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2010 becomes 2011 continued

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Boxing continues to be one of Americas forgotten sports. In one of my first posts on this blog I wrote about how Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. needed to fight to save boxing and nearly a year later the fight still hasn’t happened. Both have fought and both have won easily, but they have yet to fight each other. To make boxing even more irrelevant the heavyweight division is still without a major superstar. So the question is…

Will Pacquioa and Mayweather fight? Will the Klitschko brothers fight each other and give people something to talk about.

Answer: Pacquioa’s next fight has already been determined and that is against and over the hill Sugar Shane Mosely(Less sugar and more molasses last time I checked). Mayweather on the other hand will be fighting the law after numerous allegations were brought up against him. Will these two fight? I say yes, just not when anyone cares anymore. I feel like this will be a fight that happens late in both of their careers when they are not the tremendous fighters they are today.

As for the Klitschkos… noway this happens but wouldn’t it be great to see them duke it out? Not only would it unify 3 belts but what would be better than watching two brothers beat the hell out of each other!

Celtics won round 1… Lakers won round 1 and 1/2 and round 2. Round 3? Both are on a collision course once again to meet in the finals. This year however both paths are far more difficult, So the question is…

Will the NBA Finals be Lakers vs. Celtics?

Answer: No! Not only are the Lakers are too old, but they still have to go through the west. The Spurs are better, the Mavericks are playing defense, and the Thunder are better. The Celtics have to go through, wait for it…THE EAST! I know shocking right! The not only have to battle the Magic and the Bulls, but there is this little team in Miami that is starting to figure things out. One of the two may make it but I have a hard time believing that both will get there.

You remember this guy right? He was and still is the best golfer in the world. Sure he had a rough 2010, but who didn’t really? Sure his was far worse than most people on the planet but whose to say he can’t bounce back. So the question is…

Will Tiger Woods fix his golf game and start winning again?

Answer: PGA Tour you have been warned. Tiger fell off so much that other golfers actually started talking smack! If struggling through an entire golf season wasn’t bad enough, other golfers actually not fearing Tiger was the last straw. I foresee Tiger going bananas this year and leaving a clear path of destruction in his wake. Wins, Wins, and more wins.

Bonus question: Will Tiger Woods start dating again?

Bonus Answer: Now I would love nothing more than Tiger to start dating either Lindsey Lohan or Brittney Spears, but after the year he had I just can’t imagine him dating so soon. If he does date however I expect the women to be someone from high society without any history of any shady past whatsoever.

AND FINALLY……..

Both the NFL and NBA are in golden eras and both are in jeopardy of not having seasons next year. So the question is…

Will the NBA and NFL have lockouts next year?

Answer: David Stern and Roger Goddell call Bud Selig and ask him how 1994 was, PLEASE!!! No one wants to see a strike. In the NFL it would mean players like Tom Brady, Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and Andre Johnson wasting prime years of their careers. In the NBA it would be a loss for Lebron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Kobe Bryant. Both leagues have never been better so hopefully these labor negotiations can be worked out before we lose any basketball or football.

2010 was a great year in sports and hopefully 2011 can be even better. Hopefully we will soon be able to find out the answers to all these questions! Happy New Years from SOGJ!

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Evil Tiger…

While I am by no means disagreeing with Superman on the fact that Tiger is still better at golf than most of us are at anything that we do. There is a counter idea I must propose.

The other day KJ and I were discussing over lunch how Tiger was struggling at Bridgestone and just not being to put it best Tiger. The amount of money of the settlement came up along with the sponsors lost and so on and so on and I brought up the point of what does Tiger have left to lose? For the most part the sponsors that have stuck by him are going to stay. Nike isn’t going anywhere, there’s a million other watch companies out there, and while it may still be a little early for Gatorade to be putting up “Tiger is it in you?” banners I don’t think they are going to be going anywhere anytime soon either.

So the major sponsors are left, his life is in shambles, his golf game is at the time struggling what is there left to lose?

Enter “Evil Tiger”…

Maybe the strippers’ and escorts, and Perkins waitresses, and booze and parties and everything else was what allowed Tiger to be Tiger. The Tiger we knew and loved. Personally I could are less on his person life. I always enjoyed Tiger for the dominance on the course and not because of his home life or appearance there of. I never cared about Jordan’s gambling or Strawberry’s coke habit I just cared that when came time to bring it they did and were there and better than the rest.

So my plan for Tiger you ask? Go nuts. Make John Daily look like an alter boy. Hell team up with the big man and start a Holes and Ho’s pro-am. Tiger should date models and porn stars and Perkins, Denny’s, and IHOP waitresses he should bring them to the tournaments on his giant yacht, drive Lambo’s and Ferrari’s, move to Vegas and live in the penthouse of the Palms.

Get new sponsors like Grey Goose, Red Bull, Trojan, and trade Buick for Bentley.

Tiger could get away with all of this and probably even gain some more male fans too as long as he does one key thing with all of this..win. I want to see the old Tiger the guy who would win by 12 strokes and smirk in the post round interviews. I want that swagger and dominance back and if the above is what it takes to get it I’m ok with giving him a pass. He’s a golfer not a president and we should be worried about what he does on the course and not in the sheets.

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The Tiger Slump?

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Think of the greatest athletes you can? Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Barry Bonds(pre or post steroids the man is a still a stud) Now try to remember anytime where they struggled in their prime? Sure Mike had the years we forget in Washington and Wayne lost some speed late in his career but never a complete drop off. Could we be witnessing that from Tiger?

After his domestic problems we expected Tiger to come back and dominate just as he always had. He would take a while to get back in the swing of things sure but eventually he would regain his cut throat style that made him so successful. What is happening this weekend is exactly the opposite! It’s like watching Greg Maddux not be able to locate a fastball or MJ missing his patented fade away, Tiger Woods is at +11 and in 78th place out of 80! He shot a 75 today dangerously close to the unthinkable 80 mark.

Could we be witnessing something that we have never witnessed in our lifetime? The absolute best player in a sport falling off so sharply that he is forced to retire. No player on the Tour fears him anymore and who knows if Tiger even thinks he can win anymore?

Regardless if this is a minor set back before he returns to form or the beginning of the end of one of the greatest careers ever please pay attention. Either way you will be viewing something that you are not likely to see again. Normally decline is gradual not a sharp downward spike, right now we are at the top of that spike waiting to be slammed down or held up like one of Tiger’s check swings.

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Tiger Woods is still really good…and golf is really hard!

July 24, 2010 1 comment

Since Tiger Woods returned from his, uh, personal problems he has been in what he would consider a slump. Most people who know how good Tiger Woods is would also say he is in a slump. But here is the thing 95% of professional golfers would love to be in a slump like Tiger.

Let’s take a look. Tiger has played in 7 tournaments this year. He has made the cut in 6 of the 7 and had to withdraw from one. He is currently ranked #1 in the world and is in 102nd place on the Fedex Cup Standings. He has made $789,511 in tour winnings. Now compare that to the golfers on either side of the Fedex Cup standings.

This ladies and gentlemen is Josh Teater.

Josh Teater is ranked 101, have you ever heard of Josh Teater? I haven’t. Josh Teater has played in 21 events and missed the cut for 8 of them. He has missed the cut more than Tiger has played events!!! His best finish was a tie for 5th at the At&T Pro-Am, his 4th event of the year. Tiger’s tied for 4th twice in the Masters, his first tournament back after having his mistakes splashed all over every newspaper in the world and 4th at the U.S. Open his fifth tournament of the year! Also I forgot to mention Josh Teater has only(I just want to say I wish I only made this much money for doing something) earned $633,592 for the year.

Meet Nathan Green

Nathan Green, is one spot behind Tiger in 103rd. He has player in 19 tournaments and missed the cut in 7 of them! His best finished is a tie for 8th place in his second tournament of the year. He played in the Masters and finished 44 spots behind Tiger. I don’t recall hearing anything about Nathan Green’s personal life(or him period really) leading up to the Masters. He has only earned $525,010 on the tour this year.

So what does all this mean you ask? Well Tiger Woods is really, really good at golf. I mean freakishly good. Like as good as you say you were at your favorite video game when you were a kid. Like when someone says, “Oh I was really good at Super Mario Brothers 3.” and you say, “Oh that was my game. I could have gone pro at that I was so good!” That’s how good Tiger is at golf. Sure we already sort of knew that but he has to try to concentrate for an entire tournament knowing that every smirk,curse word, flinch, and little thing he does is going to be analyzed by someone, somewhere. We think he is trying to rebuild his personal life and may still be a schmuck deep down…but I think he is trying to become a better person. If he isn’t, who really cares you don’t watch him because he treats people nicely(it isn’t Mr. Rogers) you watch him because of what he can do on a golf course.

P.S. If you have ever played golf you know how f’ing hard it is which make Tiger that much more impressive!

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First LeBron, and now Tiger?

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Tiger seen here with putting with the Nike Method during a practice round at St. Andrews this week.

Prepare for the scathing letter from the desk of putter mastermind Scotty Cameron, ala Dan Gilbert.

Tiger Woods has dumped his famed putter that he has used to win 13 majors since 1999 in favor of the Nike Method.  This may not seem like news to the casual sports fan, but golf nerds across the world might compare this to the LeBron fiasco decision.

He claims that the Nike Method helps him putt better on the slower greens at St. Andrews, which is hosting the 139th Open Championship this week.

From ESPN.com:

But he did disclose that he is putting a new putter in his bag for the first time in 11 years. Gone, at least for this week, is the Scotty Cameron Newport 2, a putter which has been in use for 13 of his 14 major championships going all the way back to May of 1999. Woods is going with a new Nike model called the Method.

“I’ve always been tempted to change my putter on slower greens and I’ve always struggled when greens are really slow,” Woods said. “I’ve always felt more comfortable when the greens are quick. I’ve always experimented with other putters throughout the years but I’ve never put one in play until now.”

It’s Augusta time.

April 6, 2010 1 comment

God's finest 18 hole creation.

I’ll just get right to the point here. The week of the Masters is my favorite week of the year. Not only do I get 24/7 coverage live from Augusta almost all week thanks to ESPN, The Golf Channel and CBS, but it also signals that it’s time for us Illinoisans to bust out our sticks and hit the links as well.

The 2010 edition of the Masters has more story lines than your average tournament. Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?

1. Jim Nantz and Mike Tirico try to out-cheese each other:


This is always a very competitive duel.  Some would argue that nobody can match the cheese that Jimmy Nantz lays down during Sunday’s final round, but Mike Tirico has made the Par 3 contest his poetic bitch. The use of children as the caddies for paid athletes is pure inspiration for Tirico, as well as watching AARP members like Gary Player try to hit the ball 100 yards over a small pond.

Tirico may now get three days to attempt to knock Nantz off of his lyrical high horse, but he’s no match for the master.

Advantage – Nantz over Tirico

(Side note: If Jim Nantz doesn’t have the best week of any male living on God’s green Earth then slap me in the balls and call me LeBron. He gets to call the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four all weekend, then he flies straight to Augusta to announce the final two rounds of the Masters after hitting up three strip clubs with Tiger Woods during the week. How did he get these jobs?)

(Side note #2: Everybody knows that Gus Johnson is much better suited to call the NCAA Final Four. Let Nantz have his Masters, give Gus his golden goose.)

2. A freaking 16 year old made the field:


Matteo Manassero is a 16 year old Italian amateur that played his way into the Masters field with a win at the European Amateur Championship. I stumbled upon his press conference today where he was asked questions such as: Who is your favorite Jonas Brother? Are you upset that Hannah Montana is moving back to Tennessee? and Did you bring any homework to do this week since you are missing school? (Two of those questions are bogus, one of them is legit. You be the judge.)

He also makes every middle aged man who has played golf religiously for their entire life chuck their sticks into the nearest pond and take up bowling.

The only place that could possibly be any more cool for a 16 year old to be other than Augusta National to play in the Masters would be Megan Fox’s dressing room.  She has a weird thumb though, Augusta is flawless.

Advantage – Augusta National over Megan Fox’s Dressing Room by a thumb.

3. The return of David Duval:


Double D was easily my favorite golfer when I was growing up. On my high school golf team I even rocked the Oakley M-Frames for all 4 seasons. We also share the same birthday…holla!

Duval is making his first appearance at the Masters since 2006 where he finished at a robust 20 over par.  Some would argue that DD is only in the Masters because he got lucky one week last year at Bethpage Black, and I would partially agree with them. He really hasn’t done much since then except finish 2nd at the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

This could make for an awesome story line, however. You may recall the classic back nine duel between Duval and Tiger Woods at the Masters back in 2001. It was an epic heavyweight fight between the then #1 and #2 players in the world rankings. How awesome would it be to see two comeback players like Duval and Tiger reliving old times on the back nine at Augusta? I would most likely cream my collective pants.

Duvie used to eat Augusta for breakfast in his prime. He never collected a green jacket, but look at these finishes:

1998: 2nd

1999: 6th

2000: 3rd

2001: 2nd

I’m not sure if it’s me wanting to relive my teenage years, or the seven Bud Lights that I just drank, but I really like Duval this week.

Advantage – Duval over Father Time

4. Philly McTits is struggling:


(Disclaimer: I roughly have 3,938 nicknames for Phil Mickelson. Some are sampled below. These come out at very random times during rounds of golf with my buddies when someone pulls a Mickelson inspired move. The above video showcases his douchiness. I’ve talked with a caddie at Harbour Town Golf Links that works the Verizon Heritage every year and said that nobody, including other players, can stand him. They say he’s fake as hell in front of the cameras. Ernie Els, on the other hand, was cool enough to bring a case of Budweiser and cigars to the caddy room to hang out with them. Awesome.)

Philbert is a lot like Duval. He loves him some Augusta. Phil was supposed to be golf’s (chubby) knight in shining armor after the whole Tiger fiasco. Too bad he hasn’t done jack shit other than allegedly shoot a 58 during a recreational round at a non-tour course.

I wouldn’t count ol’ Mickeltitties out this week, however. He has never really gone into Augusta on a hot streak, except for 2006 when he came to the Masters fresh off of a 13 stroke win at the BellSouth Classic. Take a peek:

2004: Win

2005: 10th

2006: Win

2008: 5th

2009: 5th

I have a feeling that Mickelson didn’t really like all of the spotlight that he got once Tiger was gone. He needs Tiger like the Joker needs Batman, or does Batman need the Joker? Oh well, I’m not nerdy enough to really care about that. Now that Tiger is back in action, Phil can take aim at another green jacket. I like him for another top 10 finish this week.

Advantage: Philly Flops

5. Oh yeah, Tiger is back…

Uh oh, field. Daddy’s back home.

Advantage – Tiger

Tiger effectively told you nothing

February 20, 2010 1 comment

Sometimes it’s hard for the die-hard sports fan to grasp just how important a sports related event is on a social scale just because they think every piece of sports news is life altering. (When Brett Favre re-signs with the Vikings in July, I’ll totally agree with said statement.)

Here’s how I judge it:

When I have co-workers who I know have never watched more than 30 seconds of a PGA Tour event ask me if I’m going to listen to the Tiger Woods presser, then I know that it’s a huge deal.

Why does everybody care about Tiger and his infidelity so much? Because this is America, and in America there is nothing we love to do more than build people to superhero status, break them back down to nothing, and then rebuild them.  It’s the great American story.  Nobody forgives quite like the USA. (See: Charlie Sheen, John Daly, Mike Vick, Allen Iverson, Brittney Spears.)

Yesterday’s press conference was huge both for the general public and ‘Camp-Tiger.’  The public, who has been thirsting for a piece of El Tigre since the Thanksgiving Hydrant Massacre, wanted to hear exactly how Tiger was going to apologize and how detailed it would be.  ‘Camp-Tiger’ wanted to see how well a team of PR experts could write a 13 minute speech after 3 months of preparation.

As soon as the press conference was over the reviews and opinions of the apology of the century were all over the web, but here is my take on the whole thing.

Tiger said exactly what he was supposed to say. How do I know this, you ask? Because I took PR classes in college. This speech had Public Relations 101 written all over it:

1. Tiger accepting blame for the entire incident.

2. Tiger apologizing to his wife and family about 1,389 times.

3. Tiger attempting to convice America that Elin really didn’t bust up his Escalade on dubs with his forged Nike 9-iron.

4. Tiger talking about his ‘treatment’ and how he will move on.

5. Tiger thanking his supporters and asking for help in the future with his problem.

6. Tiger hugging his mother and slightly pumping the tear ducts for 10.3 seconds with the cameras still rolling.

Honestly, this speech was so robotic and prepared that it effectively told you nothing about what Tiger Woods really thinks.  It told us a great deal about his PR team.  It told us that they did in fact graduate from a four-year institution with an emphasis on public relations and a minor in kissing ass. (How else did they get on Tiger’s PR team?)  What an incredible let down this was for most of America. (Not for me, however. I knew it was headed down this road the second it was scheduled.)

If we really need to know exactly what Tiger thinks about his past transgressions and his current situation then what we need is an unscripted, open topic, sit down interview with Jim Nantz, Bob Costas, Barbara Walters or Chris Hansen. (The Hansen interview would be taped just like an episode of ‘How to Catch a Predator.’ The new title: ‘Trapping a Tiger.’)

Tiger’s best move would be to re-join the PGA Tour as quickly as possible, start winning tournaments again (which he undoubtedly will, if you think otherwise then you’re an idiot), and shut everybody up.

Just do it Tiger, we need TMZ to give you back, the golf world misses you.

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