Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., May 15

May 15, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., May 15

Jim Johnson is human after all.

Who woulda thunk it?

Sure, it was surprising to see his 9th inning meltdown on Tuesday night, but those things don’t happen often.

We should all do what he’s forced to do.

Forget about it.

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The Red Sox are on the verge of a real free-fall.

I know, you’re heartbroken.

After last night’s loss in Tampa Bay, Boston now sits at 22-17, losers of six of their last seven and just 4-9 in the month of May.

I shoveled a lot of dirt on them back in March when we made our season predictions.

I looked foolish in late April when they roared out to that 18-8 start.

I’m going back to the shed to grab the shovel again.

I might have more work to do.

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Alex Ovechkin did what comes natural to most athletes when they failed in the clutch.

He blamed someone else.

Predictably, in this case, it was the officiating.

Ovi went back to Game 6 in New York for his bellyaching, talking about how the Rangers got all the calls and the league might have secretly wanted a Game 7 for TV ratings and “escrow”, whatever the hell that means.

Yeah, I’m sure that’s it, Alex.  After all, that Game 7 Caps-Rangers thriller probably drew, what, a few million homes?  More kids watched a rerun of “The Fresh Beat Band” at 7am before school on Monday morning.

Talking all of that goofy stuff after Game 7 was an attempt to deflect the attention away from what actually transpired on the ice just minutes before.  Ovechkin and the team he leads shot blanks once again in a do-or-die game at home.  It had ZERO at all to do with the referees, unless one of them played in goal for the Rangers on Monday night.

Ovi’s other great line:  ”Nobody remembers losers…”

Oh, Alex, I think you’re wrong on that one.

We remember losers quite well.

And years from now, when you’re long gone, I have a hunch we’ll be remembering you.

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I love getting e-mails and comments from people who have no experience at all in a given subject, but somehow feel inclined to add their opinion as if it counts.

A couple of Tiger-haters lashed out at him for a variety of perceived transgressions during The Players Championship — and in both cases, they started off their communication with “I don’t play golf, but…”

I try to be nice when I say (write) stuff like this, but there’s no easy way to say it:  If you don’t play golf, and more importantly, if you haven’t played golf at a reasonably high level, you have zero understanding of what really went on Saturday with Tiger and Sergio Garcia.

It would be akin to me going on the air and debating the nuances of some sort of strategical decision made by Carl Edwards in last weekend’s NASCAR race.

I’d be foolish to do that.

Now, because I like teaching you people stuff, here’s all you need to know about the Garcia/Woods “flap” from Saturday.

Sergio wasn’t anywhere close to hitting his shot from the fairway when the “supposed” faux pas occurred in the Woods gallery some FIFTY yards away.  He was still in his pre-shot routine, at least 10-15 seconds away from pulling the trigger.

He then hit a bad shot.  And needed someone to blame it on.  So, he pointed the finger at Tiger and his gallery.

If you think Tiger Woods needs to resort to trickery or chicanery to unnerve or beat Sergio Garcia,  you’re really exposing yourself as a neophyte.

Tiger has OWNED Garcia – and everyone else on TOUR since 1996 – since the two started competing in 1999.  To borrow a NASCAR term, Woods has lapped the field twice over the last 17 years.

And he will continue to do so, much to Garcia’s chagrin.

 

 

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  1. Matt Says:

    I understand your point about Sergio trying to make excuses and Tiger not having to resort to trickery to beat Sergio, but why did Tiger blatantly lie about it afterwards?

    Any tournament that has Tiger in the running over the weekend is going to gain more viewers and be more entertaining, but he continues to show why people constantly question his character. Blaming the marahalls knowing full well they had nothing to do with it just makes no sense to me. (DF: I’ll say the same thing to you I said to Joe above. You just “assume” the marshals were telling the truth. I don’t. I have no idea what happened in Tiger’s area, but I know for sure Garcia LIED afterwards when he said he was in the middle of his swing. He was in the middle of his “routine”. Big difference there.)

  2. joe of bel air Says:

    Really Drew, if he did nothing wrong why did he lie. Everyone knows TW could beat Sergio playing lefthanded so there is no need to resort to that type of BS. It goes back to what it always does with him and that is character. We all know TW is a liar and cheater in his personal life so now he is showing that he is at least one of the two in his professional as well. That is why there are so many “Tiger-haters” as you like to say. It is really hard for a lot of people to cheer for someone while on the course when that person is a real scumbag off it. (DF: I have no idea if Tiger “lied”. I heard a couple of marshals say he did. Perhaps they, like many of you people, don’t like Tiger. You and a lot of others just “assume” Tiger lied because two marshals said he did. I just looked at the facts that I could see from the telecast. Garcia actually LIED. He said, “I was in the middle of my swing…”. No you weren’t Sergio, you were standing next to your bag getting ready to approach the ball.)

  3. PghSteve Says:

    “It is really hard for a lot of people to cheer for someone while on the course when that person is a real scumbag off it.”

    Guess that depends whether the ‘scumbag’ plays for your team or not. Ravens fans cheer loudly for Mr. Suggs, whose treatment of the woman and children in his life is less than exemplary. Steelers fans were quick to forgive Mr. Roethlisberger for his ‘sins’ after taking the team to the Super Bowl in 2010. Perhaps some scumbags are just more easily forgiven.

  4. justafan Says:

    Tiger’s lies kind of reminds one of the person residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC

  5. The Armchair QB Says:

    As one who has played the game at a reasonably high level and who has the utmost respect for both the game of golf and professional golfers, I’m of the opinion that there’s no place in this ultimate “gentleman’s game” for such boorish and unsportsmanlike behavior. Both of these PROFESSIONALS need to shut up and just play the game…… BY THE RULES!

  6. Mike from Carney Says:

    Maybe the golf officials should be Monks. That will take care of any discussion issues.

  7. BK Says:

    Drew, to use a line of yours, now you are just proving what a ‘neophyte’ you really are to say that the marshals may not be telling the truth. I doubt they would make the type of statement they did if they were lying. Of course Tiger lied, that is what he does best (see previous marriage), so get your head out of your arse for once. And before you get on your high horse, I am one of those that defended Tiger at the Masters so I am not a Tiger basher. They both need to grow up in this situation.

  8. Matt Says:

    I am not trying to stick up for Sergio, he is just coming off as a big baby in all this. However, I highly doubt the chief marshall, John North, who by the way is a Naval Academy graduate, would publicly come out and dispute Tiger’s remarks if he wasn’t standing there. I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that the marshall and chief marshall are telling the truth.

    There’s a reason John Feinstein calls Tiger “the biggest jerk” in golf. At the end of the day it is sports entertainment and I still enjoy watching him play, but this incident certainly doesn’t do much to change my opinion of who he is personally.

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