It’s that time of the week again. Every Wednesday, I post this comprehensive guide highlighting some of the notable unprophetic and wrong predictions and other observations that are relevant to the previous week’s sports news. Let’s begin.
BEST OF THE WEEK
TIGER DISAPPOINTS AT THE MASTERS
After missing seven months of 2017 with a back injury, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour this year with hope for a fresh start. After some quality results in March, including a second place finish at the Valspar Championship, and a fifth place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods, who hasn’t won a major championship since 2008, somehow was considered to be one of the favorites going into last week’s Masters.
Despite the massive hype, it wasn’t meant to be for Tiger. He ended up barely making the cut after Round 2, and finished tied for 37th place. Tiger’s uneventful Masters was a disappointment for many, especially those folks who came in hot the days and weeks surrounding the event with assurances that Tiger would be victorious on Sunday. Here are just a few of them:
Tiger will win…fairways are forgiving, hitting his irons the best of anyone on tour! He has replicated the Augusta greens in his backhard. (#baller) And his short game is amazing right now. You heard it here first. Big Cat for the win! #Masters #PGATour
— James Davis (@theejamesdavis) April 2, 2018
The greatest comeback story will be when Tiger wins the Masters ? pic.twitter.com/aGobmUmdbv
— Kaleb Earls (@K_Earls32) April 2, 2018
If Tiger Woods were to somehow win the Masters this week, it would be one of the biggest sports stories of the century, and perhaps the biggest sports comeback of all time. https://t.co/zx50YrStyu
— Ventura County Star (@vcstar) April 5, 2018
Looking forward to my first Frozen Four and a Tiger win at the Masters this weekend.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) April 5, 2018
— GameTimePA-SC (@GameTimePA_SC) April 5, 2018
— NESN (@NESN) April 4, 2018
Tiger Woods will win the 2018 Masters. Book it. pic.twitter.com/56h6lzfAas
— Bracket Battles (@BracketBattles1) April 5, 2018
Tiger Woods will win 2018 Masters because why not? https://t.co/rZtGth9eD0
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 4, 2018
"If we’re going to see Tiger Woods win another major, I think it’s going to be at Augusta National."
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) April 4, 2018
PATRICK REED WINS THE GREEN JACKET
While Tiger Woods wasn’t in contention at The Masters, Patrick Reed was. After coming into Sunday’s final round with a three-stroke lead, Reed held off charges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to win his first major. Before and during Reed’s Sunday performance, many were convinced that Reed would choke, and either McIroy or Spieth would be donning the Green Jacket by the end of the day. Some examples:
As soon as I heard Patrick Reed say he was playing against the golf course – and not Rory McIlroy – I knew he was done.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) April 8, 2018
Patrick Reed just looks like a guy who’s about to implode
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) April 8, 2018
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) April 8, 2018
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) April 8, 2018
Good Metal shown from @McIlroyRory just now … Reed will blow up
— Conor.mortimer (at? )⚽️ (@Conmort) April 8, 2018
CORRECTION: Rory is winning this thing https://t.co/PFVutU6KfD
— Chris Brockman (@chrisbrockman) April 8, 2018
— Jeremy Taggart (@Taggart7) April 8, 2018
Rory may win this by 5.
— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) April 8, 2018
Yeah, Reed probably gonna lose by 3 strokes…
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) April 8, 2018
UPDATE: Patrick Reed leaves approach shot on 13th well short, meanwhile, Jordan Spieth drains long birdie putt… pic.twitter.com/yyy6Iu4c1F
— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) April 8, 2018
THAT INFAMOUS OJ MAYO MAGAZINE COVER
Last Wednesday, former Bucks and Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, who is currently serving a two-year suspension from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, signed a contract to play in Puerto Rico. Back in 2008, Mayo was a High School star in Ohio and West Virginia, and Dime Magazine released an issue with this unfortunate cover:
ONE NFL DRAFT CLASSIC
Just as I did in last week’s Freezing Cold Take Report, here are some more of my favorite NFL Draft Classics.
- I love this tweet from The Dan Patrick Show producer Andrew Perloff during the 2012 draft right after the Panthers drafted Luke Kuechly:
Luke Kuechly at No. 10 to Panthers is not going to work out well. Tacklers are easy to find. I know he can cover TEs, but cmon.
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 27, 2012
After a brutal spring, Los Angeles Angels Japanese two-way phenom Shoeni Ohtani is off to a great start on the hill and at the plate. But so far during the regular season, Ohtani has been spectacular. Through 10 games, Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA on the mound, and hitting .368 with three home runs at the plate. It’s definitely early, but let’s not forget these quotes and tweets about Ohtani from Spring Training and before the season:
Shohei Ohtani makes opening day roster despite .111 batting average and 27.00 ERA. SMH. PR Move? Saving Face?
— Halo Hangout (@HaloHangout) March 21, 2018
The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani's bat and it's not good https://t.co/MiQ8jDkiF7
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) March 10, 2018
And some great video clips:
Bill Plaschke on Shohei Ohtani just before the season:
“I’ve been to @Angels camp. I’ve seen him pitch, I’ve seen him hit… he needs to go to Salt Lake City. He needs a month or two down there.”
— Mr. Good (@Dylanhaugh) April 4, 2018
SIXERS SURGING IN THE EAST; FANS UNLOAD RECEIPTS
There is no fanbase in all of sports that like to keep receipts of old takes more than Philadelphia 76ers fans. Now that the Sixers are at 51 wins, currently 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, the fans continue to unload on the folks who apparently weren’t on board with their “Process.” How about this comment from the Milwakuee Bucks owner over the summer:
"Guys in Philly want to talk about the process, I'd rather talk about the results." – Bucks Owner Wes Edens pic.twitter.com/rHmRym25zs
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 19, 2017
Milwaukee currently has 44 wins and the 6th place in the East.
Then there is Pistons Head Coach Stan Van Gundy, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Sixers “Process.” Here’s Van Gundy last May:
BEST OF THE REST
- The Athletic’s NHL Season Preview predicted the New Jersey to be the worst team in NHL this season. The Devils finished 7th in the Eastern Conference and are in the NHL Playoffs.
- With the news on Tuesday that that Oakland Raiders star linebacker Khalil Mack did not show up for voluntary workouts due to a looming contract dispute, never forget that new Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who was covering the 2014 NFL Draft for ESPN:
That’s it for this week.
(Top Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)
Fred Segal is an attorney from West Palm Beach, FL. He operates the popular Freezing Cold Takes twitter account (@OldTakesExposed) which highlights, among other things, hilarious unprophetic and inaccurate takes and predictions.