Leftovers

Greetings from The Booth!

If you’re working on that umpteenth turkey sandwich, you probably should stop, as the FDC said that Monday was the last day you should be eating leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal. After that, your green bean casserole becomes a science project. Speaking of leftovers, that is the title of this week’s VFB, as we look back at the long holiday weekend. Grab the Duke’s mayo, pepper, and white bread, and here we go…

I wonder if Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were excited about broadcasting the Thanksgiving NFL contest between the winless Lions and a mediocre Bears team? I think they put their best face on the game, but at times Troy sounded like he’d been into the Thanksgiving punch. If so, who could blame him? I know the Turkey Day game from Detroit is an NFL tradition, but maybe it’s time for the league to “flex” some games and have some better matchups on Thanksgiving Day. It was nice seeing Dallas lose, though, and imagining all those Cowboys fans hurling their pumpkin pie against the wall as the game-winning Raiders field goal went through the uprights.

My college football team (WVU) is going “bowling,” but I’m less than thrilled. The Mountaineers struggled to beat a bad Kansas team Saturday night just to get to 6-6. So now it’s on to the iconic Cheez-It Bowl or some “XYZ.com” Bowl. I remember a day when 6-6 wouldn’t get you a sniff. There were a few bowl games like the Bluebonnet and Peach Bowls leading up to New Year’s Day, when you had the Cotton, Rose, Sugar, and Orange Bowls. Now, we start bowl season in early December and don’t end until after New Year’s Day. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, and the extra practices and games are beneficial to the teams involved, but there are too many bowls. Now, get off my field turf!

Wedged in among all the football this past weekend was the made-for-TV 12-hole golf match between rivals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, who supposedly don’t like each other much. If you were expecting trash talk, unruly behavior, and foreign objects, you were disappointed. The two were actually civil, which kind of defeated the purpose of the event. In addition, commentator Phil Mickelson talked too much, blathering on about wind, distance, and sea level. The comedy stylings of Charles Barkley saved the broadcast. As for the match, it was no contest, with Brooksie winning 4&3.

Finally, former Washington National Max Scherzer is now a New York Met, having signed a 3-year, $130 million deal. I could root somewhat for Mad Max last year when he became a Dodger, but say it ain’t so, a Met? A division rival? By the way, if you do the math, based on an estimate of 35 starts per season, Scherzer will earn $1,238,095.24 per game. It’ll be a nice Christmas in the Scherzer household this year.

Well, that’s it for the leftovers, folks. Anyone for a pizza?

Until the next visit from the Booth, happy “Salmonella Tuesday,” and GO HORNETS!

RW

Brooksie!

Greetings from The Booth!

It’s finally here! A full Fall season of Shenandoah University Football begins this Saturday (9-4) when the Hornets take the field against a speedy and athletic Methodist Monarchs team coming off a 4-1 Spring campaign. The Hornets are coming off a 1-4 Spring, and are looking to take that next step from a perennial .500 team to the 7-3, 8-2 upper echelon of the ODAC. For a complete preview of the team and a look at Shenandoah’s opening opponent, go to the podcast section of this very website and go to Sports Dogs Podcast in the POdcast section. Air time is 12:30 Saturday afternoon on The River 95-3 with yours truly, Scott Musa, and broadcast newcomer DeShon Foxx.

OK, thanks to Bryson DeChambeau for supplying the fodder for this week’s VFB. DeChambeau (or DeCham-bogey as some call him) is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, if not the longest, and is, if nothing else, entertaining to watch. That being said, he’s probably the biggest “heel” on Tour. In my opinion, he cherishes this role. His feud with Brooks Koepka, another big bomber, is well documented. These two simply do not like each other, and it seems as though Koepka has the upper hand in this rivalry. DeChambeau seems to be bothered more by Koepka than the other way around.

Case in point, this past weekend’s Tour Event outside of Baltimore, the BMW Championship. The fans at Caves Valley, who probably start drinking in the parking lot at 8am, are about as raucous as golf fans get. Unlike most PGA Tour events, where polite golf claps are the norm, the “Ballimer” golf fans are quite vocal, and let their feelings be known about DeChambeau at about 120 decibels during Sunday’s final round, an incredible duel between Bryson and the cool, calm, and collected Patrick Cantlay, one of the most quiet and unassuming players on Tour. Shouts of “Brooksie!” among other things were shouted at DeChambeau, who eventually lost to Cantlay on the 6th playoff hole.

Since then, the PGA Tour has let it be known that shouting “Brooksie” will now get you thrown out of a Tour event. Really?!? Is this what we’ve come to? Is DeChambeau so thin-skinned that saying the name of another player gets one booted from the course? As long as it’s not done in a player’s backswing or while a golfer is standing over a putt, I don’t see the harm. Great players take a hostile crowd, feed off of the dark energy, and spit it right back at the fans. Note to DeChanbeau: great players also make 5-foot putts to win golf tournaments.

Truth be known, DeChambeau brings on a lot of this ire himself. After his missed putt Sunday gave Cantlay the victory, Bryson walked off the green, offering only a half-hearted handshake and no eye contact. This is not an isolated incident. DeChambeau is the center of drama week after week on the PGA Tour. Suffice it to say, he is not universally liked amongst his fellow competitors.

It was suggested to me this week by a golfing buddy (jokingly I think), that DeChambeau should be paired with Koepka at the upcoming Ryder Cup. While I think that would be a very bad idea, it certainly would be a train wreck we wouldn’t be able to turn away from. Besides, cheering for “Brooksie” in that twosome might get us thrown off the course.

Until the next visit, enjoy the SU game on Saturday, and GO HORNETS!

RW

Sports: Thursday, June 17, 2021

VBL Scores, Nats Extend Streak To 4, US Open Begins

On the Valley League scoreboard from last night, Winchester nipped Strasburg 3-2, Woodstock blanked Front Royal 1-0, and New Market outslugged Purcellville 12-9. Waynesboro and Covington were also winners.

Tonight in the VBL, games include Purcellville at Front Royal, while Woodstock travels to New Market.

Josh Bell cracked a 2-run homer against his former team, as the Washington Nationals completed a sweep of Pittsburgh with a 3-1 matinee win in DC. Starter Paolo Espino earned his first career win, tossing 5 innings of shutout baseball, as the Nats won their fourth straight game. The Nationals are off today before starting a weekend series against the Mets.

The Baltimore Orioles dropped their seventh straight game, as they fell to the Cleveland Indians 8-7. The Birds, who outhit the Tribe 12-9, were led by Ryan Mountcastle, who went 3-for-5 and drove in 4 runs. The O’s try to avoid the sweep today, as the two teams play the series finale at 1:10.

And the third major of the golf season, the 2021 U.S. Open, gets underway today at Torrey Pines near San Diego. The first round gets underway at 9:45 Eastern. Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion.

US Open Preview w/ Nick Ciattei

In this edition of the Sports Dogs Podcast, as has become the tradition for golf’s “majors,” we preview this week’s US Open with Nick Ciattei of Mid Atlantic Golf Getaways. Can Phil capture lightning in a bottle again at age 51? Will we see a heavyweight pairing of Koepka and DeChambeau on Sunday? And , of course, our predictions (don’t go to the bank with these). Enjoy the preview, and the US Open!

Sports Dogs Podcast
Sports Dogs Podcast
US Open Preview w/ Nick Ciattei
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Randy & Nick Talk Masters

In this edition of the SDPC, Randy is joined by Nick Ciattei of Mid-Atlantic Golf Getaways, and his “brother-in-golf,” to preview The Masters, the first “major” of the year. The Masters is back where it belongs, in the Spring, and the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom at Augusta National, and the Sports Dogs are teeing it up…

Sports Dogs Podcast
Sports Dogs Podcast
Randy & Nick Talk Masters
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Sports: Monday, March 8, 2021

SU Recap, Caps Stop Flyers, DeChambeau Wins At Bay Hill

On the SU scoreboard, 3 Tanner Bernard to Dillon Costello TD passes and a dominating Hampden-Sydney defense were the difference in a 26-0 football win over the Hornets on Saturday night. The Tigers broke open a 6-0 game at halftime by scoring 2 times in the first 3 minutes of the 3rd quarter, as Shenandoah falls to 0-2. The Hornets have a bye week before facing Randolph Macon on the 19th.

To the NHL, where the Washington Capitals got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Nick Jensen in a 3-1 win over the Flyers. The Caps, who went 4-1 on the five-game road trip, return home tomorrow to face New Jersey. Air time is 6:45 on The River 95-3.

On the PGA Tour, big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau held off Lee Westwood in tough conditions yesterday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. DeChambeau finished at 11-under par after posting one of the few sub-par rounds on the day.

Defense was just an afterthought, as Team Lebron defeated Team Durant 170-150 in the NBA All-Star Game.

And, the Liberty Flames punched their ticket to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 79-75 win over North Alabama in the Atlantic Sun Championship Game yesterday. The major conference tournaments take place this week, including the Big-12 and ACC.