This week, I’ll cover the rise of Bubba Watson and the fall of Tiger Woods, Kentucky and Baylor’s Championship wins, Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard providing one of the most awkward moments ever caught on television, Greg Williams leaked audio tape, and the highlights and lowlight of the week.
Top Story: Tiger Woods Will Never Win Another Major
That was the low point of Tiger’s third round, where he was all over the map and ended up 3 over par. He didn’t fair much better in his last round, shooting 2 over par and ending his tournament at 5 over par, his worst 72-hole score as a professional. The most glaring statistic during his four rounds was his performance in par 5′s, shooting just 1 under, only birdieing twice, and bogeyed one in his final round. For Tiger, that’s pathetic and shows that even though he just came off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he’s still not back to level that it takes to compete in a major. Tiger still trails Jack Nicklaus in majors by four (Tiger with 14, Jack with 18), and right now I don’t see Tiger winning another major. His stroke is just too inconsistent. His last major victory was the 2008 US Open, nearly four years ago, but a bunch of surgeries and one major scandal later, Tiger seems to have lost his swing. More importantly, the aura and mystic surrounding Tiger has eroded. No one fears him anymore and that fear will remain nonexistent if Tiger continues to show this inconsistency.
Bubba Watson Out Duels Louis Oosthuizen
Going into the 4th round of the Masters, all eyes were on the final pairing of Peter Hanson and Phil Mickelson to see if Phil would get his fourth green jacket, but in the end it was the group before them, Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen that would steal and end the show, each having a shot that will be remembered for years to come. The first came from Oosthuizen, who on the par 5 2nd hole hit a double eagle, the fourth ever in Masters history, but the first on that hole. Not to be outdone, Watson hit his own miraculous shot on the second playoff hole, hitting a high hooking wedge on the pine straw that some how found its way 15 feet from the hole, leading to an eventual 2 putt win, his first Major victory. Mickelson just couldn’t make up his triple bogey on hole 4, and ended up even for the round and tied for third overall with Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, and Peter Hanson.
Kentucky Wins: Told Ya So
Well John Calipari finally did it. After 4 Final Four appearances, one with Massachusetts, a championship appearance with Memphis, and back to back final fours with Kentucky, he finally coached his way to a National Championship by beating Kansas 67 to 59. It’s Kentucky’s eighth National Championship, their first since 1998. It also finally showed that a team led by Freshman can win you a championship, but you can’t say that Anthony Davis is no ordinary freshman. Even though he shot 1 for 10 and ended up with only 6 points, he was still the most dominant player in the game, grabbing 16 rebounds, blocking 6 shots, and coming up with 3 steals. He hasn’t announced it yet, but all signs are pointing him to the NBA, and who can blame him. He’s a guaranteed first overall pick. He’ll be a instant game changer. While he still needs work on his offense, his defensive presence will be felt for years to come. He along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (who will be a top five overall pick) will definitely be leaving, so will Kentucky repeat? With Calipari’s recruiting, I would lean towards yes, and unless Kentucky comes under fire with possible recruiting violations, I don’t see Calipari ever leaving Kentucky.
Brittany Griner Finally Wins the Big One
Like the Kentucky Wildcats, the Baylor Bears were the favorites going into the Women’s NCAA Tournament and just like Kentucky, they pulled through and won the tournament, dominating Notre Dame 80-61, and put Baylor in the record books, becoming the first 40-0 team in NCAA basketball history. More importantly, it established Brittany Griner as the most dominant Woman’s player of all time. I said the most dominant, not the best. I mean, look at her, she looks a foot taller than everyone else on the court. I don’t want to discredit her in anyway, but if you compare her size to her opponent’s, she should dominate them, and she still has one more year left. Scary thought.
The Visual Definition of Awkward
Wow. That made me uncomfortable and I wasn’t even there. I don’t see how it’s possible that Stan Van Gundy will remain the Magic head coach next year. If Howard does want Van Gundy fired, then he’s going to get what he wants. As long as Dwight doesn’t resign, then he has all the power, because the Magic will do whatever they can to keep him as their franchise player. And Van Gundy knows this as well, which is why he said what he said. Should he have said that in such a public forum? Probably not, but anyone could tell that he was acting like a man at the end of his rope. Howard also didn’t do any favors by only putting up 8 points and 8 rebounds in their first game after this video went viral, clearly a sign that he has quit on his coach. The Magic currently have the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and will likely make the playoffs, but it’s obvious this team is broken.
Gregg Williams NFL Career is Over
This audio clip was recorded by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon while filming a documentary on former Saints player Steve Gleason. The documentary focused on Gleason’s struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is still incurable. The audio recording was taken before the Saints playoff game against the San Fransisco 49ers. I don’t have a problem with most of this. I’m sure this type of rhetoric is said in every NFL locker room. However, Williams clearly crossed the line when he mentioned going after Michael Crabtree’s ACL. If Williams is ever allowed to coach in the NFL again, I don’t see anyone giving this guy a chance. The PR storm alone will prevent anybody from taking a chance on him. Was Sean Pamphilon right for releasing this audio? That’s hard to say. He’s clearly gained some publicity for this, but he may have also ruined his career. Who’s going to trust this guy to follow their team? Quick Answer: Nobody.
Highlights of the Week
Lowlight of the Week
Unforturnately For IK Kim, This Cost Her the Tournament