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The PGA Tour can’t get a break

The PGA Tour can't get a break. It's showcase San Diego event was a bad weather, brawling mess that didn't end until nearly halftime of the Super Bowl. The even bigger Pebble Beach, too, had weather delays, and it was played on an off weekend in the NFL playoffs.   So now the Tour hits L.A. and Tiger Woods is playing for the first time in nearly a year. His […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024

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Patrick Mahomes is outstanding but not yet the GOAT

Whoooooo!   Patrick Mahomes is outstanding. He's already won three Super Bowls at age 28.   BUT he's not the G.O.A.T. -- not yet anyway. Tom Brady is. He won 6 Super Bowl rings in New England and then, as a 42-year-old free agent, won a 7th in Tampa Bay.   That's greatness. That's what G.O.A.T.'s do.   What's the rush with Mahomes anyway?   Let his career marinate. Then, […]

todayFebruary 14, 2024

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Super Bowl 58 was decided by inches

We flippantly refer to games as being decided by inches. Well, Super Bowl 58 is the latest, greatest case of just that.   I'm talking about the two inches of Chiefs linebacker Leo Chenal's right hand that blocked the extra point of Jake Moody's PAT attempt. Instead of being up 4, the 49ers were up 3. A late KC field goal sent the game into overtime. KC won 25-22.   […]

todayFebruary 13, 2024

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The Monday after the Super Bowl ought to be a national holiday

More than 20 years ago I first wrote the Monday after the Super Bowl ought to be a national holiday. I'm happy to note that since then many others have said the same thing.   It's a day when school attendance is down. More people call in sick from work. Production and sales are are slowed to a crawl. More large television sets are sold leading up to the The […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024

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Chiefs vs Niners includes a galaxy of stars

If you were hoping Cinderella would make an appearance at Super Bowl 58 you're out of luck. The feel-good story of the Lions crashed and burned in the NFC Championship Game with a second-half choke job.   Now we have two Super Bowl regulars, the NFL's best team in the 49ers and the defending champion in the Chiefs. It has a chance of being a dozy featuring the game's best […]

todayFebruary 6, 2024

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Who is the real Trent Baalke?

Who is the real Trent Baalke? Is he the one who Jaguar fans mocked by wearing clown masks in 2022? Or is he the one who signed an incredible free agent class that included Christian Kirk, Evan Ingram, Darious Williams, and three others who helped turn the lowly Jaguars into a playoff team?   Now, Jaguar fans are calling for his scalp again after a second-half collapse left the Jaguars […]

todayFebruary 1, 2024

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There are more ways to watch TV these days than I can count

There are more ways to watch TV these days than I can count. There's cable, streaming, the TV antenna, and on and on. You're literally able to watch every imaginable sporting event somewhere, from the Super Bowl to college volleyball. And on whatever gadget you use, TV, computer, tablet, watch . . .   That's not the case now if you have Direct TV as I do. Direct TV doesn't […]

todayJanuary 31, 2024

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Now everything seems normal

In a season filled with upsets and a couple of shocking collapses (Jaguars and Eagles), some order was restored to the NFL in the second half of the final game before Super Bowl 58.   The NFC's top-seeded 49ers put on one of the greatest second-half comebacks in history to end the Lions' dream season. Now, in the final game of the season, we have the 49ers playing the 3rd-seeded […]

todayJanuary 30, 2024

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There’s a reason news reporters belong in the newsroom

In every newsroom I ever worked in or heard of the sports department was considered the toy department, looked down upon by the serious journalists. It was go to games, root for your team, report the cliches spewed by the coaches and players, and then go have a beer or six.   OK, there's some truth to all that, but serious journalism is practiced. Often when the news reporters get […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024