Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Sports this 'n' that

 Tiger Woods will defend his Masters title later this week, but, suprisingly, he's not the prohibitive favorite.

No, that would be Bryson DeChambeau, who has become golf's latest superstar.

DeChambeau, who packed on 20 pounds of muscle in the off-season, and 20 more during a coronavirus-enforced break earlier this year by doing some weightlifting, is considered by experts to be the favorite for the green jacket, just on his drives alone.

Check out this video compilation from Golf Opinion's YouTube channel:

Because of the pandemic, this year's tournament is taking place seven months later than normal, and that means CBS had to persuade the suits at Augusta National to move the start times for the 3rd & 4th rounds Saturday & Sunday into the morning, with coverage set to end on CBS around 3-4 pm (ET) each day due to football. The first two rounds air on ESPN, and I'm begging them to have Karl Ravech at Augusta. One of his signature home run calls in baseball would fit DeChambeau to a tee. To wit:

"Swing and a drive!"



This will be fun to watch.
Leave it to the Jests to help New England end a 4 game losing streak Monday.

The Jests squandered a 10 point 4th quarter lead, and barely had the ball during the frame. After Joe Flacco was intercepted by the Patriots' J. C. Jackson, Cam Newton calmly led the Pats down the field on three 4th quarter drives, culminating in ex-Jet Nick Folk hitting a game winning field goal on the last play of the game, giving New England a hard earned 30-27 victory.

Seems to me that the Jets were mentally fried after the pick. Actually, they've been mentally fried all season.
Mets infielder Andres Giminez finished 3rd in the voting for the National League Rookie of The Year, won by Milwaukee reliever Devin Williams. I'll have to check the final numbers to see if Shen grad Ian Anderson (Atlanta) picked up any votes. Had the Mets been a playoff team, which Milwaukee was, maybe Giminez has a better chance.
Are you ready for the Hudson Valley Yankees?

While the NY-Penn League is no more, the Bombers are moving their franchise in that league out of Staten Island (WHAT?) and heading up to Wappingers Falls for next season. The Hudson Valley Renegades, who could eventually end up becoming the HV Yankees, were aligned with Tampa Bay previously.

Meanwhile, new Mets owner Steve Cohen is in the process of purchasing each of the Mets' minor league teams, including the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) and Brooklyn Cylclones (A-ex-NYPL), according to reports. If he can add SNY, he'd have the whole magilla under one roof, and that would be a good thing.

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