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$0.02: Horry’s success no accident

Devon O'NeilSummit Daily News
Devon O'Neil

There comes a time in every sports pundit’s life when you forget about statistics and measure a player’s value differently. In Robert Horry’s case, that time has always been now.I don’t care how many points he averages or how many double-doubles he has to his name, or doesn’t have to his name. If timing is everything, then Horry is the cat’s meow. Not only did he lead San Antonio past Detroit right when it looked like the defending champs were on their way to a twopeat, but he did it almost by himself. I hope the next person that says Horry’s winning ways (he played for his sixth championship on Tuesday night) are the cause of luck gets struck by lightning and falls into a mud puddle. Like Horry’s titles, it would be no accident …

Going into Tuesday’s games, the Rockies were 5-28 on the road, worst in the majors. Not surprisingly, Colorado also sported the worst overall record in the bigs at 22-46. Forget the “one player away” talk of other clubs, the Rockies are about a franchise away from contention …Yes, I know, Tiger Woods failing to meet the challenge was entertaining, as was New Zealander Michael Campbell’s unexpected run to the championship. But let’s be serious here. The story of the U.S. Open was Retief Goosen, who took a three-shot lead into the final round and shot – gulp – an 81. Underdogs are fun, but I love a good choke job just as much as the next guy …While we’re here: Dear Sergio, your wardrobe was appalling. Next time you plan on wearing a yellow shirt with yellow shoes, or a red shirt with red shoes, please reconsider. You lost the waggle, now it’s time to lose the blatant disregard for others’ eyes …

Stat of the week: Going into Tuesday’s games Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira led the majors with 20 home runs. He is a switch-hitter, but he has hit all 20 homers from the left side of the plate …Whichever of you in the baseball commissioner’s office was responsible for interleague play, I like your style. Geographically intriguing matchups, potential World Series previews and historical ties. Those things are good for the game …Poor Formula One. The premier racing series is the biggest thing going in most of the world, but it can’t buy a break in lovely little America. In case you missed it, this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was marred when 14 drivers who use Michelin tires pulled out of the race right before it started, citing safety concerns.

Michael Schumacher, reputed to be the world’s richest and most famous athlete, won the race, then got booed by the ticked-off fans. You have to wonder if this will spell the end of Formula One’s already unspectacular run in this nation …In parting, we bid adieu to one of my all-time favorites in the pursuit of the perfect sports name. Miss Smashnova (I don’t know her first name, and frankly, don’t care to) lost in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday. If there is a better tennis name out there, I’d like to see it.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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