MTAF Weekly: Tiger Woods, Steve Williams and Brad Keselowski, Oh My.


Right now I’m staring at old WWF action figures.  I have the Ultimate Warrior, the Bushwackers, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan in various arms bent, swivel hip poses.  All mean faced and veiny, this crew stares at me all day.  After walking Firestone Country Club for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this weekend, I have to imagine that’s what Tiger Woods and Steve Williams felt like during their rounds, a bunch of mean faces staring at them all day.  Sure, they both have their fans (well, Stevie probably doesn’t, but at least there are people that don’t care about him), but there was plenty of rooting against them going on, too.   My favorite heckle was after Tiger’s missed birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday.  A fan yelled “That goes in if Stevie reads it!”  I’m no Tiger hater, but I giggled.

Here on MTAF, Lisa and Ryan wrote dueling columns about Alex White’s post trade tweet, Oh Alex White…, and White Tweet No Big Deal.  (I happen to think that it’s not a HUGE deal, but that anyone with an ounce of savvy would avoid that sort of thing).  Keeping with the Twitter theme, Stephanie chronicled the social media meltdowns that Cleveland fans suffered during a tough Indians stretch in 140 Characters or Less: Cleveland’s Virtual Meltdown.  Deb waxed skeptical about the Bears adding Dallas Cowboy castoffs, adding to her growing list of impressive chronicling of Chicago sports.  The capper of the week, at least for me, was Ryan’s recap of the last big Cleveland Indians trade deadline deals leading up to Ubaldo Jimenez’s first start for the Tribe in Ubaldo’s First Start Invokes Memories of Trades Past.  It’s like a Where Are They Now for traded prospects. 

Now, back to Tiger and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, or more appropriately, back to Adam Scott and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.  Lost in all the back-handed remarks by Stevie towards Tiger is Adam Scott’s 5 -under 65 Sunday to put away a 4 stroke victory over world number 1 Luke Donald and upstart Rickie Fowler.  Not many Sundays can boast a man shooting a bogey free 66 finishing a distant second, but last Sunday did.  Adam Scott simply could not be beat, nor could his media hungry caddie.

After the win, Steve Williams (a caddy) gave interviews (A Caddy) describing himself (A CADDY) as a good front runner (A CADDY!).  Williams said, “I’ve caddied for 33 years — 145 wins now — and that’s the best win I’ve ever had.”  Steve Williams, you’re a good caddy with impressive knowledge on course judgement, but you’re officially a… you’re lucky this is a family friendly website.

On Wednesday, Brad Keselowski slammed into a wall at 100 mph during a test session at Road Atlanta, breaking his ankle and causing serious back issues.  On Sunday Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag after 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.  While this may not be on the short list of all time toughness, it deserves to be close.  When asked about his win by ESPN in Victory Lane, Keselowski said, “It’s not me, it’s good people.  It’s having a Paul Wolfe and a team that digs. There are so many people to thank for Victory Lane … I’m no hero. The heroes are the guys that died in Afghanistan this weekend and I want to spend time thinking about them.  They were my inspiration for this weekend and the things that those guys do. I’m glad that we could win today, but those are the heroes. I just drive race cars for a living.”

Brad Keselowski is a good kid who knows his role, and after Sunday’s win, his role might just be Sprint Cup Chase contender. 

The Cleveland Indians spent last week going a disappointing 3-4 on a road trip to Boston and Arlington.  The Bullpen Mafia let the Tribe down big time, having the lead or being tied in the 8th inning of each game and consistently finding ways to give the Ws away.  The Indians actually had a +6 run differential, so it seems that just as the offense is finding it’s stride and fixing it’s problems, the defense and bullpen are filling in with a new set of issues. 

Cleveland’s next 12 games are against AL Central teams, including 6 against the first place Tigers.  The season hangs in the balance this week, let’s see what these boys can do.

The Cincinnati Reds have fallen  to a distant third in the NL Central, and at 4 games under .500 and 9.5 games back from first place Milwaukee, it seems the Reds are out of the race.  It looks like Ohio only has one MLB hope this year, and its not from the Emerald City.

A quick correction, not all of the WWF action figures are mean faced.  The Buchwacker’s just look stupid.

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