Posted on: March 30, 2009 9:14 am
 

Tiger Woods - Enough Said

     Tiger Woods returned to his winning ways yesterday with a dramatic come from behind victory at Bay Hill.  It is clear the Tiger has a dramatic effect on the ratings, popularity, and following of the PGA Tour.  What surprised me yesterday was that my girlfriend had active interest in the final round after the 3<sup>rd</sup> hole or so.  She is by no means a golf fan, but watching Tiger is something that captivates people.  We were treated to an epic comeback, great shots, and money putts by Tiger yesterday, along with some bogeys and a shot landing in the water from his competition.  As the sun was setting and Tiger was standing on the 18<sup>th</sup> green, tied but with a putt to win the tournament a familiar sight occurred.  Just like Michael Jordan taking the last shot, Tiger drained the putt and released a wave of emotion.  My girlfriend and I, along with everyone that watched, were treated to a stellar performance, by arguably the greatest athlete of our time.  Boy it is good to see Tiger back in the winner’s circle.

Category: Golf
Tags: Tiger Woods
 
Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:44 pm
 

Schilling - A Hall of Famer??

 With his retirement yesterday, the debate begins on Curt Schilling’s chances on being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Being a life-long Yankees fan I’m going to try and be as objective as possible.  When you look at Schilling’s resume the regular season does not jump out at you, in my opinion.  On the other hand, Schilling’s post-season numbers are exceptional.  During his career Schilling started at least 15 games 17 times.  He had only 5 seasons with over 15 wins (3 of those were over 20 wins) and in total he won only 216 games.  His regular season winning percentage is just below 60%.  Also, he never won a Cy Young.  During the post-season Schilling’s numbers take off.  In 19 starts, he had a record of 10-2 with a 2.23 ERA.  Many will say Schilling is the best post-season pitcher of his time and thus should gain entrance to the HOF, even though his regular season numbers don’t support it.  I agree that Schilling was a very good post-season pitcher, however, to say he was the best of his time may be stretching it.  David Cone had a 12-3 record during the post-season and was 5-0 in the World Series.  When you think of the 2001 World Series, Schilling won with the Diamondbacks, I think of Randy Johnson playing a bigger role then Schilling.  If David Cone whose regular season numbers are a shade below Schilling’s with 22 less wins, an equivalent ERA, and a perfect game doesn’t get in with his post-season numbers, should Schilling?  I have to say no.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 24, 2009 11:21 am
 

The Ravens, Are They Afraid of the Dark?

The Baltimore Ravens asked the NFL not to schedule them for a night game against the Steelers this season.  The Ravens believe that night games allow the Steelers fans to become more pumped up and creates and unfair playing field.  I find this quite funny on two counts.

 

1.      These are the big, bad Baltimore Ravens and they are afraid to go play a night game against the Steelers.  Does Ray Lewis need a security blanket or stuffed animal?  I don’t understand how the Ravens could even suggest this to the league and how they would let it be known to the public.

 

2.      A game between the Steelers and Ravens could be at 6 am and the crowd would be pumped and unruly.  Are the Ravens try to suggest the NFL should implement some sort of crowd policies to make sure road games aren’t too tough.  I mean going on the road and playing in front of those fans is not supposed to be a walk in the park.  What is wrong with the Ravens, saying its unfair.

 

Just shut up and play when  and where the league schedules you.

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 24, 2009 10:59 am
 

Arizona, not deserving just yet

         I still believe that Arizona’s “success” in the tournament this far does not justify the Wildcats inclusion in this year’s tournament.  Perhaps if the Wildcats had a different draw then I would say they deserved their spot.  However, I believe it is very likely that either Saint Mary’s or Creighton could have gotten to this point with Arizona’s draw (Utah and Cleveland State).  How did Arizona get in the tournament?  Was it their stellar road record (2-9) or maybe it was there 6<sup>th</sup> place Pac-10 finish.  Whatever is was they stole a spot from a deserving Mid-Major team that can win on the road and who most likely would be in the Sweet 16, also.  It is another case of the major conference teams (who may not be as deserving) getting the benefit of the doubt when it comes time to filling the field. People say that Arizona would have the best chance to win, but how do we know when consistently mid-majors get left out. I will change my opinion on this issue, if Arizona goes out and beats Louisville.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 24, 2009 9:54 am
 

Fixing Team USA

Baseball is America’s pastime. Yet in both of the World Baseball Classics, Team USA has not won, yet alone make the finals. I believe there are 3 reasons for Team USA’s disappointing performance these past two tournaments.

1. Lack of team play. Just look at the US Men’s Basketball team prior to the Beijing Olympics. Like the Basketball teams, the US Baseball team just threw a bunch of All-Stars together and basically said go win and like the Men’s Basketball team the Baseball team crashed and burned. For the next WBC, Team USA should name a team 6-9 months before the tournament starts and if the tournament is in March again, then at the end of December beginning of January they should get together and start practicing together.

2. Lack of a functional team. I look at Team USA as a collection of All-Starts, not as a team. Why did Team USA have both Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins on its roster this year? Why did they not have a full bench for the semi-final against Japan? During the semi-final broadcast Steve Phillips made a rare good point when he said, “Team USA should have a team with 8 starting fielders and then utility players on the bench for if someone gets hurt.”

3. Handcuffed Managing. I believe that Davy Johnson is doing the best he can most of the time. However, the biggest problem with Team USA is they all want to play and need to play. Because the tournament is played during Spring Training the players come and expect to play and there clubs expect them to play to be ready for the upcoming season. This hampers the building of team continuity and creates situations where Roy Oswalt stays on the mound to give up 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings. When a player joins Team USA and the WBC, they can not look at is as Spring Training, but a tournament where they are representing their country and need to do what it takes to win.

Hopefully if there is another World Baseball Classic, Team USA can copy the Redeem Team’s plan and win.

Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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