Analysis

Manufactured Outrage in Hockey


The hit sustained by Patrick Kane warranted a penalty, and the scrutiny that it got, and nobody is happy that he's going to be out of hockey for the next three months. The era where headhunters and goons deliberately injured scorers is long over, and the game isn't about that sort of thing anymore. This is the modern era of the NHL, which is a faster game played by skilled puck handlers. It's physical, but it isn't like we see chiclets on the ice every night.

I mean, the guy apologized. In the olden days, which nobody remembers, who cares what they did? These are millionaires who hop from team to team.

A fear of revenge would mean nobody would ever get on the ice. Come on.

Evander Kane Wears Sweatpants When He Wants To


I don't know what to make of this--is it the nineteen somethings again? Are we really going to rehash how important conformity and self-sacrifice are to the ethos of professional hockey? Would The Great One ever wear sweatpants when there was a rule about suits and does this mean that Evander Kane is the devil and a blistering, pus-erupting cancer on the ass end of a reconstituted franchise on the edge of nowhere?

Winnipeg has hockey again, and the sport has always struggled to figure out how to send professionals to the hinterlands to play a team sport in a socially acceptable way that will satisfy the puritan nature of the sport.

Sweat pants? Good God, man. At least wear khakis.

I'll Tell You Who Dallas Braden Is

Dallas Braden, Oakland AsDallas Braden joins the immortals, sir:

Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, shutting down the majors’ hottest team and leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop for the final out. The closest the Rays got to a hit was Jason Bartlett’s liner to third leading off the game. Evan Longoria tried to bunt against Braden leading off the fifth, drawing boos from the small crowd.

“It’s without a doubt a team effort,” Braden said. “You got eight guys out there chasing balls and knocking balls down for me. So this is ours, not just mine, this is ours.”

Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game against the best team in baseball, as of today. He went up against a team that has been playing .750 baseball. 

Mr. A-Rod, if you walk on that pitcher's mound again, I hope he drills you in the ass and I hope everyone in the stadium laughs when you cry like a titty baby.

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There Are Hard Days Ahead for Tiger Woods


The Sawgrass ClubhouseI had made a rather rash and bold statement that could have come back to haunt me. I said that the reason why Phil Mickelson was welcoming a pairing with Tiger Woods stemmed from the fact that Tiger's best years are now well behind him and I really don't think Tiger presents the same problem for other golfers that he once did.
Tiger will certainly win some tournaments in the future. He will do well enough to surprise some people. But he's not the Tiger of the Tiger Slam years, nor is he as formidable as he once was. The young man has pissed all of that away, and his mental issues are unresolved. 
Lee Westwood wound up where he started in The Players Championship - with the lead. 

Only now he has a lot more company.
Westwood avoided mistakes on the back nine for a 2-under 70 that gave him a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby going into the final round on the always unpredictable TPC Sawgrass.
Phil Mickelson, nine shots behind at the start of the day, shot a 66 to renew hopes of winning and becoming No. 1 in the world for the first time. He was five shots behind. 

Mickelson would have to win and have Tiger Woods finish out of the top five, and Woods did his part. His bogey-bogey finish gave him a 71 and left him 10 shots behind in a tie for 45th.
Tied for 45th is not exactly where we are used to seeing Tiger. What I want to know is, is he fit? Is he feeling any pain in his knee? This is not something that should be ignored. We don't know if he's even a hundred percent, physically. There was a real danger of him missing the cut; expect more of that until things start to turn around for Tiger, assuming they will turn around for him. Only the rubes are making him the favorite in these tournaments. How does your smart money look now, gamblers?
There was a time when Lefty didn't have a single major win to call his own, and it looked like Tiger would rule golf for twenty years or more. Those days are over.