Tiger's banner day

Posted: August 14, 2007

TIGER WOODS NEEDS little assistance, earthly or theological, on the golf course.

Before Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship, as Woods was on the practice green, his caddy noticed something that he considered an omen, and a good one at that.

Of course, omens tend to work in your favor when they're attached to the world's best golfer.

Caddy Steve Williams is from New Zealand.

As he watched Woods putt, he noticed the flags atop the bleachers that represented the countries of every player in the field.

The flags had been fluttering in the sultry breeze. And as

Williams looked up, all but two suddenly went limp.

One flag was from his native land. The other was from the United States. "Now that's what I call an omen," Williams told the Associated Press.

That's what we call business as usual for the man who won his 13th major at the tender age

(in golf years) of 31.

March sadness

If ESPN's bracketology is to believed, it sounds like a bad omen for our college basketball teams.

In the latest version of March Madness brackets, only fifth seed Villanova is an NCAA Tournament player from the city. Even Penn is left out, as Cornell is projected to get the Ivy League's bid.

The top seeds are projected to be North

Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and Louisville.

We'll take the "over" and presume more than one city team finds its way in.

Yeah, but he's still a Ranger

Thought you would like to know this: Former Rangers goalie Mike Richter, 40, of Flourtown, completed his first Ironman competition, according to the New York Times. Last month at Lake Placid, N.Y., he swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles in 12 hours, 49 minutes, 10 seconds.

"Sports, in its best light, is about challenging yourself and improving yourself as a person," Richter said. Well put, indeed. *

- Chuck Bausman

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