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Why we love Jordan Spieth

Do you know what makes a great champion? Dramatic losses.

Or I should say, comebacks from dramatic losses. Muhammad Ali came back from a devastating loss to Joe Frazier, just as Joe Louis came back from a huge loss to Max Schmeling.

We love the Boston Red Sox because we remember — or at least have heard of — their monumental collapse during the 1986 World Series.

This is why we love Jordan Spieth. Sometimes he plays like us, such as the 13th hole of the 2017 British Open. Other times, he plays like Tiger Woods, such as every other hole of the 2017 British Open.

At age 23, he’s won three majors.  But he’s also lost two when it looked like he was on his way to a win. His bogey on the 17th hole of the 2015 British Open kept him out of the playoff and ruined his chances of a potential one-year Grand Slam, since he had won both the Master’s and the U.S. Open that year.

But that wasn’t the devastating loss.

The big choke came during the 2016 Master’s when Speith, leading by 5 strokes, bogied the 10th and 11th holes. Then on the 12th, the wheels came off. He hit two balls into the water on the par-3 hole and earned a quadruple-bogey. He finished in second place, 3 shots behind eventual winner Danny Willett.

That’s a 7 score on a par-3 hole. Even I can do that. Sometimes I can do better. And I love that a pro golfer, a great pro golfer, a 23-year-old pro golfer, pretty much played the hole the same way I would have.

And you love it too. Especially if you play golf on the weekends like I do (poorly).

And he played like me during the 13th hole of the last round of Sunday’s British Open. But then he played the last four holes like Tiger Woods. Hell, even better than Tiger Woods — birdie, eagle, birdie, and the 18th in par when a bogey would have won it.

Jordan Spieth is a roller coaster ride, and I love watching him. Bet you do too.

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The Golden State juggernaut

They’re amazing.
But don’t compare them to that legendary Bulls team, this is a different animal. More of a true offensive ensemble with Curry, Clay, Durant and Green leading the way on any given night.
Sure. Curry and Durant are consistently the big dogs, but which one would be Jordan in your comparison? Don’t think you can say which with any veracity.
Doesn’t matter. Different animal. And we’ll keep watching.
Because they’re amazing.
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Let’s write two

Hall of fame baseball player Ernie Banks, nicknamed “Mr. Cub,” died Jan. 23, 2015 at the age 83.

The shortstop and later first baseman started his pro career in the Negro league baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1950 before joining the Chicago Cubs in 1953. He hit 512 home runs in his major league career.

But here’s the amazing part.

Everyone I ever met or heard from who knew him described him as probably the nicest guy they ever met— definitely the nicest sports hero they ever met.

And that might be his greatest accomplishment.

PS — I meant to finish this earlier so it would be my second Saturday post, because Banks was always fond of the double-header and would say, “Let’s play two.” Unfortunately, this column sneaked in a few seconds into Sunday. Oh, well. I guess Banks deserves to be number one anyway.

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What did Brady know and when did he know it?

Deflategate, gotta love it. New England Patriots coach Bill Bellichick is a riot, isn’t he?

First he illegally films his opponent’s practices (allegedly) and now he deflates the footballs to make them easier for QB Tom Brady to throw — they’re probably easier to tuck as well.

Was Brady in on this? Or was it just Bellichick’s idea?

Also, did Nixon act alone? Or was it a conspiracy?

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The real victim in Sunday’s NFC Championship game (hint: it’s not a Packer)

Do you know who the real victim of Seattle’s improbable comeback from a 16-0 deficit at halftime to defeat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 is?

Bill Buckner.

That’s right, the first baseman from the 1986 Red Sox baseball team. Because everyone is comparing the guy who muffed the onsides kick (Brandon Bostick) to Buckner’s muff in the World Series. Even me now (thanks John).

Sure, the guy who muffed the kick was Brandon Bostick. But two months from now we’ll all be saying, “Yeah, that guy, what’s his name. You know. The Billy Buckner of the NFC Championship.”

It never ends, does it Billy. It never ends.

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Russell Wilson is the new Joe Montana

Yes. Luck was involved. Not the one from Indianapolis, the amorphous one we all entertain from time to time. Seattle needed the right bounce on the onsides kick to win it, but bounce it did.

Russell Wilson. Like Joe Montana, he’s got ice water in his veins. He sucked for 7/8ths of the game, pretty much. But that last 1/8th was utterly amazing.

And let’s not forget Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch is the new Roger Craig.

On to the Super Bowl.

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Let’s hear it for the Penn State Pedophiles

In case you didn’t hear, Penn State’s football team is getting back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, and the late Joe Paterno has been restored as the winningest coach in major college football history.

Because football is way more important than child care.

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Now that I’ve calmed down …

Make no mistake about it, I’m still stunned by last night’s game, but I’ve had time to reflect. I learned three things last night.

1) Ohio State recruits only great quarterbacks. It doesn’t matter where they are in the pecking order, they’re all great.

2) Urban Meyer must be a great coach. He must be. I thought he was riding on Tim Tebow’s coattails. I was wrong.

3) The college National Championship game is great. I’ll be back next year.

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Oregon Ducks are pussies, but are Ohio State Buckeyes cheaters?

Wait a minute. What just happened? A college football team took the national championship? With a third-string quarterback?

An investigation should be launched immediately. No kidding. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Remember. You read it here first.

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Trying out a new experiment for the new year

I’m going to experiment with shorter posts more often, as opposed to the opposite. I’ll try it for a few weeks and see how it works out.

Meanwhile, what’s the deal with the harmonica noise in the background of crowd noise on TV? Seems to be prevalent during big games with big crowds, which leads me to believe it’s one of two things: 1) It’s some new noise device they’re passing out for big championship-type games at stadiums, or 2) The sound guys are over-compressing the sound and some kind of weird vocoder effect is taking place.

I’ll try to find out more from other guys who are into sports and sound. There aren’t many of us, though.

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