Sunday, July 20, 2003

Thumbs up; thumbs down



By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. Ken Griffey Jr. How could things have gone so terribly wrong with such a great player and such a great storyline? Injuries happen, but . . . yeesh. And don't say you were against the trade when it happened - 2,577,351 people bought tickets his first season here in 2000, the second-highest home total in Reds history, behind 1976.

2. Seabiscuit. The new movie based on the best-selling book has the Bluegrass all worked up. One thing - who is playing Seabiscuit in the movie?
Seabiscuit races back
Seabiscuit raced at River Downs

3. Lance Armstrong. Boy, this guy has had to work to hang on to that yellow shirt - crashes, a detour through a field, running out of water before a climb, and protesters supporting a "radical farmer."

4. Budweiser. The beer giant has made a foray into Formula One with a major sponsorship. What's next, the Bordeaux No. 6 Chevrolet?

5. The British Open. That moonscape course is a riot. And any major in which Tiger loses his ball on his first shot is awesome. Do they even have groundskeepers?

6. Tex Schramm. One of the men who helped turn the Dallas Cowboys into America's team. Bigger still, he introduced the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

Thumbs down

1. Disgruntled fans: Those who booed the injured Griffey as he left the field. Oh, you probably just thought he was faking.

2. The Pete Rose Trial. It was a pretty neat made-for-TV event. Two great lawyers battle, and the jury decides that Pete A) Bet on baseball 11-1; and B) Should be in the Hall of Fame 8-4. Where's the new ground here?

3. Rush Limbaugh. He'll be on ESPN's NFL pregame show. Yes, as one radiohead said, he'll represent the common NFL fan - the one who makes $25 million or so.

4. Kentucky Wesleyan. Northern Kentucky University's arch-rival in men's basketball always seems to stumble into some great transfers. But, the NCAA just said Gotcha! Wesleyan has agreed to forfeit all men's basketball victories from last season after the NCAA found the school violated two secondary infractions, regarding transfers.

5. Rules of Golf. Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik were disqualified from the British Open Saturday. They failed to exchange scorecards on the first hole, then eventually signed for the wrong scores.

6. Kobe. Does it ever end with pro athletes?




REDS SUNDAY GAME
Astros 6, Reds 3

REDS SATURDAY GAME
Astros 9, Reds 8
Wagner wows 'em in major league debut
Reds Notebook: Haynes hammered 1-2-3

MORE REDS
VOTE: What should the Reds do about Griffey?
Reds Chatter: Junior, we hardly know ya
Reds E-mail: Griffey deserves support
Minor League Report: Pena must play to grow
VOTE: Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?

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SEABISCUIT: THE MOVIE
Seabiscuit races back into the spotlight
Seabiscuit raced at River Downs in its heyday

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Today's tee times, Saturday's scores
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Roe, Parnevik are disqualified
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KOBE BRYANT
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