Support is growing for Jordan Spieth to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. Here’s a sampling:
Rick Bozich, WDRB in Louisville, a couple of months ago, mentions Spieth:
Seven months into the 2015 sports calendar, we have a firm clubhouse leader for Sportsman of the Year. It’s American Pharoah, currently cruising 31 lengths ahead of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and a nose in front of Jordan Spieth, the latest Must See golfer.
Then a month after that, Bozich moves Spieth to the head of the class:
OK, I’ll give you a name – Jordan Spieth, winner of two major golf championships in 2015, frontrunner for 2015 Sportsman of the Year and Longhorns’ fan extraordinaire.
Then yesterday a Bleacher Report article pointed out this tweet from Grantland sportswriter Bryan Curtis:
Michael Collins, golf writer for ESPN, seems to have moved on:
Q: How close are we to making Spieth/Tiger comparisons?
A: Close? We’re already there. The only people that don’t want to hear about it are the ones that love Tiger so much they are blind to the extraordinary golf that Spieth is playing.
The Fore Horsemen: The PGA Tour just announced the four nominees for player of the year. Spieth, Day, McIlroy, Fowler. I think that’s fair. Fowler over Zach Johnson because Rickie won three time, Zach once. Plus, this year — due to the scheduling of the WGC Match Play — the Players was a stronger tournament than the British Open.
Morning (Unwanted) Lessons: I turn on Morning Drive twenty-five minutes into the show, and I’m told the next segment will show me how to hit the ball straighter and longer. Imagine turning on Mike and Mike and finding a segment on “How to get more hang time with your punts.” Back to CNN. Maybe they’ll do a segment on How To Read a Teleprompter, or How to Conduct a Political Interview, or How to Dress for Television.
Forgetting Sarah Adam Scott Marshall: The idiotic banning of the long putter has destroyed Adam Scott’s career. 2013: eight top-three finishes. 2014: four top-three finishes. 2015: zero top-three finishes. The long putters should have been banned from the start, or left alone.
Remembering Geoff Shackelford: I just remembered Shack is guesting on Morning Drive all this week. I flipped back. The instructional segment is over, but now Damon Wyndham-is-a-major Hack is on, talking about and showing video of Tiger Woods. (Update: Not an hour later, Hack was peppering a guest with questions about the possibility of Woods winning more majors. Update: Two hours later… Hack states that the “past 18 years have been dominated by Tiger Woods’s great play.” Excuse me, Damon, but I missed the part where Woods dominated the past six years. Hack is in fine cheerleading form today; one must wonder if he met up with Steinberg in the “wide stance” area of the Minneapolis airport.)
Dr. Ara Suppiah, Oh No He diddint! Bizarrely, Morning Drive just did a segment on blood spinning. Is it right for you? Could it help you heal? Is this some kind of desperate normalization attempt regarding Woods and Galea (and Bosch and Lindsay and Biogenesis and…)? Well, be that as it may, Suppiah started off by saying, paraphrasing, “This is a procedure used by such people as Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal.” Oops. You are linking Woods to Nadal now? Check out this Charlie Hebdo magazine cover:
Rafael Nadal has never failed a drug test. Yet the 12-time Grand Slam singles champion has been dogged by rumors of doping his entire career.
The speculation—something casual fans are mostly unaware of—has spread from the blogosphere to the mainstream. ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and The Bleacher Report have all acknowledged the accusations in stories within the past year. The website Tennis Now openly suggests a “connection” between Nadal and doping. The anonymous blog Tennis Has a Steroid Problem has a laundry list of “evidence” against the 27-year-old Spaniard. (The post includes this editor’s note: “The opinion of this blog is that Nadal is benefiting from the use of performance enhancing drugs.”)
Dr. Suppiah, did you fail to get Golf Channel to approve your Woods-Nadal link? See no evil, speak no evil, speak no evil, you know.