With the recent start of the Olympics along with the start of college football camps and NFL exhibitions, not to mention golf and baseball, we have questions ...

Following another meltdown after leading afternoon much of the afternoon at the PGA Championship, will Sergio Garcia ever win a major? Padraig Harrington was clutch on the back nine again, but Garcia can't keep missing short putts and expect to win ...

Now that Harrington has won a couple of majors in a row, is he a worthy challenger to Tiger Woods? Considering that Woods missed the last two majors, I'd say not necessarily. But of all the golfers out there, Harrington seems the most likely, even more so than Phil Mickelson ...

Did you know Harrington is the first European golfer to win the PGA since 1930? ...

I know it's been kind of a slow time in the sports world, but are you as sick to death as I am of Brett Farve seemingly being the lead story on every sportscast for the past month? It's appropriate he'd end up in New York, where he can be the center of media attention for the next few months ...

It won't happen, but wouldn't it be cool if another Brett — ex-Utah quarterback Brett Ratliff — beat out Farve as the Jets' quarterback? Ratliff had an outstanding game the other night, passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns ...

What's John Beck's future now that the Dolphins have picked up Chad Pennington from the Jets? Is it possible the one-time projected starter may not even make the team as he battles Josh McCown and rookie Chad Henne for the backup spot? ...

Are you ready for my annual rant about NFL exhibitions? OK, here goes ... I still think they're a waste of time and the NFL should go to 18 games and two exhibitions ...

Were you impressed by the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games? They certainly had their spectacular moments, but one of the most interesting things to me was watching to see which country would have the ugliest outfits for its athletes ...

Is it a foregone conclusion that the U.S. "Redeem Team" will romp to a gold medal? I wouldn't bet against the Americans, but they did struggle to beat Andrei Kirilenko's Russian team and an Australian team playing without Andrew Bogut in the preliminaries, and they let China hang around for nearly a half in Sunday's opener ...

Did you see Ma Jian getting some love on the broadcast of the China-U.S. game yesterday? For those who have forgotten, Ma played for Utah in the mid-1990s under Rick Majerus after playing JC ball at Utah Valley. He works on the Chinese TV broadcasts and was interviewed during the second half by NBC's Craig Sager and has been the subject of a few articles calling him a pioneer for Chinese basketball players ...

Don't you find it a little strange that women beach volleyball players must wear skimpy two-piece bathing suits, while the men wear sleeveless shirts and shorts? Couldn't women play just as well if they were wearing T-shirts and shorts like the men? If not, why don't the men wear speedos to play better? ...

Why is beach volleyball even an Olympic sport? We already have volleyball. What's next, two-on-two playground basketball? ...

Who knew badminton could be so entertaining? ...

Why do Utah and BYU fans go back and forth about who has the easier football schedule this year? Both teams play Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) schools. BYU's opponent, Northern Iowa is better than Utah's (Weber State). Both play Utah State on the road. Both play middle-of-the-pack Pac-10 opponents at home. And Utah's other road opponent, Michigan, looks better than BYU's opponent, Washington. So it looks pretty much like a draw to me ...

And finally, can this really be the year of the Cubs? I know, I'm one of those eternal optimists when it comes to Cubs, but they do own the second-best record in baseball right now. However, the team to beat this year may be the team with the best record in baseball, the Salt Lake Bees' parent club, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. And sooner or later, the Cubs will find a way to break our hearts.


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