Monday, April 9, 2012

4/9: Masters Wrap, Hoops, etc.

Greetings everyone! My apologies for the disappearing act this weekend... it's been a long one...
  • Bubba Watson has never taken a golf lesson or examined his swing on video. That's not a joke, and it's even crazier when you consider that he just won the Masters. Watson's eclectic left-handed swing (feet moving constantly no less) drilled a ridiculous hook off of pine straw on the 2nd playoff hole to set himself up for a 2-putt victory over Louis Oosthuizen. It was a wildly compelling back nine that saw 3 guys lead (the two playoff contestants and Matt Kuchar), some crazy heroics, and a crazily shifting leaderboard. One more note from the tournament was that Louis Oosthuizen somehow drilled a double-eagle on the part 5 2nd hole thanks to a crazy roll down the green and a brilliant shot, and then he casually flipped the ball to a fan. Yep. Big-time stuff from Augusta.
  • NBA Check - Carmelo Anthony posted 43 points to drive the Knicks past Chicago in overtime at MSG. Derrick Rose (29 points) was in the lineup for Chicago, but when Melo has it going, good luck to the opposition's defense. Boston throttled a struggling Philly team 103-79 in Boston behind 20 from KG and 15 dimes from Rondo. San Antonio won their 11th straight game to hold onto 1st place in the West, and finally, the Wade-less Heat blitzed Detroit behind 26 from Lebron.
  • Tim Tebow spoke at a church in Texas for Easter. Somehow this is lead-story national news. I have no idea.
  • Thomas Robinson is entering the NBA draft according to Bill Self. No surprise here as I thought Robinson was the nation's best player this year in and is a likely top-10 pick. I still believe he doesn't have star upside, but he's going to rebound the heck out of the ball at the next level and could be a nice player right away as a rookie.
  • The Braves are 0-3. After a mind-numbing sweep at the hands of the Mets, there is panic in the streets of Atlanta and it's a bit overboard. The lack of offense was troubling, Jurrjens and Minor didn't pitch well, and we got to see a glimpse of Chad Durbin (yikes), but it's 3 games people, and if this was in June, no one would bat an eye. For the Fredi Gonzalez hot-seat rumors, I have no idea. Would I like him fired? Absolutely. Would it be because the team is 0-3? Absolutely not. If you don't have an argument outside of wins and losses for a managerial firing, then you don't fire the manager, but I do think there is evidence to do so, even if it would take a bad start to "justify" the move.
  • MLB Check! - Jeremy Hellickson threw 8 2/3 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball to lead the Rays to a sweep of the Yankees. Small sample size (again!) but the Rays looked really good in that series. Boston is also 0-3 at the hands of Detroit after a bullpen collapse in the 11th inning resulted in an Alex Avila walk-off bomb. Get your pitchforks ready. And finally, Matt Harrison threw 6 innings of shutout ball for Texas as they dismissed the White Sox 5-0. I'm a Harrison fan, and I continue to believe that the Rangers rotation is better than everyone thinks (pending Darvish, of course).

What to watch for on Monday...

  • MLB - Miami @ Philadelphia - 1:00 MLB Network - Sanchez vs. Hamels - A really nice pitching matchup when you consider this is the 4th game for each team. Sanchez had a great year in 2011, and Hamels is a top-10 type guy.
  • MLB - LA Angels @ Minnesota - 4:00 MLB Network - Wilson vs. Blackburn - Our first-look at CJ Wilson in an Angels uniform.
  • MLB - Milwaukee @ Chicago Cubs - 7:00 ESPN - Marcum vs. Volstad - Volstad is excruciating to watch, but I think Marcum is an elite guy when he's healthy, and I'm interested to see that Brewers lineup sans Fielder.
  • MLB - Atlanta @ Houston - 8:00 SportSouth - Beachy vs. Happ - Please let the good Brandon Beachy stand up.
  • NBA - Suns @ T-Wolves - 9:00 ESPN2 - Such a random spot for a nationally televised game but I'll take it. Steven Q. Nash has the Suns in playoff contention (somehow) and Kevin Love is a must-see.


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