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Tiger Woods — Still the Best Golfer in the World?

I was beginning to think about my 2011 Masters predictions post this week, when I woke up this morning to see this interview with Tiger Woods on ESPN. When asked “Who is the best player in the world?” Tiger could only respond with a smirk and another question, “When I get me swing dialed in?”

As much as Tiger now has his doubters, even given the fact that he hasn’t won a tournament since November 2009, I tend to agree with him. He’s had some pretty significant extracurricular activities to distract him and he changed his swing coach, both of which are in fact pretty good excuses for his performance as of late. But the guy is as hungry as ever — he’s just 4 measly little majors away from Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 (4 majors and measly can only be used in the same sentence because of Tiger) and clearly still believes that he will bring that record to his feet. Not to mention he’s still got more talent in his pinky finger than anyone on tour (although I do see that extra gear in Rory McIlroy as well).

As for the Masters, I’ve already predicted a breakout win for Tiger a few times over and missed, so I’m hesitant to do it again. Tiger is playing next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill — let’s just say that tournament will have a lot to do with my prediction. Stay tuned.

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Athletes on Twitter = Tweetletes

Athletes on Twitter

By Thalia Bardell, howiGit Contributing Writer, Boston, MA

Twitter. I’ve resisted it for a long time – perhaps because the first time it was described to me was as a constant series of Facebook stati. Good God. I block most people’s Facebook stati because I just don’t care if you’re out at the mall wit the girlz or at band practice ‘till 5 and then getting pizza with the boys and probably hitting the bars after that – please, spare me. Before I sound too pompous I am aware that not many people care when I update my status, which is why Twitter didn’t appeal to me. What do I have to Tweet about – just ate a turkey sandwich! Just got out of the shower! Doing laundry! Everyone reading just got a sneak peek into my sweet life. Boring. However, I acknowledge that social media has become a huge part of our modern lives and that Twitter is something I’ll need to get on board with just like everyone else has – including athletes.

First, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew takes a jab at Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Twitter. Then, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wants to know if Jet cornerback Antonio Cromartie knows what CBA (collective bargaining agreement) stands for. Cromartie then needs to defend his turf by telling Hasselbeck that he’ll “smash his face in.” All on Twitter, all in the public domain. Seriously, what happened to simply calling up your best friend and bitching to them over the phone where no one else can hear? Haven’t any of these guys heard the expression “save the drama for your mamma?” Then my SportsCenter broadcasts would not be crowded with all this he said, she said, they said back, so we said nonsense and I could get my Top Plays in peace.

Lately it’s the Green Bay Packers. You would think that a team that has been well respected all year, a Cinderella story from game one, would want to keep a foolishness-free record going into Super Bowl week. But no, injured linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finely decide that Twitter would be the appropriate place to complain about not being included in the team Super Bowl photo. This is not the seventh grade, which is what irks me so much about all the comments that these players have been making. If you’re upset about not being in the team photo don’t put a snarky and passive aggressive comment on Twitter, tell your coach that you think that players on the Injury Reserve deserve a place in the picture. This is not hard. As a professional athlete you are supposed to be an adult and moreover you are an adult that is constantly in the public eye. Stop calling each other out over Twitter like fourteen-year-old girls over AIM. Then we can move on to more important things like, oh yeah, playing sports.

I guess the complaint I have with athletes is the same complaint I have with everyone else. If you’re going to use Twitter use it right. Like Shaq, who recently tweeted, “daaaang everyone is tryn to lose weight n look good. u could train wit my people n keep ur new years shaqalution.” Now that’s a Tweet I can get behind.

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Ben Crane — The Ultimate Workout Video

You probably don’t know who Ben Crane is. He’s a golfer on the PGA Tour. A very good one in fact — he’s currently 38th in the World Golf Rankings. He made this video, which is incredibly silly. But it made me giggle, so in all it’s glory, here it is.

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Tiger Woods 2011 Predictions

Tiger Woods 2011 Predictions

No doubt about it, Tiger Woods had a wild 2010. He didn’t win a golf tournament, he lost his golden boy aura, and despite his graphic text messages and infidelity, he managed to elude the villianized image that enveloped Lebron James for merely announcing that he was taking his talents to South Beach. Tiger has since built a new house, been seen at countless sporting events, and although no one noticed he would have won a golf tournament a few weeks back had it not been for a couple of miraculous putts by Graeme McDowell. Oh yea, and he topped it all of with a healthy dose of “sex rehab.” All of this leads me to wonder — What does 2011 have in store for Tiger?

Let’s start with the timing of this post; the 2011 PGA Tour season kicks off January 3-9 in Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (previously known as the Mercedes Championship — talk about downgrading). This is an invitation only event for tournament winners from 2010, meaning this is the first year that Tiger has not been invited in over a decade. You likely won’t even see Tiger in action until February, but I can assure you of one thing:

Now that Tiger is divorced, he’s going to do what he wants to do. And although you think that might be some potent cocktail of, well, cocktail waitresses, I can assure you that’s not Tiger’s main concern. Tiger wants to practice. Tiger wants to be the best golfer ever. And that means winning majors. End of story.

So will he succeed in 2011 or has he lost his game and his nerve? I think his loss to Graeme McDowell was telling enough — the game is in there. So you’re hearing it here and now, before the PGA Tour season begins — Tiger Woods will win at least 5 tournaments, including at least 1 major in 2011. My guess is that Tiger will win the Masters at Augusta, thus silencing his critics, completing his “comeback,” and announcing loud and clear to players on tour that things have not changed all that much.

That said, I do think that you’ll see other tour players take shots at Tiger in the media that much more. His game unchanged, I think that criticism becomes a lot easier for these guys now that Tiger’s golden boy image is deceased. As for Tiger’s response? He’ll kick their butts as usual. Trust me on this one.

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Tiger Woods — Want to Come Back to My New Crib?

Tiger Woods New House

Apparently Tiger Woods’ $100 million divorce settlement wasn’t enough, as he has now dropped an additional $55 million on a new pad in Jupiter, Florida. I guess the man’s not hurting for cash. Let me start this post by saying that there is so much crap floating around the internet about Tiger these days that it is absolutely ridiculous. I tried to boil it all down to what appears to actually be true.

The picture above is Tiger’s new bachelor’s pad. The property sits on the site of 12 previous properties, all of which Tiger purchased. The house is  directly next to the beach and features a guest house, a lap pool, several golf holes, and a state of the art golf training center. Tiger’s mortgage payment on this baby? Approximately $1 million per month. Too bad about the divorce and all, it really would have been nice to pay straight cash.

Woods has since dropped to #2 in the World Golf Rankings, and this house will likely serve as his main home/practice facility for the rest of his career. In other words, this is likely the place he’ll hole up even more than he used to for privacy and these days, the practice he needs. Every builder and contractor that worked on the house was required to sign a confidentiality agreement to not speak about the property or their work there. I’m sure his new lady friends will approve.

Makes me wonder — what’s Elin doing with her dough?
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Tiger, Ke$ha, and Kanye? You Gotta Know…

Ke$ha "Cannibal"

Tiger Woods and pop star Ke$ha are now dating. Well, not really. Not at all in fact. But this morning I have three random tidbits of information that any howiGit reader must know, and Tiger and Ke$ha are involved.

1) Tiger Woods is no longer the #1 golfer in the world. After holding that position for the past 5 years, Tiger’s lack of winning in 2010 has finally caught up to him. So Phil is the new #1 right? Wrong. Lee Westwood is the new world #1, ladies and gentlemen, followed by Tiger at #2, Martin Kaymer at #3, and Phil at #4. Surprised? Who wouldn’t be. Both Tiger and Lee Westwood are playing the WGC-HSBC Championship in China this week. Through two rounds Westwood is in 2nd place at -8, with Tiger in 9th place at -4. The good news is the World Golf Ranking are currently so close we could be seeing the number #1 position flip-flop from week to week.

2) Ke$ha’s new CD entitled Cannibal is to be released on November 22. I know what I want in my stocking this year! The album included her upcoming song, “Grow a Pair.” I told you she was perfect for Tiger.

3) Kanye West is also slated to release his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on November 22. Will he be able to outsell Ke$ha’s Cannibal?

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The Greatest Golf Picture Ever

The Best Golf Photo Ever

I think so. This happened in the Ryder Cup when Tiger flat out flubbed a shot into a reporter’s camera. This one will become very famous.

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The Red Sox Handle Their Business, The US Ryder Cup Team Does Not

Rays win AL East

The Boston Red Sox handled their business this weekend, winning some pride points by taking 2 out of 3 games from the New York Yankees thus denying them the AL East Crown. After losing 6-5 in a 10 inning game on Friday night, the Sox won another 10 inning game 7-6 before beating the Yankees 8-4 in the final game of the season. In the final game Jed Lowrie went 2-3 with 2 home  runs, John Lackey pitched 7+ innings allowing 2 earned runs, and David Ortiz went 3-3 to bring his average up to .270 — quite a feat considering his horrific start to this season. The Rays should send the Red Sox a fruitcake, thanking them for their efforts. It’s good to see them win, considering the team will be dismantled after this season. While I’m happy the Sox helped ensure the division stayed out of the Yankees hands, I’d be pleased if I were a Yankees fan. The Yankees will now face the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the playoffs, a match-up I consider much easier than the Texas Rangers who will now play the Rays.  howiGit’s prediction — spot on.

As for the national league,…..well who cares it’s the national league.

In other news, the US Ryder Cup team stormed back today after going down 9.5-6.5 to the European team. The matches were eventually knotted at 13.5-13.5 with one match left on the course. American Hunter Mahan then proceeded to out-choke Graeme McDowell, and Europe won the Cup. I predicted a European victory, although I predicted a big win, so my prediction was only half right.

Pats-Dolphins tonight, I can’t wait.

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A Big Weekend for Boston Sports — Weekend Notes

Lowell

Staring out my window at work, the Boston sky line is dark as rain and wind pelt an American flag atop a building across Fort Point Channel. It’s past 5:00 o’clock, meaning summer hours are over. Soon I’ll have to hustle home, wrestling morons on the subway, only to find a dinner of baked beans and hot dogs. Then I’ll have to drink and “be fun.” Life’s a drag. At least we’ve got a great weekend of sports ahead.

The RED SOX and yankees are squaring off tonight, the beginning of a three game series that will ultimately decide if the Rays or yankees win the AL East crown.  Daisuke Matsuzaka against Andy Pettite tonight. I’m going to try to go to Sunday’s final game of the season — rumor has it Mike Lowell is going to be honored by the SOX. Then we’ve got the Ryder Cup going on, and the singles matches on Sunday are must-see TV if it’s at all close. Finally, the Patriots are taking on the Dolphins on Monday Night Football — a game that will certainly tell us a lot about the Patriots.

My predictions? I have a sneaking suspicion that the yanks are going to wipe the SOX out, but I’m going to predict that the SOX take 2 out of 3 from the yanks on pride alone. If the Rays can handle the Royals at all, that should be enough to keep the crown out of New York. The Pats will lose to Miami in a good game, and the US will get crushed in the Ryder Cup by the Europeans.

I told you things were looking bleak. Or maybe winter is just fast approaching.

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2010 Ryder Cup Starts Today

2010 Ryder Cup

The 2010 Ryder Cup begins today at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. If you don’t know much about the Ryder Cup, it is golf’s biggest team format event, pitting the best players from Europe against the best players from the States. The bi-annual tournament was won by the American’s in 2008, although the US hasn’t won on European soil in 17 years.

While the European team may have several players that aren’t exactly household names — Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, and Ross Fisher, just to name a few — this is by far one of the strongest European teams in recent years. I hate to be unpatriotic, but my prediction is that the US will get crushed. Sure, Tiger isn’t playing his best, but I bet you he plays well. He won’t be the problem.

The format of the event is a bit screwy — today and tomorrow you will see best ball and alternate shot formats, followed up by head to head singles matches on Sunday. This is far and away golf’s most pressure packed event, and one of the most intense events in all of sport. If the matches get close, I’d definitely recommend tuning in on Sunday.

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