The Week That Was

Ryan Griffin

Just a weekly review of what went down in the world of sports. From Tiger withdrawing and Rory choking, to Noah dropping a triple double against Knicks, you’ll find just about everything here.

College Hoops

-It was a wild week in the world of college hoops. One week of the regular season left and Wichita State remains unbeaten, winning both games this week by 20 points. If they go undefeated and win the MVC, they will be a number 1 seed and a dangerous one at that.

-North Carolina won their 11th straight ACC game, beating NC State midweek and Virginia Tech Saturday. A win against Notre Dame Monday, sets up a show down with Duke on Saturday night. This team has managed to turn it around after an awful start and Marcus Paige is the reason.

-Virginia won their first outright ACC title since 1981. They rolled Syracuse by 19 to clinch the title.

-Kansas won their 10th straight Big 12 title, which never happens. Most teams experience up and down years, it’s a natural process of college athletics. What Kansas has done will probably never be done again by a major college program. That’s the mark of a top tier program, you reload, you don’t rebuild.

It should be a wild week to end the regular season and an even better conference tournament week.

Golf

-Russell Henley won the Honda Classic on the first playoff hole Sunday, edging out Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer, and Russell Knox. Palmer was the only one of the group to shot under par Sunday, with McIlroy blowing a 2 stroke leading and shooting a 4 over. Rory choked bad, finishing with a bogey, a double bogey, and then hitting the shot of his life to nearly win the tournament. His eagle putt on 18 barely missed and he birdied to put himself in the playoff. Henley had a 5 foot birdie putt to win on the first playoff hole, after the other three couldn’t find the green.

-The real story here is Tiger Woods. He shot a 71 Thursday(+1), a 69 Friday(-1), a 65(-5) Saturday, and then 2013 Sunday Tiger came out and he shot +5 on 13 holes before withdrawing with “back problems.” I call bullshit and he pulled out because he couldn’t find the green and when he did, he couldn’t putt to save his life. He didn’t play awful the first three days, but Thursday and Friday were awful putting days. I don’t know if he can win a major or not this season, but I know he won’t if he doesn’t find his putting stroke.

-Paula Creamer won the LPGA event this week with a 75 foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole. It’s her first win in 70+ starts and what a putt it was. Congrats to her.

NBA

-Joakim Noah dropped a triple double on Sunday and led the Bulls past the Knicks, 109-90. 13 points, 12 rebounds, 14 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks for a power forward. Look at that stat line and tell me he isn’t a beast on the court. His shot looks awful and he may set jump shooting back with how ugly it is, but he finds a way to make them. The Knicks are awful and they need to blow up that squad. I’m not sure if I’d want Melo on the Bulls if I was a Bulls fan. He doesn’t make his teammates better and with Rose hopefully returning next season, I don’t see him being a good fit for them.

-OKC has won two straight games, after dropping the previous three, with Russell Westbrook back. I think those first three games were a feel out process and hopefully now the Thunder have figured it out and can continue to win.

-Tony Parker returned from injury to lead the Spurs past the Mavs, 112-106. The Spurs are old and aren’t getting any younger yet they keep winning. They are 43-16, 1.5 games behind OKC for the top seed in the West. Not real sure how they do it, but they keep doing it, with it being winning.

NFL

-The NFL wants to add playoff teams, one in each conference, to give each conference 7 playoff teams. Each conference has 16 teams, if 7 teams make the playoffs, that’s 45% of the teams in the playoffs. The 1 seed would get a bye and the other teams would all play on wildcard weekend. I can’t see a Friday game happening, since every team plays on the Sunday before wildcard weekend, so the most viable option would be a Monday night game. The winner of that Monday game would have to play on Sunday just to get 6 days rest, so I’m not sure how that would work out. I don’t like the idea one bit, just because that’s too many playoff teams. The regular season becomes a bit meaningless with so many teams making the playoffs. I would be in favor of seeding teams based on record and not by who wins the division. If you win your division, you get a playoff birth but not necessarily a home game. You seed the playoffs by record of the teams and the top 2 teams get byes, thus leaving whoever is the 3 seed(based on record) and the 4 seed(based on record) have home games.

-The Saints put the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham over the weekend and it’s the right move. They put non-exclusive rights on him, so if a team wants to give up 2 first round picks, they can have him. He wants wide receiver money but he’s a tight end. I don’t care how often he lined up in the slot, his position is tight end and that’s how he should be paid. The Saints offered him around 9 million a year and he wants around 12 million. No way should they offer that kind of money. He was a ghost at times this season and he was invisible in the playoff game against Seattle.

NHL

-Hockey returned after the Olympic break and the stadium series continued with Chicago taking on Pittsburgh at Soldier Field. The game wasn’t too bad but the snow was awful. Not sure how anyone skated on the ice when it was covered in snow just about the entire game. Chicago won, for those who care.

BPL

-Chelsea is back on top the table, impressively beating Fulham 3-1 behind a hat trick from Andre Schurrle. Fulham remains at the bottom of the table.

-Everton moved up to 6th place after beating West Ham 1-0.

-Arsenal dropped down to 3rd after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Stoke City.

-Liverpool moved into 2nd with a 3-0 win against Southampton.

-Manchester United didn’t play yet still lost.

-Man City won the Capital One cup 3-1 over Sunderland.

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