Hello everybody! Hope you had a great weekend. Let's jump right into whatever's on your minds today...
Hello everybody! Hope you had a great weekend. Let's jump right into whatever's on your minds today...
Sorry about that, everybody...Had to try and establish a much faster connection than we had...So, here we go again...
In golf, when the media talks about first-time major winners they automatically have to start talking about how many more majors they will win. After Bubba's victory yesterday it's already starting. The guy obviously isn't going to go for Jack's record, so why can't everyone just sit back and admire what he did to actually win the tournament? The guy played amazing and had the guts to try a shot on the 2nd playoff hole that most pros wouldn't even think about.
Couldn't agree with you more! It's just dumb. The obsession with what "will happen" just lords over everything. The "how many majors" thing is such a non-issue and such a lazy place to start a discussion about Bubba or anybody else. If he wins two or three more in a relatively short period of time, then okay...But obviously The Masters weekend was phenomenal. For Bubba to go on that birdie spree on Sunday afternoon was incredible to watch. Who knows if he'll win another major. One is an outstanding accomplishment. If you don't think so, ask Sergio Garcia or Colin Montgomery...
Is the day ever going to come that you guys actually start talking about Hockey. As a guy who is passionate about sports, i get frustrated when i see that golf and baseball get more hype than Hockey.
People talk about what they're interested in. Golf and baseball enthusiasts might read your question and say hockey doesn't deserve any "hype." And this isn't "hype." It's not advertising. We're back and forth with issues people are interested in, whatever that may be, and certain media folks are more associated with some sports than others because of what we're covering at the time. I'm fine with big picture NHL questions. I just looked at the Blackhawks-Coyotes schedule to try and figure out how to sneak to a game as a fan, not as a columnist...people don't come to this site to ask about the NHL because I'm certainly no NHL insider...but to follow up, what specifically are you interested in? If you want me to break down Bruins-Capitals...this ain't the chat for that...But the chats I do are about bigger issues...Those are the discussions I prefer anyway...
Hello Mr. Wilbon I hope you're having a great day! What are your thoughts on the Bobby Petrino situation?
That he screwed up royally...Look, I don't care what people do with their private lives. As my man Jason Whitlock said at the beginning of the Tiger Woods sex scandal, I don't care about any casual sex that doesn't involve me. I mean that. I ain't the morality police. BUT, the issue here to me is using state funds to pay this young man...To HIRE her is the issue. Still, as scandals go this one makes me wince...but I wouldn't fire Petrino. Everything blows over these days, doesn't it? Arkansas cares about footbal, without question. I'd suspend him for a while, scare the daylights out of him, establish zero tolerance for goofing around with something like hiring ANYBODY without great scrutiny from on-high...then tell him to get back to football practice...
Do you like to have a little taste on the weekend?
Derrick Rose-clutch issues? Melo winning over knicks fans?
Yeah, we gotta deal with yesterday's Knicks-Bulls game, a thriller to be sure. So many points to get to. First, Carmelo Anthony is so much better when he doesn't have to share with Amare Stoudemire and when he doesn't have to wait for Jeremy Lin to get him the ball. Carmelo NEEDS the ball, and he can deliver, against anybody. That win/choke yesterday might just be a season-saving victory for the Knicks, who by the way need to simply dump several players so they can play the right ones, including Landry Fields who actually plays defense, rebounds and is definitely good enough on offense...more
On the other side, the Bulls are going to kill their own post-season with poor free throw shooting and point-blank misses around the basket. We have a big enough sample size now. Missing a pair with the game on the line one time in a season can be overlooked...Twice? Dubious. Three times, which this is for Rose, is a serious problem. And when you go back to Memphis, this is something that is going to haunt him if he doesn't fix it fast, if he can. I love D-Rose, period, and thing Luol Deng is one of the underrated players in the game today...and I'd put the ball right back in his hands tomorrow night, Deng's too...But if those guys, the two best players on the team, can't deliver something as basic as foul shots to seal a win then the Bulls aren't going to win anything...You don't throw away games like the Bulls did yesterday and ascend to champion. Can't do it. I'm sure they know, but knowing it and reversing the pattern are two different things.
What can we take from Bulls/Knicks yesterday? Do the Bulls come back and win big tomorrow?
I don't know...The Bulls allowed the Knicks to gain great confidence, I know that. You don't let a rival, particularly one you could face in the playoffs, just take a game off you like that at the end. It's a momentum builder for the Knicks and really suggests the Bulls have an issue closing out games against big-time opponents, as they did down in Miami earlier this season...Part of me expects the Bulls to play with great purpose and put the Knicks away...Part of me expects the Bulls to cough one up if it's close at the end...The Bulls clearly play better from behind because they scramble and play with extraordinary energy and resolve. But with the lead they're careless and casual with the ball and it's going to kill them in the playoffs if they don't get it solved.
I'm feeling OKC as the favorite in the west, and very competitive with the Bulls/Heat in the East? Am I sleeping on the Spurs. Have no confidence in them after last year's playoffs?
Do last year's Spurs look like this year's Spurs to you? If so, you better clean off your glasses, Homey. The Spurs are for real. I see a Spurs-OKC conference final in the west, if Memphis doesn't crash the party. Lakers are 4th in the west, at best, what with Memphis playing the way they did in the playoffs last spring. So, yeah, you're sleeping on the Spurs. The way Coach Pop has worked young and talented players into that DUncan-Parker-Ginobili Big 3, makes San Antonio an entirely different team from last season.
How disappointed were you with Tiger's game this weekend, especially coming off his victory? Not just his game, but his temperament?
Totally disappointed. His demeanor is awful. He has zero composure, can't calm himself down. Hell, he's like me out there, dropping and throwing and kicking clubs...It's really awful to watch him play now, and watching Tiger has been one of the great joys of my life covering sports. He's just a guy now...I don't care if he won last week or not. His demeanor, his calm used to be such an asset. Now, his temperment is a complete liability. And to think one of his big promises after his personal life scandal was that he was going to play with a greater sense of responsibility on the golf course. Nothing could be further from the truth. And I don't think it's a coincidence that he stunk if out in Augusta this weekend...(more)
Everybody on that leader board had blow-ups at some point. Hell, Phil was +4 at one point, then had the ugly triple-bogey yesterday...But he hung in there. Tiger and his temper bailed...What a disappointment. I don't know Tiger listens to, but somebody ought to be in his ear. Golf needs better from him that what he offered this weekend, and not because of the result, but because of his unprofessional behavior.
I feel like this Bulls team is a collection of almost players, who wins mostly through effort and coaching (proper rotations and spacing). At the same time you root for them for playing so hard, it's frustrating since you never really know who is going to play well.
I'm starting to wonder about that, too. Well said.
How do you feel about Bobby Valentine's handling of the Closer situation in Boston? Upper Management let Papelbon walk, and now their clamoring for Daniel Bard to close who is unproven after being swept by Detroit.
I don't study Red Sox baseball. It's too early in the season for me to deal in the minute details of a specific team...But what I care about in regard to Bobby Valentine is that he ran his mouth all winter about the Yankees and Derek Jeter, a guy whose spot in baseball history is 50,000 places higher than his, Valentine's. I'm enjoying whatever misery Valentine is in right now. And I don't give a damn about Yankees-Sox; I have zero interest in it...and the 0-3 starts mean nothing because weren't the Sox 0-6 just last season before running to the best record in baseball for a couple of months? I don't care about the baseball, but I like that at the moment Valentine has egg on his face...
So then who you got winning the West, OKC or SA?
I have no interest in looking into a crystal ball. I'll see how the two teams are playing as they go through the rest of the season and then make some kind of pick. Right now, they're dead even and the Spurs hold a 2-1 series lead. I'm leaning toward the Spurs right now, but that's a fluid situation...Let's see on April 28 when the playoffs begin.
Who were you rooting for at the start of Sunday's round?
Phil. All the way through I was rooting for Phil.
Who is more immature: Tiger or Bynum?
Tiger, Bynum or Dwight Howard?
Does golf still need Tiger? It seems the only people who keep insisting it does are sports writers who like easy storylines.
That's because, I'm betting YOU don't like Tiger. If you think casual golf fans or people who only watch majors aren't rooting on some level for Tiger that's just your agenda showing. It means you ain't listening at all, Dude. Then how would you explain TV ratings for golf events being twice as high when Tiger is in contention. TWICE as high? Right, you can't explain it other than accept the fact that people want to see Tiger Woods. Will that start to fade if it becomes clear he can no longer meet their expectations, ever? Yes. But now? People want to see Tiger, still.
Derrick shot a very low percentage yesterday. Do you think his shooting was off because of the groin or was he just rusty
He WAS rusty. His timing was off on that little one-handed shot he has really become great at shooting, on his passes, on everything. That's understandable. It's missing 9 free throws that killed the Bulls. Two All-Stars can't combine to make one foul shot in the final minute of a game? That's inexcusable.
What was the better golf shot- Oosthuizen's albatross or Bubba's shot from the pine straw?
Double-eagle trumps everything. Seriously, as great as Bubba's shot was, we saw Phil do something similarly creative and brilliant. Double-eagle? I'd never seen one, and was watching live as it rolled onto the green...then turned away to look at another monitor (watching with the gang in our L.A. studios where we were working the NBA coverage as we are most every Sunday), probably to see the Bulls miss another FT, and didn't see it roll in...Heard the shrieks in the room and couldn't believe it.
I am not a Bulls fan, but watched the game and always try to be objective. I think Rose's play did not show confidence. He played hero ball after missing many games - games in which his team won the majority. I think if his teammates would have taken his clankers at the end the Bulls would have won the game.
I said during the pre-game show that the Bulls would defer too much to Rose in his return. It's something they have to get straightened out. The rest of the guys have to play with the same initiaive, especially on offense, they played with in the 22 games he missed.
Do you think the Yankees will win a game this year?
No...I called a bookmaker and got down on 0-162.
What is your prognostication of the Boston Celtics going forward,Wilbon? This team has been playing great lately but little buzz around Beantown with Bruins/Red Sox dominating the back page.
Celtics have played well since the break, and Doc Rivers is now 3rd on my coach-of-the-year list (after Pop and Thibs) with the way he's handled moving KG to center and getting the younger players involved...The loss to the Bulls the other night suggests the Celtics are still going to have trouble with a younger, athletic team...but I know the Heat and Bulls would rather avoid Boston in the playoffs. They're a threat to beat anybody.
Inexcusable to blame D-Rose's game on rust and and timing being off with ZERO mention of Iman Shumpert. Have we ever seen a rook perimeter defender this good?
Let's not go with ever...probably means you're under 35 and have little idea of defensive-minded guards from decades past...Let's just say Shumpert is a damn good defender, a damn good two-way player for that matter. I was hoping last spring that the Bulls would trade up and draft him...He exactly fits what the Bulls needed, a big guard who can shoot it from deep and he's a Chicago kid. I love him...He and Fields need more playing time, now less. More Shumpert, less J.R. Smith, please. As a Bulls fan, actually, I love seeing J.R. in the game...
Can you put in a favor for us and talk to David Stern? We really want out of Sacramento.
Then why did you work out a deal to stay?
how do you feel about the lamar odom situation?
It's totally justified. The Mavericks have been patient with him. What else are they supposed to do?
Which is the better unofficial spring kickoff: opening day or the Masters?
Did you watch The Masters? There's no question for me what's better, and I got into this business to be a baseball writer...It's The Masters, by a lot.
Is it the end of innocence for Dwight Howard? He really seems to be laying waste to a great many things right now.
Ain't that the truth. Orlando needs to deal him, for sure.
To further answer the question above, people are gravitated to watch Tiger be in contention. If you were able to post the results in advance and Tiger won, the audience would be huge. Post the results from yesterday in advance and only a few will watch. No disrespect to Bubba Watson, its just the facts.
Well said, thanks for that.
Mr. Wilbon, do you have a take on a "journalist" reporting on an NFL prospect's woeful Wonderlic test score? Seems to me that it serves no purpose other than to embarrass the young man. Any insight into the motivation of a journlist in this case? Thanks man.
I ranted on this on PTI last week. Reporting some kid's Wonderlic test score isn't newsworthy. So much of what's reported now isn't newsworthy. This only served to humiliate a kid, and to what end. What, the public needs to know a score that doesn't in any way predict whether he'll be a good football player? It made me seethe in anger. Whoever leaked it was wrong, and the reporting of it, whether it's this network or site, is wrong. It serves no purpose, no greater good. Thanks for asking...
Okay, gotta run and preapre for PTI. WE're back on the air today, all five days...Hope you'll tune in at 5:30 eastern...See you next week! Thanks for chatting. MW