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Masters 2015 – Jordan Spieth, Rory McElroy, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods

masters spiethI’ve been trying to post something on the Masters for over a week now. I’ve been ridiculously busy. Anyway… Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on winning the 2015 Masters. (This was truly some GREAT golf!!!)

I’m not sure if you have been paying attention, but we’ve been told the last 5-10 years that in order to win and dominate the majors you have to be very long. You have to be Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson – long. Jordan Spieth is not. Instead of being ridiculously long, Jordan appears to focus on accuracy, short game and putting. He had outrageous control of his golf ball.

Rory McElroy came into the Masters with probably the most possibility and the most pressure. He was going for his career grand slam. He played mediocre golf for his first 24 or so holes. Then, something happened. He played the rest of the course like he was ranked number one in the world and he was fighting for his life. Absolutely some fabulous golf.

Phil Mickelson remains one of the most entertaining golfers on the tour. He made some miraculous shots. His short game is second to none. His tee shots and approach shots continue to be adventures. They are either miraculous or, occasionally, wildly off-line. He will drain a 40-footer, but he will also lip out a three-footer. He played some fabulous golf and any other year he would’ve won the Masters with his performance.

Tiger Woods played some amazing golf on Friday and Saturday. He proved, once again, that he really can compete at the highest level. We will see in the coming months whether he will be able to put together for rounds of good golf in order to win a tournament. All the discussion of whether his short game would ever return to form completely silenced as he made some miraculous shots.

The 2015 Masters was extremely entertaining. Again, congratulations Jordan Spieth!

Maybe I’m Truly Amazed – Dallas Cowboys

I was standing in AT&T stadium watching an amazing thing. All year, I have been sitting in wonder as I watched the Cowboys. I have been waiting for the Dallas Cowboys to unwind, unravel and implode. On Thanksgiving Day, the Cowboys did collapse as promised. The Philadelphia Eagles ran all over the Cowboys. Mark Sanchez looked like a pro bowl quarterback. Tony Romo was truly awful on Thanksgiving and he said as much. He promised that he and the Cowboys would play better.

Lo and behold, the Cowboys have played better. They flew to England and took can of business against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. They then played the Eagles again with a much better outcome. This Eagle game was critical. The Cowboys got off to a fast start and then allowed the Eagles back in the game. Mark Sanchez and the Eagles had two of those fast paced patented Eagle drives that ended in touchdowns. Then, and this is key, Romo held the ball for far too long and gave up a sack-fumble. The Eagles scored another touchdown. The Cowboys, when faced with adversity like this in the past, have rolled over and played dead. Not this team. The Cowboys re-grouped and decided to play a little more football. They scored points. The defense pressured and sacked Sanchez. Instead of rolling over, they played their best football of the game. I was amazed. Continue reading Maybe I’m Truly Amazed – Dallas Cowboys

NFL: Week Six

The NFL. As a trauma surgeon, I guess I should mention that special called League of Denial. Let me just say that no one should incur a permanent disability from playing a game. I think it is pretty simple to figure out ways to avoid devastating and lethal injuries and still have a game that we can all enjoy watching. It is not just about concussions. Think about Robert Griffin, III, hopping around out there on one leg during the playoffs last year for no good reason. My two cents.

For the last several years, I have written almost a weekly dissertation on who’s going to win and who’s going to lose. I’ve ended up about 50 – 50. This year, I decided to do something a little bit different. Approximately every couple of weeks I’ll give a summary of what I think are the big trends and updates in football.

There’s been a lot of talk about Tony Romo. For those who’ve been following the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo is Tony Romo. He is a good quarterback. He can be an absolute wizard in the pocket. He can throw lasers and also escape certain doom with a nifty move in the pocket. We also know that Tony Romo cannot win a game by himself. He simply can’t. He has proven this over and over again. At critical moments, Tony Romo needs to be protected from himself. For those who were Tony Romo haters, his performance last Sunday just reinforced their fears/beliefs. For me, Tony Romo is not Joe Montana and he is not Aaron Rodgers. He is Tony Romo.  He has the ability to put up over 500 yards with really one premier receiver, one aging, future Hall of Famer, a tight end and a bunch of scrubs. Tony Romo was good enough to take the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl and win. I would argue that any time an offense puts up 48 points the problem is NOT the quarterback.
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