Mike Maniscalco

Tiger not back yet; ACC baseball improved

Posted June 5, 2012

He’s back, but is he really back?

Tiger Woods won in dramatic fashion at The Memorial and tied Jack Nicklaus for second place on the wins list, but that does not mean that this is 2000. Woods wasn’t dominant in Ohio, he had to sink a shot that Nicklaus called the best he had ever seen and needed the golfers in front of him to collapse. If Tiger would have won the US Open at Olympic in that style, it might be easier to say he is rounding back into his old form. But the truth is he is 12 years removed from that form, he is physically different, the field is stronger and his biggest advantage of in-between-the-ears is gone.

That doesn’t mean that Woods’ career is over, or he has zero chance of surpassing the 18 major titles won by Nicklaus, however. The win is nice, but it is just a tour win against an okay field. Now if Tiger does it two weeks in a row...

But how important is Tiger to the golf world? Consider this, with Woods in contention at The Memorial this year, ratings were up 138 percent from last year. Steve Stricker won last year, besting Brandt Jobe and Matt Kuchar. I know, it’s amazing to think that the ratings were down with those three atop the leaderboard.

Let’s go to the video tape


The Mets Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. The record books will show that and I’m not going to argue it, but…

The St. Louis Cardinals did get a hit, as Carlos Beltran laced what should have been a fair ball down the line that was called foul. Human error is part of the game, but it is time for baseball to give replay more domain - and no it won’t ruin the game. For all the traditionalists that jump up and down and scream, shut your whiny, high-pitched yappers!

Fair or foul is not an objective call. Safe or out is black and white - not grey. So, if we have replay and can see it from our couches, why can’t we give this technology to the umpires to right a wrong call - because it slows down the game? How does a manager arguing for five minutes on the same call that can’t be overturned speed up play?
Anyone who screams, you want to change the game!?!?!? I just think we live in a time when we can get the calls right, so why let them be wrong?

Power conference

The ACC might be radically different ten years from now because the level of football is just above the MAC. Let’s celebrate the one area where the ACC has been improved by expansion, BASEBALL! Other teams have taken cue by the power houses and have upgraded facilities, gotten after it in recruiting and made the post-season.

Congratulations are in order: first to Duke right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman. While the Devils had a tough season on the diamond, Stroman became the first ever Duke player selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. Stroman is going north of the border to Toronto, who selected him with the 22nd overall pick. He’ll be in “the Show” and will be there soon.

The NC State Wolfpack won their regional in dramatic fashion coming from behind to oust Vanderbilt. Elliott Avent has done a great job recruiting this team and getting the club to buy-in by adapting to the changes of college baseball. They are a fun team to watch, and with stud pitcher Carlos Rodon and the speedy Trea Turner tearing up the base-paths, the Pack could be poised for a run of excellence.

Yeah, what they said

It should come as no surprise that the Big 12 agrees with the SEC on who should be allowed in to the college football playoff. The Big 12, after almost watching their conference evaporate, has gotten into bed with the SEC. So, whatever the most powerful force in college football wants, the Big 12 will agree. It also makes sense seeing as though these two leagues have joined up to send their champs to a bowl game that neither will ever play in.

Come on people, do you really think the SEC and Big 12 champ will be left out of this playoff deal?

Time for the media to strike back, the only way they can, with silence.

Kurt Busch butched-up and went-off on reporter Bob Pockrass after he asked Busch a fair question. Pockrass inquired about NASCAR putting the driver on probation and if it has affected his driving after an incident with another driver recently.

Busch responded with, "It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions."

No Kurt, it was not a stupid question. However, it certainly was a stupid (expletive) answer. I’m not defending my brethren in the media, because they certainly ask idiotic questions quite often. I’m guilty of it, and if you are in the field long enough there will always be a query you want back. Trust me, there are times I want to yell at people in my profession, but I’ve never threatened them with physical violence.

Now, most of the media couldn’t win in a fight if they were allowed to throw the first 30 punches, but that doesn’t give the subject a right to try to bully the reporter. I stand 6-foot-3, I doubt Busch would get lippy with me. I’m not saying that I would get in a fist-fight either, but the best thing for the media to do is stop asking the idiots questions.

Ignore Kurt Busch, don’t write, talk or tweet about him. What’s that Kurt, you have a book to promote, a sponsor to talk about, (oh wait, you don’t have sponsors), a win to talk about, try telling it to no one. Maybe then he’ll figure it out.


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  • NCSU84 Jun 18, 2012

    How's Tiger doing now...lol

  • dbretz Jun 11, 2012

    Just ruffling your hair a little, Mike. But thanks for taking the time to confirm for us all that you are, in fact 6'3". Even if "it's not like (you) did anything to get there". Good stuff, good stuff. BTW, did you know that Jose Canseco is 6'4", 240?

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 9, 2012

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    I appreciate what you have written. I'm more in tune to football and basketball. I thought that the ACC started out decently. They had some teams going in. As you stated only 2 won. Anyway, I hope that NC State can go far. They need a win on Sunday. Good luck to the Pack.

  • Mike Maniscalco Jun 8, 2012


    I wasn't going for the humblebrag, I am 6'3" it's not like I did anything to get there, just genetics. But if I was in shape I would have thrown out the height and weight and gone full Canseco. I forgot about how he answered questions like that, so greatly appreciate bringing up Jose.

    Again, I thank everyone who reads the column, not just the headlines, you know who you are.

  • WufSkins Jun 7, 2012

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    Sorry Hokie, but both you and Mike are dead wrong about ACC baseball. Yes, 5 teams did host, but only 2 won their Regionals. Both UNC and Miami were ousted in embarrasing fashion. Clemson lost AGAIN to their rival. Our league champ was mercy ruled (or should have been) by Florida. And the NCAA thought so highly of the league that they left both Wake and Md out with top 30 RPIs. The ACC was the only conf to have a school lose their Regional as a national seed (thank you Red Storm!). The ACC hasn't won a CWS since 55. Besides, facility upgrades, where has the ACC improved? And if you wanna compare upgrades in facilities, the SEC beats us again in that category.

    Sorry Mike, I like your show, but you're flat wrong about ACC baseball. Lets hope my Wolfpack's bats stat hot!

  • dbretz Jun 7, 2012

    Ultimately, if the definition of "back" for Tiger is him getting back to the ridiculous things he was doing circa 2000, then odds are he will never be back.

    Thanks, though, Mike. One of my favorite sports quotes has always been Jose Canseco's macho penchant for peppering any interview with him with several, "I'm 6'4", 240" references. Your humblebrag of letting us know you are 6'3" (even though you, of course, would never resort to physical violence with Kurt Busch) reminded me why that sort of thing is so funny.

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 6, 2012

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    Mike. You did a solid job in this writing. I appreciate how you did the outline too.

    Tiger is maybe the greatest golfer ever. He still has some time to break Jack's record. I have stated this many times since he became a Professional. At one time I pulled for him in just about all tourneys. I grew tired of the many things that he has done on the course that I have stated already. He's not much of a role model to the YOUTH when they see him doing this stuff. This is supposed to be a gentlemen's game. Forget about the NFL, NBA, and the rest...golf is a little different. If he wins; great for him.

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 6, 2012

    ACC baseball has definitely improved. 6 teams began the run to Omaha. NC State has 2 ALL America's and UNC has 1, and they are Freshmen. State has had a great run thus far. Great pitching and hitting, and a solid defense for the most part.

  • Packman24 Jun 6, 2012

    Tiger is the Greatest golfer ever and by the end of his career all the haters will see the light! People will step on you when your down and try to drag you back down when you're rising up! Congrats Mr. Woods, keep up the good work!!

  • Mike Maniscalco Jun 6, 2012

    Always appreciate the people who read more than the headlines and comment. Thanks for the feedback.




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