It's been way too long! Hello to all, strangers and friends. My picks are as follows: Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson & Steve Stricker
Okay, I'm in for the U.S. Open as one of my favorite golf tournament played every year. It should be super intense this year from everything I've read about the condition at Olympic. Amen.
Here are my winners: Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald & Hunter Mahan
There's the list. Let it be.
Much love to the 5@10 for operating from the Gulf of Mexico.
Okay, after reading your thoughts I'm going to disagree on the "Tiger never being Tiger" commentary.
I believe I follow your logic and why this would be feasible reasoning, but the man has been putting things together this season with his new swing and this wouldn't be the first time we've seen this transition. In fact, all that's missing are some putting skills that are still a little rusty and then, of course, the magic we caught a glimpse of yesterday!
Once again we're seeing wins, his classic stinger back in play and those longed for miracle shots to clinch the win when the pressure is on.
What about his finish? Flawless! His game looked completely in control this week and I can't help to think that with another 40 plus majors left to play, as well as god knows how many overall tourneys, that the man won't streak again and show us all wrong with the magic he's always had and I would think always will.
I'm not much of a fan as you can tell. What a fun tourney to watch yesterday! A lot of fun.
TIGER!!!!!! Had to get it out before reading. Will go back to top now.
DUFNER!!!!! Amen. Dude finally began playing the weekend like Thursday and Friday. I couldn't agree more that he's the most on fire golfer right now. He's been building to this for a hot minute though. I'm looking forward to that Auburn feller to get out there and get some War Eagles!
I would like to throw one more feller on the list of guys I think are going to be coming up on the PGA tour as some power players and that would be Bud Cauley. Impressive dude and if I'm not mistaken one of only eight players to go pro straight out of college without any other qualifying requirements. I may be wrong on that stat but think it's correct.
Also have to give honorable mention to my Auburn man, Jason Dufner, though much older and definitely not in the same category with the young bucks, who seems to be finding his stride and looks to have some serious potential assuming he can continue to find good fortune on Saturday and Sunday when it counts.
I missed it yesterday but I could hear T.O. saying something along the lines of this: "I'm sorry boys, but they got this depression on and I got to do for me and mine!"
Great 5@10 this week!
There are a few things about T.O. I've read here I totally agree with. The first, from the 5@10 commentary, is that he definitely thought he was the best thing that happened to anyone he played for in the NFL and that hurt his career, and subsequently his finances big time.
But I also believe in a chance at redemption and as chancellor mentioned he does deserve a bit of respect. I can't imagine how hard a guy who thought he was on top of the world has to fall to get back up and play in the arena league. Must be humbling and probably exactly what he needs if he expects to enter reality again.
It's funny, I can think of another athlete in a similar position regarding humility in his sport but may never come back to the reality of most being that he could potentially buy a portion of the world and that probably won't change.
One quick mention on instant gratification after a lot of patience: The sale of Babe Ruth's house! It's a steal at $1.65 million. Too bad it can't play any ball.
Great question on potential or production. I say you go with production, one in the hand. If health or any other noticeable signs of problems down the road haven't shown themselves in the player you choose, it would seem to me you've invested in both.
As far as having an equal I think a Dr. John Daly or Dr. Mike Tyson would work well with Dr. Shaq.
The derby yielded some very unexpected results and I'm bummed our picks weren't who would finish closest together being that mine were 7 & 8, I think. Need to go back and check on that one.
As for Tiger, wow! That was really bad.
It's probably about time he got some fire from his competitors, but they should be taunting him about his game. Fuel his competitive spirit. Don't kick a man when he's down. Of course I understand that's a multli-faceted argument and not so simple.
It shouldn't be below the belt or self serving to their own precious egos. Nobody is above reproach in some way or another and cheap shots against other golfers seems to me against the grain with respect to the long history and honor of golf on the course and amongst competitors. Keep it on the course if you're going to taunt.
Most if not all golfers should have some respect for the man they call TIger just for bringing golf to a public consciousness and popularity it never had before he entered the scene. More $$$ for everyone and more than likely the building blocks to the fedex cup ($10,000,000!). Good God.
With the world becoming smaller by immediate information dissemination like tweets, facebook, instant news wired from anywhere in the world, etc. it's amazing anyone in the public realm (celebrity athletes in this case) can hide from the far less powerful scandalous reporters, mini-me Rupert Murdoch proteges if you will, and have a private life at all.
However, all things considered, it's those closest to the top who will be watched the closest and probably have to hire their own people just to combat the intrusive nature of those looking for exposure into their most treasured private world (when they're not making headlines for some seriously idiotic and destructive behavior which cannot be hidden once out of the driveway).
It's got to be exhausting in some ways walking the razors edge but to speak to the last conversation we had on this, I'm going to agree with 5@10 logic stating that when a contract is signed with lots of zeros it must have a monumental effect on the path of one's life and be a game changer forever regarding heightened expectations on and off the course.
Good luck to Tiger putting his game back together and I sincerely hope his personal life is where it needs to be, 100% centered around seeing his kids as much as he possibly can and hopefully tapping in to his inner Earl as often as possible!
The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" theme was HEELARIOUS! Excellent 5@10 today and glad Everett could lend some gift of gab to the usual talk too much jam out! I think we found "a whole gopher village" of fine commentary.
This weekend's going to be some serious business in the sports world (okay, you got me, just golf and my picks on the derby)
I caught the headline this morning that Bubba withdrew from the tournament this weekend. I didn't know if he was in the field but I thought he was and that's a big shocker. Doesn't seem like Bubba.
Again, laughed all the way through today's read. MAY THE COMPETITION BEGIN!!! Till Monday everyone. Have a great weekend.