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Get Used To Spieth

April 16, 2015

A new era for the sport of golf has arrived. Thanks to a 21 year old named Jordan Spieth.

Not since Tiger Woods seized control of Augusta National at that age in 1997 has golf had a burst of youthful excitement like the one 21-year-old Jordan Spieth provided Sunday.

Spieth became the second-youngest Masters winner and only the fifth wire-to-wire winner. He also tied for the lowest four-round score in the tournament’s 79-year history.

What Spieth did at the Masters was launch golf into a new age, one that’s likely to see him and golf’s other notoriously gifted youngster, Rory McIlroy, create a rich rivalry.

Jordan Spieth

It has been a while since the game has had a rivalry.

The one downside to Woods’ dominance has been that he’s never truly had a rival, a near-equal who could threaten his monopoly on the majors. Phil Mickelson made a game run at standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tiger, but with five majors to Tiger’s 14, it never truly evolved.

Spieth went eye-to-eye with McIlroy last week and emerged on top. McIlroy is a little more than four years older than Spieth, so their best days figure to meet often in a sport where an athlete’s prime can last two decades.

McIlroy earned his reputation as the world’s greatest young golfer by winning a major on his 10th attempt. Spieth needed only eight, and he got there a year sooner.

Both had to blow a major before they could win one. But when Spieth bobbled away the 2014 Masters to Bubba Watson, he still finished tied for second. McIlroy’s famous fourth round collapse at the 2011 Masters dropped him all the way to 15th.

Both have a personality that seems to draw followers.

And with McIlroy and Spieth due to go 1-2 respectively in the next world rankings, the battle is officially on.
New Name, Same Story

It was supposed to be different this year for Charlotte in the NBA. The franchise got its old name, Hornets, back. Getting the popular name back was the highlight of the season as it turns out.

A season that started with such grand expectations ended in extreme disappointment for owner Michael Jordan’s team. The same team that went on a spirited second-half run last year to make the postseason did the exact opposite this time around.

Following the rebrand, the buzz was supposed to be back in North Carolina, but team never did shake that Bobcat mediocrity.

Charlotte was 28-33 on March 8, and it has lost 15 of 20 since to fall to 11th place in the Eastern Conference. All hopes of making a deep playoff run were mostly dashed in November following a 10-game losing skid.

The Hornets never made it back to .500 since being 1-0.

The franchise will now enter another offseason with a host of questions about its future. Sound familiar, does it not?
About the only player who took a step forward this year was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He, along with point guard Kemba Walker and center Al Jefferson are really the team’s only assets.

Fans must have little confidence in Jordan and company to use the offseason effectively. Years of questionable draft picks, confusing management decisions and unsuccessful free-agent pickups have the franchise where it is today.

I looked back at some examples of shaky draft picks. And this from a team that always ends up with a lottery or top-ten first round pick.

It seemed to start back in 2006. Remember Adam Morrison? Charlotte could have gotten Rajon Rondo. How about Brandon Wright in 2007? Could have gotten Joakim Noah. Ended up with D.J. Augustin in 2008. Could have gotten Brook Lopez, a center who averages 15 points and 10 boards a game. Got Gerald Henderson in 2009. Could have gotten Ty Lawson, one of the top point guards in the game. Somehow the team did not have a pick in 2010. I will plug in the 10th pick in the draft here since the Hornets always pick near the top of the draft. The tenth pick that year was Paul George, one of the top players in the game. Kemba Walker came to the team in 2011. Not bad, but Klay Thompson is better. I also like Kidd-Gilchrist, the 2012 choice. But Damian Lilliard is an all-star. Cody Zeller joined the Hornets in 2013. But Michael Carter-Williams is much better.

I would love a roster with just half of the guys the Hornets have missed out on since 2006. There are plenty of all-stars noted above that could have been in a Charlotte uniform. The franchise needs a star and it needs one fast.

By the way, I just heard that Justise Winslow of Duke is coming out early for the NBA draft. Am thinking that he is just what the Hornets need.





























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Duke Is Gearing Up For March Madness

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Honoring Dean Smith

Common Sense

Get Your Mind On The Game

NFL Championship Sunday

Panthers Eliminated

Panthers Move On

Panthers Playoff Bound

Sid’s 2014 Bowl Predictions

Kobe vs. Michael

Where Did That Come From?

Goodell Takes A Hit

Fragile Cavs

RG III Needs To Look In The Mirror

Heels AD Still Has Williams’ Back

Bumgarner Saves The Giants

Optimism Abounds With The Hornets

An Unlikely World Series

Winston Off Field Turmoil Continues

Panthers Rebound

October Baseball

Panthers Facing New Questions

Reality With Rice

Panthers Win, Panthers Win 

Carolina Panthers Preview

College Football Preview

When Will Manziel Show Some Poise?

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NCAA Football Talk

Got Off Easy

ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

LeBron Changes Image

LeBron Still Undecided

Game Effort By USA

The Decision II

Spurs Claim Dynasty Tag

Sour Grapes

Heat Make NBA Finals Again

Cavs Win Lottery (Again)


Panthers And The Draft

Not So Sterling

NBA Playoff Action

Phelps Diving Back Into It


Final Four Fodder

NCAA Hoop Madness

March Madness, 2014 Style

One and Done

Heels Heating Up

Setting The Record Straight

Martin And Incognito

Bobcats Appear To Be Moving Forward (This Time)

A Super Letdown

Super Bowl Preview

Broncos and Seahawks Reach Super Bowl

Panthers Were Not Ready

Seminoles End SEC Streak

2013 In Review

Sid’s Bowl Picks

Mack Brown Resigns

BCS Gets It Right

Did You See The Classic?

ACC Hoop Preview

NFL Coaching Hot Seats

Panthers Are The Talk Of The NFL

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A Jeff Gordon Sighting

World Series Preview

Craziness Within College Football

Dissension In Tar Heel Land

SEC Football Rules

Nickname Controversy

Panthers And Rivera Lose Another Close One


NFL, 2013 Style

Panthers Are Cam’s Team

Heels Sticking With Hairston

NCAA Hypocrisy

Does NASCAR Need Young Talent?

Crash & Burn?

PHIL-thy Good

An All Star Night

Charlotte Signs Jefferson

NBA Free Agency And Charlotte

LeBron vs. Michael

Major Problem For Tiger

Police Blotter Hits Tar Heel Hoop Program

NBA Finals Are Set

Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling

NBA Final Four

Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever

NBA Playoff Action

No Draft Buzz With The Panthers

NBA Playoff Preview

Tiger Should Have Been DQed

Baseball Is Back

Final Four Fodder

Sweet 16 Madness

March Madness

He’s Back

Kelly’s A Hero

Who Said Girls Can’t Race?

Danica Is On The Pole

King James

Flacco & The Ravens Hang On



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