The EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE has one of the feel-good stories of the day involving Phil Mickelson. While playing the FBR Open in Phoenix on Sunday, Mickelson gave a father and his son tickets to the Super Bowl. The two were following Mickelson’s round.
Call it the cynic in us, but it is interesting to note that Mickelson’s story was reported as well by the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. How do you figure those outlets found out about his random act of kindness? Probably from Mickelson himself. But that doesn’t diminish his generosity. It’s a very cool story.
SI NBA writer Marty Burns (via SBD) reports that the Portland Trail Blazers recently sent out a special edition iPod nano or “iRoys” to “60 or so ’select national and local media’ members.”
With the move, the club was looking to
buy coverage promote Portland guard Brandon Roy for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
Burns, who is returning the iPod (Hello eBay!), writes that the gift “wasn’t intended to influence the media,” as the fans pick the All-Star Game starters, while coaches select the reserves.
Yeah, and a sudden surge in media pieces on Roy wouldn’t influence the fans?