Daily Archives: August 15, 2009

If Tiger is Superman, does Padraig Harrington have any Kryptonite in his bag?

Tiger Woods drives a Buick Enclave!?! You'd think with all that money he'd drive something better!

Tiger Woods drives a Buick Enclave!?! You'd think with all that money he'd drive something better!

Is Padriag Harrington the next in line on the PGA’s attempt to find a rival for Tiger? With Woods looking about ready to wrap up his 15th major, there has been a buzz around Harrington (the defending champion of the event) playing very well for a second week in a row. Phil Mickelson and all of his troubles this year hasn’t put together much of a challenge on Tiger’s thrown, but he has been in and out of golf all season for obvious family reasons. Truthfully what can you expect from Phil if he isn’t able to properly practice and prepare himself to play at the highest level. Today, Harrington was quoted saying he wanted to play with Tiger in the final group. Harrington unfortunately didn’t get his wish as Y.E. Yang will play with him in the final group Sunday. Yang actually beat Tiger when he was in China at a tournament, but I have a feeling this will be a little different. Every player that gets paired with Tiger shoots an average of three shots higher than him, so I don’t see tomorrow playing out differently. It has to be tough playing with a gallery of Tiger’s size surrounding you all over the course.

I’m all for Paddy being the next contender to Tiger though, because last weekend he was paired with Tiger in the final round of the Buick Open, and held his lead after the 15th hole lead by 1 stroke.

Not everybody is intimidated by Tiger all the time.

Not everybody is intimidated by Tiger all the time.

Something weird happened on the 16th hole though, as even Woods came off the course furious about what happened on the 16th hole, eventhough he was the beneficiary of the occurrence. Harrington had a triple bogey on the 16th hole, and it was later revealed that Harrington was pushed by one of the rules officials John Paramor, for exceeding time limits. This would be understandable if they were in an earlier group, but they were the final group playing for a tournament and a million dollars! It was completely ridiculous.

Tiger later stated “He (rules official) got in the way of a great battle. It was such a great battle for 16 holes, and we’re going at it head to head, and unfortunately that happened. I don’t know why we were put on the clock.”

Hopefully Paramor didn’t put them on the clock so they’d finish in time for the CBS to broadcast their rerularly scheduled program! Well guess what? They finished at 6 p.m. on the dot.

Either way I like Paddy’s confidence around Tiger, because it’s basically the opposite of nearly every other player on the tour. Harrington went on to say that he felt comfortable playing with Tiger. He feels that Tiger forces him to not take too cautious of an approach, and go for more aggressive shots than he normally would. Harrington struggled early this year as he’s made major changes to his swing.Padraig Harrington PGA Championship It looks like the last two weeks have shown that he is finding his groove with that new swing. If he becomes the next player to challenge Tiger, I’d like that. He seems to feel like he can win, and has fun with it the same way Phil does on the course. He may not be able to take Tiger down this Sunday, mainly because Tiger has won every tournament (14-0) that he held the third round lead in, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be pulling for him. I don’t know why, but I always root against Tiger. I guess I just like to root for the least likely outcome… Go Harrington and/or Lee!

Magic Still the Greatest PG to Ever Play the Game

Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned 50 today.  Nearly 30 years after he made his professional debut, he remains quite possibly the greatest point guard to ever play the game.  For years, NBA franchises have been longing to find players who fit his mold.  The oversized playmaker who get see the whole floor while creating his own shot to lead his team to victory.  Magic was a 12-time all-star and 3-time MVP.  He was also a 10-time All-NBA 1st team selection.  Not only did he average 19.5 points and 11.2 assists per game, but he put up 19.5 points and 12.3 assists per game in his postseason career.  He also snared 7.7 rebounds per game in the playoffs.  Magic Johnson continues to be the benchmark for which all point guards are compared to.  For every Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Tony Parker, there is only on Magic.  We have, and quite possibly will, never see another Magic Johnson.

AL Central Remains Tight

The Tigers, White Sox, and Twins all earned wins Friday night to keep the AL Central race tight.  Detroit battled out a 3 hit shutout by Zack Greinke to earn the win behind a 3 hit shutout of their own by Jarrod Washburn.  Brandon Inge’s 9th inning walkoff home run sealed the victory for the Tigers.

The White Sox, meanwhile, edged out an 8-7 victory behind Alexei Ramirez’s 10th inning solo shot. Bobby Jenks gave up 2 out singles to Ryan Sweeney and Tommy Everidge before retiring Nomar Garciaparra to close out a Chicago win.

The Minnesota Twins shut out the Cleveland Indians by a score of 11-0 behind Scott Baker’s 2 hit shutout to remain 5 games back of the AL Central lead.  Jason Kubel went 3-4 with 5 RBI to lead the charge for Minnesota.

Cubs Break Out In a Big Way

The Chicago Cubs, mired in a 5 game losing streak, broke out in a big way tonight, taking advantage of the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates.  They put up 14 runs in the first two innings, chasing newly acquired Charlie Morton after just one complete inning.  Morton was torched for 7 hits, 10 earned runs, and 3 walks, before being relieved by Chris Bootcheck who surrendered 7 earned in 2.1 innings of work.  Derrek Lee led the charge, going 3-3 with 7 RBI.  Kosuke Fukudome added a 3 run home run, and Jake Fox, Ryan Theriot, Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Baker, and even Randy Wells drove in runs to lead the Cubs to a 17-2 victory.  Just when people were doubting the Chitown Northsiders, the Cubbies broke out in a major way when they needed it most.  The Cubs still trail the Cardinals, who have won 12 of their last 15 behind the hot hitting of Matt Holliday.  If Chicago is going to have any chance at catching St. Louis, they’re going to have to ride this offensive surge to hit their way into the postseason.

The Cubs will need big numbers from Derrek Lee to get into the postseason.

The Cubs will need big numbers from Derrek Lee to get into the postseason.