Spieth comes close to perfection

first_imgSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The pursuit of the Greatest Major Season Ever isn’t supposed to be easy. “There’s a reason I have a receding hairline,” Jordan Spieth said, “and it’s because of that kind of pressure building up and that kind of stress. As much of a thrill as it is, it can wear you down.” He emptied the tank Sunday at Whistling Straits.  With one final chance to stamp his major season as the best of all time, Spieth embraced the moment and put on a memorable show at this PGA Championship – crouching and kneeling, begging and pleading, spinning and marching, swiping and fist-pumping, barking and cheering. It just wasn’t enough. Spotting one of the hottest players in the world a two-shot lead, Spieth could only watch in awe as Jason Day buried five years of frustration with a near-flawless 67 to bully his way into the major winner’s circle. “By far the best loss I’ve ever had,” Spieth said. Spieth lost to the lowest score ever shot in a major, 20-under 268. His own 17-under total is the best score in a major (relation to par) by a non-winner or playoff participant. Big picture, Spieth’s 54-under par cumulative score in the majors is the best all time, eclipsing by one Tiger Woods’ epic 2000 season. His 1,090 strokes in the majors are the fewest ever, five less than Woods’ gold standard. And he is the third player since 1960 to finish in the top-4 in all four majors in a season. Historic by any measure.  But it wasn’t until after the round that Spieth learned of the greatest consolation prize of all: His solo second was enough to overtake Rory McIlroy and ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Ranking, one of his lifelong goals.  “That will never be taken away from me now,” he said. Neither will one of the two best major seasons of the modern era.    This week there was considerable debate on where a three-major haul by Spieth would rank in the pantheon of all-time great seasons. It’s all a moot point now, of course, because Spieth fell short of earning the hat trick, and thus his major season will be slotted behind Woods in 2000 and Ben Hogan in 1953. But the conversation was interesting, and it served as a reminder of how close the 22-year-old came to reshaping our perception of major greatness. So while it’s easy to mourn what could have been, it’s worth celebrating one of the most impressive stretches of golf we’ve ever seen.   There was the runaway, record-breaking victory at the Masters. There was the taut finish at the U.S. Open, where Spieth was fortunate not only to avoid a loss, but also a playoff, after Dustin Johnson’s three-putt from 12 feet.  And then there was the gut-wrenching conclusion to the Open Championship, where Spieth had a tie for the lead after 70 holes and kicked away a chance to win. No one in the modern era – not Palmer, not Nicklaus, not Woods – has come closer to winning the third leg of the Grand Slam. All told, Spieth came within four measly shots of the single-season Slam. Only Nicklaus in 1975 (three) was closer. “You only get four (majors) a year,” Spieth said, “and to have an opportunity to win all of them is so cool.” Thing is, Spieth could very easily have mailed it in after St. Andrews. He could have showed up at the PGA, punched the clock, recorded another top 10 and been content with his two-major campaign. But his focus shifted to the winning this major, to making the most of this glorious year, the moment his last gasp from the Valley of Sin veered left of the cup. When he returned home to Dallas, he took only two days off and got back to work with swing coach Cameron McCormick. After a rusty start at Firestone, he closed with 66 and back-doored a top 10. “In our conversations where he confides in me, there was no letdown at all,” McCormick said. “Of course he would have loved to get into the playoff and win that tournament. That’s obvious. But there’s still a lot to play for.” Here he smiled. “Jordan is also very good at revising goals once he checks off a box, and he’s set some further goals for the rest of the season.” The PGA was next on Spieth’s list, and with a victory he could have become the first player to sweep all three American majors in the same season. His bid got off to a slow start, but a 71 in tough conditions kept him in touch with the leaders. No surprise there – he never trailed by more than five strokes after any major round this season. After his putter heated up, Spieth soared into contention with rounds of 67-65 and stirred hopes of even more history. With a back-nine 30 Saturday, he earned a spot in another final group, trailing the star-crossed Day by two. No player has put himself in position to break through more often recently than Day, but the Aussie showed the kind of audacity Sunday that had been lacking in his other close calls. Wailing away on his driver, he birdied four of his first seven holes to create some separation. The turning point in the final round came on No. 11, a reachable par 5 of 555 yards. Day belted a drive that practically waved at Spieth’s ball on the way by, bounded down the hill and settled 382 yards away. Walking up to their tee shots, Spieth whirled around and yelled, “Holy s—! You’ve gotta be kidding me!” Day smiled and flexed his bicep. A few moments later, he launched a wedge onto the green for an easy birdie, and when Spieth’s weak attempt from 6 feet peeled away at the cup, Day had regained his four-shot advantage. “It was a stripe show,” Spieth said. “It was really a clinic to watch.” Day got up and down out from the sand on 12. He stuffed an approach out of a deep fairway bunker to 10 feet on 14, then poured in the birdie putt. And after he gave back a shot on 15, he ripped a 4-iron to 20 feet on the par-5 16th to set up a stress-free birdie. “Each time he stood and took it back, I had hope,” Spieth said. “And each time after it came off the face, the hope was lost.” Spieth tried everything. He talked to his ball. Listened to pep talks from caddie Michael Greller. Made a few of the best up-and-downs of his life. Tried to will his ball into the cup. “To be honest,” Day said, “the kid just doesn’t go away.” But nothing worked, not this time.  Spieth’s goal at the start of the day was to shoot 68. That’s exactly what he signed for – and lost by three. Ever gracious in defeat, Spieth unabashedly praised his fellow competitor down the stretch. When Day made an unlikely birdie on 14, Spieth waited for him by the next tee and said, “I mean, wow, that’s impressive right there.” When Day nestled his long lag putt on 17 to within tap-in range, Spieth locked eyes and gave him a thumbs up. And when it was all over, when Day sobbed in his caddie’s arms and his young family spilled out onto the green, Spieth stood and applauded.   Later, while waiting in the scoring trailer, Spieth looked at Day and told him, “There was nothing I could do.” That helps explain why a legitimate run at the single-season Grand Slam only comes around every decade or two. It requires exquisite golf, yes, but also mental toughness, good fortune and timing. So much has to align, and in the end Spieth was four shots from perfection, from the Greatest Major Season Ever. “I’m tired right now,” he said. “I left it all out there.”last_img read more

Brooklyn megachurch sues Thor for “putrid” leaks from Dallas BBQ

first_imgThor Equities’ Joe Sitt and 180 Livingston Street (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)A Brooklyn megachurch’s dreams of a new chapel to accommodate its 10,000 members were dashed by a leaking barbecue joint.The Brooklyn Tabernacle is suing Thor Equities and Dallas BBQ for “catastrophic damage” to their condo unit caused by liquids emanating from the restaurant, according to a complaint.The church had planned to construct a chapel, a computer lab and space for community classes in the more than 56,000 square feet of undeveloped subterranean space in Thor’s 180 Livingston, where Dallas BBQ is also a tenant.The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (Credit: Brooklyn Tabernacle)The leaks consisted of a mix of “putrid water, sludge and rotting food debris” that contained E. Coli and raw sewage, the complaint states, citing environmental tests. When Thor hired a plumber to fix the problem, the lawsuit alleges the leaks only subsided for a matter of hours because of the “cheap, slip-shod repairs.”The plaintiffs also claim Thor broke the terms of their contract and carried out a “willful, malicious and unconscionable years-long delay” to withhold the deed for the condo unit from the church. The church is seeking upwards of $10 million in damages.A spokesperson for Thor declined to comment. A source close to the landlord said the lawsuit is a dispute between the church and Dallas BBQ, and that Thor was “caught in the middle.”Thor received a $92 refinancing from MetLife in November for the property. At the time, Thor CEO Joseph Sitt told Crain’s he was proud to have leased the property to “a variety of outstanding tenants.”The building is not the only location where Thor is experiencing problems. Last month, Thor defaulted on 494 Broadway for allegedly seeking “unrealistic rents,” while in October, Marx Realty evicted the company from 545 Madison Avenue over unpaid rent and real estate taxes. Earlier this year, a special servicer took over Thor’s defaulted $37 million loan at 115 Mercer Street, where the firm was renegotiating a lease with retailer the Kooples.Thor in recent months has pivoted toward the industrial sector, launching a platform over the summer called ThorLogis that aims to spend $900 million purchasing logistics properties. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Chinese-sponsored railway inaugurated in Addis Ababa

first_imgThe Chinese-built Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line has been inaugurated in Addis Ababa.The ultra-modern line is expected to boost trade and development in both nations over the coming years.CCTV’s Girum Chala was at the inauguration ceremony and has filed this report.last_img

Chief Wahoo To Be Banned In Toronto? Application To Be Reviewed Monday On Whether Logo Can Be Used In ALCS

first_imgIt looks like the Cleveland Indians will have to worry about more than just their play on the field in Toronto.According to The Canadian Press, a man in Ontario, Canada is looking to take legal action against Chief Wahoo. Douglas Cardinal, who is an officer of the Order of Canada, has taken legal action against the Cleveland Indians’ name, logo, and jerseys which display Chief Wahoo to three courts. These courts include the Human Rights Tribunal Of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Superior Court. The claim is that the famous Cleveland logo is “offensive and discriminatory”.Cardinal is seeking that there be an order against the Indians, the MLB and Rogers Communications. Rogers Communications is the provider of the ALCS and the Blue Jays’ stadium is named after the communications company. Aaron Lazarus, a representative for Rogers Communications has addressed the extreme difficulties of trying to get rid of Chief Wahoo altogether and doesn’t feel it’s fair to stop showing the broadcast in Canada to the fans who want to watch the important series.Cardinal and his team have spoken and James Fuller, who is a representative for Cardinal, feels that the team has jerseys without any visual representation of Chief Wahoo. Fuller also said that the Tribe should be called “the Cleveland team” for the time being.A court hearing is scheduled for Monday at the Superior Court, so it will be interesting to see how this situation concludes. Eli Mooneyham Related TopicsChief WahooCleveland IndiansToronto Blue Jayscenter_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

Birdie binge wins Koga Itoen Ladies

first_imgCHONAN, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight joint leader Miho Koga pulled away from a crowded leaderboard Sunday to win the Itoen Ladies after shooting a final-round 67, highlighted by six consecutive birdies and seven in eight holes.Koga, who shared the lead with money leader Lee Ji Hee of South Korea after two rounds, offset a bogey on the opening hole by making a 15-footer at No. 3 and her putts continued to fall, triggered by a four-footer on the fifth at Great Island Club. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

Return of Old Logos

first_imgAll Activity 730 Forums Home 918 18 minutes ago, Dabbaby17 said: Not trying to be a stickler here, but that Cavs logo was from the 80s. They used this logo, from the 90s, before they got their “current” logo(and that itself was introduced when Lebron first came back and had a metallic gold and a darker red, and then they switched to the current wine and gold logo).  Location:Utah Link to post ~Bear Posted January 3, 2017 What’s interesting about thist post is that the four logos you want to return to were actually new logos that took the place of the current logos, which are the originals.  What’s old is new again, and what’s new is old again.   nba nhl Members 2,335 Posted January 3, 2017 24 posts But, what other teams are there in the Big 4 that you would like to see a return to a previous logo as their main logo? What are you talking about? 4 Share on other sites 1,749 posts Location:detroit Posted January 3, 2017 4,806 After watching the Giants’ Color Rush throwbacks and mulling the (hopeful) return of blue and gold for the LA Rams, I got to thinking of the return to old logos. A few come to mind as of the past 15-20 years. And, sure, there are many more that could have been used as an example (ie- Islanders, Sabres, Blue Jays, Hawks, Kings, etc) … 4,806 Members Share this post 2,166 posts Link to post BrandMooreArt Favourite Logos:Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Tigers The colors changed, as well as the design of the uniform, but the logo itself had little change. 2,335 The logo itself changed somewhat drastically, especially when compared to the buccaneers logo (which you included).. The chargers logo in your set didn’t change at all other than color.. I’d put the Jaguars logo in the same category as the Seahawks logo in terms of amount of change..  ScubaSteve kimball Share on other sites 24 Whitesox572 Recommended Posts 6 hours ago, Dabbaby17 said: Favourite Logos:Every single NBA logo circa 1996: the good old days of the NBA. Posted January 3, 2017 Posted January 3, 2017 After watching the Giants’ Color Rush throwbacks and mulling the (hopeful) return of blue and gold for the LA Rams, I got to thinking of the return to old logos. A few come to mind as of the past 15-20 years. And, sure, there are many more that could have been used as an example (ie- Islanders, Sabres, Blue Jays, Hawks, Kings, etc) … not really a primary logo but I would love the vikes to bring back the old horn logo. 657 Members All Activity Posted January 3, 2017 oldschoolvikings Share this post Members 7 MJWalker45 2 Posted January 3, 2017 DouglasQuaid Patriots return to Pat Patriot. I prefer the last incarnation of the uniforms with red facemask, red pants and larger logo.  Share this post Share this post 15 837 Jungle Jim Link to post Members Grand Pooba of Walksylvania Favourite Logos:Every single NBA logo circa 1996: the good old days of the NBA. 837 The Greatest Entertainer Here are a few I’d love to see, but I would love to see what many of you have in mind as well … Jungle Jim Link to post 1 24 Posted January 3, 2017 DouglasQuaid Members 4,692 Link to post 11 minutes ago, ScubaSteve said: tigerslionspistonshabs 24 Location:Utah 1,930 posts insert name Members 3,760 Posted January 3, 2017 Members Share on other sites Sports Logo News Location:San Francisco Share this post Link to post 2,335 The colors changed, as well as the design of the uniform, but the logo itself had little change. 2,353 16,001 Prev Here are the NBA logos. Location:In The City Location:San Francisco kimball Share on other sites 837 Share on other sites 5,026 Well, I just used those as examples.  Share on other sites (for example: the Jaguars’ 2013 logo change received very minor changes, barely noticeable.) Members 7 hours ago, Dabbaby17 said: Posted January 3, 2017 24 Location:San Francisco 1 By kimball, January 3, 2017 in Sports Logo News 24 2 Link to post 730 730 Share this post 818 posts Members 12 hours ago, kimball said: 1,356 4,692 Link to post SportsLogos.Net Members Members 3 4 minutes ago, DouglasQuaid said: The last bar were the logos I want to see return. 2 Posted January 3, 2017 1,340 posts 5,026 24 posts Sports Logo News Followers 3 mlb 13 Share this post Posted January 3, 2017 Share this post BrandMooreArt 1 hour ago, Dabbaby17 said: Share on other sites 24 nfl oldschoolvikings Members 1 ~Bear Posted January 3, 2017 0 Share this post 9,114 posts kimball 1 Favourite Logos:Carolina Panthers, Steelers, Penguins, Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets, Chief Wahoo, Cavs 1,585 Here are the NFL logo changes. I chose the ones that haven’t been posted yet and/or received major changes (for example: the Jaguars’ 2013 logo change received very minor changes, barely noticeable.) 4 hours ago, Whitesox572 said: DouglasQuaid 4,692 Link to post Share this post 3 Page 1 of 4   3,760center_img Share this post Share this post insert name 3 16,001 4,806 70 posts Members Share on other sites Location:DETROIT What are you talking about? Favourite Logos:Minnesota Wild | Hartford Whalers | Toronto Blue Jays Share on other sites 24 Share on other sites 24 1,356 ScubaSteve Next The new one looks like Clip-Art.  The Knicks logo should have the black again. It made the logo pop out more.  Return of Old Logos DouglasQuaid 4,692 318 posts Share on other sites 4,806 Here are the NBA logos. Share on other sites The jags I think is way different, the change is bad and to me it makes the team look weaker and loses its appeal. 2,353 Dabbaby17 113 Share this post Posted January 3, 2017 Members 2,551 posts 5,926 posts Posted January 3, 2017 12,787 posts kimball Dabbaby17 3,288 posts Dabbaby17 Share this post Share on other sites tigerslionspistonshabs Page 1 of 4   2 730 4 Dabbaby17 Level 5 Laser Lotus 2,353 Share this post Link to post This topic is now closed to further replies. I hope the Pistons and Rockets go more in the direction of what they had previously. Both are becoming super generic. And the Mavericks really need to have a good logo for once. Share this post Link to post 1,930 posts 918 Share on other sites 318 posts 5,026 2 Share this post Share on other sites Posted January 4, 2017 Share on other sites 1 Location:San Antonio, Texas Favourite Logos:Every single NBA logo circa 1996: the good old days of the NBA. WavePunter 657 I like the newer logo and going back to the 1998 uniforms with this logo would be a good look. AgentColon2 Losing the horse logo was a terrible idea. It looks great in RWB.  Sports Logos 0 Graphic Designer Prev The Greatest Entertainer Link to post I’d also like to see the Knicks Subway Token logo get used more often. I feel it’s an underrated alternative logo.  Posted January 4, 2017 3,760 The old Miami Heat logo is much better than the current.  823 posts 918 Location:Indiana > Miami Posted January 3, 2017 Link to post 5 4,692 i had a quick look through the NFL and NBA and these are the only 2 logos i see that would be an actual improvement going backwards. in most cases, you’re just going from one bad logo to another and it’s a push. most teams don’t need to go back, they need a new logo thats actually good and have never had a good one to begin with 730 16,001 2,166 posts Whitesox572 WavePunter 2 Next logos 24 Share on other sites 0 Return of Old Logos Link to post Link to post I hope the Pistons and Rockets go more in the direction of what they had previously. Both are becoming super generic. And the Mavericks really need to have a good logo for once. Dabbaby17 panthers_2012 657 Members Dabbaby17 113 Location:In The City Posted January 3, 2017 Posted January 4, 2017 Share this post Members Link to post AgentColon2 3 113 1,585 MJWalker45 24 posts Share on other sites Link to post 4,806 Return of Old Logos I don’t think the old Seahawks logo should come back, the new one is vastly superior. What if we put the old colors on the current logo, would that work? But, what other teams are there in the Big 4 that you would like to see a return to a previous logo as their main logo? 4,692 panthers_2012 Share this post Share this post Members That sleek Jets logo is so much better than what they used before and since.  I’ve never understood the love for the oval, other than nostalgia.  I’d also like to see the Dolphins go back, but without the navy. The jags I think is way different, the change is bad and to me it makes the team look weaker and loses its appeal. 730 1 Members insert name So no one told you life was going to be this way The colors changed, as well as the design of the uniform, but the logo itself had little change. Link to post 2 hours ago, oldschoolvikings said: Sign in to follow this   Location:Cleveland, OH Followers 3 2 Link to post Members 0 Share on other sites 22,252 posts Link to post 1,356 Sign in to follow this   1,585 Share on other sites 2 The Greatest Entertainer Location:South Carolina Go To Topic Listing 4,806 SportsLogos.Net Forums Home Sports Logos What’s interesting about thist post is that the four logos you want to return to were actually new logos that took the place of the current logos, which are the originals.  What’s old is new again, and what’s new is old again.   insert namelast_img read more