The Tapes are back – fittingly in a week with a lot of DVR-worthy sports going on overnight. On Wednesday night/Thursday morning, for example, you had Tiger-Rory and Luke Donald in the same threesome (of golf, perverts) in Dubai at roughly the same time that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were facing off in the Australian Open semifinals.
So forgive us for looking haggard today.
* On Thursday, two Ohio women were arrested in South Dakota with 129 pounds of marijuana in their possession. That would be startling if weed were as heavy as, say, steel. But it’s not … or so I’m told. I mean, imagine if you had your car filled with 129 pounds of hamburger or decorative beads or tennis shoes. That’s just a lot of anything.
But because it’s ganja, a whole new theme develops: Did the car travel lighter because it was so high? Did it get the munchies and guzzle extra gas? Did it refuse to drive on pavement, proceeding only on grass?
I’ll be here all week.
* This whole Peyton Manning situation is getting ugly – and even before the team has drafted his probable replacement, Andrew Luck. He gave an interview and the Colts owner didn’t like the results. While this sort of public tiff is hardly unusual in the Twitter era, Manning has usually been above the fray. Makes you wonder if he’s mad enough to go all Brett Favre and, no, not flash his junk to a comely sideline-reporter type, but try to play somewhere else rather than grooming Luck.
And, yes, if you’re counting at home, that’s two weiner-photo references in two days. We aim to please.
* As someone who enjoys participating in lengthy Q&As with great writers, I really enjoyed this interview with SI’s Thomas Lake on his Sports Illustrated article about Michael Jordan’s high school coach, Pop Herring. Brandon Sneed did the interview for his site. Oh, and segue, next week on TVFury, the return of The Fury Files with Michael Kruse of the Tampa Bay Times.
* Somewhat amusingly, Nickelback is sick of being picked on on Twitter and is striking back, returning fire to users who crack jokes about the band.
* The New York Times published an interesting look at the Rhodes Scholar candidacy of star Yale quarterback Patrick Witt. Originally, it was reported that Witt dropped out of pursuing the honor so he could play against Harvard. People loved that commitment to the team. It turns out it was a bit more complicated than that and involved a sexual assault charge.