A couple of phenomena this week already: F9/11, Sharapova; neither will be bigger than the summer's hugest movie.
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Two Words For You:
The most beautiful sound I ever heard ... All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single
word: Maria. -- "West Side Story"
Maria Sharapova isn't even 18, so the panting
over her is more than a little ... skeevy.
I just met a girl named Maria. And suddenly that
name will never be the same to me: Maria.
The lecher community (also known as "the media")
probably already has the date circled, but her
birthday is April 19. Not that I'm Googling her ...
uncomfortable silence ... Uh, can we move
Say it loud and there's music playing ... Say it
soft and it's almost like praying: Maria.
It's a "Sharapova Side Story" at Wimbledon. Side
story? Forget that: She's the story. Sharapova
has eclipsed Serena as the star of TV and the tabloids.
Her Wimbledon run gets even more intriguing Thursday
with a semifinal matchup with Lindsay Davenport, who has never been adapted to music:
I'll never stop saying "Maria." The most beautiful
sound I ever heard: Maria!
Serena vs. Jenny
An old sports saw is that one of the
hardest things to do is beat a team three times in
one season. After getting two thumpings from Jenny
earlier this year, Serena came back with the nasty
stuff today, crushing Capriati 6-1, 6-1 (ouch!)
to advance to the semis.
You know it's all a set-up for the titanic
Serena-Maria finale, as long as Davenport understands
to get out of the way. (OK, I'm done with the
Maria stuff today. I swear.)
Yanks Blast Sox
Boston's 6-1 record vs New York in
April sure feels like a long time ago. More relevant?
0-1 since then, after last night's 11-3 shellacking in
Underachievers' Triple Crown:
(1) Mediocre pitching
Same-old, same-old from Lowe (5.47 ERA)
(2) Mediocre defense
Three errors, leading to 4 unearned runs
(2) Mediocre hitting
10Ks, 1BB: OBP-focused? Hardly
Six-and-a-half games back:
And counting ... the Red Sox are two more losses away
from panic. No? It's here already?
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NBA Free Agency
Biggest question: Which team will be on
the phone with Kobe at midnight tonight, the earliest that teams can directly start wooing
I picture it like trying to win a radio contest, with
competing GMs constantly hitting "re-dial" after
getting a busy signal.
The two D.C.-area locations are
reportedly the leading contenders, but whoever it ends
up being will be off to a stumbling start: MLB is
making a huge mistake by delaying the announcement
until after the All-Star break.
With all sports fan attention on baseball for three
days, the ASB is the perfect platform to introduce the
new city. Sounds like MLB simply doesn't have its act
together. After years of working on this deal,
they can't time the ending right?
T-Mac Trade: Finally!
It's official: But in the week since
the rumor first started, the Magic-Rockets swap has
been dissected enough already. For those coming late
to the party, a classic Quickie primer:
Yao/T-Mac best combo in NBA?
Not if T-Mac shoots too much.
Key to Francis' OK to Orlando?
If he gets to shoot a lot.
I was debating yesterday with my editor about the eight baseball playoff teams which
would create the most fan interest. Coincidentally (or
not), five play today on ESPN:
Astros at Cubs (2:15, ESPN2)
Clemens goes for win No. 11
Red Sox at Yankees (7, ESPN)
Could Boston fall 7 1/2 back?
Giants at Dodgers (10, ESPN2)
Anything Bonds makes great TV
The other three teams?
W-Sox, A's, Phillies
Can you believe the year is
half-freakin'-over already? A little
cool-hunting for the summer season:
Hot: Kobe Clippers No. 8
Not: Retro anything
Dude, she's only 18
Hot: Maria Sharapova
Not: Mary-Kate Olsen
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