This and That

Each week I'll give my thoughts on the world of sports:

• After Tiger Woods led the PGA Championship through 54 holes, you figured it was over, baby! Then Y. E. Yang pulled off the shock of shocks to deprive Tiger of a major in 2009. My friends, you have to give Yang credit, especially after making an eagle on the 14th hole that led to a result that stunned the sports world. Here was a golfer ranked 110th in the world, who had never won a major before, beating the best of the best. It was an amazing story.

• Speaking of amazing, Usain Bolt keeps on shattering records during pressure-packed challenges. He was incredible in winning the 100-meter final at the World Track and Field Championships. Tyson Gay ran the fastest time in American history in that race, and Bolt beat him pretty easily. You really have to salute Bolt as the fastest man in the world once again.

• How about a salute to Derek Jeter of the Yankees. He now has more hits than any other shortstop in major league history. Jeter has been a role model and an example of the right way to play the game. He shows great pride in that Yankee uniform. Jeter passed Luis Aparacio for the hit record among shortstops.

• The St. Louis Cardinals have pulled away in the NL Central, building up a five-game lead. Is there any doubt that Albert Pujols is the NL MVP? Tony LaRussa has done an outstanding job this season.

• Another team making a lot of noise in the Texas Rangers. Following a strong showing against Boston, Ron Washington's team is sitting at 66-50. That's pretty good for a team that finished 79-83 a season ago. Ian Kinsler got hit by a pitch late in Saturday's game, but he made the Red Sox pay with a home run on Sunday.

• You have to feel for Quentin Richardson's realtor. Richardson spent the last four seasons with the Knicks and now has been traded four times in less than two months: to Memphis on draft night, then to the Los Angeles Clippers, then to Minnesota and now to Miami. Hopefully he will stay with the Heat for a little while!

• I have mentioned that Cliff Lee has been very impressive for the Phillies. It was a great pickup close to the trade deadline. Lee won all three of his starts so far for the Phillies, allowing only one run in each game. The latest was a 6–1 victory at Wrigley Field. Lee is the first Phillies pitcher in the live-ball era to win his first three starts for the team, allowing no more than one run in each contest.

• NFL fans have to be upset that preseason games cost the same amount as regular season contests. Let's face reality; these are nothing more than exhibitions where starters often play one or two series. I saw empty seats on highlights and it is a shame that fans are forced to spend the cash as part of their season ticket plans. Hopefully the NFL will extend the regular season and make meaningful games part of the ticket plan.