It's nothing more than a funny quirk of history, really: Sabean never seemed to get too hot and bothered when the media were covering Bonds' home-run chase or the Giants' pennant run in 2002 or anything else that might reflect positively on the Giants.

But, really, it bears repeating: Sabean took on, the PR arm of big-league baseball, for its hard-hitting reporting.

And besides: Who needs Barry Bonds when we've got Derrek Lee?

Programming note: I have to admit the whole "Stump the Schwab" thing interests me far more than logic would indicate.

By the way: I'll start rooting for The Schwab the day he wears a Doug Frobel jersey on the air.

Underwhelming headline of the week: "Mike Brown to coach Cavs."

You gotta love the guys who talk big and then back it up with the mealy-mouthed "It's-just-a-small-number-of-people-who-spoil-it-for-everyone" smack: Stan Van Gundy, issuing a blanket criticism of Pistons fans before weaseling out of it.

A matchup we're all awaiting: Oil Can Boyd on the mound, Rickey Henderson at the plate.

I'm not saying anything, I'm just saying: Barry Bonds, stubborn staph infection; Sammy Sosa, stubborn staph infection.

Now they can get back to the business of being the best team in baseball: The White Sox got a good 6 1/2 innings out of Frank Thomas on Monday before he got hurt again.

Why do these nutcase religious kooks always gravitate toward sports when they want to prove just how far out of the mainstream they reside?: New Jersey state assemblyman Craig Stanley, a Baptist deacon, wants the New Jersey Devils to change their name because he is unhappy with the satanic angle of the whole thing.

One thing Mr. Stanley has on his side: Every other problem in this country has been solved, so it's OK that he's spending his time worrying about the nickname of a hibernating hockey team.

I keep reading this, over and over, but I'd like to hear a woman say she actually believes it: Story after story in the papers Monday said Danica Patrick struck a huge blow for women by finishing fourth in a race people used to care about.

And now for a quick preview of the NBA Finals: 1) Foul, complain, free throws; 2) Foul, complain, technical foul, free throws; 3) Foul, shove, double technical, complain, technical, ejection, free throws.

And out there somewhere, you know what's happening: Danny Fortson sits in front of the television, saying, "Damn, that coulda been me."

Leave it to Nike to tell us they can make barefoot better than barefoot: After studying the running styles of barefoot runners in Africa and on California beaches, Nike has developed a line of shoes that mimics the healthier weight distribution of barefoot runners.

The John Daly sculpture would seem to be a more true-to-life pursuit: According to the Los Angeles Times, a 75-year-old lady named Norma "Duffy" Lyons, known for her butter sculptures, will fashion a butter likeness of Tiger Woods for the Iowa State Fair.



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