Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fantasy Golf: The BMW Preview

It's going to be a light golf post this week as we have the colliding currents of our two favorite sports seasons* along with three full days of pretty boy golf on the docket including a return to the site of this situation from last fall. If this week's activity doesn't generate some worthy writing material, I have a great back-up plan in place as I've committed to doing something in ten days that is going to result in an epic FGR accomplishment or an epic FGR failure with no other possible outcome. I don't want to give it away but let's just say that there could be mouth-to-mouth resuscitation involved. For now, let's bang-out a top ten list for the BMW Championship as we advance to what is setting-up to be a FedEx Cup that may finally live-up to the overblown hype that lives within Dan Hicks.  
See below.**

The BMW Top Ten

1. Jason Dufner
2. Phil Mickelson
3. Justin Rose
4. Adam Scott
5. Lee Westwood
6. Henrik Stenson
7. Sergio Garcia
8. Jim Furyk
9. Steve Stricker
10. Dustin Johnson

The Deutsche picks weren't quite an airball but they did take a good chunk of paint with them as they clanged off the back rim. We really should have seen the Stenson win and the Woods/Mickelson regressions coming as they were all long overdue. I'm not quite sure what to make of that Tiger performance which was his worst since the Memorial back in June. Was it just an off-week or is he starting to wear down? I'm guessing the latter considering he's finished out of the top 30 in three of his last six events. You almost have to wonder if deep down he doesn't want to win the FedEx Cup because he knows that by taking that semi-meaningless title along with the Players and two WGC tournaments, he will only succeed in highlighting the fact that he didn't win a major this year. As it stands now, it will already go down as one of the biggest "yeah but" seasons in the history of sports.***  

The Deutsche Report Card: C+
"It takes 43 muscles to frown but only
17 to smile so stop wearing yourself
out. Here, let's practice together."

1. Tiger Woods - T65th
2. Phil Mickelson - T41st
3. Keegan Bradley - T16th
4. Rory McIlroy - T47th
5. Webb Simpson - T53rd
6. Henrik Stenson - 1st
7. Steve Stricker - 2nd
8. Gary Woodland - T41st
9. Zach Johnson - T27th
10. Jonas Blixt - T53rd

And lest we not forget the Thursday night NFL pick as the complete week 2 rundown will not be ready until Friday (at the earliest).

New England by 12.5 over the N.Y. Jets: The Pick - Patriots

Over the next few weeks I think we're going to discover that the Jets' win last week said a lot more about how bad the Bucs are than how good the Jets are (which may be the last time the words "Jets" and "good" are used in the same sentence this year). That pretty much takes care of the housekeeping. See you later in the week with some football picks guaranteed to have your kids working in the dining hall to pay their way through college.

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* I watched just about every sport on the planet this past weekend including America's Cup sailing. If you haven't checked it out, it's worth a few minutes of your time just to see two space age looking catamarans going 50 mph with the city of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in the background. Before you get in too deep and decide to start rooting for the Americans, however, know that "our" boat is owned by egomaniacal billionaire Larry Ellison and is captained by an Australian guy, coached by a French guy and steered by a British guy. Oh yeah, the "Americans" were busted for cheating and penalized two races so now they need to win eleven races and New Zealand only needs to win nine (and the Kiwis currently hold a 4-1 lead so "we're" screwed). If you're actually still reading at this point, I promise that I will never write about sailing again.
Nice Perms.

** Completely random television recommendation . . . check-out The Bridge with Diane Kruger on FX. It's a Traffic meets Se7en while hanging-out at Lethal Weapons' pool kind of thing.

** The number one "yeah but" season by a mile was the 2007 Patriots when they went undefeated and then gagged away the Super Bowl (cue Nelson Muntz). The number one "yeah but" movie of all-time was Gene Wilder's The Woman in Red when he had a shot at Kelly LeBrock and couldn't make it happen. You were the Waco Kid for God's sake . . . close the deal!!!


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