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Time To Face Facts With Tiger

by Tom King

Tiger Woods at his peak was the greatest golfer ever. Yeah Jack Nicklaus has more majors (against weaker fields) and other golfers burned brightly for awhile. Even the legendary Bobby Jones would have struggled to beat Tiger at his best. But that was a long time ago. And if we start facing facts...Tiger Woods may be done as a top flight golfer. His body, once a well-oiled, muscular machine has betrayed him. Since returning from his back surgery in March Woods has played 10 rounds with 8 being over par. Back spasms caused him to pull out of last weeks event and yesterday he shot a 3 over par 74 in the first round of the PGA. That score beat only 16 other players...and seven of them were club pros (per Gene Wojciechowski). He still believes he can win but as the band Little Feat sang in their classic tune "Old Folks Boogie" "and you know that youre over the hill when your mind makes a promise that your body cant fill". Can Woods win on the tour again? Sure...can he be the dominating force that once caused other golfers to shrivel up and crawl away...nope. And should he be a Captains pick for this fall's Ryder Cup team? I don't see how that is anything but a bad idea.

Mike McCarthy says he's looking for someone to jump out during the pre-season game Saturday night. Players on the offensive line and defensive backfield have a chance to show they belong and should get one of the few roster sports that will be open heading into the next couple of weeks.

No question that Willy Peralta is now the Brewers staff ace. Even though wins for a pitcher is really a meaningless stat...Peralta does lead the NL in wins...and has become the guy that gives the team chance to win almost every time out. I'm heading down to Miller Park on Sunday for the first time this season. Get to see the Dodgers too!

Paul DeJong homered again last night as the Woodchucks inched closer to a playoff spot with an 8-5 win in Duluth. It was DeJongs 19 homer of the season. They play in Duluth again tonight. Just three games remain in the regular season.

Plover won their opener at the Great Lakes Regional on Thursday. The Black Sox scored five runs in the first two innings and that was enough for Austin Schulfer who cruised through eight innings. Plover plays Galesburg Illinois tonight. Galesburg beat Marshfield 14-7.

Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)

No More I Love You's-Annie Lennox (1995) from the excellent "Medusa" album. Life after the Eurythmics was good for Ms. Lennox...this won the 1995 Grammy for best female pop vocal.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy-Alice Cooper (1973) from the "Billion Dollar Babies" LP which I think featured his best work and some really good guitar playing too.