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A Little Something For The Effort…

15 February 2019 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings From the Booth!

This weekend marks the regular season finale for Shenandoah University basketball, and the beginning of Spring sports in earnest.
For men’s basketball it’s been a difficult season, and at 5-19, more often than not you see body language that indicates that a team has given up. To the credit of Coach Walsh and the team, the effort is still there. The Hornet men are a young bunch and make “young” mistakes, but they will get better and have some talent that bodes well for the future, like Jaylen Williams, who is fun to watch.

The Hornet women could make some noise in the ODAC tournament, if they can make shots. It’s been feast or famine in that department this year, but Coach MSK does a great job of “coaching up” her team and puts them in a position to succeed.

The Great American Race, the Daytona 500 is this Sunday, a sure signpost of Spring, as the NASCAR season begins. Casual fans will recognize names like Harvick and Johnson, but the story this week is the front row of William Byron and Alex Bowman. They both drive for Hendrick Motorsports and are the youngest starting row in Daytona 500 history. If you want to feel really old, the pair average 23 years of age.

Now, let’s talk golf. I don’t know how this story got legs this week, since the event took place back in November. Pro golfer Matt Kuchar is taking a lot of heat for his (lack of) tip for a caddy he used in a tournament in Mexico. “Kooch” won the event, which carried a first prize of $1.296 million. Kuchar, one of the most popular players on tour, paid caddie David Ortiz $5000.

While that is a nice chunk for me and you, the going rate for a caddie on the PGA tour is 10-percent of winnings. The $5k that Kuchar paid Ortiz translates to an 85-cent tip on a $200 meal. According to Kooch, the two had a handshake agreement before the tournament of $3000. Kuchar also defends himself by saying he offered Ortiz (who is not Kuchar’s regular caddie) an additional $15,000, which he refused.

While this story may have gotten out of control with a social media firestorm, Kooch needs to do the right thing and pay up. Kuchar, who has made over $45 million on the PGA tour and millions more in endorsements, conveys an “aw shucks” nice-guy image on TV, and as we all know, sponsors are all about “image.” He has the money. This is not a good look for “Kooch.”

This story reminds me of the scene in Caddyshack where Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) is telling a captive audience (a young caddie being held at bay by a pitchfork) about being “stiffed” by the Dali Lama. At least Spackler was given “total consciousness” on his deathbed, which is nice.

I think we need Moose and Rocco to help Kooch find his checkbook.

Until March 1st, when I return from vacation, enjoy the race, and


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