Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever
May 16, 2013
Who would have thunk it? Tiger Woods is on track to produce his best season ever. Prior to this year, it was universally agreed upon that 2000 was Tiger’s best year. He won his fourth PGA event that year on May 28th.
Fast forward to 2013. Woods won again last weekend at the Players Championship. The TPC win was his fourth of the campaign. Woods has teed it up six times in stroke play tournaments thus far in 2013 and has won four of them. And he would have likely won the Masters back in April if his ball did not end up in the water after hitting a flagstick on Saturday. It took him nine tournaments to win four in 2000.
Tiger claws back up to the top?
In all, Tiger has now won seven of his last 21 tournaments. One out of every three. My math readers can tell you that means he wins thirty-three percent of the time that he goes out.
That is crazy math in the game of golf. Yet, all anyone can talk about is how he can’t win a major.
The major talk may come to an end. I went back in history and learned that the last time that Woods won four tournaments before June (2000), he went on to win his next four majors.
What Is A Girl To Do?
I am asking my readers, both male and female, what is the right thing to do in the ongoing saga between Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills and his ex-fiancee, Erin Marzouki.
Williams, a former number-one pick in the NFL draft (2006), recently signed a huge six-year, $100 million contract. Not long after signing the deal he purchased Marzouki a $785,000 diamond engagement ring.
Now he is suing Marzouki, demanding that she return the ring. He is alleging that Marzouki broke off the engagement in January and never had any intention of marrying him. In accusing Marzouki of absconding with the ring, Williams alleged she used the relationship as a means to get at his money.
In response, Marzouki filed a counter-suit on Monday, calling Williams’ claims “ridiculous” and “patently false,” and accused Williams of breaking off the engagement.
Just in case it matters to those who are wavering on what they would do, here is some info on the ring. It’s made of platinum and features a GIA certified radiant cut diamond weighing 10.04 carats.
Williams is telling everyone that Marzouki, under Texas law, is obligated to return the ring. We will find out soon when the case goes to court.
So, what would you do? Girls, would you keep it or return it? Guys, would you ask for it back and would you spend that much money on a ring?
A Happ-less Feeling
There is a growing trend in major league baseball of pitchers getting hit in the facial area by a batted ball.
The last victim was Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ. If you saw the highlight, you would have to admit it was a scary and sobering moment. Happ suffered a skull fracture and a laceration below his left ear. Thankfully he is expected to make a full recovery.
But other players haven’t been so lucky. Pitchers are still often in the process of completing their throwing motion by the time a batter swings at their pitch, and it can be difficult for the player to react to a ball hit back at them at over 100 mph. Last September, Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy suffered a brain hemorrhage and a skull fracture from a line drive that required two hours of emergency surgery. Nearly the same exact thing happened to Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Clement in 2005. Clement was never the same and McCarthy has yet to produce as he did prior to the unfortunate incident.
What can be done you ask? Baseball is taking the matter seriously. The best proposal I have heard of thus far is a hat liner made of Kevlar to help protect the head. Some pitchers are for it and others are against it. I feel the sport needs to provide players with some sort of optional protection. Even if it isn’t satisfactory or quite what the league wants, something should be offered, and it should be done soon before we see another hurler taken off the field on a stretcher.
Though there may not be another athlete as polarizing as Alex Rodriguez, I thought I would update you on how he is faring on the disabled list.
It is clear that Rodriguez is one of the most disliked players in all of baseball. Although it is hard to measure. His poor media relations, steroid use, enormous salary and contentious relationship with Yankee icon Derek Jeter have all contributed to this.
It seems like a lifetime ago when Rodriguez broke into the game at a very young 19 years old. For the first eight full years of his career, he was an amazing offensive player while playing gold glove caliber defense at shortstop. By the time he joined the Yankees, while still only 27 years old, Rodriguez was a .308 hitter with 345 home runs and was all but assured of becoming the greatest shortstop in the game.
Although his first four years with the Yankees were excellent, Rodriguez has been in steady decline since 2007. He went from being a superstar to being very good and then to being just good prior to actually being pinch hit for during last year’s playoffs before being benched.
Rodriguez has also been injury prone in recent years. From 2001-2007, Rodriguez played 150 or more games every year, but he has not played more than 140 games in any season since 2008. This year, he is likely to miss at least a third of the season.
The Rodriguez legacy is that one of baseball’s greatest players ever is now a shell of himself racked by injuries and the hangover from steroid abuse. While the full story of Rodriguez’s steroid abuse remains unknown, one has to wonder if his use has led to his body breaking down.
A healthy Rodriguez will likely bring some value to the Yankees as he can still probably hit better than most and play a passable third base, but it is hard to imagine him ever being an star or even much of a real impact player again. He is slated to play again in July and it will likely be painful to watch the fall of another great player who made decisions that led to his body breaking down.
Rutgers Can’t Get Out Of The News
So much for a honest and new start for the Rutgers University men’s basketball team. The program is going through another embarrassing moment just a few months after being forced to fire its previous coach, Mike Rice, this offseason after a video surfaced of Rice pushing, shoving and throwing basketballs at players while using gay slurs.
When Rutgers announced that Eddie Jordan was taking over the program, the school noted that Jordan had earned a degree from Rutgers. It turns out that the former Scarlet Knights hoop standout never did graduate from the school contrary to his and the school saying he had a four-year degree.
The deception has not led to the school making another coaching change even though Rutgers’ hiring website lists a “a bachelor’s degree” among its job requirements.
Congratulations, Scarlet Knights. You’re back in the national news for some wrong and ridiculous reason. The embarrassment continues. I wonder if the Big Ten is having second thoughts on Rutgers joining its conference?