Guess Who’s Back? – Tiger’s Back with a Surgically Repaired Back

Tiger Returns

If you haven’t already heard the most polarizing figure in the golf world has returned. Tiger Woods made his return to the course this past week in his first tournament since having major back surgery last year. Initial thoughts I believe from most watching are mildly impressed. He finished eight under in a star-studded field at the Hero World Challenge. The field consisted of the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and many more high-ranking golfers from a year ago.

A Good Start

Tiger hopped out to a great start at the Hero World Challenge  In Round One, he finished with a 69 in a round that included five birdies with two bogeys. The bogeys came on the Par 5 Ninth Hole and the Par 5 Fifteenth. In Round Two, he started off hot with three birdies and an eagle on the front 9 for a 31. On the back side, Woods had just one birdie and two bogeys to finish the day with a 68 on the card. Woods seemed to be firing on all cylinders, at least for a 42-year old that hasn’t played competitive golf in a long time. Tiger entered the weekend at seven under trying to make a run up the leaderboard in his first appearance.

3rd Round Hiccups

Every golf fan knows when the weekend comes around the pin placement is tougher, approach shots get tougher and the wind seems to blow a little harder. To begin the third round, Woods had four bogeys on the front carding a 40. After bogeying the tenth, he was able to net two birdies to finish out the round with a 75.  For some this was the Tiger they were expecting to see, flopping shots all over the fairway, hitting approach shots onto the beach and missing give-me putts. After watching Round Four I’m going to say he was just shaking off some rust.

An Eventful 4th day

Woods came out hot to start Round Four. He had three birdies and an eagle on the front side to shoot a 31. Going into the back nine, there was a chance for Tiger to earn a top 5 finish. Then Woods double-bogeyed Ten. He followed with three birdies in the next five holes but rounded out with two bogeys on Seventeen and Eighteen. Woods finished the round with a 68 and finished ninth in the eighteen-man field.

Recap

The Hero World Challange leaves Tiger fans wanting more after putting on a good showing outside of Round Three. Did he have a realistic shot to win this tournament? Probably not, ask Ricky Fowler about his front side 28, capped off with a final round of 61 to win the tournament. Nevertheless, tying for ninth in a star-studded field leaves the question can of if he can come back and compete with the young guns in the game now.

Let’s look at some stats from Tiger’s weekend. In particular, Woods’ ball striking. He finished with a 65.4% driving accuracy. As for greens in regulation, he ended up with 63.9%. When it came to putting, he finished middle of the pack at 10th in putts per green in regulation. The stat that I believe can be used as a positive spin is that he was third in bogeys or worse. If he rids himself of some of the errant shots and rust from not playing competitively, fans can be optimistically hopeful that he can make a run at some tournaments in the future.

Outlook

The key question for anyone interested in Tiger Woods is whether or not this type of performance is sustainable? The early indications after watching him play this past week are yes. He looks healthy, he looks like he is having fun, and lastly, he looks like he has missed golf. One thing you can count on if he gets back into the mix, nobody in the field wants to see Tiger in red and black come Sunday. The truth is, it’s too early to tell if Tiger is really back, but after this week it can’t help but make one wonder.

 

 

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings: 90’s Boy Bands

NFL Week 14 Power Rankings, 90’s Boy Band style. It should be noted, Boyz II Men does not count as a boy band for our purposes here.

Dream Street

Who? Exactly.

26.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) [LW: 25]

  • Week 13: L 20-26 (OT) @ GB
  • Week 14: vs DET
  • Quote: “They played a decent game up to that point. The disappointing thing, to me, is we didn’t just bow up and hold them to a field goal.” – Bucs HC Dirk Koetter on the Packers last drive in Overtime

25.  Arizona Cardinals (4-8) [LW: 24]

  • Week 13: L 16-32 vs LAR
  • Week 14: vs TEN
  • Quote: “It’s a ‘What’ve you done for me lately?’ business. What happened today in New York, I think they won the division last year, didn’t they? You can’t control injuries, and you can’t control a lot of things. It’s the nature of the beast when you get in it.” – Cards HC Bruce Arians on job security in the NFL

24.  Houston Texans (4-8) [LW: 23]

  • Week 13: L 13-24 @ TEN
  • Week 14: vs SF
  • Quote: “Not good. I’ve never been in this situation, so I’m learning on the job too as far as being in a losing situation here.” – Texans HC Bill O’Brien on clinching his first losing season as Houston’s HC

23. Miami Dolphins (5-7) [LW: 26]

  • Week 13: W 35-9 vs DEN
  • Week 14: vs NE (MON)
  • Quote: “Just playing 60 minutes. We’re not going to slow down. I don’t care what the score is.” – Dolphins HC Adam Gase on defending his decision to onside kick leading 20+ against the Broncos (Gase was OC in Denver under John Fox).

22. Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) [LW: 21]

  • Week 13: L 20-23 vs PIT
  • Week 14: vs CHI
  • Quote: “Sometimes you’re in a situation that just kind of gets stale. If that’s happening here, he would know that. You’d love to see a new-found energy around this team because that’s what it’s going to end up taking.” – Former MVP Bengals QB Boomer Esiason on the team’s current coaching situation

LFO

They had some hits, but we’re never quite good enough to threaten the big boys.

21. Green Bay Packers (6-6) [LW: 22]

  • Week 13: W 26-20 (OT) vs TB
  • Week 14: @ CLE
  • Quote: “Brett did some really good things, especially at the critical times. At the most important time of the game, he played his best football. That says a lot about him.” – Packers HC Mike McCarthy on QB Brett Hundley’s performance in the 4th Quarter and Overtime

20. Buffalo Bills (6-6) [LW: 17]

  • Week 13: L 3-23 vs NE
  • Week 14: vs IND
  • Quote: “Well we’ve got to do a better job. To score three points, we’ve got to do a better job. I’m not going to sugarcoat that at all. We’ve got to score more than three points and put a defense under pressure. I thought we had a first good drive and then we gave the ball up there. You can’t do that in the NFL, in particular in the red zone. To come away with no points I thought was – although it was a good drive, it wasn’t good enough.” – Bills HC Sean McDermott on Buffalo’s offensive struggles

19. Washington Redskins (5-7) [LW: 16]

  • Week 13: L 14-38 @ DAL
  • Week 14: @ LAC
  • Quote: “Without a doubt, everybody’s disappointed, there’s no question. You know, we didn’t play very well against Dallas, that’s disappointing.” – Redskins HC Jay Gruden on Washington failure to meet high pre-season standards so far

18. New York Jets (5-7) [LW: 20]

  • Week 13: W 38-31 vs KC
  • Week 14: @ DEN
  • Quote: “He’s the biggest key to this team, organization. He’s such a down to earth guy, but an even better football coach. Having him being a part of this team, guiding us, has helped a lot throughout the season. Having him has made this thing so comfortable through the things we’ve gone through. He’s a great leader. We look forward to continuing to follow him.” – Jets LB Kony Ealy on HC Todd Bowles

17. Dallas Cowboys (6-6) [LW: 19]

  • Week 13: W 38-14 vs WAS
  • Week 14: @ NYG
  • Quote: “You try not to compare situations. That was a particular situation we had a few years ago and we tried to handle it. The biggest thing we tried to preach to our guys is just to prepare for the opportunity that we have on Sunday. It’s the same thing we’re preaching right now to our team, to get ready for this opportunity that we have.” – Cowboys HC Jason Garrett when asked about coaching changes in the NFL

98 Degrees

These guys had several good albums but never could be considered elite.

 

16. Oakland Raiders (6-6) [LW: 18]

  • Week 13: W 24-17 vs NYG
  • Week 14: @ KC
  • Quote: “CP stepping up, saying, ‘I can do this, I can help.’ [Special teams coordinator] Brad [Seely] saying, ‘Sure.’ We knew he was going to play a lot offensively, so we didn’t want to ask too much of him, but he thought he could do it and made some really nice plays for us.” – Raiders HC Jack Del Rio on Cordarrelle Patterson’s contributions Sunday

15. Detroit Lions (6-6) [LW: 14]

  • Week 13: L 20-44 @ BAL
  • Week 14: @ TB
  • Quote: “I’m not certain. We’ll have to kind of see how that goes, to be honest with you. Any time that you’re dealing with a throwing hand, it’s not going to be easy. We’ll see how it heals.” – Lions HC Jim Caldwell on QB Matthew Stafford’s hand injury

14. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6) [LW: 12]

  • Week 13: L 31-38 @ NYJ
  • Week 14: vs OAK
  • Quote: “At times frustration can set in. When good things don’t happen, it’s important to control yourself. With young guys they’re high strung, man, they’re competitive. (But) there’s a fine line. You have to handle yourself the right way.” – Chiefs HC Andy Reid on Marcus Peters ejection

13. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) [LW: 15]

  • Week 13: W 44-20 vs DET
  • Week 14: @ PIT
  • Quote: “That’s something we talk about a lot around here. It’s the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January,” Harbaugh said. “I think our guys take that very seriously, and that’s the goal.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on Baltimore’s mentality down the stretch

12. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) [LW: 13]

  • Week 13: W 19-10 vs CLE
  • Week 14: vs WAS
  • Quote: “Absolutely! What are you talking about, man? You’re talking about a high pick. That’s what they do. With Keenan, he’s just gotten better every single week. The guy didn’t play much last year, and I think you see more chemistry between him and Phil the longer they play together… It is special, but I think he’s doing his job.” – Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on Keenan Allen’s recent play

New Kids on the Block

Very successful, but were eventually overshadowed by the top two.

11. Tennessee Titans (8-4) [LW: 11]

  • Week 13: W 24-13 vs HOU
  • Week 14: @ ARI
  • Quote: “Very good (day). He took what the defense allowed him to take. He got us into all the right runs. … The run for the touchdown. The throwaways, when there wasn’t anything there.” Titans HC Mike Mularkey on QB Marcus Mariota’s solid day against the Texans

10. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) [LW: 8]

  • Week 13: L 9-14 vs MIN
  • Week 14: vs NO (THUR)
  • Quote: “I told the team inside, certainly a difficult loss for us, but one that was as a team. Over the last few weeks, we improved in that way all three phases, so today went right back to that. We knew it was going to be an all-day fight with Minnesota. We expected that coming in, and as the game turned out some missed chances on third down on both sides of the ball were really the factor in this game. Offensively, not being able to convert on some of the third downs and defensively then extended some drives, I thought was the real story of this game.” – Falcons HC Dan Quinn

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) [LW: 10]

  • Week 13: W 30-10 vs IND
  • Week 14: vs SEA
  • Quote: “I really think the quarterback had an excellent game. I really felt like it was just a matter of time. You watch a guy work and you watch him work his ass off and it’s happening in practice. It doesn’t always occur during a game, and to have it occur during a game I think is great for both him and the receivers because the receivers work extremely hard on that, too.” – Jaguars HC Doug Marrone on QB Blake Bortles performance

8. Carolina Panthers (8-4) [LW: 7]

  • Week 13: L 21-31 @ NO
  • Week 14: vs MIN
  • Quote: “Bad. There’s no other word for it.” – Panthers HC Ron Rivera on the team’s tackling on Sunday against New Orleans

Backstreet Boys

A close second, but not quite number one.

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-4) [LW: 9]

  • Week 13: W 24-10 vs PHI
  • Week 14: @ JAX
  • Quote: “The lateral was definitely not in the progression (of receivers). I just stepped up, I knew I was past the line, I was about to run for the first down, and the next thing I know here comes Mike Davis. Like I said, I had a baller to my right, and I gave him a chance, and he gets a big first down, a huge first down. It really kept the clock running, kept the drive running, and I believe we scored that drive. That was huge.” – Seahawks QB Russell Wilson explaining this play

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2) [LW: 4]

  • Week 13: W 23-20 @ CIN
  • Week 14: vs BAL
  • Quote: “I was just playing to the whistle. I didn’t mean to stand over him. I was trying to get a big block for Le’Veon Bell for him to get upfield. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me. I shouldn’t have done that. I hope he’s OK and I hope he gets better.” – Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster on illegal hit on Vontez Burfict

5. New Orleans Saints (9-3) [LW: 6]

  • Week 13:  W 31-21 vs CAR
  • Week 14: @ ATL
  • Quote: “I think it will be an extremely difficult one. When you look at (Muhammad) Sanu and (Taylor) Gabriel and the tight ends there this is a team and it’s just built differently and is very explosive outside and we’re going to have to be on point.” – Saints HC Sean Payton on New Orleans Thursday Night matchup with Atlanta

4. Los Angeles Rams (9-3) [LW: 5]

  • Week 13: W 32-16 @ ARI
  • Week 14: vs PHI
  • Quote: “I don’t think you really look at it as this is an end-all, be-all game. You look at it as, ‘This is another team that is very successful. This is another team that’s on a roll and a team that looks to be one of the postseason favorites.'” – Rams OT Andrew Whitworth on LA’s Week 14 matchup against the Eagles

3. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) [LW: 3]

  • Week 13: W 14-9 @ ATL
  • Week 14: @ CAR
  • Quote: 

*NSYNC

Powered by JT (like Tom Brady or Carson Wentz), the ultimate boy band.

 

2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) [LW: 1]

  • Week 13: L 10-24 @ SEA
  • Week 14: @ LAR
  • Quote: “Can’t make those mistakes against good football teams on the road and expect to win. You just can’t do it and we did it again tonight.” – Eagles HC Doug Pederson after losing to the Seahawks

1. New England Patriots (10-2) [LW: 2]

  • Week 13: W 23-3 vs BUF
  • Week 14: @ MIA (MON)
  • Quote: “Yeah, fundamentals have been better. Just overall execution and awareness, seeing the plays. Sometimes, that half-step is the difference between making the play and giving it up. We have a lot of little things, a lot of guys working together. That’s been important, too. It’s a different offense every week, different skill players every week, different blocking schemes every week.” – Pats HC Bill Belichick on New England’s defensive turnaround.

The Race for the #1 Pick

  1. Cleveland Browns (0-12)
  2. New York Giants (2-10)
  3. San Francisco 49ers (2-10)
  4. Denver Broncos (3-9)
  5. Indianapolis Colts (3-9)
  6. Chicago Bears (3-9)

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NFL Week 13 Power Rankings

Roll Tide – Bama Squeaks into the College Football Playoff

Roll Tide

For weeks now, we debated back and forth over who deserves to be in the College Football Playoff. After Championship Saturday, all the games were over and the fate of the playoff selections were all in the hands of the selection committee. By Sunday the conception was that Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia had all secured the first three spots. In the hunt for the final spot was Big 10 Champion Ohio State and Pac 12 Champion Southern California. Also in the mix, one-loss Alabama who did not play in the SEC Championship Game. Due to the Pac 12’s mediocrity after its top four teams, the fight for the last spot was really between Ohio State and Alabama. Would the committee select a two-loss conference champion or a one-loss dynasty? Upon final unveiling, the Committee responded with a resounding, “Roll Tide!”

Bama vs. Buckeyes

Without a doubt, Alabama football is the most prestigious college football program in the nation. Until Clemson or someone else rattles off several National Championships over the next few years, that won’t change either. They get the best recruits and roll through the tough SEC year in and year out. This season they did the same. The Crimson Tide won every game they played this season until their season finale at sworn rival Auburn. By losing to Auburn, the Alabama conceded the SEC West to the Tigers. Subsequently, the Tide didn’t make the SEC Championship. Their regular season ended with a record of 11-1.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State are no scrubs either. Everyone remembers what they did with Cardale Jones in 2014. The third-string QB led a loaded team to three straight victories, Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship, Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and Oregon in the National Championship. Now to this season. Despite an early-season loss to Oklahoma and an embarrassing beat down in Iowa City by the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes took out undefeated Wisconsin to claim the Big 10 Championship. To boost their resume, Ohio State owned wins over Penn State (39-38), and Michigan State (48-3). 

Why Bama Got In

Some speculate the Committee chose Alabama because of their name alone. Others believe it’s because they prefer the SEC over the Big 10. I believe it is a rating-grab based off of the rest of the rankings.

Look what happened last season in the Playoff. Clemson utterly trolled Ohio State in the semifinals. Then the Tigers played Alabama in one of the greatest National Championship games ever. After the Committee chose Clemson as number one, how could they not select Alabama for number four? The storylines and speculation surrounding a Clemson/Alabama rematch with a trip to the title game on the line are too good to pass up. On the other hand, if Oklahoma was the number one team in the rankings, Ohio State had a more legitimate shot at making the Playoff. In that scenario, the Baker Mayfield rematch with Ohio State would be a dream semifinal matchup. 

All in all, Alabama is in the College Football Playoff and that isn’t going to change. Their rematch with Clemson sets up one of the most anticipated semifinals to date. When you look back at the past two National Championships, can you blame the Committee? 

 Enjoy the rematch New Years Eve.

 

NFL Week 13 Pick’em Results *Updated*

NFL Week 13 Picks

Here are our staff NFL Week 13 Picks. On Thursday, the Redskins burned all four of us. What a great way to start the week. On Sunday, there were some notable blunders. First, only TreBabs picked Green Bay to beat the Buccaneers. Then he turned around and was the only one to pick Houston to upset Tennessee. TyGuy got hosed by Denver in Miami but was the only one to have faith in the Jets. In primetime, TyGuy was the only one to pick Seattle.

Week 13
Away Home Time TyGuy TreBabs Rongy Cannon Winner
WAS DAL SU 1:00 WAS WAS WAS WAS DAL
MIN ATL SU 1:00 ATL MIN MIN ATL MIN
NE BUF SU 1:00 NE NE NE NE NE
SF CHI SU 1:00 SF SF SF SF SF
TB GB SU 1:00 TB GB TB TB GB
HOU TEN SU 1:00 TEN HOU TEN TEN TEN
DEN MIA SU 1:00 DEN MIA MIA MIA MIA
KC NYG SU 1:00 NYJ KC KC KC NYJ
IND JAX SU 1:00 JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX
DET BAL SU 1:00 BAL BAL DET DET BAL
CLE LAC SU 4:05 LAC LAC LAC LAC LAC
NYG OAK SU 4:25 OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK
CAR NO SU 4:25 CAR NO CAR NO NO
LAR ARI SU 4:25 LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR
PHI SEA SU 8:30 SEA PHI PHI PHI SEA
PIT CIN MO 8:30 PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
      11-5 12-4 10-6 10-6  
      102-47 114-62 106-69 113-63  
      68.5% 64.8% 60.6% 64.2%

Guest Contributor Rankings:

  1. Drew Peacock 12-1 (92%)
  2. Conny: 11-4 (73%)
  3. Greggles: 10-4 (71%)
  4. Robs: 9-7 (56%)
  5. Panda: 6-8 (42%)

Last Week’s Results Here:

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