Fore, Frozen Four, UK’s Foregone 4 (Or 5) & More

I’m not much of a golf fan. I’ve given lip service for years, to no avail so far, of taking the game up again after a brief flirtation in my late teens and early 20s. And I’m more than tired of listening to my pal David bray on and on — incorrectly I might opine — about how Tiger is the greatest athlete in the history of sports.

But I’m a sports fan, so I’m interested in and watch the majors.

Morphing Jim Nantz who has swallowed that Peach state KoolAid, I adopt the hushed tones ordered by the rich white misogynists who run the hallowed event, and advise the Masters tees off today.

Given the brouhaha surrounding the franchise that is Tiger, I admit to being more interested than in most years. Given his heretofore steely focus it will be fascinating to watch how he performs under the unique pressure he’s put on himself.

Having some personal understanding of addictions, I’ve found myself slightly more sympathetic toward Woods than I expected. A bit more so now, after yesterday’s inappropriately paternalistic and disapproving dressing down of the golfer by Augusta National chairman Billy Payne. (Read George Vescey’s salient take on that diatribe here.)

Some think Tiger will win the dang thing. (Sorry, Billy Payne, let me rephrase that in a suitably reverential manner.) Some observers believe that Tiger Woods will prevail over the beauteous links of Augusta this weekend, once again donning the cherished green jacket, worn only by the champions of this hallowed competition.

Others feel he won’t make the cut.

Either way, it will make for Grand Guignol. Even if we have to turn the volume to 11 to hear what the announcers are reverentially reporting.

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Today’s most exciting sporting event will surely be the Frozen Four. Which, for the uninitiated, is the NCAA mens hockey semifinals. It’s being contested at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Boston College takes on Miami (Ohio) in one semi. Long time power Wisconsin battles 15 seed Rochester Institute of Technology in the other. The Tigers of R.I.T. are competing in their first Division I tourney.

If your immediate reaction to that info is that R.I.T. is the Butler of Pucks, you would be correct. The squad has won 12 in a row. Sound familiar?

College hockey is a great sport, which may have three or four other followers in these parts. It’s damn exciting. No fights, just pucks. You should watch.

So late this afternoon and this evening, should you find yourself less than enchanted by the azaleas at Amen Corner and the hushed — yes, I’ll reiterate one more once — reverential commentary requisite when reporting on you know what, turn over for some back checks and hot action inside the blue line.

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If Patrick Patterson’s mom is shooting straight, and there’s a chance the UK star returns for his senior season, and he does stay, he will immediately become my favorite non-Cardinal baller in college hoops next season.

But I think he’s gone. Along with his four diaper-wearing teammates.

I’m obviously not objective, but I truly think Coach Cal’s reputation is cornering him into having to reload every single season. He will truly be known as The One And Done Coach. Potential career collegians will look elsewhere. (Unless they are Jon Hood, or grew up in Earlington in love with the Cats.)

There are going to be so many frosh on the squad in seasons to come, Cal will have to hire a pediatrician as team physician.

And, no matter how many Top 10 recruits he can harvest on a yearly basis, rarely will any future group be as good as the gang this season’s perfect storm dropped in the Bluegrass.

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How sad am I that former Detroit Tiger Curtis Granderson is tearing it up as a Yankee this season?

Very, very sad.

I still don’t understand how the organization could allow a franchise player like that to escape?

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Any number of Cardinal fans have been asking how I think the hoopsters will do next year? As if I know any more than the next guy.

My immediate thought is that Samuels, Jennings, Swopshire, Buckles and Siva have soooooo much room for¬†improvement that it’s difficult not to believe the team will be much improved. Preston Knowles will hopefully be healed and back on his considerable game. Smith, Sosa and Delk simply won’t be missed. They didn’t provide enough leadership and stellar senior play this past season.

If this kid from Chicago qualifies, and the Smith Brothers provide stellar guard help off the bench, there will be added help. Especially if they corral that Dieng kid. I watched a video of him yesterday and he’s got some skills.

The Rick, with The Trial in his rearview mirror, should coach better.

Which is to say I’ll be ready for better results. Though, frankly, I wish they were still playing in Freedom Hall.

– Seedy K

6 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Regarding leadership at UofL my wife was speaking to someone who is very, very, very close to Pitino (can’t be more specific on the source — there’s that amendment thing) who said Edgar is a wonderful young man, just wonderful but was not a leader in any way.

  2. Frank
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Go Miami hockey! Second Frozen Four in school history and second in a row also. Louisville’s Miami Alumni Chapter is meeting at Boombozz Pizza in the Highlands for what I hope is two games — one tonight and the championship on Saturday. I never thought the next great chance to win a title would be just one year after losing a 3-1 lead with 90 seconds to go in last year’s championship game. Miami then lost in overtime.

  3. Seedy K
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh, you know, I watched that game, but, frankly, had forgotten about it. Incredible comeback. Really tough for you guys. Shows how stalwart your team is that they’ve made it back.¬†

    Good luck this time around. You deserve it. 

  4. Birdie King
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Who is the “kid from Chicago” of which you speak? If you’re speaking of Blackshear he’s not until 2011.

  5. Seedy K
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    My confusion. (Not that it’s anything new.) My reference to the “kid from Chicago” is meant to be a reference to Justin Coleman, who may be from there. And may not be.

  6. Seedy K
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    The “kid from Chicago” is actually Justin Coleman, the “kid from Huntington.” My bad.

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