Naked truth is hard to bear

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News item: The Washington Nationals created a media buzz when a female usher ordered two bare-chested men to put their shirts back on.

My take: I've encountered the same kind of narrow-mindedness on occasion. Obviously, the sight of a perfectly sculpted male torso makes some people uncomfortable.

News item: The NBA has demanded $1.4 million in restitution from disgraced referee Tim Donaghy. The claim is for salary accepted in bad faith and legal fees incurred by the league investigating the scandal.

My take: Like the guy can just write the league a check. If the NBA wants to see any of that money, it'll have to let Donaghy come back next season and fix a few more games.

News item: Tiger Woods announced Wednesday he will undergo reconstructive knee surgery and miss the rest of the golf season.

My take: I'm still not counting him out of the PGA Championship in August. There's no rule against playing on crutches, is there?

News item: The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager John Gibbons on Friday and turned the team back over to former Jays manager Cito Gaston.

My take: Somewhere, Mike Mussina is warming up in the bullpen.

News item: The New York Mets dumped manager Willie Randolph on Tuesday while the team was on the West Coast and announced the firing at 3:15 a.m. Eastern time.

My take: The timing of the announcement sparked some outrage, but considering that New York is "the city that never sleeps," I really don't see what all the commotion about.

News item: The Boston Celtics won the NBA title, dismissing the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

My take: Well, at least the Lakers went down fighting ... in a Joe Frazier vs. George Foreman kind of way.

Related news item: Despite the Super Bowl, Boston boasts the dominant team in each of the three major professional sports.

My take: No, I didn't forget hockey.

News item: In a Sports Illustrated poll of other major league players, Yankees star Derek Jeter was rated baseball's most overrated player and Alex Rodriguez tied for third.

My take: Everybody in New York is overrated, except maybe Isiah Thomas, but if the Yankees want to put Jete and A-Rod on the Amtrak and send them down here, we'll take them.

News item: Adam "Pacman" Jones reportedly wants to shed his famous nickname as part of an attempt to rehabilitate his image.

My take: Guess he'd rather be mistaken for a certain promising Orioles outfielder than an obsolete arcade game.

News item: The Orioles entered the weekend with the best interleague record (8-2) in the majors.

My take: Don't be too surprised. If they played the Pirates, Nationals and Astros 19 times every year, they wouldn't be sitting on 10 straight losing seasons.

News item: Chicago Cubs outfielder Jim Edmonds hit two home runs in the fourth inning of yesterday's 11-7 victory over the crosstown rival White Sox.

My take: The guy was supposed to be done when the San Diego Padres released him six weeks ago, but he's batting .400 (20 for 50) since busting out of a deep slump in late May.

News item: European captain Nick Faldo said recently the U.S. Ryder Cup team could be "dangerous" without Woods.

My take: That's very gracious of him, but the U.S. team is going to need more than good clubhouse chemistry to end a three-year Ryder Cup drought. Losing Woods is going to be very hard to overcome.

News item: It was exactly one year ago Friday that Andy MacPhail was introduced as the new Orioles president of baseball operations.

My take: The guy struck gold with each of his big trades, and the Orioles have been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2008 major league season. Pass the Kool-Aid.

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