Nobody is truly bulletproof, Serena
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Serena Williams has learned exactly zero lessons from what she “supposedly” said to Rolling Stone writer Stephen Rodrick. Starting with the word “supposedly.”

Yes, she said what she said about the Steubenville rape victim, because she apologized for it to the victim herself later, according to the family’s lawyer. And yes, she said what she said about Maria Sharapova because she says she apologized personally to Sharapova on Thursday. And yes, she said all these things after Rodrick pointed out that he taped all their conversations and interview sessions.

So “supposedly” isn’t the correct word here. “Stupidly,” maybe. “Insensitively,” perhaps. But definitely not “supposedly.” It’s a semantic point, I grant you, but an important one. She thought she was bulletproof, so she yapped like an auctioneer on crank, and there was blowback.

Now if she learns that nobody is truly bulletproof no matter how well things are going on the field of play, then we’ll say she’s learned something.


Paulie Harraka and Alex Kennedy will forever remember their respective NASCAR sprint debuts Sunday at Sonoma. Harraka hit a guy from behind. Kennedy was the guy he hit. And the accident happened while they were leaving pit row to head for the track. Amazingly, no punches were thrown, although in this one case, you’d have to think Kennedy deserved a free one.


If Rajon Rondo actually unloaded an F-bomb on Boston coach Doc Rivers to help precipitate a near-fight and Rivers’ departure from Boston, congratulations to Rondo. Most players irk their coaches by snoring.


Joe Theismann was in Sioux Falls, S.D., at a youth football clinic, and according to Matt Zimmer of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Theismann said this:

“I can just tell you that when I put that uniform on, and I put that helmet on with the Redskin logo on it, I felt like I was representing more than the Washington Redskins, I was representing the great Native American nations that exist in this country.”

No he didn’t.

Oh, I believe he said it, and Zimmer wrote it as said. But it would take the entire bourbon contents of Kentucky to get me to believe he ever had a oment’s thought about “the great Native American nations that exist in this country” while he was taking the field against Cowboys, Giants, Eagles or even, dare I say it, the Chiefs.

Call it, “trying too hard.”


Tahiti’s national soccer team won the hearts of Brazilian fans at the Confederations Cup despite being throttled in its three matches by a combined score of 24-1. But you may rest assured that once the Brazilian sports papers point out that Tahiti lost to Brazil by “only” 6-1 before losing to Spain 10-0 and Uruguay 8-0. At that point, when the Brazilian fan base rages at the substandard swill they were forced to watch (in winning all three games, it must be said), and starts panicking about their heroes might do against Uruguay in Wednesday, Tahiti won’t look quite so bloody charming.


Someone asked Mariano Rivera if, in his final All-Star Game, he would like to start the game, as some web sites have suggested would be a fitting honor for the retiring closer. He declined, as you suspected he would.

Wonder what Jim Leyland’s reaction would be, and what the over-under on f-bombs pe sentence would be.


The update on LeBron James’ legacy? It’s 76 hours and running now, and in the wake of Nic Wallenda’s walk across the Grand Canyon, James is now “not going to be as good as Jordan unless he walks across Lake Huron.”


And finally, in case you want to block out some free time for fun viewing, the Giants play Miami in whatever that thing is the Marlins play in on August 16, 17 and 18. Order your alcoholic choices ahead of time, for you don’t want to run out between Giant scoring rallies. If there are any.