The Classiness of Jordan Spieth Leads Podcast #26

Jordan Spieth (photo by Erik Charlton [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Jordan Spieth (photo by Erik Charlton [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

In this age of the “me generation,” it is refreshing, and thrilling, to find an athlete like Jordan Spieth. Participating in what most people consider an individual sport, Spieth never stops talking about “we” and recognizing the contributions that others have made that led to his success. My admiration for the young man reached new heights, and that is why he is topic number one in this week’s podcast.

After claiming a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup, Spieth had the most humble and heart-warming reaction ever.

Here is what he said:

“What it allows me to do is, it allows me to now even more so, take care of the people that have given me this position and allowed this to happen. Like I always say, it is a team effort. A lot of behind the scenes work goes in when we’re at home, when we’re in the early stages and on course here . . . I have an opportunity now, with a year like this and a bonus like that, to celebrate and to share it with the people that have made it possible.”

It doesn’t get any better than that.

Also in this episode:

  • The American League West and wild card races come down the stretch
  • Adam Wainwright returns for St. Louis!
  • Jonathan Papelbon making himself unemployable
  • Can the Red Sox possibly finish at .500?
  • Don Orsillo taking broadcast talent west
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!

Podcast #13 Highlights Red Sox Resurgence

Sports Microscope PodcastJust when you thought it was time to start throwing shovels of dirt on the Boston Red Sox 2015 casket, the boys show some signs of life. In episode 13 of the Sports Microscope podcast, host Gene Gumbs takes the team’s pulse and sees reason for optimism. Or could it be just another typical Red Sox ploy to break their fan’s hearts? Either way, it becomes more likely that Boston will be buyers come the trade deadline if things continue they way they are.

Other Stuff Not About the Red Sox:

  • Phil Mickelson’s bad day
  • The US Women’s World Cup Team reaches final game
  • The St. Louis Cardinal juggernaut
  • The continued greatness of Albert Pujols
  • Steve Matz: The greatest hitting debut for a pitcher – ever
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. Got a comment or a suggestion for a future episode? The Sports Microscope loves mail and we look forward to your feedback. Enjoy!

Is Tiger Woods Toast?

golfballLet me start this by saying I am a big fan of Tiger Woods. As a man with a handicap in the stratosphere, I have always admired the ease with which he played – and conquered – perhaps the most frustrating game ever invented. That is why it pains me so much now to watch him floundering around on the golf course the way he has.

I know he’s been away from the game for a while, and I know it takes time to get it back. But… while this may be his first competitive round in awhile, it’s not like hasn’t been on the golf course constantly prior to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. I am sure he’s played dozens of rounds and played much better than he showed the last two days. If he hadn’t, I seriously doubt he’d have entered the field at all.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but he looks healthy. I am also not a shrink – God knows, no one wants me digging deep into their psyche – but I can only conclude what’s going on with him is almost entirely mental. He looks lost and unsure of himself. It’s the only explanation I can come up with.

I know a short game is something you need to work on and something that takes a lot of touch, but Tiger’s case of the yips (or whatever you want to call them) around the green are unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the PGA Tour… ever. Look, everyone hits a bad shot or two, but Tiger is stringing them together. It just seems like he isn’t buying into the shot he’s trying to hit.

There was a lot of talk when he was “coming back” (again) about the change in swing coach, using a PhD candidate instead of a normal coach and gaining back his old form. I think he is still listening to too many people. I think he needs to just shut them all out, go out on the range and course by himself, and use his God-given ability and play the game naturally. Stop over-analyzing everything. Be more like Bubba Watson, who goes out every week and just seems to make shots up as he goes along. God knows, Tiger has the natural talent to do something like that.

Many great golfers have had slumps. Hell, people had Jack Nicklaus buried a couple of times during his career, and he found his way back. Make no mistake, Tiger Woods is still good enough to beat the crap out of 99 percent of the golfers in the world, but it looks like the person he can’t beat right now is himself.

I’m rooting for him though.