John Daly Doesn’t Need Golf, He Needs To Rock

John Daly’s a weird cat. We probably didn’t need to tell you that, of course, but every now and then it bears repeating. He’s getting his weight down and that’s a good thing, but even if he’s jettisoning his vices, it’s unclear-at-best if he’s replacing them with normality.

John Daly and his guitar
(John Daly: he’s to the acoustic guitar what John Daly is to golf.)

Example, you ask? But of course: how about yesterday? Daly was hanging in there at the PGA Championship at +2 with two holes to play in the first round. He double bogeyed them both, left without speaking to the media, then witihdrew on account of an old back injury. We’ll take him at his word on this one, since one of the few vices he doesn’t have in his past is lying. That much isn’t that far out of the ordinary. Taking the opportunity to release a new song, however? That we didn’t see coming.

So let’s take a listen, shall we? Audio is after the break.

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Nats’ Pre-Game Marred By Violence. Errr, Violins

You might think that there’s absolutely no reason to ever go to a Washington Nationals game unless you lose a bet or need to hide from someone of discerning taste. And normally, you’d be exactly right.

Baseball bat violin
(Can I get a ruling on “Louisviolin Slugger”? Judges?)

But these are not normal times in Washington, even notwithstanding the new President changing everything or whatever. The Nationals have won eight straight games, which is enough to put them right back in the thick of the NL East race at 40-72, only 23 games out of first place (cough). If they win 49 of their next 50 games, why, who knows how far they’ll go.

Oh, and also some guy’s playing the national anthem with a baseball bat violin. High art, there. Video’s after the break.

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SbB Tom Petty Super Bowl Halftime Report Confirmed By Hollywood Reporter

SbB’S TOM PETTY SUPER BOWL SCOOP NOW CONFIRMED: Two weeks after we reported the news here, the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER confirms that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will headline Super Bowl XLII on February 3 at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom Petty Super Bowl Halftime SbB Story Confirmed

The H-P also notes that American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who is from Phoenix, may sing the national anthem for the game. Certainly she could use a boost in publicity, considering how hollow her debut record rollout has been.

Torii Hunter Has A New Found Friend In The Rally Monkey

• The real reason why Torii Hunter signed with the Angels? To spend more time with the Rally Monkey:

• NATION OF ISLAM SPORTSBLOG checks out West Virginia, and comes to believe in (Pat) White power.• AWFUL ANNOUNCING sounds off that neighbors of Arizona Stadium are tired of hearing Phil Collins tunes.

• SPORTABLE hits us with a clip of Troy Glaus sending a pinata airborne:

• STEROID NATION is hitting the casting couch to find leads for the new HBO “Game of Shadows” movie.• GOING FIVE HOLE skates over news that Gary Bettman doesn’t want to send NHLers to the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Anthem Skipped At Steelers’ Monday Night Game

STEELERS SKIP STAR-SPANGLED BANNER BEFORE MNF GAME With all the preparation done for Monday night’s game, the Steelers forgot about one thing - the Star-Spangled Banner:

Vince Neil fat Steelers girl

The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports that the national anthem was skipped over, after lightning concerns caused a 15-minute delay before kickoff.Vince Neil of Motley Crue was all set to put on his patriotic performance. But both ESPN and the NFL told Steelers officials that they didn’t want the anthem to interfere with the broadcast, saying the delay had closed the “window” for the song.

Motley Crue album

For Vince, it wasn’t the Same Ol’ Situation, and he missed out on his chance to relish in the attention of the Heinz Field audience.Steelers President Art Rooney II apologized for the omission, saying it was the wrong decision, and adding, “It’s unfortunate and certainly something we hope never happens again.”

Stephen Jackson Wants More Hip-Hop At Rams Games

RAMS RB JACKSON WANTS MORE HIP-HOP IN HOME DOME: Tired of the quiet, apathetic atmosphere at home, Stephen Jackson wants to crank it up in the Dome:

Steven Jackson Rams jump

The ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH reports that the Rams RB would like it to be “a little more lively” in the Edward Jones Dome on Sundays.And he thinks broadcasting block rockin’ beats is the answer: “You’ve got to look around the league. There’s hip-hop played everywhere. I don’t know why we think it shouldn’t be played here.

Weird Al Yankovic Straight Outta Lynwood

I think we need to get our fans behind us. And we can’t do it if everything’s quiet.”If Jackson really wants the fans behind them, maybe the 2-9 Rams should try winning some games.

Tom Petty To Play 2008 Super Bowl Halftime Show

EAGLES OUT; TOM PETTY TO PLAY SUPER BOWL HALFTIME: Last month we reported there was a 90% chance that the Eagles would be the headliner at next year’s Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ. Well much like our most recent visit to the tables in Laughlin, the 10% came through - and the Eagles are out.

Tom Petty

We have since learned that Tom Petty will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. The deal is officially done. Much like our visits to Nevada for the next calendar year.

William Hung Sings At Washington-Cal Game

WILLIAM SINGS FOR U-DUB AS CAL GETS HUNG OUT TO DRY: It was bad enough the California Golden Bears got run down by Washington last weekend. But the Huskies had to pour salt in the woods by having William Hung sing the Berkeley boys to tears:

William Hung Washington-Cal game

BEARS NECESSITY croons out news of the famed “American Idol” off-key contestant showing up at Husky Stadium, to the enjoyment(?) of the football faithful.During his halftime performance, the former UC Berkeley student was decked out in Washington gear, and ended the show with a crowd-pleasing “Go Huskies!” (Pleasing the crowd that he finally finished.)

Surprisingly, it’s not the first audible appearance at an athletic event for Hung. In 2004, William brought his special talents to the Skydome, to lead Toronto Blue Jays fans in a lively rendition of “Take Me Out to The Ballgame”:

What’s more difficult for Jeff Tedford’s boys to stomach - dropping from 2nd in the nation to 7th in the Pac-10, or witnessing William extend his 15 minutes of fame?

John Sterling To Sing Showtunes - Reason For Broadway Strike Rooted Out

WE’D MUCH PREFER SEEING KEN SINGLETON IN SPAMALOT: The WESTCHESTER JOURNAL-NEWS reports that Yankees announcer John Sterlingwill appear Saturday at Irvington (NY) Town Hall Theater, singing showtunes.

John Sterling

MORE: “He’ll appear alongside Broadway friends Brad Little (”Phantom of the Opera”) and Barbara McCulloh (”The King and I”) in a one-night-only performance. Sterling chatted by phone last week.John Sterling singing showtunes this Saturday? Now the suddenness of the Broadway strike makes perfect sense. Fight on, brave stage hands!

Blog-A-Roni: MLS Players Like Puppies & James Blunt

• 100% INJURY RATE knows it’s hard to think of soccer players as tough, when they spend their locker room time playing with puppies and singing along to James Blunt:


• JEN’S FREE THROWS zeros in on word that Gilbert Arenas is nacho ordinary NBA star.• DEUCE OF DAVENPORT knows it’s not safe to get between a mother Jeter and her tax-avoiding young.

• JOE SPORTS FAN takes a seat, as sideline reporters and couches don’t mix:

• STEROID NATION finds stories about Barry Bonds’ personal doctor very interes-Ting.• BIG TEN TAILGATE scans the globe for signs of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. Latest stop: Machu Picchu.

• DC SPORTS BOG knows nothing cheers up an NHLer like a Springsteen concert & a visit to the Swedish Embassy:

Swedish fans

• THE WIZARD OF ODDS discovers one site that’s not giving up on doomed UCLA coach Karl Dorrell.• VEGAS WATCH argues with the argument of David Ortiz for AL MVP.