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I am going to discuss two sports topics today along with a review of a local establishment and a preview of the ribs I am going to make Erin as her prize for coming home to Hank and me. I am watching the replay from SanDiego and the Farmer’s Insurance Open, and seeing Tiger swinging the club well again is great for golf. When Tiger is competing in tournament championships golf is better because of it. Tiger was arguably the most dominant athlete of all time during the stretch between 2000-2007. No one dominated a single sport the way he did, he won majors by double-digit strokes. Tiger has 14 major championships with 13 coming between 2000-2007, he won the Masters in 1997. In my opinion, Tiger changed the type of athlete that played golf. Prior to Tiger’s dominant stretch, your average golfer was a middle-aged white or European man that most of us could not identify with. Tiger comes along as a young, energetic, African-American man who ushered in an entirely new demographic of golf fan. Sponsored by the largest athletic apparel company in the world, Nike, and he was an in every living room in America on Sundays in the summer. I firmly believe that if it were not for the “Tiger” effect the golf world would have never had the likes of a Dustin Johnson. Tiger forced other golfers to be better, he was at the cutting edge of training and nutrition and he forced other golfers to change the way they trained if they wanted to keep up with him. Tiger made it cool to be a golfer, with his red shirts on Sunday, 300 yard drives, and his overall dominate play. Tiger was the biggest star of the early 2000’s because since the incident in 2009 every time Tiger picks up a golf club he is the number one golf story. Tiger has only played sparingly since 2009 and when he has played it hasn’t been well but he is a story at every tournament and when he is coming back. I think he is healthy and his swing is back, I hope he eases his way back into the season and doesn’t rush so he can maintain his health.
I think Tiger will be good again but for those that think that he will be the old dominate Tiger are kidding themselves. Also, if Tiger is not as dominant as he was before it does not mean that there is anything wrong with him. First, Tiger is 42 years old and hasn’t been healthy in 10 years, the last major he won he had a torn ACL and broken fibula. I have just entered my 40’s and can tell you there are things that hurt in the morning that did not when I was 39, so age will affect Tiger for sure. Second, the competition is 100x better now than it was in the early 2000’s. Speith, DJ, Rory, Fowler, Rose are all great players and capable of winning each and every tournament they enter. When Tiger was at his most dominate his major competition was Phil Mickelson and everyone else was a distant third. I hope in 2019 Tiger is back to 100%, it will be fun to see him in groups with the aforementioned younger champions. Here’s looking forward to a great 2018 golf season and the return of Tiger!
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The baseball writers have turned the Hall of Fame into a yearly joke. These old crotchety writers need to get over themselves, the last few classes while they have been decent, the story is more about the guys they are leaving out. Baseball needs to step in and do something about them leaving out the guys from the steroid era. Barry Bonds and Rodger Clemens are two of the greatest players of all time and definitely deserve to be in the Hall. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa who were both on PEDs brought baseball back with their home run chase in 1998 after baseball went on strike in 1994. They need to construct a new wing in the Hall and call it players from the steroid era, but whatever they do these guys need to be in the Hall of Fame. If the conspiracy theorists are correct and baseball turned a blind eye because these guys were hitting HRs and driving up attendance and ratings, well then baseball really needs to step in and do something for the guys who brought fans back to baseball.
This years class was ok, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jim Thome all were good players in their own right. Chipper was the #1 draft pick in the amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves. He played 18 years in the big leagues primarily at third base, he was an 8x All-Star, MVP, batting title winner, and played in three World Series winning the 1995 WS. He had a decent career, but I do have one funny story about my man Chipper. My family was at the Atlanta Braves game in the summer of 1999, a couple years earlier a story broke that he had impregnated a Hooters waitress, well my brother Mike came to the game armed with his information and it just so happens we are sitting on the third base side. Michael berates Chipper the entire game, hurling barbs at him using his given name Larry, mind you Michael at the time is like 14 years old. If you think that I have some useless knowledge in my brain about sports, I do not hold a candle to Michael.
Vladimir Guererro is the best player in the class, I remember watching him bat and no matter where they threw it he could hit it and hit it hard. Vlad hit HRs on balls that bounced to the plate! Vlad was a 9x all-star, MVP, and an 8x silver slugger winner. Vlad played on the last great Montreal Expo team in 1994 that was probably going to the World Series but the season was cut short by players strike.
Jim Thome is the name in this class that confuses me, in my opinion, he is nowhere near a first ballot Hall of Famer. He was a 5x all-star and a silver slugger award winner, that is all. He batted in one of the most prolific lineups with the Indians in the mid-1990s. He was never the best player on his team, he did play in the World Series in 1995 and 1997. Jim did hit 612 home runs but struck out 2548 times in 22 years. He was never higher than 4th in MVP voting, I just do not understand why he gets first ballot status and they continue to leave Bonds and Clemens out.
Omar Vizquel was the biggest snub from this class and to make matters worse he only garnered 30% of the vote. The guy is the greatest defensive shortstop to have ever played the game. The plays he made were unreal, watch the clip below for evidence.
This was in the World Series folks! The guy made play after play for the Tribe whether it be on offense or defense. He was a 3x all-star and an 11x gold glove winner. The reason he was only a 3x all-star was because of Derek Jeter and the Yankees. Jeter couldn’t carry Vizquel’s glove but because he played for the Yankees the media loved him. One day the writers will reward defense and not just these guys that hit 600 home runs but strikeout 2500 times.
I stopped at Frank and Ellie’s today for the Thursday review. I thought it was going to be more along the lines of a bar/grill, but it was not. I walked in and they had nine different drafts but they were all domestics so I just ordered a Miller Lite. I asked the waitress for a menu and she said that they do not have one and pointed to a little board on the wall. I got two Frank’s burgers which were ok, they were made on an oven grill. I was a little disappointed by what I thought I was walking into, but after I came to grips with what it is, it is a fine local establishment that I will be back to after dinner!
Lastly, Erin has been out of town nine of the last ten days for work and Hank and I miss her. Shout out to Tami, Julie, and Jack for taking care of Hank while I was at school, he couldn’t go to daycare because of his damn puppy warts! Thank you for proving once again we live in an awesome neighborhood! Erin gets back tonight around midnight, so I decided to make her favorite ribs on Sunday. I am going to make Barbecued Beef ribs. I am going to need slabs of beef ribs, 1/2 cup basic BBQ rub, 1 cup basic BBQ sauce. First, I am going to season ribs on all sides with the rub, then set the Big Green Egg to indirect cooking at 300*. I am going to place the ribs on a V rack in a 9×13 drip pan lined with aluminum foil on the grid. The ribs will cook for 2 1/2-3 hours, until tender or 190*F internal temperature. Then, I will take Ribs off and raise the temperature of the EGG to 500*F. Then I will place the ribs directly on the grid basting with the sauce every few minutes for 5-7 minutes until they are covered with sauce. Serves 4.
Ingredients for a Basic BBQ Sauce:
- 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
- 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp celery seed
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo
Place the tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and mix well.
Wisk the salt, pepper, celery seed, cinnamon, paprika, cloves, garlic powder, onion powder, and chipotle together in a small bowl until completely blended. Add to the saucepan and mix well. On the stove top simmer the sauce over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until sauce thickens. Remove the Chipotle with a slotted spoon and serve.
Ingredients for the Basic BBQ Rub:
- 3 tbs sweet paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp celery seed
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tbs Kosher Salt
- 1 tbs black pepper
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. You can store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
That will be my Sunday of cooking I can’t wait to get back out there this Sunday and fire up the Big Green Egg!
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See you Sunday for recap of Tiger’s round and a review of the Ribs!!