Pop Culture: Sports Bites

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From the May 29, 2014 edition

DON-NO-VAN

Golak 1: Landon Donovan missed the cut on Team USA's final World Cup roster. Do you appreciate Team USA making a push with fresh faces, or is this just a straight-up veteran snub?

Sumukh 1: While it would have been nice to see Donovan out there for Team USA again, considering we're in "The Group of Death," even if Lionel Messi were one of the fresh faces, I think we'd be screwed.

BREAK POINT

Sumukh 2: After addressing the media at the beginning of the week about breaking off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy came from behind to win the BMW PGA Championship. Are athletes just better off not having high-profile relationships?

Golak 2: I don't know. I mean, look at Derek Jeter. Then look at that video of Lamar Odom freestyle rapping high on crack. I think the only maxim is don't date Tawny Kitaen.

CAN'T TOUCH THIS

Golak 3: Josh Beckett threw 2014's first no-hitter. Do you enjoy what I call The No-Hit Era that the end of The Steroid Era has brought in, or do you miss the long ball and inflated scores?

Sumukh 3: It's hard to not love the long-ball, and it's also destroyed one of my favorite hobbies in baseball: comparing photos of a player when they were in the minor leagues and then seeing them when they were clearly on steroids (google Nomar Garciaparra's Sports Illustrated cover for the most ridiculous).

LAP IT UP

Sumukh 4: Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500 by .060 seconds, denying second-place finisher Helio Castroneves of his fourth Indy 500 win of his career. Though auto racing is low on my list of sports interests, I always tune in for the Indy 500. Where does it rank on your list of American sports events and traditions?

Golak 4: Above the Kentucky Derby. But below the “Rocky” movie marathons on Memorial Day (Sylvester Stallone is in the Boxing Hall of Fame now; the “Rocky” movies count as a sporting event).