Been a great three days of Masters golf so far. Weather has been perfect. Now comes the overwhelming pressure of finishing the drill.
Here we go.
Can anyone catch Rory?
The only way Rory McIlroy does not wear a green jacket out of the interview room tonight is if he stumbles.
It doesn’t have to be a meltdown, either. Just some stumbles, something around par will open the door for the guys in the rearview.
Yes, McIlroy’s four-shot cushion is nice, but there are a lot of folks with in six or seven of the lead. If McIlroy shoots an even-par 72, someone will catch him.
If he shoots a 68, good night and well done.
Can anyone catch Mrs. 5-at-10?
Inspired pick of McIlroy, the Masters front-runner, by our better half.
But, like McIlroy’s, her lead is not lead-pipe locked. If Tiger makes a late push to score some points there could be any number of folks in the mix — including pretend Al Davis and ElJefe, each of whom picked flippin’ Bo Van Pelt.
Here are the standings:
With 5 points (5 for McIlroy — and all five making the cut)
Mrs. 5-at-10 — Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson
With 2.5 points (K.J. Choi — outstanding pick, you two)
Kburgess — Bubba Watson, Aaron Baddeley, KJ Choi, and Rickie Bieber (Fowler)
Nick Bonsanto from ESPN 105.1 — Phil Mickleson, Tiger Woods, KJ Choi, Bubba Watson
The rest of the field
Bigbearzzz — Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson
Mcpell — Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods
OTWatcher — Phil Mickleson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Fred Couples, Lee Westwood.
BIspy4 — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood
CelticVol — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods
EC — Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson
WC777 — Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson (also known as Dill Pickelson)
ElJefe — Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Bo Van Pelt
scole023 — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson
BigHacker — Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson,
5-at-10 — Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood
SportTalk 102.3's Quake — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson,
SportTalk 102.3's Cowboy Joe (he is a cowboy after all) — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar
SportTalk 102.3's Dr. B (he is a doctor after all) — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, Martin Laird
TFP golf writer David Uchiyama — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson,
Pretend Al Davis ("I'm coming for you EC.") — Ditka (What do you mean he's not in it? He's Ditka for the Love of Gene Sarazen's Sand Iron.) OK, Tiger ("Duh."), Charley Hoffman ("If there was ever a golfer that looked like a "Raider Golfer," it's this guy."), Bo Van Pelt ("Giants used to have a stud linebacker named Brad Van Pelt, maybe they're related."),
Charlie Sheen — Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore (winning), Fred Couples
We’ve had a Mock Draft sighting
The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.
Well, NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has posted a three-round mock draft on ESPN.
His top pick: Cameron Jerrel Newton. Yep, Kiper has the Carolina Panthers pushing their chips in with the controversial former Auburn quarterback who did an ESPN segment last week with some sweet, Sweet, SWEET cufflinks.
Not to be outdone, Todd McShay (who is good but he’s not Mel; does that make McShay’s kind of a Kiper-lite or Mel Kiper Jr. Jr.?) has Newton going No. 1.
As for the mocks, each draft guru has the Titans getting former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Kiper projected the Falcons getting Adrian Clayborn, the former Iowa pass-rusher.
NBA showdowns — once more with feeling
The Heat and the Celtics play today in a game that will go a long way to deciding the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Winners today will have a big edge to the second seed; losers today may cry (if it’s Miami).
As for the West, other than the Spurs at the top, it’s a big jigsaw puzzle. Hey, the 5-at-10’s 3-year-old loves jigsaw puzzles. Wow, that got out of hand in a hurry? You and Tommy Lasorda? I hate Tommy Lasorda. Pretty bird, pretty bird.
Let’s get it on. VAN GUNDY.
NASCAR winless streak snapped
No, it was not Dale Earnhardt Jr. using a super-charged GPS to find his way to Victory Lane. That would be a miracle, not a minor note.
No, Matt Kenseth snapped a string of 76 races without a win by claiming the checkers at Texas on Saturday.
Kenseth moved to the front for good after Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch ran into fuel troubles with less than 15 laps to go. So it goes.
To be fair, Little E did notch another top 10, finishing ninth Saturday. At this pace Dale Jr. will get into the Chase without a win. Something that would have made his daddy so mad he’d spit nails.
So it goes.
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...