A fairly significant golf tournament begins today. Here's where I'd put my money down if such things were legal:
Best Bet: Phil Mickelson (18/1)
Picking with my heart here. Seems like a great opportunity for Phil to get one more run at the green jacket. Love his chances this weekend.
- Henrik Stenson (32/1) - If Henrik is in the field I'm generally taking him. Love his game and always love his odds. It's the perfect middle ground for me.
- Matt Kuchar (55/1) - KOOOOOOOCCCCHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Long Shot (100/1 or higher)
- J.B. Holmes (120/1) - This is normally the spot I have reserved for Camilo Villegas but he's not even in tournaments anymore so I gotta look elsewhere. Back when I used to play fantasy golf, J.B. Holmes used to be a pretty solid and consistent pick for me. He'll be around during the weekend so give me him at 120/1.
I was making Iowa jokes with a fellow Hawkeye hater on Twitter the other day and started making a joke about Carver Hawkeye Arena and then realized it's actually a pretty decent idea. So I mean this with half snark and half sincerity......Shouldn't we really renamed Carver Hawkeye Arena to Dan Gable Arena?
I mean, isn't that arena more of a wrestling venue than a basketball venue? More history, more success, and more fans. Iowa is one of the top wrestling schools in the nation and Dan Gable is a big part of that and a legend himself. Right now, Carver Hawkeye is just named after an old booster right? I'm not a huge Hawkeye historian but this Carver guy doesn't have a rich history in Iowa athletics as far as I'm aware.
I don't know how long an arena dedication lasts for but Wikipedia says it was named Carver Hawkeye Arena in 1983. That's over 30 years. That statute of limitations surely has passed by now.
Why not rename it Dan Gable Arena?
I'm tired of the talking heads on TV blasting NBA players for resting during regular season games. What a bunch of hypocrites. It's unbelievable. For years, when we talk about players and their legacies the first thing we bring up is how many championships that player has won. Don't say that's not the truth because we know it is. We bring up championships first and everything else second.
We are the ones who have devalued the regular seasons, not the players. Now that players and teams are taking that approach that the championship is the most important thing and starting to base their play around being in better health to make a championship run, we want to glorify the regular season and its importance? Get out of here.
If you are reading this blog, you've heard the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James argument and heard the go-to line from Jordan supporters...."Talk to me when LeBron gets 6 rings". We have done this. And now we want to rip players for it. Stop.
And enough with the "Well the guys in that era would never have rested" argument. "Michael Jordan wouldn't have rested. Hakeem wouldn't have rested. Barkley would never take a night off". OK? That doesn't make it right or smarter. We have so much more information about sleep and rest, and better technology to monitor and analyze this stuff than they did 20-30 years ago. If those guys played now, most of them would probably rest. Just because it was done before, doesn't mean that was the correct way to do it. It was just the first way to be done.
That would be like blasting teams for shooting too many three pointers in today's game. "Well, Larry Bird never shot more than 10 three-pointers in one game. Players today are dumb. Lazy. Don't want to play real basketball. They only want to chuck it up whenever they get a chance."