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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

PAUL ATTFIELD

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GOOD

Madison Bumgarner

The Giants left-hander struck a blow for whippersnappers everywhere Thursday, outduelling a rival almost 27 years his senior in a 4-2 win. Rockies lefty Jamie Moyer – at 49, old enough to be Bumgarner’s father – is still awaiting the victory that would make him the oldest starting pitcher to earn a major-league win, but being as he spent the whole of 2010 recovering from ligament-replacement surgery, he best do it quickly before his arm tears off entirely.

Derek Jeter

The Yankees captain is another senior citizen who has seemingly tapped into the “fountain of youth,” as one scout told the New York Post. Jeter is batting .355 so far this season, going 4-for-4 in a 6-2 win over Baltimore last Monday and has scouts raving over his improved speed on the basepaths. Of course, these are the same scouts who proclaimed the 37-year-old over the hill last season after getting off to a woeful start at the plate, so what do they know anyway?

BAD

Keith Moon

Hosting the Olympics is anything but simple, and picking the music acts to wrap up the whole shindig is no exception, especially when you try to book someone who passed 34 years ago. “I e-mailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old’,” the band’s long-time manager, Bill Curbishley, told the Times of London this week when asked what the former drummer was up to. “If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”

Brian Gay

It wasn’t exactly Amen Corner, but the Texan golfer could have been forgiven for saying his prayers at the 15th hole of the RBC Heritage on Thursday when a stubborn alligator decided to take up residence on the edge of the green. Luckily for Gay, caddy Kip Henley forced the gator back into the water with use of the sand rake, at once allowing Gay to hole out for a bogey-6 and further diminishing Tiger’s reputation as the most intimidating beast on the PGA Tour.

Dwyane Wade

The Heat superstar did little to detract from the argument that NBA players are overpaid oinks this week when he insisted that those who play at the Olympics should be paid for their time. While the Miami PR machine continues to go into overdrive, it does make you wonder how Wade could defend his stance to, say, a fencer or an archer in London this summer. To his credit, he did backtrack on his statement, but after making a reported $26.2-million last year, he can afford to swallow his words, no doubt chased down with copious amounts of caviar.

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