You have six more days to participate in National Hamburger Month. Fire up the grill or check out Slyder’s Tavern on Watervliet Avenue. I was in Dot’s Market recently and a guy from Slyder’s was picking up a special order of ground beef. Now I know their secret: Dot’s!
Before I looked it up, I could’ve taken 50 guesses on where Paul George went to college and they all would have been wrong. Fresno State. The Pacers’ 23-year-old star has become the breakout sensation of the NBA playoffs, and he is determined to keep Indiana alive. The Pacers shook off 2.2 seconds of horrendous defense at the end of Game 1 to tie the Eastern Conference finals Friday night in Miami. Impressive.
I still think the Heat will face the Spurs in the finals because LeBron James and his teammates give their best effort when they are challenged. But the plucky Pacers have a chance (and a star player) and tonight’s Game 3 is must-see TV.
Kevin Durant is not only one of the best basketball players on the planet, he’s a heckuva good guy. Durant pledged $1 million to help the victims of the vicious tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., last week. Also, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is lending a helping hand to his home state. His wife is from Moore and he has family there.
The weather looks good for today’s Indianapolis 500. The pre-race festivites will include the return of Jim Nabors to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Not a tune that’ll knock Macklemore & Ryan Lewis off the radio, but still one of the coolest moments in sports. Nabors, 82, missed last year’s race due to heart surgery.
If you’re going to Memorial this week, keep your cell phone on vibrate. An armada of volunteers at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament will be on the lookout for people snapping photos and yapping on their phones. And if you happen to steal a marshal’s golf cart, please, no texting!
Baseball players can be goofy. If you want a good laugh with your bacon and eggs, Google up “Cincinnati baseball interview video.” I guarantee you laugh out loud over the antics of the creative UC baseball team.
President Obama gave a speech last week at National Defense University. Never heard of NDU, but I’ll bet their football team is hard to score on in the red zone. Wonder if National Offense University is on the 2013 schedule.
Knucklehead of the Week
Professional golfer/whiner Sergio Garcia crossed the line last week in his feud with Tiger Woods. Garcia was asked at the European Tour’s annual dinner if he would consider having dinner with Tiger. “We will serve fried chicken,” Sergio said. After a clumsy apology written by his handlers, Garcia tried to set the record straight, saying he was “caught off guard” by the question and tried to give a funny answer. He whiffed.