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Garcia Finally Gets His

Every year, we are graced with four majors in the golf world. This past weekend, we were given the best major, The Masters. A field that listed some of the best in the world of golf, like Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, as well as past champions in Fred Couples and Phil Mickleson.

This year’s winner however was a former low amateur winner and a man who had never won a major. The winner of this year’s Masters was Borriol, Spain’s own Sergio Garcia.

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Garcia entered Sunday as one part of the final pair alongside Justin Rose. Rose and Garcia entered the final round tied atop the leaderboard at 6 under. With Rickie Fowler (1 shot back) and a trio of Jordan Spieth, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman (2 shots back), the two looked like they were in trouble. However, Rose and Garcia each birdied a few holes to strengthen their lead.

Many thought Sergio would do his typical act of choking in the major, and it looked that way on the back 9. His tee shot on 13 was down right awful and nearly costed him a shot. He was lucky enough for Rose to miss a birdie and he was able to save par. Garcia hit an eagle on the 15th hole to come to a tie with Rose once again as the drama would continue to unfold.

IMG_3067Garcia and Rose would hit gems in the par-3 16 to make things all the interesting. Rose birdied the 16th hole, while Garcia missed what seemed to be an easy putt and just saved par. 17 was a different story, Garcia was able to two putt to save par and Rose bogied, and once again we are all square at 9 under par.IMG_3070The 18th hole was the tournament. Both hit absolute beauties of drives. Rose got possibly the luckiest kicks of all time, and Garcia would then hit a shot to get within 5 feet. Rose ended up paring, leaving it to Garcia. But in true Sergio fashion, he missed it, giving us a playoff.

The playoff started at the 18th hole. Garcia crushed a drive and a great shot from the fairway. Rose hit it into the woods and wouldn’t be able to recover and missed a 14 foot putt. Garcia then drained a putt from 12 feet out to win the title.

It was a long time coming for the Spaniard, and let me say I was happy for him. I’m not a Sergio fan, but when a guy finally wins a major, you definitely feel for him. All comments aside, good for Sergio, this is a huge win for him. After choking left and right in majors, he finally gets his due. No longer will we be able to say “Sergio will be Sergio”, it isn’t relevant anymore.

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What I will say is this, sportsmanship was the theme of the final pairing. High fives, thumbs ups and just good times were had between the two golfers. We don’t see enough of it these days, and I have to say it was refreshing to see. Good stuff on the fairways

Save the date, June 15th is the U.S. Open from Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Dustin Johnson should be back, and this time to defend his crown.

Let’s go and let’s be handsome!

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Tiger…Who?

Arguably one of the most polarizing athletes in the last two decades, Tiger Woods’ agent announced Tuesday that Woods will miss the PGA Championship next week at Baltusrol and the rest of the 2016 PGA tour season. This is sad news for Tiger fans as the golfer hasn’t played since the Wyndham Championship last August.

The question surrounding Woods this past year was when will he come back and even will he comeback at all?

Since Woods has been on tour in 1996, he has been one of the most competitive athletes out there willing to do anything to be the champion. Whether it is hitting thousands of golf balls a day or working out hours on end, Tiger has always been willing to do anything to be the best. Knowing Tiger’s attitude, I bet that he will return sometime during the 2017 season. Analysts have talked about Tiger returning at the Hero World Challenge, a low stakes tournament Tiger founded a few years back. It would create great publicity for the tournament and Tiger’s foundation would benefit greatly from this widespread press. The tournament is set to start on November 29th, which will be 13 months post-surgery.

Tiger’s return will create of a lot of buzz around the PGA Tour when it occurs, but it shouldn’t. Tiger has been the face of golf even before he reached the PGA Tour and he was deserving that title until about 2013, when he lead the PGA Tour in wins. Since then, Tiger’s golf game has been nonexistent and fans are now getting excited simply when he makes the cut, which is crazy to think about after the streak of tournaments he previously had making the cut. All those major titles and victories, the richest most recognizable athlete on the planet…and it all fell apart one weekend, 7 years ago.

Golf hasn’t forgotten Tiger, but maybe it should. He will never be what he was; he might create some stir here and there. His twilight years may get him one magical weekend where he takes home one more major title, but he is no longer the face of golf nor should he be.

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It’s time to focus on the new crop of ultra-talented golfers topped with guys who can drop 300 yard bombs with ease like Dustin Johnson or no look putts like Jordan Spieth. The PGA Tour has a new crop of young individuals who have taken the torch away from Tiger and led golf to a better place. Casual fans need to realize this, the fans that used to tune in strictly to see Tiger can get the same level of entertainment, maybe even better if they just tuned in now. Critics said the game of golf would die without Tiger, well it hasn’t.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day. These are the new faces of golf; we should focus on their bright futures, instead of what’s left of Tiger’s diminishing one.

UFC 200 Aftermath 

Last Saturday was supposed to be a momentous day for fight fans and fighters alike. UFC 200 looked to be the greatest marvel of the immortals the likes of which we had ever seen. But without Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and Jon Jones, the event dropped from legendary, to just good. A title-changed, but beside that, there really was nothing that shocked the viewer.

For BrotherShip Sports, I did a preview write up for the event and made picks for the 12 fights. In astounding fashion, I went 8-4 on my picks. First time that’s happened in about 3 years that I cracked a good winning percentage. But enough about me, let’s get to the nitty gritty.

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The Main Card showcased Cain Velasquez against Travis Browne to open up. Cain could be back, he opened up the big card with a KO of Browne. Cain’s been out of the title picture for a bit, but maybe he just catapulted himself back into contention with that W.

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Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar once again went the distance. With Aldo once again, winning by UD. To me, the story of this fight was the icy glare of Conor McGregor to Aldo. McGregor is already in his head, and they haven’t had a rematch yet. Edgar also set a record for 6 hours in the octagon over a career. But that record means nothing to me, due to the fact he doesn’t have a belt right now.

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The Beast and former WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar returned in impressive fashion. He took down the Super Samoan Mark Hunt repeatedly and won by unanimous decision. After the fight, Lesnar had this to say to the media.

“Let’s get one thing straight: Brock Lesnar’s gonna do what Brock Lesnar wants to do.”

Lesnar will be back, and while we are at it, will fight Cain, beat Cain and somehow find himself back in the title picture.

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Now to the first title fight, oh wait no it wasn’t! Thanks a lot Jon Jones, you really out did yourself this time. We got Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva. Let’s be real, if DC wanted to, he could have killed Silva. But he was a good guy about it and let Silva stick around for the decision. I truly believe if Jones fights, he KO’s Cormier. Cormier looked bad in this fight, and hopefully Jones gets his nose clean so the two can meet in the Octagon. But knowing Jon Jones, he will screw that up.

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The main event went to the ladies, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes. And by a shocking fashion (not really), Nunes made Tate tap-out. If you didn’t read the parentheses in sarcasm, then take the time to go back and do that. Ok? We good here? Alright let’s move back to the fight. Nunes made her tap, and dominated in every moment preceding it. Tate looks stupid after trash talking Ronda and Holly Holm. Now Nunes may get fed to Holly Holm or Ronda Rousey, but she’s a fighter and will take what she can get.

I linked my preview above so go and check it out. TJ Dillashaw got a win which throws him back into title contention. Sage “Tim Tebow” Northcutt got a big win as well. I think he’s a name to watch over in the next year or so. He’s an interesting one and could be the future of the company.

201 looks underwhelming, and people want McGregor-Diaz to fight again at 203 like they wanted a copy of Fallout 4. A couple big months for the new owners of the UFC. Strap on your seatbelt folks and here we go.

Overall Grade for 200: B+

Murray and Serena take Wimbledon

The Championships at Wimbledon wrapped up on Sunday with Britain’s prodigal son, Andy Murray taking home the Men’s singles title dispatching the Canadian Milos Raonic in 3 sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). It was Murray’s second Wimbledon title. He was deemed the favorite to take the title when former champions, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic went down earlier in the tournament.

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Murray’s counterpart in the final match was upcoming tennis star Milos Raonic who carries with him a powerful serve and good hands at the net. Raonic led the field in Aces with 174 and had the tournament’s fastest serve of 146 MPH. This was Raonic’s first Major title final and it sure will not be his last.

The star of the tournament however came from the Women’s side of the bracket. USA’s own Serena Williams was the champion taking home the Wimbledon title for the 7th time in her career. It was Williams 22nd career major title tying Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open Era.

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Williams took the Championship match in typical Serena fashion beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. Kerber, who had previously beaten Williams at the Australian Open earlier this year, could not stop Williams this time from reaching her goal of tying Steffi Graf’s record. Now Serena eyes Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles, but at 34 years old many would say Serena is nearing the end of her career. Serena’s game says otherwise as she still has the most dominating serve in Women’s tennis and the insatiable desire to win. Serena has at least 3 to 4 years of GREAT tennis left.

Amazingly, the singles title was not the only trophy Serena will be taking back to the States with her. She will also be taking home the Women’s Doubles title with her sister and playing Partner Venus Williams. It was the first time the two have played together in a major title in years so they came into the tournament unseeded. This did not change anything for the Williams sister’s extending their major title finals record to 14-0. After the tournament the Williams sister’s said that Wimbledon was simply a warmup for them to get acclimated with each other before they take on the rest of the World in Singles and Doubles tennis for America later this summer in Rio.

The Fourth’s Favorite Contest 

The NHL has the Stanley Cup, the NFL has the Super Bowl and Competitive Eating has the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest. Every 4th of July, Coney Island hosts the contest and every year, millions upon millions tune into the event. Well a week ago we were witness to the 100th version of the spectacular, and oh was it spectacular.

Joey Chestnut ate 70 dogs. Oh in just 10 minutes as well. That’s just totally insane that Chestnut ate that many dogs. Coming off the devastating loss last year, Joey came to compete on Independence Day. Chestnut redeemed himself big time breaking that record, and beating out Matt Stonie. Stonie ate just 56 dogs, not a good day for Matt.

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The real winner? America. We get this event and why not? We are TRULEY the best country in the world. Showing this event on live TV would not happen in any other country. We show it because we are Americans.

A surprise entrant was Dan “Big Cat” Katz. The Barstool Sports writer was an honorary entrant and had a good amount for a first timer. “Big Cat” ate 12 dogs and well, if anyone can do that for a first time, it’s him. I for one am an avid reader of Katz’s articles and was proud of his stuff. Good for Katz.

The broadcast wasn’t shown until 3 p.m. Eastern time. ESPN totally dropped the ball with the coverage. Yeah I get it, Wimbeldon and the European Championship are important. But we live in America, and those events really aren’t important to us. This should have been shown live and in full action. Especially on the Fourth, it should have been on.

The mustard yellow belt belongs to Joey Chestnut. A red-blooded American man, and he holds it a calendar year. Until net year, I’ll see you later Competitive Eating fans.

Remembering “The Greatest”

A sad day for the world of sports as boxer and civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali passed away yesterday at the age 74, due to respiratory complications.

Born with the name, Cassius Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, his boxing career began at the mere age of 12. When Clay was young, a police officer named Joe Martin saw him fuming after another boy stole his bike. Clay said to Martin that he was going to “whup”him. Martin was quick to recruit Clay, saying that he should learn how to box first, and that he did.

In 1954, Clay’s amateur career began, during this time he went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves, two National Golden Gloves, and Amateur Athletic Union national title. Clay also made it to the 1960 Olympics in Rome where he won the Light Heavyweight Gold medal. He ended his amateur career with a record of 100 wins and 5 losses.

On October 29, 1960 Clay turned pro amassing a 19-0 record with 15 knockouts (KO’s) while becoming the number one contender for Sonny Liston’s Heavyweight title. Clay was a 7-1 underdog in the fight while many thought that it would be a quick victory for Liston. But this was not the case as Clay came out firing an dominated much of the match; winning in the 7th round by Technical knockout (TKO).

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Shortly after the first championship bout with Liston in 1963, Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali proceeded to defend his title a number of times until getting it stripped due to his refusal to be drafted to army service. From March 1967 to October of 1970, Ali did not fight.

In 1971, Ali won his Supreme Court Case by a decision of 8-0 and was reinstated.

On March 8, 1971 “The Fight of the Century” occurred when Ali took on current heavyweight champ, Joe Frazier. During this fight Ali debuted his famous “rope-a-dope strategy.” Unfortunately, Ali lost by unanimous decision.

This loss set the stage for his next title fight also known as, “The Rumble in the Jungle” against George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali defeated Foreman regaining the title for the first time since he lost it in 1967.

Ali then moved on to his next big fight against Joe Frazier for the decisive third time. The famous fight known as the “Thrilla in Manila.” With temperatures rising to 100 degrees fahrenheit, Ali won after an excruciating 14 rounds of boxing after Frazier’s trainer refused to let him come out for the 15th round.

Ali’s boxing career came to an unceremonious end in 1980-81 losing his first fight by knockout. Ali stayed active after his boxing career. Ali was involved in a number of diplomatic negotiations, including the release of American Hostages with Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. He also served as the Ambassador of Peace traveling to Afghanistan on a three day goodwill mission. In 1996, Ali was bestowed with the honor of lighting the Olympic Flame in Atlanta.

Ali had dealt with many health issues through the years after his boxing career including a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ali had been hospitalized a number of times throughout the last 3 years, this time it was pneumonia and he was unable to recover.

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”- Muhammad Ali

RIP to “The Greatest” January 17, 1942- June 3, 2016.

The Great Eight v. Sid The Kid, Finally

 

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 11, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sports, more often than not, have various narratives that make watching them that much more interesting. Take into consideration Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, in their respected cities they’re both cherished and agonized over.

Between the two of them is about every award one can achieve in professional hockey. They’re the NHL’s version of Superman and Batman. But similarly to Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, these two couldn’t be anymore different.

June 26th 2004, Alexander Ovechkin is selected first overall by the Washington Capitals. Not too long after the draft, the NHL announces a lockout that cancels the entire 2004-2005 season.

Just over a year later was the infamous lottery draft, in which Pittsburgh won, and in doing so selected Sidney Crosby.

Neither of them knew it just yet, but they inadvertently reignited one of the leagues most vicious rivalries.

In the years that followed, hockey fans from all regions lusted for Crosby and Ovechkin. Their tilts included speed, flying fists, and most importantly goals. It all came to a screeching halt in the form of a game 7. Crosby and company were too much to handle as Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals were thumped 6-2 at home.

Crosby would go on to win his first, and only, Stanley Cup.

That was seven years ago.

Believe it or not, we’ve gone that long without a playoff match up between two of hockey’s premiere superstars. Whom were most likely over shadowed by the resurgence of the Blackhawks and Kings.

However, with the advent of the new playoff structure, the NHL has ensured division rivals will meet more often. Excellent. After all, the league needs these two to face off, regardless of the outcome.

After a noticeable seven year hiatus, these two vaunted super stars will bash heads once again. This time there is a lot more at stake.

With both Chicago and Los Angeles being eliminated from the playoffs, many believe that this will be the year where an Eastern Conference team will steal a title from the West.

They aren’t wrong in thinking so.

In the last four Stanley Cup Finals either the Kings or Blackhawks have been crowned champions. In fact, you’ll have to go back to 2011 (The Boston Bruins) to find a Cup champion from the Eastern Conference.

Washington and Pittsburgh made significant moves in the offseason to correct disappointing playoff exits from the previous season. Washington excelled all season long, while Pittsburgh stuttered early. It wasn’t until the closing weeks of the season that the league was put on notice, the Penguins came ready to play. Sidney Crosby found his rhythm and never looked back. While Ovechkin was crowned scoring champion yet again.

While everyone will bite their tongue when asked, “is this finally the Capitals year?” One must wonder, if they can knock off Pittsburgh why can’t it be? On the other side of the coin is Crosby, the NHL’s golden boy sits on one Cup title. It would do his superstar status wonders if he could corral another championship.

Whoever emerges victorious earns instant bragging rights until their next meeting. The loser will spent the summer scratching their head wondering what went wrong.

Ovechkin is a man seeking to put to rest two of his biggest demons. One being the Pittsburgh Penguins and secondly, another heartbreaking playoff exit.

Crosby is looking to solidify his place next to hockey’s best and brightest *even Shawn Thornton has two rings*. Having his name etched into Lord Stanley’s hardware a second time will do just that.

Destined for seven games, this series will have it all. Most importantly it will have curb appeal, which the NHL needs the most.

Grab your popcorn and find your favorite seat because having Crosby v. Ovechkin in the playoffs and a significant chance at a title on the line truly doesn’t get better than this.

Happy Hockey Days.