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The Walk Talk Ten

May 9, 2011

1. How come there aren't more fans at the Punxsy baseball and softball games? I know April was uncharacteristically wet, but for a free game, much more than a couple dozen people should be in attendance every night. The Chucks have won seven-straight district titles, and the Lady Chucks are in search of their fourth straight. Combined, the two teams have lost just once at home and play on the nicest fields in the district. Come on people, show some support.

2. The Lakers proved exactly how lazy they could be when they were swept by the Mavericks Sunday. It must be nice to be paid millions of dollars to give up if things aren't going your way. If I were coach Phil Jackson, I'd want to get out, too.

3. Speaking of the Lakers, they showed what classless players they can be at the end of Dallas' drubbing Sunday. Lamar Odom threw a forearm at Dirk Nowitzki and was ejected. Seven-foot tall Andrew Bynum shoved six-footer J.J. Barea while he was in the middle of a layup and was ejected. And clearly, Bynum showed no remorse after the game, saying, "For me, it was embarrassing to have the smallest guy on the court keep running down the lane and then making shots. So I just fouled him." That's the way to play like a two-time champion.

4. Watching the Mavericks pull off an unlikely sweep of the Lakers was spectacular. It's great to watch Jason Kidd beat the team he was swept by in the 2002 Finals back when he played for the Nets.

5. I think the time is right to place the Tigers' Justin Verlander among MLB's elite pitchers, if he wasn't already there before throwing his second no-hitter last week. He became the 11th pitcher to accomplish the feat before he turned 29, and I wouldn't be surprised if he did again. Or twice more.

6. Is it just me, or did Francisco Liriano's no-hitter last week seem a bit tainted by the six walks he threw? Sure, not allowing a hit is fabulous, but I'm not blown away when you're throwing a ball almost every time you enter a three-ball count.

7. As much as we joke about the Pirates' years of futility, I believe they'll keep up their recent competitiveness all season. Winning 75 games is not out of the question, and for as average as the NL Central is this season, a winning season is reachable. Getting the batting averages of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez above .230 will also be helpful in the team's search of an 82+ win season.

8. Remember when the Steelers were the NFL's model franchise that made headlines only for things they did on the field? Now, after years of Ben Roethlisberger controversies and Rashard Mendenhall's recent twitter comments, that has changed in a hurry. It's interesting to note that Mendenhall has tweeted just twice since making his Osama bin Laden remarks last Monday.

9. Watching highlights of Manny Pacquiao's win over Shane Mosley Saturday makes me thirst for a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. even more. Sadly, we'll never see it.

10. I really enjoyed how during ESPN's broadcasts Sunday, every analyst was identified as his or her mother's son or daughter in honor of Mother's Day. For example, Michael Wilbon's caption said, "Cleo Wilbon's son." I know I'm two days late, but Happy Mother's Day from Susan Walk's son.

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