How could I NOT lead today's SN column with Tom Watson? Let's discuss:
*When was the last time a championship RUNNER-UP eclipsed the champ?
*This was the greatest moment of Tom Watson's ridiculously awesome career. It's incredible: He rewrote the basic story of his career, 10-20 years after it really peaked.
*What was more improbable: Watson or that a Tiger-less golf tournament would have huge buzz?
*Tiger topping Nicklaus's major title total is easy; let's see Woods finish as the runner-up at a major at age 59.
(At a minimum, I think that if Tiger had any ideas about not playing into his late-50s, they are gone now -- I'll bet he is already feeling competitive about topping Watson in 25 years.)
Truly, this was a transcendent moment in sports -- certainly this year, probably this decade, arguably among golf's all-time great moments.
How many golf results -- how many sports results -- do you truly remember vividly? I think that "Remember Watson in '09?" will stand as one of those.
More you'll find in today's column:
*Is today the day that teams start working the media to soften their fans for a Vick signing?
*If Roy Halladay was going to peak his trade value, shutting down the Red Sox would do it.
*Jamario Moon would be the Cavs' "stretch-four" (ie, Rashard Lewis) stopper. I know he's a little undersized, but he is as high-energy as anyone in the league.
*I'm not dissing Stewart Cink -- at the very least, the guy is tied to one of the most memorable golf results ever. And he is the best golfer about Twitter, so I always was a fan. (566,000 followers!)
Complete SN column here. More later, and more posts all day (and from the weekend) across Varsity Dad and TimTeblog.