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Ever since Tiger Woods went down to a Torn ACL and a broken tibia, following the US Open, people speculated if golf would be able to generate enough mainstream buzz to stay on the upper tier of the sports echelon with Woods on the shelf.

While the answer to that question can not be decided fully in one weekend, the British Open this weekend has the makings of a ratings machine, even with the greatest player of all-time out of action.

K.J. Choi leads all comers after firing a three-under 67 to put him in the 36-hold lead at -1. But the biggest stories lie in Choi’s competition.

The first challenger is 53-year old Greg Norman who has not been heard of in the golfing ranks in a cool 10-13 years. But despite the drought, Norman has looked cool in firing consecutive 70s to put him one shot behind Choi.

The next challenger is Columbian and former Florida Gator Camilo Villegas. Known as the Spider because of his unorthodox putting style, Villegas has been looked at as one of the potential future challengers to Woods, but has never quite panned out to his potential. A win in the Open could turn this blossoming petal into a full-blown rose in the golfing world.

The next challenger is everyone’s sweetheart, Rocco Mediate. The world fell in love with Mediate’s cool demeanor following his loss to Tiger Woods in the US Open. But Mediate has proved so far this week that Torrey Pines was no fluke, having shot 69, 73 to put him three shots off the lead going into the weekend.

Alas, there is David Duval. Solid player, turned dominant player, turned world’s number one player, Duval’s career has been in a downward spiral the past five years, having made just one cut this season. But the former Open champion, playing on his champion’s exemption, has put together two consecutive solid scores and is three back going to the weekend.

All-in-all, things are so unpredictable that no one knows how this thing will play out going into the weekend. With Choi, Norman, Villegas, Mediate and Duval all spoken for already, I can say that I do not believe any of the above players will win the championship. I feel that some of the more experienced players like Jim Furky, Padraig Harrington and Robert Allenby have more steady styles and are more capable of putting together the four rounds needed to take home the Jug. Also keep your eyes on Adam Scott, who is five back.

If you want a guy on the bottom of the board to look out for on moving day, take Tom Lehman. Lehman is eight shots back at +7, but Lehman always plays his best when conditions go sour. If the wind and rain continues to haunt the course tomorrow, Lehman can potentially shoot a level-par score and make up major ground on the leader board.

More on this as it unfolds.

We’re down to two in our quest to find college football’s best stadium. This list was a grind and also tough to judge, because I have been to a lot of these, but have not been to a few others, so I had to rely on word-of-mouth for information.

But here goes:

No. 2 college football stadium: Beaver Stadium (Penn State)

Ah, yes, Happy Valley. With a capacity of 107,282, more than 110,000 Nittany Lions’ fans piled into standing room only capacity when Penn State is taking on the upper-level teams of the NCAA.

But what makes Penn State so high on my list is their student section. Always in their whitey-tideys, there is no better and more creative student section than Penn State, who’s students go above and beyond to cheer on their squad, while rarely crossing the line of stupidity that you get at other schools (and my own school).

So it is for that, and that alone that Beaver Stadium ranks so high on my list.

Check back for No. 1 tomorrow.


Lakers allow Turiaf to join Warriors
– My sources tell me this makes room for the team to now pursue Hornets center Chris Anderson. Either way, good move for Golden State. Turiaf is very underrated.

Sabathia 3-0 as a Brewer – Man, has he been filthy or what? With every dominant outing and every complete game, his pockets get deeper and deeper to fit all of that money he will be making next season.

Rays end 7-game skid in 2-1 win – It was certainly panic time for the Rays. Had this gone on any longer, it would have been lights out. But good to see the streak is over and the team is back on the right track.


YouTube Video of the Day:

Anyone watching the fight tonight?

Enjoy. 🙂

That’s all for me tonight guys and gals. Have a great day tomorrow.

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