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Sometimes when I am confused, my computer will know what to do. I sit and stare at it for a while, and the words begin to appear. However, it is not helping me out today.

I think that we are both suffering from OVERLOAD. First, there are all of those magnificent events in the XXX Olympics. If that wasn't enough, both the Dodgers and the Angels are likely to make the MLB Playoffs. That isn't all, Silas Redd has actually joined the Trojan football team, and had his first workout. It is an understatement to say that he was impressive. Still, there is a lot of other stuff going on. Not only am I trying to figure out what you want me to write, but also what you want to read.

There seems to be a million things that I could write about, but I do not have the time, or brains to do so. As soon as one subject seems to be compelling, another one will come along and top it.

For a while, it looked like Gabrielle Douglas would be the biggest story of the Olympics, and she may still be. She is the fourth U.S. gymnast to win the women's all-around. She is a beautiful, bubbly, bouncy young lady, with a magnificent smile. To see her perform is to love her, and to wish her well.

Then, I could not overlook hurdler Lolo Jones. Not only was she homeless for periods of her young life, but she was headed for a medal in a previous match, then she unintentionally knocked over a hurdle. This time she was determined that there would be no mistakes. She willed herself to win, and she did.

Serena Williams weighed in with her smashing 6-0, 6-1 Gold Medal route over Maria Sharapova. The victory itself was not enough for Williams, so she launched into an impromptu victory dance after the match. I can't be certain, but I do not think that anyone has ever done that before at Wimbledon. There are those who will say that she is from Compton, and that is the way that people from that area express themselves. That may be true, but it looked like taunting to me, and I wish that she had not done it. Regrettably, good manners have never been her strong suit.

Meanwhile, back on the home front, Terrell Owens has signed an agreement to play wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. Owens is 38 years old, and he did not play professional football last year. The talented Owens was considered to be a disruptive force on any team that he played on. He was often at odds with his coaches, and his teammates. Owens may play well enough to make the team, but he will be a disruptive force, because that is who he is and what he does. So, I will not be shocked if either quits, or gets fired before this season is over. There are reports that he is facing bankruptcy, and I am truly sorry if that is the case. However, Owens has always been a troublemaker, and I do not think that will ever change.

Back to the Olympics, it does not look like this one will produce a star in the sport of boxing. If you recall, Cassius Clay, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya were all Olympians, who later became world champions as professionals. There may be someone in this group who will rise to those heights, and if that does happen, it will be a surprise to most of us.

The movie "Money Ball", with Brad Pitt was a big hit. It showed the approach that the Oakland Athletics use to field good teams, while spending a minimum amount of money. It still seems to be working. Since the Angels payroll is about $150 million, and the Athletics are paying only about $50 million. As of today, the Angels and Athletics records are 59-51 and 58-51, respectively. At least one team, and possibly several of them, are making mistakes that are costing them more than $100 million per year. Ouch!

USC's Lane Kiffin is not a person to stand idly by, when an opportunity presents itself. When he learned that Silas Redd was considering leaving Penn State to come to USC, he sprung into action. His staff was on vacation, but he gathered them, and then borrowed the private jet of Automotive Mogul Fletcher Jones, and flew to the East Coast. He met with the Redd family, made his presentation, and invited Silas to USC. The rest is history. This feat earned him a standing ovation from a grateful Trojan Nation!

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