I. Rory gave it a go, but was too far back to have any realistic chance in Dubai.
II. Fowler played solidly all day — until he didn’t. I wouldn’t read more into it than that, though. Fowler hit clutch shot after clutch shot to stay alive after he overdrove the green coming down the stretch. Still, it was not the result I wanted. (I was for Fowler, but I regularly pull for Matsuyama, too, who has risen to OWGR #12 with this Phoenix Open win. At age 23.)
III. The Super Bowl was truly awful. Yes, my team lost, but it wasn’t that. After all, I was okay with either team winning, really. It just wasn’t an enjoyable viewing experience.
- Penalties, penalties, penalties (with plentiful bad calls)
- Poor QB play
- Crappy field
- Unforced turnovers galore
When you compare this game to the NCAA Championship game between Alabama and Clemson, you can see why I regularly point out the NFL has an inferior product, and interest would be in freefall if not for fantasy football betting. There was one turnover in the NCAA Championship; there were six in the Super Bowl. There were six penalties in the NCAA game, a whopping eighteen in the Super Bowl. 3rd down conversions in the NCAA game: 9-18 and 6-14; in the Super Bowl 3-15 and 1-14.
Defining play: The incredible onside kick in the NCAA game. The Super Bowl… one of the fumbles?