Monday, April 11, 2011

Cheers, Rory.

I have to admit, I am pleasantly surprised that there aren't more people jumping on Rory McIlroy for his dreadful Sunday at The Masters. In this day and age where people can hide behind the veil of the internet (if they choose), it is quite easy to write nasty things about someone without fear of repercussions. It happens on this blog from time to time, when a comment is left with a false e-mail account attached to it. Regardless, I am glad to see that McIlroy is getting praised for the way he handled himself after a final round 80. He could have avoided the media (and they likely would have understood), but he faced the music, owned his rough day, and vowed to become stronger as a result. Good on him. can't wait to see him at Quail Hollow Club in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Charl Schwartzel will be forever known as "former Masters Champion," every year he tees it up, for the rest of his life. Former, that is, after the 2012 tournament, unless he repeats. What a tremendous Sunday he had, birdieing the final 4 holes to claim the green jacket. It's one thing to birdie the par 5 15h, and par 3 16th. Plenty of players have done that. Finishing with birdies at 17 and 18 after picking up those shots at 15 and 16? Yeah, not real common, especially on Sunday in the Masters. Solid. Rock solid.

Hats off to the Charlotte Bobcats for snapping a 6-game losing streak by picking up a 105-103 win against New Jersey. Why is this big? Well, it's not big, but it is noteworthy. Bobcats had just 9 players dressed, due to injuries. they are out of the playoff mix, and have nothing to play for. They are professionals, and are expected to do their best, but to say that it's easy to give that effort when there is nothing on the table is a bit silly. Still, they played hard, and got the "W". Good on them.

Busy week on tap, Checkers playoffs begin, 4-Wide racing comes back to ZMAX Dragway in Concord, the end of the Bobcats season, and more. We'll have you covered on Sports Night.

Mike Solarte

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