Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bouncing Back, by Casey Mitchell

After Rory McIlroys historical collapse at Augusta earlier this year, many people believed that would be his legacy. To everyones surprise, Rory roared back with a 7-under-par in the first round of the U.S Open at Congressional. After that first round, McIlroy was set on cruise control for the next 3 days. McIlroy ended the U.S Open 16-under-par. That was good enough for the lowest score in the history of the Open, passing Tiger's 12 under at Pebble Beach in 2000. If Rory wins the British Open in the next 3 years, his father will win over 300,000 American dollars, off a bet he made when Rory was 15. He bet that his son would win a British Open by the time Rory was 25. At that time the odds were 300 to 1.
I don't think McIlroy has a better chance of catching Nicklaus before Tiger does, but I do think that Rory McIlroy is here to stay and make a name for himself. He is only 22, and knows how it feels to win big, and choke big. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of Rory McIlroy.

3 months into the baseball season, one of the biggest surprises of the league are the Seattle Mariners. Seattle's pitching has been outstanding this season, having the 2nd best team ERA in the American League. The Mariners are currently only 1 game out of first place, sitting at 37-35. The entire AL West is in a tight race for the division title. All 4 teams are within 5.5 games of the division lead.
The final thing I would like to cover is the injury to Albert Pujols. Pujols is batting .279 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI. The Cardinals are in a close race with both the Brewers and the Reds. This injury could cost the Red-Birds a chance at the postseason, but keep in mind, It's only June and Albert isn't having his usual outstanding season. The entire St. Louis offense is now placed on the shoulders of Lance Berkman, and Matt Holiday.

1 comment:

Steve Tannen said...

To add onto Casey's Mariner comments, the pitching best hold up because the hitting is anemic. Hopefully this Ackley kid will provide some pop. Key that Pineda, Fister & Vargas maintain their excellence through the dog days. As for Pujols, gotta think the Cards or any other pursuers are nuts to sign him long term until they can verify he's back to being Phat Albert!