By: John Sears
The John Deere Classic, was exactly that, an instant classic. Hometown hero Zach Johnson looked like he was going to win back-to-back titles but just couldn’t make the big shot. Johnson had a 1 shot lead on the 18th, but bogeyed to send it to a 3-man playoff with Jordan Spieth and David Hearn. I thought Zach won it on the first playoff hole with a chip that rimmed out, no dice.
Low and behold 19 year old Spieth hangs on and wins on the 6th playoff hole. 19 years old!!! What were you doing at 19? I was deciding whether to go to Brothers, or Joe’s Place in Iowa City. Jordan Spieth is winning the JDC. That’s just crazy.
Rick Heller is the new Iowa baseball coach. It took 50 days for the Hawkeyes to hire a coach. Heller is a good choice. He coached UNI before the Panthers dropped their program. The problem is Iowa doesn’t put a lot in to baseball, so until they upgrade the facilities I just don’t know if the Hawks will ever be a contender in the Big 10.
I saw ‘The Heat’ this week. Good movie. Solid B+, maybe even an A-. If you’re in for a good comedy I recommend it. But be forewarned, the ‘F’ word is part of every sentence. Melissa McCarthy makes the movie, really funny.
Team USA did not advance to the medal round of the World University Games in basketball. Disappointing. USA lost to Australia and Canada. The best they can finish is 9th, which they should. The seeding for this tournament was not great. Canada and Australia are both in to the semis and may very well face each other in the championship. Estonia made the winners bracket quarters, then promptly lost to Serbia by 45. I find it hard to believe the US would lose to Serbia by 45.
Royce White played more minutes for team YMCA this year than the Houston Rockets. The YMCA did not pay White a cent, the Rockets lost a lot of $$$. I don’t think White ever plays a meaningful minute for the 76ers. I hope he does, because he’s a likeable guy, but hid attitude towards anxiety and seemingly not wanting to work anything out is very frustrating.
The news mistake of the millennium came this weekend. KTVU thought they were reading the names of the pilots who died on Asiana flight 214 that crashed in San Francisco. Instead, it went all wrong. Just watch, it’s hard to describe. This station will never live this mistake down, ever.