Real meaning of heroes
We have become too lax in our use of words in describing sports.
Heroes. Courage. True bravery.
Those should not be used for guys who can hit or a throw a 100-m.p.h. fastball, drain a 3 as the buzzer sounds or lead a two-minute drive down four on the road.
(Side point: Yes, the words and phrases, be them direct or indirect, linking sports to the serious and life-changing aspects of war — good and bad — are nonsensical.)
We got to watch across the globe the true meaning of hero. And courage.
The experts and SEALs and all the folks that saved those 12 Thailand soccer players and their coaches from those flooded caves are amazing.
God bless, and thanks Big Guy for helping them through the ordeal.
— Nick Saban told linebacker VanDairus Cowan to hit the bricks.
— PGA Tour pro John Peterson appears to be retiring. Man, we hear time and again that the one shot could make all the difference. For Peterson, one shot over the course of last weekend Greenbrier would be the difference in playing the rest of the season and starting a new job in real estate.
— He's not playing this week, but we saw on the PGA website that Baylor School alum Luke List has qualified for the British Open.
— First concert ever to be at Notre Dame Stadium has been agreed on by the school. The artist? Garth Brooks. Kudos to CBSsports.com writer Will Brinson for this Tweet when hearing that news: "Two legendary icons last relevant in the 1990s come together for one magical night."
— Sad story here as a New York Giants defensive tackle is understandably upset at the TSA agents who examined the urn that contained his mother's ashes and did not secure the lid after checking. The ashes split all over his clothes in his luggage.
— You know the rules. Weeds writes on hoops, we read Weeds' view on hoops. Here's Mark Wiedmer's take on the brawl at the AAU event over the weekend. Weeds on the basketball fight at LakePoint in Emerson, Ga.
True or false Tuesday. Giddy-up.
True or false, Garth Brooks is on the Rushmore of country music.
On this day in 1999, Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt and made the sports bra part of the vernacular after kicking the U.S. women to the World Cup title.
Arthur Ashe would have been 75 today. Andre Dawson is 64. Jessica Simpson is 37.
Urban Meyer is 53 today. In honor of Sofia Vergara, who is 46 today, Rushmore of ensemble TV sit-coms.
Go, and I need some mailbag questions early this week if possible.