Patrick Reed Masterful at Masters, But….

The Masters is my favorite golf event. The different flowers,shrubs,and trees at each hole makes it the most beautiful course in the world. I look forward to golf’s first major every year. This year, Rory McElroy began his quest for the final piece of golf’s Grand Slam. He played well until the final pairing on Sunday. He choked. Jordan Speith entered the day a long ways back and nearly pulled off the largest comeback in Masters history. Ricky Fowler’s last hole comeback came up short. The winner? Patrick Reed. Who? He’s just a quiet,consistent, and emotionless golfer who just goes about his business. He’s best known for his excellent match play in the Ryder Cup. My hat’s off to him. He didn’t play great on Masters Sunday, but he did enough to win. I fely a little sorry for him. There was much more fanfare about the other golfers, it seemed , than him. Including one Tiger Woods. It appeared more people were interested in how well he would play. The answer: not bad. For being rusty. He will win again. But so will Patrick Reed.

March Madness Arrives

Yahoo! It’s March. Other than the opening day of football, March is my favorite time of year. NASCAR is underway and Kevin Harvick is running the show for now. The Olympics are finally over-we didn’t do so well in my opinion. Thank God the NBA all-star game is over. Now begins the quest for the right to hold the trophy as the #1 college basketball team. I’m saddened that my Baby Badgers won’t be in it for the first time in a blue moon. They did begin to play some excellent b-ball a little too late in the game. They will be back next year. My faves for the championship are Michigan State, Virginia, Duke, and look out for Michigan-they are hot and just won the Big Ten Tournament for the second straight year. It’s always fun to watch the upsets. Making out a dozen brackets in hopes of being that one in a trillion that gets all the games right. The selection committee has a tough go of it this year. There doesn’t seem to be any shoo-ins. Parity has arrived this year. I’ve got my genie fromDirectv set for 5 games at a time. I’m all set. Are you?

Surprise, Surprise, I Have To Pick The Patriots

The Patriots will win the Lombardi Trophy for the third time in 4 years. How can you not pick them? The best franchise (sorry Packer fans), the best quarterback (sorry Aaron et al), the best coach (sorry Vince), to set foot on the gridiron. Not a fan but watching them is like watching a well oiled machine. I’m going to sit back, eat suasage,chees, and cracker, enjoy good company and my world famous chili and watch the machine at work. Deep down, I want the underdog Eagles. Tired of New England. If I were a betting man, I’d take the Eagles and the points. But, I’m not. New England by 4.

Eagles Bare Their Claws-Slash Vikings

I was rooting for the Vikings to play the big one in their stadium and pound the Patriots and become the first Super Bowl Champs to win in their home stadium. Philly had other ideas. The Vikes started out on fire by scoring on their opening drive and looked unstoppable. That was all the good for them. The Eagle defense came alive and Nick Foles and company dissected the vaunted Minnesota defense. They were not any resemblance of the Purple People Eaters of lore. Remember the Dante Culpepper led 15-1 team? When the Vikes got him, I told all my many Vikings fans that they would never win a Lombardi trophy with him at the helm. They didn’t. Now the dilemma for them will be the quarterback situation for next year. Sam Bradford? Can’t stay on the field for 19 games. Teddy Bridgewater? The little I’ve seen from him has been unimpressive-not a Super Bowl winning quarterback. I like Case Keenum and he could do it. But I believe the Vikes will make yet another bonehead move when it comes to making that decision. Alex Smith? Who knows with Minnesota.

Nick Saban – A One in 30 Million Genius

Out of the 30 million or so viewers of this year’s College Football Championship game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide, there was probanly only one person who even thought about replacing Jalen Hurts with freshman Tua Tagovailoa after halftime. Nick Saban. Love, hate, or envy the Tide because they get a lot of the top recruits and “Just win, Baby”, they also have the best head coach. This move was pure genius and cemented his name alongside another legacy. Someone called Bear and who happened to also coach Alabama. They both have six National Championships. Nick Saban will get more. Probably enough for all ten fingers and maybe a few for his toes. TuaTagovailoa is now a household name, even if you’re one of the several million who can’t pronounce his name without help. Yes, he threw the pass. Yes, DeVonta Smith caught the pass. But it was Nick Saban’s genius (or the riverboat gambler in him), that produced the opportunity. Roll Tide!

Ho-Hum Jaguars Maul Bills

What a boring game unless you love defense. Thanks to Bortles’ running, because he couldn’t connect with a receiver, Jacksonville kept the Buffalo Bills from winning a playoff game in over 20 years. The Steelers will dominate the Jags, especially if Antonio Brown is healthy. We’ll see how Big Ben will be.

Falcons Make Lambs Out Of Rams

Matt Ryan and a stingy Falcons defense made lamb meat out of the Los Angeles Rams. When they score 20 or more points (this year not in last year’s Super Bowl choke), close the door and get ready for the next game. All predator bird game. Eagles without Carson Wentz have not scared anyone. Mattie Ice and gang will score more than 20-see ya next year Philly.

Chiefs Choke On Home Cooking-Again!

Not sure why this is happening but Kansas City can’t seem to win a playoff game at home. All those weapons and yet the streak is now 0 for the last 6. Part of it was due to Kelce getting smucked and out for the game (and now the season) because he failed the concussion protocol. The upstart young Titans reward? A visit to New England. The Chiefs handled them the first week of the season. Not a chance for Tennessee. I like Alex Smith but am glad the 49ers chose him ahead of Aaron Rodgers.

Saints Brees Into Second Round

New Orleans’ elite quarterback Drew Brees fired missles and his receivers made all-pro adjustments to make catches as the Saints go marchin’ on to the second round of the playoffs. brees more than compensated for the ground game that was often stuffed by the Panthers defense. Speaking of defense, it was nice to see the NFC’s biggest crybaby on the ground several times. Next test? The Minnesota Vikings defense and their rejuvenated offense. If Sam Bradford plays instead of Case Keenum, I will not root for the Vikings, even though I would love to see them beat New England and be the first team to win a Super Bowl on their home field.

Manny Pacquiao KO’d – By Judges

Last Saturday’s WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn reaffirmed my decision to stop watching boxing matches since Muhammed Ali unlaced his gloves for the last time. Pacquiao won that fight. The old man landed many more quality punches and had Horn on the ropes in the ninth round. Even the referee told him he was about to call it if he didn’t get his act together. All he did in the last three rounds was remain upright. At the end, one judge had the fight 117-111 in favor of Horn. How much was he paid or was he smoking something between rounds? Now the WBO is saying they are going to review the scoring. If they want to get it right, Manny Pacquiao is the champ.