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Let's start with the basics

Jun 22, 2015 -- 4:07pm

     You might not have liked :

 

1. The Coverage

2. The Course

3. The Train

4. The Guys (rooting interest is huge. Sometimes your boy not in it makes it a little "less")

4. The West Coast thing (that would make you crazy - Majors other than Augusta in Prime Time - Oh Yeeeaaahh)

5. The Coverage (needed to do this one twice)

 

So...

 

Lets start with the basics. 

 

I love The Masters. And the U.S. Open. And The Open Championship. And...the PGA Championship (sometimes known as "You know..the 4th one")

 

I don't much care for regular PGA Tour events. 

 

Makes me a Majors snob.

 

Guilty.

 

Don't respect the talent any less. Just don't really much care who is leading after Thursday. Or Friday. Or made or missed cuts.

 

54 Hole leader? Nope. Eventual winner? A hearty congratulations. But on to the John Deere or Jamie Farr Classic the next week

doesn't do it for me. 

 

Get me to Augusta. I'm in for ALL of it. Practice rounds included. Hell. The Par 3 is more fun than most weekends on the PGA Tour. Wood Paneling and a Green Jacket only works in one place. Here.

 

The U.S. Open? - National Pride and an ability to qualify from beyond the left field wall as Joe Regular Golfer? - Hell yes. That's "'Murica". I..ME..you..YOU..could qualify for this thing next year. It's OURS. 

 

The Open Championship? - The home of the original rounds of golf played for a Title? And probably originally a crown and sceptor? And a treasure chest of gold and Knighthood? It ain't ours..but it's big. BIG big. Jug that you get to take with you wherever you go for a year. It's Golfs Stanley Cup. And that creates some of the greatest photo ops ever.

 

PGA Championship? Lifetime exemption. All the years winners. Last chance to REALLY change your life in golfs calendar year and an ability to call yourself a Majors Champion. Good courses. Historical courses. Yes sir.

 

   So..what did we see at this years U.S. Open?

 

Everything. Not most things. EVERYTHING.

 

Meet me here later this week and I will give you :

 

20 THINGS THAT MADE THE U.S OPEN BAT SH*T CRAZY (working title)

 

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"LEGACY" IS THE HOTTEST WORD IN SPORTS TALK RADIO

Jun 22, 2015 -- 12:31pm

    "LEGACY" IS THE HOTTEST WORD IN SPORTS TALK RADIO

 

   It has become increasingly apparent that we no longer have the want or need to "let the body get cold".

 

   Why have someone actually hang them up..let alone allow time and distance to be a factor..when we can just declare

day to day/month to month/season to season at MOST what the final not yet final word on an athletes career and beyond (legacy)

is..was..and forever shall be.

 

   Oh I'm guilty. Guilty as charged. 

 

   With one exception. 

 

   I do and will account for the fluidity of the situation. Because today's "No doubt about it" is short lived and fragile. Especially when there is another game to be won or lost tomorrow.

 

   The real phenomenon behind this is our want and need for tidy little packages. Neat. Clean. Names with #'s to their right. One on top of the other.

 

   I'll make a list. I'll read a list. Truth be told..I'm a sucker for a list. It's the basis for the sports talk format. Head to Head. Which leads to a ranking of "Him" over "Him". Throw in a 3rd (we always do) and you start to get away from just who's "better" but comparisons with a little substance.

 

   Top 3's are good.

 

   Top 5's are better. 

 

   A good type 5 question (all lists and debates are not created equally) can elicit some common ground. Even begrudging praise on a point well made. Give and take and a few less "You're Crazy"'s as you expand the number and in turn your mind.

 

   It also eliminates a little of the "You're just hating" thing. Or the dreaded "Your Boy"..that known to everyone but you factor that will not let you see beyond some deep rooted subconscious attachment that comes with a Man Crush.

 

  I'll fight for a guy I like over a guy I don't if you just give me 2 choices. Damn the numbers and empirical evidence. I got an emotional Dog in the ring.

 

  The other problem with 2 person lists..there's always a winner. Every time. There is not a question that you can ask about movies..music..teams..athletes..tv shows that if given only 2 to choose from a winner can not and will not declared. We might have a DIFFERENT winner..but that's just because YOU'RE wrong.

 

   Make more choices available..or have to fill out something that looks like this

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

and it's kid in the candy store for any and all of us who started these debates before sports talk radio was an itch in the pants of WFAN in New York.

 

    I spent a lot of time in study hall..the precursor to a bar..with my buddies trying to figure some of these things out. And it's not going to change.

 

   The names..Tom..Lebron..Tiger..Kobe..Pop..Phil..endless fun to put them in their (perceived) proper place. 

 

   Just remember..deflated footballs.."The Decision/The Homecoming"/Thanksgiving night "spats with golf clubs"/Winning 5 Titles but nobody wants to play with you/It's more difficult to win titles today than when Red coached/Go to the Knicks for 12 Million and stink up the joint moments are always lurking.

 

   What separates us from the animals? We rank stuff. Animals don't care.

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"LEGACY" IS THE HOTTEST WORD IN SPORTS TALK RADIO

Jun 08, 2015 -- 2:33pm

    "LEGACY" IS THE HOTTEST WORD IN SPORTS TALK RADIO

 

   It has become increasingly apparent that we no longer have the want or need to "let the body get cold".

 

   Why have someone actually hang them up..let alone allow time and distance to be a factor..when we can just declare

day to day/month to month/season to season at MOST what the final not yet final word on an athletes career and beyond (legacy)

is..was..and forever shall be.

 

   Oh I'm guilty. Guilty as charged. 

 

   With one exception. 

 

   I do and will account for the fluidity of the situation. Because today's "No doubt about it" is short lived and fragile. Especially when there is another game to be won or lost tomorrow.

 

   The real phenomenon behind this is our want and need for tidy little packages. Neat. Clean. Names with #'s to their right. One on top of the other.

 

   I'll make a list. I'll read a list. Truth be told..I'm a sucker for a list. It's the basis for the sports talk format. Head to Head. Which leads to a ranking of "Him" over "Him". Throw in a 3rd (we always do) and you start to get away from just who's "better" but comparisons with a little substance.

 

   Top 3's are good.

 

   Top 5's are better. 

 

   A good type 5 question (all lists and debates are not created equally) can elicit some common ground. Even begrudging praise on a point well made. Give and take and a few less "You're Crazy"'s as you expand the number and in turn your mind.

 

   It also eliminates a little of the "You're just hating" thing. Or the dreaded "Your Boy"..that known to everyone but you factor that will not let you see beyond some deep rooted subconscious attachment that comes with a Man Crush.

 

  I'll fight for a guy I like over a guy I don't if you just give me 2 choices. Damn the numbers and empirical evidence. I got an emotional Dog in the ring.

 

  The other problem with 2 person lists..there's always a winner. Every time. There is not a question that you can ask about movies..music..teams..athletes..tv shows that if given only 2 to choose from a winner can not and will not declared. We might have a DIFFERENT winner..but that's just because YOU'RE wrong.

 

   Make more choices available..or have to fill out something that looks like this

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

and it's kid in the candy store for any and all of us who started these debates before sports talk radio was an itch in the pants of WFAN in New York.

 

    I spent a lot of time in study hall..the precursor to a bar..with my buddies trying to figure some of these things out. And it's not going to change.

 

   The names..Tom..Lebron..Tiger..Kobe..Pop..Phil..endless fun to put them in their (perceived) proper place. 

 

   Just remember..deflated footballs.."The Decision/The Homecoming"/Thanksgiving night "spats with golf clubs"/Winning 5 Titles but nobody wants to play with you/It's more difficult to win titles today than when Red coached/Go to the Knicks for 12 Million and stink up the joint moments are always lurking.

 

   What separates us from the animals? We rank stuff. Animals don't care.

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"Legacy"

Jun 08, 2015 -- 10:03am

    "LEGACY" IS THE HOTTEST WORD IN SPORTS TALK RADIO

   It has become increasingly apparent that we no longer have the want or need to "let the body get cold".

   Why have someone actually hang them up..let alone allow time and distance to be a factor..when we can just declare

day to day/month to month/season to season at MOST what the final not yet final word on an athletes career and beyond (legacy)

is..was..and forever shall be.

   Oh I'm guilty. Guilty as charged. 

   With one exception. 

   I do and will account for the fluidity of the situation. Because today's "No doubt about it" is short lived and fragile. Especially when there is another game to be won or lost tomorrow.

   The real phenomenon behind this is our want and need for tidy little packages. Neat. Clean. Names with #'s to their right. One on top of the other.

   I'll make a list. I'll read a list. Truth be told..I'm a sucker for a list. It's the basis for the sports talk format. Head to Head. Which leads to a ranking of "Him" over "Him". Throw in a 3rd (we always do) and you start to get away from just who's "better" but comparisons with a little substance

   Top 3's are good.

   Top 5's are better. 

   A good type 5 question (all lists and debates are not created equally) can elicit some common ground. Even begrudging praise on a point well made. Give and take and a few less "You're Crazy"'s as you expand the number and in turn your mind.

   It also eliminates a little of the "You're just hating" thing. Or the dreaded "Your Boy"..that known to everyone but you factor that will not let you see beyond some deep rooted subconscious attachment that comes with a Man Crush.

  I'll fight for a guy I like over a guy I don't if you just give me 2 choices. Damn the numbers and empirical evidence. I got an emotional Dog in the ring.

  The other problem with 2 person lists..there's always a winner. Every time. There is not a question that you can ask about movies..music..teams..athletes..tv shows that if given only 2 to choose from a winner can not and will not declared. We might have a DIFFERENT winner..but that's just because YOU'RE wrong.

   Make more choices available..or have to fill out something that looks like this

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

and it's kid in the candy store for any and all of us who started these debates before sports talk radio was an itch in the pants of WFAN in New York.

    I spent a lot of time in study hall..the precursor to a bar..with my buddies trying to figure some of these things out. And it's not going to change.

   The names..Tom..Lebron..Tiger..Kobe..Pop..Phil..endless fun to put them in their (perceived) proper place. 

   Just remember..deflated footballs.."The Decision/The Homecoming"/Thanksgiving night "spats with golf clubs"/Winning 5 Titles but nobody wants to play with you/It's more difficult to win titles today than when Red coached/Go to the Knicks for 12 Million and stink up the joint moments are always lurking.

   What separates us from the animals? We rank stuff. Animals don't care.

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Verdict on the Braves

Apr 21, 2015 -- 10:02am

   The Atlanta Braves have played less than 3 handfuls of games. And I've seen enough. In a good way.

 

   Let me start backwards. 

 

   I am NOT here to tell you to take their..or anyone elses..record over 12 games (8-4)..find out how many times 12 goes into

162 (13..remainder of 6)..start multiplying 

 

   8 X 13 = 104

  

   6 is half of 12 so add 4 more wins = 108

 

   162 - 108 = 54

 

   And declare that on Oct 4th the Atlanta Braves will be 108-54 in 2015

 

   (btw..I do know I could have gone the "they win 2 out of every 3 so..." route)

 

   I'm not even here to GUESS their final record. Or put forth this is a Division winner. Or a Wildcard team. Or nothing.

 

   I AM ready to say..based on this admittedly small..postage stamp small..sample size..the 2015 Braves have it over the 2014 version in at least 1 category. 

 

   As much as I liked to dazzle with #'s..come up with some equation..or formula that would have the SABR folks make me an honorary Grand Poobah

 

 

  (ask your parents)

 

 ..I can't. 

 

   It's not about line-ups. Or rotations. Or bullpens. Or hitting coaches. Shifts. Balls in play. WAR or any other 618 things that the reams of paper could tell you if they could talk. Or sing. Or dance. (We need the input in/numbers crunched/here's your answer as long as you don't think the game is still played on the field by people folks to do that)

 

   Oh my friends..and in particular Braves fans..I simply give you this.

 

   "Tomorrow we'll hit a 3 Run HR and it will be okay" has left the building. 

 

   Gone. Doesn't live here anymore. Checked out. Can't even see the stick and bandana walking down the tracks.

 

   And I am ridiculously happy. Because the only thing more hurtful and painful than losing more than you win is when the reason in part you're doing it is because the solution you've come up with to fix it flies in the face of reality. Not a made up "multiply the # of fastballs you swing and miss at by the # of stars you see in the sky on a particular Tuesday then divide by Rick Reuschels weight over his total wins (very impressive 214)" reality. A real reality.

 

   The Braves didn't hit 3 Run Hrs last year. Hardly hit any HRs. Or enough Doubles. Or with RISP. Or in late innings. Or score enough runs (man they were bad at that. 2nd most bad of anyone)

 

   You get it. 

 

   They struck out. A lot.

 

   But they also thought..athlete mentality I guess..that it will be better tomorrow. And I'll always run with that. Until I slam into a brick wall.

 

   I have no idea what the 2015 Braves will do. How many of anything they will have.

 

   But I know that THIS bunch knows..KNOWS..that sitting around waiting for anything to happen is not good business.

 

  This group is ready to DO something..maybe anything..to score a run here. Or there. Or at least attempt to make that happen. Now. In the moment. 

 

   No waiting around. No looking to tomorrow. Because we got a game tonight.

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Not Really the Big Picture

Mar 11, 2015 -- 1:40pm

 So..here we are. The middle of March. And we here in Atlanta take a second to assess our lot in life. Not REALLY Big Picture. But close.

 As Sports Fans.

 Here's the landscape..some fact..some opinion.

  The Atlanta Hawks have set this town on the closest thing to its ear like they never (ok..almost never if you feel differently) have in their time in this city.

  It went from "Feel Good & Flukie" to "Where the Hell did this come from" to where I sit today.

  "Sorry Guys. You've set the bar really high. So that means there can be an underachieve. And it will be maddening. And anger inducing."

  In other words..there IS something to lose. I'm NOT playing with House Money. There will be no "Atta Boys" on a less than run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

  I want to type NBA FINALS. Really do. But I'm not sure..as good as it/they have been that I can. Because I'm not sure they know HOW to go that far.

  I will say this. They have the best Coach in the East. Point. Blank. Fight me on it if you choose. I'll meet you at 3:00 o'clock in the schoolyard on this one.

  Through osmosis + buy in factor..he has learned that time spent sitting to the right or left of THE best in the business can be a great thing. If you've been watching. And listening.

  Mike Budenholzer has done both.

  The Hawks benefit. Every night. And unless he has a gag gene or personality that I have not seen..not once..it will carry him and them deep into the postseason.

  Sports are built upon the window analogy. When it's open..take advantage. Because someone..someones..something or things is right around a corner looking to shut it. Slam it closed actually.

  We here in this town have had it all pulled out from under us.
  We've had hopes blown to bits.
  Our teams have turned into dumpster fires.
  The Gods have not frowned upon us..they've mocked us.

  This is where I'm supposed to say it will..of course..happen again.

  I won't.

  Not because I'm blind to history.
  Or because I'm a Pollyanna.
  Or a hopeless romantic (code for "Sucker").

 Because its time.

 Not because we're due. Or becuase they're "Good Guys"

 It's because theyve EARNED the right to have me feel so.

(Next up..the State of the Falcons. Then the Braves as they break camp)

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