Former Memphis Grizzlies general manager and basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West is looking to become a two-sport star executive. West retired from the Grizzlies in 2007, but now he's heading up the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open, according to ESPN.com. The Los Angeles tournament is over 80 years old. Coincidentally, today is West's 71st birthday. Happy birthday, J-dub.
This story has nothing to do with West's signing of Brian Cardinal to a long-term, high-dollar contract in 2004, but I'd like to mention it. And, by the way, here's a neat run down of West's transactions while Grizzlies GM. Clap Clap Clap-Clap-Clap, Overrated!
ESPN reports that Daly wore pink pants in his final round of the BMW PGA Championship. Fashion faux pas? Nope. He actually donned the pink trousers in support of Amy Mickelson — the wife of golf superstar Phil Mickelson — who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
From the story, Daly says:
"I had a pair, so I figured I'd do that for her today. I thought it would be a good gesture," Daly said of his trousers. "I know Phil very well and I know Amy. I've known them for a long time — we've played the Tour together. She's a great lady. She has always been a sweetheart to everybody."
"There's been some [breast cancer] in the family and a lot of friends. It's just a tough thing women have to go through. But if they caught it in time, it is curable."
Phil Mickelson was slated to attend the St. Jude Classic (June 8-14 in Memphis) before suspending all play after his wife's diagnosis.
It took a little longer than expected this evening, but the next step in the Michael Oher saga at least has an address: Baltimore Ravens. With Oher still sitting on the draft board at pick 23, the Ravens traded their first round pick (26th overall) and fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots.
Oher will be expected to compete for the job to protect the blind side of Ravens' excellent second-year quarterback Joe Flacco.
Video of Oher's selection from NFL.com.
The kid grew up in a rough, poor neighborhood, disadvantaged at birth by a broken home. He was one of 13 kids, didn't know his dad, mom was a drug addict. He was in foster care sometimes. Sometimes he was homeless.
Then, serendipity struck. In a series of events, the kid got into a good private school as a special case, then he was invited into the home of an affluent, white family who took pity on the struggling black kid. Then they became his legal guardians. Then he got good at football. Then he was recruited at a major college to play ball. Today he's going to be picked in the first round of the NFL draft.
It sounds like a Hollywood story. It's actually a tale straight outta Memphis. The kid is Michael Oher, and today he's going to be made a millionaire.