Monday, September 24, 2012

A question for golf fans

Watching the last round of the Tour Championship this morning... 

Let's imagine, for a second, that Rory McIlroy continues on the career trajectory that he seems to be laying out for himself.  In other words, let's predict that Rory will be the Tiger of the current generation of young golfers. Given how well Rory has played lately, it's not much of a stretch...

So, if Rory is the Tiger, who's the Phil?

Were it not for Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson would be remembered as the best golfer, by far, of the last 20 years.  He has been Tiger's closest rival during a time when, at Tiger's best, there really wasn't anybody who was very close.  He is a man of impressive talent but he may be better remembered for the ones that got away than the ones he won.  There's always a feeling about Phil that he's only ever one hole away from a spectacular melt down.  And the fans love him.

So who will be Rory's Phil?

My prediction is that in 20 years, we will look back at Bubba Watson's career and think that, were it not for Rory, he would have been the best of the generation.  There is the same "loose cannon" feel about Bubba's game that there is about Phil's.  He'll win a good share, but he'll lose some biggies to Rory along the way.  And he'll have a few spectacular meltdowns on the weekends.  That's my prediction, anyway.

Anybody else?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Oh, Shut Up, Already

Or, What I Think About Steve Williams.

Look, I get that it's no fun being fired and I get that it must have felt good  to get a chance to caddie for a guy who beat the guy who fired you.

But for all that is good in the world, stop acting like all you did was make sacrifices for Tiger and never got anything in return. You have a squiggilion dollars and you are famous. Arguably, both of those things go away without Tiger Woods. 

So take the high road and focus on how great a run the two of you had, a run that was bound to end at somepoint.

Or better yet, say nothing at all.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Baseball Preview

WH and I are in the final stages of planning for our summer vacation, a 21 day road trip loop from Alberta to Ontario and back again via Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Grand Forks, Marquette, Espanola, Miller Lake, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, La Crosse, Rapid City, Billings and Lethbridge.

Whenever we travel, we do our best to squeeze in a professional baseball game and this year is no exception!  On July 14th, we will see the Blue Jays play the (hated) Yankees at Rogers Centre in TO and THEN, on July 16th, we will see the Chicago Cubs play the Florida Marlins... AT WRIGLEY FIELD!

It is possible that I am just a weeeeee bit excited.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thoughts on the US Open

Rory McIlroy is a very impressive young man.  Stunning golf swing (seriously... ridiculous), calm cool demeanor, gracious with the media.  Clearly, he is on the way to a fantastic career and it will be great fun to watch him for years and years to come.

I think, however, that we need to dial back the sweeping statements about his place in history just a wee bit. Fair enough to make comparisons between this tournament and  Tiger at Pebble Beach.  Fair enough to make comparisons between young Rory and young Tiger.  But I have heard people make unequivocal statements in the last week that Rory will eclipse Tiger in terms of tournaments won. One commentator even said that he believed Jack's record was in jeopardy.  Seriously?!  Rory has three tournament wins; it's a bit early to crown him Best Ever.

I also think that just handing Rory all the trophies for all the tournaments until the end of time is a disservice to the significant number of other young men on the tour with impressive golf swings, exciting personalities and loads of potential.  What would be truly exciting for the next decade of golf, more than Rory winning everything everwhere, would be if that cadre of players pushes each other every single week and crowds leaderboards with close and exciting play. I think that the potential for great rivalries alone is enough to wish for exciting parity on the course in the years to come. 

So, Dustin, Bubba, Ricky, Lee, Graeme and the others. Bring it!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A few shorts...

... to get back into sports blogging.

1. The Stanley Cup final is on right now, the Boston Bruins vs. the Vancouver Canucks, and it is turning in to a very exciting series!  Vancouver is currently up 3-2 in the series, but they are back in Boston for game 6, where the Canucks have played poorly, losing both previous games in Boston in the series by a combined score of 12-1.  At least the Cup isn't decided on goals for/against.

2. The NBA finals are on at the same time and while I care very little about the NBA, I am still keeping one eye on the series to see if the Mavericks can close it out on the hated Heat. Every time I see Lebron James on TV, I want to poke him in the eye.  COME ON, DIRK NOWITZKI!

3. To golf, the US open is in a week and it should be a very interesting tournament, given how wide-open the field is.  It would be great fun to see Steve Stricker finally win one, and Phil is motivated to win his first US Open, I think, but I would love to see one of the young guys take it - Rory or Luke Donald or Dustin Johnson. I confess though, I miss Tiger and his current struggles are hard to watch.

4. My own golf game is coming along well! I actually shot a 50 on one nine earlier this year, and have been consistently under 60 all year.  It's nice to finally see my progress reflected in the score!  WH and I are driving to Ontario later this summer and will stop a few times to golf along the way. Should be fun to play some new courses!

Thursday, March 31, 2011


...Play Ball!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More on Mike Weir

Here's more information from TSN on Mike Weir's adventures.

Seems that the outlook is more optimistic than I originally thought!