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The Decline of Tiger Doin Work Roundtable

There has been much press recently on the first time Tiger Woods has looked like a mortal. Many are stating that Tiger’s career may be over, but ESPN writer Gene Wojekowski thinks differently. We decided to discuss the “meltdown” Tiger suffered on the way to losing his first major.

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Tony: I think implying that he choked is stretching a bit. He played GREAT golf, but the variables to putting can be complex and sometimes it just doesn’t click. A choke is Harrington carding a snowman on 12 (or whatever hole it was), or the week previously when he imploded late, or Watson sending an easy 8 iron 15 yrds long to win a major a choke. I believe tiger had one three putt all day…I don’t buy the idea he totally choked, did he have a crappy day on the greens? TOTALLY. His putts were close all day…how many edge burners did he have….he started with a nasty putt that set the tone for the rest of the day. It didn’t click for him and he lost…but I think “choke” is a strong word. Downside at 33? To even suggest that is totally ignorant IMHO. Haters!!

Brian: Yeah, it’s not like he had that terrible of a round. By his standards it may have been terrible, but overall he wasn’t that bad on Sunday. I think the idea of his career being on the downslide is ridiculous. Every golfer has bad putting days, we just aren’t used to seeing it from Tiger on a Sunday of a major. This is the main reasons he has been the best golfer in the world, because he doesn’t have many days like this! I think he comes back next year pissed off and wins a minimum of two majors.

Andre: Seriously, I almost vomited when I read that one line filler. Tiger played great all week tee to green, and until Sunday was making putts as well.  It doesn’t matter if he only 3-putt once or twice, he had several birdie putts in the 8-12 ft range that he usually makes on his way to victory while leading by two, starting off with his miss on the first hole, and his timely three putt on the 17th hole.  That’s not the way Tiger, the best putter under pressure in the game, does on a Major Sunday.   He shot 75 for christ sake!!  He made 5 bogeys, and we know he hates to make even 1!

Tony: I agree with everything…(I was waiting for you to mention the 75!)….but putting is complex…if it doesn’t click I don’t think it equates automatically to a “choke” situation. But really this is all semantics; he will silence everybody about this hiccup sooner rather then later…and have the real last laugh when he nips Snead and Jack respectively down the road.

Andre: I think we need to hold Tiger to a higher standard.  Why would we stop now?  That’s why I keep referencing he’s THE BEST PUTTER EVER, especially IN THE CLUTCH.  He’s not you or me where putting comes an goes.  After his re-hab from knee surgery, his short game was supposed to be so strong.  And he had gotten it into really good shape the past three tourneys.  Why let him off for the biggest round of all 12 previous rounds?  Sunday at a Major!!  Don’t let him off so easy I tell you!!

Brian: I have to say that I am a hater, but in the end golf wouldn’t be nearly as fun to watch without him at the top of his game. We might have more likable guys on tour to root for, but it’s much different than watching a player that is obviously the best. He’s far from done, and I don’t think you could convince any of his peers that he’s on the downside of his career either…
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The MLB is Roidless in the Economic Crisis

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Since my last piece examined the state of the NBA on the decline, I figured that it would be fitting to give an assessment of the MLB during the financial crisis . Baseball is in the beginning stages of seeing exactly how bad the country’s unwillingness to spend is affecting them. We’ll know exactly what is going to happen with 19 teams within 6 games of first place in their divisions. As the July 31st trade deadline approaches, will any teams make any big moves adding money to their payroll? Baseball is facing their biggest financial hurdle since they came back from the 94 strike, but this time they don’t have the influx of steroids to save them. Even the rich teams are feeling the financial crunch as the powerhouses like the Yankees and Red Sox are even seeing declining ticket sales.

With teams struggling to get fans through the turnstiles, they’ve turned to alternatives to lure people to the games. In Arizona, they gave away an unprecedented amount of 41 season tickets to 14 different families which was worth approximately $100K. marlinscheerleadersThe Marlins are giving away $2,500 towards a mortgage or rent payment for 11 Saturday’s this season. They are also giving away free tickets on Monday night games to any person with proof that they were laid off.  Baseball, more than other sports, is driven by ticket sales, and this year has shown that even the mighty Yankees and Red Sox aren’t immune to the recession, as many games aren’t selling out the way they have over the past decade and a half.

Last year there were many big names swirling around before the deadline like CC Sabathia, Mark Teixiera, Manny Ramierez, Jason Bay, Rich Harden, and Joe Blanton. Like many years past, all of the marquee names found a new home for the 2nd half of the season to help their respective teams during the playoff push. Maybe last year’s market had more top dogs than most, but this year you can hear a pin drop around most camps with teams trying to find ways to save. I haven’t heard one intriguing rumor for any player that would make a significant impact on a team pushing for a playoff spot. As we approach the July 31st trade deadline, it’s the time of the year when teams have to decide if they are a buyer or a seller. This year it seems as though everyone is a seller, and every team has players on the block as they just want to clear salary. It doesn’t seem like teams even want to improve in this bizarro situation that is mirroring the NBA. Are Mark Derosa and Eric Hinske going to be the biggest names we hear moved this year? DeRosa Cardinals BaseballSo far it’s shaping up that way. The Red Sox, Phillies, Giants, and Mets seem like the only teams that are willing to take on a significant amount of salary. The economy has made GM’s much more cautious. Even if there are trades made, I doubt it will be much more than a 7-9 hitter or a 4th or 5th man in the pitching rotation. I hope we see some fireworks from one or two teams before it’s all said and done. I need something to look forward to, since my A’s were placed on the sellers list a month ago by positioning themselves firmly in last place in the AL West. Hopefully they can get a few parts via trade, that can be immediately inserted into their D rated offense for one of their proven players (their old guys or Holliday).