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Working off at the typewriter …

Oh no, it’s occurring again.

The golf environment has come to a total and utter standstill mainly because of Tiger Woods.

Golf supporters, golfing media and golfing Tv set executives completely are atwitter with the news about Tiger’s doable return to aggressive golfing at the Masters up coming week.

Obviously, anyone is rooting for Tiger to participate in once again soon after recovering from that horrific SUV accident in California much more than a 12 months ago and unquestionably the Tv set rankings will be substantial if Tiger tends to make his comeback at Augusta National. But if I’ve prepared it after, I have composed it a million moments: Golf’s fixation on and fascination with Tiger is just not wholesome.

Do you actually want your sport’s largest star and most marketable Tv set attract to be a participant who is ranked 944th in the planet, scarcely even plays when he’s balanced and has not been dominant in a long time?

Just after Tiger played a apply round at Augusta Countrywide before this 7 days and speculation ramped up about him participating in the Masters, golf supporters ended up giddy with enjoyment. Now believe about the large comedown if Tiger decides he’s not prepared to enjoy the Masters upcoming week. All individuals green jackets in Georgia will be singin’ the Statesboro Blues.

In all my yrs of watching and masking soccer, basketball, baseball, etcetera., never have I observed a activity so reliant and so single-mindedly concentrated on one particular athlete. Not the NFL with Tom Brady. Not the NBA with Michael Jordan. Not boxing with Muhammad Ali. Not NASCAR with Richard Petty or Dale Earnhardt.

With just the mere risk that he could possibly enjoy the Masters next week, we are viewing when once again that Tiger Woods does not just go the needle in golfing.

Tiger Woods is the needle in golf. …

Quick things: Much too lousy Roger Goodell is not the commissioner of the Academy of Motion Image Arts and Sciences. Would not you adore to see him levy a six-movie suspension on Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars? … Finest question of the week: Would Will Smith have slapped the host of the Oscars if it had been “The Rock” as an alternative of Chris Rock? Personally, I really do not think so. On the other hand, if Smith experienced slapped Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he would not have experienced to fear about going for walks again to his seat afterward simply because Johnson would have shipped him there airmail. … Other concerns: (1) Who really should be favored to earn the NBA’s Eastern Conference? (2) Who will the Magic draft if they get the No. 1 in general decide? (3) Who place the ram in the rama lama ding dong? … Headline from TheOnion.com: “Report: Secretly Seeing March Madness During Do the job Way Less Fun When Doing work Remotely.” …

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The Outback Bowl has transformed its name to the Tampa Bay Bowl soon after losing its sponsorship offer with Outback Steakhouse following 26 a long time — the longest higher education bowl activity title sponsorship in record. I don’t know why, but this tends to make me want to cry like these Outback cooks slicing up and preparing a Bloomin’ Onion. … My favored Outback Bowl quote arrived in 2004 from former Florida Gators coach Ron Zook, who experienced suspended two starting defensive backs — Guss Scott and Keiwan Ratliff — for the to start with quarter of the sport following they missed curfew throughout bowl week. Having said that, with Iowa driving late in the first quarter, Zook determined to go in advance and send out Scott and Ratliff into the recreation. When asked afterward why the two players weren’t suspended for the entire very first quarter, Zook replied truthfully: “Because we needed them.” …

How pathetic that New York City mayor Eric Adams removed the vaccine mandate for unvaccinated pro athletes like Kyrie Irving but not for the rest of the doing the job men and females in non-public- and community-sector employment? Moral of the tale: NBA level guards have more legal rights than New York Town instructors, firefighters and cops. … In descending purchase, in this article are the Major 5 matters that make me really, seriously joyful: (5) That first cup of espresso in the morning (4) Currently being on a boat and drinking a cold beer on a hot day (3) Watching a thunderstorm from the back porch (2) Sleeping in a freshly made mattress (1) Lakers becoming 13 games beneath .500. … Bob Molinaro of pilotonline.com: “Lent is the time for supplying up items. Or perhaps in the situation of the Lakers, just providing up.” … Why did Katie Abrahamson-Henderson depart UCF to acquire above as the women’s basketball coach at Georgia? Three good reasons: Much more dollars. More assets. Far more respect from the countrywide media and the NCAA Assortment Committee. Just can’t say I blame her. … Do you notice if Garth Brooks hadn’t been this sort of a awful javelin thrower, he might not be the region audio superstar who packed 70,000 admirers into Camping Environment Stadium previous weekend? Back in the working day, Brooks was on a partial keep track of and area scholarship at Oklahoma Condition and threw the javelin but wasn’t incredibly superior at it. For that reason, his buddies and teammates inspired him to pursue some thing he was great at — nation new music. I guess you could say Garth experienced mates in throw sites. …

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Last term: “Believe that the loose ball you are chasing has your name on it.” — Mike Krzyzewski

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