Monday, June 8, 2009

Federer, Woods, and a Bird of a different feather head amazing weekend

A true ‘fan of sports’ was in heaven this weekend as the week was filled with so many amazing performances that you really don’t know where to begin but we believe Tiger’s move from 5 shots back to win the Memorial was one for the ages. To from almost missing the cut to come back and win was an unbelievable storyline in itself, however the way he did it was fodder for folklore. Hitting 49 of 56 greens in regulation (87% ranking second in the field for the week), once on the green Woods’ irons and putter took over including the shot of the tourney as he chipped in from the rough for eagle, or stuck his 2nd from 175yards out leading to a 9ft birdie put for the lead that he would not relinquish. This answers many questions and comments from pundits on weather Tiger 3.0 has more quirks than Vista or is he ready for the US open.

Perhaps even more amazing was Roger Federer equaling Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam titles total of 14 with a gutsy win at the French Open, his first ever, a feat his compeer at the top never was never able to do. En route to getting to the top of the GS table Federer had to battle through two 5 setters and revamp his game, adjusting to the clay surface. He was able to do so and in the process stake his claim to immortality. The lingering question that may tarnish what he has accomplished is that he didn’t have to go through Nadal to it. He was able to avoid the guy who has run him out of the French four times, and is the current number one in the world. Does it take something away from the victory? A simple answer is to ask Kobe if his ring will be tarnished because the Lakers are not facing Boston.

Tt was Summer Bird, not Mine That Bird and jockey Calvin Borel, who came roaring down the long stretch and won the final jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday. For a brief moment on the turn for home, Borel looked like a winner. His tough little gelding took the lead, and even Borel believed his victory guarantee was assured. With the crowd of 52,861 cheering on the leaders in the stretch, Mine That Bird passed Dunkirk. But it was Summer Bird who pulled away from them both for a 2 3/4-length victory, with Dunkirk second and Mine That Bird a neck back in third in the field of 10 3-year-olds. The upset ended Borel's bid to become the first jockey to win a personal Triple Crown, and he failed to deliver on a guarantee of victory in the Belmont Stakes. Borel won the Kentucky Derby aboard Mine That Bird, then took the Preakness with the filly Rachel Alexandra. Summer Bird, sent off at 11-1 odds, gave jockey Kent Desormeaux a Belmont victory he desperately wanted. However, are they asking too much of any horse to run three races of that length within a two month span? Will we ever see another triple crown winner?