Another great sports week means there’s plenty of sports happenings to talk about. Let’s start off with The Masters. Congratulations are in order for Adam Scott on his win over Angel Cabrera. Scott also made history, as he became the first Austrailian to win the Masters. But even thought Scott won The Masters, Tiger Woods still took some of the headlines. Tiger was within striking distance early on, but a strangely called penalty threw him out of contention for all intensive purposes. Tiger moved his golf ball on an errant shot and when he did so, he unintentionally violated the rules. But what was so strange about how this penalty was found out was that it was called in and not from an official watching on television. The penalty was noticed by a fan just watching the tournament on television. As a result of that call, Tiger was penalized by two strokes. Never in my life have I seen someone get penalized by a non-official, let alone a fan watching the game on television. And this should never happen in sports history. Golf really has some explaining to do as to why that fan was allowed to make a ruling at all.
In basketball, while most teams are preparing for the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets are starting to suffer injuries at the wrong time. It all started when forward Danilo Gallinari went down with a torn ACL in the first week of April and now forward Kenneth Faried has gone down. Faried, while attacking the rim, rolled his left ankle when he stepped on the foot of Portland Trailblazers guard Will Barton. Faried crumbled to the floor in serious pain and had to be carried off the floor. Some think that his post-season may be in jeopardy due to this injury, but The Manimal is a tough kid with a big heart. I expect that he will do whatever it takes to be in that first playoff game. And that is good for the Nuggets because they need Faried’s energy on the floor as much as possible.
Also with the playoffs approaching, coaches that are not going to get their teams to the postseason are under examination. The first coach that many will look at first is Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins. Heading into this year, the 76ers were looked at to ride the momentum of last year into this upcoming season. In a four-team trade, Philly sent their star player, Andre Iguodala, to Denver. And in return, the 76ers obtained the services of one of the top centers in the NBA, Andrew Bynum. With their new big man and the pieces that were left in Philly, many thought that this team could be a spoiler in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Well, Bynum never played a game in Philly due to knee issues and the team never recovered. And with that, it was easy for everyone to point the finger at the coach. Collins has told Philadelphia management that he will not be returning next season, but it is not all his fault. The franchise put all their hopes and dreams into Bynum and it didn’t work out. But unfortunately, the coaches always receive too much credit and too much of the blame.
In college basketball, more players have been making their decisions on going to the NBA or returning to school. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Kansas’s Ben McLemore have all forgone their remaining eligibility for the shot at playing in the pros. But just like their are some that leave that are ready, there are others that have no business leaving for the draft. One guy that should have come back to school is Archie Goodwin of Kentucky. In his lone season at Kentucky, he seemed to struggle defensively to guard people. And on the offensive end, he did not have the best shot selection. So in leaving, I don’t know how he sees himself as a lottery pick at all. He could have benefitted from coming back to school and learning more of the game. But to each his own and he feels that he is ready to follow his dreams. I wish him well on his journey, but it could be a rough one for Goodwin.
Out West in baseball, Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke and Padres outfielder Carlos Quinton got reaquainted with each other. Greinke plunked Quinton for the third time in five years this past week. Quinton then charged the mound and then all heck broke loose for a second. But not before Quinton broke Greinke’s collarbone in the brawl. Greinke will now be out at least eight weeks as he recovers from surgery on his collarbone and Quinton will reportedly start serving his eight game suspension this week. Some felt that Quinton, who showed no remorse for his actions, should have been suspended for the same length of time that Greinke is out. Well, Major League Baseball has never done that and they should not start now. Injuries are not considered when pitchers injure players with pitches, so why should it be that way when hitters injure pitchers?
These are my thoughts and these are my words. Until next time…….