Max Scherzer turned down $144 million — and we have an “economy problem” in the U.S.?

March 24, 2014 | Drew Forrester

My bracket is pretty much a mess, although I do still have three of my Final Four teams intact and my championship game — Michigan State over Wisconsin — is still alive as well.

Duke losing to Anne Arundel Community College hurt because I had Coach K’s bunch going to the Final Four, but if my bracket got wrecked because of that, I’ll gladly take it.  Hilarious.

What happened to VCU wasn’t so hilarious, unless you’re a fan of Stephen F. Austin.  I assume Shaka Smart reminded his kids three times prior to the missed foul shot that kept the game alive, “Whatever you do, don’t foul the guy shooting the three”.  Maybe he should have reminded them a 4th time.  I get it, the replay showed that perhaps a foul DIDN’T occur on the last ditch SFA shot, but that’s not the point.  Don’t put yourself in that position with three seconds to play.  Even great coaches like Shaka Smart can’t play for the kids once the huddle breaks.  You can coach ’em — but you can’t play for ’em.

The Caps have suddenly come to life, with five total points (out of six) on that all-important west coast swing last week.  They’ve made some progress in the playoff race too, trailing both Detroit and Toronto by just one point with ten games remaining.  Maybe this is the year they slide in at the end — unlike most seasons in the past when they had the Southeast Division clinched by mid-February — and make some post-season noise.  OK, we know that’s unlikely — they ARE still the Caps, after all — but they are getting hot at the right time, at least.

My Calvert Hall golf team made the trip to Pinehurst last week for a final pre-season tune-up and we were blessed to tee it up on the famed Donald Ross gem, Pinehurst No. 2.  What a phenomenal course!  They’re playing the U.S. Open there this June (Men and Women, back-to-back weeks) and I can’t wait to see how the best players in the world fare on what is most certainly — by far — the most difficult course I’ve ever encountered (and we couldn’t even play the championship tees, which were closed due to the U.S. Open).  Unless I completely misjudged the whole place, there’s no way anyone will be able to break par over four days at No. 2 in June.  Michael Campbell shot even par in 2005 and folks down there are saying the course is now three or four shots harder than ’05 due to increased length and some bunker restoration that has made approach shots more difficult, particularly on the shorter holes.

Max Scherzer of the Tigers turned down $144 million over six years.  Read that again.  It really happened.  If you’re wondering what’s wrong with our country — besides the obvious down in Washington DC — some dude just turned down $144 million over a six year span because he could.  Unreal…

Adam Scott’s weekend collapse at the Bay Hill Invitational sets him up perfectly for a rebound at Augusta in a few weeks, where he will enter the Masters as their defending champion.  It’s always good to have a struggle or two heading into a major championship because it means you’ll have plenty to focus on between now and the second week in April.  Scott’s not winning at Augusta this year, but he’ll be heard from again down the road.