Collegian’s rare appearance could teach Serena Williams a thing or two

So far he has escaped any punishment. No suspensions, no disciplinary action of any kind. He might even get away with it.

The perpetrator’s name is Patrick McMorris. He’s a senior security officer in the state of San Diego, specializing in criminal justice of all things. What he did against Arizona on Saturday remains scandalous by today’s standards: a brazen act of human compassion in broad daylight.

As seen too briefly on CBS, after helping tackle wide receiver Jacob Cowing, McMorris shamelessly reached out an arm to lift Cowing to his feet in blatant disregard of modern-day Street Cred Code. Even with officials on the spot, no flag was raised!

Such antiquated sportsmanship was ignored by CBS, which renewed television’s contentless habit of presenting replays, often in slow motion, of players in displays of self-importance, regardless of score.

To that end — emphasizing end — LSU star defenseman Maason Smith became the youngest in a line of needlessly disabled the next day. Lost for the season, he ripped his ACL jump to celebrate a tackle against Florida State.

But the whole week seemed like a sprint backwards. At the end of another week of racing backwards, McMorris represented the vastly underrepresented.

Patrick McMorris (left) of San Diego State showed how sportsmanship works by helping an opposing Arizona player during his game last week.
Patrick McMorris (left) of San Diego State showed how sportsmanship works by helping an opposing Arizona player during his game last week.
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Here in New York, populated by those once cajoled as the world’s most sophisticated sports fans and media, is 40-year-old depraved Serena Williams – the most nonconformist, graceful, testy, self-assertive and vulgar unruly in the history of women’s tennis – was ordained by media and gathered “tennis fans” as the most incomparable player and noble.

That there was plenty of hard evidence to the undeniable opposite of the latter was not only ignored by ESPN’s seasoned and experienced commentators, they backed up their blind flattery and gushed broad, unsupported testimonies of their common virtue.

And if the media was disgusting, so were the legions in attendance, whose sense of tennis was to shamelessly cheer when their three opponents committed errors, including double faults.

What did they say to the young and impressionable in their lives when they got home? “We tried to make things so miserable and impossible for Serena’s opponents! We were acting like obnoxious 12 year olds! We acted like weirdos!”

“What’s that? What did we know about their opponents? Good people? Bad people? Have they ever threatened a linesman with, ‘I swear to God I’ll take this damn ball and shove it down your throat!’? Who knows? Who cares?”

She is the best thing that has ever happened to women’s tennis!

Serena Williams
Serena Williams bids farewell to the crowd after her loss in Round 3 of the US Open.
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What happened to the sports in our sport? Why has it now infected women’s sport?

In July, the attention-hungry, vulgar braggart and bully, US soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe – selected the World Cup stages as demonstrably anti-American — was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, by President Biden.

Williams remained loyal to the end of her career as a lazy winner and worse loser, offering a quick, insincere handshake to winner Ajla Tomljanovic – who displayed extraordinary grace, determination, patience and talent despite being consistently vilified by the rude, ungrateful, hostile horde became the match.

During the on-court interview with Williams after the game, Tomlajanovic stood humbly and in awe as Williams thanked her entourage, but in keeping with her true career-long character as opposed to the media-fabricated lie, only a feeble half-sentence acknowledgment offered the winner.

Williams’ three games last week made for the ugliest hour in US Open women’s tennis history. That their matches were played at Arthur Ashe Stadium – named after a champion, athlete and gentleman – meant nothing at all.

On Tuesday, tennis “star” Nick Kyrgios lost while smashing racquets and shouting vulgarities – at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

And that’s how San Diego State’s Patrick McMorris has so far escaped infamy for helping an opponent stand up, as seen on national television. He is happy.

Michael Kay begins as Ken Singleton throws the first pitch of the game behind the mic for the YES Network on October 3, 2021 in Singleton's final game.
Michael Kay begins as Ken Singleton throws the first pitch of the game behind the mic for the YES Network on October 3, 2021 in Singleton’s final game.
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OK for Kay to challenge players, but Boone needs criticism too

Maybe Yankee Josh Donaldson thought he had Labor Day off.

Not running hard to first base before being easily knocked out on a ball off the wall at second Monday got him an inexplicable smile but didn’t cut an ice from either the YES video crew or Michael Kay. In a show-and-tell, Donaldson was revealed to be the newest Yankee to have a base behind him that wasn’t where it belonged.

Kay’s improved good faith presence lies in the fact that he no longer pretends viewers are too bored to see and therefore know better. Where he ignored the lethargy of the Yankees, from Robinson Cano to Gary Sanchez, he now speaks of untenable minimal play.

The only thing he hasn’t said and probably can’t say can be hinted at. The Yankees play Aaron Boone Baseball regardless of their WL record — the least you can do is good enough.

Imagine if the Yankees, the newbies and returnees, showed up every season knowing Boone wasn’t suffering from the inexcusable.

Maybe after five seasons in Boone’s stewardship, it’s about time Meredith Marakovits asked why in one of her cozy & A’s with Boone.


Rutgers radio football voice Chris Carlin, on Saturday’s WFAN vs. Boston College, took a break from his annual over-the-top, amateurish “Go RU!” hysteria reading a promo for “Rutgers Football’s official steakhouse.”

Given the recent news that RU football players spent $450,000 on school and taxpayer-funded food deliveries despite a sports department deficit of $73 million over 14 months, I figured the official steakhouse was DoorDash .

Time to forgive PSL debt

This just arrived: Reader/political correspondent Brian Trainor reports that President Biden will forgive all PSL debt in connection with the start of the NFL season.


Jonathan Loaisiga
Jonathan Loaisiga
Corey SIPKIN

Live and Learn: This week we read in YES graphs that Yankees pitchers, including Jonathan Loasiga, are throwing “sinkers” anywhere from 97 to 100 mph. Given that a sinker is (was?) a form of breaking pitch, I wasn’t aware you could throw one at 100 mph.


At the start of Arizona-San Diego state, CBS did not dodge ongoing investigations into three SDSU football players accused of gang raping a 17-year-old boy. CBS delivered a solid, sane account. One of the accused is “Punt God” Matt Araizalately cut by the Bills after the heat on him – and her – mounted.


Leading Saturday’s Oregon-Georgia broadcast, ABC/ESPN’s Sean McDonough seemed oddly excited to report that Oregon’s new coach Dan Lanning “has brought in 21 transfers!” he opined given the current scene of NCAA Division I transfers, or free agents ?


The NFL survivor pools of losers should start soon. I’ve never seen more underdogs on opening day. Ensures lean harvests in week 1.


As seen on ESPN’s ACC network Saturday, Syracuse wide receiver Devaughn Cooper, a 2016 high school grad from Los Angeles who was previously enrolled at Arizona and the University of Texas-El Paso, is a seventh senior. Must have finally drawn the climate to Syracuse.


Reader Dave Leigh recalled that his mother donated “everything to Catholic charities,” according to my recent lawsuit over his mother’s discarded baseball cards and the sale of a Mickey Mantle rookie ticket for an alleged $12.6 million. Leigh suggests: “Somewhere in the Andes of Peru there is a shrine to Clete Boyer.”

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