Tiger Still Alive!

>> Saturday, June 20, 2009

Some quick late night notes regarding play at the U.S. Open:

(1) For the third straight day, the heavy rains at Bethpage Black left a round incomplete.

(2) Tiger Wood's still kept his hopes alive going into the third round by firing in a 69. However, Tiger still has plenty of work left due to the fact he is 11 strokes behind.

(3) Ricky Barnes, currently the leader at 8 under par, recorded the lowest 36 hole score in the history of the U.S. Open. Barnes completed his second round play with a 65.

(4) Phil Mickelson is currently 1 under par and tied for 12th through second round play.

In addition, Iowa Hawkeye's offensive tackle Kyle Calloway was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after officers stopped him while driving a moped. This has nothing to do with the U.S. Open, but it sparked my interest because I would like to see an offensive lineman on a moped.

More to come!


The New Face of USC Basketball ...

What do you get when you combine a Trojan and a Kevin O'Neill? Answer: The new face of USC men's basketball program. Kevin O'Neill replaces former USC men's basketball coach Tim Floyd after Floyd resigned from coaching on June 9 due to allegations concerning former star player O.J. Mayo.

Most UK fans remember O'Neill from his short coaching stint in the SEC at the University of Tennessee from 1995-1997. Others may remember him for his role in the documentary, Hoop Dreams, while he was coaching at the University of Marquette. No one remembers him for his coaching. O'Neill last coached at the college level in 2008 when he was named the interim coach at the University of Arizona after head coach Lute Olsen took a leave of absence.

After compiling a career record of 171 wins and 180 losses in 12 college seasons, Kevin O'Neill is certainly the perfect fit for USC.


Black Mamba opting out?

So Kobe Bryant is deflecting questions about whether or not he will opt out of his final two years on his contract July 1st. What does this mean? Does it mean that Kobe Bryant might actually leave Los Angles? Perhaps, but I do not forsee that happening personally.

Kobe has stated that he wants both Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza back in a Laker's uniform next season. Look at this from this perspective, if Kobe really wants to keep the team intact as it is, then he can opt out and resign a longer deal for less money. What does this do? It leaves the Lakers enough money to sign both Odom and Ariza to multiple year deals.

Don't get it twisted, Kobe deserves to be paid like he is one of the best two players in the world, but it also appears that Kobe really is about the basketball. He has been in the league for 13 years now, I am sure he is just fine financially. Kobe is a throwback type of player that is worried about his legacy more so than the money now. I mean he's been a multi-millionaire since he signed that first contract as a 17 year old kid. I wander if his parents had to co-sign that first contract?

Then again, maybe I am giving Kobe too much credit here. Maybe he does just want to recieve a larger contract than his current one. Who could blame him if this were true? He has help bring 4 championships to L.A. in his 13 years. We'll see how it plays out in the coming months of the off season.


Federer's Path to 15 Just Got Easier..

Roger Federer and his quest to fifteen major championships has become quite a bit easier. Defending Wimbledon Champion, Rafael Nadal, has pulled out of Wimbledon due to the knee tendinitis that hampered him at the French Open.

Nadal stated,

"I'm just not 100 percent," the No. 1-ranked Nadal said during a news conference at the All England Club. "I'm better than I was a couple of weeks ago, but I just don't feel ready."

Federer and Nadal competed in one of the greatest tennis matches of all-time during the Wimbledon Final's last year and it is disappointing that we won't be able to see the same this year. Nadal is currently the #1 ranked player in the world, but Federer will surpass him and regain the world's #1 ranking with a good performance at Wimbledon.

Here are some highlights from last year's classic final.


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