Articles By Rob Doster

All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-23-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 23:

.

.

. My neighbor leaves me anonymous notes about my dog's barking.

.

.

.

• The reigning champ of insane ballpark concession fare: . By my math, that's equal to 16 McDonald's Quarter Pounders.

to cause a minor Twitter freak-out. Related item: .

. Somewhat terrifying.

.

• Watch Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig videobomb some poor reporter.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:24
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-22-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 22:

. Looks like they had fun.

. Sounds about right.

.

.

• Good stuff, if a little inside baseball: .

• Zach Mettenberger got clocked by a rogue Bama fan in a Nashville bar. .

.

• ESPN's "This Is SportsCenter" ad featuring Metallica is pretty funny, .

, with amusing results.

. Interesting footnote: Philip Rivers "is a horrible shortstop."

.

• You'd think a pitcher would be able to throw the ball around the infield. In Shane Greene's case, you'd be wrong.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:37
All taxonomy terms: Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-21-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 21:

. At least she has one marketable skill.

.

Pretty rare, as it turns out.

.

.

.

. Kind of a scary place.

. (But not playing.)

. Oh, well, wrestling's not known for good taste.

.

.

• Watch an alert dad grab a foul ball while maintaining his grip on his toddler.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:01
Path: /golf/5-key-stats-british-open
Body:

At one point during Sunday's coronation at Royal Liverpool, Rory McIlroy's lead, which was six at the start of the day, had dwindled to two over Sergio Garcia. But this was no Van de Velde moment in the making. McIlroy was really never threatened on his way to a two-shot British Open win and his third major championship. "I got within two,” Garcia said, “but to me, it never felt that close."

 

McIlroy now owns three of golf's four crown jewels, and at 25, he's the third-youngest since The Masters began in 1934 to earn the trifecta, trailing only Jack Nicklaus (23) and Tiger Woods (24). Yes, that's the company that McIlroy is now keeping, and he displays the kind of power ball-striking, poise and desire that marked the two legends at similar stages in their careers.

 

As Woods continues his long, slow fade, it seems that we have entered the Age of Rory. We may never see the kind of dominance that Woods displayed in his prime, when his dreaded A-game left everyone else playing for second, but McIlroy is willing to take the top spot for a test drive. “Golf is looking to someone to put their hand up and try,” said McIlroy. “I want to be the guy who goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly, wins tournaments. I’ve love to be in that position.”

 

And the lead story for the 2015 Masters has already been written: McIlroy will look to complete the career Grand Slam at a tournament he seems destined to win. “Looking forward to driving up Magnolia Lane next year,” he said.

 

Here are the key stats from the weekend at Royal Liverpool:

16

McIlroy is the 16th player to win at least three of the four major championships. He's the 44th player to win as many as three majors.

 

4

Sergio Garcia posted his fourth runner-up finish in his 62nd major appearance. He's tied with Lee Westwood for most major appearances without a win.

 

7

McIlroy tied Victor Dubuisson for most greens reached in under regulation, with seven. McIlroy eagled two of the final three holes on Saturday to build what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.

 

1

Only one player in the field posted four rounds in the 60s — Rickie Fowler, who went 69-69-68-67 to finish at 15-under, tied with Garcia for second, two shots back. Fowler was second at the U.S. Open and tied for fifth at The Masters. "Going into the year the goal was to be in contention at majors and play well and have chances to win," Fowler said. "And with all the good play, the long-distance goal on that was to be on the Ryder Cup team. With the way I've playing in the majors this year, that's definitely what has given me the opportunity to represent the country."

 

7

At 64, Tom Watson shot a final-round 68 to finish at 1-over. He was seven shots better than a player he'll be considering for his Ryder Cup squad, Tiger Woods.

 

$340,000

Rory McIlroy's dad, Gerry, and three friends placed a bet of 400 pounds back in 2004 that Rory would win the Open before he turned 26. The quartet will cash a check worth $340,000 for Rory's efforts.

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:36
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-18-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 18:

 

.

 

• The other day, John Daly was wearing SpongeBob pants. . Hope he packed enough pants for the weekend; looks like he's going to make the cut.

 

.

 

• This is shocking and disappointing: . That's like Pop Culture 101, fellas.

 

• For some insane reason, .

 

. Never heard of him, but it's well done.

 

. I bet his last words will someday be "Watch this."

 

• Jimmy Fallon is livin' the dream. Last night, .

 

.

 

• A guy wanted A.J. Hawk to tackle him at a celebrity golf tournament. .

 

• Pickin's are so slim in Miami that .

 

• Sonny Gray pranked some unsuspecting New Yorkers.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:08
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-17-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 17:

, thanks to hotties like Jessica Alba.

• There's something comforting about a pro golfer three-putting from two feet, as . I also like it when . And to complete the trifecta, . Even when you're great at it, the game sucks sometimes. Oh, and .

• Didn't watch the ESPYs; forgot they were on. . I will say .

• So I'm not totally cynical about the ESPYs: .

. And it was legal.

.

.

• Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn played tennis atop a Swiss glacier thanks to Lindt Chocolate.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:55
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-16-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 16:

. No wonder Verlander's been distracted this season.

• Over in Liverpool, : with SpongeBob pants.

• Yeah, Jeets: The word Jeter was spoken 100 times in last night's broadcast. .

, and all hell broke loose on social media. .

.

.

.

, as he proved at SEC Media Days.

.

: "I don't know who he is."

• Some Internet wizard edited LeBron into a classic Dumb and Dumber scene.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:41
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-15-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 15:

. Just copy and paste the name for future reference.

.

, and of course it was glorious.

• If the Yankees are just playing out the string, . Of course, the Captain will have a tough time topping .

.

• Tight end, wide receiver, longsnapper, doesn't matter:.

, and it was awesome with a capital a.

. Many of these I was aware of, but not all.

• Cool old story that is new to me: .

.

• Watch Rudy explain the college football playoff.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:47
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-14-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 14:

.

• To the victor goes the spoils: .

.

.

• It's time for SEC Media Days. , including the wisdom of one Lester Miles.

. It was so exclusive, even the mag's ad sellers didn't know.

• Monday morning buzzkill: .

• I'm not a Family Guy fan, but I gotta admit that .

.

• Interesting detail from this Mickelson story: .

• This is strange: .

• One legend pays tribute to another, as Jordan honors Jeter with this star-studded commercial.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:45
All taxonomy terms: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Golf
Path: /tiger-woods-vs-jack-nicklaus-tale-tape
Body:

Tiger Woods came out of the gate with Jack Nicklaus' major championship record as his ultimate target. That number — 18 career major championship wins — seemed utterly out of reach, until Tiger started winning majors with alarming regularity.

 

For a long time, Woods was well ahead of Nicklaus' career pace, but a drought that has now exceeded six years in duration has put a serious dent in Tiger's major aspirations. Of course, Nicklaus won his last major at age 46, giving Woods eight more years of viability on the major championship scene, a reasonable assumption considering the similarity of their career trajectories, although Woods' health issues are now bringing that into question.

 
Here are the final four majors of Nicklaus' career, all of which came at age 38 and beyond:

1978 British Open (age 38)
1980 U.S. Open (age 40)
1980 PGA Championship (age 40)
1986 Masters (age 46)

 

Woods turns 46 in December 2021. Between now and then, counting this week's British Open, there will be 30 major championships contested; Woods needs to win five of them to reach his career Holy Grail of 19 major championships.

 

Of course, Tiger has already moved well past Nicklaus into second on the Tour's all-time wins ledger. Tiger trails only Sam Snead, who won 82 times over a 30-year span; Woods has crammed his 79 wins into 17-plus stellar, occasionally storm-tossed seasons on Tour.

 

Jack still thinks he'll do it, and the Golden Bear even gives Tiger a shelf life that lasts until age 50. "If he's healthy, I think Tiger's got 10-plus years to play top-quality tournament golf," Nicklaus said. "I've said many times, he's got a little over 40 tournaments to play the major championships, he's only got to win five to pass my record. As good a player as he is, I don't think that should be a big deal."

 

No big deal for the guy who's already in the clubhouse with 18. A slightly bigger deal for a guy with a bad back who hasn't hoisted any major hardware in more than six years.

 

So let's compare the two legends through their age-38 seasons (although Tiger still has more golf to play in 2014).


Bottom line from the data presented here: Tiger's building the better overall career, but Jack remains the greatest performer in major championship history. That's the carrot that Tiger is still chasing, and he's running out of time to get there.

 

Tiger Woods-Jack Nicklaus Career Comparison (Through Age-38 Season)

 

 TIGER WOODSJACK NICKLAUS
Tournaments won    7968
Majors won         1415
Major winning % (as professional)      21.922
Major top 5s      3146
Major top 10s3855
Longest streak of top-5 in majors   67
Longest streak of top-10 in majors813
Lowest scoring avg.             9 times8 times
Money leader      10 times8 times
Teaser:
<p> A Comparison of Woods and Nicklaus at Age 38</p>
Post date: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:22
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-11-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 11:

. She then . It's a strange world.

.

• Apparently about Dan Gilbert's letter. .

.

Is this real life?

.

• Warning: .

.

.

• Watch a planeload of Argentines go nuts when they find out their soccer team won.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:48
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-10-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 10:

• Rory McIlroy seems to have rebounded nicely from his breakup with Caroline Wozniacki. .

• LeBron tracker: .

.

.

.

. I happen to agree.

• This is interesting: . It pays off with players like this: .

. I imagine the biscuits are a little stale by now.

.

.

• Everything's coming up Rory: New girlfriend, shot 64 today, hit a 436-yard drive.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:04
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-9-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 9:

• In honor of Germany's historic 7-1 beatdown of Brazil, enjoy .

.

• Brazilians waxed: . While it was happening, .

.

• This is hilarious: .

• Schadenfreude alert: .

: physical anomalies at every position.

• Irony, or something: .

. What's next, calculating WAR for duck-duck-goose?

• Have a hankering for a two-foot taco? .

• Germany's goals get the Jim Ross treatment.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:45
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-8-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 8:

• According to her Instagram account, .

• Ever wanted to see Prince Fielder naked? . To borrow a phrase from Seinfeld, that's not good naked.

. In his defense, it really wasn't a flattering image. Wonder if I'm risking a subpoena by linking to it?

.

• This is old, but still funny: .

.

.

• Something for the nerds:.

.

.

• The cops are out of control. .

• That crafty old Derek Jeter is getting by on his wits these days.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:44
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-7-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 7:

• Judging from her Instagram account, .

. A rolled-up $20 no doubt has many uses. I just can't think of them.

. If it doesn't happen now, that's just cruel. If it does happen, .

.

. Guy's still the GOAT.

• Nerd alert: .

.

.

• Got 16 seconds? .

, or you look stupid and get linked to.

• Don Draper makes his pitch to LeBron to come back to Cleveland.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:28
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-3-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 3:

.

. Yes, Robin, we see the resemblance.

.

Interesting stuff.

• Serena Williams blamed her bizarre Wimbledon exit on a virus. .

• An American hero died today at age 97. .

and thwarted a couple of obnoxious ladies' attempts to grab it from him, giving it instead to a little girl. Can we all agree that adults who go after foul balls are just the worst?

• An exception to that last rule: . Solid move.

.

.

.

• The perils of live television: Jerry Remy lost a tooth while on the air.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:47
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-2-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 2:

• We lost to Belgium, but we're still 'Murica, and .

.

.

.

.

. I don't remember any Americans puking on the field.

• Hump Day buzzkill: against Belgium.

• Jimmy Kimmel does the ambush comedy thing pretty well. .

. The most shocking detail: Alcohol was believed to have been involved.

• Big Papi did his part to shorten a Red Sox game, .

.

• The Indians turned a nifty review-aided 7-4-2 triple play.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:43
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-1-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 1:

• It was a solid month in sports-related ladies, thanks largely to the World Cup.

.

• While you pretend to work prior to today's knockout match with Belgium, .

• Another time-waster:

, which came from the Naval Academy.

.

.

. Available at Target.

• If it's July 1, that means that .

.

• One last piece of World Cup prep: this tasty hype video.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:01
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-30-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 30:

.

.

.

. Brutus Buckeye appears to be getting a little friendly with that cheerleader.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

• A Cubs fan went swimming in the stands during a rain delay.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:50
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-27-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 27:

• The Golf Channel learned long ago what drives viewership, as reveals.

.

. He also . Sports Guy was GIF gold last night.

.

. Dwyane Wade got nothing on the boys from Brazil.

. In other news, water is wet.

.

• Scary Wimbledon GIF: . He finished the match, though.

. This lady is my new hero.

.

• Vin Scully told a story about bird poop as only Vin Scully can.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:00
All taxonomy terms: Tiger Woods, Golf
Path: /golf/tiger-woods-back
Body:

It might have been the most welcome round of 74 in PGA Tour history.

 

It had been 109 days since Tiger Woods last put club to ball on the PGA Tour. Before today, his last competitive round was a Sunday 78 at the Cadillac Championship on March 9 prior to his surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back at the end of March.

 

His return to action was a little inauspicious. In Thursday's opening round of the Tour's Quicken Loans National at Congressional, where Woods is the tournament host, Tiger scuffled to a 3-over par 74.

 

But there was plenty to like, starting with the fact that he was out there to begin with after what many feared with a career-threatening back problem. Clearly rusty, Woods stood on the fifth tee (his 13th hole of the day) at 6-over par, but birdies on three of the last six holes salvaged his round and provided glimpses of the old Tiger.

 

"I think the hard part was just getting into the rhythm of playing competitively," Woods said. "You play with your buddies all day for cash and stuff but it's just not the same. It's not the same as tournament golf, different level. Adrenaline is rushing and I hit the ball further out here than I do at home. It unfortunately took a while to get the feel for it. My feels were off.

 

"I made so many little mistakes. So I played a lot better than the score indicated, which is good."

It's a slightly different Tiger than the singular superstar who left everyone playing for second when he would arrive with his self-proclaimed "A" game. Woods seems more human now, more fragile, finally vulnerable to the same aches and pains of aging as the rest of us.

 

But there's no less pressure. A Tour that suffered declining ratings and waning interest in his absence doesn't mind a bit that he might have rushed his return to action. Tiger's still the meal ticket, the bell cow.

 

Of course, it just so happens that his return coincides with the British Open's return to Royal Liverpool, a course that Woods dismantled in winning the 2006 Open. Being truly back for Tiger is still about winning majors, and he knows that, whether he admits it or not.

Teaser:
Post date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 17:05
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-26-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 26:

• Colombia, which gave us Sofia Vergara, .

.

. Let us know if it works.

• So the U.S. and Germany both advance with a tie.

• To pump up the crowd in Recife,

.

.

• As Derek Jeter turns 40, .

• Very cool: .

.

• Relive Vanderbilt's College World Series win with this video of a historic day.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:45
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-25-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 25:

, starting with the lovely Maria Sharapova.

. It wasn't all that far-fetched; . Maybe he's a vampire?

• Naturally, .

• News you can use: .

• So what is LeBron really worth? .

.

.

• Adrian Beltre hates to have his head touched. Miguel Cabrera obviously knows this, because .

.

• The NBA Draft is tomorrow, and as a service to GMs, , including Marcus Smart.

• Watch a foul tip embed itself in Jose Lobaton's mask.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:55
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-24-2014
Body:

This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 24:

.

• Big Bron news this morning: . Is he hearing the siren song of Dan Gilbert? Oh, and as I write this, "The Decision" is trending on Twitter. (including back to Miami). And .

• For some reason, .

.

.

• Just because: .

• Johnny Football's draft pick hat trick: . It's good to have options.

• Some company put Obama's face on a coffee mug. No problem there, except that .

• Jeff Samardzija went Bo Jackson and broke his bat over his knee after a failed bunt attempt.

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

Teaser:
Post date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:56
All taxonomy terms: Kevin Streelman, Michelle Wie, Tiger Woods, Golf
Path: /golf/5-key-stats-weekend-golf-0
Body:

At a time when golf could use a boost, it got one from two of its marquee names: Tiger Woods announced his return to action, proving his ability to move the needle without picking up a club, and Michelle Wie finally delivered on a decade of unfulfilled promise by winning the Women's U.S. Open. The duo's timing couldn't have been better; following a boring U.S. Open blowout win by Martin Kaymer that was watched start-to-finish only by proud parents and spouses, the game needed a jolt of adrenaline. Cue the return of its transcendent superstar, coupled with a long-awaited major breakthrough by the one player who can stir interest in the women's game, and golf's back on track. Oh, and the Travelers Championship offered a little history of its own, courtesy of champion Kevin Streelman. Here are the key numbers to know from an important weekend in golf.

 

109

It's been 109 days since Tiger Woods last put club to ball on the PGA Tour. His last competitive round was a Sunday 78 at the Cadillac Championship on March 9 prior to his surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back at the end of March.

 

24

There have been 24 major championships since Woods' last major win, the 2008 U.S. Open. His return coincides with the return of the British Open to Royal Liverpool, a course that Tiger dismantled in winning the 2006 Open.

 

24 years, 8 months

Michelle Wie has finally won her first major at the age of 24 years, 8 months, after a decade in the public eye. But it's worth pointing out that Wie is slightly younger than Annika Sorenstam was when she won the first of her 10 career major titles. There's plenty of time for Wie to deliver on her youthful promise after nearly being derailed by a premature hype machine. After threatening a late collapse with a double bogey at 16, Wie collected herself with a 25-foot birdie bomb at 17, using her distinctive table-top putting stance, to clinch a two-shot win over Stacy Lewis at Pinehurst No. 2.

 

0

Speaking of that unusual putting stance, it may earn some snickers, but Wie is getting results. She didn't have a single three-putt on Donald Ross' treacherous greens at Pinehurst No. 2 in shooting 68-68-72-70, and she had 25 one-putts.

 

7

Almost consumed in the Woods-Wie hype, Kevin Streelman made history at the Travelers Championship with seven consecutive closing birdies, a record for a tournament winner. The birdie binge gave Streelman a one-shot win over K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia. Making the turn, Streelman told his caddie that he would shoot a closing 29. His prediction was off by a stroke; he closed with a 28 at TPC River Highlands. "I had 10 one-putts in a row," Streelman said. "That's something I've definitely never done before."

Teaser:
Post date: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:28

Pages