – temporarily, of course – the lead away from Armstrong before he rides into the sunset a touchdown title-wielding miracle of science …
Sticking with the Tour here: I’m sure it’s true love and all, but could Sheryl Crow have picked a better marketing strategy than dating Lance Armstrong? It’s doing wonders for her popularity, as well as her visibility – both huge for a musician’s career …Rejoice, Colorado. Your All-Star, Brian Fuentes, has lost three of his four decisions entering Tuesday’s games (but has given up only six home runs, perhaps his most attractive stat considering he pitches in Denver).Baseball’s age-old rule that every team must be represented at an all-star game is, I suppose, good for the game as a whole because it promotes inclusion and prevents an all-Yankees or all-Cardinals roster, for example. However, the Rockies’ sidewinding southpaw closer deserves to be selected over St. Louis starter Matt Morris as much as Roseanne Barr deserves a Grammy. Morris is 10-1 right now, but didn’t even make the list of five players eligible to be chosen by internet voters. All were pitchers, too.
In the American League, Minnesota reliever Jesse Crain (8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in 38 games) didn’t make the squad (or the internet vote) while Tampa Bay’s Danys Baez (4-2, 2.75) did. The snubs outweigh the inclusion benefits, as well as the risk of a roster limited to only a few teams. The rule that every team must be represented should be abolished …Although the International Olympic Committee’s vote on the 2012 Summer Olympics site will probably be decided by the time you read this, here’s to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton keeping her silly political agendas to herself the next time New York is up for consideration.
Politics and sports has been an awfully common mingling theme of late, and in the case of steroids and real-world problems I think it’s not all bad. But when politicians start campaigning for their home states – regardless of which site makes the most sense for everybody – the line has been crossed …In parting, it’s time to label, for better or worse. Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers: angry baby. Improbable Wimbledon champ Venus Williams: doubt eraser, and legacy stretcher. Threepeating Wimbledon champ Roger Federer: grass-court thoroughbred in a field of above-average zebras. Birdie Kim: genius.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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