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Random acts of senseless sporting

Your weekly dose of (in)sanity in this (in)sane sports world

February 9, 2010
By B.J. LISKO, Salem News Sports Editor

While everyone watched the Saints win the Super Bowl, or if you were a golf aficionado, watched Steve Stricker win the Northern Trust Open, perhaps the most entertaining golfer for your buck in today's game won his 16th European event in Dubai, and it went nearly unnoticed stateside.

Miguel Angel-Jiminez, nicknamed "The Mechanic," won the Dubai Desert Classic beating third-ranked Lee Westwood in a playoff.

Quietly puffing away on his trademark cigars, Angel-Jiminez has become one of the game's most consistent and underrated golfers. ESPN writer Jason Sobel dubbed his haircut as the "Spafro," and his propensity for fine wine while on the treadmill is straight out of the John Daly or Tim Herron book of fitness. He beat a better field than Stricker. He made the cut in all four majors last year, and despite being 46 years old, I really think it's only a matter of time before he gets a big win on U.S. soil. Look for a big interview with him come WGC in Akron time on these pages. I'll be seeking him out at Firestone.

Getting back to the Super Bowl, it was hard to pick against Peyton Manning and the Colts, as it always has been. But the Saints played inspired football and bounced back from an early 10-0 hole. The Colts just didn't make the plays they needed too and the Saints did. Simple as that. It looked very briefly like the game might be the first big dance to go to overtime. Thankfully Saints cornerback Tracy Porter made sure that the biggest game in the world wouldn't be influenced by a coin flip when he made that pick-six. Overall, not a bad game to watch. Not quite as good as a year ago, but still plenty of drama and excitement. Not to mention Betty White got jacked in that Snickers commercial. Classic.

Last but not least, I want to personally thank Salem pep club advisor Sue Wolfgang and the Quaker Crazies for "B.J. Lisko night" last Friday. That was the most flattering thing anyone has ever done for me in my five plus years here as Sports Editor. I almost didn't make it to the game as my car slid off the road and got stuck in a ditch. I also managed to blow out my transmission in the process of getting my car unstuck about 100 times that night driving all around the county. But despite the huge hit to my wallet because of the snow and my dinky car, that all was actually an afterthought thanks to the Salem student section. Thank you. That was awesome.

"My other car is a piece of you know what, too."

... 'til next time.

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