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Nothing lucky about it — the kid QB in Indy is a stud

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Nothing lucky about it — the kid QB in Indy is a stud

Posted on 06 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Musings from a sports-filled weekend –

A friend of mine sent me a text on Friday morning and asked me to give him the winner of the PGA Tour event in Hawaii.  After quizzing him on why he didn’t text me the day before (Thursday is the traditional start day for a pro tournament, but they’re playing this one Friday through Monday), I quickly shot him back the name of the winner:  ”Take Jordan Spieth” I texted.

Lots of people over the last decade and a half have wondered when the next young gun would come along to challenge the likes of Tiger Woods.  A lot of names have surfaced, some have completely fizzled, some have made some money, but none – make that NONE – have come close to being as good as Woods.  College golf hotshots come and go like the breeze.  These guys – among others – were going to be the guy to challenge Woods: Luke Donald (has as many major titles as you, me and your neighbor’s cat), Troy Matteson (who?), Ryan Moore (nice hat), Jamie Lovemark (still looking for a win) and Rickie Fowler (sharp dresser, can’t win a big one).

But wait…because someone HAS showed up — and he WILL challenge Woods and all of those big wigs on the PGA Tour.

His name is Jordan Spieth.

Win or lose today in Hawaii (he’s tied for the lead through 54 holes), he’s the one “kid” that’s come along who has staying power.  He’s an all-world putter, which means he can win on any given week.  He drives it like a maniac and stripes his irons. Once he spends an off-season or two learning some short game wizardy like Woods and Phil Mickelson, he’ll be the guy everyone tries to beat well into the next decade.

He’ll finish with more career major titles than Mickelson.

Oh, and I’m opening up my own Fantasy Golf tips business.  It’s $2.75 for a “regular event” and $6.50 for a major.

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There’s nothing else new to say about Towson football that hasn’t been said already, either on Twitter, Facebook or here, at WNST.net.

Rob Ambrose has turned Towson football into a championship program, despite getting beat in the FCS title game on Saturday, 35-7.  That’s it.  His first two years, they won three games total.  Saturday in Frisco, Texas, they played for the national championship.

Amazing.

They’ll be back…and they’ll win one of those championships.

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Two takes from Saturday night’s Caps loss in Minnesota.

Those sweaters the Wild wore were freaking sharp.  I need one of those.  Holy cow.

Next — the Caps aren’t very good.  They need some offense. Big time.  They CREATE chances.  Chances galore.  But they can’t finish them off.

They’ll make the playoffs, but don’t be saving up your money for a cross country trip to Anaheim for the Stanley Cup Finals.  Ain’t happenin’, Caps fans.

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By the way, Martin Erat of the Caps has one goal in 48 games over two seasons for the Caps.

One goal.

If I had played in 48 games, even now at the tender age of 50, I’d have two goals.

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Florida State gets a visit from the Cleat of Reality tonight in the national championship game.

Auburn 34 – Florida State 28

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Gotta tip your hat to Andrew Luck for what he pulled off on Saturday in Indianapolis.

The kid’s a freakin’ big-time player.

Let’s see what he does on Saturday in New England against the genius coach up there.

 

 

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Thurs., April 4

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Thurs., April 4

Posted on 04 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

Oh, I think it’s setting up to be a nice, looooooooooong summer in the Bronx.

I realize, after 14 years of watching our own brand of dreadful, smelly baseball, that we probably should be the last people on earth to make fun of someone else’s baseball misfortunes.

We wouldn’t want to do anything to aggravate the baseball gods, right?

Well, eff the baseball gods, that’s what I say.

They couldn’t possibly do anything worse to us here in Baltimore than they did to us from 1998 through 2011.

So, please join me this morning in LOL’ing (out loud, even) at the Yankees.

They’re 0-2, looking like they might be 8-20 in the not too distant future.

Here’s what I think has a good chance of happening — they get off to a horrible start in New York.  By the end of May, they’re 17-30 and going nowhere fast.  Someone in the division, maybe the Orioles, gets off to a nice 29-19 start.  The Yankees open up the copy of USA Today that gets slipped under their door at the Seattle Wyndham on June 7 and see themselves at the bottom of the A.L. East, some 13.5 games behind the first place team.

Suddenly, like that scene from Caddyshack when Rodney Dangerfield takes one off the elbow after an errant tee shot hits the ball washer, C.C. Sabathia says, “Oh, my arm…”

That’s code word for:  ”Aww, what the hell.  We’re 13.5 games out.  This team stinks.  Half the club is either on crutches or Tylenol with codeine.  I’ll just pack it in now and save myself for 2014.”

And then, the great collapse begins.

This just might be the year where the Yankees resemble the Beatles and finally turn into pumpkins despite all of that so-called talent they have.

You know what they say about dreamers, right?

They dream big.

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So, Auburn was paying some of their football players and fudging grades to make sure their stars remained eligible?

And all along I thought Cam Newton and his Dad were on the up and up.

Damn…

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What do you a call a team of overpaid players who aren’t playing up to their capabilities and are on the verge of not making the post-season?

I mean, besides calling them “the Flyers”, what do you call that team?

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Brendon Ayanbadejo was a useful football player, but one, like most of the Ravens who have moved on this spring, that will easily be replaced.

No offense to him, but being a really good “special teams player” is like being a really good custodian.  Some people are born to paint the walls, some people are born to scrub them.

In sports, there are piano players and piano movers.

Ayanbadejo:  good player, REALLY good man — but a piano mover.  Anyone with a good back and big arms can move a piano.

Anyone who runs fast and doesn’t mind contact can play special teams.

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Martin Erat might turn out to be a good pick-up for the Caps.  Yes, he’s 31.  His career calendar has probably just flipped over to October.  I see the stats: he only has four goals this season.  But he knows how to create offense and scoring chances.  I’ve watched the Caps enough over the last two months to say this with confidence:  They need better players at virtually every position.  They’re not all that good offensively.  And he plays offense.  And, in case you haven’t noticed, the Capitals aren’t very good on defense, either.  So, why not just try and outscore the other team?

I don’t know all the nooks and crannies about this Forsberg character they gave up, but I do know this much:  He has as many goals in the NHL as you, me and Teddy from Hangover II.

Oh, “but Drew, he’s a #1 draft pick…”  Yeah, so was Jeff Schultz of the Caps.

Prospects are just that.  Like Jay-Z says, “You know why they call a project a project? –  ’cuz it’s a project.”

They call prospects, prospects, because — well, you get it.  They’re great when they’re playing “overseas” or they score gobs of goals in the minors…then they show up in the NHL and all the sudden their skills go bye-bye and they can’t do jack-squat.

Erat’s been a pretty decent player for a while now.  Unlike the Forsberg kid, the “prospect”, Erat has done it in the NHL.

They could have done worse at the deadline…that’s all I’m saying.

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Poor Gio Gonzalez.

You’ve heard of him, of course.  He’s an outstanding pitcher of the Washington Nationals.

He was – inappropriately, of course – connected with the “Biogenesis” story over the off-season where a bunch of major leaguers were somehow (somehow) linked to performance enhancing drugs.

Gio was outraged that his name was linked.

In case you missed it, he hit a home run yesterday.

I can think of better ways to get the whispers to subside, GG.

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Friendly wager of the day:  The Astros get no-hit before Memorial Day.

Watch and see…

 

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