The San Francisco Giants and their seagulls used to coexist quite nicely. The birds would flock to AT&T Park after the final out to feast on leftover popcorn, hot dog buns, pizza and even garlic fries. Lately, however, the gulls along with some hungry pigeons have become unwanted party crashers, arriving while the games are still being played, now becoming more aggressive and annoying the fans.
The Giants are considering employing a resident falcon to intimidate the flying pests, hoping to have some of these falcons set up a home on one of the light poles.
The Americans may not have done well at the British Open, Wimbledon, or the Tour de France, but the country did clean up in one recent overseas event.
At this year's World Beard and Moustache Championships in Trondheim, Norway, Craig “Rooty” Lundvall of South Everett, Washington won the full beard competition and Burke Kenny of Olympia, Washington placed first in the natural full beard with styled moustache category.
The state of Washington must be beaming with pride.
Americans also won competitions in the imperial moustache, Hungarian moustache and freestyle sideburns divisions.
While rumors continue about the possibility of NBA stars playing this season in Europe or China, Kevin Love of the Timberwolves has a different plan. He wants to take his talents to Manhattan Beach (California).
At a press conference in New York City Tuesday, the leading rebounder in the NBA announced that he intends to play in next month's Manhattan Beach Open on the pro volleyball circuit.
Love said he was approached by representatives of tour sponsor Jose Cuervo.
"I’m not expecting to win," explained Love, "but I am expecting to be competitive."
Love, who lives in nearby Santa Monica during the off-season, also hopes to be selected as a USA team member in the Olympic basketball competition next year.
Perhaps home plate umpire Jerry Meals got it right; more likely he screwed it up. The bottom line is that Atlanta got a 19 inning win over Pittsburgh Tuesday, when Julio Lugo was called safe at home, even though the throw clearly beat him to the plate. Check out the incredible video.
The real problem is that baseball lags far behind other sports in the use of modern technology. A modified instant replay system could rule on controversial calls accurately and rapidly. A manager should be allowed a video replay challenge every game.
The world's hottest golfer, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, gained prominence after winning the Masters earlier this year. Immediately, the British media dubbed him the "New Tiger."
The 22-year-old took time off from his busy golf schedule to attend a heavyweight championship boxing match in Hamburg on July 2. McIIroy watched Brit David Haye and champ Wladimir Klitschko from a seat in the VIP section.
McIIroy was seated just behind women's tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. The two uberstars began to flirt openly on Twitter and Rory seems to be infatuated with the recently turned 21- year-old Danish blonde.
Has Caroline entered a new game of doubles?
The tabloids in Europe predictably are going gaga.
Sebastian Coe was a world record holder and Olympic champion in the metric mile during the 1980s. Currently, Coe serves as the head of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
At the present time, Coe is sprinting away from critics who are not fond about a recent Olympic sponsorship.
McDonald's will open four fast food restaurants in the Olympic park, including a super-sized facility in the center. The hamburger king will be the only "restaurant" on site and estimates it will sell 1.75 million meals during the Games.
Critics claim the McDonald's deal sends out the wrong message, but Coe disagrees.
"Nobody is forcing you to eat McDonald's on an hourly basis," said Coe. "Let's be clear--without the support of our sponsors, the Olympics just do not take place."