With NFL over, the following things can fill your time
Posted: Monday February 6, 2006 4:14PM; Updated: Monday February 6, 2006 4:14PM
Tiger Woods is off to a red-hot start in 2006.
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With the Steelerbowl finally over, it's time that we sports fans re-immerse ourselves in the diverse options available to us, including plenty of sports where not every call goes the way of the Steelers.
(Honestly, how in the world did Matt Hasselbeck get called for "blocking below the waist" while trying to make a tackle? First time I've ever seen that. And for those of you who watched the game and caught my fellow Scorecard Daily columnist Jay Mohr on a Diet Pepsi commercial, be sure you tune in during the next episode of the bizarre new show, Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie on the Travel Channel to see my commercial for Vital-T flavored Vitamin Water, the greatest drink known to man.)
Anyway, with so much build-up before the Super Bowl, I was as excited as anyone else about the game. That is, until I took an elevator at work last week and saw on the little screen that the Winter Olympics were about to start. I thought, Really? How did I not know about this?
After I recovered from the shock of Mick Jagger wearing a pair of Nike Air Max running shoes during the halftime show, I did a little research for the rest of you who were overwhelmed by the Super Bowl hype. Here's what's on tap...
Winter Olympics: The opening ceremonies are on Friday night, believe it or not. What to expect? Well, the usual big names are involved -- Cassie and Jamie Johnson, Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski. Yes, those are all members of the U.S. curling team, the most thrilling sport on ice. I'm also rooting for a curling injury so that 54-year-old men's alternate Scott Baird can get some ice time. (To be honest, though, for all I know, the alternates are the most important people on the team and the other guys are the back-ups. I just want Baird to get some burn out there.) And if you want more info, I highly recommend SI's five-minute guide to everything.
Puppy Bowl II: This happened last night, so it technically doesn't fit, but what is there not to like about the Puppy Bowl? From their insistence on using Roman numerals to the guy dressed as a ref who trotted out to clean up the crap, it was a surreal broadcast. (I particularly enjoyed the ref calling "intentional grounding" after each bathroom mistake.) Clips are available here. Next year I'm going to try and get SI.com to let me live-blog the event.
Golf: So get this: After the last PGA season ended, Tiger Woods took a self-imposed break. He bought a $38 million mansion in Florida, and hung out with his wifey, Elin (who, it turns out, has a twin sister. Yowza.) He finally picked up a club in January. Then last week he went out and won the Buick Invitational. Yesterday, he won the Dubai Desert Classic. So it looks like the Tiger is roaring out of the start gates this year. Meanwhile, I still can't get over that twin thing.
NBA All-Star Weekend: Two weeks away, but I'm already pumped about the Slam Dunk contest: Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Hakim Warrick and little Nate Robinson, going down to Texas to play the role of Spud Webb. I'm sticking with J-Smooth to defend his title. And while my man Mark Bechtel advocates dumping the dunk contest for a HORSE competition, in 2001, I tried to get some TNT execs to push for a longest shot competition. Guys do it after every NBA practice, and hundreds of dollars exchange hands. It could at least replace the 2Ball contest.