Here are this week’s biggest winners:
Jon Gruden- On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach got a chance to caddie for the PGA’s John Daly. It was practically love at first sight when the two met amidst a 2 1/2 hour rain delay – – under the Hooters Owl’s Nest tent, nonetheless. When asked if the new caddie helped, the always entertaining Daly replied, “Oh, yeah. He fires you up.”
Alexander Ovechkin- After scoring only one goal in his last 8 games, the NHL’s leading scorer snapped out of his ‘slump’ by scoring 3 first period goals on Monday, followed by 2 on Wednesday. This puts A.O.’s goals total at 54, and puts him back on pace for being the first player to score 60 goals since Mario Lemieux did it during thr 1995 -1996 season.
Jonathan Papelbon- The Red Sox and Jonathan Papelbon have finally come to an agreement on a one-year, $775,000 contract. The transaction nearly doubles Cinco Ocho’s previous contract, and should help the intimidating closer focus on the upcoming season with a clear conscience.
Boston Celtics- Upon defeating the Pistons on Wednesday, the Celtics clinched a playoff berth with 23 more regular season games to go. They also signed veteran point guard/alien look-a-like, Sam Cassell, a valuable asset to any team.
Here are this week’s biggest losers:
Tim Thomas- Up until Monday’s meeting with the Washington Capitals, the Bruins netminder had been playing out of his mind. On Monday, though, Thomas was pulled twice, surrendering 7 goals en route to a 10-2 loss.Things didn’t get much better when he gave up 5 on Thursday during a 8-2 loss against Toronto. Numbers like these have to make you wonder what’s going on lately.
Tripp Isenhour- The former PGA Tour cardholder was brought up on charges of cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird. The charges stem from a December 12 incident in which Isenhour killed a red-shouldered hawk with a golf ball during the taping of a television show. Fed up with the hawk’s relentless squawking and interruption of the show’s taping, Isenhour repeatedly attempted to eradicate the bird by hitting golf balls at it. As the bird neared closer, Isenhour hit it, resulting in death. This judgement malfunction could result in a maximum of 14 months in jail and fines up to $1,500.
Albert Pujols- The All-Star first baseman for the Cardinals is in need of Tommy John surgery after doctors found a torn ligament, bone spurs, and arthritis in his elbow. Though a team doctor told Pujols to wait until after the upcoming season, it will be interesting to see how yet another injury-plagued season affects his high-powered game.