When you listen to golf geeks talk about the Masters, it’s like the Masters is the SuperBowl, the World Series and the Final Four all wrapped into one. I just picked up the game of golf a couple years ago. I’m not a golf geek by any stretch of the imagination, but I have spent some time watching the top pros truly hit the ball with the grace of a ballerina. I have a couple of thoughts going into the opening round of the 77th Masters:
There is a certain amount of randomness in golf. No matter how good you are, sometimes it is the little things that really help set you apart. A perfect shot can hit a small rock or ridge which can kick your ball into the woods or a couple feet closer to the hole. There is no way to see or plan for this. It just happens. Whoever has their mojo working has a real edge.
Tiger Woods has to have a clear advantage. He has won three times already this year. If he starts out hot he could be trouble. He has to control his driver and continue to putt lights out.
Rory McIlroy – It depends. He could be great or just average.
Phil Mickelson – Who knows? Phil is either on or off. If Phil is on his game he will be hard to beat.
Brandt Snedeker – Was playing some of the best golf at the beginning of the season, but… He got hit and hasn’t played that well since his return from injury.
Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson – all have the game to win. Can they put together four strong rounds?
It appears that someone is going down. We just don’t know who. Now, before conservatives start yelling that this investigation is “proof” that the Obama administration is hostile to Big Business, this investigation was started three years ago. Get out your calculators. That was during the Bush administration.
The criminal and civil probes, which authorities say could eclipse the impact on the financial industry of any previous such investigation, are examining whether multiple insider-trading rings reaped illegal profits totaling tens of millions of dollars, the people say. Some charges could be brought before year-end, they say.
The investigations, if they bear fruit, have the potential to expose a culture of pervasive insider trading in U.S. financial markets, including new ways non-public information is passed to traders through experts tied to specific industries or companies, federal authorities say.
One focus of the criminal investigation is examining whether nonpublic information was passed along by independent analysts and consultants who work for companies that provide “expert network” services to hedge funds and mutual funds. These companies set up meetings and calls with current and former managers from hundreds of companies for traders seeking an investing edge. (more…)
Brett Farve is arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. No matter who you would rank higher (Aikman, Young?), almost everyone has Farve in the top 10. He just announced his retirement in March. Now, there are rumors that he is thinking about coming back this season.
Farve has been thinking and talking about retirement for the last three years. He has had a great career and last year he had a fantastic season. He was soo close to a Super Bowl. But, it’s time for him to hang up the cleats. To be honest, he should have retired three years ago. Last year was his best year in five or six years. In the two games that he was really challenged– Dallas and New York– he laid an egg. I think that Darrin Woodson is correct in saying that The Packers should close the door and move on.