I’ve always thought the 400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles is the toughest event in track. I’m guessing it’s probably even tougher when it’s 107 degrees, as it was yesterday in Eugene, Oregon. That’s why the performance by Sydney McLaughlin at the U.S. Olympic trials is so remarkable. World record. 51.9. First woman to ever dip under 52 seconds. That’s a “wow!”
Oh, but by the way. These upcoming Olympic Games in Japan are still a very bad idea.
The Bucks’ Khris Middleton outscored the Hawks 20-17 in the fourth quarter of last night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals. By himself. That’s Middleton 20, Atlanta 17. Bucks up 2-1. The Hawks had better win at home tomorrow night or this one is all but over.
So why do I think the Clippers, down 3-1 to the Suns, still have a chance? Probably because I’m being irrationally inconsistent.
MLB is going to have a hard time sorting out The Sticky Glove Caper. Mariners’ reliever Hector Santiago got busted and ejected yesterday. Santiago says he only used the rosin bag. Umps say you can’t use it on your glove hand. Full review to follow. A possible suspension hangs in the balance. Sticky, indeed.
BB and I watched the NFL Films “A Football Life” yesterday. Troy Aikman. Fascinating. If you recall, the Cowboys made Aikman the number one overall draft pick in 1989. But they then selected Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft. Walsh had quarterbacked the Miami Hurricanes to a college national championship. His coach at Miami was Jimmy Johnson. Johnson was now the coach of the Cowboys. Aikman was understandably concerned. Ultimately, he needn’t have been. I was at the Cowboys’ first 1989 training camp practice in Thousand Oaks. Understand, Walsh was a very good quarterback. But five minutes into the practice it was evident that the talent gap between Aikman and Walsh was undeniable. One more thing about the Aikman “A Football Life” episode. I never before knew the full extent to which Aikman finally lost all respect for Barry Switzer, for whom Troy had played collegiately at OU.
Finally, a very happy 85th birthday to Chuck Howley. There are those who will contend that Howley was the best overall athlete to ever wear the star. They may very well be right. Yes, I have heard of Deion Sanders and Bob Hayes.