Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week, they discuss the Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn relationship, the Denver Nuggets' 15-game win streak, Mike Komisarek and Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline's convenvience store.
Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is up to the unlikely couple of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn who this week announced that they were a romantic couple in a way that we didn't really suspect. Maybe it's the fact that they both have experience going downhill, at least in the last couple years. Maybe it's the fact that they both know what it's like to be high pressure athletes. Maybe it's the fact that they just enjoy synchronized twitter and Facebook updates in which they link to pictures that look like they came from a Sears Catalog. The bottom line is this: Tiger Woods, if he wins at Bay Hill Sunday could be number one again in golf. And maybe, just maybe, he can't do it without a lovely blonde at his side.
Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is up to the Denver Nuggets who, in this year of the Miami Heat and everyone talking about the Heat, have won 15 games in a row in the NBA. The NBA is all about stars like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Name the stars on the Denver Nuggets. You can't. They don't have any. Well, maybe the coach, George Karl, is a star but the rest of the team is not. These guys, in their 15 game winning streak, I think five or six times, they trailed in the final minute of play. They have been an amazing sidebar story to the Miami Heat in the NBA.
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is up to Mike Komisarek, the former Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman – now a Marlies defenceman, who has shown uncommon grace during this season. For 21 straight games he was scratched, he was not part of the plans moving forward but he kept a smile on his face. Of course, when you're making $4.5 million, perhaps it's easy to do. Like Wade Redden in St. Louis people will like him a lot better next year when he is a compliance buyout.
Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is up, for now anyway, to Miami Dolphins' receiver Brian Hartline, who signed a $31 million contract this week, but that's not why he's mentioned here. A couple of months ago, Hartline and a friend bought a convenience store - the smart stop mini-mart by name - near Columbus, Ohio, and Hartline revealed in a radio interview that he was staying busy in the off-season. Counting his money? No, by working the drive-thru, dispensing bread and milk. He said he was living the American dream. The 31 million-dollar dream? No, the dream of owning his own business. And he gave that business a good advertising boost; customers will expect to see the former Ohio State Buckeye at the pick-up window every time they drive thru. He may wish he had chosen to be a silent partner.