-- About that annoying gallery character who follows Tiger Woods. When that guy dies and they're lowering the coffin, will someone shout, "Get in the hole!"? ... Likable Phil Mickelson desperately wanted to win his first U.S. Open last month. Eventual winner Lucas Glover's postround news conference was interrupted by heckling and thrown shoes.
-- Wimbledon officials have admitted the best looking women tennis players are featured on Centre Court. Does that mean if Rosie O'Donnell and Joan Rivers were tennis players, their matches would be held on a London playground?
-- Congrats to hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut. We all appreciate any competition where the performance-enhancing drug is a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
-- Rays' underachieving pitcher Scott Kazmir: "I'm tobacco-free. I don't smoke, I don't dip, I don't chew and I seldom get past the 6th inning." Unlimited excuses! ... In a Sports Illustrated poll of 380 major league baseball players, Cubs' Lou Piniella was selected as the manager players least want to play for. They would also not like to see him in the SI swimsuit edition. Some Rays fans think he couldn't win if he managed the Harlem Globetrotters ... Shouldn't overrated A's first baseman Jason Giambi (hitting .188), with slightly less range than the Miller Huggins monument at Yankee Stadium, be in the minor leagues?
-- According to Floffie Zimmerman, only female mosquitoes bite. Comforting!
-- Bernie Madoff is now serving 150 years in prison--on the bright side for Bernie, by the time he gets out, Brett Favre may have finally decided about retirement ... Pats quarterback Tom Brady recently flipped his kayak in the Charles River and witnesses said Capt. Sullenberger was in the area, landed his jet on the river and pulled Brady to safety ... Did you know Lacrosse Hall of Famer and the NFL's greatest running back Jim Brown averaged 38 points in high school hoops?
-- In basketball news, controversial Laker newcomer Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant should get along beautifully--as long as they practice in separate gyms!
-- In closing, we all mourn in our own way. Our neighbor Bob has spent the past two weeks sporting a single sequined glove and is undergoing repeated rhinoplasty procedures.
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)