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We have seen this before…

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

He has no answers...

With great power comes great responsibility. This is the phrase that I keep coming back to when trying to revisit the Miami Heat loss to the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks just 3 days ago.

Since their victory the Mavericks have shifted to an afterthought and the story has become why did Miami and mainly Lebron lose this finals? Fairly or unfairly this story isn’t going away and it won’t for the foreseeable future. Not until Lebron wins a title.

Michael had it, Tiger had it, Kobe had it, Wilt had it, Ali had it, and Lebron has it. Freakish athletic ability that allows you to do things in your sport that few people are even capable of dreaming about. Like Lebron these other men all enjoyed their fair share of criticism. Because, like Lebron, they are and were so gifted athletically that winning was the only thing that the public would allow. Any sports fan, I can guarantee has made the comment, “Well if I was that athletic I would just go to the rim every time and dunk.” or “If I was that strong I would just run people over” or “Man I wish I had his ability I wouldn’t waste it.” But really would you?

People who have never had to deal with the things that professional athletes deal with have no idea what it is to have their lives. So here is the situation, you are a multimillionaire, you get paid to play a sport, shoot commercials, and make appearances, you get the money regardless, only you can’t ever say anything stupid in public, and by all means you cannot LOSE and if you do it is all your fault! I know that I get stressed out when I upset a friend or co-worker, now you are telling me I have millions of people who are pissed at me? And if I lose I am letting down millions of people who once believed in me?

Now you take the men I mentioned above, the icons if you will, who were held to an even higher standard. They are not allowed to let pressure get to them because we say so? How dare you act human in front of millions of people rooting for you to fail!! (Sarcasm folks!)

Now I don’t disagree that Lebron like all those guys before him hasn’t done the best job trying to gain our sympathy, but their was a time where everyone hated Kobe, Ali, Tiger(He is in the middle of his hatefest, maybe he and Lebron should go to Denny’s or Ihop and talk about it), Wilt, and even MJ. All of these men had their hiccups, their screw ups(or just screws TI-GERRR!) and all had reasons for being hated and all of those went away when they won.(Still waiting Tiger)

The past is forgotten by winning and winning a lot. It is forgotten by performing at the highest level when your team or your sport commands it. That’s why we love the icons so much, they delivered when they were supposed to deliver. The only reason they were able to do that time after time is because of the failures they went through to get them to that elite level.

So sure Lebron didn’t play in the Finals the way he did in the Boston or Chicago series. The way we have been dying for him to consistently play since he entered the NBA. But if both those series told us anything it’s that the ability to do so is in there somewhere.

Lebron has it in him to make shots and dominate games. To get to the rim when ever he wants, to get a triple double and be a lock down defender. The only problem is he only doesn’t when HE wants to and not when WE want him to . I think the greatest compliment that can ever be given to Michael Jordan is that he WAS Michael Jordan every time he stepped on the floor. He played his guts out and gave the fans and his teammates the same great player every single night no matter if it was in November or in Game 4, 5, or 6(haha little jab at Lebron) of the Finals , he was MJ, His Airness, the greatest of all time every single time he took the floor! If Lebron learns anything from this whole experience it should be that we want the 35 point, 12 rebound, 9 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks Lebron every single night because anything else would be a waste of your great gift or power if you will…remember Lebron with great power comes great responsibility.

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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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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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Life is short

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

The passing of Chris Henry should make us all take a step back and appreciate the short life we all have.

Chris Henry died this week at the age of 26.

He had 3 children.

I am 26.

Sports are great. The give the every day person a release, something to hope for, something to talk about and something root for. Through all of that I think we forget that these athletes, regardless of their tremendous god given ability, is that they are people with families. Three children will grow up with out their father. He was taken from them before the prime of his own life.

We are able to make fun of athletes and their situations because they seem untouchable, but when you sit back and think about the lives they are effecting, or no longer effecting, you have to sit back and think about your own life.

Tiger Woods has been in the news for all his issues and we have not held back our own shots at him, but with the recent news that he and Elin’s divorce, I immediately think about to his two young children. They have just become a statistic, another two kids from a broken home. I understand that these people have money, which gives them the means to survive, but that money can not change the emotional scaring that this circus is causing.

Can you imagine your own relationship or your parent’s relationship splashed across newspapers, trashy magazines and TV for weeks at a time. Someday, Sam and Charlie Woods will old enough to read and learn about their father.  They will learn that he is arguably the greatest golfer ever, and they will also learn how his poor judgment ruined his and their mother’s lives. It’s hard to take a step back and view the hardships of athletes like Tiger and Chris Henry on a personal level, but it really does give a different and more realistic opinion of the situations.  You begin to see these athletes as people, and you can’t help but feel bad for them and their families.

I guess the point of this article is that with Christmas and a new year quickly approaching, think about the things that really matter in your life and be really thankful for them.

Be happy that when you fight with your girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife, or who ever it may be, it stays between you.  It isn’t broadcast to 98 countries and plastered on Perez Hilton’s terrible blog.

Tell the people in your life that you love them, don’t take life for granted and seize the moments that come to you. The worst thing a person can do is look back and wish they had done things different, or said something they didn’t, or change something they did say.

Be grateful for the life you have and remember that life is short, and if you forget think about how Chris Henry’s three small children will never ever be able to hug their father ever again and tell him they love him. It really is a shame.

Rest in peace Chris, we know you miss those beautiful kids.

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