Sometimes the basketball gods smile down on us and give us what everybody wants, and that was the case last night. We are going to get LeBron James and Paul George playing against each other in the playoffs. They went head to head in some battles when LeBron was in Miami and Paul George played him one-on-one better than anyone has in the playoffs, in my opinion. Kawhi wasn't quite on that level yet when the Spurs had their run against LeBron. Paul George was trading shot for shot, stand for stand, with LeBron before he broke his leg.
George doesn't have the supporting cast he had during those previous playoff series right now but something is off in Cleveland this year too. They aren't firing on all cylinders right now by any means. If that's enough of an opening for this Pacers teams to be competitive then Paul George could be the one to bust that door wide open. Earlier this month, Indiana and Cleveland played a double OT thriller. Some guys at The Ringer wrote a quick piece on it the following day. And you're going to find this hard to believe but a lot of those people over there are better writers than me so here's the link if you want to go read about it from them. I'm sure they'll love the extra traffic this blog sends them.
I found myself doing this incredibly dumb thing again yesterday that I do all the time and started wondering if it was just me or if other people do this as well. So I'm going into Casey's and decide to get a fountain pop. I grab the 44 oz. cup and start to fill it up. I probably didn't need the 44 ouncer, the 32 oz. cup woulda been fine but I was driving out to my grandma's house for dinner and figured I'd drink some on the ride there too and during dinner. So went with the 44.
So I start filling it up, and I always do this, but I try to get as much pop in that cup as I can. So I fill it all the way to the top and then I try to sip a little off the top so I can get the lid on. Almost without fail, there's still too much pop in there and the pop starts to flow up through the lid and then down the side of my cup. Then I gotta go get a couple napkins and wipe the side of my cup dry. Just always ends up being an ordeal.
Anyone else do this? Always think I'm an idiot for it but for some reason I still always do it. It's like 42 or 43 ounces isn't going to be enough so I gotta try to get to like 43.5 ounces of pop. Or even on the 32 ounce cup. It's like I think I'm going to be shortchanged if I only get 30 ounces of Dr. Pepper instead of 31 or 32. I wouldn't even tell the difference if I didn't fill it all the way up and not have to worry about spilling everywhere.
I'm a week behind on the Flyover Sports Six Pack so here is the Six Pack from last week's episode where a lot of it was golf related to lead into The Masters. And as a quick side bar, why are these six questions not tweeted out on their Twitter account each week? Sounds like an easy way to get some social interaction and build the viewership. A good Twitter thread here and there, a couple retweets by people who don't normally listen....seems like easy money. You're welcome guys.
1. What's your all-time best golf movie?
Mine's The Legend of Bagger Vance. I remember watching that a lot in my teenage years and I don't know why. I don't even really remember much of the storyline or plot anymore but I remember loving that movie when I was younger. Classic Will Smith vehicle.
2. Playing the 18th hole at Augusta (Par 4)and everything you own is on the line, would you rather choose yourself needing to get a 7 or Tiger Woods needing to get a 4?
I'm taking Tiger everyday. Even a day when he has back troubles, I'm taking Tiger. No way I'm trusting myself to get a 7 on a professional course, especially Augusta. Even assuming I avoid trouble getting to the green (which is a lofty assumption) and I get to the green in 3 or 4, I still have to put. I could easily, EASILY four putt on those greens. And I think Drew hit on this during the podcast, with that much pressure and people watching in the gallery once it breaks down it's going to break down quickly. One bad shot would lead to four bad shots for me. I'm taking Tiger.
3. The best thing about The Masters is.....
the Green Jacket. If the winner of this tournament got a plaque or a regular trophy, this tournament loses a lot of it's luster. But winning the Green Jacket is a big thing. The Green Jacket and The Masters are synonymous with each other. It adds prestige to the tournament and makes it seem like a bigger deal than most other sporting events.
4. What's one thing that would make golf better to watch on TV?
I think you need to mic up the golfers and their caddie. Golf blew up when people gravitated towards Tiger. You need to have fans gain a personal connection with the golfers if they are going to tune in. Without that connection, who really cares if Speith, or Day, or Bubba, or Rory wins? Unless they are your guy. If it's your guy who has a chance to win, then you are more locked in. I think if you mic'ed up the golfers and their caddies you'd get more of their personalities to be shown. I could find the guys I like and the guys I sports-hate. Then I'm more invested.
5. What the best golf prank you can pull on the golf course?
I guess I didn't know golf pranks were a thing. As someone who routinely plays in historic golfing events like the #MillerMasters and the #MillerOpen, I'm always locked in on the golf course. No time for pranks.
6. Who is your pick to win The Masters?
I know we are after the fact here but my pick was Phil Mickelson. I thought he was due for another run at Augusta and thought he'd be in the mix on Sunday. And then once he's in the mix on Sunday, there's not many people I'd rather root for at a major on a Sunday. So I went with Phil.
Spoiler Alert: He didn't win.