Archive for April, 2008


NFL Draft – Too Much Hype?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for sports.  The NHL playoffs are in full swing, now we get to see Barry Melrose and his historic mullet every night on ESPN for the next few months in addition to sports’ best, most grueling, playoff.   March Madness just came to a riveting end, even though the two semifinal games were lame the final made up for it.  The most prestigious tournament in golf began Thursday with the hype being at an all time high because of one big cat you may have heard a little about.  The MLB season has just begun as well, now impatient fans can finally get a good feel if their team is going to be a contender or pretender as each club embarks on the 162 game quest.  The NBA playoffs are about to start and aside from the endless coverage the NBA receives on ESPN they continue to be unbelievably forgettable.  The WNBA draft took place on Wednesday, everyone made sure to tune into that.  The Frozen Four is underway right now and offered a great overtime game last night setting up what will most likely be an outstanding final.  And amidst all of these great sporting events the NFL and its brain trust still find a way to stick their nose in everything.

In the middle of the offseason, when you usually hear very little news about most other sports, the NFL has found a way to make headline after headline in what is by far the most hyped professional sports entry draft.  It’s at this time every year that the likes of Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and Jeremy Green begin frothing at the mouth, spewing out new prediction after new prediction like a sick college freshman after their first “big night” in an effort to keep viewers on the edge of their seat regarding who will be number one.  The volatility of the stock of these poor college kids would deter even the most intrepid investors from investing in them.  There was even discussion last year of moving the first round to Friday night, so the weekend could be completely suffocated by NFL coverage.  Fortunately the brain trust didn’t pull the lever.  

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Tiger Woods Will Not Be Tamed at the Masters

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Tiger Woods will go on to win yet another green jacket at Augusta this week?

Tiger will look towards taming the course and the field starting Thursday at the Masters to claim his 5th Masters Title. There are many other golfers playing great golf that should offer us golf fans a great tournament, but Tiger hasn’t won the Masters since 2005 and has clear intentions to go for the Grand Slam this season.

Tiger has played in only 1 tournament that he didn’t win so far this season and he clearly didn’t play his best golf that week at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral where he still finished in 5th place.

If I was a golfer on the PGA Tour, I would be scared with what Tiger had to say as he sat down with Scott Van Pelt for ESPN’s Sunday Conversation:

To me, Tiger Woods is a person that has an unmatched drive and clear confidence with his ability to get better, as if any of us thought that was possible. I may be wrong, but there is no reason not to believe we will see history being made this year again by this man, and there is no sign of it ever slowing down.

If I was a bookie in Vegas I would be willing to pay great odds for a selection of the field, I think it is only fair when the man that has to be beat is Tiger Woods.

Who do you think has a chance to give Tiger a run for the title of 2008 Masters Champion?

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