Monday Notes

The draft picture got much clearer today – at least at the top. Sam Bradford had his pro day in Oklahoma and he was, by all  college football handicappers accounts, brilliant. His throwing was crisp and accurate, there were no issues with distance, and he didn’t have any real flaws. The shoulder was a concern going in, but it’s not one now. Unless he tells the Rams that he’s an axe murderer between now and the draft he’s going to be the number one pick. I also think that he’s going to be a star – the Rams would be dumb not to pick him. In my books he’s the best prospect in a long, long time at pivot. I’d buy his stock.

It’s hard to know what to believe coming out of Oregon, but there is no doubt that they are serious about having a winning basketball team again. First, the story came out that they were prepared to make Tom Izzo the richest coach in sports. Then the news came out that they have offered a contract to Tubby Smith. Either one would be a good move – especially Izzo, though I would be absolutely and utterly shocked if he decided to leave the ultimate situation in his own backyard. Regardless of whether they get either of these guys, it’s clear that they aren’t going to settle for anyone other than a top guy, and thanks to Phil Knight they have the cash to make it happen. They also reportedly talked to Jamie Dixon recently. It’s going to be fun to see what they do, and what ripple effect it has on the other teams out there. This could create a serious domino effect, and that’s always fun.

The Masters just got even more interesting – like they even needed the help. Ernie Els has played two tournaments in the last three weeks. He has won both. He hadn’t won in more than two years, and his golf betting results were dismal for much of that time. His swing was off, he had health problems, and it was easy to figure that he probably had reached the end of the line – at least for 10 more years until he was eligible for the Senior tour. Well now he’s back and playing as well as he ever has, and he’s another great story for a tournament that will already captivated people – for good reasons and bad. Els is now the third choice in the field at 10/1, golf betting odds and he’s reasonably intriguing at that price – certainly more intriguing than Tiger at the ridiculous price of 7/2.

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