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Jim Brown, Tiger Woods are two men of different strokes: Bud Shaw's Sports Spinby Bud Shaw, Plain Dealer ColumnistWednesday July 01, 2009, 7:47 PMCLEVELAND --- Something tells me Tiger listing "The Dirty Dozen" and "100 Rifles" as his favorite movies wouldn't help a bit.

Tiger Woods apparently didn't learn his lesson last year when Jim Brown criticized him for not condemning a golf announcer who stupidly joked that the only way for the rest of the PGA field to stop him would be to "lynch him in a back alley." Woods acknowledged Kelly Tilghman's comment as a bad choice of words by someone he considers a friend.

Not good enough for Brown, whose friends apparently know better than to say anything he would find offensive.

That's the lesson Woods didn't learn.

He should've faked outrage.

You do it Brown's way or you're going to hear about it.

A year later, Woods still doesn't seem too bothered that he is once again in Brown's crosshairs.

Brown ripped him again on HBO for not using his stature to help bring about significant social change.

Or at least what Brown considers significant social change.

"You know what's so interesting about Tiger to me?" Brown told Bryant Gumbel.

"He is a killer, he will run over you.




But as an individual for social change? Terrible.


Because he can get away with teaching kids to play golf, and that's his contribution." Both are products of their respective generations.

That's impossible to argue.

But Brown would no doubt call that appraisal an excuse.

Back in the day, Brown gathered prominent black athletes to come to Cleveland to talk about how they could support Muhammad Ali, who was facing public condemnation and death threats for his refusal to serve in the military.

Brown did more.

He founded the Black Economic Union in 1969.

Twenty years later, he founded the Amer-I-Can program in Los Angeles.

Is it incumbent on every prominent athlete to speak out on social causes given the stage they enjoy? Or just black athletes? Should they speak out on all causes or just ones specific to their color.

Or the ones Jim Brown holds near and dear? Woods told ESPN he believes his Tiger Woods Foundation has helped millions of kids.

(By the way the Tiger Woods Foundation's educational objectives stretch beyond teaching kids how to hit the flop shot).

ESPN's Michael Wilbon asked Woods if he thought it would serve a purpose to sit down with Brown and have a conversation.

It might, Woods allowed.

If both sides "keep an open mind." Good luck with that.

Making a (loud) pointStrawberries, cream and eeeeyiiiiack.

Tennis great Chris Evert joined the chorus of skeptics questioning why it's so necessary for women's players to grunt and/or shriek every time they hit a shot.

"I don't understand, they say you've got to blow air out when you hit the ball," she told reporters in Sydney.

"Steffi Graf hit the ball a ton and she didn't grunt.

There were a lot of players, hard-hitting players, and you never heard a peep out of them." Evert has a point.

Check out Wimbledon.

It's not just grunting.

It's shrill grunting.

Maria Sharapova and the rest can try to defend the sound effects.

But the rule of thumb should be this: If on every forehand it sounds like you're a competitor in a Strongest Woman's Refrigerator Carry instead of a tennis match, you need to check yourself.

French .



toast And you had the French getting 77.

The U.S.

team in the inaugural International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship tournament defeated France, 78-0.

Total yards: U.S.


Not that we're still holding any grudges over France's Iraq War criticism and stance, but the American team celebrated the win with a postgame meal of burgers and victory fries.

Dollars and tweets It won't be official until he signs on the dotted line, or tweets.

Armed with lots of salary-cap room, the Detroit Pistons spent the first day of free agency hot on the trail of power forward Charlie Villanueva.

This could be bad news for the Cavs since they only have the midlevel exception to offer Villanueva, who has expressed interest in playing along side LeBron James.

After the Cavs traded for Shaquille O'Neal, Villanueva posted this to Twitter: "Well, twitterland, like I said there will be more trades to come, very interesting, Shaq to Cleveland, nice, all Cleveland needs is a PF [power forward] now." Just this past Sunday, Villanueva tweeted again, writing, "Cleveland fans are showing me mad love on twitter, appreciate the love." If he signs with Detroit, expect him to follow in a long line of pro athletes who defend their career choices by saying -- or in his case, tweeting -- "It's not about da $$." Hello, Boozer Our No.

1 selling point -- we have no coach.

Detroit, which fired head coach Michael Curry this week, reportedly became even more intent on signing Villanueva after Carlos Boozer decided not to opt out of his contract with the Utah Jazz.

Apparently, Boozer wants to be to Cavs fans what Newman was to Jerry Seinfeld.

One small step Given what Eric Wedge said about Fausto Carmona's conditioning in spring training, the next step for him would be getting the baby fat under control.

First, Carmona met the dragon that was the Hagerstown Suns.

Then he slayed the Bowie Baysox.

Can his return to the majors be far off? Upon hearing of Carmona's seven-inning, no-walk performance for Akron on Tuesday against the Class AA Baysox, Indians announcer Rick Manning said, "Baby steps for Fausto." It's difficult to understand how it's become that for a pitcher who won 19 games two seasons ago, but somehow it's even harder to argue the truth of Manning's take.

He said what? "Bud: Here's what Mark Shapiro had to say right after acquiring Chris Perez: "He obviously transitioned very rapidly to the major leagues and has pitched in meaningful, leveraged roles for them already." Transitioned? Meaningful, leveraged roles? How can a baseball man talk that way?" -- Marty.

Are you trying to say Shapiro's words don't conjure the smell of freshly cut outfield grass and hot dogs with all the fixings? You said it "Bud: Hey, if you had been born in 1901 and watched baseball every year of your life, you would have seen the Tribe win two World Series and have 107 non-championship seasons.

Fire Shapiro and Wedge? Why bother?" -- Ron.

Ron, if you were born in 1901 you'd be 108 -- an age that wouldn't necessarily rule you out of pitching in the Indians bullpen.

"Bud: "Financial Plans Drawn Up in the Dirt" by Bernie Kosar." -- Pat.Pat, as a book title, I don't think that one has Suze Orman quaking in her Payless boots.

Coming Sunday: The June winners in the "You Said It" contest.

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