Is there any integrity left in sports? Well, if the Tour de France is any indication, probably not.
Then there is the new all-time home run leader Barry Bonds. How in the world did he nearly double the circumference of his head in his late 30s? Believe me, I know I'm taking a risk here in the Bay Area with my stance, but if Roger Maris earned an asterisk because he didn't know how to chum around with the media, then perhaps Barry ought to get something like this '#@*!...'. I know it's a family paper, so I'll leave the rest of it to your imagination.
Some of the greatest sports milestones have been disfigured so badly that we're going to have to use dental records to identify them. So if we can't look toward the all-time home run record for the true spirit of sportsmanship, where do we turn? The answer, plain and simple, is one Eldrick Woods.
Tiger won his 13th major this weekend and now sits just five back of Jack Nicklaus' all time majors record. I know that they don't test for steroids in golf, and maybe they should, but golf is more than just who can hit the ball the farthest - it's about creativity out of the trees and around the greens and touch with the flatstick. And really, do you think Hefty Lefty, Big JD, or Corey Pavin are on the juice?
Which brings me back to the purity of bowling and the HansonRealEstate.com Scratch League. Did you catch the seamless transition? Tammy Watt, leadoff kegler for Team 3, used consistency on Monday night to shoot 209, 189, 214, and 207 for the summers' best woman's series, 819. The series paced Team 3 to a 49-7 week that boosted it back into the top spot in the league. Tim Nelson, captain and anchor for Team 5, led all men with an 812 four-game set. In related news, former HansonRealEstate.com Scratch League captain Don Sylvia won his second Senior PBA championship last week. Sylvia defeated Roger LeClair 226-211 in the title match of the PBA Senior Lake County Open held in Hammond, Ind.
Two weeks remain in the summer season of the PBA sport-shot version of the HansonRealEstate.com Scratch League. The winter league starts back again in three weeks at 7:30 on Monday nights at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood. So put down your syringes and creams and lace up you shoes for a chance at immortality in the HansonRealEstate.com Scratch League.