Exactly one month later -- in blog years, that's akin to a millenium, and in Mundial years, let's just say the odometer on that car has rusted out -- like it or not, It is back.
So what'd I miss? Momentous stuff -- Floyd Landis, caught; Maurice Clarett, bucking for a CFL tryout; Wade Belak, re-signed.
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For now, I'll throw out a few links have caught my eye just to ease back into things and maybe get these cold embers up to room temperature. I didn't do much surfing during the time off, but a couple hats go off to faves Vancouver Canucks OpEd and Sports Guy North for their 24-hour blogathon efforts. 24 hours of continuous blogging. No wonder us daily newspaper types are getting killed (and on the subject of SGN, I've been tagged with one of those meme type things. I'm not quite sure what it's all about, but will advise and yes Kent, perform my blogger-bro duty).
Now to some of those links:
I know these are the dog days, and some of you are afflicted by golf addiction. Here's The Morning News' Ralph Gamelli with some tips, because, you know, it's such a mental game:
Hitting Out of the Woods
1. You’ve never liked the woods, have you?
2. You don’t even have a good excuse. You were never lost in them or abducted by crazed mountain men. You never suffered any kind of trauma in them whatsoever. You’re just a sniveling coward, afraid of what animals could be lurking in there.
5. Maybe even bears.
6. You’re 50 feet away and already you can sense a pair of inhuman eyes in there, staring at you. Hungrily. Don’t go in. You’ll never come back out.
7. Take a penalty stroke and drop another ball at the nearest relief point.
8. Swing, you pansy.
And still on golf, Dave Feschuk, this summer's hardest-working (and best) columnist, filed today on young Hamilton swinger Salimah Mussani, playing in this week's CN Canadian Women's Open in London despite suffering from lupus:
"It's scary," she said yesterday. "Before it happens, you can't hear anything. Everything goes mute. And then I'd slowly lose the sensation in my fingers. And then, suddenly, I was just out. It's happened a few times. And I know it's coming and I'll drink more water and sit down. ... But sometimes it's so intense, your body just shuts down."
Such is Mussani's ongoing battle with lupus, a decimator of the immune system for which there is no cure. Because lupus is triggered by sunlight and stress — a couple of golf's unavoidable occupational hazards — two doctors told her she would have to quit golf. But Mussani found a third doctor, at McMaster University's lupus clinic, who in turn found a drug that has, for the past couple of years, helped a rare athlete resume a promising career.
What level of personal protocol would you sacrifice to be the world's fastest human?
Thanks to the predicaments of cyclist Floyd Landis and sprinter Justin Gatlin, a culture of alleged cheating may have reached critical mess.
But breaking the rules is not unprecedented.
And one more, from a while back, sent along by e-mailer Robert Simpson and posted here in case you missed it -- O Canada coming in at No. 2 on SI's list of greatest sports songs. Never mind that No. 1 is the dreadful "We are the Champions". We're No. 2!:
TORONTO STAR PHOTO Proud to be Canadian.
Yeah, it's a national anthem, but most national anthems sound like dirges and this one is lump-in-the-throat gorgeous. It summons images of gleaming ice and players on skates, heads bowed under Stanley Cup banners -- even when it's played in baseball stadiums.
I've never been all that keen on anthems, but there are exceptions and O Canada, at times rousing, at times butchered, always seems to provide them. This spring's Rexall Place singalong. Roger Doucet on New Year's Eve 1975 in Montreal. Mary O'Dowd at Yankee Stadium (reg. required). (Unfortunately, I can't find links to clips for those last two. If anyone can help, please do).
Best anthem memories, or some jock rock that moves you (with so much of that SI list -- and pro arenas -- stuck on stale numbers like Glory Days and Centre Field, of late I do like the Decemberists' "Sporting Life")? More golf tips? A cheater or two? Send 'em along. Like it or not, JABS is back.