All FORE Not

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And on the 72nd hole, the golf gods taketh away…. well, technically the 69th, 70th, 71st, and 72nd hole, but who’s counting?  Now I will start by saying I am not the biggest Golf fanatic there is, but i follow the sport. I appreciate the history and the prestige of the game.  I’m not allowed on a golf course due to my divot producing swing…. That being said, I can surely critique from the comfort of my couch.  I feel bad for Adam Scott, I think he is a likable guy, seems nice and you never hear any negative press on him.  Yes, there was the whole Steve Williams Caddie fiasco, but that was in no way Adam’s doing.  With Tiger being seemingly out of the mix after his triple bogey, I found myself rooting for Adam.  I like seeing a first time winner, i enjoyed the tears and emotion of Bubba Watson winning The Master’s this year, and was looking forward to the same today.  And then, the wheels came off.  Up 4 strokes with 4 holes to play, they were probably already starting to engrave Adam Scott into the Claret Jug.  At some point, Adam Scott was probably feeling the same thing.  “All i gotta do is play par golf, and I’m The Open Champion.”  As an athlete myself I can tell you the biggest difference in a “good” athlete and a “great” athlete is the mental game.  Some have it, a lot don’t.  Today was the perfect example of an athlete’s mental game letting them down in the end.  Adam Scott had that tournament won.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish it.  Where does he go from here?  Will he bounce back and one day win the “big one”?  Or will the let down of letting this one slip away linger for some time to come?  Time will tell…. but I know this, there won’t be much sleep for Adam Scott for a few days.

French Open: King of the Dirt

 

Week one of The French Open from Roland Garros is in the books… and as has been the norm for the Men’s side of Grand Slam competition… the “big 4” are still alive.  Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray have all survived up to this point… in what is the most grueling of all the Major Championships.  The slow dirt surface tests every ounce of patience, determination, heart, and talent during the two week tournament.  And as cliche as it sounds, truly “only the strong survive”.  History shows that Rafael Nadal is the odds on favorite… and has truly been the King of Clay in recent years.  Nadal has won 6 of the last 7 French Opens, and has only lost once at Roland Garros in his career.  A close second to take the title of “Dirtball Champion” would have to be Novak Djokovic.  “Nole” had one of the best years ever last year, going 70-6 on the year, and winning 3 Grand Slam tournaments … all except The French Open.  In 2011 Djokovic went  6-0 against Nadal in tournament finals.  But just a few weeks ago Nadal Defeated Djokovic in Monte Carlo to continue his dominance on Clay.  Roger Federer, the number 3 ranked player in the world continues to cruise deep into another Grand Slam Tournament’s later rounds.  The fluidity and grace with which Federer moves has allowed him to stay healthy throughout most of his career, which no doubt has helped him to play at such a high level for so long.  Federer and Djokovic are both 1 win away from another Grand Slam encounter.  Federer ended Djokovic’s 41 match winning streak last year in the semi-finals of Roland Garros… could this year bring another classic between the two?  Last but not least, we have Andy Murray… the embattled and enigmatic Brit who can’t quite seem to get over the hump for his first Grand Slam Win.  A few weeks away from the annual pressure of being Great Brittain’s only hope for a Wimbledon Champion, Murray is limping through the draw at Roland Garros.  Some back issues have hindered Murray early, and at less than 100% I don’t see any way he can over come any of the Big 3 in a 3 out of 5 set match.  And, frankly, I don’t see anyone who can beat Nadal in a 3 out of 5 set match on Clay… when Nadal is healthy.  So, baring any injuries or outside circumstances, do we see Nadal raise his 7th French Open Trophy in 8  years?  Odds are in his favor… but what do the other Big 3 have to say about that?

Memorial Day Tunes: Top 5 Patriotic Songs

I want to start by wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day, especially those who have fought and served our contry. Without you this country would not be what it is today. So for those that fight… and more importantly, those that have fallen… THANK YOU.

In scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed today I couldn’t help but notice all of the patriotic posts… videos… songs…etc. That got me thinking about the songs that make me feel a sense of patriotism. So, I put together a list of my top 5 patriotic songs. These are just the 5 songs i chose… for my own personal reasons. You are all welcome to your own lists… and I’d love to hear them.

5. Sam Cooke- A Change is Gonna Come

4. Zac Brown Band- Free

3. Bruce Springsteen- Born in the USA

2. Lee Greenwood- God Bless The USA

1. Star Spangled Banner

There you have it… now it’s your turn, weigh in and let me know your top 5. God Bless the USA!

MVP: Most Valuable Prima Donna

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And the award goes to……. Lebron “Sweet Baby” James.  Wait a minute… the Most Valuable Player award went to a guy who plays on the same team with two other All Stars and possible future Hall of Famer’s?  I’m not knocking LBJ, I know he had a solid season.  But, don’t you think he should have a productive season with all the talent around him?  If Michael Jordan had Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley playing with him for the Bulls they probably wouldn’t have lost a game during the season (slight over exaggeration, but you get the point).  MJ would have won, “not 3..not 4..not 5… not….” wait, he did win 6 championships.  Sorry Lebron.  Personal feelings aside I feel like there were some better candidates for the MVP this year.  Player’s who don’t have the star power around them and are looked at to carry a larger load than Lebron has to for Miami.  In my opinion the MVP could have gone to any of the following:

1.  Kevin Durant:  A true scoring machine that plays in a small market with a great point guard and a team full of role players.  I know the knock on Durant, he is a scorer and a scorer only… but, without Durant I think OKC is lottery team.

2.  Kobe Bryant:  As much as I hate to admit it, it’s true.  Through everything that the Lakers have been through, Kobe has remained as reliable and dominant as ever.  Losing team leader and point guard Derek Fisher along with all around player Lamar Odom was a big hit.  Add in the enigmas that are Ron Artest (refuse to call him Metta World Peace, see previous blog) and Andrew Bynum, and Bryant might as well have been playing with the And 1 Mixed Tape Tour Team.  Offensively and Defensively Bryant has been solid this year, while having to keep a team together and bearing the load of a new coach and scheme.

3.  Rajon Rondo:  Kind of a stretch I know, but honestly I think the “old celtics” wouldn’t be half the team they are without Rondo.  I know he has great talent around him, but it’s “aged talent”.  Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen are in the twilight of their careers, and are by no means in the prime like Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.   Rondo is the perfect PG for this team, runs the offense to a T, and has shown that he can be counted on to score when needed.  Multiple Triple Doubles (including 2 already this post season) show how versatile and important Rondo is to his team.  Without Rondo at the point, Boston would be a .500 team in my opinion.  Showing just how VALUABLE he is.

Those are my thoughts, i’m interested to hear yours.  I try to put my hatred and bias aside when criticizing LBJ, but sometimes he just makes it too easy.  Without James the Miami Heat are still an upper echelon team, therefore proving to me LBJ is NOT the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER.

Metta World… Piece of S%*T

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Ron Artest… Metta World Peace… Scumbag.  As of my writing of this article the NBA has not punished this piece of crap for his actions, but they have to come down heavy, right?  What a blatant elbow that was, for no reason.  Harden wasn’t approaching Mr. Piece… of S&*T.  He was simply coming down to take an in bounds pass after his opponent scored.  POS on the other hand, was flamboyantly beating his chest and yelling after scoring on a break away dunk… which brings me to another question.  If you are a 6’9″ african american athlete, shouldn’t you be able to dunk?  Why are you beating your chest?  Have you just accomplished something that you weren’t supposed to be able to do?  All the NBA needs is another chest beating, egotistical, self indulged athlete to bring down what used to be an enjoyable spectator sport.  Anyway, that’s a whole other blog all in itself… back to the POS.

Back in 2004 Ron Artest became infamous for going into the crowd during a game against the Detroit Pistons and fighting fans.  He was punished, but obviously the punishment didn’t teach him anything.  After yesterday’s incident, I would expect a similar punishment, if not a full time ban.  Crazy?  Too much?  I think not… in a day and age where the NBA needs to clean up their act and start promoting role models to children (that’s right Sir Charles, you are role models), the last thing they need are idiots like Metta Worl… screw it, i’m not calling him by that ridiculous name… The last thing the NBA needs are the Ron Artest’s of the league screwing it up for the rest of the guys that bust their ass on a nightly basis to make the league what it once was.  Will the NBA do the right thing?  Will they put a stiff punishment on Artest?  Probably… because he’s not a “star”.  But will it be worthy of the “crime” he committed?  Crime, yes… I said Crime.  Just because you are on a professional sports field/court doesn’t mean you can go around elbowing people for no reason.  That is assault… no matter how you want to spin it.  If Roger Goodell was the commissioner of the NBA what do you think he would do with Artest?  I think David Stern has done a respectable job as the commissioner of the NBA… but he lets way too much slide.  Hopefully he will do the right thing here and come down hard on Artest.  What’s the worst that could happen, maybe if Artest gets banned from the league we can finally get that new album he promised us ALLURE was going to drop soon…