WiIl He Or Won’t He: Phill Mickelson and the 2017 US Open

Phil Mickelson is one of the greatest players in modern golf. Michelson, a member of the 2012 Wold Golf Hall of Fame class, has won 7 major championships, but one title has eluted him, the US Open. Lefty has gotton close to finishing off his resume, finishing 2nd a record 6 times In the “greatest test of golf.” Mickelson will turn 47 on Friday, and most assuredly, is running out of chances to finish off an outstanding career. As we close in on the start of the US Open at Erin Hills, tomorrow, the question remains-will Phill even be there to tee it  up.

Mickelson announced two weeks ago that he may miss the US Open, due to his daughter’s high school graduation. Obviouslly, there are more important things in life than golf, certainly your child’s achievements are far more important than your own, as a parent. Oh, By the way, Mickelson’s daughter is president of her class, and will be giving a commencement address to her classmates. Thus, there shouldn’t be a soul second guessing Mickelson’s choice, should he not play tomorrow. However, we are less than 24 hours away from the first tee shot being hit, and Phill remains in the field. With an early afternoon tee-time, Phil will need the skies over Wisconsin to open up in order to pull off the ultimate having your cake and eating it too senecio. If Michelson is, by micricle, able to make his tee time, run out and put some money on him, because clearly the good lord is a, “Phill the thrill”,fan.

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With O’Riley Departure Fox No Longer Fair & Balanced

For over 20 years, Fox News used the tag line fair & balanced to describe the company’s approach to news. With the dismissal of Bill O’Riley earlier this week, there is no way that there is truth to the well known catchphrase. We are in no way condoning sexual harassment, and if the allegations against O’Riley are proven true, the Murdoch’s had no choice but to take such action. However, the new primetime lineup leans right more than the Tower Of Pisa!

Beginning tomorrow, Eric Boling  will host a show solo and 5P.M. taking over the time slot of the “Five,” which Boling co-hosted for several years. Boling is not a news analyst, he is purely a commentator for the right. The man literally never criticizes  a Republican idea, and no matter what the Trump Administration does, Bolling praises it without fail. Yet, Bolling, has nothing positive to say regarding  Democratic policies no matter their practicality  “The Five” will not take over thee 9PM, as Tucker Carlson will move to 8PM, filling O’Riley’s time slot. The roundtable discussion program features four conservative panelists and one liberal at the table. Typically, the liberal panelist is teased and mocked for their opinions, while very few conservatives are scrutinized.

The other primetime slots will continue to filled by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hanity. Both of these men are the definition of conservative. While  there is nothing wrong with having a view point, these two produce love fest programs in which only their idealogical view is expressed. Both Carlson and Hanity routinely label anyone with a differing new point as stupid  or evil, they make no room for the possibility that their viewpoint may miss the mark. Again, there is nothing wrong with expressing a point of view, and having a platform to do so, nor is Fox News  a disreputable operation for having a conservative bend. However, the number one outlet in cable news is no longer fair and balanced.

Big Blue Nation Should Be Ashamed Of Itself

Kentucky basketball has been the pride of the bluegrass for over a century, and with good reason. UK has won 8 National Titles, second only to UCLA’s 11. Due to the unparalleled success of the basketball program, and the lack of a professional franchise in the state, Kentucky basketball fans are ravenous. There is nothing wrong with passion-until you take it too far! After falling to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, in the Elite Eight, the passion of Big Blue Nation indeed, went too far.

The contest between North Carolina and Kentucky was truly a “classic,” coming down to the final seconds. After the buzzer sounded and tears were shed, some Kentucky fans went absolutely nuts. A vocal group in the Big Blue fan base directed their ire towards John Higgins,  the lead official during the game, who also officiated during the Final Four.  If you watched the game, the officiating was questionable at best. However, poor officiating occurred for both sides, and to be quite blunt, happens every game on every level. You can certainly criticize Higgins and his crew for missed calls, but to equate it to the bias that occurred between the US and Soviet Union in the 1978 Olympics is ridiculous. Even worse, a small group of fans took to social media and other platforms to threaten and disparage Higgins personally. Dozens of negative comments were left on Higgins’ business website, questioning his integrity as a person and suggesting his business should be boycotted.  Again, its fine to be critical of Higgins as an official, but trying to affect his lively hood crosses a line.

If you as the reader do not feel a line has been crossed, let us offer other instances. While some took shots at Higgins professionally, others up the level of hysteria by threatening his life. Days after the Kentucky loss, Higgins met with FBI officials after receiving several death threats left on his voicemail. There are not enough words in the English language to describe the level of stupidity displayed by these clearly unstable people. If law enforcement can determine individuals who made these threats, please prosecute them to the fullest extent possible. Memo to the Big Blue Nation, there is more to life then basketball, maybe, just maybe, some of you need to get one!

Gorsuch Should Be Confirmed Without Nuclear Option

Tomorrow, in the chamber of the Senate, another showdown looms, the confirmation of Judge, Neil Gorsuch. Today, Senate Republicans announced they would invoke the”nuclear option,” to confirm Gorsuch. This rule change will allow Gorsuch to take his seat on The Supreme Court, with just 51 votes instead of the usual 60. There is no question, Gorsuch will be confirmed, but the rules should not have to be amended in order for Gorsuch to ascend to the high court.

In researching Judge Gorsuch’s record, you find that he is an originalist when it comes to constitutional interpretation, meaning he will rule based on the meaning of the constitution not political views. Gorsuch made it clear, he will rule based on precedent and the language of laws. Gorsuch said during his confirmation hearings, “My job is to interpret law not make it”. Are these not the kinds of statements we want from a supreme court justice? The role of the judiciary is to determine constitutionality and use the text of laws in order to render judgement. It is not the purview of the courts to rewrite law based on their personal views or political ideology. Gorsuch has even commented, “I may make rulings I don’t like personally but my personal views aren’t law.” Gorsuch has indicated he will not make any attempt to overturn Roe V. Wade, he has also observed the legalization of gay marriage as “settle law.”

Why then have Democrats indicated they will not support Gorsuch? The answer is simple, pure politics! Senate Democrats are looking for payback after Republicans refused to give Obama nominee, Judge, Merick Garland a vote, following the death of Justice Scalia. The behavior of the GOP was equally as wrong, as the president had the right to nominate a replacement with a year and a half left in his term. By most accounts, Garland and Gorsuch are of the same mold, practicing fidelity to the law.

Senate Democrats should understand that their obstruction could hurt the party’s political future. You would think that the left would understand that a vast majority of the electorate are tired of political games and want Washington to be about the nation’s businesses. If Democrats cannot put their bitterness aside, they may well continue to lose for many elections to come.

Zags Will Win National Title Tonight

The 2017 National Championship game tips off in just about six hours. The game boast two #1 seeds, the blue blood (North Carolina) and the perennial underdog (Gonzaga). For the past 17 years, Gonzaga has looked to crash the NCAA Tournament party. Tonight, they will have the chance to trade Cinderella’s slipper for the championship crown. Through, Mark Few’s Bulldogs look like the underdog yet again, they are not! The Zags can match Carolina’s size, can score inside and out, and can rebound at a similar pace as the Tar Heels. Let’s be honest, the Tar Heel defense wasn’t as solid as it had been throughout the season Saturday night. If the Ducks had made a few more buckets down the stretch we would be talking about a different National Title Game this evening.

While, Gonzaga does not have the experience that the Roy Williams led Tar Heels do, Gonzaga should be relaxed and ready to play. North Carolina will have the pressure to finish their business after suffering a heartbreak loss, to Villanova, last March. If Gonzaga didn’t match up well with the Tar Heels we would give our nod to Chapel Hill, but Gonzaga has the match up they want and are poised to be on the podium as, ” One Shining Moment is planning tonight.

Final Four Preview

Well, since we o for 4 in our Final Four picks, we aren’t sure if you should be listening to our breakdown of this weekend’s games. Nevertheless, we will give it a shot! Looking at the matchups we are going to find out quickly if experience matters. Three of the four coaches, Roy Williams being the only exception, are making their first appearance in the Final Four, Coach Williams will be making trip number five overall, and his 3rd with North Carolina. Without a doubt, we will learn rather being there before really makes a difference. The thing that matters most, however, are the matchups. Let”s take a deeper look!

 

Gonzaga V South Carolina

There is absolutely, no question, that South Carolina has an exceptional defensive squad. The Gamecocks won all throughout this season because  of an in your face defense and solid rebounding. It is certainly how they took down Duke in round two, and then came back against  Florida in the second half to punch their ticket to Phoenix. The Gamecock offense has come around, led by Cendarius Thornwell. Unfortunately, South Carolina will be coming up against a Gonzaga team that has multiple offensive weapons, size, and the same defensive mindedness as their opponents. With Neigl Williams-Goss, and Johnathan Williams, as well as a solid supporting cast, Gonzaga should get by the Gamecocks, albeit in a nail biter.

Our Pick Gonzaga

 

North Carolina V Oregon

While the Ducks run has been quite a story, particularly with their starting center out for the season, there is no substitute for experience. The Tar Heel offense has gotten plenty of good looks throughout their journey, granted, they haven’t made as many as they would like, we believe Carolina will score the ball and exploit the Ducks lack of size.  We expect the UNC to advance to  a second  straight title game. Add to that the desire to exact redemption after a heart breaking defeat in last year’s title game, and you have a recipe to advance to Monday night’s championship

Our Pick:

North Carolina

NCAA Tourney Final Four Picks

We’d like to tell you we had a good reason for not giving you a full tournament breakdown when it tipped off last Thursday, but the truth is, we’re just lazy. Come on, admit it, you   wouldn’t have wanted to read our predictions for all 32 first round games. Have no fear, though, we do have the time to give our Final Four picks.

West Virginia:

Bub Huggins ball club can speed any team up. They press for 40 minutes, hence the nickname, “Press Virginia”. The Mountaineers have enough fire power on the offensive end to stay with Gonzaga, and will turn the Zags over on the defensive end. While we’d love to see Gonzaga in the Final Four, we will have to see it to believe it,   At the moment, we believe the stage will, once again, be too big for the Bulldogs. While there is no doubt that West Virginia will face a determined Arizona Wildcats team, should they get by the Zags. Arizona has also never been to a Final Four under Sean Miller. It is because of their inability to get over the hump, that we will punch a ticket for West Virginia  to Phoenix

Kentucky:

As usual, John Caliapari, has a young group of Wildcats. The “Kitty Cats” struggled to get by Northern Kentucky, as the Nose shot themselves into the game with several 3s late, but UK was able to drop free shows late to cap off the  1st round win. Then, against Wichita State, The Cats got big shots from their seniors, and two big defensive plays, to seal a 3 point win. While, there is no denying UK was destroyed by UCLA in December, we suspect that the cats will have revenge on their minds and will over come the Bruins Friday night. The Wildcats will then, likely, move on to a rematch against North Carolina. While, the Tar Heels will certain want to average the loss to Kentucky in Vegas, we see the cats making shots to down the final ACC team in the dance.

Florida:

The Gators have gotten hot at the right time, completely destroying, albeit an offensively challenged, Virginia Caviler team in the round of 32. While Wisconsin will be a difficult game, the Badgers are not exactly an offensive juggernaut. We see Florida out scoring UW to advance. The Gators should easily dispatch with either “Cinderella, they make come up against, in the regional final, to advance to the championship party.

Kansas:

The Jayhawks just seem to always be in the mix the last several years. Just because of the way the baskets have fallen, The Jayhawks look primed for another run at the title. Although, Caleb Swanigan, is going to be a handful, KU has more talent than Purdue and at this time of year talent wins. Kansas should have no problem with either Michigan or Oregon, given the Ducks injury issues and Michigan’s lack of depth.

Full disclosure, We are just abut last in our bracket pools, so, you may not want to use our picks as betting info. Rather or not these picks are correct, we will be excited win the games tip on Thursday. We will have a Final Four preview for your view pleasure next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grayson Alen: A Symptom Of A Larger Issue

Grayson Allen has been far more known foe his antics off the court than his play on it this season. Allen has had several incidents of,”dirty play throughout the 2017 season. Allen was indefinitely suspended by Coach K earlier this season, after tripping an opponent during a non-conference game. After the suspendible offense, Allen went off on coaches and teammates who attempted to calm after the tripping incident occurred. Sadly, this is not the first season Allen has had aggression issues. Last season Allen was given a flagrant foul for separate tripping incidents during the 2015-2016. While Grayson Allen’s actions are troubling enough, he is just a symptom of a larger issue in sports today- entitlement.

Sports is the ultimate microcosm of society, there are haves and have nots. Athletes who posses superior talent are allowed to get away with behavior that their less talented peers would face consequences for. This type of favoritism truly begins at the youth level, where coaches and parents alike seem more concerned with winning than teaching life lessons. Yes, winning is very important! after all, why do we play if not to win? There is nothing wrong with having a competitive fire. In fact, competition should be encouraged! However, it is also a coach’s job to impart life lessons and correct detrimental behavior, no matter how talented the player. Somewhere around 1 percent of all athletes will compete at the highest level of sports. Thus, it is vital that coaches do not treat gifted athletes different from their teammates. We have witnessed  multiple senerios in which athletes have verbally and or physically assaulted coaches and teammates, yet, they were never punished for such behavior. It is highly likely that, at some point, such inappropriate will not be tolerated in the work place or otherwise. When someone has never encountered consequences for bad behavior rather at home or on the playing field, they will have difficulty dealing with the consequences of their actions, when the time comes to do so.

Playing sports is a privilege, not a right! the only way to change behavior is to punish behavior that should to be corrected, thus, some time on the bench is not necessarily a bad thing. True, sports at the highest levels are businesses, and coaches are, all to often, judged by their performance on the playing field. However, it is also  important to understand that there is life after sports. Star athlete or not, actions have consequences. It is time that coaches, parents, and other influencers focus not just on the athlete, but the whole person as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will republican treatment of Garland hurt Gorsuch?

With 18 months left in his term, then President Barack Obama nominated Marrick Gaarland to the Supreme Court, filling the vacancy after Justice Antoni Sacilla’s death. By all accounts, Judge Garland is not an ideologue, and has signed on to conservative opinions when he felt appropriate. Yes, one could certainly assume that Judge Garland is left of center politically, and yes, could have cited with left learning members of the court. Thus, Republicans in the Senate refused to have Garland sit for a hearing, and never gave Garland and up or down vote. Many on the right cited precedent, saying that no Supreme Court nomination has ever been voted on in the final year of a presidency.

While the precedent exists, the constitution does not give a time frame where a president can not nominate a justice to the court. Yet, Republicans refused to allow the Garland nomination to move forward. Now that the Republicans control the White House, will Democrats treat Neil Gorsuch in a similar fashion?  Judge Gorsuch is certainly a conservative jurist, in the mold of Justice Sicilla, and is certainly well qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. By all accounts, Gorsuch is a strict constitutionalist, and will not make law from the bench, which will be a welcome site to the conservative cause. However, one can certainly speculate rather or not the Democrats will put up a fight, simply out of spite, in an effort to get back at Republicans. Let us make it perfectly clear, not allowing a vote on Garland was wrong, and an affront to democracy, it is the Senate’s job to “advise and consent”, not block because they do not like the person in office. We hope that this nominee will receive a fair hearing, and will be seated on the court soon, unless something disqualifying is found. While, we hope that our politics can become less partisan, and more about the good of the nation, in today’s climate, we certainly can’t bet the house on it.

Grammy Recap: The Good, The Bad And The Confusing

Sunday night, the 59th Grammy Awards were held in LA’s Staples Center. It was quite a night, and quite a celebration of music from all different genres. The show truly was all over the map here’s our breakdown of how it went down.

The Good:

As usual, Bruno Mars, brought the house down with  his usual unbelievable dance moves and the fact that he can actually sing. The guy is as close to Michael Jackson, as this generation can get.  Bruno is definitely worth the price of admission. There should also be no surprised that Adele, took home Song Of The Year and Album OF The Year. After all, half the tracks on “25,” went to the top of the charts, and “Hello,” is one of the biggest hits of the decade,  and let’s be honest it’s a song you can’t get out of your head no matter how much you try. Perhaps the best segment of the night was the performance of”God Only Knows What I’d Be Without You,” during the in memoriam segment of the show. John Legend, and Cynthia Ervio, sang the Beach Boys hit beautifully, and the song was very fitting for the segment.

The Bad:

While host James Carden, had some funny moments, the opening segment made no sense. At first, it looked like he was coming up from an elevator that malfunctioned, but then when he rolled down the stairs, we were lost.Then there were the speeches by the winners, it seems like while these are extremely talented people they could use a thesaurus. For example, How many times does Chance The Rapper, need to thank God. We are all for thanking God for the blessings he gives however, apparently Chance was very thankful, as he thanked God three times in a 2 minute span. While we absolutely love Adele, her speech in accepting Album Of The Year, was a bit strange, although we did find out she might be the leader of the Bayhive

The Confusing:

The confusing parts of the show were the performances. Both Kelsea Ballarini, and Luka, Graham, are super talented artists with great songs, but their mash-up performance was just odd. It would make sense if one of them sang the other’s song but to switch between songs was just weird. As much as Beyoncé should be respected as an artist her Grammy performance was peculiar to say the least, and the song didn’t seem to fit the stage production. She is pregnant with twins, so perhaps, we can chalk this one up to hormones.

 

 

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