Three wins against Toronto last weekend may have quieted cynics, but Boston is still just 5--10, winless on the road and mired in the AL East cellar while "slugging" .384 through two weeks. And in Baltimore the roller-coaster ride continues: The O's have dropped seven straight after a 6--1 start.
And these are just the lowlights: Manu Ginóbili (elbow) sat out Game 1 vs. Memphis; Shaq (calf) skipped the Celtics-Knicks opener; Zdeno Chara was hospitalized for dehydration and missed two Bruins losses; and the Rangers' Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is out till June. Ouch!
TOO MUCH RAIN, MAN
April games up North mean precipitation—and fewer butts in the seats. In at least nine of the first 17 days this month, highs in New York, Boston and Philadelphia have all been below 60°. Meanwhile, six teams have set alltime attendance lows since Opening Day.
Luck of the Northern Irish? Ha. Rory McIlroy lost his clubs flying to the Malaysian Open from Augusta (where he blew a four-shot final round lead). After landing, things got worse: His 36-hole lead evaporated on Sunday; then he bogeyed the final hole to miss a playoff.