By: Scott Michaux on February 19, 2009 - 6:54pm - Add new comment

The news was released on Tiger Woods' website at 5 p.m. Thursday that the No. 1 golfer in the world would return from his surgically induced hiatus next week at the WGC Match Play.

Here's just a couple of random thoughts about it all.

By: Scott Michaux on February 12, 2009 - 8:34pm - Add new comment

If you're weary of watching the Masters highlights on the Golf Channel on April 11 and you subscribe to HBO, there will once again be a local boxer to provide alternative entertainment.

Two-class world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams of Aiken will finally get another shot at a name opponent when he faces former junior middleweight world champ Winky Wright at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in a 12-round middleweight bout.

Last year, local flyweight Rayonta Whitfield fought in Augusta in an ESPN televised bout on the eve of the Masters Tournament.

By: Scott Michaux on February 10, 2009 - 3:17pm - Add new comment

It hit me today that the deadline just expired to enter the U.S. Open Challenge to break 100 at Bethpage Black. I'll never get to know if my required six-word essay would have earned me a spot in the celebrity telecast. I thought it had a shot.

I shot 103 without any sleep.

By: Scott Michaux on February 3, 2009 - 12:23am - Add new comment

One of the joys of working in a deadline sports business is that you often are left with little time to think everything through as thoroughly as you'd like. There are night's when the clock is ticking and you operate on instincts that very often fail.

Night games can be nightmares for sports columnists. Game stories are fairly easy. You hammer things out as it goes along and try to tie it all together with a fairly cohesive lead when the game ends.

By: Scott Michaux on January 31, 2009 - 9:21am - Add new comment

Phil Mickelson didn't distinguish himself by missing the cut in his 2009 PGA Tour debut in Phoenix, by the former Scottsdale resident and Arizona State graduate will get to spend Sunday cheering on his Cardinals.

And for a player who has a reputation of wagering on winners, his concerns about the Cardinals are significant. Here's what the two-time Masters champion had to say about what faces Ken Whisenhunt's Cardinals in Tampa.

By: Scott Michaux on January 22, 2009 - 12:30pm - Add new comment

It is not always prudent making predictions about what might happen at Augusta National, but here goes one anyway.

Japanese teenage prodigy Ryo Ishikawa will soon be receiving a special international exemption into the 2009 Masters Tournament. It makes too much sense for it not to happen.

You've never heard of Ryo Ishikawa? You will.

By: Scott Michaux on January 18, 2009 - 8:20pm - Add new comment

It's been a long tough year for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, since floods ravaged the city last June. Sunday was a better day, particularly for high school driver's education teacher Justin Kramer.

Kramer was the man who taught both Kurt Warner and Zach Johnson to drive a car way back when they were all at Regis High School. On Sunday he was parked in front of the television set at his son's house watching his two former pupils have perhaps the finest sports day two alums could have.

By: Scott Michaux on January 17, 2009 - 11:10am - Add new comment

Before most readers awakened this morning and worked up the courage to brave the bitter cold to pick up their Saturday newspaper from the driveway, Joe Gillis of the San Francisco Bay area had sent me an email rebutting my Saturday column.

By: Scott Michaux on January 11, 2009 - 4:46pm - Add new comment

After much useless deliberation, here is my final ballot for the 2008 college football season:

1. Richmond (13-3): Being the only Division I football program to win an actual playoff puts my hometown Spiders at the top of the list. Go Spiders!

2. Utah (13-0): They went undefeated AND it took Urban Meyer’s former team only one quarter to beat Alabama while it took Meyer’s current team four quarters to do the same.

By: Scott Michaux on January 11, 2009 - 11:15am - Add new comment

Saturday night in Charlotte was a career-defining moment for Ken Whisenhunt.

The Richmond Academy graduate and former Georgia Tech walk-on established himself as one of the brightest coaching lights in the NFL with a dominating 33-13 victory over the previously perfect-at-home Carolina Panthers. Now Whisenhunt braces to lead the Arizona Cardinals into the NFC Championship game.

That's right, Whisenhunt has done what no coach before him had been able to do. The Cardinals were the only NFC team to not reach the conference championship since the AFL-NFL merger.

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