Posts Tagged ‘Rory McIlroy’

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I will be honest, I cannot remember a non-major tournament with the hype and interest surrounding last weekend’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational; it almost felt like a Major. What more is that I cannot remember two back-to-back weekends in golf that have had so much meaning. Now that the season’s final major is upon us, and the less important weekend is over with, we look forward to what should be a fantastic 4-day event at the Atlanta Athletic Club where the world’s best will be competing for the Wanamaker Trophy and the PGA Championship.

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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.

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Fifty-Two threesomes of the world’s best golfers will tee off on very early Thursday morning eastern time at the renowned Royal St.George’s Golf Course in England as they begin their push to win one of the greatest Majors in all of golf; The Open Championship. Quite a few big storylines in golf loom for dissection as the 2011 Open Championship approaches, and it only makes for a more thrilling tournament. With Tiger again absent from play this weekend the field, once again, opens up significantly to those whom you would not ordinarily expect to be a contender on Sunday of a Major Championship. Coming off an improbable dominating first Major win, and just under a month of vacation, Rory McIlroy looks to go back-to-back. Finally after this weekend’s Scottish Open Luke Donald (World Number One) looks to keep his winning streak going – winning his first tournament as world number one this weekend – while Phil “Lefty” Mickelson desperately needs to get one started this weekend. These story-lines will surely play a role in what should be a drama-filled weekend, as many of these top players will be looking to hoist the Claret Jug and 5 million pounds.

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Once a year some of the world’s major athletes come together to watch the presentation of the ESPY Awards. The presentation of the 19th-annual ESPY is set to take place once again in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, and for the year is set to be hosted by the comical Saturday-Night Live actor and comedian Seth Meyers. What makes the awards so watchable is not the fact that the ESPYs are Sporting Worlds equivalent of the Oscars or Emmys, it is due to the fact that they are unbelievably funny. For example, during the 2010 ESPYs Comedian/Actor Steve Carrell and Comedian/Actor Paul Rudd were seen in a skit that essentially made fun of the most criticized moments in sports history; the program starring LeBron James ‘The Decision’.

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At the end of every month on the EastSide we take a moment to step back and view the realm of sports as one entity. This Top Ten may include Highlights, Stories, etc., ultimately helping the fan get a feel for what I thought were the best of sports for the month of June 2011.

What can I say about the month of June? It is where the beginning of summer meets the blood, sweat, and determination of a team to reach the Finals – in both the NBA and the NHL. June is the month in which athletes take their games to another level…and then they take it a little higher. The end goal is in sight, and three of the grandest prizes in sports are on the line – The Larry O’Brien, Stanley Cup, and the US Open Trophies. This June however was different, however, because some surprise stories took place; this month select athletes took the initiative to write their own stories, it made for an intriguing month to say the least. So without further adieu, let the countdown begin.

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