Thursday, March 13, 2008

People amaze me sometimes ...

You're kidding, right?

So apparently the New York Giants -- you know, the team which dethroned the almighty Patriots in one of the most memorable Super Bowls -- have signed "quarterback" David Carr to a one-year, $1 million deal (according to

Carr will fight for the back-up spot with Jared Lorenzen behind emergent star Eli Manning. This after a disastrous 2007 season in which Carr battled injuries and lost the Carolina Panthers starting QB job to -- wait for it -- Vinny Testaverde.

So remind me why the Giants are giving this guy a go.

Like many pundits, I was willing to give Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in 2002, a pass on his five-year tenure with the Houston Texans. With no skill players at his disposal and an offensive line with more holes than swiss cheese, it was hard to gauge Carr's talent. Quarterbacks can't put up gaudy numbers when they're flat on their backs.

Right, Tom Brady?

But after the way things went in Carolina last season, I'm officially ready to call Carr a bust. Lorenzen -- who, by the way, thinks JaMarcus Russell needs to shed some pounds -- is probably a better quarterback at this point, and although I understand the Giants' mindset in getting a security blanket for Manning, was Carr really the best the Super Bowl champs could do?

If I'm a New York fan, I hope Manning is the picture of health this year.

You never hear this sort of thing about Tyne Daly.

Just when you think John Daly's life can't get any more pathetic, he goes out and proves everyone wrong.

First, the two-time major champion was fired by swing coach Butch Harmon, who said Daly cared more about getting drunk than playing golf. And after Daly spent a 2 1/2 hour rain delay at the PODS Championship in a Hooters corporate tent knocking back the drinks and emerged with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden on his bag, who could argue the point?

Then Daly misses his tee time in the pro-am of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, disqualifying him from the event. Daly said he missed his tee time because the person in charge of such things told him his Thursday time instead of his Wednesday time (according to

The alleged mix-up also cost Nick O'Hern and Ryuji Imada their spots in the tournament. Both players, who were alternates for the pro-am, thought they were teeing off in the afternoon. Instead, both were called in the morning after Daly no-showed, and since neither could make it to the course, they too were disqualified.

"When I should have been on the tee, I was giving my girls breakfast," O'Hern told the Associated Press. "I thought common sense would have prevailed. This is a tough one to take. Unfortunately, we got caught up in John's snowball effect."

Anyone who follows golf should know Daly and common sense never inhabit the same sentence, let alone the same fairway. Harmon's comments should serve as a wake-up call for a guy who for some reason is a fan favorite behind Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour, a guy who lost his tour card two years ago and has been living off sponsor exemptions.

But knowing what I do about Daly -- the way he loves to liquor it up, light a smoke at the tee and gamble away virtually every dollar he wins on the course -- I doubt it. If someone hasn't gotten to him by now, I doubt Harmon's comments will do much good. But good for Harmon -- widely recognized as the best swing coach in the game, Harmon has worked with the likes of Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.

All guys who, unlike Daly, care more about their profession than the alcoholic perks.