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LOL at Terrell Stoglin — a half-decent player…yapping about being under-coached

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LOL at Terrell Stoglin — a half-decent player…yapping about being under-coached

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

I’ve had four hours of sleep before, so I know what it feels like.

Actually, the night before I got four hours of sleep, I got four hours of sleep.

I returned from a phenomenal day at Augusta National this morning, actually, as my flight touched down just before midnight, which put me back home and in bed at 12:44 am.

Four hours later, I was up and at ‘em.

The night before (Tuesday, I think?), I got home in the early evening after a wild day on the golf course that saw my Calvert Hall team edge a highly talented McDonogh team in our conference opening match.  I didn’t wind up hitting the pillow until 11:00 pm on Tuesday and got up at 3:00 am to catch a 5:10 am Wednesday morning flight with a couple of friends who were making the Augusta trip with me.

It was my 4th time, but their first visit to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National.

Eight hours of sleep in two nights.

At my age, that hurts.

But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I treat the Masters and Augusta National like they’re Bruce Springsteen.  If Springsteen’s playing somewhere nearby, I’m getting a ticket and I’m going to the show.  I’ve seen “The Boss” twenty times in my life.

If Augusta National is going to host this little golf tournament every April, and I can get a ticket at a reasonable price, I’m going down there.

Some people go to the Smithsonian every year or two.  That’s what museums are for, right?

I classify Augusta National as a “museum”.

I’ll make that field trip every year as long as I can.

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Speaking of golf, the Washington Capitals will be teeing it up at their favorite course this coming Monday, after being eliminated from this year’s NHL playoffs last night by virtue of the Columbus 3-1 win over Dallas.

This, honestly, could be just what the Caps need.

The time has come for Ted Leonsis to take a long, hard look at his hockey franchise and plot out the next decade.

Start over with a new GM?

Adam Oates…should he stay or should he go?

Alexander Ovechkin?  Player to bank on or player to move?

There’s lots to discuss in the next few months with the Caps, but one thing’s for certain:  In 2013-14, they just weren’t good enough, plain and simple.

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Terrell Stoglin cracked me up the other night with his showboating on Twitter.

Speaking about Mark Turgeon, Stoglin quipped:  Sum ppl can’t coach talent

That’s weird…when I think of Stoglin, I think this:  Sum talent just can’t be coached

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Gutless Caps, injured Woods highlight an Orioles-less Tuesday

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Gutless Caps, injured Woods highlight an Orioles-less Tuesday

Posted on 02 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

Our very own Ed Frankovic chronicled the Caps 5-0 drubbing last night with a perfect one-word description: quitters.

I know, that’s the worst thing you can say about a player or a team, but it sure fit the Washington Capitals last night when the Dallas Stars strolled into the Verizon Center and pasted Alex Ovechkin and Company with the playoffs essentially on the line for the home team.

With every point mattering now, the Caps turned in one of the all-time turd performances of the Ovechkin era.  He was essentially a no-show on Saturday vs. Boston, Sunday at Nashville and then again last night at home when the Caps scored zero goals with the playoffs waving in the foreground.

It was awful.  It was truly “old school” Caps hockey.  It made me harken back to the mid 1970′s when my Dad and I would settle in behind the goal at the old Cap Centre to watch the Caps get blasted by just about everyone on a nightly basis.

I felt like we were going to see Robert Picard or Hartland Monahan take a shift in the 3rd period.

Some of this heartless play can be traced back to the first period of a 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville on Sunday night when Predators in-house goon, Rich Clune, beat up on rookie Patrick Wey when all he did – gasp! – was check Clune into the boards on a completely fair and legit hockey play.  That Clune didn’t get the crap knocked out of him later on in the game by a gang of Caps was proof-positive of the yellow streak running down their collective backs.  I get it, you’re playing for points, not penalty minutes, but Clune’s punishing pounding of Wey deserved a massive dose of retaliation at some point before the night ended.

When Clune didn’t get the stuffing knocked out of him in the second or third period of that Nashville game, I knew then, for sure, this was a gutless bunch.

I wrote a piece here at WNST.net about the Caps a month ago and said then — and stand behind it now — that this organization needs a summer of ’14 overhaul that should include a deep, in-depth look at Ovechkin and whether or not the franchise can win on the ice with him.

People thought I was nuts.  ”He’s a 50-goal scorer, Drew!  You can’t get rid of those guys.”

Rob Carlin of Comcast Sports Net laughed at me on the air when I asked him about Ovechkin’s future in D.C.

No one was laughing last night.

Except the Dallas Stars.

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Tiger Woods out of the Masters isn’t a great surprise to me.

You can’t play golf when you’re hurt, even if he did win the 2008 U.S. Open on a broken leg.  Then again, he only had to beat Rocco Mediate.

Woods, though, needs more than a surgically repaired back to return to his form of old.

Let’s face it, he wasn’t winning the Masters this year anyway, bad back or not.  He hasn’t won there since 2005 when he beat Chris DiMarco in a playoff.  He can’t win at Augusta anymore because under the heat of the Sunday back-nine pressure, he can’t putt the greens.

That said, it’s not like Tiger has become Briny Baird or anything.  He did win five events last year.

But the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Ever since Woods beat Mediate at Torrey Pines in that U.S. Open playoff, he has as many major wins as…well…Briny Baird.

There are only three things that can get Woods back on track in his chase to catch Jack Nicklaus and his record of eighteen major titles.  One would be complete physical health.  He’s had a myriad of injuries over the years, none overwhelmingly serious, but bothersome enough to derail him from time-to-time.  There’s one certainty about playing professional golf that Woods is now finding out in high-def:  You can’t possibly play high-level golf if you’re injured.  Number two would be Tiger Woods of 2014 putting like Tiger Woods of 2004.  For whatever reason, Woods hasn’t putted well since his return to the game in 2009 following his ACL surgery and personal bump-in-the-run with then-wife Elin.  Some of Tiger’s tee-to-green stats have improved under the tutelage of instructor Sean Foley, but putting certainly hasn’t.  You can’t win major championships if your putting is – no pun intended here – sub-par.  Third, and there’s no chance of this happening but it deserves mentioning – a reconciliation with former teacher Butch Harmon could be the tonic Woods needs to return to his past glory.  For starters, Phil Mickelson wouldn’t allow Harmon to “co-teach” both the lefthander and Woods.  And, as we know about Woods, the chances of him begging Butch to come back are slim and none.

With all due respect to some bad personal decisions Tiger made when he was chasing waitresses around Orlando in the late 2000′s, the worst decision he ever made was firing Butch Harmon.  Period.

More than anything, though, what has plagued Woods over the last six years is simple.  He hasn’t been healthy and he can’t make putts under the gun.

And he won’t get the chance to dispel either of those theories next week at Augusta, nor would it appear he’ll be ready to chase his 4th U.S. Open title at Pinehurst in June.

It all adds up to a semi-boring Masters, as we all know the truth about the PGA Tour.  With Tiger in the field, it’s must-watch TV.  When Tiger isn’t playing, you’re mowing your lawn.

 

 

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Caps lose again as must-win games turn into losses

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Caps lose again as must-win games turn into losses

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

Another night of stellar offensive play from the Capitals, who were blanked in Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening, 2-0.

It’s not closing time yet for Washington and their playoff chances, but the bartender is “flicking the lights on and off” to let you know last call is just a few minutes away.

And then, maybe for the first time ever, the organization – under Ted Leonsis at least – has an off-season of real, true soul searching to do before putting together a plan for 2014-2015.

What to do with General Manager George McPhee, who has drawn plenty of disdain over the last few years from D.C.’s hockey faithful.

Is Adam Oates the coach they thought he would be and, if not, do you make a move in his department?

And, the big question:  What’s the future hold for Alexander Ovechkin?

More importantly, the real question:  Is it time for the Caps to consider going in a new direction that starts WITHOUT Ovechkin?

Anytime I bring up Ovechkin’s name and the word “trade” in the same sentence with people who follow hockey, they look at me like I have three heads.

I always follow up that look by asking:  ”Tell me what he’s done…”

“He’s scored a ton of goals,” is always the first reply.

“OK,” I say.  ”What else?”

Go ahead…what else?

Name the players in the Caps organization who have been here alongside Ovechkin that are better for having played with him.  I’ll be here waiting.

Go ahead…go through the list of players who have been in D.C. during the “Ovie years” that #8 made better as a hockey player.

I’m still waiting.

And I’m not, absolutely NOT, saying to just dump him for a bag of pucks and some Southwest Airlines tickets.

Not at all.

What I am saying, though, is the time has come to consider a new direction for the Caps.

Please note the word “consider” there.

I watch Ovechkin night in and night out and I marvel at how one dimensional he’s become.  He’s -27 this season, which means he’s been on the ice in even strength situations for TWENTY SEVEN more goals against the Caps than for the Caps.

How has the so-called “best offensive player in hockey” (cough, cough) found himself on the ice for 27 more goals against his team than goals scored FOR his team?

That’s incredibly telling.

I’m not looking to punish Ovechkin for one season of mediocre Caps hockey, either.  Lots of other players are worthy of blame, including Mike Green, who continues to play far beneath the level a player of his contract status should.

In baseball terms, what the Caps want from Ovechkin is their own version of Derek Jeter.  A winner.  A player who makes others around him better.  Someone who comes through when the games matter most.

Instead, the Caps have an Alex with their own Alex — Alex Rodriguez.

I’ll take Jeter.

I just wish the Caps had one of those kind of players in Ovechkin.

And, since they don’t, I’ll just ask again:  Is it time for the Capitals to move in a different direction in the off-season and proceed without The Great Eight?

It’s a question worth asking.

 

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Bovada gives Ovechkin 8/1 odds to MVP of Olympics

Posted on 17 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Gold Medal    

Canada                                                 7/4

USA                                                       11/4

Russia                                                   16/5

Sweden                                                5/1

Finland                                                  11/1

Czech Republic                                 25/1

Switzerland                                          25/1

Slovakia                                               100/1

Norway                                                 500/1

Latvia                                                    500/1

Austria                                                  500/1

Slovenia                                               500/1

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Olympic MVP

Sidney Crosby (CAN)                            11/2

Phil Kessel (USA)                                  11/2

Pavel Datsyuk (RUS)                             13/2

Drew Doughty (CAN)                             15/2

Alex Ovechkin (RUS)                             8/1

Henrik Lundqvist (SWE)                         10/1

Carey Price (CAN)                                 10/1

Jonathan Quick (USA)                           10/1

Erik Karlsson (SWE)                              12/1

Semyon Varlamov (RUS)                       12/1

T.J. Oshie (USA)                                   15/1

Tuukka Rask (FIN)                                 15/1

James van Riemsdyk (USA)                   15/1

John Tavares (CAN)                               20/1

Jonas Hiller (SUI)                                   25/1

Ondrej Pavelec (CZE)                            40/1

Olli Jokinen (FIN)                                   50/1

Tomas Plekanec (CZE)                          50/1

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Top Goalscorer          

Michael Grabner (AUT)                           5/4

Phil Kessel (USA)                                  7/4

Drew Doughty (CAN)                             13/2

Jeff Carter (CAN)                                   8/1

Alex Ovechkin (RUS)                             9/1

Evgeni Malkin (RUS)                              11/1

Iilya Kovalchuk (RUS)                            11/1

Erik Karlsson (SWE)                              12/1

Sidney Crosby (CAN)                            20/1

Joe Pavelski (USA)                               30/1

Ryan Getzlaf (CAN)                               30/1

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

      Odds on 1/7/14             Current Odds

Florida                          20/1                              6/1

Syracuse                      10/1                              6/1

Kansas                         15/2                              15/2

Michigan State              6/1                                17/2

Arizona                         11/2                              9/1

Duke                            12/1                              9/1

Louisville                      10/1                              12/1

Kentucky                      7/1                                14/1

Wichita State                 28/1                              14/1

Michigan                       50/1                              22/1

Creighton                      66/1                              25/1

Iowa                             40/1                              25/1

Virginia                         100/1                            25/1

Wisconsin                     16/1                              25/1

Villanova                       40/1                              28/1

Oklahoma State            10/1                              33/1

San Diego State            50/1                              33/1

Cincinnati                      100/1                            40/1

Iowa State                     50/1                              40/1

Ohio State                    12/1                              40/1

St. Louis                       100/1                            40/1

Connecticut                   50/1                              50/1

North Carolina               25/1                              50/1

Texas                           200/1                            50/1

Pittsburgh                     40/1                              66/1

UCLA                            40/1                              66/1

VCU                             66/1                              75/1

Gonzaga                       66/1                              100/1

Memphis                       50/1                              100/1

SMU                             Off the Board                100/1

Arizona State                300/1                            150/1

Kansas State                150/1                            150/1

New Mexico                  150/1                            150/1

Oklahoma                     150/1                            150/1

Oregon                         50/1                              150/1

Tennessee                    150/1                            150/1

UMass                          100/1                            150/1

California                      500/1                            200/1

George Washington       200/1                            200/1

LSU                              150/1                            200/1

Xavier                           200/1                            200/1

Baylor                           75/1                              250/1

Florida State                 150/1                            250/1

Georgetown                  100/1                            250/1

Harvard                         200/1                            250/1

Indiana                          150/1                            250/1

Minnesota                     200/1                            250/1

Missouri                        66/1                              250/1

Ole Miss                       250/1                            300/1

Stanford                       300/1                            300/1

Arkansas                      500/1                            500/1

Clemson                       300/1                            500/1

Colorado                      50/1                              500/1

Alabama                       500/1                            Off the Board   

Boise State                  250/1                            Off the Board   

Boston College             1000/1                          Off the Board

Butler                            200/1                            Off the Board   

BYU                             500/1                            Off the Board   

Colorado State              1000/1                          Off the Board

Davidson                      2000/1                          Off the Board

Dayton                         250/1                            Off the Board   

Fordham                       1000/1                          Off the Board

George Mason              500/1                            Off the Board
Georgia                        1000/1                          Off the Board

Georgia Tech                1000/1                          Off the Board

Illinois                           150/1                            Off the Board   

La Salle                        1000/1                          Off the Board

Marquette                     250/1                            Off the Board   

Maryland                       500/1                            Off the Board   

Miami Florida                500/1                            Off the Board   

Northwestern                 1000/1                          Off the Board

Notre Dame                  250/1                            Off the Board   

NC State                       300/1                            Off the Board   

Purdue                          500/1                            Off the Board   

Rhode Island                 1000/1                          Off the Board

Richmond                     1000/1                          Off the Board

South Carolina              1000/1                          Off the Board

St. Bonaventure            1000/1                          Off the Board

St. Joe’s                       1000/1                          Off the Board

St. John’s                     300/1                            Off the Board   

St. Mary’s                     300/1                            Off the Board   

Temple                         1000/1                          Off the Board

Texas A&M                   300/1                            Off the Board   

UNLV                            500/1                            Off the Board   

USC                             500/1                            Off the Board   

Vanderbilt                     500/1                            Off the Board   

Virginia Tech                 500/1                            Off the Board   

Wake Forest                 300/1                            Off the Board

Washington                   500/1                            Off the Board   

Washington State          1000/1                          Off the Board

West Virginia                 500/1                            Off the Board

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Ovechkin Gets Overtime Winner, top Jackets 4-3

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Nick Dorsey

The Capitals retuned home after a two game road trip against some of the best from the West. The Caps came away with one point out of the possible four, so the Caps were eager get back to DC. Four of the next five games are at home, first up were the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The first period was in favor of the visiting Blue Jackets, generating more scoring opportunities and shots, and then the second period featured more action. After defensemen Steven Oleksy got an interference penalty at the five minute mark, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky got a delay of game penalty to even the playing field. On the Capitals power play following the four on four play, Dubinsky of the Blue Jackets struck first with a short-handed goal. The Caps had a couple of power play opportunities, but could not convert. It took a great effort by Martin Erat to set up John Carlson for the first Washington goal of the game. Erat drove the slot and tipped the puck cross side for an easy empty netter for Carlson. Carlson has been hot for the Caps as of late, scoring in four of his last six games. The Capitals then had a power play opportunity just over a minute before the end of the second period. They could not convert in the second or third period.

The Blue Jackets had two power play chances in the first half of the third period. It was not until the second power play where a goal was scored, except it wasn’t Columbus. After the puck was misplayed off of the boards, Joel Ward scored a short-handed goal to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Not one, but two short-handed goals in this Metropolitan division matchup tonight. Just minutes later, The Jackets evened up the score with a shot from the outside. The puck found its way off of a deflection with a herd of bodies in front of Braden Holtby. Then at the 14-minute mark and 19 seconds, Cam Atkinson scored on a breakaway goal to give Columbus the one goal lead. The bouncing puck was misplayed by Mike Green, which led to an open lane to the goal.

It looked as if the Capitals were on their way to another third period collapse until Mikhail Grabovski scored his 100th career goal with just one minute and 45 seconds left to play. It was the sixth goal of the season and Grabovski is riding a hot streak in which he has 11 points in his last 11 games. The Capitals were heading to overtime in a situation that seems much to familiar over the short part of the season so far. Just over a minute and a half into overtime, Marcus Johansson made a spectacular effort dangling through traffic and getting a shot off inside. The shot created a rebound for the captain Alex Ovechkin to score an overtime winner. Alex Ovechkin’s overtime game winner is the 14th goal of the season.

The Capitals showed a great team effort across the board in getting this late comeback win. They avoided another third period collapse and rallied together before it was too late. The third line of Jason Chimera, Mikhail Grabovski and Joel Ward continue to be a dominant presence on the ice, recording two of the four goals for the team tonight. Joel Ward has scored nine goals in the first nineteen games, the best start of his career. John Carlson continues to be an all around great defensemen with an emerging offensive game. He has been great on that end in the last six games, holding the blue line and joining in with offensive rushes. Then there were great efforts by the fourth liners, Tom Wilson showing his physicality on a big hit and Michael Latta was tremendous in the penalty kill tonight. Last, but not least, Alex Ovechkin continues to have a great start to the short season, scoring the game winner tonight. The Caps travel to Detroit this Friday to take on the Red Wings and then return home for three straight games. The Caps were 4-3 Overtime winners tonight, they look keeping winning in an effort to pursue the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

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Ovechkin and Power Play Hot in 6-2 Win over Islanders

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Nick Dorsey

The Washington Capitals hosted their new Metropolitan division rival New York Islanders for the first time this season. This was a good test for the Caps as they trailed the Islanders in the division standings by just one point. The special teams have been essential to the team’s success all season and it was on display tonight. The penalty kill has killed all but one of the last 40+ power play opportunities by the opposition. The power play struggled last game versus Florida, but the return of captain Alex Ovechkin fixed that. The power play unit recorded four goals tonight against the Islanders.
The game opened up when John Tavares, the captain of New York, scored his seventh goal of the season just after the penalty kill recorded another stop. The Islanders had the only tally at the end of the first, but the second period was much different. John Carlson scored a goal for a second straight game just three minutes into the period. It was a nice all around play by Carlson, holding the blue line and creeping into the high slot burying a wrist shot. Over a minute later, Alex Ovechkin scored the power play goal to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. Just seventeen seconds later, the Islanders first line struck back as Kyle Okposo scored to tie the game. The Capitals got another chance at a power play and nearly seven minutes into the period, Marcus Johansson recorded his first goal of the season. Washington regained the lead 3-2 and they never looked back.
Just over a minute after MoJo’s goal, Alex Urbom scored a slap shot from the outside. Tom Wilson got his first ever NHL point, assisting Urbom in a sliding effort on the ice. With less than three minutes left to go in the second, Alex Ovechkin got his second goal of the game during the power play. It was a cross crease pass, beautifully executed by MoJo on the feed and Ovechkin on the finish. The Caps were down one at the start of the second, and at the end, up by three. While the offense had an explosive second period, Goalie Braden Holtby held his own to keep the lead up. Holtby finished with 34vsaves on 36 shots faced and a .944 save percentage. Holtby has been tremendous as of late after a slow start to the season, winning six of his last eight starts. The power play was not finished yet after two periods of play. Sixteen minutes into the third period, Tom Wilson scored his first NHL goal of his career. It was quite the night for the 20-year-old Wilson, recording his first NHL point and goal in the Verizon Center. Wilson drove the slot toward the crease and Ovechkin found him for a deflection goal past Nabokov.
It was a good win for the Capitals, as they now have a record above .500 at 8-7. They got ahead of a division rival in points and jumped them to sit into second place of the Metropolitan division. They are now currently behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are in first place with 22 points. The Washington Capitals have 16 points and are riding on a three game win streak. They face the Minnesota Wild this Thursday night at the Verizon Center.

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Chamblee calls Tiger a cheater — then apologizes for saying it.

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Chamblee calls Tiger a cheater — then apologizes for saying it.

Posted on 23 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

I’ve watched bits and pieces of just about every Capitals game thus far in the ’13-14 campaign and it’s becoming more apparent with every viewing opportunity that Washington is going to struggle to make the post-season.

Their defense is terrible.

If not for Braden Holtby — and let’s face it, he’s only a “good” goaltender, nothing more, really — they might not have a win yet this season.

And, if Alex Ovechkin gets a bruised shoulder in two weeks and he misses ten games, they’re not winning any of those contests.

The Caps defense is really bad.

The only two guys who give a representative defensive effort every night are Carlson and Alzner…and both of them are capable of throwing up a stinker-of-a-shift once a period.

Erskine?  Time to put him out to pasture.

Green?  Doesn’t really play defense, not sure you can even consider him a defenseman.

Olesky?  Still learning.  He might be OK actually, but he doesn’t have a mentor to look up to, that’s for sure.

The Metropolitan Division is like moving up from the J.V. to the Varsity as far as the Caps are concerned.  No more lay-ups against the bums of the Southeast Division…they have to play real hockey now, 60 nights a year.

Ain’t gonna happen, I’m afraid to say.

Not with this bunch trying to play defense, that is.

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I’ll take the Red Sox in seven games in the World Series.

Not sure why.

I just think it’s their time.

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It would appear that Tiger Woods and “his people” have more impact at The Golf Channel than perhaps Brandel Chamblee realized.

Chamblee, the outstanding analyst for TGC, essentially called Woods a “cheater” last week when handing out his end-of-season grades for the recently completed 2013 season.  He cited several rules infractions Woods was involved in over a 5-month period and likened them to an episode of his back in grade school when a teacher of Chamblee’s cited him for cheating on a test.

The analyst never said the words “cheating” in his column for Golf.com, but he might as well have.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chamblee defended his piece and his accusations about Woods and the rules issues he ran up against…that lasted until about 8pm on Tuesday night when Chamblee sent out a series of five tweets that apologized – directly – to Woods.

He was adamant that the apology wasn’t forced by The Golf Channel or Golf.com, but the timing certainly looked odd if you ask me.

Calling someone a cheater in golf is the absolute worst thing you can do.

For the record – in my opinion anyway – Woods is NOT a cheater.

As Seve Ballesteros once told Paul Azinger at the 1991 Ryder Cup:  ”Cheating and not knowing the rules are two totally different things.”

That said, I still contend that Tiger should have withdrawn from The Masters last April after his Saturday rules snafu where he took a bad drop on the 15th hole.

But — like Seve said:  Cheating and not knowing the rules are different.

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Phelps gets long odds, Ovechkin short odds to take home ESPYs

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Male Athlete 

LeBron James                           1/2

Adrian Peterson                        5/2

Miguel Cabrera                          4/1

Michael Phelps                          15/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Female Athlete          

Serena Williams                         5/4

Brittney Griner                           8/5

Gabby Douglas                         5/2

Missy Franklin                           9/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Fighter          

Floyd Mayweather Jr.                2/3

Jon “Bones” Jones                    5/4

Anderson Silva                          4/1

Canelo Alvarez                          25/1

Danny Garcia                            33/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best NBA Player   

LeBron James                           1/3

Tony Parker                              7/2

Kevin Durant                             15/4

Kobe Bryant                              12/1

Carmelo Anthony                       20/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best NFL Player   

Adrian Peterson                        4/7

Peyton Manning                        5/2

JJ Watt                                     5/1

Calvin Johnson                         13/2

Aaron Rodgers                          10/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best MLB Player   

Miguel Cabrera                         1/2

Mike Trout                                 2/1

Buster Posey                            9/1

David Price                               9/1

R.A. Dickey                              9/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best NHL Player   

Sidney Crosby                          1/5

Alexander Ovechkin                   2/1

John Tavares                            12/1

Martin St. Louis                         33/1

Henrik Lundqvist                       33/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best International Athlete   

Usain Bolt                                2/3

Novak Djokovic                        9/4

Lionel Messi                              3/1

Cristiano Ronaldo                      9/1

Juan Manuel Marquez                20/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Male College Athlete  

Johnny Manziel                         1/5

Trey Burke                                3/1

Kyle Dake                                 15/1

Drew LeBlanc                            15/1

 

2013 ESPY Awards – Best Driver

Tony Kanaan                             1/2

Brad Keselowski                       3/1

Sebastian Vettel                        4/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay                      10/1

 

 

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Outright Winner         

Tiger Woods                 8/1                                                                                

Justin Rose                   16/1

Phil Mickelson               18/1

Adam Scott                  20/1

Graeme McDowell         22/1

Lee Westwood              25/1

Rory McIlroy                 25/1

Ernie Els                       28/1

Luke Donald                 28/1

Sergio Garcia                28/1

Jason Day                    33/1

Charl Schwartzel            33/1

Henrik Stenson              33/1

Dustin Johnson             40/1

Brandt Snedeker           40/1

Matt Kuchar                  40/1

Rickie Fowler                40/1

Ian Poulter                    50/1

Martin Kaymer               50/1

Louis Oosthuizen           50/1

Nicolas Colsaerts          50/1

Padraig Harrington        66/1

Branden Grace              66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Thomas Bjorn                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Webb Simpson             66/1

Jason Dufner                66/1

Bubba Watson              66/1

Francesco Molinari        80/1

Zach Johnson               80/1

Richard Sterne              80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Keegan Bradley             80/1

Thorbjorn Olesen           80/1

Paul Lawrie                   80/1

Bill Haas                       100/1

Martin Laird                   100/1

Shane Lowry                 100/1

Nick Watney                  100/1

Angel Cabrera               100/1

Billy Horschel                100/1

Alexander Noren            100/1

Jamie Donaldson          100/1

Peter Hanson                100/1

Chris Wood                   125/1

George Coetzee            125/1

Bernd Wiesberger          125/1

Mikko Ilonen                 125/1

Brooks Koepka             125/1

Bo Van Pelt                  125/1

Fredrik Jacobson          125/1

K.J. Choi                      125/1

Jordan Spieth               150/1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano      150/1

Geoff Ogilvy                 150/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez    150/1

Marcel Siem                  150/1

Stewart Cink                  150/1

David Lynn                   150/1

Ryan Moore                  150/1

Stephen Gallacher         150/1

Jonas Blixt                    150/1

Robert Karlsson            150/1

Tim Clark                      150/1

Harris English                150/1

Carl Pettersson             150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

John Senden                 200/1

Marc Leishman              200/1

Rafael Cabrera -Bello     200/1

Richie Ramsay              200/1

Brian Davis                   200/1

Boo Weekley                200/1

Kevin Streelman            200/1

Graham Delaet              200/1

Camilo Villegas             200/1

Hideki Matsuyama         200/1

Thongchai Jaidee          200/1

Jimmy Walker               200/1

Russell Henley              200/1

Marc Warren                  200/1

Thomas Aiken               200/1

John Huh                      200/1

Danny Willett                 250/1

Kyle Stanley                  250/1

Scott Piercy                  250/1

Alvaro Quiros                250/1

Brett Rumford               250/1

Fred Couples                250/1

Robert Garrigus             250/1

Darren Clarke                250/1

Scott Jamieson             250/1

Bud Cauley                   250/1

Lucas Glover                 300/1

Michael Thompson        300/1

Gregory Bourdy            300/1

Justin Leonard              300/1

Luke Guthrie                  300/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat     300/1

Vijay Singh                   300/1

D-A Points                    300/1

Yong-Eun Yang             300/1

Ken Duke                      300/1

Josh Teater                   300/1

Gareth Maybin               300/1

Johnson Wagner           300/1

Brendan Jones              300/1

Kyung-Tae Kim              350/1

Marcus Fraser               400/1

Tom Lehman                 400/1

Tom Watson                 500/1

Niclas Fasth                  500/1

Ashun Wu                     500/1

Eduardo De La Riva      500/1

Garrick Porteous           500/1

Hyung-Sung Kim           500/1

Mark Calcavecchia        500/1

Oliver Fisher                  500/1

Satoshi Kodaira            500/1

Shingo Katayama          500/1

Shiv Kapur                    500/1

Steven Tiley                  500/1

Thaworn Wiratchant       500/1

Toru Taniguchi               500/1

Daisuke Maruyama        500/1

Scott Brown                  500/1

David Duval                  500/1

Elliot Saltman                500/1

Estanislao Goya            500/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               500/1

Mark Brown                   500/1

Peter Senior                  500/1

Richard Mcevoy            500/1

Oscar Floren                 500/1

Rhys Pugh                    500/1

George Murray              750/1

Justin Harding               750/1

Todd Hamilton              750/1

Darryn Llloyd                750/1

Kenichi Kuboya             750/1

Mark O’Meara                750/1

Ben Stow                      1000/1

Gareth Wright                1000/1

Grant Forrest                 1000/1

Jimmy Mullen                1000/1

John Wade                   1000/1

Makato Inoue                1000/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        1000/1

Stephen Dartnall            1000/1

Steven Fox                   1000/1

Steven Jeffress             1000/1

Tyrell Hatton                  1000/1

Sandy Lyle                    1000/1

Nick Faldo                    1000/1

 

Miscellaneous Props

The Open Championship 2013 – Will There Be a Play-Off?       

Yes                  5/2

No                    2/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Where Will The Winner Come From? 

USA                                         7/5

Great Britain & Ireland                3/1

Rest of the World                      3/1

Continental Europe                    4/1

 

Tiger Woods Props

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?         

Yes                  7/4

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?        

Yes                  4/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?        

Yes                  2/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Shoot A Hole in One?        

Yes                  80/1

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v J Rose           

Tiger Woods                 5/9

Justin Rose                   7/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v P Mickelson  

Tiger Woods                 1/2

Phil Mickelson               3/2

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v R McIlroy      

Tiger Woods                 2/5

Rory McIlroy                 9/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v S Garcia        

Tiger Woods                 2/5

Sergio Garcia                9/5

 

 

The Open Championship 2013 – 1st Round Leader

Tiger Woods                 12/1

Justin Rose                   22/1

Phil Mickelson               22/1

Adam Scott                  25/1

Graeme McDowell         28/1

Lee Westwood              33/1

Rory McIlroy                 33/1

Ernie Els                       33/1

Luke Donald                 33/1

Sergio Garcia                33/1

Jason Day                    40/1

Charl Schwartzel            40/1

Dustin Johnson             40/1

Brandt Snedeker           40/1

Henrik Stenson              40/1

Matt Kuchar                  50/1

Rickie Fowler                50/1

Ian Poulter                    50/1

Martin Kaymer               50/1

Louis Oosthuizen           50/1

Nicolas Colsaerts          50/1

Branden Grace              50/1

Padraig Harrington        66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Thomas Bjorn                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Webb Simpson             66/1

Jason Dufner                66/1

Zach Johnson               75/1

Bill Haas                       75/1

Thorbjorn Olesen           75/1

Bubba Watson              80/1

Francesco Molinari        80/1

Richard Sterne              80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Keegan Bradley             80/1

Martin Laird                   80/1

Shane Lowry                 80/1

Paul Lawrie                   80/1

Billy Horschel                80/1

Jamie Donaldson          80/1

Peter Hanson                90/1

Jordan Spieth               100/1

Nick Watney                  100/1

Angel Cabrera               100/1

Alexander Noren            100/1

Chris Wood                   100/1

George Coetzee            100/1

Bernd Wiesberger          100/1

Mikko Ilonen                 100/1

Brooks Koepka             100/1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano      100/1

Bo Van Pelt                  100/1

Fredrik Jacobson          100/1

Marcel Siem                  100/1

Geoff Ogilvy                 125/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez    125/1

K.J. Choi                      125/1

Stewart Cink                  125/1

David Lynn                   125/1

Ryan Moore                  125/1

Stephen Gallacher         125/1

Jonas Blixt                    125/1

Robert Karlsson            125/1

Tim Clark                      125/1

Harris English                125/1

John Senden                 125/1

Rafael Cabrera -Bello     125/1

Carl Pettersson             125/1

Richie Ramsay              125/1

Brian Davis                   125/1

Boo Weekley                125/1

Graham Delaet              125/1

Hideki Matsuyama         125/1

Alvaro Quiros                125/1

Marc Leishman              150/1

Kevin Streelman            150/1

Camilo Villegas             150/1

Thongchai Jaidee          150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

Jimmy Walker               150/1

Russell Henley              150/1

Danny Willett                 150/1

Marc Warren                  150/1

Kyle Stanley                  150/1

Scott Piercy                  150/1

Thomas Aiken               150/1

Brett Rumford               150/1

Fred Couples                150/1

Lucas Glover                 150/1

John Huh                      150/1

Gregory Bourdy            150/1

Robert Garrigus             150/1

Scott Jamieson             150/1

Michael Thompson        200/1

Justin Leonard              200/1

Luke Guthrie                  200/1

Darren Clarke                200/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat     200/1

Vijay Singh                   200/1

D-A Points                    200/1

Yong-Eun Yang             200/1

Ken Duke                      200/1

Bud Cauley                   200/1

Josh Teater                   200/1

Gareth Maybin               200/1

Tom Watson                 200/1

Marcus Fraser               200/1

Johnson Wagner           200/1

Brendan Jones              200/1

Garrick Porteous           200/1

Oliver Fisher                  200/1

Tom Lehman                 200/1

Niclas Fasth                  250/1

Ashun Wu                     250/1

Eduardo De La Riva      250/1

Hyung-Sung Kim           250/1

Kyung-Tae Kim              250/1

Mark Calcavecchia        250/1

Satoshi Kodaira            250/1

Shingo Katayama          250/1

Shiv Kapur                    250/1

Steven Tiley                  250/1

Thaworn Wiratchant       250/1

Toru Taniguchi               250/1

Daisuke Maruyama        250/1

Scott Brown                  250/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               250/1

Justin Harding               250/1

Peter Senior                  250/1

David Duval                  300/1

Estanislao Goya            300/1

George Murray              300/1

Mark Brown                   300/1

Richard Mcevoy            300/1

Todd Hamilton              300/1

Ben Stow                      300/1

Darryn Llloyd                300/1

Gareth Wright                300/1

Grant Forrest                 300/1

Jimmy Mullen                300/1

John Wade                   300/1

Kenichi Kuboya             300/1

Makato Inoue                300/1

Mark O’Meara                300/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        300/1

Oscar Floren                 300/1

Rhys Pugh                    300/1

Stephen Dartnall            300/1

Steven Fox                   300/1

Steven Jeffress             300/1

Tyrell Hatton                  300/1

Sandy Lyle                    300/1

Nick Faldo                    300/1

 

Top 5/10/20 Finishes

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?         

Yes                  7/4

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?        

Yes                  4/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?        

Yes                  2/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 5?      

Yes                  7/2

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 10?    

Yes                  8/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 20?    

Yes                  5/7

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Justin Rose Finish in The Top 5?           

Yes                  7/2

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Justin Rose Finish in The Top 10?         

Yes                  8/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Adam Scott Finish in The Top 5?           

Yes                  4/1

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Adam Scott Finish in The Top 10?         

Yes                  9/5

 

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Graeme McDowell Finish in The Top 5? 

Yes                  9/2

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Drew’s Morning Dish —  Tues., May 7

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Tues., May 7

Posted on 07 May 2013 by Drew Forrester

Ahhhh, now that’s the Caps I know and love.

With a chance to go up 3-0 in the series and put the Rangers on life support, the Capitals did what they usually do last night in Game 3 of their playoff series at the Garden.

They let New York back in the series.

That Washington lost, 4-3, isn’t really the story.

It’s the way it happened.

Skating around with cement in their boots most of the night, the Caps gave up a handful of bad goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 3rd period when Backstrom and Ovechkin were both puck-watching in front of the goal just long enough to let New York’s Derek Stepan sneak in and re-direct the puck past Braden Holtby.

Six minutes later it all ended in high-drama when Washington was handed a power play with 1:54 remaining and used an extra-attacker to effectively create a two-man advantage for the game’s final ninety seconds.

How did the Caps handle the 6-on-4 situation?

Not well.

They passed the puck around – and around – and around – and around.  They tried a couple of shots here and there just to keep themselves awake, but nothing ever looked remotely dangerous and the final horn blew with the Caps having failed to create one really good scoring chance with a two-man advantage late in the game.

If you closed your eyes and tried hard enough, you definitely could have seen Mike Ridley, Kelly Miller and Mike Gartner on the ice there at the end, flailing around, looking for one scoring opportunity late in the game. It looked like “the old Caps” in the final ninety seconds.

It’s a series now, as most of us assumed it would be, since the Washington Capitals never, ever, do anything the easy way.

I hope you have Game 7 tickets.  That should be one helluva game in D.C. next week.

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The story out of Texas where the high school track athlete was disqualified for “excessive celebration” because he pointed to the sky as a show of his faith following a race is proof-positive of what has gone wrong with this country.

These nitwits in Texas should be ashamed of themselves.

Young boys and girls need MORE faith and MORE God in their lives, not less.

Punishing that kid for his post-race demonstration is idiotic.

You would think adults would know better than to hand down an asinine decision like that…then again, those in charge who levied the penalty probably haven’t been to church in 25 years.

I swear, the things human beings do sometimes, huh?

It all makes me wonder how some people actually get by from day-to-day.

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I think I’ve had enough for now.

The Caps losing like that coupled with those clowns in Texas…it’s just about all I can handle.

The only saving grace is RUSH is in town tonight playing at the Arena, which means I’ll play some good music during today’s show as a tip of the cap to Geddy, Neil and Alex.

Stay dry.

Happy Tuesday.

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., April 29

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., April 29

Posted on 29 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

I refrained from reading any national or local re-caps of the 2013 NFL Draft over the weekend.  Why?  Mainly because I didn’t want to hear or see what folks thought about individual teams and how “well” they did in picking players who have never played a game in their life that mattered.

I laughed right along with everyone else on Thursday night when the Bills stumped all the talking heads by going with E.J. Manuel instead of Ryan Nassib.

You probably giggled too, right?

“The Bills…” you said.  ”What on earth do THEY know about picking a quarterback?  Geez, just go back and look at their recent list of failures.  J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick…”

My guess is that most people were saying the exact same thing about the Ravens in 2008 when they took that Flacco kid out of Delaware in the first round.

“The Ravens…what on earth do THEY know about picking a quarterback?  Geez, just go back and look at their recent list of failures.  Kyle Boller, Chris Redman, Derek Anderson, Anthony Wright, Steve McNair.”

See what I mean?

There’s no sense in judging any of these picks until we see how they all play out, including guys like Manuel and Geno Smith and Manti Te’o.

Just let ‘em play.  We’ll see who knew what they’re doing in this year’s draft in 2015.

And save the silly draft report cards for the experts who have to give grades so it looks like they know what they’re talking about.

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Caps and Rangers again, huh?

Fourth time in five years, I believe.

It’s getting to be old hat, but the two teams usually provide for some interesting hockey in the post-season.

I’m taking the Caps in five games.  I know, I know, that’s very risky considering the Capitals are perennial playoff gaggers.  But I don’t think this Rangers team is any good and, particularly without Marian Gaborik, I just don’t think they have the firepower to overcome this suddenly offensive-minded Washington squad.

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That Billy Horschel guy who won this week’s PGA Tour event in New Orleans is the real deal.  Watch and see…he’ll be on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team.  Dude’s a player.

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Buck’s obviously a little concerned about bullpen overuse already and it’s only April 28.

How else can you explain his decision on Sunday for not bringing in Jim Johnson to close the 8-6 lead in the 9th inning?

I’m not criticizing him for it, mind you.  I think it was the right thing to do.  He knows a lot more about these guys and their durability than we do.  Plus, if you really like to pin losses on people, go ahead and put the blame for Sunday’s debacle on Pedro Strop.  He inherited a 4-run lead on Saturday and, per his typical form, put enough guys on base that Buck had no choice but to go with J.J. to close the game out.

So, what you saw on Sunday was a by-product of the manager simply not wanting to go back to the well for the 6th time in seven games and use his closer.

Nothing would wreck the season – as evidenced by the display produced by Brian Matusz and Strop on Sunday in Oakland – like an injury to Jim Johnson.

If you have to almost-intentionally eat a loss in late April and then perhaps again once every 6-8 weeks just to keep your best pitchers fresh and healthy, go ahead and do it, I say.

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Greg Norman blasted golf’s drug testing procedures over the weekend during a trip to Australia.  Rather than subject players to urine tests, as is the case now, Norman is demanding blood tests for golfers on the PGA TOUR.  He’s adamant about it.  The 2-time British Open champion even went as far to say, “Anyone who uses an illegal substance to improve their performance or their physical well-being is cheating, period.  And there’s no room in the game for that.  It sickens me.”

Sounds to me like a guy who knows something’s going on with someone, in particular, and it’s The Shark’s way of putting him on notice.

As I read through the quotes, he was just a little too emphatic about it for someone who is “just trying to send a message” about fair play.

Norman knows someone’s cheating.  He won’t say who.  But he knows.

 

 

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