Saturday, June 2, 2012

Touchdowns, three-pointers and bogeys

Three-pointer:  Congratulations to the Kansas City region given the announcement yesterday that the Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament will stay at Sprint Center from this season through 2016 with "first right" options in the years beyond.  This is a huge win for K.C.

Bogey:  Master's champion Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie, were tailed and chased by another car after hosting a Christian rock concert in Columbus, OH last night.  The driver of the tailing car eventually gave up and the Watsons were able to safely return to their hotel.  Watson is playing in The Memorial golf tournament this weekend in Dublin, OH.

Touchdown:  Phil Steele publishes the definitive preseason college football magazine, given the overwhelming amount of data used to make his various predictions.  The Steele publication for this season has just been published and Florida State is his preseason pick for a national champion.  Before you scoff, understand that Steele has correctly chosen two preseason national champs in the past five years and makes a compelling case for why FSU is a good choice, including the fact that they have 17 starters back as well as 68 lettermen.

Three-pointer:  It was good to see the Celtics win last night in Boston but it's hard to predict that we aren't headed to a Heat-Spurs NBA Final.  And, speaking of the NBA, congratulations to our buddy, Jamie Gallo, who was announced yesterday as the chief marketer at the league.  Gallo was at TBWA\Chiat\Day, New York.

Bogey:  Switching swing coaches has not been good for Gary Woodland.  The Kansas alum shot a 77-79 at The Memorial and missed the cut.  Woodland was #17 on the PGA Tour money list last year but is #110 thus far in 2012.

Touchdown:  Who will play the toughest college football schedule this season?  Steele says that "honor" goes to Notre Dame followed by Mississippi and Iowa State.  Baylor has the seventh most difficult schedule and Kansas is at 11.  Other notables are TCU, 16; Missouri, 19; and Oklahoma, 20.  Kansas State has the 34th most difficult schedule.

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