Santo makes it in...thats deserving of a heel click...
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the locals are really getting tired of having to lower their flags for senseless tragedies. We mourn the loss of the Aurora shooting, and send our love and condolences.
Leading Off: Stunning finish at the Open
Im not a big golf fan, if none of my three favorite golfers aren’t in the running. My favorite golfers are named Tiger, Bubba and Boo Im usually not paying that much attention. It just happened that I was having lunch with the Lady Bandit yesterday and the Open Championship at Royal Lytham was on. Adam Scott was leading and was about to putt for par on the 15th, Lady Bandit was struck by the broomstick length putter that the Aussie was using. Its supposed to help steady his putting, I remarked. Scott then proceeded to miss the par putt. We watched as Scott then proceeded to miss par putts on 16 and on 17 as well.
“I know he (Scott) isn’t about to give this away like Van De Velde did in ’99.” I said aloud, then regaling her about the sickening collapse of the Frenchman at the final hole at Carnoustie. Van De Velde needed a double bogey 6 to be the first Frenchman since 1907 to win the Claret Jug, he shot a 7 and had to make a tough putt to salvage that and force a playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie which he lost to Lawrie. Surely, Scott wouldn’t do that would he???
Nope, he wasted his huge lead by the 17th hole and now was needing a par on the 18th to force a playoff with Ernie Els who had finished ahead of him and was waiting outside the clubhouse having finished at -7. After finding a pot bunker on his first shot and having to shoot sideways to get out, Scott dropped a stunning 3rd shot to within 7 feet of the pin. Scott had weebled and wobbled but he wouldn’t fall down now would he? He lined the putt up with his belly putter and as soon as he struck I said aloud “He gaffled it!” He left the ball to the left of the cup and the Claret Jug that seemed to be a foregone conclusion was gone. The collapse was such a stunning turn of events many patrons in the restaurant gasped aloud. Scott sank to his knees in shock and disbelief and Els was the benefactor and the 2012 Open winner.
For his part, Scott was forthright and classy in defeat, just as Els consoled him was classy in his victory ten years and a day since winning the Open at Muirfield. One has to wonder can Scott come back from yet another stunning major loss. Remember he watched as another South African Charl Schwartzel stormed down the back nine at Augusta last year to win his first major.
Ichiro: IN PINSTRIPES!!!
Its just not fair, it really isn’t. I make no bones about my dislike for the Yankees. I hate that MLB and ESPN seem to kowtow to them all the time. But now the Mariners have made themselves a trading partner for the Yankees giving the incomparable Ichiro to the Yankees for a bag of bean. It was actually two minor leaguers but it might have well been. The hitting sensation from Japan burst on to the scene in 2001 and has been a machine, having 12 straight 200 hit seasons to start his career and over 2500 in his MLB career the right fielder is a beast. To think he will be sporting pinstripes makes this scribe ill. But it’s a smart and needed move by the Bombers who just lost Brett Gardner to a season ending elbow injury and could use Ichiro’s lithe bat at the top of the order with Derek Jeter. Ichiro will simply switch clubhouses as the Yankees are in Seattle and leave with his new team. Knowing the Mariners are deep in a rebuilding mode, Ichiro requested a trade, he is 38 but shows no signs of slowing down though he did play 8 years in Japan before coming to America. He might very well be the 2nd player to get his 3000th hit in a Yankee uniform. I still don’t think its right, I might have to go get Sully and Mo off that ledge in a bit…
"Why dont they like me????" Wishy-Washy players tend to annoy folks, Dwight
NBA: The trials and tribulations of Dwight Howard
I really don’t feel sorry for Dwight Howard. He has been immeasurably blessed with basketball talent that I cant even fathom and couldn’t duplicate even on a video game. He was pegged as a NBA superstar before he got out of high school. I have the issue of Slam Magazine that touted him among 6 players that they saw as destined for greatness. The players that are on the cover with Howard, Josh Smith and Al Jefferson who have had a solid serviceable NBA careers. Shaun Livingston, Marvin Williams have been journeymen if not outright busts and Bassy Telfair??? Ill keep myself from laughing. Howard has been the outright star of that 2004 class. The versatile center has averaged 18.4 points a game in his career and at 26 is young enough to build a team around. Howard now may go to the Lakers, but the Magic still hold the cards and will not be bullied or browbeat into a rash deal. Howard for his part has said very little but the pro basketball world is getting tired of the dance. Most of the free agents have landed in new spots, Howard isn’t a free agent and theoretically cant pick where he wants to play this coming season but everyone knows that he will be a free agent at next seasons end and most teams aren’t willing to trade for a player that has openly stated that he would have no intention of staying long term. Unless that team is Brooklyn, but the Nets have seemed to have cooled their interest in him, so there he is and the whole basketball universe waits…
If Howard does get traded for Andrew Bynum, it makes the Lakers a very dangerous team. With Steve Nash running the point, Kobe would have to share his shots but that could be worked out very nicely. Keep Paul Gasol and add the interesting Antawn Jamison off the bench and the Lakers suddenly give the Thunder AND the Heat something to worry about.
I did get into a debate if Howard is now the NBA’s most despised player, replacing Lebron James. I think Howard has earned that moniker, while he has immense talent he tends to try to want to please everyone. He then waffles and comes off as selfish and immature. He has already put his foot in his mouth a few times with the whole Stan Van Gundy feud and his holding the Magic hostage with his decision on staying or going, signing the option year then publicly balking at staying. Howard doesn’t deserve to decide where he goes.
NCAA: The Hammer comes down in Happy Valley
Penn State knew that they were going to get it and good, now knowing that former coach Joe Paterno not only knew about the sick shit that Sandusky was doing but worked hard to cover it up and deflect investigations. The cover up went all the way up to people of high influence in Penn State and the fact that it and it was know about and lied about was proof positive that Penn State got what it deserved. People was screaming “Death Penalty, Death Penalty” The loss of scholoarships, postseason bowl ban and the stigma of this scandal will be enough penalty. Don’t think that the other 11 Big 10 coaches are falling all over themselves to not only pluck fruit from a ripe Penn State tree of talent, but keep recruits who were once leaning toward Happy Valley from going there. The loss of 60 schloaraships over a three year period will hammer the Nittany Lions as they wont have the feared depth that has made them a resident bully in Big Ten football.since they join nearly 20 years ago.
Many people said that the punishment was too light, others said to harsh, Others have opined that NCAA president Mark Emmert is wielding too much power. He was quick to point out that given the special circumstances surrounding the Penn State issues, he was granted this authority to dole out this punishment and I think that it was just. I would hope that the children and young men that were harmed by the abuse as well as the players that will have to suffer the punishment for the failings of so many supposed great and admirable individuals will be able to properly heal and move on. They are the ones that have been truly hurt here lets never lose sight of that fact.
PHAT DAP/HEAD SLAP
I showed last week a 5 second knockout by Ryan Jimmo does her almost one better knocking out Anthony Perosh with a hammer right.
One punch put him to the canvas. 7 seconds and it was done. Perosh looked like he had tilt signs flashing in his eyes.
Jimmo is a certified thunder puncher, but dude you got to stop with the robot dance…
Dap to the MLB class of 2012. Barry Larkin was always a favorite of mine, he made the shortstop position sparkle with plays that living in Cincinnati became almost routine and expected.
Ron Santo was the closest thing to a Cub lifer you could have asked for. Yeah, that clicking of the heels was goofy but he was a genuine player and was so so overdue for the honor, which makes his posthumous entry even sadder but his widow was super classy in the induction speech. The Chicago Cubs players yesterday honored Santo’s induction by taking the field Sunday in St. Louis by clicking their heels.
To Luis Scola of the Argentinean basketball team, trying to pick a fight with Kevin Durant and LeBron James during their exhibition loss to the USA basketball team. Scola took offense to a hard but clean foul during their matchup and looked like he was ready to brawl. I hope the American team files this one away and during the Olympic games lays a smack down on a decent but not overly scary Argentine squad.
Also to Brent Musburger and Trevor Mattich, otherwise credible and astute college football broadcasters. Both were a bit vocal in their criticism of the NCAA for saying that they punished Penn State too much. I think that both really need to look at the fact that the NCAA was basing their punishment on the report that Penn State asked for and validated. The punishment was justified and both really need to be advocating the kids that were the victims. Yes there is collateral damage but their carping was just not cool.
Finally the answer to where the pics of the Mancave are, the Mancave aint finished yet...I might do a cribs style video on it here soon. There are still a couple things that need to be done to it...so stay tuned
Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!