Daly's popularity baffles

MIKE BELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

Is John Daly a colourful character who's good for golf or merely a boorish has-been?

Depending on whose account of the Telus Skins Game you want to believe, he was one or the other or both.

You'd think someone getting an all-expenses- paid vacation -- and, presumably, a healthy appearance fee -- in order to whack a ball for two days would be a little more relaxed and charitable to the fans paying $100-a-pop to watch his sorry, club-swinging corpulence and duck -- not always successfully -- his wayward shots.

Instead, according to most and especially during the first day, the only thing he seemed interested in was his soda pop and smokes, hurrying through the nine as if there was a time-lock on his Banff Springs' minibar.

Granted, if my ol' lady just got out of the big house, I might be a little distracted, too, but then again, maybe I would have stopped gambling on matrimony after ball-and-chain No. 2.

Perhaps most galling is the fact Daly won the tournament,which somehow erased or even excused his behaviour.

"Oh, that's just John being John."

Or, it's a lout being an oaf.

See which way its edited when TSN runs highlights of the Telus Skins Game today and tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

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Did the Stamps settle anything last Saturday?

Well, besides a couple of positives -- the scoring of points, the thundering sack by Rahim Abdullah (The Butcher), full-frontal nudity -- there really wasn't much for an optimist to hang his hat on (here, again, the nudity thing is seen as a positive).

They didn't win the game, they just didn't lose it.

When they take on the undefeated Alouettes tonight at McMahon, both sides of the ball are going to have to be a whole lot better and a great deal more dominant.

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What's the definition of too much of a good thing?

Internet porn? No. Free beer? Not even kind of. Try double-digits in turnovers. During Thursday's B.C and Winnipeg game, it was given away easier and more often than a double-date with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan (badum-bum) and was just as entertaining to watch.

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How quickly will the cancer that is T.O. consume the Dallas Cowboys dressing room?

Odds are he has less of a chance making it through the season without a team-imposed suspension than Maurice Clarett does of quieting the voices in his head.

In fact, the seeds have already been sewn, with Owens skipping team practice -- and reportedly tonight's pre-season opener against Seattle -- with an undetectable hamstring twinge for which he's turned to his own therapists for treatment.

That should have the long-term affect of alienating the rest of the organization, especially if the 'Boys stumble out of the gate, as well as the club's medical staff.

As for Bill Parcells -- the old-school coach may be reserving judgment right now but the image of Owens' hamming it up with his Tour de France shtick on the sidelines has got to be slowly inflating his prostate.

Apparently it wasn't enough for T.O to disrespect Texas Stadium by dancing on the star at centrefield, now he wants to set in on fire and salt the smouldering wasteland.

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Speaking of Maurice Clarett -- the best part of a pretty fantastic story?

Not the handguns, not the tasering, not the bottle of vodka, not even the lint-brush in the front seat of the car (sure, anyone can be tough to subdue but not everyone can look good doing it).

It was reports he had in his vehicle "a compact disc of children's songs recorded by prison inmates."

The CD's title wasn't revealed but we're assuming it includes the words "Mother Goose" and "ho."

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Heckle of the week: "Ring around the rosie/A frontseat full of ammo/ Stun gun, pepper spray/ Maurice falls down. Eventually."


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