Golf aficionados may not be masters of their own domain this weekend as Tiger Woods takes on Augusta and the Masters, making his first Grand Slam appearance since his dramatic win in last June’s U.S. Open.
To the action, where Golf Week’s The Masters Blog has Arnold Palmer bringing 16 clubs for his ceremonial opening tee-off. Golf Blog was on the first tee with Arnold Palmer, and has more on Gary Player’s final Masters. On The Tee says reigning champ Trevor Immelman will have very little contact time with anything green. As for Tiger, Hooked On Golf has him fielding some tough questions from the press. The Point After has Pats’ LB Adalius Thomas in awe of Woods.
Onto baseball, where the Sox are out of the gate after Tuesday’s opener, when ace Josh Beckett mastered the Rays’ domain. YFSF puts Beckett’s performance in perspective among the all-time best Sox Opening Day outings. Surviving Grady narrows the field of great Opening Day moments considerably by adding his sobriety as a prerequisite. Still, a pretty good list. Don Orsillo has these BoreSox changing their color soon enough now that we’re finally underway.
One If By Land has a thumb on the panic button with Hideki Okajima, proving there is no longer any Opening to Opening Day in Boston. Cap’n ‘Tek has already hooked Basegirl right through October. Year Of The Sox also likes the slimmed-down Captain, but Fenway Pastoral thinks a change in his music preference is in order.
Fire Brand Of The American League has Jon Lester taking a sharp left turn in yesterday’s 7-2 loss, although they falsely saddle him with a second tater here. Confessions Of A She-Fan is a Yank who doesn’t want to know if Manny was juicing in Boston. Let me guess, Jane: it might make you think less of him, right?
Hacks With Haggs had Tuesday’s Opening Day ceremonies flirting with disaster but pulling through strong. Boston Dirt Dogs brings us more of the Sox’s ‘Coming Out’ party. Toeing The Rubber‘s seat was close enough to high-five Okajima, which, as it happens, was the last thing Hideki executed well on the day. Caught Off The Wall has Jim Rice digging one out of the dirt for Senator Teddy.
Congrats to the Lady Huskies, who completed a remarkable 39-0 season with their sixth national championship. On UConn Women’s Basketball, John Altavilla finds confetti easier to explain to his wife than some other things she’s found in his travel bag. Hey, check out the packed house at yesterday’s rally at Gampel Pavilion, courtesy of My Two Cents. At least there was someone to take the President’s call and Elm City to Eagleville says that will earn them the first championship team invitation to Obama’s White House.
NESN University calls this Lady Huskies program the most dominant in all of sports. Red’s Army says this squad is the cornerstone for a revolution in women’s basketball, but he also admits to nearly losing his sanity with the C’s long layoff.
Last night’s 106-104 win over the New Jersey Nets ended a five-day vacation for The Green. With so much down time on their hands earlier in the week, Loy’s Place looked at the emerging playoff picture in the East. Celtics Stuff Live reveals who has been toeing the line in KG’s absence. Perk Is A Beast sings the praises of their guy, who has played stellar D during Garnett’s PTO.
With the new class of Hall of Famers just announced, Green Street has Doc Rivers stumping for DJ’s candidacy. And in your next pick-up game, you’ll want to avoid the likes of these ten CelticsBlog friends.
Unlike with the Lady Huskies, Obama won’t be calling on the Bruins – at least not in the regular season. The Bear Cave says the President’s Trophy is all but lost after the B’s 3-2 defeat in Ottawa on Tuesday. Kathryn Tappen advises fans not to get too consumed with hardware anyway. Big Bad Blog has Chuck Kobasew in the shop for maintenance.
And a little more collegiate lovin’. John Chandler weighs in on B.U. in the Frozen Four, as the Terriers look to take Boston College’s vacated spot as national champions.
Just some tidbits as we try to organize for the upcoming draft. The Patriot Act continues with a three-day tour of offensive line needs. And Scott Pioli sure won’t be missed as Reiss’s Pieces has Forbes Magazine’s analysis of NFL drafting systems. You’ll never guess who finishes LAST!
Finally, in a story sure to break Pete Sheppard’s heart, Thanks For Playing brings details of Tom Brady’s wedding.
That’s a wrap for the week. Thanks for checking in, and remember to take a spin around the various blogs that you visit from here. Many have a week’s worth of content and I’m only offering a taste.