Mediate Dont poke the bear


SAN DIEGO – On Thursday Rocco Mediate will find himself back at Torrey Pines and paired with Tiger Woods.

At the 2008 U.S. Open the affable veteran had a supporting actor role in Woods’ signature victory on the seaside muni. On Thursday and Friday the two will cross paths again at the Farmers Insurance Open. On Tuesday the conversation inevitably turned to how far the former world No. 1 had fallen from his Torrey Pines peak.

“I would hope that some of these youngsters aren’t thinking that they can kick his butt. If he happens to get wind of that, it ain’t happening. You just don’t make anybody more angry than they already are,” said Mediate, a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, before adding. “Except the Packers. They are going to lose.”