Tiger looked like Tiger again, Red Sox nation was happy as they beat the Yankees two out of three, and the NBA Eastern Conference playoff matchups are set. Just another weekend in April in the sports world…
Tiger Woods gave us a thrill Sunday at the Masters. Sunday started with Tiger Woods 7 back. “What was the use?” you thought. He hadn’t won any of his 14 majors from even 1 stroke back, much less 7. This was setting up as just another Sunday walk at a major. It was going to be 17 months now since he’d won, the longest drought in his professional career. It was going to be 11 straight majors without winning one. But suddenly, things stopped making sense.
Suddenly, Woods was Arnie at Cherry Hills, 1960, charging from 7 back. He shot a 31 on the front nine and was poised to come from behind to win a major, for the first time in his career. He was splitting every fairway (six of the first six). He hit irons like you diagram them on the course map. (He hit eight of the first eight greens.) He made birdies at 2 and 3, a bogey at 4, but then a birdie at 7, that ear-splitting eagle at 8, and a par saved out of both straw and sand on 9. For the first time since the 2007 Masters, Woods had a chunk of the lead. Just then somebody hollered out “You’re a legend, Tiger!” Trying, buddy. Trying. He then proceeded to miss short putts on 12, 13 and 16. That was it. But what a ride it was, Tiger being Tiger is great for the game of golf, and here is one fan who can’t wait for him to be back on top. Tiger was even the old Tiger in the post round interviews. First thing he did is take his frustration out on CBS’s Bill Macatee.
Macatee: Do you feel like you played well enough to win?
TW: Right now, I’m 1 back. Let’s see what happens.
Macatee: Do you feel like you’re back in the thick of things now?
TW: I’m 1 back, let’s see what happens.
He finally told a group of reporters afterward, bathed in sweat. “I was right there in the thick of it.” At this point in his comeback, he’s doing everything great, except interviews and putting.
The Red Sox had their home opener Friday, and beat the Yankees to get their first win of the year. After losing Saturday, in a game in which the Yankees hit 4 home runs. Josh Beckett was outstanding Sunday night as the Red Sox won their first series of the year. He went 8 innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 10. He is a key for the Sox pitching staff. John Lackey has looked awful, and on Monday night Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up 7 runs in 2 innings against the Rays. The Red Sox are now 2-8 and tied with Tampa for last place. On a side note, does anyone question the Red Sox for spending $103 million on the signing of Dice-K? They bid $51 million just for the negotiating rights, and then signed him to a 6-year, $52 million dollar contract. That’s $103 million for a pitcher who is 13-14, with a 5.81 ERA since 2009. Guess that gyroball wasn’t so unhittable after all…
The NBA matchups for the Eastern Conference are set. The surprise here is that the Bulls are the number 1 seed, and the Heat have passed the Celtics for the 2 seed. Derrick Rose is the league’s MVP, and should win the award easily. The most interesting matchup of the first round is the Celtics-Knicks series. The Celtics should win this series, but with Carmello and Amare, it could get interesting. The Celtics have not been the same team since they traded Kendrick Perkins. The Heat will beat the Sixers, Orlando will beat the Hawks, and Chicago will beat the Pacers. That means we will get a Heat- Celtics matchup in the 2nd round, while the Bulls will play Orlando. The Heat-Celtics serires will be a war, as these teams do not like each other. It should be fun to watch.