When you're hot, you're hot Or is it, when you're lucky, you're lucky?
As Phil Mickelson went on his birdie run on the back nine Sunday, I started to get excited. Forget the great moment of one of golf's most popular figures battling his demons to finally capture that elusive first major. Forget that it was Easter Sunday, and his three adorable children were there to share their father's finest professional moment.
The fact is that I was on the cusp of having an opportunity to pat myself on the back and brag to my friends for at least two or three months. I mean to pick the final four is great, and to pick the Masters Tournament winner is pretty cool. However, to pick them both in less than three weeks gives me genius status.
OK, maybe I'm getting carried way. Actually, I'll be the first to admit that all these predictions are luck. If not, I would be living in Vegas. The fact is, in the Final Four, I picked the best two teams (Duke and Connecticut). Then I basically did rock, paper, scissors to choose between Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State. Now the Georgia Tech selection deserves a little praise, but I picked them by default because I thought Kentucky was very beatable.
As for the Masters, I probably picked Phil Mickelson more because it was my personal preference than anything else. I wanted him to win for the same reason many of you did. He had become a somewhat tragic figure, having come close so many times only to still be without a major title. There is a charming quality about Phil that is hard to explain; when he came through on the biggest stage on Sunday the fans cheered wildly and some shed tears.
There is something incredibly special about watching a person make one of their dreams a reality, especially when that dream has eluded them for so long. So, to Phil Mickelson, congratulations and thank you for another incredible sports moment that I, for one, will never forget.
Greene off to hot start
Former Evans slugger Todd Greene signed with the Colorado Rockies this off-season with the promise of more playing time than he has had the last few years. The Rockies wanted Greene because of his leadership, work ethic and his bat.
Well, as always, Greene's bat is not letting him down. Through six games the Rockies are just 2-4. However, they are 2-1 in the three games that Greene has started, and the 32-year-old catcher has been a major factor in that early success.
In his most recent game Greene was just 1-for-4, which dropped his average to a robust .500 (5 for 10) which leads the team. He also has a double, a home run and three RBI. Also, his .900 slugging percentage is good for second on the team. So far it appears both sides will be pleased with their arrangement.
Unfortunately, the Rockies do not play in Atlanta until August, so mark your calendar for Aug. 24-26.
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