Yasiel Puig and the rest of the Reds are starting to find their bats, and a 4-1 week has Dan, Mac and Whitty feeling a little more positive about the season. The positive vibes have carried over onto the ice as well as the Blue Jackets have been a pleasant surprise, up 3-0 on a Lightning team that tied the NHL record for wins on the season. We also discuss UC’s new head coach, which wasn’t met by positive reactions from some former players, and we reflect on Tiger’s Masters victory and the impact he’s had on the world of golf.
Congratulations to all of my fellow Tiger fans. It’s been a long, painful road.
I am man enough to admit that there were times over the past 5 years that it didn’t look so hot for our boy Tiger and I was worried. Will he ever win again? Will we ever get Sunday Tiger back? Despite all of these questions running through my mind during my weakest, darkest hours, I never lost faith that he would win again and eventually give Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record a run for its money. I grew up watching Tiger and he was a very large part of why I ever picked up a golf club in the first place. To say I’ve been defensive of Tiger during his multiple “comebacks” would be an understatement. I’m just wishing I kept receipts on all of the haters throughout the years. Lucky for me, there are other petty individuals who happen to love Tiger. Continue reading →
I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but hang with me here. I don’t know about you but this is the first Sunday I’ve been excited for since the middle of the 2017 NFL season. With Tiger Woods in the mix at The Open and the cool, rainy weather, I’m getting some major football Sunday vibes. The Bengals, the other Tigers that have been torturing me for years with their promised success and subsequent failure, didn’t give us much to get excited for in the second half of the season. Plus my fantasy teams sucked and I had nothing to play for, but you don’t want to hear about that. Because of the familiar circumstances and since I’m bored without much going on in the sports world other than my Reds coming out flat in the second half, I’m treating The Open’s final round like a football Sunday. The chili’s on, I’m wearing sweatpants with a long sleeve t-shirt, the laptop’s open, and I don’t plan on leaving the couch until I scramble to throw away all of my empty Coke and Miller Lite cans when I hear the Football Night in America music start. Continue reading →
SI.com – Two months ago at the Players Championship, where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together for the first two rounds, Mickelson suggested he and his rival-turned-friend Woods skip the tournament stuff and play a “high-stakes, winner-take-all match.”
It would appear that the two players are ready to put their money where their mouths are, as a report from Golf.com’s Alan Shipnuck suggests the two legends are planning a head-to-head match for $10 million.
Mickelson also said that both players would be willing to wear microphones to enhance the spectacle of the made-for-TV matchup.
If the people in charge of scheduling pay-per-views at Showtime or HBO aren’t on the phone with Tiger and Phil right now, they should be fired. Just think about it- two of golf’s biggest rivals with a storied past facing off in a winner-take-all match for $10 million. Who cares if they’ve become friendlier with one another over the years? When that much cash is on the line, you know there will be a surplus of trash talking and head games. Tiger and Phil both have polarizing personalities, and often people found themselves hating Phil because they were Tiger Guys and vise versa. I always hated Phil during the glory days of the rivalry. Not because I thought Phil was a bad golfer or because I didn’t like Phil as a person, but a lot of his fan base had a little brother complex that was off-putting, which was totally his fault and I’m completely justified in my former hate for him. I know that’s ironic for me to say as I sit here puffing my Tiger fandom chest, but that’s the fact, Jack (Nicklaus). Continue reading →
Hello and welcome to a late afternoon edition of Wake Up With Whitty. And by “late afternoon” I mean that this probably got finished late Sunday night and then I backdated it a few hours. A little trick we like to use in The Biz. Keeps your loyal fans on their toes and helps you reach a whole new audience. It’s how I’ve become so successful. And now that you’ve had a sneak peak at how the sausage gets made, it’s time to focus on more important things, like how I’m pissed about the College Football Playoff decision and how I can’t decide if I’m going to pop in Home Alone on DVD tomorrow night or if I’m going to suck it up and watch my Bengals embarrass themselves on Monday Night Football. So without further ado, here’s Wake Up With Whitty:
This week the College GameDay crew stormed onto Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. With GameDay back on a college campus where it belongs, I expected a better turnout than last week’s NYC showing. The nerds at Virginia Tech did not disappoint.
As expected, Dabo Swinney took another beating. This week made more sense since Virginia Tech is playing Clemson, but there’s no doubt that Dabo is the inspiration for a large percentage of all GameDay signs this year. I’m not a fan of how easy GameDay-goers are letting Nick Saban off these days, but maybe we’ll see Saban signs pick up once they get into the meat of the SEC schedule and he does something to be a dickhead.
I am a “yooooge!” Tiger Woods fan. What has happened in the last few years (nearing a decade now) has been sad and a major blow to the golf world. There’s no denying that golf is better when Tiger is wearing red on Sunday, walking up the 18th fairway with a chance to win. Luckily, we’ve had some new talent help keep golf relevant, but to me it just doesn’t feel the same.
Today Tiger added another victory I never thought would go on his Wikipedia page; he successfully completed a “private intensive program” to help him manage the medication he’s been taking to recover from his back injuries. Continue reading →