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- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
CS: I got four kids. We just hang out, swim, play baseball, basketball.
DP: Do they want to pitch to you?
CS: My son always wants to pitch to me. I'm taking him deep on the regular.
• Rory's Story
The comparisons between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods continue. But the young Northern Irishman has wisely distanced himself from the hype. McIlroy told me his U.S. Open victory wasn't nearly as impressive as what Tiger did at Pebble Beach in 2000, because of the favorable conditions at Congressional. Though he's only 22, McIlroy recognizes the pitfalls of his new fame and doesn't want it to affect his play. Said the Open champ, "I've surrounded myself with enough good people who help me keep my feet on the ground."
• Bad Rap
Some announcers are going too far with cultural references. (Full disclosure: This is partially my fault because of what we started at SportsCenter.) Last week a high school lacrosse announcer dropped Notorious B.I.G.—"Believe me sweetie, I got enough to feed the needy, no need to be greedy"—after a goal. Even Al Michaels told me he may change his style: "I'm thinking about adding some R. Kelly or Katy Perry lyrics to my play-by-play this year."
• Line of the week
Top NBA draft pick Kyrie Irving on expectations in Cleveland: "I'm not really looking to be the next LeBron James unless I grow six inches in the next two hours."
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