After a few weeks of merely mortal play, Mr. Woods won the BMW Championship by eight strokes to regain the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. The difference? The short stick. "I felt like I hit the ball the same as I have been," Woods said. "Only difference is, I made a few more putts this week."
Maybe after 12 seasons in K.C. the Falcons' new tight end is in a better place. While the Chiefs got smushed, Gonzalez caught five passes, scored a TD and went over 11,000 career receiving yards in a win over Miami. Said Dolphins safety Gibril Wilson, "I take my hat off to him."
THE HANEY PROJECT
No comedian wants to go on after a strong act, which perhaps explains why Ray Romano agreed to be the next subject of swing fixer Hank Haney's Golf Network show. The funnyman is certain to look Hoganesque compared with Haney's previous pupil: Charles Barkley.
Good week for the pesky little guy. The Flames are giving the 41-year-old a tryout six years after his career ended with a substance-abuse ban. Now clean, Fleury said, "I never thought in my wildest dreams ... I'd be standing here talking to you about putting on the skates."
Leading Denver 7--6 with 28 seconds left, Cincinnati's Leon Hall tipped a Kyle Orton pass into the arms of the Broncos' Brandon Stokley, who romped 87 yards. Said Stokley of the catch—the longest last-minute, game-winning play from scrimmage in league history—"[A miracle] is basically what we got."
That did not take long—less than 15 minutes into the opener, the Colts' receiver fell to the ground untouched with a strained right knee; he could be out a month or more. QB Peyton Manning, already widowed by Marvin Harrison, said the injury makes him "sick."
Troy Polamalu became the latest Madden video game cover boy to get hurt (he's out three to six weeks with a sprained MCL). And now the curse apparently has a sister whammy: the Maddon Curse. Through Sunday Joe Maddon's reeling Rays had dropped 11 in a row.
Bad week for the pesky little guy. The erstwhile financial guru, who filed for Chapter 11 in July, will see his 1986 Mets World Series ring auctioned off. It's expected to fetch around $20,000, but Dykstra won't see it. He pawned the ring, so the broker will get the loot.
SI PLAYERS MLB POLL
WHICH BALLPARK DO YOU LEAST LIKE TO PLAY IN?
Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, A's 11%
Land Shark Stadium, Marlins 10%
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Twins 10%
Fenway Park, Red Sox 9%
Wrigley Field, Cubs 8%
Players could not vote for their own park.... Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, with 16.6% and 12.6%, respectively, finished first and second in this month's SI poll asking players which stadium they most liked to play in.... The A's are last in the majors in home attendance; the Marlins (infielder Jorge Cantu's in the photo above) are next to last; both were drawing average crowds of fewer than 18,000 at week's end.
Based on a survey of 380 MLB players
DAVID WALBERG (WOODS)
BOB ROSATO (TONY GONZALEZ)
JOHN BIEVER (MADDON)
HERITAGE AUCTIONS/AP (RING)
BRAD MANGIN (A'S)
STEVE MITCHELL/US PRESSWIRE (CANTU)