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Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland native, despite the rain and late charges from other competitors on Sunday was able to capture his first Claret Jug Sunday. The third major champion of Northern Ireland in thirteen months was clearly not a favorite coming into this week’s Open, Clarke proved that he was truly the best this weekend on Sunday. If one wishes to win a major with a lead heading into Sunday – Clarke’s situation – they truthfully must not play great golf…only good enough golf to fend off all the others; and this is exactly what Darren Clarke did. It was remarkable because he played good golf – not really making a single visible mistake – all day, at times in the pouring down rain, and held off the three charging Americans – Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler – to assert his name onto the Claret Jug forever. How great it must feel.


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Who is the next great? A common question in the sports world that I have seen argued many-a-time by the biggest sports nuts because some people believe that an emerging young talents could possibly be the next great in their respective sport…others not so much. That may sound quite a bit confusing but allow me to give you an example. After his unbelievable performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, swimmer Michael Phelps claimed a record 8 Gold Medals – setting 7 World Records and 1 Olympic Record – and many tried to prove that he was the greatest swimmer to ever walk God’s Green Earth. Others saw Mark Spitz tear apart his competition in the 1972 Munich Games where he was able to obtain 7 Gold Medals accompanied by 7 World Records; many were up in arms about the topic and it has sparked quite a bit of controversy. So the idea crept into my head that I might compare the greats of major professional sporting to their young, ‘yet to do much for their sport’ counterparts in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA; enjoy the argument and chime in with some comments below! Revisit my Part 1 Argument for Derrick Rose and Cameron Newton whom are two talented, aspiring athletes.


The Month of June is coming to a close and not a lot of big-time sporting events are left; except for what should be a good ending to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. With that being said today on the East Side we are going to take a look at who, what, and where have been hot; and who really have not been so hot as the summer has begun.

Hot (Topic) : The Future of Golf – Now that Rory McIlroy has been crowned US Open Champion comparisons are started to be made between McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The Buzz is that McIlroy has now demonstrated that he can win despite the pressure – not of the players – of responding to his poor final back-nine at Augusta National Golf Course in April. With the struggles Tiger Woods has gone through, being the great golfer that he is, people are starting to question if Woods can ever be as dominant as he once was only a few years ago. The Topic is simply scorching because fans have so many different theory on which direction the game is headed and if Golf will transform into another type of system. A lot of questions may be answered starting on July 14 as golf will go to Royal St.Georges to decide the winner of the only major on European soil.