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We Gon’ Make It ? Part II NFC

Posted: August 29, 2012 by centennialsports in Uncategorized

Sports Provocateur

By: John Spurr

Isn’t training camp wonderful? Every team has a revamped roster, playoff aspirations and beautiful new cheerleaders. It’s a brilliant time of the year to be a fan of any team. Heck even the preseason helps to grow that positive outlook, with rookie quarterbacks carving up second-string defenses and first year coaches looking like they know what they’re doing. Don’t worry though after the initial madness of week one and two things will settle down and the teams will begin to separate.
Assuming that some teams are locks to make the playoffs let’s break down what needs to happen for some of the fringe teams to make it into the postseason. For the purpose of this exercise let’s assume that the Packers, Saints and 49ers will make the playoffs. That leaves three spots open including whoever wins the highly competitive NFC East.

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The Dog’s Bollacks…EPL Week One Review

Posted: August 25, 2012 by centennialsports in Uncategorized

by Matt Parker

The Dog’s Bollacks is an english term meaning something is really fantastic. Comes from the fact that a dog’s bollacks are so fantastic he can’t stop licking them. This is how we feel that the English Premier League is back! Even though we had a summer filled with football from Euro 2012 and the Olympics, the first week of the European Club season’s reminded us all why the Barclays Premier League is the best top flight division on the planet.

MANCHESTER CITY 3-2 SOUTHAMPTON
Newly-promoted Southampton took a lead into the 70th minute at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City, only to see the defending champs pull off a late comeback eerily similar to the final day of last season, when they snatched a late victory and league title against QPR. All is not well for the champions however, as star striker Sergio Aguero injured his knee after a sliding challenge from right-back Nathaniel Clyne. Aguero is expected to be out for at least a month and Roberto Mancini now must look for a replacement late in the transfer window with Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic reportedly his preferred target.

EVERTON 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United and their new star signing Robin van Persie suffered a shock defeat at Goodison Park to Everton, led by the sublime Marouane Fellaini. Michael Carrick was forced to partner the returning Nemanja Vidic in defense and Fellaini took full advantage dominating the make-shift back line and scoring the game’s only goal. Van Persie came on as a second half substitute and made little impact as United looked disjointed at both ends of the field.

ARSENAL 0-0 SUNDERLAND
At the Emirates, life without Robin van Persie got off to a rocky start. Arsenal controlled the ball and had the bulk of the scoring chances, but the Black Cats showed up for a draw and got what they wanted. Playing with ten men behind the ball for the majority of the match they frustrated an Arsenal side still struggling to adapt to the in’s and out’s the transfer window typically unleashes. New boy Santi Cazorla was the lone bright light for the Gunners, showing great movement and excellent passing ability. Fellow newcomer Olivier Giroud’s introduction was not as impressive as last year’s top scorer in Ligue 1 wasted a glorious opportunity to win the game late on.

NEWCASTLE 2-1 TOTTENHAM
A late penalty from Hatem Ben Arfa ensured Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs reign got off to a losing start. After a first half that saw Tottenham have the better scoring chances, Demba Ba opened the scoring in the second with a lovely curling effort from inside the box. Jermaine Defoe leveled the match in the 76th after converting a rebound Tim Krul was unable to control. Minutes later Ben Arfa skipped past two Spurs defenders and was taken down in the box. He then stepped up and cooly slotted home the winner much to the delight of manager Alan Pardew who was forced to watch from the stands after making contact with the fourth official.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3-0 LIVERPOOL
In what was the shock result of the weekend, the Brendan Rodgers era began with a thud at the Hawthorns. A thunderbolt from Zoltan Gera opened the scoring just before the stroke of halftime,

but a contentious second half red card for Daniel Agger changed the course of the match. A harsh penalty was given as Agger was judged to be the last man back after a foul on Shane Long. Justice seemed to be done for Liverpool fans after Long’s pitiful penalty was saved by Pepe Reina. They were not so lucky minutes later as West Brom was awarded another penalty after a Martin Skrtel challenge on Long and Peter Odemwingie converted the opportunity. Romelu Lukaku capped the scoring on his Albion debut with a 77th minute header. Liverpool pressed late on even bringing on the apparently unwanted Andy Carroll, but could not find the net as West Brom cruised to the victory.

WIGAN 0-2 CHELSEA
Eden Hazard was the star of the show, setting up both goals at the DW Stadium. A swift counter attack set up by the former Lille star in just the second minute was finished off by Branislav Ivanovic, as Chelsea took an early lead. Just five minutes later Hazard won a penalty after skipping by Maynor Figueroa, and went down under the challenge of Ivan Ramis. The ever-reliable Frank Lampard made no mistake, drilling home under Ali Al-Habsi to put the Champion’s League holders up two goals within the first seven minutes. Wigan were able to create chances and had their fair share of the ball, exposing frailties in the Chelsea defense but were unable to convert the final ball, as the Blues started their season off proper.

QPR 0-5 SWANSEA
A brace from new signing Michu and Nathan Dyer was capped by a beautiful strike from Manchester City target Scott Sinclair as the Swans gave Rangers a footballing lesson at Loftus Road. Michu was the star of the show as the former Rayo Vallecano man was all over the pitch, causing the Ranger’s defense fits.

The QPR defense looked totally out of sync and Swansea took full advantage, continuing to play the attractive brand of football under Michael Laudrup they used successfully with Brendan Rodgers. Perhaps in response to this embarrassing defeat, QPR skipper Mark Hughes has since brought in former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho from Real Madrid, and Michael Dawson from Tottenham to shore up his leaky back line.

FULHAM 5-0 NORWICH
Fulham new boy Mladen Petric made a dream debut at Craven Cottage, bagging a brace as his new side destroyed a disappointing Norwich City. Chris Hughton’s dream return to the Premier League quickly turned into a nightmare as his side were completely overrun. Even without last season’s top scorer Clint Dempsey who is attempting to force a move, Fulham were dominant. Damien Duff, Alexander Kacaniklic, and Steve Sidwell also found the scoresheet in the rout.

WEST HAM 1-0 ASTON VILLA
Kevin Nolan’s close range strike five minutes before halftime was enough to ensure the Hammers’ return to the top flight was a successful one. Sam Allardyce’s style of relying on long balls, free kicks and set pieces will be vital in ensuring survival this year for West Ham and Nolan’s scrappy goal held true to that philosophy. Paul Lambert’s debut ended on a sour note as his Villains were unable to find the back of the net. Villa controlled the play in the first half but were unable to replicate that in the second as West Ham were able to hold on for the slim victory.

READING 1-1 STOKE
An injury time penalty from Adam Le Fondre secured a point for last season’s Championship winners at the Madejski Stadium. Michael Kightly’s goal in the 34th minute seemed to be enough to secure an opening day victory for Stoke, but Dean Whitehead’s foul on Garath McCleary after a nice one-two with Noel Hunt saw Reading’s new signing in on goal, awarded Reading the penalty that leveled matters.

Olympic Champions of a Different Kind

Posted: August 11, 2012 by centennialsports in Uncategorized

by Dane Belbeck

Every four years the Summer Olympics come around…flags are waved, National anthems are sung, and terms like ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’ can pass as acceptable commentary.

The Chinese and American athletes dominate, people who’s experience with swords involve being a pirate on Halloween are heard debating Canada’s medal chances in Fencing, and my mom develops a three-week crush on Brian Williams.

The eyes of the world focused on London for the 2012 Summer Olympics from July 27-August 12 and as usual there were many memorable moments from this celebration of sport. Unlike the Winter Olympics where our beloved Canada is considered a world power, the Canadian Olympic Committee set a top-12 medal finish as it’s lofty goal. While many would argue the Olympics are all about the medals, the two significant Canadian moments from London feature losses not wins.

Milos Raonic entered the London Olympics as the 24th-ranked tennis player in the world and was a long-shot at best to medal in the Men’s Singles competition. While his Olympics would only last two matches, the impact he left on the tournament will be felt for a long time. The first two sets of Raonic’s second-round match with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France went over without incident, run-of-the-mill 6-3 set wins for each player. It’s the third set when the remarkable happened. Both Raonic and Tsonga feature two of the bigger serves on the ATP tour, and those weapons were in full display in the deciding set.

The slugfest went back and forth with each player holding serve until the set was tied 23-23 and approaching the three hour mark. The match was already the longest in Olympic history. Monitoring the live chat that was going on during this match it was amazing to see the Canadian support for Milos. Even though Tsonga would win the next two games to take the thriller 25-23…meaning of course we wouldn’t get to let loose with any more of these…

There was no doubt that Milos had quickly become a Canadian Olympic legend. He may have been ousted in this particular Olympics, but at age 21, Milos’ star looks to be burning bright for Rio 2016.

The other memorable event from this Olympics was a mix of agony and triumph. The Canadian women’s soccer team captured the bronze medal with a dramatic 92nd minute winning goal from Diane Matheson to beat the French team. It was an extremely emotional event for the Canadian team as they netted Canada their first Olympic medal in a traditional team sport since 1936. For the seventh-ranked Canadians it was a massive result, but it’s the semi-final three days prior to the bronze medal game that Canadians will remember forever. Canada went into the match at historic Old Trafford versus the United States as severe underdogs. The USA was 43-3-5 versus Canada all-time and few people gave them a chance versus the powerful Americans. Canada had the ultimate equalizer though, Christine Margaret Sinclair.

Sinclair is arguably the greatest women’s soccer player in the world, and after her performance versus the USA, that argument is settled. Sinclair scored a hat-trick, all three goals of immense quality, to give the Canadians a 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 lead in the match. The back-and-forth affair would reach a boiling point in the 78th minute. Referee Christine Pedersen had called a poor game up to this point, but her call of time-wasting on Canadian goaltender Erin McLeod reeked of corruption. A call seen maybe once every twenty years was brought out with 12 minutes remaining in one of the biggest soccer games in Canadian history. Everyone involved was fully expecting this annoucement from the embattled referee…

An ensuing handball penalty called on Canada off the indirect free kick would see the Canadian bench, and an entire country collectively up in arms over the injustice that had occurred. Well the rest of the story is of course Abby Wambach cooly slotting home the penalty for the United States tying the game and following two 15-minute extra-time periods and an absurd 2:32 of stoppage time in the second extra-time period, Alex Morgan of the United States headed in the golden goal for the United States.

Milos and the Canadian Women’s Soccer team may not have won the gold medals at the London Games but they unified a nation during some of the most dramatic sporting events I’ve ever seen. Medals are great, but I’ll take these two stories over any medals won at the games.

Fine…I guess I’ll get out of bed…

Posted: May 3, 2012 by skrizznasty in Uncategorized

By Mikey Scrizz

It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you can just wake up, avoid the bus and the long, depressing ride to school where I spend the majority of the day dreaming of which beer I’m going to enjoy while watching the NHL or NBA playoffs (avoid the new Coors Light Iced Tea despite its sensual acronym) or which celebrities I have a legitimate shot with (I know I have no shot with Beyonce, so I’ll settle for Jenna Fischer…call me Pam?).

With all of the extra time on my hands, I have been able to take in the latest from the world of sports and if I’ gonna take a page out of one of my journalistic idols, Peter King (the only MMQB, sorry Jesse Palmer) and let you all know ten things that only I may think:

1. Yu Darvish- Yeah he’s pretty good…

I bet you were expecting another play on words.

Shame on Yu.

Shame on Yu for showing Blue Jays fans what they are missing out on. Darvish is the first rookie since Kazuhisa Ishii 10 years ago to start his MLB career 4-0. Darvish pitched seven strong innings, striking out nine while only allowing one run Monday night at the Rogers Centre.

Seriously, that breaking ball is filthy.

I don’t want to harp on the Jays’ rotation because they have been surprisingly good to start the year but I can only imagine what may have been if Yu was apart of it. Maybe Coco and Santos would have had some nights off…

2. Goodell drops the hammer once again on the Saints and I’m not surprised at all.


Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the entire 2012 season for his involvement in the bounty scandal that shook the sports world this past March. He isn’t the only suspended player though- defensive end Will Smith and former Saints Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove were also suspended for their roles in the controversy. Hargrove will serve an eight-game suspension as a member of the Green Bay Packers and Fujita will miss the first three games of the Cleveland Browns’ season.

Although I agree you can’t suspend EVERY player involved with the scandal, Roger Goodell had to suspend these four men who he believed were the ringleaders amongst the players involved. Vilma supposedly offered 10 grand out of his own pocket to any teammate that injured an opponent.

Vilma will be losing approximately $4.5 million this year because of the suspension. I wonder if the former Miami U linebacker will ask for that 10-grand back?

3.The NBA title is right there for the Heat. No excuses.

No Dwight Howard, no Derrick Rose means there is NO reason for the Heat not being able to steam roll through the depleted Eastern conference. The Bulls were possibly the only team to stop Miami because of their strong defence, rebounding and efficiency on offence. Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls are very limited on the offensive side of the ball. Luol Deng is a good player but he can’t go head to head with LeBron 1-on-1. Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem will play good enough defense to neutralize the Bulls frontcourt duo of Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.

The NBA is a superstar league. Since 1984, only 8 franchises have hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy. Notable names from these teams are Jordan, Pippen, Kobe, Nowitzki, Duncan, Shaq, Olajuwon, Magic…you get the point. Sorry Chicago, no D-Rose= no title.

I expect teams in the Western Conference to kill each other. You can make arguments that the Thunder, Spurs or Lakers can all win the west this year. Both the Spurs and Lakers are veteran teams looking to get past the first round without any injuries. The Thunder are facing the reigning champions in round one. The Lakers and Thunder SHOULD meet in round two and is expected to be a greuling battle.

After all the chaos, one of these teams are going to have to face a fresh Miami squad whose biggest competition may be the Indiana Pacers…maybe the Celtics? You get my point…

4. What the heck is going on in the NHL?

Both eight-seeds advanced to the second round, the Coyotes look like the 2000 New Jersey Devils, and Alex Ovechkin is only playing 13 minutes during Washington playoff victories?

I’ve heard the conspiracy reports surrounding this year’s NHL playoffs and it doesn’t seem so far-fetched. You could argue that seven of the eight playoff matchups in the first round were won by underdogs. Heck, even the Senators should have won game seven at Madison Square Garden…I apologize to my colleague John Spurr for bringing that up again..

Now the Coyotes and Kings are up 2-0 while the visiting Caps and Devils won their respective game twos in what seems like a gambler’s dream of a playoff bracket. I know everyone wants to see Philly and LA battle it out for Lord Stanley because of the Mike Richards/Jeff Carter backstory, but from what I’ve seen I think people should gear up for a Coyotes/Devils final as Gary Bettman wakes up in a cold sweat for the rest of the spring season…

5. Was this the greatest Manchester Derby ever?

on the undercard of the Manchester Derby…..Fergie vs Mancini

Manchester City fans have seen their share of disappointments. Watching the Manchester Derby Monday afternoon and hearing the fans of the sky blue chew off their fingernails, expecting another late goal which United is prone to do in important games…this game between the top two teams in England was one of the greatest regular season games I have ever watched. The first half may have been a bore but the pace and drama picked up once Vincent Kompany headed the ball home to give City an extra step towards the league title.

The chase for the title is not over though. City must go on the road to face Newcastle for their next game. This is dangerous for City because all four of their losses this year have happened away from home while Newcastle is fighting for a top-four seed in the Premier League and a spot in next year’s Champions League tournament. The Red Devils face two opponents in Swansea City and Sunderland where they are likely to gain six points so all the pressure is now on City to close out the season with two victories.

Please MCFC, don’t do this to your fans. Plus, I wanna see what kind of ‘bling Balotelli showcases if City hoists the Premier League trophy.

6. Kudos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After a strong draft last weekend, including Mark Barron, the top safety and possibly best defensive player available, and RB Doug Martin, who is being compared to Ravens running back Ray Rice, the Bucs signed former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. LeGrand, who was paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field, was signed by Bucs coach Greg Schiano who coached LeGrand as the Scarlet Knights head coach. It’s a symbolic gesture so LeGrand won’t be receiving any salary but this doesn’t matter. Schiano recognized that this would have been LeGrand’s draft year.

“This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men.”

Even if Barron and Martin don’t work out, the Bucs receive an ‘A’ for this post-draft move.

7. Glen Davis shows exactly what the playoffs are about.

If you think players take the regular season as seriously as they do the playoffs. You’re wrong. I don’t think Big Babay Davis had an interview as hilariously intense as the one he had in game two versus the Pacers.

Look at his face when the interviewer is asking him the second question. I love the playoffs.

But if you hate watching intense interviews, watch how Chris Bosh interview-bombs LeBron..

Reminds me of the Russell Peters skit where he talks about the “Indian accent” cutting tension in a court room. Hilarious.

  Forward to about 1:50…

8. Albert Pujols is human after all…

I don’t care what anyone else says, American League pitching is not THAT much better than National League pitching. Although I expect Pujols to hit a homerun in the first week of May, he is only hitting above the “Mendoza line” and slugging less than .300. Pujols had a slow start in 2011 and I expect him to put up Albert-esque numbers eventually but for a player who is considered “different” than other great hitters of his generation because of his quiet demeanor and lack of steroid allegations, Pujols hasn’t altered the notion that players sometimes “check-in” after receiving a huge contract. See: Barry Zito and Jayson Werth as two examples.

Pujols and the Angels are eight games back of the Rangers and St. Louis is 3.5 games ahead of everyone in the NL Central. It may be time for Albert to stop enjoying California life for a moment, so people like me can stop “speculating” on why he is struggling.

9. The Jack Adams Trophy debate starts…

For Coyote bench boss Dave Tippett, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and the Panthers’ Kevin Dineen to not receive nominations for NHL coach of the year just shows you how great the three candidates are.

Ken Hitchcock took an under-achieving Blues squad who started the year 6-7 and finished the season with 109 points.

John Tortorella’s Rangers finished first in the East with a team that led the league in hits and was in the top four in the league in blocked shots and goals allowed.

Paul Maclean’s Senators were expected to give Edmonton and Columbus a run for the top two picks in the NHL Draft. Instead, Ottawa earned a playoff berth and jumped from 26th to 4th place in the NHL in scoring.

Anyone of these men deserve the award but for his ability to motivate Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson I think Maclean will win the Jack.

10. Move over for now, October and February…

Seriously, has any true sports fan been bored since March Madness? October gets recognition as the “best time for a sports fan” because of 1, MLB playoffs. 2, the middle of the NFL season, 3 the start of the NBA/NHL seasons. February gets its daps as well because of the NFL playoffs, NBA and NHL seasons are well underway and March Madness is right around the corner…

However, I believe from the Final Four, to the Masters, to the beginning of playoff basketball and hockey occupying television screens from April to June could be the best stretch of sport-gasms for true sports aficionados.

Accompany that with the start of ball-hockey season and open patios, life is good. The only thing I can ask for to make it better is a reliable Jays bullpen.

Airing of Grievences Round II

Posted: April 16, 2012 by centennialsports in Uncategorized

By John Spurr

Betting on Kentucky is like betting that this marriage would fail

There are a few things/people that have really been bugging me this week and here they are.

 

People who are really proud of picking Kentucky to win the NCAA Basketball Tournament  –  Congratulations, you chose the team that was the consensus tournament number one and who had 5 to 2 odds to win.  They only started five guaranteed first round draft picks and were lead by one of the best coaches in college basketball.  Their top two players (Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) are almost locks to get drafted first and second overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.  They won in dominating fashion and you called it, nicely done.  Just don’t go bragging about it, everyone knew they’d win as long as they didn’t fall apart like a 14 year old dude asking a girl out.    Way to go out on a limb for your pick, I would also like to wish you luck with your Packers, Angels, Heat and Penguins picks too.  Are you gonna pick the US to win Men’s basketball at the Olympics too?

 

The Louisiana State Senate  –  On April 4th the Louisiana State senate passed a resolution urging the NFL to reconsider its one year suspension of Saints head coach Sean Payton.  Are you serious?  How pathetic is this state? I understand that football is very important to this state and that it gave the people of New Orleans a moral boost while they rebuilt their city after Hurricane Katrina blah blah blah.  The state senate really shouldn’t have the time to consider the Saints suspension issues a problem that requires addressing.  Maybe instead they should focus on actual policies to improve the state, considering the average income in Louisiana is 31k ranking 41st in the country, or that for 23 years straight the state has the highest murder rate in the country (seriously that’s f*cking awful).  Just to make things even worse (or better depending on how much you appreciate idiocy), the next day a recording from inside the Saints locker room prior to their NFC Wildcard game against the 49ers was released.  It was unlike anything I’ve heard, as Gregg Williams very coldly talked about targeting specific injuries on 49ers players.  It was a terrible pregame speech and I urge Al Pacino or Ray Lewis to slap Williams in the face and show him how to motivate.  So now the State Senate gets to backtrack and pretend like they were just kidding, because it is becoming painfully obvious that the penalties being administered to the Saints are very warranted.

 

Dwight Howard – It is a serious treat to watch him play basketball, if he is trying, he displays the athleticism to be the best big man since Shaq and to be honest his skill set could allow him to be better if he really applied himself.  The guy is just such a douche though, I used to think that big grin he had on all the time was a representation of how much fun he has playing ball.  Now I take it as, “I’m better than all the people in this building and should be able to do whatever I want.”  The interview with his head coach, Stan Van Gundy, was rude, arrogant and incredibly two-faced.  It was being reported that Howard had approached the Magic ownership and basically said that he wanted Stan Van gone.  In the interview Van Gundy is asked about the rumor and he confirmed that he had heard it too.  In comes “the big sleazy” basically daring his head coach to say something in front of him.  It was probably the most awkward scrum interview I’ve ever seen and I really feel bad for the shrill voiced Van Gundy.  Howard knows he holds the power in Orlando and he is ruthlessly cocky about, this shit really grinds my gears.

 

Mike Milbury – I don’t know who decided that Mike Milbury should be a hockey analyst but somehow he’s bullied his way into a fairly prominent position.  He gets to weigh in on violent hits and declare what’s dirty or not.  That’s like asking a priest to run a daycare, it just doesn’t seem right.  I mean all Milbury did in his day career was run around getting penalties and then beat a New York Rangers fan with his own shoe in the stands.

This meathead also singlehandedly set back the New York Islanders franchise probably a decade by trading away players like Zdeno Chara, Roberto Luongo and Jason Spezza, for the likes of Alexei Yashin.  Also, who loves Rick Dipietro’s crazy 15 year contract, well let’s all thank Mike Milbury for that fantastic trendsetting contract.  Mike’s latest moment of brilliance came when Milbury was charged for verbally and physically assaulting a 12 year old boy during his son’s peewee hockey game.  So when Mike Milbury comes out and calls Sidney Crosby a punk who is secretly one of the dirtiest players in the league, I just have to laugh and call baloney (thanks Ms Corningstone).  Sidney Crosby is far too busy being the most dynamic offensive player on the planet to worry about slowing down and being overly dirty but it is hockey so I’m sure he gets a little bit of stick work in.  Amazingly, Milbury has still managed to maintain his hockey analyst job and there were even rumblings that he might replace Don Cherry on Hockey Night In Canada.  Seriously people next time you’re enjoying a little rant from Grapes, think to yourself, holy fuck I’m glad I’m not listening to Mike Milbury.

Lookin' great in Green

10) Bubbbbbbbbbba! What a champion. Could anyone look better in green today than Bubba Watson? For someone who had never finished better than T-20 at Augusta in his three previous starts people might have been wondering how it happened? Watson is an artist and Augusta National is the best place for someone like him to go to work. You have to have imagination and you must have guts, it’s no secret why another artist, Phil Mickelson also came close to his 4th green jacket. It was great to see Watson win as he has a brand new baby boy to go home and celebrate with. Can’t wait for what the Golf Boys will do with this one!

11) It was almost a repeat for the South African nation. When you think of the PGA Tour and you look at how many South African’s hold their PGA Tour cards right now, six should come to mind (Oost, Charl, Ernie, Clark, Goose & Mulroy). For this place to have won two majors in the last two years and to have almost captured a third and second green jacket in a row it’s amazing. Louis comes from a farm, I mean straight up farm, when he won the Open Championship last year he treated himself to a tractor (see below).  These guys are good, look out for them to contend in every major this year. Louis and Charl’s swings are something spectacular.

She thinks my tractors sexy!

12) How about being low Am at Augusta National? Patrick Cantalay doesn’t mind but it certainly didn’t come easy. Pretty nice scorecard the #1 amateur in the world had yesteday check this thing out! 100% awesome.

Six par, two eagles, and a nine!

13) Back on the Louis train here… never in my life have I seen a shot like Oost hit on #2 at Augusta. Simply ridiculous. It might have been the purest looking swing I’ve ever seen and for him to dunk it from way out there to a tucked right pin behind a bunker just wow, how about an Albatross at the Masters to get your round going! Last person do to that was Gene Sarazen in 1935! Little piece of  history for Louis and I still can’t believe he threw the ball away. To the random fan who caught that, please mail it back to him! 

14) Number 16 was a popular hole yesterday, for hole in ones. Bo Van Pelt dunked a beauty followed not long after by Adam Scott. There’s only been three years including this one in the history of the Masters of double hole in ones. So sweet and both managed to post very great Sunday rounds.

Next year Freddy... Remember 1992?

15) I’m not sure what was more upsetting for me this weekend… Freddy not winning or having to PVR the last hour of the final round due to Easter Dinner. The Silver Fox continues to impress and would it ever be legendary if he could pull through for us one of these years.  Couples continues to tease us with his stellar play at Augusta year in and year out, one of these times I swear he’s going to do it and it’s going to be more legendary than Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters win. If it happens I’m flying straight to Alabama and celebrating.

At least he can make contact kicking it

16)It’s taken me a long time to write about that guy in the Sunday red shirt. Oh yeah,what’s his name again? Oh right Tiger Woods. What a horrendous display of ball striking this week and what really got me riled up even more was the amount of attention Woods pulled in at Augusta by “Live From” and everything else. Listen, the guy couldn’t find a fairway  200 yards wide and his iron play was atrocious. I can’t believe I hopped on the bandwagon so quick and picked him for this week. He continues to fascinate me and I’m not sure when we will ever see a consistent Tiger Woods again. How do you lead fairways and GIR’S in your past two starts and then do this at Augusta?  If you’re confused, join the club.

17) If anyone is ever going to pick Sergio Garcia ever again in a major don’t even think about it.  What professional golfer quotes “I’m not good enough to win a major” to the press. All I can say right now is, wow, if you don’t believe you can win a major what are you doing out on the PGA Tour? You’re better than this Sergio.

Highly entertaining stuff

 

18) The Masters is over… only 365 days until next year. Start the countdown. Hopefully Phil Mickelson doesn’t take a triple again next year in the final round. The two right-handed shots were entertaining. It might have been the all-beige outfit curse?

By Morgan Bell

I'm pretending it's me... Every girl can dream.

#1) So we had a tie in the rain shortened Par-3 contest, Harrington and Byrd both won! Now I’m not sure if this means that if anyone has either on their roster for fantasy golf you should immediately like I mean RIGHT NOW pull Paddy & Byrd off your fantasy rosters (Paddy’s on mine, I’m having nightmares about it already) but I’m pretty sure the curse has lived on strong for a reason. Even Donald couldn’t break the curse last year. If he can’t, can anyone?! Abort, abort, abort! Ps. When is it my turn to caddie at Augusta, all these girlfriends are making me angry!!

#2) Who in their right mind withdraws from the Masters with a tweaked back!? It’d be one thing if you were to be replaced in the field but when the field is set go with no subs play injured! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m ranting about Dustin Johnson, who withdrew with a bad back yesterday. Apparently, he suffered the injury after moving Sea-Doo’s pre-tournament. I don’t buy it. Sergio Garcia is playing with issues and has openly said he doesn’t have really any expectations (so if you have him on your    roster, scratch that) but like DJ really? It’s THE MASTERS, man up.

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#3) Some pretty crazy weather rocking Augusta the past few nights. Anybody that thinks this is going to be a two-man horse race between Tiger and Rory, I’d like to tell you right now I think you’re going to be wrong. When Augusta is soft you can fire at those pins. As Mickelson said in his press-conference yesterday “If it’s playing like it did today expect it to be a jammed and a birdie fest.” I think it’s going to be jammed, and it’s going to come down to the wire on Sunday. Put a big hitter in though, as it’s going to play a long for the short-knockers. Advantage bombers.

This is what the Champions Dinner looked like

#4) Biltong, Monkey Glad Sauce, Lamb Chops and other things… That was Charl Schwartzel’s champions dinner round-up. I’m sure nobody knows what the first two things are. It’s what you’d see on a typical South Africa “Braii” as they call them. I’ve been to quite a few of those during my South African adventures and I’m definitely not a fan of Biltong, and the Monkey Glad sauce stop cringing it’s not real. Apparently, Charl wanted to man the Braii himself but they wouldn’t let him cook… shame! Anyways it was topped off with ice-cream sundays, so all in all he did well!

#5) Probably one of my favorite things to happen leading up to round one was the story about one of the poor Patron’s (as Augusta National calls spectators) story about his dog eating his tickets! Let me tell you something, I love my dog, like a lot… but this might cross the line because well I’ve never been to Augusta, and I’d give my left leg to go. Thankfully Russ Berkman managed to get part of his tickets back after making his dog, Sierra throw-up and sifting through the vomit to find pieces of his ticket. (You might be saying really, but let me tell you I’d sift through a lot worse of things for Masters tickets) Anyways, the dog is fine and Russ is at Augusta right now. Just a legendary story. The things we’ll do for Magnolia Lane.

BAD DOG!

#6) Top Five Groups to Watch.

8:45: Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Kaymer (Scott was in the hunt on the back nine last year, Bo Van Pelt is having a stellar season, and Kaymer needs to get it moving. Good things are going to happen here….especially if Kaymer keeps doing something like this…)

9:18: Kyle Stanley, Jason Day, Bill Haas (The under 30’s group, fire power, capable of making a lot of birdies)

10:24: Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, Kelly Kraft (A) (Charl will play well again, Bradley has guts and is undefeated in his major starts (1) why not go 2/2?, Kelly Kraft pretty comfortable pairing for the Am)

1:42: Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson (Cabrera has won, McIlroy will win a green jacket and Bubba well he’s just going to smash it, what a fun long group to watch, somebody is going deep!)

1:53: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Peter Hanson (Last group out, I won’t be surprised if Mahan or Mickelson are first round co-leaders)

Green's a good colour on Phil

#7) Hands down my favorite media centre moment of the week was Phil Mickelson’s press-conference. It’s awesome enough how well he can work the room but it was even better when a reporter asked him “Phil how much would it mean to you to tie Arnie and Tiger with four green jackets?” Mickelson: “A LOT” Reporter: “Phil could you expand on that?” Mickelson: “AN AWFUL LOT”  If it comes down to Phil and Tiger down the stretch I’m going to have a hard time not going with Phil the Thrill, he’s just has the momentum these days. But as you will see later… I don’t think it will.

#8) I must comment on Rory’s resilience. All he did this week was answer questions about his collapse on last years back nine. I thought he proved himself when he went out and destroyed the field at the US Open? McIlroy comes to Augusta this year a better player (if that’s even possible) He’s #3 in Fed-Ex standings, he’s went 2-1-3 in his last three starts, if he comes 4th at Augusta I’m not going to say I told you so but I will. I don’t have him as my champion, but he will be in the mix, big time.

See ya Sunday!

#9) Here it is ladies and gentlemen, my prediction, my pick, it’s so wild and outrageous you’re not even going to believe it, hold you breath, get ready, fasten your seat belts because this one is outrageous ….. TIGER WOODS! Sure, you’re all saying jump on the bandwagon but I really think Woods’ will take home his 5th green jacket. He’s always in the mix at Augusta and right now his ball striking is deadly. He led in driving accuracy at the Honda and led in greens in regulation at Bay Hill. Put those two things together and that’s all she wrote. He’s has the confidence right now, so look out world! Tiger is back!

Enjoy the week Masters Patrons, be lazy, drink a lot of beers, sit on your couch and enjoy the best week in golf! I know I will be!