The Blackhawks may be up, but my old friend Chicago Bob was not happy. He sent me an email Saturday, railing about a quote from Fred Couples allegedly ripping Omaha and the Omaha Country Club.
The U.S. Senior Open starts in two weeks. And the fireworks are already starting?
Not necessarily. Couples hits shots, he doesn’t take them. He apparently liked North Shore Country Club in metro Chicago, where he finished second over the weekend at the Encompass Championship.
In an interview Friday with Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Couples said he wouldn’t mind seeing North Shore get a senior major, adding that it might be “a better spot” than Omaha.
“That will be a great course, too,” Couples said of OCC. “But I don’t know much about Omaha. I know a lot about Chicago. If it hadn’t rained (Friday), we’d be out there playing in front of a couple thousand people instead of a couple hundred.”
Couple thousand? Wait until Freddy sees the galleries at OCC in two weeks.
And North Shore, where Omaha’s Johnny Goodman won the 1933 U.S. Open, looked like a fine track on TV. OCC will certainly hold up by comparison. And then some.
You may hear that Couples took a shot at Omaha. He didn’t. What he sounds like is a lot of folks who come here with low expectations and leave impressed. The prediction here is that the Senior Open will do the same, including Couples. Especially if he’s holding the hardware at the end.
In the meantime, enjoy the Stanley Cup, Bob.
>> The Big Ten will announce Monday bowl contracts with the Holiday (San Diego) and Kraft Hunger (San Francisco) Bowls against Pac-12 teams. So will they be playing flag football or Big Ten rules?
>> The Pac-12’s announcement that it will cut back on contact during the practice week brought many reactions around the college football world. Brian Bosworth said, “See, I told you they played girls football.”
>> I’m not sure one less day of contact will change Pac-12 football. It’s not a physical league, anyway, except Stanford. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why they’re doing it.
>> Concussions are a very big deal. I still say there are other avenues to try first. Get defenders to stop leading with the head. And when a player has a concussion, don’t rush him back in the game. That’s easier said than done in the macho world of football.
>> Mississippi State first baseman/OT Wes Rea looks like he’d prefer to have the Oklahoma Drill during batting practice.
>> Rea (6-foot-5, 272) reminds me of Kent Hrbek (6-4, 200), the colorful and burly Minnesota Twins first baseman and would-be pro wrestler. Remember Game 2 of the 1991 World Series, when Hrbek used the “T-Rex Tag” move to pull the Braves’ Ron Gant off the bag and tag him out?
Just sayin’, Bruins. Watch it when you round first.
>> So, has the NCAA put a suggestion box around TD Ameritrade Park yet?
I would not rule out moving the fences. I would also not expect it. It’s expensive. If ESPN wants more homers, well, you know ...
What I think will happen is the NCAA will take its time with this home run issue, and go to the flat-seam balls in 2015.
Tell me again, how do they have a Home Run Derby at TDA?
>> World-Herald Mad Blogger Dirk Chatelain asked, so I’ll answer: the 2013 NBA Finals were the best since 1988. It was eerily similar for this Laker fan. Game 6, L.A. had to pull a rabbit out at home against Isiah Thomas and the Bad Boys. Then gut one out in game seven at home. Difference? The Lakers were the aging team, the Pistons were young and fresh, on the cusp.
>> Gregg Popovich’s sportsmanship after losing was classic, old-school stuff. A coach who was so proud of his team’s effort that it came gushing out, even in bitter defeat.
>> The silly season of college football is wearing me out. We’ve ranked the Big Ten helmets, stadiums and coaches. What’s next? Ranking the league’s home security systems for coaches?
The break-in of Bob Stoops’ home amazes me. I’m glad the arrests were made. I hope the coach gets his things back.
Should we be surprised that this happened? Or that it doesn’t happen more often?
I assumed most football coaches lived in castles, surrounded by barbed wire and a moat, with alligators, just in case fraternity kids from the rival school got industrious.
>> One more and I’m outta here: The best suggestion I heard or read last week came from Matt Schick, the former KETV sports anchor and now a college football anchor with ESPNU. On Twitter, Schick suggested that, because home runs at TDA are so rare, they have a giant Zesto shake pop out of center field, like the old apple at Shea Stadium.
Make it a butterscotch shake and I’m in.