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Benson: Romano will love Haney if he finally breaks 80

Benson: Romano will love Haney if he finally breaks 80

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Last Monday was a day without a college basketball game anywhere to be found. The conference tourneys were over and NCAA tournament pairings finally revealed. Even the NIT was still a day away.

What was a sports TV junkie to do?

No problem. Flip on The Golf Channel and watch Ray Romano try to break 80. Most of us can identify with that more easily than someone going up for a dunk.

Everyone will love Raymond if they catch the series “The Haney Project: Ray Romano.” Tiger Woods’ instructor, Hank Haney, attempts to help funny man Romano finally shoot in the 70s for the first time in his life. New episodes air Mondays at 8 p.m.

Those who saw the first Haney project quickly will realize that Romano isn’t Charles Barkley. Thank goodness. Barkley and his herky-jerky swing provided the ultimate challenge to Haney. In the end, Haney wasn’t able to completely fix Barkley (who might need a psychiatrist), but the journey was hysterical.

Romano’s swing is much better than Barkley’s. But, like golfers everywhere, the 14-handicapper Romano has a battle going on between the ears. When he tells Haney what he thinks is wrong with his swing, the look on Haney’s face is priceless.

In other words — me instructor, you pupil, be quiet.

Romano keeps it light while being frustrated by every bad shot. There are plenty of bleeps that attest to that. You don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate Romano’s plight.

NCAA tourney: Northern Iowa vs. Kansas (CBS, Saturday 4:40 p.m.): UNI salvaged some pride for the Valley on Thursday by beating UNLV. Knocking off No. 1-ranked Kansas? Not a chance.

Women’s NCAA: UConn vs. Southern U. (ESPN2, Sunday 11:15 a.m.): The greatest team in women’s history starts its path toward another 39-0 season. The point spread on this laugher should be 50.

MLB: Cardinals vs. Astros (Fox Sports Midwest, Monday noon): Need a break after four days of non-stop NCAA hoops? Only 13 days left until the season begins.


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