You've Got Mail: July 15, 2008

RyanCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2008

This is the first time that I've written an article designed this way, so bear with me.



I just heard that Peyton Manning is going to miss four to six weeks because of an infected bursa sac! I mean, what the hell is a bursa sac? I didn't even know that humans had those. Needless to say, I'm very concerned about Indy's chances now.

- Jim S., Indianapolis, IN

Jim, don't worry too much. From what I hear, Manning should be ready to go for the Colts' season opener against Chicago. He is likely going to miss most or all of the preseason, but there was no structural damage on the knee, and he should be fine.

At first, I too did not know what a bursa sac was, but I did a little research and it is nothing more than a flap of skin on top of the kneecap. I suppose that all those years of abuse by a 6'5'', 230-pound quarterback with a laser, rocket arm has taken its toll.


So apparently Georgia is the best team in the nation? They're solid, but they're not the best. I mean, how many rushing touchdowns did their quarterback have last season? I don't buy this one bit. What do you think?

Tim T., Gainesville, FL

This is a tough question, Tim. I personally believe that the Trojans will be hoisting the trophy at the end of the day, but you could say that about a lot of teams, including Georgia. They have a very solid quarterback, a game-changing running back, and a good coach in Mark Richt.

They do have to play in the best conference in the nation, however, which will be challenging. If they get out of the SEC with just one loss, then they will have a shot, but that's a tough task in and of itself.


The British Open is coming up this week and I was wondering if you had any thoughts. I personally will be spending some much needed time with my family and could care less what those hacks did without m... er, Tiger. Do you think anyone should bother to tune in?

Eldrick W., Isleworth, FL

Well, Eldrick, I don't agree with you. Even though Tiger won't be in the field at Royal Birkdale, the rest of the world's best players will (save Kenny Perry). Can Phil win on a links-style course?

Can Sergio build on his win at the PLAYERS and capture his first major? Can Els return to form and win a second Claret Jug? I don't know, but I am dying to find out.


Hey, Ryan! I'm a little bummed that I've got nothing to do on Tuesday night so I'll probably end up watching the MLB All-Star Game. Who do you think is going to win?

Ryan H., Philadelphia, PA

Thanks for writing in Ryan! If you ask me, it's really a shame that you don't have much to do on Tuesday night, but on to your question. As I write this, the game is tied at zero in the second inning and I think that the A.L. is going to win in extra innings. The MVP is going to be Ian Kinsler.


Are you getting as sick of hearing about A-Rod and Madonna as I am? It's driving me nuts! The media needs to shut its mouth, and A-Rod needs to go out and play championship baseball.

Hank S., New York, NY

This is probably the first time I've ever said this, but I do agree with you, Hank. I am getting sick of hearing about A-Rod and Madonna. While I am not an A-Rod fan by any stretch of the imagination, I do not want to hear about his personal life.

I will say this though, there are a lot of things you can say about "playboys" like Brady, Jeter, and Romo, but those guys are not married. If you want to live the "playboy" life, don't get married and certainly don't have two children. That's simply not fair for them.

I am a huge Packers fan and as much as I respect Brett Favre, it is time for him to move on. He had his chance to come back, he decided not to, and the Packers moved on. Now Brett is just being selfish.

Aaron R., Green Bay, WI

I can't say that I agree with you here, Aaron. I'm no Packer fan, but I am a Brett Favre fan. I mean, how could you not be. While he hasn't handled the situation well at all, with Favre the Packers have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. Anytime you have this chance you take it.


The Sox are back in first and we could not be happier!! We knew that the Rays couldn't keep it up, but now that Yankees are making a charge. Do you think that Boston can hold on?

Matt D. and Ben A., Boston, MA

I too, am glad that the Sox are back in first, but don't be so quick to dismiss the Rays. They are a very good team with excellent pitching and excellent defense—two things that you need to make it to October.

While New York will be close, unless they do something to improve their team, I see Tampa Bay as the biggest threat in the A.L. East, and I think that most Yankee fans would agree with this.


After the strong start, Michael Beasley hasn't look so great in summer league and he's injured. Do you think the Heat regret taking him at No. 2?

O.J. M, Minneapolis, MN

Absolutely not, O.J. I believe that if Beasley stays healthy, he will give the Heat a good rebounder and scorer down low to pair with D-Wade. While his defense is definitely a question mark, no one can deny his offensive ability. For a team who scored the least points last year, Beasley is exactly what the Heat needed.


The Brewers finally got some help for their team in a trade with Cleveland for CC Sabathia. The Cubs countered with a trade for Rich Harden. I guess this means that it'll be those two battling it out for the NL Central crown now. When does football season start?

Albert P., St. Louis, MO

I don't know if I agree, Albert. While this probably won't make many people happy, I think that the Cardinals will end up winning that division. They pitch well, they can get on base, and they have the NL MVP. I think that it is going to come down to the very end, and I think that the Cubs and Brewers will certainly be there, but the Cards will win the division.


Did you see the news that Stephon Marbury tattooed his shoe logo onto the side of his head? It's probably the dumbest looking thing that I've ever seen. What a moron.

Mike T., Brooklyn, NY

I did see his new tattoo, and I have to say that it's not that bad. I don't know if I would do it myself, but he kind of makes it work. Maybe this is where we are headed in sports now. Just hope that NASCAR doesn't get involved, because no one has a head big enough for all of the product logos...except maybe Barry Bonds.


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