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#WNSTSweet16 Masters Moments of the last 30 years

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#WNSTSweet16 Masters Moments of the last 30 years

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

The greatest golfing event in the world deserves its own list.

I’d like to think this one is right up my alley, particularly since I literally recorded every final round of the Masters (on those things called “VHS tapes) from 1986 through 2003.

I can tell you what Ashworth shirt Fred Couples was wearing when he won in 1992.  I remember what major league baseball team logo he wore on his sleeve in the Friday round of the ’92 Masters.  Do you?  How about 1998 when O’Meara won?  What was the name of the guy who had his first major title sewed up until O’Meara went birdie-birdie to steal the title?  When Angel Cabrera won in 2009, he edged Kenny Perry and some other guy you probably don’t remember in a playoff.

I remember all three of those things:  for the record, it was, in order, Florida Marlins, David Duval and Chad Campbell.

I can also tell you the sixteen most memorable Masters “moments” of the last 30 years, which you are about to read here.  Please note, before we start, you will NOT see anyone “winning” as a moment.  You might see someone making a winning putt as a “moment”, but you aren’t going to see Vijay Singh winning the 2000 Masters as a memorable “moment”.  Reason?  It wasn’t.

So, here, without further adieu, the Sweet 16 Masters Moments of the last 30 years.

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., May 1

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., May 1

Posted on 01 May 2013 by Drew Forrester

Maybe now Greg Norman will shut up.

PGA Tour player Vijay Singh had his potential 1-year suspension thrown out yesterday after a governing body on performance-enhancing drugs told us what we already knew — that deer antler spray isn’t illegal because there’s nothing in it that helps you.

Singh, after the SI.com story last February named him as a user of the product, was eligible for a one-year suspension after admitting he used deer antler spray, which supposedly contains IGF-1, a banned substance in several leagues including the NFL and PGA Tour.

Ray Lewis, of course, was also named in the SI.Com article, which came out on Tuesday of Super Bowl week while the Ravens were in New Orleans preparing to play the 49′ers.

Greg Norman went nuts earlier this week in an article that originated out of Australia, claiming the PGA Tour’s current drug testing method (urine test) is disgraceful and calling for blood tests to verify who is clean and who isn’t.

He didn’t name Singh, specifically, but it’s widely known on TOUR that the 3-time major champion isn’t among the most popular figures in the locker room and the deer antler spray controversy hasn’t helped his image.

Only one problem:  Singh didn’t really do anything wrong in this situation.  Deer antler spray has as much effectiveness as it would if you spread toothpaste under your armpits.

That he came clean from the beginning and said, “I’ve been talking to this nut job Mitch Ross and I’m using that deer antler spray” should be proof he wasn’t trying to actually cheat.  Singh, of course, will never live down a cheating incident during the early days of his career in an Asian Tour event in the 1980′s when he changed his scorecard after a round.

In this case, though, Singh wasn’t cheating.

He was simply fooled by a snake oil salesman.

It happens to the best of ‘em.

Just ask Ray Lewis.

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LOL at Geno Smith.

The 39th player taken in the draft last week, the former West Virginia QB fired his agent yesterday.

Apparently, Smith thought he should have been the #1 pick in the entire draft and holds his agent accountable for the fact that he was passed up 38 times before finally being selected by the Jets.

I think Smith would have made as much sense if he would have fired his agent BECAUSE he got picked by the Jets.

That would have made as much sense as firing the guy because you weren’t selected number one overall.

I have a feeling we’re going to get lots of laughs out of Geno during his time in New York.

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BTW, for the record, I’m taking Pittsburgh to beat Chicago in the NHL Finals.

That is, if Sydney Crosby returns to the Penguins for these playoffs, which apparently he will.

Without Crosby, they can’t win it all.

With him, as much as it pains me to say it, they’ll raise the Cup again in June.

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Zach Britton is gone after one start.

Who comes up?

My guess is its Freddy Garcia.  He’ll start Saturday in Anaheim.

I wonder if Britton knew he was on such a short leash?  One start, not good, back to the minors.

Anyway, Garcia won’t be around for long.  He’ll have a good start or two, but when the dust settles and he’s made ten starts in orange, you’ll be clamoring for his release.

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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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