Jay - I just saw that James Gandolfini died. Bummer. Always thought Tony Soprano would return to the big screen. For the Friday mailbag...name your Rushmore of entertainers (music, tv, or film) that would leave a big hole if they left this earth too soon.
Jay - I'll take Snedekar after the first round and Stricker for the win (stupid Sergio). FYI the younger and more athletic Sportsfan progeny finished 14th this past weekend after entering the event seeded 18th. Not bad for a national event.
Jay - ready for football. How much longer? For the mailbag. What's your Rushmore of international sports events that you'd like to attend in person? Put me down for the running of the bulls in Spain, the Tour de Fance when the riders are in the Alps, a World Cup soccer game in S America (preferably in Brazil), and an Australian Rules football game down under (miss the Sunday am games broadcast on ESPN 25 years ago). Thanks and love the 5 at 10.
Jay - Winding down before heading out for a couple cocolas and the Dropkick Murphys tonight. I had a few thoughts on some of this past weekend's sports. In my opinion the NBA looks more and more like pro wrasslin with the outcome scripted before the players get to the gym. I appreciate ESPN telling me every two minutes that Tiger's not in the lead at the Memorial. Looks like Earnhardt Jr drives for the paycheck and not the win. Put me down for Moonlighting as a well written television show. I understand the fast paced banter between Willis and Shepard required the writers to prepare much longer scripts for each episode which was the ultimate demise of the show. That and Willis' ego...
Jay - enjoy the 5 at 10. Put me down for Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player. I'm older than I look.
MASH, Patton, Schindler's List, and Das Boot. Thank you and good night.
A few additional movies that are just outside the top five...Apocolypse Now Redux, Blackhawk Down, Hurt Locker...
Jay - The Sportsfan clan (and one boyfriend...grrr) just returned from the bike race. Good time. Disappointed by lack of local support. Top five war movies for me...Dirty Dozen, Kelly's Heros, The Longest Day (have to include at least one with The Duke), Platoon, and Saving Private Ryan. Will someday visit the beaches of Normandy to try to understand the enormity of human sacrifice for future generations to live in freedom.
Jay - I don't have any rejected water park names to add to your list, but Mrs Sportsfan just told me that there are weight restrictions at the new Soakya water park and they won't let me wear my jeans shorts with metal rivets. What am I gonna do til football season starts? That can be for the mailbag.
If you're looking for a topic this week.. Sergio (stupid Sergio) got me thinking about the Top Five (or is it bottom five?) golfers who failed to live up to their true potential. I was thinking Sergio, Daly, Norman, and Michelle Wie, but I couldn't come up with a fifth name. Any suggestions?