I love Tiger (in that manly DEAN RASMUSSEN way), but I hope Rocco wins.
I sat around and watched almost all the golf yesterday and it was an outstanding day of vegetation. It was rainy up here in Maine, so outside activities were limited, so I didn't feel too guilty about it, either.
The only part that pains me is that even if Rocco Mediate wins, the media will claim that it was because Tiger's knee bothered him.
Go Rocco! Win one for the Italian-Americans (if in fact, he is Italian-American)!! He's only two years younger than me and has my exact body type!
I am listening on XM146 who have some talking heads describing the action. But they just finished 9 and I think I am leaving work ill right now. I think lying down on my couch at home with NBC on the screen might alleviate my illness.
I'm not a big golf fan, but man this was one amazing match to watch between Tiger & Rocco. Unfortunely, I was rooting for Rocco, so it wasn't quite the ending I was hoping for. Still, you got to admire Tiger being able to hit every clutch shot and doing it on one good leg, too.
Most every other golfer would probably be happy to take the rest of the year off if they'd already finished 1st and 2nd in the first two majors. (And most every other golfer is secretly thrilled about having a better chance. TV people, not so much.)
The article makes it seem as though Tiger probably only did the tournament to see if he could go on like this (and might as well test it out on the toughest major) and he was going to be done regardless how the US Open was going to turn it. Winning it makes it worth it.
Even with the injury, it was totally worth it. Not just because Tiger won the major, but because he did with one leg and with clutch shots, too. He's always been a winner, but at times I have heard some people question how he would do if faced with adversity. They sure as hell can never ask those questions again after seeing him gut it out an extra 19 holes on a torn ACL to win the US open.
Willis Reed - made a couple of early jumpers, his team did most of the heavy lifting Kirk Gibson - never would have been able to get around on the cheese Jack Youngblood - played in the Pro Bowl the week after the game. Nuff said.
Stevie Yzerman playing 23 playoff games on a blown out knee is probably the closest, but I imagine he was able to use a brace. Sorry MJ, heroic though the effort was, "the flu" really doesn't fit this list.
I wonder if Tiger got a shot between nines on Sunday (is cortizone even legal anymore?), it really didn't seem like there was more than a couple of "wince" moments over his last 28 holes. Guess that explains why he was so anxious for that last putt to end it.
Oh, and how about giving Tiger's Ryder Cup spot to Rocco as a Captain's pick?
I really was worried for Spinks going with the big Nelly intro (even if it was pretty damned cool) while Judah just had the eye of the tiger in the ring. It did remind me, as Moe mentioned, of Vernon Forrest pulling that before the Mayorga fight.