Monday, June 4, 2012

Tiger Woods & other sports weekend winners

Even if you are a casual sports fan -- raised a huge Philly sports fan so there is no casualness to my sports passion -- this past weekend had some huge winners and was very entertaining.

Top weekend winners

Tiger Woods: Sunday's win at the Memorial Tournament was vintage Tiger. Tiger came from four strokes down in the final round to win in dramatic fashion. And that 50 foot birdie shot on the 16th hole was beyond unbelievable, it was sick...

Coming off a two-putt birdie on the 15th, Woods hit 8-iron over the green at the par-3 16th and into an impossible lie. It was buried in deep rough, the pin 50 feet away along a ridge. Woods hit a full flop shot, hopeful to give himself a reasonable putt for par. Far more likely was the ball going short and down a slope away from the pin, or coming out too strong and rolling into the water.
No one was thinking birdie, not even Woods, until he took two steps and delivered an uppercut when the ball fell in the right side of the cup.
Nicklaus was gushing from the broadcast booth. "The most unbelievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen," he said.  source

Too early to determine if Tiger got his Mojo back, but after the slump he has endured, it was nice to see that Tiger fist pump celebration.

Golf: Call it the Tiger effect -- as the saying goes: when Tiger wins, the game of golf wins. Tiger, despite his personal woes and professional slump, is must see TV. And a winning Tiger is a huge bonus for golf and TV ratings.

NBA Boston Celtics and OKC Thunder: Just when the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat seemed to be cruising for the NBA finals showdown, the Boston Celtics and the OKC Thunder have rallied to re-shape the narrative. 
At the start of the weekend both teams looked demoralized and faced possible weekend elimination by two super power teams on a roll. At weekends conclusion, both the Celtics and the Thunder, on their home courts, held serve by tying up their respective series at 2-2. 
Kevin Durant: He is playing basketball. In Saturday nights victory against the Spurs, the Ice Man -- no disrespect to George Gervin -- shut it down
Durant scored 18 of his 36 points in a scintillating final 7 minutes, Serge Ibaka added a career-high 26 points and the Thunder evened the series at two games apiece by beating the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 Saturday night.
After seeing his team’s 15-point lead dwindle to four, Durant took over midway through the fourth quarter by scoring all 16 of the Thunder’s points during a span of just over 5 minutes to keep the Spurs at bay.  source 
Rajon Rondo: Forget the original big three -- Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce -- this is Rajon Rondo's team. Rondo has taken over and is giving the Heat fits. Can you believe the Celtics used Rondo as trade bait in the pre-season?
Seems like every time Rajon Rondo has one of his otherworldly games, the talk rises again of the Big 3 passing the torch to the star point guard. Then Rondo will take a half step or two back to earth (or merely have a great game instead of a jaw dropping one) and one of the other stars will step up and take the limelight for a bit. But that's what stars do, they shine.
There's a little something different about this time around. There seems to be a finality about things going on now. The clock is ticking and while the Big 3 still have plenty of fight in them, everyone seems to agree that Rondo is the engine that drives this team now. source

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