The List: Topsy-turvy moments of the last 48 hours

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 24, 2007

The past two days have been pretty up and down as far as the sports world is concerned.

Some people feel they got ripped off (Celtics fans), some people have something they know they can look forward to four years from now (Dallas Cowboys fans) and some people are cursing Jason Giambi (major league players that still use amphetamines).

And there is at least one person willing to talk highly about all of them. But it ain’t me.

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5. Giambi’s proposed apology – I almost can’t believe the backlash from the Yankees slugger’s comments that MLB should apologize for steroid use. And he offered personal remorse for “doing that stuff” – eerily similar to the emotional press conference he held a few years ago during which he apologized several times but didn’t explain what for.

And that inspires me to get something off my chest.

Readers, I’m profoundly sorry for what I’m going to do tonight when I get home, but I can’t tell you what. And I’m not sure what it is I’m going to do yet, but it’s going to be really, really bad. So please forgive me.

4. Red Sox and Braves making history – Going into Wednesday night, Boston held a 10 1-2 game lead in the AL East, the largest its ever had this late in the season.

And if Jarrod Saltalamacchia stays on Atlanta’s active roster, he’ll be the first player in history to induce a stroke by an announcer trying to pronounce his name.

3. Boston misses its ride – The NBA draft lottery Tuesday wasn’t kind to the Celtics, the team generally considered the worst in the league. Instead, the Portland Trail Blazers ended up with the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity to pick phenoms Greg Oden or Kevin Durant.

And I’m sitting here thinking: “I’ve seen the Celtics play. It really wouldn’t make a difference one way or the other.”

2. “Pirates of the Caribbean 3” opens today – Nothing to do with sports, I know. I just would like someone to tell me why those movies are such a big deal.

1. New Texas Stadium – I don’t think that’s the official name of the Cowboys’ new home, but that’s what I’m calling it. And because it’s huge, because it costs 10 gogillion dollars and because owner Jerry Jones said so, it will be the home of the 2011 Super Bowl.

I’d buy a ticket if I could afford to sell everything shy of my underwear.

George L. Jones is sports editor of The Selma Times-Journal. He can be reached at (334) 410-1744 or .