Archive for March, 2009


Here’s my picks for the Shell Houston Open:

A: Phil Mickelson (Backup: Geoff Ogilvy)
B: Davis Love III (Backup: Steve Stricker)
B: Jeev M. Singh (Backup: Rory McIlroy)
C: Charles Howell III (Backup: Alvaro Quiros)


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Phil. Sergio. Padraig. 8 of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20 players in the world are at the PGA Tour‘s Shell Houston Open this week, the final tuneup before next week’s Masters. Tournament officials attempt to set up Redstone Golf Club just like Augusta will be next week, and it has attracted more and more players each year.

TV Coverage is Thursday-Friday from 4-6pm ET on Golf Channel, Saturday from 1-5pm ET on NBC, and Sunday 3-6pm ET on

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TIGER WOODS: Ratings Go Up

Yeah, I guess you could have seen this coming:

“NBC Sports said the final round drew a 4.9 overnight rating with a 10 share. According to Nielsen Media Research, that’s the highest rating of any golf tournament since the U.S. Open in June. Woods won that tournament in a playoff.

The period since also covers the 2008 British Open and the PGA Championship.

The Bay Hill rating was up 23 percent from last year and attracted more viewers than the British Open and PGA Championship last year when Woods did not play because of knee surgery.”

No shocker there.

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That was amazing. No one knows unless you’ve played golf for a long amount of time how hard it is to putt when it’s almost dark, and get back into the flow quickly when you’ve been out for a while. Tiger did it, and did it oh so very well. Just 3 PGA Tour events later, he’s a winner, and onto Augusta we go:

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The New York Jets needed a third cornerback to backup the tandem of Lito Sheppard and Darelle Revis, and this past week they did that, signing Donald Strickland. You can read about it here.

It’s a very sensible signing and I’m happy with it.

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From USAToday.com:

“The USGA, working with the online producer World Golf Tour (wgt.com), took nearly 100,000 photos of Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. — the site of the June Open — for a free online video game meant to mirror Open conditions.

“Available on usopen.com at no charge, practice starts April 13 with qualifying running May 25 through June 21. A round takes 30-45 minutes.

The top 156 qualifiers go for the title June 22.”

Sounds like fun to me. If I have time, I’ll gladly do it. Good stuff.

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The New York Jets MUST get Jay Cutler. While he and the Denver Broncos continue to have issues with confidence and trust under new coach Josh McDaniels, the Jets have a major quarterback gap. Yes, it would probably have to be a 3-team trade, but you have the opportunity to get a great young QB with a lot of promise.

Under Rex Ryan, the Jets need to get to the next level, and need to get there fast. Trade for Jay Cutler — he’s the best free agent QB out there — and unfortunately the Jets don’t seem to be going the Quarterback direction in the draft — and just maybe we will make the playoffs.

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