Oh yeah…let the rich get richer!!! Who doesn’t want to see the best team on the planet get even better…without losing one of their own? But we’ll take a look at Boogie in just a few…for as we sat down to write this week’s Pulitzer, with the Golf Channel on in the background (Wimbledon begins at 7:00 am….but I digress), a story by the great Ian O’Connor for ESPN.com emanated from the screen of my Father’s Day iPad that deserved due time. Or should I say…first tee!
I just finished ‘tiger woods’ by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.
Photo: Simon & Schuster
With the book cover one half of Tiger’s portrait…one eye…think the good side of Harvey Dent in ‘The Dark Knight.’ And if you need some good summer reading, the book is spectacular in its detail and narrative. The salacious is there, but as part of the very complex puzzle, not a slice of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, with Tiger as the main protagonist. So no longer that five minutes after we have completed the 400 pages, then I see the headline. Tiger vs. Phil. Winner take all. Ten million. Come get some!!!
Tell me you wouldn’t watch. Of course you will. We love a battle of the titans. Now this would have really been something back in the day, say when Tiger was 22 and Phil 28, rather than 42 and 48, where they currently stand on the age calculator.
Photo: USA Today FTW
But with diminishing returns on both sides of the ledger, their final pairing on a Sunday in a major become slimmer and slimmer. So rather than leave it in the hands of the vagaries of the competition, just go right to the main course, without the extraneous noise.
First the ‘Tale of the Tape’. Tiger leads in majors, 14-5, and in career wins, 79-43. But these are the two heavyweights that fans want to see, regardless of whether they are still at the pinnacle of their respective games. And golf is famous for these types of matchups. Back in the day, it was the Shell Wonderful World of Golf, where you saw Arnie vs. Jack and Player vs. Trevino.
And then in 1999, there was Monday Night Golf, with the initial show pairing Tiger vs. David Duval, the ‘Showdown at Sherwood’, followed by the ‘Battle at Bighorn’, where Tiger was edged by Sergio.
And for the baseball purists, the original Home Run Derby matched Willie, Mickey, Duke, Harmon, Rocky and any other legit slugger in a one -on-one, mano vs. mano, home run hitting contest. Whoever hit more won. And they all sat for the interview!
So in a week where big news was the hot dog eating contest (I can’t call it sport…regardless of what channel it’s on) will go digital to accurately count how many dogs and buns Chestnut can stuff into his mouth, Tiger vs. Phil for a lot of mill is a welcome entree on the endless sports buffet.
May I suggest including their respective fired caddies on the opposite bag?
Boogie is coming off an Achilles. One of the worst injuries a player can have. A no -lose for both parties…but let’s reserve the Fall of the League opining until we see if he can still dance.
I think this is about the time Neal starts hitting more like Larry Walker and less like JJ Walker.
Bill Walton came off the bench. So can Melo.
Photo: Bleacher Report
If the Cash-Man thinks the Dark Knight can give him five quality innings, he will send Paul O’Neill to pick him up at the Cincy airport.
CMB has a two-year deal on the FAN. JJ After Dark just needs to stay under the covers for a little longer and the daylight may be his.
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