“Monday Sports–Some Good-Some Bad”
Candid comments on what I saw this weekend.
MASTERS…Dustin Johnson spent 6-weeks off the PGA tour with a significant case of the virus. He got healthy, found his game a week ago in the Houston Open, and then destroyed the field with a 20-under par performance in the Masters at August. He was relentless, went on birdie sprees, and waited for the others to self-destruct and they did.
PHIL & TIGER….You hate to see greatness go away, but it has with Mickleson and Woods. Phil, who last week had a “9” on a hole in Houston, finished off the weekend with a 79-at Augusta. Not to be outdone, Woods had a 44-hole stretch of just 1-under par golf, then on one hole on Sunday, hit 3-shots into the water at Rae’s Corner, and finished with a “10”, the worst hole ever in his entire career.
CHARGERS…You knew there would be bumps in the road for the Bolts young QB, and it happened against a tougher than you expected Miami defense. There just were not many drives for Herbert to put together. Do not understand the play-calling, hardly targeting Mike Williams nor Keenan Allen, who combined for just 5-receptions. Special teams was not so special, self destructing, giving the Dolphins field position. screwing up returns, taking penalties that resulted on first down.
ANTHONY LYNN…His team is (2-7)…season over. He is now (7-19) since they were in the playoffs in 2018. Coaching, ridiculous injuries, subpar games they could win-should win-don’t win. It’s ugly in Boltville.
RAMS…Aaron Donald and his defensive buddies are creating chaos everywhere on the field with a strong Rams pass rush, an active linebacking group and turnovers from the secondary.. The debate probably continues as to whether you really believe Jared Goff is in the upper echelon of QBs in the league.
AZTECS…They can run the ball, they can go get your quarterback. They are (3-1) and facing a showdown game at Nevada next week. What they are not right now is polished at quarerback, and Carson Baker seems panic stricken. The last 8-quarters have seen a ton of turnovers, not many plays down the field, an anemic passing game. The (4-13) 2-interception, 30-yard passing performance peformance might be as bad an outing from an SDSU quarterback in decades.
ALEX SMITH…What heart, what dedication, his courageous comeback from the catastrophic broken leg, the infection, and the 17-surgeries. He is back on the field as the Washington starter, sadly with a bad team wrapped around him. He threw for over 300-yards coming off the bench last week, then threw for 390 in the Sunday loss to Detroit. What a winner of a person he is.
PATRIOTS…Hard to belive, Cam Newton has 2-TD passes this season, halfway thru the year, and New England has just 3-TD tosses on offense.
USC….Young QB-Kedon Slovis, coming off a 30-TD, 3,000-yard season as a frehsman last year, and put up back to back 300-yard games this season for the (2-0) Trojans. He is carrying the team, even with flawed mechanics, but he and Off Coordinator Grahame Harrell seems to be on the same page with th offense.
UCLA….The Bruins finally won a game beating Cal’s Covid-ravaged football team on Sunday morning. But Chip Kelly’s teams at the Rose Bowl sure don’t resemble anything he ran at Oregon. Kelly is (8-18) as head coach.
USD….The trail of slimeball stuff left behind by fired basketball coach Lamong Smith is stunning. Fired after his arrest on a domestic abuse case with a woman, who was not his wife two years ago, now we find out he took kickbacks as part of the Academic scandal that hit a wide variety of schools a year ago, the so-called ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal. You expect sleazy stuff at some big schools, USC to Harvard and bunch-in between, but a small campus Catholic school like the University of San Diego? Good luck with the rest of your life. How dare you do that to a fine school like USD.
LAKERS-CLIPPERS…NBA Draft week is upon us in November, and waiting to see what happens. Will the Lakers trade Kyle Kuzma in a package for the Spurs Demar DeRosan? Will the Clippers, who are rather asset-thin, have the resources to make a deal for Houston’s Russell Westbrook? Will Rajon Rondo walk across the hallway, leaving the Lakers for the Clippers? Stay tuned.