Today in the World of Sports…
Phil Mickelson’s Masters win on Sunday is exactly what the golf world needs. The past four-plus months have been nothing but Tiger Woods. Mickelson, 39, shot a 67 for his final round and won with a 16-under for his third green jacket. His Sunday scorecard finished with no bogeys. Entering the weekend, I just knew for sure that Woods would win, but I had a feeling Mickelson could contend. It is so odd to think that Lefty – who now has four major championships – was once considered the best golfer without a major.
Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson, who is rated as the second-best at his position behind Florida’s Joe Haden, is set to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams this week. Wilson, a fast-rising prospect, has met with six other teams since his Pro Day. The 5-foot-10, New Jersey native is expected to be off the board by the NFL Draft’s second round. If the Jaguars draft the 22-year-old Wilson, Jacksonville would have the only two Boise State cornerbacks drafted in the first three rounds – the other being Gerald Alexander. The only way I see Jacksonville obtaining Wilson is if the organization trades down from their No. 10 pick to around the mid-20s.
ESPN’s John Clayton has reported that former Jaguars wide receiver Reggie Williams will work out with the Seattle Seahawks in a minicamp setting. Williams, who was out of the NFL in 2009, spent five seasons as a receiver for Byron Leftwich and David Garrard. Williams had his best year in 2007 when he caught 38 passes – 10 of which went for touchdowns – for 629 yards. The 26-year-old Williams was known more for his drug use and dancing after blocks than his play on the field. He will struggle to earn an NFL roster spot if he cannot get his act together.
According to the Macon Telegraph, after the G-Day game Saturday at Sanford Stadium, University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt commented on his team’s quarterback competition, stating, “I know everybody wants to know what’s going on, they want to know who the starter is. I couldn’t name a starter right now if I wanted to.” The Bulldogs have Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger battling for the No. 1 spot.
Gray, who completed 10-of-17 passes with 132 yards and one touchdown on Saturday, played with the No. 1 offense in a decent display of quarterbacking. The redshirt freshman Mettenberger tossed two touchdown passes on 6-of-10 for 150 yards. Even though he was the most impressive, it must be noted that it was against the second-team defense. Murray, trying to keep pace with Gray and Mettenberger, threw the only interception with 96 yards on 8-of-19 passing. Richt will release a depth chart sometime this week to give the players a feel for where they stand. It might take awhile for the red and black to have a starting quarterback like the former Bulldog Matthew Stafford. But, with his strong arm, Mettenberger could at least fill the void.
Texas Stadium, the long-time home of the Dallas Cowboys, was imploded at 8:07 a.m. EST Sunday. The 39-year-old stadium needed over one ton of dynamite for total destruction. The stadium, located in Irving, Texas, cost $35 million to construct in 1971. The Cowboys replaced Texas Stadium with Cowboys Stadium, which resulted in a $1.15 billion fee and opened in 2009. Most notably, Texas Stadium was well-known for having a roof so that, according to former Cowboys linebacker D.D. Lewis, God could watch His team play. I always find implosions of buildings and stadiums to be quite anti-climactic.
I was a tad off on my prediction last week that top-seeded Carolina Wozniacki would meet No. 3 Dominika Cibulkova in the final at the MPS Group Championships. The 20-year-old Cibulkova was upset Saturday in the semifinals by Olga Govortsova, 6-4, 7-5. On Sunday, Wozniacki, ranked No. 2 in the world, won her second consecutive MPS Group title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over the Belarusian Govortsova. The WTA tournament has a completely different feel now that it has been in Ponte Vedra Beach the past two years. I was more a fan of Amelia Island and the Bausch & Lomb – even if caterpillars and leaves fell on you throughout the matches. The shade of the oaks provided a more enjoyable spectating environment.
When did it become acceptable for professional athletes to flip the middle finger to fans at sporting events?
Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio.
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