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Encomiums for Payne
If ever a photo depicted the soul, the intensity and the competitive spirit of an individual, Simon Bruty's shot of Payne Stewart at the Country Club during the Ryder Cup certainly did.
I found it surprising that there wasn't more mention of longtime Jackson assistant Tex Winter. Without Tex, Jackson's Bulls might never have won six championships. He is the master of the Triangle offense, and he sat players down and taught them where to go on the court. While Jackson was the team molder, Winter was the team driver.
I am so tired of sportswriters fawning over Phil Jackson's Zen Master snow job. By making up his moral rules as he goes, it appears he has achieved his goal of eliminating all feelings of guilt.
Payne Stewart, one of the classiest golfers in PGA history, dies in a tragic plane crash, and we get Jackson on the cover holding a crystal ball with Shaq and Kobe in it? What's more important: the death of Stewart or another Lakers team that will choke at the finish line?
The Bucks Stop Here
Lovable or Loathsome
As a Brooklyn-born, lifelong Yankees fan, I immensely enjoyed Reilly's jealousy-induced column. One bit of advice, however: Next time save the poetic line, "overdog-loving, Eveready-chucking, bandwagon-hopping, fair-weather, brownnose, pucker-lipped human goiters" for a story on Cowboys fans.