The List/Upsetting news this week in sports

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 24, 2007

I’m a pretty happy guy. I don’t have to worry about the Red Sox blowing their chances at the playoffs because they clinched a spot Saturday.

South Florida proved it deserves its place in the top 25 (although I don’t know how much of a statement beating North Carolina is).

Kentucky is still making me look pretty smart a week after I picked the Wildcats to upset Louisville.

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The weather is cooling down, which means less money on power bills (at least for the next month or so).

And I’ve gotten a handful of compliments on my haircut. Many thanks to Russell at Reese’s Barbershop.

So what could possibly ruin my day? Hmmm …

We’ll find out when we go down “The List.”

6. Georgia “upsets” Alabama – The only thing that bothered me about this game is that the Bulldogs proved me wrong. I didn’t really think Alabama had an overwhelming chance, but I gave them the nod because the game was at Bryant-Denny.

All credit to the Bulldogs. They’re better than I expected.

5. Girl kickers – I’m shifting the focus to the Women’s World Cup. I’m pretty disappointed in myself.

I usually get all jacked up to watch a sporting event this big. Only problem is, it almost seems you need a microscope to call this a big event.

No one can relate to the players now the way they could to Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and that other one. Umm, you know, the one that showed everybody and their grandma her sports bra.

4. Mike Tyson makes a comeback – Not really. I was just checking to see if you were paying attention.

Is he in jail now, or what? Seriously, is he?

3. Tim Tebow – I’m not even sure why he made this list.

Oh yeah, now I remember. His last name sounds like something a girl would put in her hair at her coming out party.

I thought that was funny, but that’s just me.

2. The NBA – I haven’t made fun of the worst professional sports league in the world for a while.

It’s time I take a good, hard shot. So here goes.

The Portland Trail Blazers are so desperate to sell tickets, they called me about playing center for them.

Okay, that one was kind of weak. I promise I’ll do better next time.

1. Barry Bonds leaving San Francisco – A lot of people would tell you he’s already been gone for months. Some would say years.

I say we collect his toenail clippings and sell them to the highest bidder. I bet big toe gets the biggest payout.

Oh yeah, it’s all about the big toe.

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