Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Compiled by Travis Hill, The Times-Union

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Kudos to Darren Clarke. Some would say it takes a brave man to come out on the golf course wearing neon-pink plaid pants, a white belt and a matching neon-pink shirt that would make Liberace flinch.

In this corner, however, Mr. Clarke gets congratulated. For too long now, golf has lived in a conservative khaki world in which it was impossible to tell who was who.

Even Clarke fell prey to this boring spell. Check out pictures of him from five years ago: He was definitely part of the PGA Tour's earth-toned army.

It used to be that Jesper Parnevik and Duffy Waldorf were the neon freaks on the links. But now golf, a sport that is always in need of more color, has guys like Clarke, Luke Donald, Aaron Baddeley and Fredrik Jacobson blaring through the fairways.

In truth, it's in golf's blood. Go watch Caddyshack. This is a sport that gave birth to absurdly ugly pants.

Here is one fan who is glad that ugly is back in style.

DON'T TAKE A SHOT

Hospital visit, anyone? If there was a list of professional athletes you would never want to come into the stands after you, Gary Sheffield had to be up there. But the menacing Yankees right fielder, cousin of another infamous player, Dwight Gooden, showed surprising restraint after that Red Sox fan took a swipe at him Thursday.

So, with Sheff off the list, here is the new list of pro athletes you do not NOT want to taunt into a bleacher brawl.

-- Ray Lewis, linebacker, Baltimore Ravens: Let's see, he terrorizes 300-pound guys for a living. Oh, and then there was the attempted murder charge.

-- Serena Williams, tennis star: You see those muscles? Messing with her is just not a good idea. Your only hope is if she injures herself -- again -- on her way into the stands.

-- Barry Bonds, outfielder, San Francisco Giants: Baseball's new No. …

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