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Zeke and the Cowboys

Yeah, Zeke Elliott got paid. Now, the Cowboys are ready to go out and do… what exactly? The Dallas Cowboys can be a good team. I don’t think that they will be a great team until Dak, not Zeke, steps up his game. Dak is a good quarterback. He is not great. He can make great throws. Unfortunately he is not that accurate. At times, it seems that he has trouble pulling the trigger. Sometimes, you need to drop back, read the play, hit that back foot and throw the ball. Troy Aikman was great at this move. Dak Prescott is not great at this move. He will pat the ball. He wants to be 90% sure, 95% sure, 100% sure that the receiver is open and that the throwing lane is clear.

Zeke will play well. He will run hard. He will get even better than he is right now. I think that he will become a better receiver.

I have no idea what to expect from Amiri Cooper. Can he consistently beat the #1 cover corner? Can he consistently beat double coverage? I don’t know. Who is going to be our go to slot receiver? Randall Cobb? Whose best days were 5 years ago? Who seems to be hurt, a lot? What about Trevon Austin? Can he be the security blanket that Dak needs?  Can Jason Witten be the guy, again? The answer to all of these questions is I don’t know.

Just for a second, I think that the Cowboys defense can be one of the best in the league this year. If Dallas fans want something to cheer for then this is it. If the offense doesn’t turn the ball over, then the defense will keep us in the game. The secondary is very good. Our linebackers are very good. We should be able to stop the run and rush the passer.

Finally, this may be the last year of the Jason Garrett show. He has been the coach of the Cowboys for awhile. He has been the best average coach in the league. His record is as close to 8-8 as it can be. He almost never loses big. He almost never dominates. Is he awful? I don’t think so. The real question is can he lead the Cowboys deep into the playoffs? Can he take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl? In the end, that’s what it is all about isn’t it? The Super Bowl. If you can never see Garrett leading the Cowboys to the Super Bowl then what is the point of having him?

By |2019-09-05T22:44:08-04:00September 5th, 2019|Domestic Issues, NFL|Comments Off on Zeke and the Cowboys

Tiger Woods gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom

So, look. I’m a Tiger Woods fan. I think that he is the best golfer that I have ever seen. He can do some amazing things with a golf ball.

The golfers before Woods who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom are Arnold Palmer. Jack Nicholas. Charlie Sifford. (Charlie Sifford was the first Black man to play the PGA tour. Yep, he deserved the medal.)

Tiger Woods isn’t any of those guys. Tiger Woods is a great golfer. That’s it. He is not an ambassador for good. Woods didn’t create a path for others to follow. He has not invest his riches in the inner city. Yes, he has a charity just like every other successful golfer. Can anyone tell me what his charity does? Is it a game changer? No. He has changed the tour for the better but that really doesn’t get one the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tiger has been rewarded because he is friends with Trump and Trump needed to change the narrative away from the Mueller Report and North Korea. Remember Tiger and Trump have played golf together. As far as I know, Tiger has never played with Barack Obama.

There are some athletes that have rolled up their sleeves and are trying to change the communities their grew up in. That ain’t Tiger. Tiger is a focused golfer. He can putt, chip, pitch and drive better than most. (Pun intended.)

As I told a friend of mine, I look at Tiger, kind of like, I look at Clint Eastwood. I forgive Clint Eastwood who is a great director, actor and movie maker, but who is also a tool for the Republican Party. Tiger Woods is all about Tiger. He is one of the best golfers in the history of the game. Period. Does he deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom? No.

By |2019-05-08T19:57:21-04:00May 7th, 2019|Sports|Comments Off on Tiger Woods gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Tiger wins the Masters, what? Really?

I tried not to hype Tiger Woods this week. I had my fingers crossed. I bought a rabbits foot (just joking). I was pulling for him all along.

If you watched this Masters, it was mind-boggling. The first 9 was bizarre. Nobody was really doing anything. Molinari was struggling. Tony Finau was also not really playing well. Then at the turn, everything blows up. I had as much technology working for me as one man should have. I had the TV on CBS. I had my laptop streaming Masters.com. My cellphone was on pgatour.com. I wasn’t going to miss anything.

Suddenly, Patrick Cantley was leading. What? Who? Oh, come on. Where did he come from? His eagle on 15 placed him at 12 under. Then he hits a bad tee shot on 16 which leaves him on the wrong level. He 3 putts for bogey. He bogeys 17 which ends his run.

Tiger wasn’t looking as good as he did on Saturday or Friday. He seemed to be playing very smart. He wasn’t taking stupid risks. Then there was a flurry players were either in the lead, tied for the lead or just one stroke back.

World #2, Dustin Johnson made a run but missed a critical putt on 18. Brooks Koepka made an eagle on 13 then a birdie on 15 but couldn’t buy a birdie putt on 16, 17 or 18. He had to birdie 16. This is a guy who has buffed his chest out and stated that he wasn’t getting enough attention. He was the man. Well, when the rubber met the road he missed his tee shot on 16 which he had to make. Schauffele played brilliantly but couldn’t get a birdie on 15, 16, 17 or 18 to end at 12 under par. Bubba Watson came from way back to get to 10 under par only to bogey 17 and 18.

It was wild. Rickie Fowler just kept plugging away. He ended up at 10 under par. Justin Thomas who I thought was going to really play well, played great today. He made a hole in one on 16 but mistakes on 14 and 15 cost him.

Molinari was the biggest surprise. I was chatting with my buddy who is a golf nut, we both had just said that Molinari doesn’t make stupid mistakes. Tiger is going to have to go out and beat him. Well, we were both wrong. Molinari on 12 but a ball in the water. Molinari early in his career made mistakes. He missed putts but for the past 8 months, he has been great. At the Open, he played wonderful especially down the stretch. No big mistakes. At the Arnold Palmer, again, Molinari simply played his game. He drove the ball in the fairway. He played crisp iron shots and putted lights out. Heck, even after he messed up 12, he came back and birdied 13. It was 15 where the wheels came off of the cart. Bad tee shot was followed by a recovery shot. Then his 3rd was simply crazy. He has about 70 yards over the pond to the green. He takes a wedge and the ball hits a pine cone and falls into the water. It wasn’t even close. How does he not see that tree limb? The one thing that he can’t do is bring bogey in play. He knows that Tiger’s second shot is in the middle of the green.

Tiger didn’t have his best stuff today. He still had his irons which were fantastic. Much was made of Tiger’s putting on Thursday. I didn’t hear Tiger comment on what changes he made but the problem with inside 10 feet putting was gone over the weekend. He made the putts that he had to make. His driver was shaky on the front 9 but solid on the back 9.

For the past 3 – 4 years, I thought that Tiger Woods would make it all the way back. He had a ton of things to do in order to make it back. He had to get his mind right. He had lost his way. He needs to figure out how to get his body to work again. He had to get the right team doctors and physical therapists and swing coaches. He finally got all that. Then he had to focus. Tiger Woods fought the demons and beat them all back, one by one. Tiger Woods is Masters champion, again. Congratulations Tiger!!

By |2019-04-15T02:24:19-04:00April 15th, 2019|Sports|Comments Off on Tiger wins the Masters, what? Really?