PGA and CBS. Welcome back sports. Tournament was entertaining — yes, we all would have liked Rory, and say, Jordan in the playoff rather than Berger and Morikawa — and finished in a playoff. The production went seemingly seamless — other than a couple of wayward F-bombs after some great and terrible golf shots — from CBS's side. That you golf. Up yours Corona.
Big Shot. That's the handle of the 5-at-10 contest first-timer who won the Colonial picks contest over the weekend. After exchanging congratulatory emails Sunday evening I had to ask how he arrived on Daniel Berger among his victorious five. (He also had DeChambeau, Rose and Spieth for 1, 3, 3, and 10 for a 17, which is stout.) The answer on Berger: "He's the hottest player on the planet." I paused at that, and then realized that Big Shot did some research. With Berger's 66, he now has 28 consecutive roundest par or better. Wowser.
Luke List. After being bumped from a loaded field at the Charles Schwab, the former Baylor School and Vandy star made the most of his weekend anyway. List won the Korn Ferry Challenge event over the weekend — his first pro win since 2012 — and cashed $108,000 for the effort. Here's more from all-around TFP sports ace David Paschall.
Alvin Kamara. We wrote last week that people are underplaying the bravery it took for NASCAR to make what appears to be big-picture, an easy social justice stand to ban the Confederate flag. That decision will cost NASCAR fans who will silently be ticked about the ban. And the national media and Ryan McGee and everyone else can publicly praise NASCAR and denounce Ronnie Redneck for their divergent sides on this issue and history. But being on the right side of history in that manner means praise rather than revenue though. That is unless people like Kamara, who attended the race Sunday in Miami, start turning out. He was there to support Bubba Wallace — who is a much better choice of Time Man of the Year than George Floyd, in my opinion — and in turn support NASCAR as a whole.
Clay Travis. The controversy-seeking, self-made sports and social media star continued to expand his brand and his website, "Outkick the Coverage." Travis, in less than a decade, has gone from internet columnist to full blown media presence, and in addition to a new-look for his site, he has added a slew of staff, including for Fox sports writer and personality Jason Whitlock. Say whatever you want about Travis —you may love him or loathe him, you may think he's fearless or think he's purposefully looking to create controversy because controversy sells — there are a couple of bona fide truths about him we all have to agree: 1) He does not care what your opinion is, and 2) whatever he's doing, it must be working, because he may be the only person/company in sports right now adding new positions.
Gregg Popovich. Hey, Popp, Dear Lord, shut that hole under your nose. We get it. You're a far left liberal that carries a lot of hate and vitriol. You know what else? How you treat reporters screams way more about you being a (Bleep) hat than any feel-good, self-loathing stance on the issues of today or you pointing out the shortcomings of Trump or Goodell or anyone else.
MLB. Yep, another weekend, another proposal denied and another side — this time the players saying, no and no future counter offers. The players just sent a note that said make a schedule and we'll see. And if you are looking at the most simplistic definition of the viewpoint of the players, here's Andrew McCutchen putting it in a way that every parent and toddler can understand.
The optics of this for THE Ohio State and the NCAA in general. Yikes, not a good look, but still understandable. As all the professional leagues bicker about money or social issues or everything else, THE Ohio State asked its football players to sign a COVID-19 waiver, a move that likely will become the norm. Wow, professionals who get paid millions are uneasy, college football programs are getting waivers signed for players who get books and meals. Sure feels unfair, no?
We know MLB is teetering on the jagged edge of self-destructive behavior of the moment.
It's financially related and tone deaf from all sides in this financially uneasy time for so many Americans.
Well, the NBA apparently wants the MLB to hold its beer.
The conversations of the NBA returning to play are being debated because several players are saying that returning to the court will take attention from the Black Lives Matter movement.
Holy Buckets of no one getting buckets. Read the above sentence again and here's more.
Be very careful with this one. The NBA is a predominantly black league, and the conversations we have frequently shared here are about the value of sports in this conversation.
That value comes because a) the most racially blind room in our country is the locker room, and b) there are few platforms that offer the visibility than victory lane, the news conference podium, the medal stand or the presentation stage sports offer.
And forget the monstrous divide in revenue and financial security between the NBA and 95-plus-percent of America. When and where will LeBron James and the rest of the black NBA players have a better platform with more microphones to speak about social and racial justice than during the NBA playoffs?
And I'll go one step further. If the NBA players sit because of racial issues, could that not only extend the divide but also hijack the conversations about change to conversations about the NBA not playing?
And what then becomes the line we need to cross before the NBA says, "OK, we're good with the racial issues in our country now that. _________ has happened?" Because it's hard to envision there ever being a finish line to racial equality in my lifetime. Yes, that's sad, but it's also true, no?
Not unlike baseball, if the NBA decides not to play for personal reasons (be them social justice, inconvenience about the bubble, financial or just about anything this side of concern about the Corona), it will cost them millions of fans and tens of millions of dollars.
No matter the cause.
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— Speaking of the NBA players decision, well sometimes heavy is the head that wears the crown. Because here's what Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said, "If LeBron James said he hooping, we all hooping." So LeBron, what say you? (And somewhere MJ is mumbling, "Republicans wear sneakers too."
— Egad. Now the willy-nilly NCAA offers a "We'll look at it" to the calls to move championship events out of Idaho because of transgender laws. Hey, we are all more woke today than we were 12 hours ago and white people are listening to cries for equality at levels never before seen or even expected. Heck, have you looked at the protests, there are as many white people — especially young white people — at these events as any other group. But the beef about the Idaho transgender law bans athletes who elect to live as a woman from competing against athletes born as a woman. How is that controversial? Because if that's the case and the 150th-ranked male tennis player in the world can decide to play against Serena and CoCo and the rest and be the greatest female player ever, no? It's 9:15 on a Monday is that too early to crack open a cold CoCola.
— You know the rules. When TFP college football expert David Paschall writes about college football, we read and link Paschall on college football. Here he starts, in chronological order, the most memorable games of the 2000s he covered with the back-and-forth flurry at the end that highlighted the UGA win over UT in 2001 that will forever be known as the Hobnail Boot game.
— Speaking of golf, Baylor School alum Keith Mitchell made the cut this weekend at the Schwab and made $16,200 with a tie for 64th.
— We spoke some earlier this month about Candace Owens, a black female conservative commentator who made waves talking about the perils of turning criminals into martyrs. As for Owens, she was back in the news over the weekend as Dave Chappelle skewered her as part of his recently released stand-up routine. (He also ripped into Don Lemon and Laura Ingraham too.) Here's more on Owens the person and a timeline of her professional life.
— Interesting perspective here about the federal government paying people not to work and how it continues to speed us toward unimaginable national debt levels that will be a huge issue for my kids' kids. And maybe my kids' kids' kids at this pace.
Weekend winners and losers. Go.
Hey, who's ready for a new staple. I know I am. Multiple choice Monday. Who's in?
OK, we're going to start a little different because, well, OK, here's the back story.
Short story long, the in-laws on Lake Martin are moving. Tear. Sadness. Well, they need some help and we've spent some extra time down there. On the drive back Sunday, we found the top 500 countdown of 1980s songs. Which instantly led us to the realizations of a) who doesn't love 80s music and b) who doesn't love a countdown. Then a couple of things happened. One, Def Leopard's 1980s power anthem "Pour Some Sugar on Me" inexplicably came in around 248 or something. Hey, hate the song all you want, but in terms of 1980s all-timers, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" is no worse than what, top 25, top 50 at worst right?
Which leads us to the today's debut of multiple choice Monday: These three 1980s acts came in back-to-back-to-back on the countdown. Which is the worst of these three?
A) Air Supply
B) Richard Marx
C) Milli Vanilli
Go. And not unlike T or F Tuesday, answer the multiple choice, and if you have a multiple choice to share, well, feel free.
As for June 15, well, let's review.
Waylon Jennings would have been 83 today. Thanks Waylon for the gifts you left me and the rest of the old-school country music fans everywhere. And yes, I feel like I've always been crazy but it has kept me from going insane, too. Side question: Did anyone use the electric guitar in country music better than Waylon? I don't think so. Yes, Dwight Yoakam is great with it too, but not as good as Waylon.
France surrendered to Germany on this day in 1940, which has triggered a million jokes in those 80 years.
Speaking of countdowns, on this day in 1965, Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone" which Rolling Stones named the greatest rock and roll song ever. (Uh, it's great an all, but best ever? Pass.)
Ice Cube is 51. That dude's life has been an amazing ride, no?
And continuing the countdown theme, well, Casey Kasem died on this day in 2014. Rushmore of old-school disc jockeys, because Casey Kasem makes it right?
And remember friends, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.