Welcome to Tuesday, the longest day of the work week. Since it is supposed to be 95 degrees here in New York's capital region today, there's only one thing to do -- drink two beers in two seconds with the bierstick. Speaking of beer, it's something Cedric Benson should have avoided, as he adds his name to the esteemed lineage of Chicago Bears running backs who were complete busts by getting cut yesterday. Rashaan Salaam and Curtis Enis think he got a raw deal. At least the Chicago Tribune saw fit to put together a photo retrospective of his three year career, so he's got that going for him, which is nice.
The NBA Playoffs resume tonight and it goes without saying that the Lakers need this one tonight to make it a series. Did you know Paul Pierce is from LA? Really he is - Inglewood actually - I hadn't seen or heard that yet.....enough already, we get it. Everyone has a hometown.
Terrell Owens apparently has trouble answering his phone, maybe that explains why he said he never got those phone calls from Donovan McNabb a few years ago.
Big Brown's trainer Rick Dutrow feels like a loser. He feels so bad he's throwing his jockey under the bus - saying he didn't know what the hell he was doing. Stay classy Rick. As long he doesn't throw Mrs. Desormeaux under the bus, we'll all be fine. Here's my explanation for Big Brown's poor showing - he's a horse and the last time I checked, animals can be unpredictable.
In Syracuse related news, there's no surprise or argument here, but Greg Robinson gets an F for his efforts to date in this hard to read ranking of college football head coaches. This Big East Preview on the Bleacher Report says that the Big East is the "Big Least No More" - except for Syracuse. At least this Jim Brown football card reminds us of better days.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th home run and only 16,000 people were in the stands to witness it. South Florida sports fans are a joke - but hey, at least they had more people in the stands than the game against the Washington Nationals last year (note - this is a real photo of a real game).
And it looks like the Bulls have hired Vinny Del Negro to be their next head coach - people who sport butt cuts and 3 days of scruff on their faces are rejoicing across the land.