It’s Nice To Know Athletes Are Human TOO

They’re human!!

Watching professional golf is interesting — to some. Some find it boring. Some think, “ehh, that’s no big deal, I could do that!” And some, or most, avoid it all together.

Whether you like, love, or hate golf, you should appreciate how talented professional golfers are. For anyone who’s played golf, understanding and amazement is in order. And that’s what made Thursday’s opening round at the U.S. Open so much fun to watch.

While I don’t actively root for golfers to play poorly, I enjoy watching them look human, mortal. When a professional golfer, who qualified for the U.S. Open, shoots a 92, I feel better about my golf game. It’s true!!

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And yes, that part’s real. Someone shot a 92 Thursday at Shinnecock Hills. That someone would be Scott Gregory (as pictured above). Gregory (23), from England, became the 1st golfer since 2002 to shoot a round in the 90s at the U.S. Open. In Gregory’s defense, Shinnecock was playing REALLY tough Thursday. The four co-leaders, including Dustin Johnson, stand at just -1. Notables like defending champion Brooks Koepka (+5), Bubba Watson (+7), Phil Mickelson (+7), Jordan Spieth (+8), Tiger Woods (+8), Jason Day (+9), and Rory McIlroy (+10) all struggled tremendously.

The top-10 golfers in the world combined to shoot 52-over par Thursday.

Struggled is the understatement of the century. Those scores are putrid. With the field struggling mightily, it’ll be interesting to see where the cut lands, and who will be on the wrong side of it.

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I know, I know, it’s just the Tampa Bay Rays, but a win, is a win. The Yankees continued their strong play Thursday with a 4-3 victory, and have now won 11-of-their-last-14 games. And while many expected the big bats of Sanchez and Stanton to carry this Yankee lineup, it’s the youth movement of Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and Aaron Judge doing the heavy lifting.

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Yes, the Yankees need a (good) starting pitcher. But for “experts” to suggest they should include Gleyber Torres in a trade, is not only preposterous, it’s a fireable offense. Imagine if the Yankees traded Derek Jeter in 1996. The entire landscape of my childhood would be different. But more importantly, the five World Series victories from ’96 to ’09 may have never happened. Don’t look at me like I’m crazy! That’s the kind of talent we’re talking about here.

Since Torres’ call-up (April 22nd), he’s been the Yankees’ best hitter. He’s hit 13 home runs with 33 r.b.i, while hitting .295. He has two walk-off hits, and is the sole reason they pulled off another victory Thursday.

(the magic happens at 50 seconds)  

 

Would you trade Gleyber Torres?? If you are insane enough to say yes, please stay away from my comment section. Thanks!

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Raise Your Hand If You’re Pretending To Be A Soccer Fan Today!!!!

Today is a BIG day!!

The World Cup begins. The U.S. Open begins. And the New York Mets look to score their first run of the season….

World Cup

Today, droves of people will pretend to be DIE HARD soccer fans. They’ll buy jerseys. They’ll take off work to watch “their” team play. Hell, they may even paint their faces.

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And in approximately four weeks, they’ll forget soccer ever existed.

It’s actually amazing.

So, Mother Russia is your host, and they’ll kick off the World Cup with the 1st match @ 11:00 A.M. EST. They’ll take on Saudi Arabia, the presumed worst team in Group A. The rest of their group is made up of Uruguay and Egypt. In other words, the host country has received a cake walk into the next round. If only that was a coincidence….

Here are the rest of the groups:

B

Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Iran

C 

France, Denmark, Peru, and Australia

D

Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland

E

Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia, and Costa Rica

F

Germany, Sweden, Mexico, and South Korea

G

Belgium, England, Tunisia, and Panama

H

Colombia, Poland, Japan, and Senegal

Team to feel bad for: Morocco

Landing in a group with Spain and Portugal just seems like slow, painful, torture to me.

Underdog with a chance: Colombia

If they beat Germany, and that’s the biggest IF ever, they have a chance.

World Cup Champion: Brazil

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Brazil is the Vegas favorite (+400) to win the World Cup. Having not won a World Cup since 2002 (pobre Brazil), they’re due.

U.S. Open (Golf)

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The 1st round of the U.S. Open will be played today. This year’s U.S. Open is being hosted by Shinnecock Hills, right in my back yard. 156 golfers will tee-it-up on Thursday in hopes to raise that trophy on Sunday evening. Shinnecock Hills was last home to the U.S. Open in 2004, a tournament won by Retief Goosen.

The Vegas favorite this week is Dustin Johnson (+900). After winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic this past weekend, DJ looks to be back to his winning ways.

Not that he has a chance to win, but Tiger Woods (+1600) is playing in his 1st U.S. Open since 2015 (where he missed the cut), and last won in 2008.

My money’s on Jordan Spieth (+1400). Not a long shot by any stretch of the imagination. Just my humble opinion.

Worst. Offense. EVER!!

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The New York Mets’ offense is taking anemic to a whole new level. Since June 1st (10 games), they have scored 14 runs. That’s less, over the same time span, than some individual players. Evan Gattis has driven in 18 runs since June 1st.

The Mets are literally wasting Jacob deGrom’s prime. Over his last 10 starts, deGrom has lowered his e.r.a. from 3.24 to 1.55, giving up a total of 6 runs, and has only won two of those starts. THAT’S EMBARRASSING!!!! 

Oh, and the Mets as a team, have lost 10-of-their-last-11 games. The near future doesn’t look any brighter either, with their next eight games on the road (Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies).

 

What will you be watching today?? Tell me in the comment section below.

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Here’s To Watching Sports While You’re Supposed To Be ENJOYING Brunch

This one’s for the weekend warriors.

The brave souls who watched LeBron get his butt whipped on their phone under the brunch table. The uncomfortable sweater wearing golf fans who watched Webb Simpson dominate on a tablet hidden between a dove shaped napkin and their mimosa.

LeBron

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I MUST preface this section with an explanation, for if I don’t, LeBron Lifers may run me over with their car. You know who you are….

When things are going well, LeBron deserves all the praise in the world. However, when s*** hits the fan, LeBron deserves the blame. That was Sunday. The Cleveland LeBrons must have mixed up their schedules. Showing up to a charity event (you’re supposed to lose on purpose) instead of Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals is inexcusable.

SCORING 83 POINTS IS INEXCUSABLE!!!!

LeBron didn’t lead his team in scoring (Kevin Love – 17), finishing with just 15 points. This is LeBron’s lowest playoff point total (11 points) since Game Three of the 2017 playoffs, against you guessed it, the Boston Celtics. By the way, the LeBrons took down the Celtics in five games last year — I’m just sayin’. The LeBrons looked awful on Sunday. They got outworked, outhustled, and outeverythinged (108-83).

  

James Frederick Webb Simpson

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Simply known as Webb, James Frederick Webb Simpson handily won The 2018 Players Championship. Through two rounds, Simpson was 15-under par. That’s INSANE. And for those who don’t play golf, that’s like hitting 10 half-court shots, in the first half.

At 19-under par, Simpson was so far ahead through three rounds (7-strokes), he literally played NOT to lose. Shooting a one-over, 73, while the whole world was skyrocketing up the leaderboard is evidence enough for me. While the smart play, it made for a boring Sunday. 19 of the top-22 finishers shot rounds of 69 or better, including Brooks Koepka’s 63!!!! ALSO INSANE!!!! Those same top-22 golfers finished the tournament -10 or better. ALSO INSANE!!!!

Tiger Woods made a cameo appearance this weekend. After making the cut, on the number (-1), Tiger had himself a Saturday, posting a 7-under, 65. This caused ‘stupidity’ to trend on Twitter….When will Tiger win a Major?! When will he be #1 again?! When will he break Jack Nicklaus’ record?! The Answers: Never, Never, and NEVER!!

No performance was more impressive, or more unexpected, than Simpsons. Having missed the cut four out of his last eight times at The Players Championship, Simpson was seeking an end to his victory drought; 107 tournaments. Streak….broken. Following this victory, he banked $1.98 million and rose to 20th in the World Golf Rankings.

Not bad for four days of work.

 

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The Pudgy-Faced Assassin Struck GREEN!!

Patrick Reed won the Masters.

WHO the hell is Patrick Reed?!

The pudgy-faced assassin. I think we’ll call him that.

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Patrick Reed is 27 years old (despite looking like he’s 12). He’s married with two children and resides in Texas. Entering the Masters, Reed was the 24th ranked golfer in the world. At -14, Reed took a 3-stroke lead into Sunday, fighting off the likes of Rory McIlroy (-11), Rickie Fowler (-9), and Jordan Spieth (-5).

Despite coming up short, Jordan Spieth’s round Sunday was the most impressive performance of the tournament. A final round 64 (-8) is other worldly.

Sunday at the Masters, usually reserved for names tumbling down the leaderboard, saw a record breaking 7 of the top-20 finishers post rounds of 67 or better. With virtually everyone around him charging up the leaderboard, Reed remained steady, posting a safe, conservative -1 (71). Needing a par at the last, Reed showed nerves of steel, hitting his drive right down the middle. He then hit the approach shot of his life, leaving 20-feet, and 2 putts, to win the Masters.

This was Reed’s 1st Major victory. And the Masters has now seen five consecutive 1st time winners. Life after Tiger. No no, I know Tiger is back. And played in this tournament. But he didn’t really play in this tournament….

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And then, there was baseball.

The New York Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles in tragic fashion Sunday afternoon (8-7 F/12). After being spotted a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning, Yankees’ starter, Jordan Montgomery, decided he didn’t want it to be his day either. Montgomery failed to get out of the 5th inning, giving up 4 runs. Fast forward to the 12th inning….

After a walk and 2 consecutive singles, the Orioles grabbed an 8-7 lead in the top of the 12th inning. To the bottom of the 12th we go….

Austin Romine, who had the game of his life, led off the inning with a walk. With Tyler Wade (who’s really fast) and Gary Sanchez (who plays catcher) still on the bench, it’s inexplicable that Aaron Boone didn’t pinch run for Romine. Regardless, the Yankees loaded the bases on another walk and an error by Orioles’ closer, Brad Brach.

Yup, the Yankees had bases loaded, with no one out, and DID NOT SCORE!!!!

Because nothing says clutch like an Aaron Judge, 1-2-5 double-play, ground out. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Giancarlo Stanton followed it up with his 2nd FIVE STRIKEOUT GAME of the season. Stanton was the only Yankee who didn’t record a hit Sunday going an impressive 0-7.

Stanton will be fine, but New York and Miami are two different animals, aren’t they????

 

What did you watch Sunday?? Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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Conor McGregor Is An IDIOT!!

Conor McGregor is an idiot!!

With the world at his fingertips, McGregor’s behavior has continuously disappointed. After his latest incident, his UFC career is in question.

The UFC hosted a media day event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday for UFC 223. McGregor made an unexpected appearance at this event. And did he ever make is presence felt. McGregor was seen throwing a hand dolly through the window of a bus carrying other UFC fighters. While other members from McGregor’s entourage were seen throwing chairs and other objects at the bus, McGregor was restrained, and ultimately arrested. He will be charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

What a nice guy!!

TMZ Sports was able to obtain a video of the incident.

So, I can usually figure these situations out fairly easily. This one makes no sense to me. Is there some unknown “beef” between McGregor and another fighter?? Was this a publicity stunt by McGregor?? If this wasn’t staged, does this make McGregor the dumbest man in the world??

Obviously, if you launch heavy objects at a bus, breaking windows and injuring people, you’re going to get arrested. Chalk another one up for stupidity I guess. I hope UFC President, Dana White, bans McGregor from the UFC for life.

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From one end of the spectrum, to the other, we go; The Masters!!

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Round 1 of the Masters is in the books. Jordan Spieth, who generally plays well at Augusta, is the leader in the clubhouse at -6. Tiger Woods is 7 strokes back at +1. Rory McIlroy is just three stokes back at -3, and Phil Mickelson is hanging around at -2.

Jordan Spieth has an interesting history at the Masters. In 2015, Spieth dominated the Masters, becoming the 2nd youngest player to win a green jacket. He also broke the record for most birdies in a Masters (28). However, in 2016, Spieth encountered one of the biggest collapses in Masters’ history, blowing a 5-stroke lead heading to the back nine.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The back nine, at the Masters, on Sunday, is a DIFFERENT WORLD. The nerves. The pressure. The sweat. Oh, the sweat…. 

Now, I know the whole world is excited Tiger Woods is back. And that’s great. But to think he can win this tournament is delusional. He should be pleased with making the cut, and finishing in the top-25. The game of golf, however, is Tiger’s #1 fan.

Money, money, money, money….

 

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The (Actual) 20 Most Dominant Athletes Of The Past 20 Years

It’s the worst list ever made — EVER!!

And it’s not even that close.

In celebration of ESPN the Magazine turning 20, Peter Keating put out a list of the 20 Most Dominant Athletes of the Past 20 Years. The concept; great. The execution; not so much.

Keep in mind, this list is the most DOMINANT athletes, not the BEST athletes:

Peter’s “List”                                                                                   DaveTalksSports’ List

20.) Tom Brady                                                                                 20.) Marta

19.) Manny Pacquiao                                                                      19.) Barry Bonds

18.) Mike Trout                                                                              18.) Kobe Bryant

17.) Barry Bonds                                                                              17.) Allyson Felix

16.) Allyson Felix                                                                             16.) Diana Taurasi

15.) Novak Djokovic                                                                      15.) Rafael Nadal

14.) Cristiano Ronaldo                                                                    14.) Cristiano Ronaldo

13.) Lauren Jackson                                                                       13.) Michael Schumacher

12.) Serena Williams                                                                     12.) Lionel Messi

11.) Lionel Messi                                                                              11.) Jimmie Johnson

10.) Usain Bolt                                                                                  10.) Annika Sorenstam

9.) Marta                                                                                              9.) LeBron James

8.) Floyd Mayweather Jr.                                                               8.) Tom Brady

7.) Michael Schumacher                                                                 7.) Floyd Mayweather Jr.

6.) Annika Sorenstam                                                                     6.) Usain Bolt

5.) Roger Federer                                                                             5.) Lance Armstrong

4.) Jimmie Johnson                                                                          4.) Roger Federer

3.) Peyton Manning                                                                        3.) Serena Williams

2.) LeBron James                                                                              2.) Tiger Woods

1.) Tiger Woods                                                                                 1.) Michael Phelps

Honestly, I don’t know where to start. This is literally the worst list ever constructed by man, or woman. My head nearly exploded when I first saw Peter Keating’s list. I highlighted Peter’s most egregious errors.

I’m convinced Peter made this list strictly to garner attention (it’s working) because no one with a wealth of sports’ knowledge could possibly, rationally, reasonably, sanely, proudly publish this list.

  • The most dominant athlete of the past 20 years is Michael Phelps. He won multiple gold medals, in multiple events, spanning over 4 Olympics. His only competition for nearly 20 years was himself. He holds the record for most gold medals ever (23). For Peter not to have him on the list is unfathomable.

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  • Tom Brady and Peyton Manning drew comparisons throughout their careers. They played in the same era, and they often met in the postseason. However, no one in their right mind would ever claim Peyton Manning was better, or more DOMINANT, than Tom Brady. Brady, simply, is the best football player that ever lived.

 

  • No disrespect to any of the following athletes, but they don’t belong on this list: Mike Trout, Novak Djokovic, Lauren Jackson, Peyton Manning, and Manny Pacquiao. It’s as simple as that.

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  • Say what you want about him, but Lance Armstrong not being on this list is almost as egregious as Michael Phelps’ exclusion. Don’t start with me over the drug doping. EVERYBODY CHEATS. Armstrong won 7 Tour De France’s in a row. And if Peter is going to put Barry Bonds on the list, there’s no reason Armstrong can’t join him.

 

I hope this article lands in front of Peter Keating’s eyeballs: PETER, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!

Did I leave anyone out?? Do I have someone who doesn’t belong?? Post your list in the comment section below.

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I’m The Greatest — No, I’m The Greatest!!

I am the greatest athlete of this generation.

No, not me. There are 4 gentlemen who’d have a legitimate argument if they said that aloud, and 3 of them were in action Sunday. The 4th, is preparing to launch himself to an unprecedented level of greatness this coming Sunday….

1.) Roger Federer

2.) Tiger Woods

3.) Lebron James

4.) Tom Brady

Roger Federer

The accomplishments of Roger Federer, at 36 years, 173 days old, are like nothing we’ve seen before. After experiencing a Grand Slam title drought of 18, Federer has now won 3 of the past 5 (2 Australian Opens and 1 Wimbledon). That’s just flat out ridiculous.

Did I mention Federer is old?! 36, in men’s professional tennis, is ancient. In fact, upon winning the Australian Open, Federer became the 2nd oldest man to win a Grand Slam (Ken Rosewall – 1972 Australian Open). Still not impressed?! The only 2 sets Federer lost the entire tournament were against Marin Cilic on Sunday. Federer would drop the 2nd and 4th sets, forcing a sudden-death, 5th set for the Australian Open Title. Federer, steam rolled, winning 6-1. And with every Grand Slam victory, Federer continues to break his own record. He’s now won 20 Grand Slams.

The question isn’t if he’ll win #21, but when??

Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods is back!! For real this time. Playing in his 1st PGA Tour event in a year, and just his 5th in 2-and-a-half years, Tiger Woods impressed. He didn’t win the tournament, nor will he win a tournament anytime soon, but he made the cut and played through the weekend.

He finished 23rd (-3), playing 4 consecutive rounds without injury (which should be Tiger Wood’s main focus). So, while he won’t compete with Jason Day and Alex Noren in Monday’s playoff of the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods should have a smile on his face.

He should also spend his free time at the driving range, because he hit a career low 17 of 56 fairways (30%), including 3 of 14 on Saturday. No, I can’t shoot 3-under over 4 consecutive rounds, but I can hit more than 3 fairways.

Lebron James

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Lebron James went about his business Sunday:

25 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists, and 1 steal in 38 minutes.

The Cleveland Cavaliers won 121-104 over the Detroit Pistons. As crazy as this sounds, the Cavaliers can use every win they can get. At 29-19 on the season, they are currently the 3-seed in the Eastern Conference, however, they’re closer to the 7-seed than the 2-seed. This also sounds crazy, but another NBA Championship would do Lebron James’ legacy wonders.

As talented and accomplished as he is, Lebron is chasing a ghost. And ghosts tend to be hard to catch. As with every all-time great, I will never doubt Lebron James. Not until the clock hits double-zero and his team is on the wrong side of history.

Tom Brady

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Tom Brady doesn’t often land on the wrong side of history. I don’t foresee that changing this coming Sunday. As Nick Foles continues to figure out how he got here, Tom Brady sleeps soundly. Super Bowl Sunday has become as regular an occurrence for Tom Brady, as a trip to the food store is for you and I.

With his (12) stitches removed, Brady is set to capture his 6th Super Bowl Ring. And like Roger Federer, will look to break his own record. When 2nd place is so distant, I guess you become your only competition.

 

Who is the greatest athlete of this generation?? Tell me in the comment section below.

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“Tiger Back”

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He’s back!!

None other than the world’s most popular golfer: Tiger Tiger Woods y’all.

After a 301-day hiatus from competitive golf, Woods returned to the links on Thursday to play in the Hero World Challenge. The Hero World Challenge is a tournament for 18 of the top golfers in the world, hosted by Tiger Woods himself. It’s a 4-day tournament, being played in Albany. No, not that Albany. Albany in the Bahamas.

After a 10-month stretch away from professional golf, Tiger Woods completed his comeback from various obstacles. He had his 4th back surgery this past April, a single level fusion-surgery. The purpose of this surgery is to create space in the back, in order to alleviate pain and stop back spasms. Typical recovery is approximately 6 months. Woods also battled personal demons before returning to the golf course. After being arrested for DUI in May, Woods entered a rehabilitation facility to get his use of pain medications under control.

For all you Tiger Woods fanatics out there, you’ll recall this isn’t the first time Woods made a long awaited return to golf at his own tournament. Following back surgery #3, and a 15-month recovery, Woods made a comeback at the Hero World Challenge in 2016.

How did he play yesterday??

Considering he’s 41 years old, had back surgery 7 months ago, and hasn’t played competitive golf in nearly a year, I’d say he played fantastic!! Woods shot a 3-under, 69, leaving him just 3 strokes off the lead (Tommy Fleetwood). Granted this course isn’t playing extremely tough, as 15 of the 18 player field finished under par yesterday. But at the same time, 8 of the top 10 golfers in the world are competing in this tournament.

Now, as much as I enjoy watching Tiger Woods dominate on a golf course, and as much as the sport needs him, all those asking how many majors he’ll win next year need to pump the brakes. Seriously, slam on your brakes RIGHT NOW before you rear end someone!! Listen, it’s nice to see that Woods can still post scores under par. And I’m glad he’s handled his personal issues. But, can we watch him play top notch golf for a few months before we crown Tiger Woods the 2018 Masters Champion????

Allow me to contradict myself — slightly. I will never doubt Tiger Woods. I simply DO NOT doubt greatness. I never doubted Michael Jordan each time he (un)retired. I don’t plan on doubting Serena Williams as she prepares to return to competitive tennis after the birth of her 1st child. And I’m not going to doubt a HEALTHY Tiger Woods. If, and this is a big if, he can stay healthy, don’t be surprised if he starts winning golf tournaments.

 

Will Tiger Woods win another major?? Post your prediction in the comment section below.

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There’s History To Be Made At The PGA Championship

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It’s an exciting time to be alive!! It’s golf season!! This morning marks the opening round of the 2017 PGA Championship. While the 1st tee-time is set for 7:20 a.m., TNT’s coverage doesn’t start until 1:00 p.m. This makes NO sense seeing how the 2 most popular groups will be done playing by the time TV coverage starts. Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, and Jordan Spieth tee-off at 8:25 a.m., and Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Henrik Stenson tee-off at 8:35 a.m. Someone please explain this to me….

Anyway, the 99th PGA Championship will be held at Quail Hollow Country Club, in North Carolina. There is an exciting field of mostly young golfers ready to entertain you. Entertain me clowns!! Expect a competitive tournament over the next 4 days, but before I tell you who’s going to win, let’s meet the favorites:

  • Rory Mcilroy (+700)
  • Jordan Spieth (+900)
  • Dustin Johnson/Hideki Matsuyama (+1200)
  • Rickie Fowler (+1400)
  • Jon Rahm/Brooks Koepka (+2200)

Despite winning the Open Championship just a few weeks ago, Jordan Spieth is not the favorite here. This surprises me, but Mcilroy is no slouch. My prediction is coming soon..relax!!

I think Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcilroy have something special in store for us this weekend. The PGA Tour is going to love what these fine golfers are about to do for their sport. They will separate themselves from the field over the next 3 days, and come Sunday, will be staring each other down in the final pairing. While Mcilroy has won 2 PGA Championships in his career, I think this is Spieth’s year.

Prediction: Spieth will beat Mcilroy in a playoff on Sunday to capture his 1st PGA Championship.

This will give Spieth consecutive major victories, and more importantly, the career grand slam. He would become the youngest player to accomplish this feat (yes younger than Tiger Woods). Allow me to put the career grand slam into perspective. Over the vast history of golf, there are only 5 golfers to complete the career grand slam:

  • Gene Sarazen
  • Ben Hogan
  • Gary Player
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Tiger Woods

That’s it!! Arnold Palmer couldn’t do it. Phil Mickelson hasn’t done it. But, Jordan Spieth will do it. Golfer’s like Spieth don’t come around every year, so enjoy his dominance while it lasts.

 

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Use Of Public Perception Goes Horribly Wrong!!

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People are stupid.

Oh no, this isn’t a revelation, for I know stupid has been around since the dawn of time, however, every so often, stupidity lands at the forefront of a conversation. The latest conversation, putting together a list of “The 50 Greatest Black Athletes Of All-Time”, caught my attention. This list was posted by The Undefeated, a platform within ESPN, designed to bring the intersection of sports and race under the spotlight.

This list was constructed with 4 main criteria in mind:

  • Overall ranking as an athlete
  • Dominance in their sport
  • Inspirational Story
  • Social Impact

The concept of this list is tremendous. If it had been voted on by sports writers, or people in the industry, it would have been a fascinating study of Black Athletes who excelled in sports while overcoming unprecedented adversity and/or becoming role models. Unfortunately, this list was derived from a public survey. While I understand the purpose of surveying random people in society, it resulted in a list that hardly resembles rational, coherent thought.

“At no point in your rambling, incoherent thought were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you NO points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

To see the list in its entirety, click here.

As you can see from the list, public perception in 2017 is misguided. Some athletes are ranked way too high, some way too low. Arthur Ashe being ranked just #38 on this list is a travesty. Arthur Ashe was the 1st African-American to win an NCAA Tennis Championship, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon. Ashe was also an activist, who fought social injustice all over the world.

However, there is 1 MAJOR omission from this list that is unacceptable. Can you guess who I’m talking about??

Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods not being included in this list is like ripping out Wayne Gretzky’s page from the NHL record books.

Tiger Woods revolutionized a sport. He singlehandedly made golf popular. Hell, he even redefined a color. When Tiger Woods played golf, red wasn’t red. Red was Sunday, Tiger Red. The man should have his own crayon in Crayola’s box. Now, I’m sure the public Einstein’s who were surveyed, chose not to separate Tiger’s transgressions as a husband from his sports accomplishments. Again — unacceptable.

Like, love, or hate Tiger Woods, you can’t deny his dominance, as well as his impact on the game of golf. To take an old-fashioned, white, elitist game such as golf and transform it into a mainstream, multi-cultural sport was groundbreaking. He changed what a golfer should and could look like.

All those who omitted Tiger Woods from this list, may now hide their heads in shame.

 

Who do you think are The Greatest Black Athletes of All-time?? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.

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