Talking Points: Winning sick



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Remember the scene from “Caddyshack” where The Bishop plays the best round of his life in a hurricane and then is struck down by lightning? (Of course you do.)

That was nearly Charlie Beljan during the last PGA event of the season. Well, minus the weather. And the lightning.

Beljan had, what he said, was a sever panic attack during the second round on Friday. He said he felt like he was going to die. Yet, he was 8-under par for the round, signed his card for a three-shot lead and was hauled off to the hospital on a stretcher.

Forward ahead to Sunday and he’s hoisting the tournament trophy and has his PGA card for 2013.

Commented Charlie Hanger, executive editor of and part of the Golf Group: “What I can’t get my head around is how he shot 64 while feeling like he was ‘going to die,’ with paramedics following him around the course. If he felt that bad Friday, how was he upright on Sunday?”


Who knows what the Washington State athletic department or the Pac-12 Conference will find while “looking into” Marquess Wilson’s allegations against football coach Mike Leach?

Even if it turns out to be nothing, news of a player leaving a program because he felt he was subjected to “physical, emotional and verbal abuse” (according to Wilson) will do nothing to help WSU build its program back to the Rose Bowl status it once enjoyed not too long ago.

WSU knew what it was getting into when it hired Leach in the first place. Now it might be time to take a hard look and decide again what is best for the football program.

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