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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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#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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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 sets up to be “Master-ful”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 sets up to be “Master-ful”

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

2014 marks our 16th year serving the community as Baltimore’s sports media leader. But you already knew that because you threw us that AMAZING quinceanera last August. By the way, I feel as though I haven’t fully explained just how amazing that waltz was that you did with your parents at the event. It was beautiful.

Believe it or not, there are a few people who actually weren’t aware we’re celebrating year sixteen at WNST. To mark our 16th year, we’ve been looking over some of the more significant “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and trying to settle the arguments using a group of lists we’ve called the #WNSTSweet16. There have already been 13 weeks and 13 lists, here’s a look back if you missed any of them.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Drew Forrester is back in the driver’s seat for this week’s list. It’s with that in mind that I should mention I’ll be joining Luke Jones on the D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction this coming Wednesday morning?

Where’s Drew going to be? Well…where do you think? I’ll give you a hint, there may be a pimento and cheese sandwich in his immediate future.

That’s right, Drew is headed to Augusta to take in the final practice round at The Masters. At least that’s what he tells us. I think we all know well enough to know he’s really going to Augusta to follow Jim Nantz around all day and discuss wines together. (He’ll be back Thursday morning and then presumably glued to his television for the rest of the weekend.)

With Drew’s trip in mind, this week’s Sweet 16 list steps outside of Charm City and to the place where the azaleas are always in bloom. This week’s topic is “Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years”.

I think we all know at least a few of the moments that will make Drew’s list. Tiger Woods’ dominant win in 1997 to claim his first major title seems like a pretty safe bet to crack the compilation. Jack Nicklaus’ stunning 1986 triumph comes in just under the wire to be eligible for the list. Bubba Watson’s hook shot just a couple of years back could likely end up being the most recent moment on the list and that Eldrick fella also made a pretty significant chip shot in 2005 that I’d have to imagine would be a consideration.

What else makes the list? Victories from Adam Scott or Angel Cabrera? A certain well known Greg Norman collapse? I’m glad Drew is handling this one because…well…we all know this probably wouldn’t go well if I was left in charge. In fact, in case I forget to mention it Wednesday morning when I’m in for Drew-I’m going to let it be known now that my pick to win this weekend in Augusta is Chi Chi Rodriguez. It’s bound to work out at some point.

Drew wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor Aparicio on “The Happy Hours”.

Which memories of green jackets, the Butler cabin and Flowering Crab Apples have stood out the most for you over the course of the last three decades? Make your voice heard!

-G

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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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Has Tiger lost his nerve in major championships?

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Has Tiger lost his nerve in major championships?

Posted on 17 June 2013 by Drew Forrester

Rick Reilly authored a terrific piece on Monday about Tiger Woods and his suddenly ice-cold major championship run that has left him at 14 majors since June of 2009.  Not that Reilly and ****.com need more web-hits, but the piece is great and you can read it RIGHT HERE if you like.

Reilly hints around in the piece about the very subject I’ve been discussing with regard to Woods for the better part of a year now:  It sure looks as if he’s lost his putting nerve in the only four tournaments that matter to him anymore — the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA.

That Tiger has won 13 times over the last five years – a helluva career for just about anyone else – during his major-less drought is a testament to the golfing ability he still retains.

But, make no mistake about it, putting on Sunday at Torrey Pines in late January is nothing at all like staring down a slippery five-footer at the U.S. Open in June.

Bobby Jones once said:  ”There’s golf and then there’s tournament golf, and in no way are the two similar.”

What he meant, basically, is that anyone can go play a round of golf with their buddies…or tee-it up in the Tuesday night beer league at the local club — but playing in a golf tournament is a completely different, and more difficult, animal.

Well, the same goes for the greats of the game like Tiger Woods.

There’s playing well at Doral and/or Bay Hill and then there’s shooting 32 on the back nine at Augusta on Sunday to win The Masters, something Woods apparently is no longer capable of pulling off.

And the reason he can’t win a major these days is almost purely because of his putting.

To my eye – and I haven’t seen EVERY putt he’s missed in all of the majors since ’09 – it’s easy to tell that Tiger’s nerves are slipping because most of the make-able putts I’ve seen him miss have gone low of the hole, which tells me he’s quitting on the stroke at impact.  A confident putter generally misses on the high side.  Someone struggling to make solid contact at impact usually misses it low.  I see Tiger missing a lot of putts low these days.

Back in 2006, at the height of Tiger-mania, I played in a U.S. Open qualifier with a journeyman touring professional named John Elliott, who will forever be part of a trivia question:  ”Name the two players who played with Tiger Woods in his professional debut in Milwaukee in 1996.”  One of those guys was the aforementioned John Elliott.  Anyway, as Elliott and I walked down the 15th fairway at Eagle’s Nest, he made what seemed at the time to be an offhand comment about Woods that stuck with me that day and has really proved to be quite true now, in 2013.  He said, “Tiger hasn’t missed a putt that’s mattered in his career.  Never.  Once he does, he’ll become just a regular decent putter again like the rest of us.”

It seems crazy to say that a guy who has 13 wins in the last five years has declined to that of a “regular decent putter”, but there’s putting in tournaments at Doral and TPC Sawgrass and there’s putting in tournaments at Augusta and Merion.  They’re not the same, at all.

I was at Merion last Monday and Tuesday and I could distinctly sense tension in Tiger when I was around him on the range and in the media center on Tuesday.  He was smiling a lot, but once a question turned to anything remotely close to “why haven’t you won a major title lately?” he quickly defended himself with a comment about having four wins this season and anything else he could say to deflect the obvious issue in front of him:  he’s been stuck on fourteen major titles since 2009.

He’s quick to point out “winning majors is hard work”, but it wasn’t hard work for him from 1997 through 2009 when he beat everyone like a drum whenever he felt like doing it.

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Mon., April 15

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Mon., April 15

Posted on 15 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

Greg Norman couldn’t do it.

But the guy all of Australia said was “the next Greg Norman” finally did.

Good on ya mate.

Adam Scott proved once again what anyone who plays golf seriously already knew.  It always comes down to putting.  Scott’s 20-footer at 18 in regulation, the 4-footer at the first playoff hole, and the 12-footer that won him the green jacket were all putts he’ll remember forever, particularly since two of them were of the “miss or go home” variety.

That he coughed up the British Open in the final hour last July makes Sunday’s win at the Masters even more gratifying.  He won’t be this generation’s Colin Montgomerie, a player with great talent who brushed up against a major title or two but never could close the door.  Now, with this win, Scott likely will be a force in major championship golf for as long as puts in the work that’s required to win one of golf’s four majors.

He’s no longer “the best player without a major championship”.

That’s a great way to wake up on a Monday morning.

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Good luck Alex Len.

You’re gonna get your feelings hurt, kid.

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Don’t look now, but if the season ended today (man, I HATE when people say that…it’s NOT ending today), Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox would be your Cy Young winner.  In three starts, his ERA is 0.41 and his WHIP is 0.95.  He can’t pitch every day, though, which means the Red Sox are doomed for a .500 or so finish.  But for years, people have been talking about this guy as a Cy Young-type and in 2013, albeit over three starts, he’s showing that form.

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I completely understand (I don’t like it — but I understand) why the folks at Augusta didn’t DQ Tiger Woods on Saturday morning.  They took the liberty of invoking  a new rule put in place by the R&A and the USGA in 2011 that basically says “a penalty of disqualification can be waived if the circumstances are deemed extraordinary…”  In this case, it would appear as if Tiger not knowing the rules — or, admittedly, trying to nudge his way past one of the one without anyone noticing — is now an “extraordinary circumstance”.  And, further, it would appear that Augusta National’s inability to correctly deal with Tiger’s rules blunder on Friday afternoon is also now labeled “an extraordinary circumstance”.  I’m a big Tiger Woods fan, but the fact he played in the Masters on Saturday and Sunday is disappointing.  I like golf the way it used to be played.  If you broke a rule and it was caught during the round, before you signed your card, there was a penalty.  If you broke a rule and it wasn’t discovered until after you signed your card, you were then disqualified for having signed an incorrect scorecard.

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I also understand why folks lashed out at Adam Jones after his bubble-blowing faux pas on Friday night in New York.  It looks like you’re hot dogging when you blow a bubble in the middle of an effort to make a play, in the same way it would be considered hot dogging if the second baseman caught a grounder and instead of throwing it to first base the “traditional way” he instead decided to throw it behind his back to first base.  I don’t think Jones was hot dogging it on Friday night.  I think blowing bubbles while you’re trying to play professional baseball looks dumb, personally, but I’m of the belief he simply made an error.  Nothing more.

Talk to you tomorrow.

DF

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Snedeker, Cabrera lead talented Masters leaderboard with 18 holes to play

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Snedeker, Cabrera lead talented Masters leaderboard with 18 holes to play

Posted on 14 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

A host of players seeking their place in championship golf will battle it out today at Augusta, while a couple of former champions will once again try to prove that experience, above everything else, counts most at the Masters.

Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker will play in the final group on Sunday, both sitting at -7 for the tournament.  Cabrera already owns one green jacket – and a U.S. Open title – and is a perennial contender here with his bombing drives and soft touch around the greens.  Snedeker is enjoying a terrific two year run that has garnered lots of “best American player” discussion.

Either of those men could win on Sunday and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.  In fact, if I had a dollar to wager this morning and could get decent enough odds, I’d take Snedeker to win the tournament.  He’s ready.

Oddly enough, an Australian has never won the Masters.  Today, three Aussies have a shot at winning the title.  Adam Scott (-6), Marc Leishman (-5) and Jason Day (-5) are all one great round away from capturing their first major championship.  Of the three, Scott seems the most likely to break through.  He’s played well at Augusta over the last two years, had a chance to win in 2011 before Charl Schwartzel’s back nine birdie barrage, and coughed up the British Open last July when the trophy was sitting there waiting for him.  If any player in the top 10 “deserves” to win his first major title, it’s Scott.  Day and Leishman are both still in the hunt, but neither has the pedigree of Adam Scott.

Matt Kuchar put together a solid third round of 69 and is just three back at 4-under par.  Like Snedeker, all that’s missing from Kuchar’s resume is a major title and this could be the year he gets it.  A Sunday round of 66 or 67 could be enough for the likeable Georgia Tech grad.

Tiger Woods told reporters after Saturday’s round of 70 “I’m still in the ballgame” and, at 3-under par, he certainly is.  Woods is still in the tournament thanks to a friendly ruling on Sunday morning, and if he goes on to somehow win the event today, he’ll have to battle years of asterisk-discussion when folks bring up the 2013 Masters.  His Saturday play was decent enough, with three nice par-saves down the stretch helping him put together his second sub-par round of the event.  Tiger’s back-nine play was encouraging on Saturday, as he shot 34 on the inward nine, something he hasn’t done often over the last few years.  For TW to win major #15 on Sunday, he’ll need at least 66 on his card at day’s end.

Tim Clark is also at -3 and lurking, although there’s nothing in his biography that indicates he’ll produce a second consecutive round of 67 and move into contention on Sunday.  He’s a nice player and all, but suggesting he can work his way through the pack on Sunday and win a major title is just a tad too ambitious.

It sets up for a great Sunday of Masters theater.  You have the on-going Woods controversy, a couple of Americans in Snedeker and Kuchar, and three Australians looking to end a country’s frustration with the greatest golf tournament in the world.

 

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Mon., April 8

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Posted on 08 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

One of the dumbest lines in professional sports has to be this one:  ”Let the players decide the game.”

We heard this twice over the weekend.  First, it was in the Louisville-Wichita State game when the refs blew a quick whistle on a late scramble for a loose ball.  In the other semi-final, there was a charge called on Syracuse with 19.2 seconds left that easily could have been called a blocking foul.

Then we heard it:  ”Let the players decide the game.”

Oh, OK, you mean don’t call fouls at the end?  Yeah, that makes sense.  ”Hey, guys, I know we’ve been calling fouls for the first 37 minutes or so, but in the final three minutes, you guys have free reign to do whatever you want and we’ll swallow the whistle.”

It was obvious to just about everyone that the quick whistle in the Wichita State-Louisville game was just a bad call.  The refs lost sight of the ball for a nano-second and they blew the play dead.  It was a bad call, that’s all.

The much-discussed charge in the Syracuse-Michigan game could have been called either way.  So, do BOTH ways count as “I hate it when the refs take over the game”?  If he calls Michigan for a block there, do we still say, “Let the players decide the game”?

If it’s a foul, call it.

That should be all there is to it.

Granted, not all the calls are good, or right, but NOT calling fouls down the stretch wouldn’t be the answer, either.

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I’ll have Joe Unitas on Monday’s D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction to discuss the family feud involving the selection of Joe Flacco to play Johnny Unitas in parts of the upcoming movie “Unitas We Stand”.  Maybe I’m in the minority, but the use of Flacco is curious, to me at least, although I can’t imagine he was selected in some attempt to jab at John Unitas, Jr., who called Joe “a goofball” and claimed him unfit to portray his late father in the film.

I’m assuming Flacco was chosen to give the film some much needed box office push, if the whole project even gets to the finish line.  A smart marketing person would probably give the move a thumbs-up, since people going to the movie is one of the only ways the project becomes profitable.

Family money (and this coming from someone who has zero wealth in his extended family) must be a terrible thing to fight over…we’ve all seen it cause great strife amongst people that should know better.

It’s a shame that money has created this chasm between the two Unitas boys.

Flacco might be smart to just say, “I don’t know…maybe I shouldn’t involve myself in this thing.”

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The Astros are off to a 1-5 start, which begs the ONLY question that matters right now as it relates to Houston.

“How on earth did they win one?”

If you found $100 under your mattress and you were forced to bet on the Astros and their win total on June 1, would you say they’ll have more than 12.5 wins or less?

I’d take under 12.5.  They might not have double digits by then.

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Another nice win for the Capitals last night at home over Tampa Bay.

This is the best Ovechkin has looked in two or three years.  He’s actually trying now.

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Everyone is making a big deal that Adam Jones lost a ball in the sun on Sunday in the loss to Minnesota.

That’s better than losing his glove in Fells Point.

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I’ll be in Augusta later tonight and will wake up bright and early Tuesday morning ready to walk the storied grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.  I’m staying through Wednesday.

I’m going with Matt Kuchar to win this year.  I think he’ll turn back a spirited Sunday charge from the likes of Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.  I have a feeling Graeme McDowell might even be in the mix too.  But, Kuchar is my pick to win his first major championship.

I know what you’re thinking:  ”Drew, what do you know?”

Yeah, you’re right.  After all, I’m the clown who picked Louis Oosthuizen last year and we all know how that turned out for him.  He lost in a playoff after Bubba Watson hit the luckiest shot in the history of golf on the first playoff hole.

Have a great couple of days with Nestor and I’ll be back on Thursday morning.

DF

 

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Fri., April 5

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Drew’s Morning Dish – Fri., April 5

Posted on 05 April 2013 by Drew Forrester

In case you missed it, I picked the Orioles and Dodgers to go to the World Series during this past Monday’s edition of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction.

A few of you sent me emails filled with jabs, jeers and LOL’s.

Well, as the great Steve Perry of Journey once sang, “Who’s Laughing Now?”

Wait, that was who “Who’s Crying Now?”

Same difference.  You get the point.

See you in October, baby.

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Now we’re finding out the truth about Auburn football.  It basically looked like this: A bunch of players consistently failing drug tests for synthetic marijuana, to go along with paying the players and changing grades to make sure they remained academically eligble.

One of the dead giveaways came when Auburn school officials reviewed the Basket Weaving 101 final exam of star running back Michael Dyer.

He evidently needed 55 minutes to complete the 4-question test and do you know what he got on it?

Ketchup.

There is some good news though.  The grad student who wound up later taking the test for Dyer got 4-out-of-4 and Dyer was allowed to continue his football career at Auburn.

Whew…that was close.

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Amidst all of the discussion about Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, I’m stunned no one has mentioned this and it’s the first thing that came to my mind when I watched the video.

Big ups to the kids on that Rutgers team for not slugging that idiot.

Seriously.

Those kids showed TREMENDOUS restraint.

Actually, they’re not kids.

They’re adults.

And, despite his position as their coach, what happened in that video – and countless other times at practice – was cause for a fist-fight if I’ve ever seen one.  Usually, when one adult shoves another adult or throws a basketball at another adult, someone gets punched.

If your coach makes you do 50 push-ups or run the steps, you mutter “a-hole” under your breath and off you to go start the push-ups or hit the steps.

But when that Mike-Rice-sort-of-aggressiveness takes over and the coach goes completely out of his mind, anything goes at that point.

Here’s a “Morning Dish Golf Clap” for those kids at Rutgers who didn’t haul off and knock that’s clown teeth out.

They’re the winners in this one.

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Brendon Ayanbadejo hinted that one of the reasons the Ravens let him go was his position on gay rights.

I understand.

It’s never easy to get fired.

You wind up saying something about the boss’s niece that you shouldn’t or you yell, “You’re a lousy softball player!” to the guy taking over for you.

You say anything you can to remind people that there’s no way you got fired just because they have someone coming along that might do your job a hair better than you.

You come up with a wild story about being released in part because you think gay people should be allowed to marry — “because there’s no way I got fired for my production.”

Brendon knows why he was released.

He’s 37 years old and he makes too much money.

Done.

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Admit it.

It’s kind of a dreary morning when you wake up eager to check and see how bad the Astros lost and you buzz through the scores only to find out they had an off-day.

They should have to play every single day or night.

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I can’t believe people in Baltimore actually took to Twitter on Thursday and snickered, laughed and giggled when Brian Roberts came up lame in the top of the 9th inning with some sort of leg injury.

You know the rules:  You NEVER, EVER, EVER laugh at someone when they get hurt.  NEVER.  It’s just not cool.

Unless he plays for the Flyers.  Then it’s fine.

In fact, it’s recommended.

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Every Friday on the show, I play a bunch of small clips of various Bruce Springsteen songs coming back from commercial break.

I call it “Friday with the Boss”.

I also play a full song at the beginning of the show in place of my traditional show-starter, “Raised on the Radio” by The Rayvns.

This morning, I started with “Land of Hope and Dreams” by Springsteen.

It’s opening day in Baltimore.  Our baseball team is good once again.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a ticket to this afternoon’s game, you’ll be sitting in Camden Yards — Baltimore’s own version of “Land and Hope and Dreams”.

Have fun.

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And finally, for the last two weeks or so, I’ve been trying to buy Masters practice round tickets from various sources on the internet.  I’m going down to Augusta Monday night and will hang out at the greatest course in America on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Anyway – scammers are EVERYWHERE on the internet, as you all probably know.

Some of them are sort of obvious…like one guy who was selling Thursday tickets for $200 each “just to get rid of them”.

Yeah, sure.

Some of the scammers are much more “professional” about it and you have to really be paying attention or you’ll get hoodwinked.

I saw one ad, though, that didn’t take much investigating to know, for sure, it was definitely a scam.

“FOUR LOWER RESERVE SEATS TO THE MASTERS TUESDAY PRACTICE ROUND! GREAT PRICE FOR THE BEST SEATS AT THE COURSE!”

What a shame.  I was looking for something in the upper deck.

 

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Tiger starting to quiet the critics again as Augusta looms near

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Tiger starting to quiet the critics again as Augusta looms near

Posted on 25 March 2013 by Drew Forrester

Just one more win, one walk through the Georgia Pines in a few weeks, and Tiger Woods will officially be back.

And golf – at least the golf they play on the PGA Tour – will be fun again.

If Woods can win at Augusta on April 14, he’ll return to his rightful spot as the game’s most dominating player.  I know, I know, he won his 3rd tournament in two months on Monday at Arnold Palmer’s event in Orlando.  They have real players there, admittedly, but winning that event for Woods is akin to you successfully stopping the ice cream truck in front of your house on a lazy, humid summer evening in July.

Some players don’t win eight tournament in a 20-year career on the TOUR.  Tiger has now won Arnie’s event eight times.  How’s that for perspective?

But even a return to the world’s #1 ranking with his win on Monday doesn’t yet qualify Woods as “back”.  That won’t happen until he lifts another major championship trophy, something he hasn’t done since 2008 when he one-legged his way around Torrey Pines and out-gutted Rocco Mediate to win his 3rd U.S. Open.  It doesn’t feel like nearly five years since Tiger captured a major, but the calendar doesn’t lie.

Watching Woods cruise around Doral two weeks ago and then watching his equally impressive performance in Orlando over this past weekend was virtually enough evidence to proclaim he’s back.  But only a major title will do that.

For the sake of golf, let’s all hope Tiger cashes in at Augusta and gets that 15th major title.

Without him competing and winning over the last five years, major championship golf has given us great players with the personalities of an ironing board — guys like Webb Simpson, Stewart Cink and Keegan Bradley to name a few.  Nice players and all, but no one is going to put off cutting the grass to get inside and watch them play the last four holes of any tournament.

Rory McIlroy won a couple of majors while Tiger was re-fueling for his final decade of championship pursuit, but his game is now on hiatus while he plays with new clubs and a new girlfriend.

McIlroy is a nice kid and a terrific player, but international golf doesn’t start and stop with him.

When Woods wins, the world of golf wins.

It’s not all that different in the NBA right now.  When “King James” wins, so does the league.

To see Tiger again twirling the club after a 231 yard five-iron into a par-5 or giving us the fist pump after a 20-footer finds the hole — there’s not much in golf better than that.  But doing it in Orlando on a Monday afternoon is nothing like doing it on the 17th hole at Augusta.  Some guy named Kevin Streelman won last week in Tampa Bay when Tiger by-passed the event and decided to let the rest of the TOUR make some money.  No one like Streelman or Brian Gay is going to beat Woods at Augusta, you can make book on that.

The road to breaking the career title mark (18) of Jack Nicklaus is still far away for Tiger.  He has to win four more to tie.  That’s quite a feat, no matter how great you are and how many you already have in the bank.  But, in any given year, only 20-25 players are truly capable of winning a major title.  Woods, of course, is one of those.  So, he doesn’t have to beat 155 other players at The Masters or the U.S. Open or the British Open or the PGA.  He only needs to beat about two dozen other players.  And he just needs to do that four times in the next forty of those events he enters.

I’d say it’s still 50/50 at best that Woods ties Jack’s mark, but his next best chance comes up in two weeks at Augusta National.

One thing for certain:  No one in the world can make the Masters special by winning except for Tiger.

When he wins, golf wins.

 

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