Friday, July 30, 2010

Roy, Oh Roy!

After weeks of wavering, we found out last night that Roy Oswalt will finally be taking his talents to Philadelphia in a trade for J.A. "Shit" Happ"ens" and two scrub prospects. I'm extremely disappointed that I forced that Billy Joe Tolliver/Billy Joe Hobert line a few posts ago, because now the Phillies have cornered the Roy market in a similar fashion. Regardless, the Phillies have gone from left for dead in the NL East to serious contender once again. Let's take a look at what this deal and others mean in the grand history of deadline deals.

They say that the best thing you can do as a manager is hire well. For the Phillies, the best thing that they can do is make sure other teams hire well. Astros GM Ed Wade was formerly the GM of the Phillies, and it appears that he gave his former team the hometown discount. The Phils totally fleeced the Astros, getting a top level pitcher for two lower-tier minor leaguers and J.A. Happ. We saw a similar occurrence when T'Wolves GM Kevin McHale gave his former team the advantage when he traded Kevin Garnett to the Celtics. It's good to have friends in high places I suppose.

Speaking of getting fleeced, let's talk about the Twins deal for Matt Capps for a second. A month or so ago, the Twins were all ready to trade top prospect Wilson Ramos for Cliff Lee. Last night, they settled for trading him for Fat Matt Capps. Ouch. In the future, we might look back at this deal as a Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson, or Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson for Mike Boddicker type deal. Just terrible.

Now that the Phils have Oswalt, they have a very formidable 1-2-3 in their rotation. Should they make the playoffs, those three will be very tough to compete with for any team. I have never seen a Phillies rotation this good, and now I am baffled at how they managed to win the World Series in 2008 with a rotation headed by Cole Hamels and nobody else. Crazy. It's gonna be a showdown coming down the stretch in the NL East.

As I have said before, deadline deals rarely ever end up in a World Series Championship, However, this move was a great one for the Phillies. They didn't give up much to add a solid pitcher to their rotation for at least the next year and a half. The time to win is now for the Phils, and Roy Oswalt gives them a leg up in the NL East. I am looking forward to seeing him dominate the Capps-less Nationals tonight.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Know Your Role and Shut Your Mouth!

Forget about Ari Gold bringing a football team back to Los Angeles, Jerry Jones should be more worried about keeping his own team under control this year. The Cowboys are no doubt one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year, but as Jerry Jones should well know chemistry is a huge part of a team's success. It appears that just when Dallas though it had gotten over the T.O. saga that another one is waiting in the wings. If Dallas is to go far this year, Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips need to get Dez Bryant to know his role and shut his mouth.

Dez Bryant defended his refusal to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads during training camp by saying that he was drafted "to play football" and not to carry shoulder pads. Hey Dez, I joined a fraternity to party and meet girls, not to clean toilets. But guess what, clean toilets I did. Rookie hazing is a right of passage, and by refusing to participate in it you are already alienating yourself from your team. Moreover, was anybody else in the NFL drafted specifically to carry shoulder pads? I don't think so, but they all did anyway. Don't be a prima donna Dez, just know your role and shut your mouth.

By refusing to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads (side note: Roy Williams should be carrying his own shoulder pads for as much as he's getting paid and as little as he is producing) Dez Bryant is essentially saying that he is more important than the Cowboys rookies, veteran players, and traditions. Doesn't this sound like another recent Cowboys receiver who quickly wore out his welcome in Big D and is still looking for a job in the league? Furthermore, doesn't this sound like the exact opposite of Miles Austin? There is a right way and a wrong way to conduct yourself in the NFL, and Dez Bryant is already establishing his conduct as the latter.

This may seem like a minor incident for a high-quality team like the Cowboys, but little things like this can go a long way in affecting team morale. Jerry Jones obviously took a risk on drafting Dez Bryant, and it appears that the talent is definitely there. However, it looks like Dez Bryant could already be blossoming into the next T.O. Be careful what you wish for Cowboys fans.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let Me Be Blunt

I have never been one to promote the aggressive trading and signing of big name free agents, but this Phillies team needs a serious change in personnel. The team is under-performing this year and there needs a shake up. If the Phillies want to make another run at a title this year, they need to make changes in both their lineup and their rotation. Moreover, if they want to stay competitive into the future with this nucleus they need to do the same thing. Any way you slice it, it is time to make some changes.

A year ago, Raul Ibanez looked like he was going to carry the Phillies to another championship all by his lonesome. Jayson Werth was making the release of Brett Favre look-alike Geoff Jenkins appear to be a genius move. Joe Blanton was carving out a niche in the rotation, and Jamie Moyer was continuing to defy his age. Now, Ibanez can't hit the barn-side of a broad, Werth is the strikeout king of Philadelphia, Blanton's ERA is fatter than he is, and Old Man Moyer appears as if the TPLIYP curse has got him after a prosperous first few months. These guys can not be relied upon to carry this Phillies team to the postseason again. GM Ruben Amaro has got to make some changes.

Now injuries have certainly played a part in the Phillies' struggles this season, but there are some things that healthy players are just not going to fix. The return of Chase Utley is not going to make the back end of the Phillies awful rotation any better. A top-flight pitcher needs to be acquired to give the Phillies a rotation that can compete. Blanton, Kendrick and Moyer are just not enough to compliment the H and H boys.

Let's kill two birds with one stone here; trade Ibanez and Werth for Roy Oswalt. This will bring in a solid pitcher who can help the bullpen, and eliminate two big holes in the lineup. Moreover, the Phillies can then bring up future star Domonic Brown. He will be another lefty in the lineup, but that didn't stop the Phils in 2009, and the Phils can counter that with either "Disco" Ben Francisco or John Mayberry in the other vacant outfield spot. Both men are righties, and can pound the ball.

The Phillies have been successful for a few years now, and are starting to get complacent. Its time for GM Ruben Amaro to show them that nobody's job is safe. He needs to ship some guys out to sound the alarm that this team is not playing up to his ability. In doing so he can also help build for the future. When (if) the team finally gets fully healthy, they then might have a chance to win this year and into the future.

Monday, July 19, 2010

King Louis


As most likely the only website to even mention the name Louis Oosthuizen before the British Open, I felt it necessary to comment on just how unlikely of a champion he is. "King Louis", which is the nickname we are gonna go with officially here, is one of the most random major champions we have seen in many years. He certainly got lucky with the weather, but he still deserved to win and has become an instant legend in the TPLIYP ranks. The story of King Louis will be almost as infamous as when the New Orleans Saints cornered the "Billy Joe" market in the late 90s by signing Billy Joe Tolliver and Billy Joe Hobert. Had to squeeze that in somewhere, anyway let us pay tribute to the sun king.

Coming into this year's British Open, King Louis had won a grand total of one tournament on the European Tour. He gained some notoriety on TPLIYP for winning the Par 3 tournament at the Masters and gaining the Donk's official endorsement to win the Masters shortly thereafter. Since then though, not much had gone right for King Louis. That all changed at St. Andrews however.

At St. Andrews, everything went right for King Louis. The tournament hinged completely on the weather on Thursday and Friday, and Louis played under the fairest conditions both days. This is what put him in position for the Claret Jug on Sunday. Had he played in the weather that Tiger, John Daly, or Rory McIlroy were subject to, there is no doubt in my mind that he would not have won. Those are the breaks though, and Louis still played great with the lead on Saturday and Sunday to earn the victory. Some people crumble under the pressure, but King Louis was as cool as a cucumber.

Now that King Louis has earned the recognition of TPLIYP, he will probably never win another tournament. Despite his impending doom, TPLIYP is now accepting ideas for signs and slogans to bring to the PGA Championship in August to cheer on King Louis. So far we have "The Oost is Loost," "Oost Rules the Roost," and of course "King Louis". Let's hear what you the fans have for ideas and pay homage to the new king of golf. Now all I need is some press credentials for Whistling Straits.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Test of Manhood

I am going to start this epic post off by giving the Donk a shout out. He had a great title for this post had I decided to go in that direction; "The Re-Birth of Tiger at the Birthplace of Golf." Pretty good, no? Unfortunately, my prognostications will not lean towards that result, even though I am thoroughly entrenched in the Tiger camp, and I went with a nice little quote from Braveheart to keep with the Scottish theme. The Old Course at St. Andrews truly is a test of manhood. I have always said (I think) that the British Open is the truest test of a golfer, and St. Andrews is quite possibly the best of the British Open courses. Tiger won here in 2000 and 2005, but five years later the golf landscape has changed dramatically and Tiger is no longer the favorite. Let's take an in depth look at what makes the British Open such a great tournament and survey who might kiss the Claret Jug on Sunday.

As the Donk's title highlighted, St. Andrews is the birthplace of golf. Established in 1552, St. Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world and to this day continues to be one of the best. At only 6,400 yards, it is one of the shortest courses the golfers will play all year. No matter though, as this rattlesnake bites back in many different ways. Winding burns, super narrow, fast and undulating fairways, tall fescue for rough, lightning fast greens, constant wind, and of course, the dreaded pot bunkers make St. Andrews an extremely difficult course where excellence is commanded on every shot. Expect to see players taking shots that you wouldn't see them take at any other course, such as putting from upwards of 20 yards away, consistently hitting irons off the tee, and hitting backwards out of bunkers. That is just part of what makes St. Andrews and the British Open so great. You really need to plan and execute every shot perfectly or you are going to put up a big number. No advantages here for the bombers, accuracy and execution are king. That is why you often see guys like Tommy Watson and Greg Norman at the top of the leaderboard. They are complete golfers.

Another great thing about St. Andrews in particular is some of its very unique holes. Take the "Road Hole" for example. Where else would you see a tee shot set up like this? Its fabulous, and rumor has it they are moving the tees even further back to make it even tougher this year. The Road Hole will most likely make or break the championship for the players out there. Or what about the picturesque 18th hole? It is one of the most beautiful in all of golf. To learn more about the history and character of this great golf course, check out this link. It will tell you more than I can.

The British Open is really the best championship in all of golf in my opinion. Besides being the best test of a golfer, it is also the little things that make it so special for us Americans. Just a small example of how everything is a little different, there are Rolex (disregard Jeev Milkha Singh, he is a dumby) clocks everywhere. Moreover, the fact that the British Open is across the pond means that over here we have to wake up really early to watch it. It is a real treat to wake up and watch golf with breakfast. Furthermore, it gives us time to squeeze in a round afterwards. If you do not see why the British Open, especially the Open at St. Andrews, is so amazing now then you will never see it. Let's cut to the chase and figure out who is gonna win this thing, or at least be cursed by TPLIYP.

As we have seen with Tiger Woods, heavy is the head that wears the TPLIYP crown. This time, I am going to spare him and give the kiss of death to Ernie Els. Save for his first year playing in 1989 when he missed the cut, the Big Easy has never finished worse than 34th at the British. He also has eight top-five finishes, including a win in 2002 and a runner up to Tiger at St. Andrews in 2000. He is playing great golf this year as evidenced by the fact that he is first on the money list and in FedEx Cup points, and has two wins to his credit already. Ernie is the man to beat this week, and I very much like his chances to bring home the Claret Jug for the second time.

Other than Ernie, there are so many Englishmen prepared to invade Scotland that William Wallace is probably rolling over in his grave. Or in pieces, or whatever they did with his body. Here are some other guys that could give Ernie a run for his money:

Justin Rose
- Rose set Aronimink on fire a few weeks ago, and won at the Memorial before that. He is playing the best golf of anyone on tour right now, and is a limey to boot. As an amateur in 1998 Rose came in fourth at the British, and is looking to build on that success after several disappointing finishes since then.

Lee Westwood-Westwood has long been considered the favorite Englishman to take home the next British Open. Every year he is close, and every year he disappoints. This year though, Westwood is coming in with a thrilling victory at the Masters, as well as another win at the St. Jude Classic, under his belt. 2010 could just be the year of Lee.

Graeme McDowell- The reigning U.S. Open champion finished 11th at St. Andrews in 2005, and has stayed cool under pressure all year. Plus, he looks like he would be a good guy to drink with. Can't underestimate that.


Ian Poulter- The Poultergeist also finished 11th in 2005, and second in 2008, so he is a good bet to do well here. That is, if he doesn't get murdered by the ghost of William Wallace for those pants.

Nick Faldo- A geezer seems to do well at every British Open, and Faldo is a past champion at St. Andrews, so I will throw him in as a possibility here. I would pay a lot of money for that sweater too.

Tiger Woods- Tiger has won the past two British Opens at St. Andrews, but he is just not chipping or putting the way he needs to to win. The one thing I keep coming back to is how far Tiger is off from his prime days when he could do things like this. Nowadays, he'd probably chip that about eight feet short and miss the putt. Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for Tiger more than anybody, but I just don't think he is polished enough to win it right now. I'd welcome a nice surprise though; and he did change putters this week.

Ryan Moore- This is the Donk's boy (along with Masters Par 3 Challenge Champion Louis Oosthuizen of course) and I felt that another American should be named. I don't like his skater shoes or his stove pipe hat, but Moore's game is solid.

Well, that about does her. Wraps her all up. I hope that you folks enjoy the British Open as much as I do, and I hope that the TPLIYP curse does not befall any of these fine golfers. Let's hear what you the readers have to say, and who's up for drinks tomorrow morning at 4 a.m.?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Of National Importance


This is really starting to get old. The National League has not won an All-Star game in the last 13 years, and it is high time they at least cause a brief hiccup in the American League's domination. No better time than the present I say. The National League has some of the most dominant starting pitching in all of baseball at their disposal, and the A.L. is a bit weak in the pitching department compared to prior years. That said, if the National League is to win, they have to hit the ball. Something that they have failed to do in years past.

Though it was forever ago, I can still remember when the A.L. started this magnificent All-Star game winning streak they have been on for the last 13 years. It was 1997 and I was dreading my family's imminent move to Boston from Philadelphia. Coming off of the 1996 All-Star victory at Veteran's Stadium, I thought the N.L., led by studs Jeff Blauser, Ken Caminiti and Rod Beck, was set to start a streak of their own, but Sandy Alomar Jr.'s two-run jack in the 7th inning keyed the A.L. victory. Since then it has been all downhill.

Since the victory in 1996, the N.L. All-Stars have averaged a paltry 3.7 runs per game in their 12 losses and 1 tie. Moreover, they have also given up runs late in games to lose several of these contests. In order to win this year, the N.L. has to pile on the runs and shut down the A.L. late in the game. Unfortunately, with this year's roster I don't see either happening.

Heath Bell, Arthur Rhodes, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Capps and Brian "B-Weezy" Wilson. Do these names inspire fear in the hearts of guys like A-Rod, Big Poopi, Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter? Unlikely. If the N.L. has a lead late in the game, the outcome will likely come down to matchups between these pitchers and hitters. If that is the case, you can chalk up another win for the A.L.; especially when they have Mo Rivera to slam the door in any save situation. The N.L. might be better off to use some of their electric starters in closing situations rather than the lineup of scrubs listed previously.

The hitting also has to be there for the N.L. if they want to win this game and gain home-field advantage in the World Series. As we have seen in the past, a one run lead is not safe enough against the A.L., the N.L. has got to pile on the runs early and often and win this thing in a runaway. That means guys like Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard and Hanley Ramirez have to do some serious work. I'm talking home runs and multiple RBIs. At first I liked their chances against the young pitching of the A.L., but several key late additions to the A.L. staff made me change my mind. Justin Verlander and Andy Pettitte will provide a huge veteran presence to the A.L. staff and will probably keep the National Leaguers frustrated for another year. The only way the N.L. wins is in blowout fashion in my mind.

Unfortunately, I like the A.L. to keep the N.L. winless for the 14th straight year. Their hitting is too clutch, and their pitching was buoyed by some solid late additions. In typical fashion the N.L. just does not have the bullpen or the hitting to compete, and I foresee another heart wrenching loss. I will be rooting for the N.L. and hoping the TPLIYP curse holds true yet again. I gotta pick something right one of these days though.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Awwwww Derby!

I could be writing about how big of a fool Lebron made out of himself on Thursday evening with his ridiculous one-hour television special that only needed to be all of three minutes long. However, I am taking the high road and looking forward to what should be a very exciting home run derby tomorrow in Anaheim. That said, I will definitely be intertwining some "Lebron-isms" into this post, and just about every post going forward. The derby in Anaheim tomorrow appears to be pretty wide open, as there is nobody putting up huge power numbers this year in the field. To me, this is a sign of the times. The steroid era is over and the pitching era has clearly been ushered in. While there might be a few less homers flying out of the yard tomorrow, it should still be very exciting as always. "At the end of the day" I like Nick Swisher to win the whole darn thing.

Angel Stadium is very symmetrical, going 330 feet down either line and 408 to dead center. The only difference is that left-center is about 15 feet deeper than right center. Therefore, there is no real advantage to hitters from a certain side of the plate. Moreover, there are no absolute bombers in the field. With a lot of the top power hitters refusing to participate, we sort of have the second tier of power hitters in the major leagues going at it tomorrow. Not quite Podsednik versus Eckstein, but with the steroid era seemingly over that is the way we are going.

Out of Corey Hart, Chris Young, Matt Holliday, Big Poopi, Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Vernon Wells and Nick Swisher, I think Swisher will "bring his talents" to Anaheim and win the derby. When Swisher is able to jump on a ball, he puts everything he has into it. Some people think that this might lead to a guy getting tired, but lava lamp Prince Fielder proved this wrong last year when he won it all. Moreover, Swish has been a fan favorite ever since he played with the Oakland "organ-eye-zation" and will feed off of the crowd energy. "This has been a difficult time for me," but I like Swish to take home the silver bats tomorrow night.

This year's home run derby cast definitely highlights the fact that the steroid era is over. Pitchers are dominating baseball (as we have seen with all the no-hitters this year) and power hitting is on the decline. Still, the cast of characters is very solid this year and I think it should be enjoyable especially since there is no clear favorite, and no hometown player. "At the end of the day" look for the owner of Thunderbolt to bring home the derby crown, and Mareo (#15) to go crazier than he did when slugger John Jaha crushed one homer at the derby at Fenway in 1999.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hey, Hey LBJ. How Many Fans Did You Kill Today?

In yet another example of ESPN completely destroying all that is sacred about sports, we will be "witness" to Lebron James' free agent destination decision tonight in a one hour special on ESPN. Rather than repeat what was so eloquently written on Deadspin, I will add one more thought to this ridiculous media frenzy. In my opinion, the only way Lebron saves face is if he goes back to Cleveland.


We all know that Cleveland is one of the worst cities in the country. Moreover, Ohio is one of the worst states in the country. I would not blame Lebron at all if he took his one chance and high-tailed out of that stinking trash heap as fast as he could. However, that would be taking the easy way out. The only way Lebron will look like a main is if he sticks it out.

The Cavs completely whiffed this offseason. Chris Bosh basically put Cleveland in its place by saying that he would rather stay in Toronto than go to Cleveland. That hurts. Furthermore, Cleveland couldn't make a deal for any other running mate for Lebron. Even Lebron himself tried to sway some players to come to Cleveland, but nobody came. What does this say about Lebron as a leader and an influencer?

If Lebron leaves, that puts a wrap on the city of Cleveland. That place is done. However, if he stays he can save the city. Moreover, by not teaming up with other superstars he can prove that he is "The King" by winning a championship in his hometown. Easier said than done obviously, and it may never happen, but this is the only way Lebron doesn't look like a douche in this whole situation.

If Lebron does go somewhere else, it basically says that he is a bitch. If he goes to Miami with Bosh and Wade, rings will be plentiful. However, it basically means that Lebron is Dwyane Wade's bitch. What Lebron couldn't get done in Cleveland, Wade will have done in Miami. No shame in going to where you have a chance to win titles, but you ought to change your name to "Queen James" if you do.

If Lebron goes to New York, he would become a larger than life icon, but he would still have to suffer the weight of destroying a city, and essentially admitting that he couldn't get it done as the main guy in Cleveland. The same is true if he goes to Chicago or New Jersey. If he went to the Clippers, I would stand up and applaud. This is extremely unlikely though. The only way King James remains King James is if he finishes what he started in Cleveland.

Sure Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, but he basically willed the Bulls to all of their championships in the 90s. Lebron needs to do the same in Cleveland if he wants to remain a respected player in the NBA. Any other decision (except for the Clips) immediately turns Lebron into the biggest villain in all of basketball. Be a man Lebron, stay at home.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

WHO!?!?!

There are two things that make me want to throw up about the All-Star Game rosters this year; the American League pitching and the National League hitting. Looking over the two entire rosters, it is clear that these rosters need a little work. More importantly though, commissioner Selig needs to realize that he is a major butthead and adjust the criteria for the Mid-Summer Classic. First of all, as I have said before, fans shouldn't be able to vote. Secondly, every team should not have to be represented. Let's take out the old #2 pencil and correct some of the mistakes for this year's All-Star teams.


Fan voting always leads to some of the biggest mistakes in All-Star game voting. Think about it, any moron capable of punching a few holes in a piece of paper, or clicking on players names online can have his say. Democratic? Yes. Idiotic? Yes. If Bud Selig really wanted to make this a serious game, which it should be because home field advantage is at stake in the World Series, he would eliminate Bruce J. Knobslob from being allowed to select Pedro Feliz as the starting 3rd baseman in the NL. I feel like I am repeating myself here, but I must be heard.

Secondly, why does every team need to have an All-Star? I can see it being necessary for the host team to have one, but is this game really going to lose any viewers because the Pirates don't have an all-star? Moreover, it goes back to the importance of the game. If you had to win a game, would you rather put in Evan Meek, or Stephen Strasburg? No disrespect intended, but there are guys who will not be playing in this game who could provide much more to one of the teams than those who are playing because their team needed a representative. This will now be known as the Ed Sprague corollary.

Despite my objections, the teams are what they are. While the AL looks to have a serious advantage swinging the bat, the NL has got some fireballers on the mound. Two innings of the Lincecum dumpster, followed by two innings of Ubaldo, Halladay, Wainwright and Josh Johnson is enough ammunition to shut any team down. The NL lineup is of course centered around Prince Albert, but is a little weak with non-household names like Brandon Phillips, Andre Ethier, Yadier Molina and (possibly) Michael Bourn filling out the starting lineup. If you go up and down the AL roster, it is a who's who of hitting talent.

Joe Mauer, Ichiro, Big Bad Vlad, Evan Longoria, Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton. These are the guys you think of as All-Star caliber hitters. They are all featured in the AL starting lineup, and will give those NL aces a run for their money. Their pitching on the other hand? Not lookin' so tough. A lot of greenhorns on the AL pitching staff with guys like David Price, Trevor Cahill, Fausto Carmona, Phil Hughes and Jon Lester. It will be interesting to see who buckles under the pressure and who rises to the occasion.

Finally, what is all this nonsense about picking a utility guy who can exit and re-enter the game? Way to look like even more of an idiot Selig. This doesn't make any sense at all. If you are looking for a better solution, just let the teams add more players, or make position players throw a few pitches if you run out of pitchers. I guarantee an extra inning game would end very quickly if that was the case, and I doubt anyone would get injured. Finally, if you are worried about these games going on so long, put less closers on the rosters. Closers are the ultimate space wasters in the All-Star game as most of them can only go one inning. Lose a closer or two and add a Strasburg or an Old Man Moyer who is capable of going a few more innings.

All-Star weekend is one of the most enjoyable weekends in all of professional sports, and there are always great plays and interesting stories that go along with it. However, for such a good weekend it has been terribly mismanaged by Major League Baseball and panders way too much to fans. We need to remember that this game is very important, and it should be treated that way. Selig, ditch the fan vote, get rid of the team requirements, and expand the rosters. In doing so, you will guard against the Milwaukee tie incident and give each team the best possible chance to win. Now, here's hoping David Eckstein and Scott Podsednik both agree to participate in the home-run derby.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Perfect Storm

What a wonderful day it is when I get to talk about Tiger Woods, a PGA Tour event and Philadelphia all in one post. Thanks to the AT&T National Golf Tournament moving to Aronimink Golf Club this year, this perfect storm (sans the blonde, red, brown and gray beard of George Clooney) has come together. Usually, the AT&T National is held at Congressional Golf Course in Bethesda (fun to say in Dan Kaplan voice), Maryland. However, since the U.S. Open is being held there in 2011, Aronimink got the nod. Being that this tournament benefits the Tiger Woods foundation, is hosted by Tiger, and Tiger is the defending champion, I am going to venture to say that the luck will be with Eldrick this week.

Aronimink Golf Club is located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes outside of Philly and is currently ranked as the #3 private course in the state of Pennsylvania (for those keeping score, my old country club is ranked #6, Saucon Valley is ranked #7, and Lehigh CC a distant #16). Aronimink is a Donald Ross designed course, and keeping with the Ross tradition features strategically placed bunkers and water, challenging doglegs, and extreme elevation changes and undulation. Similar to Pebble Beach, it also has a great variety of short and long holes to test all the skills of a golfer. Furthermore, as it is a links course it will be a good tune up for the upcoming British Open. With all that said, here's a list of people who could feel the brotherly love in Philly this weekend.

Tiger Woods
- Tiger is due. He showed signs of brilliance at Pebble Beach, but his short game held him back from winning. If he can correct those mistakes this week, I like him to end his drought. I hope he wins. Simply put: "This is Tiger's tour. And now it's Tiger's turn."

Sean O'Hair- O'Hair quietly finished tied for 12th at Pebble Beach, and also makes his residence in nearby West Chester, PA. Also home of these clowns. Look for him to be the crowd favorite.

Jim Furyk- Furyk also hails from West Chester, but I bet nobody in West Chester cares. Still , look for him to have a good week.

Rickie Fowler- I said the kid was gonna win on tour sometime this year. Why not bring my prediction home right in Philly and add even more perfect to the perfect storm?

Notah Begay III- Just kidding. The only reason he is in this tournament is because he is Tiger's boy.

Phil Mickelson- Just kidding again. Phil is not playing in this tournament. I guess he is too good to play for a charity tournament. What a jerk.

Fredrik Jacobson- I'll throw the Euro in for all of TPLIYP's international readers out there, including all my Asians and Ethan128.


Honestly, I have no idea who is going to win this tournament because Aronimink hasn't been used for any PGA Tour events since 1962. So I went with some hometown favorites and some potential sleepers. I think and I hope it is Tiger's time to re-establish himself on the PGA Tour though. Let's all enjoy a nice weekend in beautiful suburban Philadelphia and celebrate our nation's birthday win a win by Tiger Woods. Happy 4th everyone!