Thursday, June 21, 2007
By Claude Vinson
Griz eye draft
What does Tiger Woods and Mississippi State have in common? Both made “the cut” but neither turned the trick.
Playoff veteran Ron Polk and his Bullies were looking favorable as the team from the SEC which was going to add to the conference’s laurels. For Polk it was his sixth trip to the CWS (College World Series), and the Bulldogs had been showing great “sticktoitiveness.”
However, they slipped into the losers’ bracket at the bats of the North Carolina Tarheels and then were eliminated on Sunday by the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 12-4.
Mark these words – the day of an SEC team grabbing the biggest trophy in the CWS is not very far away. There were four SEC teams this season in the regional playoffs.
The number one player in the golf world was visibly disappointed after missing a birdie putt on the 18 on Sunday which would have thrown the race for the U.S. Open Cup in a full-round playoff on Monday. The crouching Tiger was looking for his third Open title, which would have made a heckuva Father’s Day gift.
But the course at Oakmont had been thwarting the players’ intentions at every hole. It also had caused the elimination of some of the highest rated golfers on the tour, including the number two ranked Adam Scott. So it was really no great surprise when the winner turned out to be Angel Cabrera who had been a consistent leader throughout the tournament and took the big money prize with five over par, just one jot above the number two finishers, Tiger and Jim Furyk. The latter had won in 2003 and the former in 2000 and 2002. Of course, they will be back.
While all the above was being played out, the Grizzlies were still shuttling and shuffling the deck of potential players and potential managers. The early indications are that Chris Wallace will be the new GM, replacing The Logo, who (it is hinted) will hang around as an advisor to the owner. I guess that is wise. Although I fail to see the wisdom in bringing in a physician whose last patient was the second-in-the-cellar Boston Celtics.
Of course, we will still have to bate our breaths a little while longer to see just who the Griz will be able to obtain in the draft, which is just a few days away. To this end they have been entertaining some prospects this past week. They seem to be leaning heavily toward Al Horford of the ’Gators. He is big, not so strong, but totally athletic. Two out of three is not all that bad. Let’s just hope it is enough.
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