When sports and drama meet, we watch

June 22, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

With Sunday's conclusion of the U.S. Open, we have seemingly reached the temporary end of the line of some highs and lows in the world of sports, both nationally and locally.

Whether you like him or not, you had to be rooting for Masters champion Phil Mickelson to win the U.S. Open and remain alive for golf's grand slam.

There was no way the fans at Shinnecock Hills wanted Retief Goosen to emerge. Didn't you see and hear the enthusiasm that followed Mickelson Saturday and Sunday?

While Sunday's golf major produced the official winner in Goosen, it produced another winner in the golf course.

Shinnecock Hills came away the victor on the final day with its extreme harshness. United States Golf Association officials wanted the course to be a headache for the players - No. 7 and 10 were pains in their own right - as Shinnecock did the job on everyone - except Goosen.


How sad it was to watch Mickelson double-bogey No. 17 Sunday. Even I was pulling for him to get the win.

  • We watched the Detroit Pistons reach the zenith, demolishing the Los Angeles Lakers - as if there was anyone that really cared about the NBA in June - for the title.

  • We watched the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup - of all places - Florida getting an NHL championship.

  • We watched Smarty Jones work through the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to a possible Triple Crown sweep before getting "Birdstoned" in the Belmont Stakes.

  • We've watched Rafael Palmeiro reach a home run milestone and Ken Griffey hit No. 500, along with Randy Johnson's perfect game.

    Locally, we've had both extremes as well.

  • We watched the Chambersburg baseball team win the PIAA championship, but the girls suffer through a softball loss in the state final.

  • We watched Williamsport lose its baseball state final and the Catoctin girls do the same in its bid for the state softball crown.

  • We watched South Hagerstown graduate and University of Pittsburgh star P.J. Hiser get drafted by the Cleveland Indians while Nick Adenhart was selected by the California Angels and David Miner by the San Diego Padres.

  • We watched as Adenhart suffered an unfortunate arm failure in the latter portion of the season, most assuredly costing him a first-round draft pick position - but still, a future ahead of him both at the University of North Carolina and possibly professionally.

  • We watched Doug South win a new car with his first career hole-in-one at the Buick Scramble tournament at Black Rock.

Just a few reasons while sports can be so fickle - the experience of highs and lows.

You just never know when they are going to come and who is going to produce them.

That's why we love sports so much!

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Tuesday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311 or by e-mail at:

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