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T.O. Babies

May 13, 2013
May 13, 2013

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May 13, 2013

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
SIDNEY CROSBY
  • CONCUSSED, CRACKED IN THE MOUTH WITH A PUCK—YOU CAN'T KEEP SIDNEY CROSBY DOWN. YOU CAN ONLY MARVEL AT HOW HOCKEY'S BEST PLAYER KEEPS COMING BACK EVEN BETTER THAN WHEN HE LEFT

HORSE RACING
  • ON A DREARY DAY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FAVORED ORB CHARGED TO A ROUSING VICTORY IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY, PROVIDING SWEET REDEMPTION FOR TWO OWNERS AND A TRAINER WHO HAD EACH ENDURED MOMENTS OF EPIC MISFORTUNE

NBA PLAYOFFS
  • THE DURATION OF THE PLAYOFF JOURNEYS OF MANY TEAMS (THE SUPERSTAR-LADEN HEAT INCLUDED) WILL BE DETERMINED IN LARGE PART BY THE SEDENTARY SHOOTERS WHO GIVE THE BIG NAMES ROOM TO OPERATE

DRINKING AND DRIVING
  • PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DON'T CAUSE MORE DUI FATALITIES THAN OTHER AMERICANS—THEY JUST MAKE MORE HEADLINES. BUT WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE TRAGEDIES IN RECENT YEARS, WHY DID JOSH BRENT AND JERRY BROWN NOT LEARN FROM THEM?

YOENIS CESPEDES
  • Money-conscious Oakland shelled out $9 million a year for a Cuban slugger no other team would touch at that price. Now Yoenis Cespedes is drawing comparisons to Bo Jackson and, ahem, Willie Mays—and proving yet again that the A's know a baseball bargain when they see one

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Please. No more whining about timeouts

Oh, for the good old days, when the phrase T.O. controversy involved a shirtless wide receiver doing sit-ups in his driveway. The NBA and the NHL playoffs have been awash in timeout-related kerfuffles. First, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley tried to steal the ball from Russell Westbrook as the Thunder point guard was calling timeout during Game 2 of their first-round series; Westbrook left the collision with a torn knee ligament, and Beverley got death threats on Twitter (allegedly from an Oklahoma City ball boy). Then on Sunday, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien called his Senators counterpart, Paul MacLean, "classless" for taking a timeout with 18 seconds left in a brawl-filled Game 3 that Ottawa would win 6--1. (To be fair, it can be argued that MacLean was well within his rights to rub things in, having earlier been called a "bug-eyed fat walrus" by Montreal forward Brandon Prust.)

This is an article from the May 13, 2013 issue

Such controversy is nothing new, of course. In 2008, Florida coach Urban Meyer called two timeouts at the end of a 39-point victory over Georgia to get back at the Bulldogs for celebrating an '07 win over Florida a little too enthusiastically. And Roger Federer took a bathroom timeout at the 2010 Aussie Open because the sun was in his eyes.

So with the trend showing no signs of abating, here's a message to everyone who insists on getting up in arms when a ref raises his to stop play, no matter how scandalous: Calm down, or we'll put you in timeout.

PHOTOKEN MCKIMM/ICON SMI (MEYER)