Is there such a thing as a "Happy Tax Day"?
Down under Master---
Adam Scott, belly putter and all, wins the Master’s in a playoff against Angel Cabrera who, I swear, only plays well in majors. Tiger Woods finishes fourth, four shots off the lead and is left to wonder ‘what if?’
Remember, Woods was assessed a two stroke penalty on Friday after a series of events that started with him hitting the flagpole on 15 and bouncing into the water. Who’s to say what happens if that shot doesn’t get the bad bounce and he makes birdie instead of triple bogey. As it is his former caddie, Steve Williams, wins his fifth Master’s instead of Woods (Williams was on Adam’s bag).
It’s incredible that it took this long for an Australian to finally win a Masters. There have been a long line of suitors—Jim Ferrier in the early 50’s, before Bruce Crampton in the 70’s, but the Aussie poster child for Master’s failure has been Gregg Norman. ‘The Great White Shark’ blew a six-stroke lead on the last day to Nick Faldo in 1996. There were Aussies all over the leaderboard this week, but it’s Scott who wears green leaving the rest of the field green with envy.
Best of luck Tim---
Over the weekend my good friend Tim Steinert was married. Tim is the latest in a line of personal producers that have worked with me on every major story I’ve done over the many years I spent at KWCH.
In the early 90’s Doug Schrag was made to put up with me, we traipsed all over the Midwest chasing K-State football going as far away as Hawaii. He was with me in 1998 in St. Louis when the ‘Cats lost what appeared to be a sure shot at the national title.
Greg McFadden took over a few years later and rolled with me through K-State’s 2003 Big 12 championship, WSU’s 2006 Valley title and its Sweet 16 run. He was also with me when Kansas won the national title in San Antonio in 2008. Along the way Greg became ‘G-Mac’ then just plain ‘G’, it’s a nickname that follows him to this day.
Tim arrived on the scene four years ago, he’s done a Cotton and Fiesta Bowl with me—he’s chronicled a Kansas State football championship and chased a Heisman Trophy candidate with me to New York City. He was with me every step of the way to WSU’s NIT Championship and to Portland a year ago and Atlanta just last week. All three of these guys made my life so much easier, with their talent, perseverance and professionalism.
I’m so thankful for all three and if you think I’ve done anything redeeming in the last twenty years---much of the credit goes to them.
Loyola to the Valley---
Short of it bringing the Chicago market into the conference, the decision to invite Loyola of Chicago into the Missouri Valley Conference is underwhelming. I say that understanding that any school the Valley had at its disposal would have been an underwhelming replacement for Creighton.
Simply put, there is no replacing Creighton—but going with a program that was 222 in the final college hoops RPI seems a little odd. It would be interesting to know if Wichita State had any input in the decision to go with Loyola; it would seem that they’ve earned a voice in the discussion.
That’s not to say that the Valley should genuflect to WSU—but they are coming off a Final Four and while MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin is right to say that the conference is bigger than any one school---I’m not sure that would hold if they were to lose two.