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.
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.
They’ll be back…and they’ll win one of those championships.
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.
By the way, Martin Erat of the Caps has one goal in 48 games over two seasons for the Caps.
If I had played in 48 games, even now at the tender age of 50, I’d have two goals.
Florida State gets a visit from the Cleat of Reality tonight in the national championship game.
Auburn 34 – Florida State 28
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.