“I see you drivin’ ‘round town with the girl I love, and I’m like….”
-Cee Lo Green
For Tiger Woods, watching Steve Williams grin from ear to ear after carrying Adam Scott’s golf bag to victory at Sunday’s Bridgestone Invitational has to compare to watching an ex-girlfriend giggle merrily while she holds hands with some strapping, young millionaire at a sidewalk café.
We all know how Cee Lo feels about matters of love and loss.
But Williams’ (and likely Elin Nordegren’s) last laugh weren’t the only stiff, middle fingers handed out in sports this year. Here’s a few more…
Boston Red Sox signed all-time Rays hit leader to a seven year contract, simply because they could, robbing a well-needed bat from Tampa Bay’s offense and reminding them they’re bouncing checks at K-Mart while the Sox are paying cold hard cash at Neiman-Marcus and saying keep the change.
Team Japan boldly showed US Women’s soccer they were not the team of destiny we once thought, winning the World Cup Final after trailing 1-0, and then 2-1 in the final minutes.
NFL and NBA players locked out and threatened their fans with the absence of a season. The NFL returned in time. The NBA might not.
Justin Verlander has said eff you to basically every team he’s faced this season. He’s currently 16-5, leads the majors in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts and looks like a virtual lock for the American League Cy Young Award.
Mark Cuban’s merry band of Mavericks told the Heatles thanks for playing, but they’ll be the ones hoisting the O’Brien Trophy in South Beach, making fans not only in Dallas, but throughout Cleveland, rejoice with glee.
The Stanford women’s basketball team ended UConn’s streak of 90 consecutive wins, causing many to question the legitimacy of their streak and leading Geno Auriemma to become, for a brief second, not so smug.
Only a month or so before the college football season, the North Carolina Tar Heels decided it was best to part ways with head coach Butch Davis. The only question remaining is who screwed who worse. UNC for leaving Davis jobless or Davis for leaving the Tar Heel program in shambles.
Jamie McCourt divorced Frank McCourt telling the nation he was even less competent as a husband than he was as owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Novak Djokovic reminded us there are more than just two professional tennis players in the men’s bracket by rattling off a 43-match winning streak and winning both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
Speaking of driving around town, no one stuck it to Ohio LeBron-style like Terrelle Pryor. The former Buckeye Heisman hopeful traded school paraphernalia for tattoos, drove around Columbus in a brand new Nissan he couldn’t afford and left his school in a state of disarray. He also ensured his once-and-former, sweater-vested coach was unemployed in the process.
Mark McGwire’s total and percentage of votes for Hall of Fame induction dropped substantially this year, showing that those voting are still not ready to forgive and forget.
The Tennessee Volunteers fired their men’s head basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, after repeated recruiting violations. The school replaced him with Cuonzo Martin, who hopefully won’t show up topless and orange-chested to a Lady Vols game.
And how could I forget that a certain, current Packers quarterback equaled a certain, former Packers quarterback in Super Bowl victories. He might even own a nicer lawnmower. Now wouldn’t that be something?