Masters winner at 21

Fat Guy Corner


 

 

The Masters winner, Jordan Spieth, provided very little drama late Sunday afternoon. Spieth played the Augusta National golf course with precision and made zero mistakes to win a green jacket.

He actually had a chance to break Tiger Woods’ record of 18-under par but missed a putt on the 18th hole to go 19-under par.

Spieth now shares the record with Tiger, which is still an awesome feat. Jordan went wire to wire for the win as it had been 39 years since that had happened at the Masters. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to sleep on the lead at the Masters for three consecutive nights at the young age of 21.

I feel like golf is at the stage of passing of the torch. The old Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson battles were worth the watch on the golf course week in and week out. I see Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy as the new regime taking over the PGA Tour over the next couple of decades. We shall see if these two can dominate the world of golf over the next 15 years or so. I can see it happening for sure. Can you?

The one thing I will say, is there are a lot of really good young golfers on tour like Ricky Fowler, Jason Day and others. Jordan and Rory will have their work cut out for them every single week on tour. I will close by saying I am now a huge Jordan Spieth golf fan. I like his humble-like ways and he is a class act. I will root for this guy every single week.

Winged wheels roll on

The Red Wings’ number is now 24 years of consecutive playoffs! I don’t think many sports fans realize how incredible this number truly is. I believe it’s longer than 12 or 13 NHL franchises have even been in existence in the league! Think about that?

Detroit has done it with a high pay roll and it’s done it during the salary cap era, too. I remember when the salary cap came to the league and all the experts in the hockey world thought that would be the fall of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings (in a Lee Corso voice) said: “Not so fast my friends.” I know all of us Red Wings fans are so spoiled by this record streak and this whole hockey organization. The Red Wings organization is one of the best in all of professional sports.

Let’s look at the Red Wings’ playoff opponent.

The Steve Yzerman-built Tampa Bay Lightning are the Red Wings’ first-round opponent. How fitting is that?

This whole series can be summed up with one word: Goaltender. Detroit, as we know, has had issues for the last month between the pipes. Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek have been shaky and lacking in confidence and that is being kind. It’s like nobody wants the No. 1 netminder position.

Playoff hockey is all about tremendous goaltending. Mike Babcock has decided to give Petr Mrazek the start in game one. I like Mike’s choice, actually. Mrazek has been the better of the two goalies down the stretch, even if it is winning by default to some degree.

Maybe if Jimmy gets his chance it will light a fire under his britches. Detroit needs to score some goals against Tampa’s goalie, Ben Bishop, to win this series.

It cannot win 1-0 and 2-1 games with the situation Detroit has between the pipes. Detroit also has to shut down Steven Stamkos, who is Tampa’s big scoring gun. I think for Detroit, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Nyquist need to step up and lead Detroit by scoring goals.

I like the Red Wings to win this series in a grueling tough seven game series. My other series winners in the Eastern Conference are Montreal, New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

The Western Conference winners will be Calgary, Anaheim, St. Louis and Nashville. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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