Sunday, January 31, 2010
I happened upon an article in the USA Today(probably the second most popular newspaper behind the Morning Call) recently that touched upon a change in the attitude of Canadians. With Canada hosting the Olympics this year, the country is feeling very strong pressure to make a statement as a nation by putting on a great show for the world. A big part of making this statement is by winning the most medals of any country. The Canadian government has spent millions of dollars on it's "Own the Podium" campaign in order to make Canada more relevant worldwide, and especially in comparison to the United States. Unfortunately, what Canada fails to realize is that we don't care.
Here in the good old US of A, we are pretty into ourselves. We think our country is the best, and we don't really concern ourselves with any other countries. The only times we bother to learn about any other country is if they have something we want, or if they are doing something wrong. Quite frankly, America's hat will never be in either of those categories.
The USA Today article discussed how Americans don't even know the name of Canada's Prime Minister, yet most Canadians know a great deal about our culture. By pumping money into their Olympic athletes, Canada thinks that it will gain more national confidence, and more respect from other countries. This seems like a pretty feeble attempt to gain notoriety in my opinion. No doubt thought of by a dumb Canadian.
Even if Canada wins the most medals of any country, nothing will really change. Americans won't all of a sudden start reading up on Canadian history and changing their dollars in for Loonies and Two-nies. It is nothing personal, we just don't care enough. The True North Strong and Free will always just be a peaceful, cold country with some French speaking losers, good beer and better hockey players (even though the national sport of Canada is lacrosse for some reason). Best of luck in the Olympics Canada, but if you really want to get the attention of Americans you are going to have to do more than win some medals in Vancouver.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I know what you are thinking; "Who's the halfy in the bonnet?". Well, since you asked the halfy in the bonnet is Rickie Fowler, and he is going to be the next great golfer in the PGA. Also, I don't care for your racial epithets. After the first round at Torrey Pines this week, Fowler is only two strokes back from the lead. What better place for Fowler to have his breakout than at the course where Tiger Woods played one of the greatest tournaments of all time in 2008. It is a symbolic changing of the guard. Tiger Woods is nowhere to be seen or heard, and Rickie Fowler's actions are speaking louder than words so far. Watch out for this young fella in the future.
In 1996 at the tender age of 21 Tiger Woods said "Hello world" (not to be confused with this press conference) and took the golf world by storm. After an amazing amateur career, it only took Tiger 42 weeks to take over the world's number 1 ranking. The rest was history...until Thanksgiving of 2009. Now Tiger is hiding under a rock and the PGA is left searching for a replacement. Enter Rickie Fowler.
Rickie Fowler had a slightly less stellar amateur career, but did hold the world's #1 amateur ranking for 36 weeks straight and had 3 amateur wins. Fowler decided to turn pro last year at the age of 20, and in his first two tournaments finished 7th and then 2nd. Not bad for a 20 year old kid in a bonnet. After two rough starts this season, Fowler is in the hunt at Torrey Pines and looks to be making a name for himself on tour.
The PGA Tour needs a new superstar. Tiger Woods has become a social pariah, and Fat Phil is just a revolting blob. Other than those two, there isn't really anyone who can dominate the PGA Tour. Rickie Fowler can be that guy. It may take a while, but he is certainly showing signs of it. If this blog were sponsored by ESPN, I would anoint Rickie Fowler as Now, Next and the Ultimate Highlight. I would also visit his house in California on 50 states in 50 days. Seriously though, keep an eye out for Rickie Fowler. I want you guys in on the ground floor on this one.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well, it's been over a year and TPLIYP is still in business. Things have changed quite a bit for me in that year and over the last 200 posts. At post 1, I was sitting in my office across from the Schellinator getting myself ready for another brutally boring and painful year at good old St. Sebby's. At post 200, I am sitting in my palatial...imitation...apartment in New Haven, CT trying to ignore the screaming of the crazy lady below me. Over the past 200 posts, I have been right a few times, and wrong a lot of times, as Pat Lyons likes to remind me. In honor of my 200th post, I will be taking a look at my most glaring errors over the past 200 posts. After all, that is why we keep going. To try and get it right next time.
Highest Paid Team Theory- The biggest error I have made so far, although I think time will prove my overall theory correct, is to predict that the Yanks would not win the World Series this year due to the highest payroll theory. This prediction was doubly painful as the Yanks beat my Phils to disprove this theory. I can take solace in the fact that the Flyers, Raiders and Knicks didn't win the title though. Moreover, I think the Redskins were the highest paid team in football this year. 2 for 2 in football. We got a Situation.
USA Baseball- Ahh the WBC. Seems like it was forever ago. I predicted Team USA to win this one mostly out of xenophobia and the fact that I am way proud to be from this country. This was another doubly painful incorrect prediction as the fate of Team USA came crashing down against Japan almost simultaneously with the clock that landed on my head and sent me to the hospital.
Tiger Woods- I believe I predicted that Tiger Woods would be the front runner in every major tournament last year, and GUARANTEED that he would win the PGA Championship. 0 for 4. God damn it Tiger. Looking back though, Tiger Woods might be the best example of the TPLIYP curse. I endorsed him quite a bit, and look where he is now. Hahah.
MLB Predictions- Let's start with the positives: I had the Phillies going to the World Series all along. As for the negatives: Cubs winning the Central, D'Backs winning the West, A's winning the West, Indians winning the Central, Red Sox winning the East. Yikes. Baseball is just not my thing. I will not give up though.
NFL Predictions- That brings us to football. Let's see, I picked the Iggs to win the NFC East and the Cowboys to miss the playoffs. I picked the Falcons to win the NFC South and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Massive fail. I had the Pack winning the NFC North and Favre in a wheelchair by midseason. I am happy with how the Vikings season ended though, as you know. In the AFC I had the Pitter Pats winning the Super Bowl, the Steelers winning the AFC North, and the Texans winning the AFC South. Pretty bad, pretty, pretty, pretty bad. My football predictions were another big proponent of the TPLIYP curse. One of my favorite ones was when I predicted Anthony Gonzalez of the Colts would be a huge sleeper this year. Later that week, injury, out for the year.
BB and the NEP- I think every time I picked the NEP to win, they lost. Whenever I praised BB, the team did shitty. TPLIYP might back off of old BB next year. Who am I kidding? I could never stop writing about BB.
BCS Bowl Games- Wow. Terrible. Just terrible. Tech over Iowa: wrong. Oregon over Ohio State: wrong. TCU over Boise: wrong. Florida squeaking by Cincy: for all intents and purposes, wrong. Texas over Alabama: wrong. TPLIYP curse strikes again. I bet if I had picked Alabama to win, Mark Ingram would have gotten injured and Colt McCoy would be all the rage right now.
That covers most of my prediction hack show over the last 200 posts on TPLIYP. Perhaps in the new year the curse will be reversed, only time will tell. Until then, "the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." I look forward to another year, another 200 posts, and many many more comments from my loyal readers. Many, many thanks.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Justice was finally served to the Vikings on Sunday evening in New Orleans. With only seconds left on the clock and the Vikings only needing a few more yards for a game winning field goal attempt, the Gunslinger returned. I'll admit that I was beginning to worry that I would have to eat a big Brett Favre trash talking sandwich because, his first interception not withstanding, Favre was throwing darts all over the field up until the final play of the game. However, with the game in the balance Favre threw just an absolute classic interception. I can't describe how dumb this was, and all I could do at the time was smile.
With less than ten seconds left, the Vikings were in position to kick about a 52 yard field goal to win the game. Unfortunately, the gravity of the moment must have gotten to them as on the very next play they got called for 12 men in the huddle. No big deal. Just run another play, get what you can, call time out and trust Longwell to kick the field goal. Brett Favre's brain must just completely shut off in these situations. Much like he did with the Packers against the Giants a few years back, Favre threw away a whole season's worth of "managing his throws" and switched on Gunslinger mode. Instead of just scrambling for the few yards lost on the penalty, Favre for some reason decided to make an on the run, across his body throw to the opposite side of the field. Of course it was picked off. Why would you ever decide to make that throw? Once a gunslinger, always a gunslinger I guess.
One could argue that the Vikings would never have gotten as far as they did without Brett Favre, but I would disagree. The NYJ provided a perfect model for how to win without an established quarterback: running and defense. Do you know any other teams that have a good running game and a good defense? Sounds like the Minnesota Vikings to me. As a matter of fact, if they had just called a simple draw play instead of putting the ball in Favre's hands at the end of the game yesterday, they would probably be flying to Miami right now.
As much as the media can play him up for being "a kid out there" and having so much fun, I will always remember Brett Favre for his interceptions. If he does decide to retire (which he should), Brett Lorenzo Favre will go down in history as the interception king of the NFL. There would be no better way to cement that legacy than for his last play as a pro to be yesterday's interception. Lookin like a fool with an interception in the 4th quarter.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
3 and 40. 3 and 40? How the hell did they ever win 3? The New Jersey Nets are threatening the record for futility in the NBA having lost 40 games before they won 4. With a robust .070 winning percentage, the Nets certainly have the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers jumping for joy that their 9-73 record might be "bested" this year. However, the NBA is very different in this day and age. If the Nets don't get to at least 10 wins, then it will be pretty apparent that they have just given up.
The 1972-73 Sixers, or the "9 and 73ers" as they were known, suffered from a myriad of problems which led to their miserable record. Several years earlier they had traded away Wilt Chamberlain for three bums and were going nowhere with an aging team. Couple that with the fact that their best player Billy Cunningham left at the end of the 1971-72 season and now you've got a real problem. The Sixers started out 0-15 and didn't look back. Even after firing their coach, the Sixers still coasted to a 9-73 record and ended up an NBA record 59 games out of first place.
The New Jersey Nets shouldn't be anywhere near as bad as those Sixers. Despite the departure of players, the biggest problem facing the Sixers was the fact that the league was only 16 teams back then. Therefore, if you had a shitty team like the Sixers, you had to play against better concentrations of talent than you would today. Now the NBA is 30 teams and the talent level is much more diluted. The Nets are not going up against powerhouses every night like the Sixers were. As a matter of fact, the Nets closest geographic opponent, the Knicks, just got beaten by 50 points today. The Nets should be able to pick off some wins against the lower tier teams in the NBA and eclipse the 9 win mark in the second half of the season. If not though, it will sure be fun to watch.
Having grown up watching some terrible Sixers teams, I know what it is like to see a group of total losers. I remember about 15 years ago, Sixers coach Johnny Lucas said he would shave his head if they won 10 games. Before long, this is probably similar to what the Nets coach will have to resort to as well. Despite the dilution of the league, the relative talent of the players on the Nets, and the youth of the team, it appears that the Nets players have just given up on the season.
I still think the Nets will muster up the effort to win 7 more games, but it is not going to be easy. Nobody wants to be the team that loses to the 3-40 team, so each team will be giving its all every night against New Jersey. The next 39 games will be a true litmus test to see if the Nets have totally given up on the season or not. I for one am hoping they have, so that the 9 and 73ers are stricken from the record books for good.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
In all my years of watching professional sports, I don't think that I have ever tuned in for one NFL Pro Bowl. Ever. If I were Roger Goodell, I would seriously consider getting rid of this game. There is just no way it can ever be feasible or worthwhile enough to play.
The NHL, NBA and MLB all have good things going with their respective All-Star weekends. While the NHL and NBA All-Star games themselves are not great to watch, they are still fairly palatable, and occur during the peak times of their seasons. Moreover, the skills competitions for both are very exciting and really make the weekends what they are. One can not think of the NHL All Star weekend without thinking of Al Iafrate ripping a 105 mph slapshot while sporting a balding mullet hairstyle. For the NBA, we all hearken back to images of Dee Brown, Shawn Kemp (in my opinion the dunk at 2:20 is the second best dunk ever), or Vince Carter bringing the house down with never before seen dunks. While both of these all star weekends are great though, they pale in comparison to the MLB All Star Game.
The Midsummer Classic is far and away the best All Star weekend. The Home Run Derby is one of the greatest spectator events in all of sports, but the game is really what makes the weekend. The fact that the All Star Game in baseball determines home field in the playoffs makes it so much more important and meaningful than any other all star game. Besides being exciting for the fans, the players also take it seriously. It is more than just an exhibition game. Major League Baseball has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the All Star weekend. The NFL however, fails to hit on any of these key elements for the Pro Bowl.
Let's go down the laundry list of problems facing the Pro Bowl:
-The players don't care about it and half of those voted in don't even go
-It can't be played during the season
-There is no meaningful or memorable skills competition
-The game means nothing
-Until this year it had taken place in Hawaii and couldn't be broadcast live
All of these hurdles make the NFL Pro Bowl pretty much unwatchable. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who is in the habit of watching reruns of old baseball games and golf tournaments. Because football is such a high risk of injury sport and since each regular season game is so important, I don't see any way that the NFL can change the timing of the game without mass dropouts by players, or some sort of two hand touch clause or something. Moreover, with the Super Bowl run how it is now, there is no way the game could determine home field advantage. That leaves us with the skills competition. This is the only way I could see the NFL saving the Pro Bowl. They would need to come up with some great skill contests that people want to watch. Not just a QB throwing a football through a tire. As we know, all you need is Levitra to do that. Still though, they would run into the problem of the weekend being off of peak season, so there is no guarantee people would watch.
I honestly don't think there is any real way to gain more appeal for the Pro Bowl. There are a myriad of problems that the NFL faces when trying to market it according to the guidelines of the other 3 major sports all star games, and if they can't follow those guidelines I don't think it is feasible for it to be a success. Time to put the Pro Bowl out of its misery. Maybe instead the NFL could um, I don't know, HOLD THE NFL DRAFT EARLIER.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Some of the greatest scientific minds around the world have toiled for their entire lives and have nothing to show for their years of work. Not so for the hotshot young scientist from Wallingford, PA. In only a few years of study, Mark Forwood has come up with one of the most dazzling new theories in the history of recorded time. It is called "The Forwood Theory". Allow me to break down all the intricacies of the Forwood Theory and explain why it is such an amazing discovery for mankind.
Suppose you are watching your beloved Eagles get thrashed in the first round of the playoffs by Tony Homo and the Cowgirls. What is the point of even paying attention to the rest of the playoffs? There is none right? If Mark Forwood heard you say that he would play a war chant on the bagpipes and have his cats attack you like Footsoldiers from TMNT. According to the Forwood Theory, you would root for the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl based on the fact that it would make the very division that your beloved Iggs are in look superior. That, in a nutshell is the Forwood Theory.
So let's apply this to some more real world situations and test its validity:
-After the Red Sox got booted out of the playoffs last year, Dill and Dorne should have continued to root for the Yankees because they are in the AL East. That checks out.
-All Penn State fans rooted for Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Well of course.
- Packers fans are now rooting for Brett "School On A Holiday- No Class" Favre and the Vikes in order to strengthen the rep of the NFC North. I would certainly say so.
Yes, the Forwood Theory appears to be flawless. Maybe someday in the future, we will all have the day off for Mark Forwood Day. We will wear lavish robes, prepare sumptuous feasts and revel in the great additions to the world that were made possible by Mr. Forwood. Congrats Forwood, you have made it to the big time.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
He was the rags to riches PGA Champion. He was the longest hitter on the PGA Tour for years. He was the golfer who looked like he couldn't even spell country club. His actions led you to wonder if he cared about his future, or his own well being at all. Yet through it all, he has been one of the most honest, articulate and sincere people in the sports world. Now it appears that he has been able to regain control of his life and is taking one more shot at the big time. Forget the Dos Equis guy, John Daly truly is the most interesting man in the world.
John Daly has always been known for throwing caution to the wind in both his golf game and his life. His career that started out with such promise fell victim, along with his life, to his various addictions. Despite remaining a fan favorite, until recently John Daly had become known more for stories like claiming that when he was 23, he drank a fifth of Jack Daniels every day for the entire year. Or for reports like this, and pictures like these. It appeared that such a promising career was headed straight down the toilet. If seemed as if any day could be John Daly's last.
Despite such a torrent of personal problems though, John Daly has always been a very well spoken, thoughtful and intelligent individual. The Golf Channel (a channel that I promote very strongly) has recently been doing some interviews with him, and I continue to be amazed with his personality. In an era where every professional athlete has to consider who is signing their checks before they can open their mouth (see: Tiger Woods et al.) John Daly has always been so honest and open with his thoughts. He has publicly acknowledged that he has many problems and has struggled openly with how to deal with them. He has also managed to keep a wonderful sense of humor through all of his ordeals. From what other professional athlete would you ever hear quotes like these?:
- "I know there's a lot of guys who would love to see me fail. Well, good. Let 'em. I'm glad."
- "There are probably some things I could do to keep my flexibility up, but I'd rather smoke, drink Diet Cokes and eat."
- "Seems I used to do everything like I was on a mission. If it was alcohol, I wanted to drink till I couldn't see straight. If it was golf, I wanted to beat everybody's brains out. If it was driving, I can get there faster'n you can... I was stubborn as hell. I had no direction."
- "Nobody can know what's in my heart. Nobody can know what I'm thinking. I know what I've got to do."
- "I believe nicotine plus caffeine equals protein."
Nowadays, it appears that Big John is beginning to get a grip on his life. Gone are the days of the golden mullet fluffing wonderfully in the sun. As a matter of fact, you probably wouldn't even recognize Daly if you bumped into him on the street. Thanks to lap band surgery, Daly has lost over 100 pounds, but unfortunately is sporting a vicious turkey neck now. Though he did not make the cut in the Sony Open this weekend, Daly appears to be back on the right track after such a great fall from grace. I think he will realize that people will still support him even though he does not lead the rock and roll lifestyle he once did. I for one wish John Daly the best of luck and would love to see him start winning tournaments again. His personality and life story are so unique and thought provoking that it is just great to see him back on the tour again.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
73*, 70*, 66*, 65*, 64*, 63*, 61. With Big Mac now coming out and admitting that all those acne scars on his neck were from steroid use, we now reserve the top six single season home run records all for steroid users. Steroid allegations and admissions are becoming so commonplace that you would think most people are numb to them now, but looking at those numbers at the beginning of this post is pretty upsetting. The single season home run record used to be something so special, now it has just been ransacked by a bunch of juiced up goons. As far as I am concerned, Roger Maris is still the single season record holder for home runs.
56 games, 61 tall jacks, a .406 average, 755 circuit clouts, these records seemed so permanently etched in baseball history that when Big Mac and Slammin' Sammy came around in 1998, we thought we were witnessing some of the greatest moments in baseball history. Turns out, our emotions were cheap and tawdry because these two "saviors of baseball" were pulling the wool over our eyes. It happened again when Barry Bonds broke the all-time home run record, but by then the fans were pretty much clued into what was going on. I guarantee everyone that invested time and emotion into that seemingly magical 1998 baseball season feels like they were made the fool in some way. I say we get our money back.
Like I have said before, I think steroid users should have all of their records stricken from the books. Therefore, Hank Aaron is still the all time home run king, and Roger Maris is still the single season record holder. Steroid era players can keep all of their World Series rings and MVP trophies, because those were attained against a level (also steroid using) playing field, but the records have got to be taken away. How can you compare a juiced up Barry Bonds to Hank Aaron? Can't be done, because we will never know how many homers a clean Bonds would have hit, or a juiced up Hammerin' Hank would have hit. There has got to be consistency in the record books and the only way to do this is to wipe the juicers clean.
Unfortunately, I don't think this will happen because Bud Selig is probably the biggest turd in all of professional sports. What is with all commissioners being such turds for that matter? Only Roger Goodell has any character whatsoever. David Stern, Gary Bettman and Bud Selig are all such wimps. Why not get a commissioner with some personality, or a former player? Anyway, when Selig steps down I think we need the new commish to draw a line in the sand on this ala Kennesaw Mountain Landis when he banned Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox for life in 1919. Until that time, we must do everything we can to stop these steroid using cheaters. Now watch me hit this drive.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your beers. Sorry, I was just being humorous. I find myself apologizing quite a bit here on TPLIYP, and I will follow up the previous one with another apology for my lack of posts recently. It's been a rough week and a half or so as I transition from bum life to grad school life, but now I am coming at you live from 1375 (Chapel Street, New Haven, CT). This weekend, I watched in horror as arguably the two most successful teams of the 2000s got welcomed to the new decade by getting blown the fuck out in the first round of the playoffs. Something tells me the new decade will not be so kind to good old BB and Andy Reid.
Entering my 4th decade of existence, it is beginning to dawn on me how old I am getting simply by watching sports. The heroes of our childhood; Dan Majerle, Lenny Dykstra, Rick Mirer and Ron Hextall, all retired and most likely dead. The dominant teams; San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Sonics, Atlanta Braves, and Minnesota North Stars, all terrible, defunct or gay. A lot has happened since we were starry eyed children. I think we have learned that nothing lasts forever.
Think about it; especially in sports, nothing can sustain itself forever. Even the best dynasties all go through down periods. An entire decade is a long time to sustain success, and I think that the Patriots and Eagles will have trouble keeping it going. New decade, new challenges.
The Patriots appear to be losing their one time infallibility. The magic grey sweatshirt clearly didn't work for BB this past weekend, and Wunderkind Tom Brady clearly is not what he used to be. This does not bode well for the Pats. TB12 and BB are everything to that franchise. Similarly, Dandy Andy and Donovan McNabb don't appear to have what it takes in Philadelphia anymore. Even with a host of playmaking threats around him, Donovan couldn't do anything against Dallas for the third time this season on Saturday night. Though they are still in the playoffs, I reckon the same thing will happen to the Colts soon as well. When Peyton Manning decides he is done, the Colts are done. These three teams have been the 3 teams of this decade, but their run is coming to an end.
As soon as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2010 it seemed that the carriage of the Patriots and Eagles, two franchises that became winners after dismal periods in the 1990s, turned back into a pumpkin. They are both 0-2 on the young decade and it seems that their best years might be behind them. We can hope for the best, but should fear the worst. In the new decade, look for guys like Kevin Durant, Chad Henne, Tim Lincecum and Rick Nash to be the torchbearers of successful teams. Blood on the streets in the town of New Haven.
NFL Playoff Predictions:
New Orleans 31, Arizona 28
Indy 27, "Balmer" 13
Dallas 31, Minnesota 10
San Diego 21, NYJ 14
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I stopped by lovely stabler arena this past saturday to check out the mens basketball team. It was your pretty standard crowd of about 300 people. Maybe 6 students(they are on break). And there were no Lehigh cheerleaders. Instead they had the Bethlehem Catholic High School(locally known as becahi) cheerleaders jumping around. Last year the team had a great start with all of there non-conference play but got beat up in patriot league play. They were ranked as the #2 team in pre-season patriot league polls this season. TPLIYP was one site that didnt think the team was going to be any good this year.
Once again you were dead wrong with your prediction about the Lehigh mens basketball team. This team is good. Really good. They have a great balance on offense (four players in double digits last night) and also can play solid defense.
Zahir Carrington and Marquis Hall are great players to watch and have been for the past few years. C.J McCollum and Gabe Knutson are two freshmen that are starting and making a huge difference. McCollum scored 31 points the other night including 7 3-pointers. Knutson and Carrington have the ability to dominate the boards. The patriot league always seem to lack good big men. If Carrington and Knutson can continue to play the way they did saturday night there is no reason this time can't win the patriot league.
Keep your eye on the mountain hawks. They won their 6th straight game last night. The other team looking good in the patriot league is the leopards from lafayette. Both are currently 10-6 and will hopefully meet late into the patriot league tournament. This might draw some nice crowds to Stabler. Serving frosty beers during the game might attract a few more fans as well.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
After what seemed like an almost eternal off-season, the 2010 PGA Tour Season kicks off this weekend at the Kapalua Plantation Course for the SBS Championship. Normally, this would only be kind of a big deal, but this season is going to be very different. The FedEx Cup for best golfer of the year is seemingly up for grabs with Tiger Woods taking an indefinite leave from the tour to work on his "infidelities". By the way, here is an interesting report my uncle sent me about what may have happened on Thanksgiving night. Anywho, with Tiger out of the way, you can bet that the SBS Championship might be significant in determining this year's FedEx Cup champ. Let's take a look at who could win this weekend in Kapalua, and who could take the Fed Ex Cup with Tiger out.
The SBS Championship, formerly the Mercedes Benz Championship is played at Kapalua's Plantation Course in Hawaii. At over 7,400 yards and a par of 73, it favors the long hitters and some of the past winners have been Tiger Woods, Fat Phil, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els and Stuart Appleby. In order to win at Kapalua, players are going to have to take advantage of the par 5's on the course. In that regard, I like guys like Nick Watney, Jonathan Byrd, Mark Wilson and Steve Stricker to strut their stuff at Kapalua this weekend. As far as past winners go, don't be surprised to see Phil, Vijay Singh or Stuart Appleby atop the leaderboard on Sunday either. Especially Appleby, who is a 3-time champ at Kapalua and just knows how to play the course. With a win at Kapalua this weekend, any of these guys would be off to a great start to dethroning Tiger as Fed Ex Cup champ.
We have no idea when Tiger is going to return, but it is very likely that when he does return he could easily win the Fed Ex Cup again. If not though, here are some guys I think could nab it in 2010;
FAT Phil- This is Fat Phil's chance and he knows it. With Tiger out of the way, he is the clear favorite to dominate this year. I would imagine that he is going to do everything he can to win every tournament this year. Look out for Phil.
Steve Stricker- Stricker is Tiger's boy, but you can bet that he will jump at the chance to win tournaments with Tiger out. Stricker is one of the best all around golfers in this generation, especially around the green and in bunkers. He is very technically sound and just gets it done. Look for him to have a great year.
Stewie Cink- Unfortunately, Stewie Cink will always be known as the asshole that took the 2009 British Open Trophy from Tom Watson. He has been a fan favorite however, and a great golfer at that. He has hovered in the top 10 for a while now, and this year could be his year to take over.
Hunter Mahan- I have been impressed with Hunter Mahan every time I have watched him. He might not be consistent enough to be the #1 golfer in the world, but if he can get on a hot streak watch out. I agree Hunter, hold the mayo.
Jim Furyk- Furyk is a robot who seems content with being in the top 5 every year, but he is certainly capable of taking over the #1 spot. What is unsure though is if he is capable of showing any emotion.
Zach Johnson- ZJ is the kind of guy that could be at the top this year because he plays in just about every tournament there is. If he could string together a few wins at some of the lesser known tournaments as well as one or two big wins, boom, he is #1. He still won't know what a ZJ is though, or be able to afford it.
While we freeze our tails off up here in the northeast, let's sit back and watch some golf live from the tropical paradise of Hawaii. We can dream of warmer weather and the arrival of the golf season in about 4 months. Also, if anyone wants to hang out in New Haven, let's party.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
New England fans have their hearts in their throats right now as white fan favorite Wes Welker had to be carted off the field after injuring his knee in the first quarter against the Texans this afternoon. When reading the title of this post, you may think that I am questioning Bill Billabill's decision to keep his starters in the game after already clinching a playoff spot. No sir. I am questioning BB's outfit choice. Much like the Dazed and Confused theory that Gerald Ford's football head injuries were effecting the economy, I believe that BB's outfit choices have a serious effect on the Pats. The old trusty grey cutoff has been witness to some of the greatest moments in Patriot history; but when BB deviates from the classic grey bad things happen. BB: stick to the grey!
I know BB is a trendsetter when it comes to fashion, but why is he messing with success? Since he first sported the cutoff sweatshirt, headband and white sneakers, he has tried several variations that have not worked at all. Basically, whenever you see something bad happening for New England, you can trace it back to a BB outfit change. Don't believe me? Let's have a look.
What was BB wearing when Brady got injured? A visor and a windbreaker.
What about the Super Bowl against the Giants? A red hoodie.
What about the Pats two worst losses this year? Same thing for both the Saints and Colts.
Guess what he is wearing today? You guessed it.
What about the spygate game against the Jets? Some kind of weird wide necked wicking t-shirt.
Get the point? Now let's take a look at some of the better moments in New England history and see what outfit BB decided to wear that day.
What was BB wearing when they finished the regular season undefeated? You know it.
What about when they beat the Iggs in the Super Bowl and Firk fought Dill? A touch of grey
Just about every AFC Championship can be attributed to the grey hoodie.
As I type this, the Pats are about to lose to the Texans to close out the season. This game has cost them Wes Welker, and possibly the #3 seed in the playoffs. If you think back to almost every bad loss by the Pats and every good win, there is almost always one common denominator: the grey hoodie. Expect to see it in the playoffs if the Pats are to have any success.