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Monday Medley

What we read in between Red Sox grand slams…

  • Mike Myers is expecting a baby. Yeah, you’re not the first one to make the joke.

Monday Medley

What we read while turning down the Donald Trump debate…

The Case for Tiger Woods; Or, We’re Disagreeing with Joe Posnanski?!?!

“The greatest struggle an athlete undergoes is the battle for our memories. It’s gradual. It begins before you’re aware that it’s begun, and it ends with a terrible fall from grace. It really is a battle to the death.”

–William Goldman

It hasn’t been a very good year for Tiger Woods.

Perhaps you’ve heard, but within the last 12 calendar months, Woods lost a major he led after 54 holes for the first time in 15 tries, crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his Orlando home, had a deep history of infidelity and sexual philandering thrust into the public eye, issued multiple forced and awkward apologies, and attended sex rehab. And in the time since sex rehab, Woods has not won a single golf tournament.

This has led NPI-favorite Joe Posnanski to openly wonder why everyone still believes in Tiger Woods, why he was still the favorite to win the PGA Championship even though he’s coming off the worst performance of his career, why when he put a poll on his website, only 3% of respondents said Woods would “definitely not” break Jack Nicklaus’ career record of 18 grand slams (Woods has 14) when these days he looks “like everybody else.”

It has also led me, for pretty much the first time ever, to disagree with Joe Posnanski.

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Is Roger Federer the Greatest Tennis Player Ever?

“There is no rule passed in sports, especially for immortals, that they have to beat the other top guy to make history. What you do is show up and play who you play.”

Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

Roger Federer won the French Open Sunday for the first time, completing the career Grand Slam and tying Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam titles.

In the process, Federer reopened his application to be tennis’s greatest player ever. He and Sampras are tied at the top in terms of Grand Slams (with apologies to Rod Laver, who missed much of his prime because of NCAA-ish rules on what constituted an amateur at the time), and Federer’s win in Roland Garros—a place Pete never even made the Finals—would seem to be the tiebreaker.

There’s one problem, though: The guy Federer beat Sunday wasn’t Rafael Nadal. It was Robin Soderling.

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