August 12, 2009
More spit talk than you can hock a loogie at
By GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA
Just wondering: With the Blue Jays clearly in cost-cutting mode, can we start calling the team owner Rogers Sportsnot?
A golf spat
A caller, clearly a Tiger Woods fan, was spitting mad that her favourite golfer might be fined -- or worse, suspended -- for speaking his mind.
She was referring to Woods' reaction after he and Padraig Harrington were put on the clock on the 16th hole of the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.
Woods said it was unfortunate that referee John Paramor "got in the way of a great battle."
That's fair comment, the caller said. "It's a free country ... he didn't say anything wrong.
"If they want to go after somebody they should fine players who are always spitting on the golf course."
In which case, we have good news and bad news.
Good: Woods said that while he was contacted by PGA Tour officials he was not fined.
Bad: Tiger, himself, has been known to spit a fair bit.
Indeed, golfers are notorious spitters. Heck, the pro tours have had guys named Steve Spray and Rod Spittle.
a) If you're having a tough day at the office, are you at liberty to spit into the potted azaleas?
b) Who has the greatest expectorations -- a golfer, a baseball player or a hockey player?
c) Why is it basketball players can control their splutter?
d) Why is it tennis players can grunt without gobbing?
Discuss amongst y'all.
Worst sports spew
Two years ago, Sergio Garcia spit into a cup on a green at Doral.
How'd you like to be the next guy to hole your putt?
Dugouts often become giant spittoons as baseball players hork sunflower seed shells and tobacco juice on to the ground.
On the bright side, baseball has banned the spitball.
General manager J.P. Ricciardi says dumping Alex Rios' salary gives the Blue Jays "more financial flexibility."
Next time J.P., dips into the payroll purse, he ought to take off the dummy mittens first.
Motorcycle racer Casey Stoner is only 22 but he's tired, real tired.
Stoner will miss the next three MotoGP races because he needs time to rest, his doctor, Claudio Macchiagodena says.
"I've been around Casey for a week. He's only 22 but he has already accumulated the fatigue of a 50-year-old person," the doctor said, according to autosport.com.
Hey, with a name like Stoner, you don't think ... nah.