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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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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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