CNBC’s Darren Rovell reports that LeBron James’ summer of discontented fans, where he bailed on Cleveland’s long-suffering sports scene for the glitz of Miami and gave sports columnists and radio hosts material for the next month, has hurt his popularity. However, James is still more liked than Tiger Woods, according to the latest Q Score report, which has Woods as the second most-disliked athlete, behind only Michael Vick.
In January 2010, The Q Scores Company took a poll of the general population and found that 24 percent of people thought of James in a positive light, compared to a 22 percent negative opinion. … But since “The Decision” show on July 8, things have gone seriously downhill for the NBA star. …
LeBron’s Q Score today?
[Executive vice president Henry] Schafer says that now only 14 percent of the general population see him as a positive figure, a 41.6 percent drop, while 39 percent view him in a negative light, a 77 percent decline.
In fact, LeBron is now the sixth most disliked sports personality, according to The Q Score Company, behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant.
Lee Westwood expects to be ready for Ryder CupNo real surprise here since Colin Montgomerie had all but guaranteed injured Lee Westwood would be back for the Ryder Cup, but the BBC reports that Westwood’s recovery from his calf injury is ahead of schedule.
Westwood's management team said the 37-year-old will play at a charity event hosted by Ryder Cup vice-captain Darren Clarke and cricket legend Sir Ian Botham at Archerfield Golf Club in Scotland early next week.
"Lee started chipping and putting last week and is hitting up to five irons," added the ISM spokesman. "There have been no setbacks.
"He is expecting to be through the bag at the weekend and on Friday week he will be playing 36 holes just to make sure he is capable of playing two rounds in one day if he is called to do so in the Ryder Cup."
‘Hefty’ Sergio makes pro soccer debutSergio Garcia is spending his hiatus from golf playing the sport he really loves: soccer.
Garcia, who is owner of his hometown team Borriol in Spain’s Third Division, played in his first game over the weekend, according to The Sun UK.
The ex-world No 2 golfer came on for the final eight minutes of Borriol's 1-0 defeat by Ribarroja at the weekend.
He played on the left of midfield and even had a loud penalty claim turned down.
One onlooker said:
"Sergio looked on the hefty side but has talent. However, he only got his chance because he's club president."
Garcia, 30, hopes the coach will give him more games during a two-month break from golf before helping out the Ryder Cup side as vice-captain.
Stray ShotsStuff we noticed while wondering which team Lil Wayne is picking in the Ryder Cup… The Daily Mail’s Derek Lawrenson says Paul Casey’s Sunday collapse at Cog Hill proves that Monty was right to leave Casey off Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
A brewery in Wales has created a beer in honor of Tiger Woods and the Ryder Cup. “Tiger Would” ale features a logo of a sexy blonde holding a golf ball. (Via Yahoo! Sports)
Wild boars are ripping apart Sebastian Municipal Golf Course in Sebastian, Fla. Wouldn’t Sebastian head pro Ty Webb calling retired greenskeeper Carl Spackler for help be a good premise for Caddyshack 3? (Via The Miami Herald)