The Mitchell Report: Tiger, Tebow and Toomer's Corner
Posted April 14, 2013
Updated April 15, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
Like a lot of you, I spent the first half of my day on Saturday trying to figure out what was going on with Tiger Woods. I saw so many people arguing about the penalty on twitter. Some were saying he didn't get disqualified because he's Tiger. Others were saying the penalty was dumb. I didn't have much of an opinion because I was a little confused. Masters officials reviewed the play and said it was ok, then it took a TV interview to prove to them it wasn't ok? CBS spent about the first 30 minutes of the broadcast explaining the ruling. If it takes that long, perhaps the rule is too complicated. I love watching golf and I really enjoyed the time I spent covering the Masters at Augusta, but these little rules drive me nuts. When Dustin Johnson lost the PGA because of a "bunker" I began to grow weary of the rules. My biggest problem is the golf fans who sit at home with nothing better to do than call in with rules violations. They have huge HD TVs and think they see something and want to be the guy who sees something no one else saw. I'm not sure how this helps the sport.
A tradition will end on Saturday and I'm rather sad about it. The Oak trees at Toomer's Corner on Auburn's campus will be rolled with toilet paper for the final time following Auburn's Spring football game. The two-year battle to save the trees from poisoning did not work, so they will be removed on April 23rd. Harvey Updyke Jr. will serve three years in jail for admitting to poisoning the trees. He succeeded in killing a fantastic campus tradition and a couple of beautiful trees. It seems silly to say three years isn't enough, but I really don't think it is.
Be prepared to hear a lot about Tim Tebow this week. The Jets quarterback says he will show up to Jets offseason workouts even though it doesn't look like he has much of a future with that franchise at all. I'll get this out of the way now, yes I am a Florida grad, but I am not a Tebow apologist. I don't think he's a great quarterback. I just don't think he's a terrible quarterback. My big question this week is, what do you expect him to do? The guy is going to show up to work until he's told not to. Isn't that what most of us would do? I credit him for continuing to remain positive in a very awkward situation.
In case you were wondering what the best high school players in the country think of Michael Jordan, you now have . your answer . I'm wondering how anyone in high school right now can really grasp how good MJ was. Video of the guy doesn't give you any perspective. But hey...here's what a bunch of 18-year-olds think.
Ever wonder what the 10 richest sporting events are? I think you will be surprised by the list Forbes put together.
Former Duke assistant Chris Collins is the new head coach at Northwestern. Andy Katz wrote this interesting article about him this week.