The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass provided not much drama on hole No 18. One Matt Kuchar went to the 18th tee box with a two-shot lead and closed the deal. The possible drama ended when Matt answered Rickie Fowler’s 20-foot birdie putt on the par three 17th with a birdie putt on 16 of his own from 15-feet.
Kuchar made a nice $1.7 million dollars for the win. That, my folks, is a nice hunk of cabbage. Matt Kuchar’s smile was as big as the Grand Canyon on Mother’s Day Sunday. Kevin Na’s smile was totally different. The crowd was getting on him for his waggles and other nonsense. Basically, on Sunday, Na just imploded and it was a scary implosion. He might need some counseling after that debacle on Sunday. Where’s the Tiger Woods report, you ask? How about tied for 40th place. He has finished 40th or worst three straight times. Tiger needs to work on his game, and work on it a lot!
And then there were four
The NHL playoffs are down to four participants. The Western Conference has the two biggest surprises in Los Angeles and Phoenix. Any of you hockey fans who selected these two teams to play for the right to play for Lord Stanley, I want to shake your hand. That would make you a supersmart prognosticator.
The Los Angeles Kings are absolutely on fire on the road. Almost to the point where they feel more comfortable on the road. I like the Kings to win this series and represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Eastern Conference will feature some hatred. The New York Rangers are facing the New Jersey Devils. These two hate one another with a passion. Every single time these two played one another, it was major penalty after major penalty. If you like fights, this is the series to watch. The fact that Marty Broeder is 40-years old between the pipes for the Devils is absolutely amazing. He would love to cap his career with a Stanley Cup victory. What a career he has had in the NHL. It seems like just yesterday he defeated the Red Wings in 1995 in the Stanley Cup. These will be low-scoring, yet highly-entertaining games. I like the Rangers in seven. It will be L.A. vs New York!
Just plain ugly
Finally, the first round of the NBA
Playoffs have finished. Man, there were was some atrocious basketball games played in the first round.
The Knicks were a joke, as were the Dallas Mavericks. The poor
Bulls lose to the eight-seed
Philadelphia. Do you think Mr.
Rose means very much to the Bulls? Yes, is the answer to that question! Philly renews its old rivalry with the Boston Celtics. A young, hungry Philly team against an old, creeky-knee Boston team. Give me the youngsters in this in seven games. The Heat and Pacers will be an awesome series. I think the Pacers could upset King James and company. I take the Pacers in seven games.
The Western Conference will be boring in this round. The Spurs will spur the Clippers where they don’t want to be spurred. I like San Antonio in five or six games. The L.A. Lakers will be run out of the gym by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant and crew are young, hungry and talented. That combination equals victory in six games for the Thunder. The Spurs and Thunder will be a dandy of a series. I will watch all of those games.
The left coast
The Tigers are off the West Coast and in Chicago for a series. The West Coast was not very kind to our Tigers. The Seattle boys whipped up on them. Oakland split a four-game series, which should not have happened. The A’s are the worst hitting team in all of baseball. When you lose to teams like that, it really stings.
It sure was weird seeing Brandon Inge in an Oakland uniform. Inge pounded out a grand slam against his old mates. The bonus was Detroit was up 10-2 when he hit it. I would have tossed my dinner if it was a game winner. I believe it was his second grand slam of the week! Keep it up, Brandon, and have a good season in Oakland.
P.S.: No Detroit Lions player has been busted with pot this week!! Just Say No!