1. Harvey Two-Face
So Matt Harvey dictates how many innings he’s going to pitch towards the end of the season…THEN said he didn’t want the ball to start the NLDS…THEN claims to have forgotten a mandatory practice because of ummm traffic. Seems that Matt is more princess than Ace and his act is becoming tiresome in New York. Just think if he pitches GAME 3 like he does against the Marlins – New York is no place to be when the pimps and C.H.U.D.S want a piece of you. Be careful Harvey, you could be traded to the Rockies.
Mets and captain have every Wright to be upset with Matt Harvey’s terrible timing – There were any number of ways that David Wright could have downplayed thelatest Matt Harvey drama, and over the years the Mets’ captain has learned how to put out such brush fires perhaps more adeptly than any other high-profile New York athlete……(continue reading)
2. Houston Has No Problem
The #MLBPostseason kicked off last night and the Houston Astros launched 2 bombs, both on 1st pitches, to beat the Yankees. Eventually losing 3-0, it is the 3rd time the Yankees have been shut out at home in a winner-take-all post-season game. We are watching the progression of MoneyBall with a team that likes to spend $$$. Analytics has changed the way the manager and GM interact, situational awareness, player evaluation and is all over organization’s scouting reports – of course it doesn’t hurt when you’ve had the number 1 draft pick several years in a row – however, it makes watching the Astros compelling to watch – more so because up next is the Royals who play the game the complete opposite of the Long-Ball Astros.
- 9 awesome things about the Astros – The Astros will look to return to the World Series for the first time since 2005 and secure the first world championship in franchise history. They will open a five-game series against the Royals on Thursday in Kansas City. Here are nine awesome things about the Houston Astros…(continue reading)
3. From Cursed to First?
There’s another Wild Card game tonight and some say it is unfortunate that the Cubs and Pirates are playing so soon – those same people that say that, think these are the two best teams. Maybe, but it doesn’t feel like somebody knows something we should know and we should go with that somebody – it feels like it has already been written. The Cubs have a good team, but surely something will happen – it has to right?! Let’s look deep into the crystal ball and remember…diddly-doo…diddly-doo…diddly-doo….
- A sad-sack history: The Half-Dozen ‘Cubbiest’ Moments Ever – Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he doesn’t believe in ”any of that stuff.” That’s easy for him to say, since Maddon wasn’t around for any of it. But the goat curse, the black-cat curse, the curse of Bartman and all their mutations combined can’t explain the century-and-counting World Series drought, can it? (continue reading)
4. Houston Chronicles
The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans will increase Arian Foster’s workload for his game against the Colts this Thursday. They have to right? Being 1-3 doesn’t leave you with many options – especially after a 27pt beat-down in Atlanta on Sunday. A score that could have been a lot worse! Houston has issues, issues that now include the QB position – as Brian Hoyer came in to assist with Texans getting any points at all.
So everyone is talking about Andrew Luck and the Colts escaped against the Jaguars and littering and littering and littering and…Sorry, Flashback. So the Colts are -1.5pt favorite tomorrow night and everyone is all over the Colts. Not so fast my friend! There is a little stat that has been a family secret for decades that you’ll want to know about – the team that got beaten-down the worst the previous week, covers the next week 85% of the time! Houston is at home, the family secret stat, Andrew Luck has a shoulder problem the Colts are now denying (Insider-Trading, tampering with the injury report, etc…) and the Thursday Night Home team rarely loses, unless the visitor is a superior team. Nothing I have seen from the Colts says they are superior to the Texans – make mine Houston ALL-DAY baby!
5. I’m Tiger Woods and Now I Have Cable
That ol’grey mare she aint what she used to be… and neither is Tiger. If those were the women he was hanging around with in the beginning, no wonder he became a sex-addict – wooof! But this photo was 19 years ago when Tiger won his first of 79 PGA events, beginning at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, defeating Davis Love III in a playoff.
A lot has changed since those salad-days and Coleman McDowell of Golf.com wants us to reminisce:
Masters: Nick Faldo (Augusta National)
U.S. Open: Steve Jones (Oakland Hills)
British Open: Tom Lehman (Royal Lytham & St. Annes)
PGA Championship: Mark Brooks (Valhalla Golf Club)
No. 1 Ranked Player
Greg Norman. The Shark was in the midst of a historic run atop the rankings. He took the No. 1 spot from Nick Price in June of 1995 and held on for almost two full years before ceding the top position to Tom Lehman in April of 1997 for all of one week. Norman would regain the top rank for two months before, guess who!, Tiger Woods took it from him for the first of his 11 runs as the world No. 1.
Tiger’s World Ranking
Entering the Las Vegas Invitational, Woods was ranked 221st in the World Rankings. After his win, he vaulted to 75th. Fast-forward to 2015, and Woods had tumbled down to 331st, his lowest year-end rank since 1995.
Woods didn’t crack $300,000 for his maiden victory. In comparison, Ben Martin won the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (the same tournament as Tiger) and won $1.12 million. Jim Furyk won almost 50 percent of Woods’ earnings after withdrawing from the Tour Championship and claiming his 30th place winnings in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Jordan Spieth’s Age
When Tiger had won his first event, Spieth had just turned three years old. Now, the 22-year-old has two major wins and is the heir apparent to Tiger.