Posted: Monday June 13, 2005 8:49AM; Updated: Monday June 13, 2005 10:24AM
Sabbatini (left) was not a happy camper after finishing his round with the slowpoke Crane.
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1. Ever wondered how best to hold your beverage while using the restroom at a sporting event? Soon, there will be a better solution than perching it perilously on porcelain. A former Penn State student took his inspiration from the broken bottles and spilled beverages on the bathroom floors at Nittany Lion football games to develop a wall-mounted cupholder. The holder is helpfully constructed out of flame-retardant plastic for those degenerates who might also want to balance a cigarette or cigar. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is what progress looks like.
2. Patriots owner Robert Kraft handed out the heaviest Super Bowl rings ever on Sunday, with each ring weighing 4.06 ounces and boasting 124 diamonds with a total count of 4.94 carats. Strait-laced coach Bill Belichick also surprised his players by unveiling his new diamond-encrusted hoodie.
3. Mike Tyson's boxing career apparently came to an inglorious end Saturday night when he refused to answer the bell for the seventh round against lightly regarded Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride. Suffice to say, a lethargic Tyson did not display his usual bite.
4. The Nationals tied a franchise record by winning their 10th consecutive game Sunday. Washington's winning formula has been good starting pitching, clutch hitting and wearing out opponents with the filibuster.
5. The New York campaign for the 2012 Olympics now features a planned Mets stadium in Queens as the bid's main Olympic stadium following last week's rejection of the Manhattan football stadium by state leaders. The Mets were understandably eager to play in an Olympic-host stadium after seeing how well it worked out for the Expos.
6. The NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee has recommended renaming Division I-A the "Division I-A Football Bowl Division" and Division I-AA the "Division I Football Championship Division." Another pending proposal is to rename "Free SUV and No-Show Job" as "Athletic Scholarship."
7. Did anyone catch the antics of golfer Rory Sabbatini during Sunday's final round of the Booz Allen Classic? Sabbatini, who plays quickly, was paired with slowpoke Ben Crane. The duo was placed "on the clock" for slow play by PGA Tour officials, but by the time they reached the 17th hole, they weren't in danger of any penalty. Still, Sabbatini was so frustrated with Crane that he putted out of order, took his bogey, and marched off the green in a huff to the 18th tee before Crane finished the hole. So much for golf being a gentleman's game. Commentator Paul Azinger was appropriately nonplussed by Sabbatini's churlishness.
8. Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella ripped the team's ownership Sunday for not caring about winning. The outburst was captured on hidden camera for Tuesday's episode of CBS's Fire Me ... Please.
9. In Thursday's 10 Spot we mentioned that the CFL's Ottawa Renegades were surprised to discover that a defensive back invited to camp had a fresh bullet lodged in his arm. As 10 Spot reader Andrew of Ottawa pointed out, that was far from the first scouting oversight by an Ottawa CFL team. In 1995, the Ottawa Rough Riders drafted defensive end Derrell Robertson. Unfortunately, Robertson had died in a car crash five months earlier. The next year, the Rough Riders traded their first-round pick to two different teams. (In that same 1996 draft, the Montreal Alouettes picked defensive end James Eggink, who had passed away three months before.) Perhaps football teams get a bit sloppy if they don't have Mel Kiper Jr. looking over their shoulder on every pick.
10. That was quite a dramatic move made by Afleet Alex in the final turn of the Belmont. At least, it appeared so on tape. I actually missed the powerful surge thanks to a classic TV remote blunder. I was gathered with some friends in the Poconos watching the race after playing 27 holes of terrible golf. (Best nine-hole score: 61.) Just as Alex began to pass fading horses in the stretch, our remote-handler tried to raise the volume but accidentally changed channels. By the time we got back to the race, Alex had left the field in his dust. Never were we so thankful for the replay.