April 14, 2014
Dave Brown serves as a special contributor to CHANNEL 5 Sports and updates his Overtime blog on a regular basis for www.krgv.com/sports.
There were a number of things that surprised me after the weekend at the Masters. Was it Bubba Watson winning his second green jacket in three years? I loved that he celebrated later Sunday night at the Waffle House. How about the play of 20-year old Jordan Spieth? The Texan was in the hunt to be an upstart winner. My biggest surprise was reading that television ratings for the early rounds were off 40 percent, presumably because Tiger Woods wasn't entered. I know the Tiger factor is huge. But, if you're telling me the masses tuned out on the first of golf's majors because of the absence of one man, that's a crying shame. Either you believe in this thing or you don't. You either buy into the event, the magnolias, amen corner and the rest of it, or you're not really a fan of golf. Not hating. Just saying.
Has there ever been an NBA season where the team with the league's best record has gone winless against not one, but two teams lower in the conference standings? With Monday's loss at Houston, the Spurs were swept in four games by not only the fourth place Rockets. They also dropped all four regular season games against Oklahoma City. Those two teams pasted eight of 19 overall losses on San Antonio. This could make for some interesting action later in the playoffs. It may also be the reason that the Las Vegas betting favorite to win it all is still the Miami Heat.
Finally, how nice would it be for the Valley to bring home not one, but two UIL soccer championships this weekend? Local schools have seen their share of state success. Lopez, this year's 5A representative, is a former 4A state champ. Valley View, 4A bound, was a state semi-finalist a year ago. The way the Tigers have been mauling teams in the post-season has to make folks wonder if this isn't a champion in wait. If both teams could bring home the hardware, the Valley would have even more state soccer laurels to celebrate. Here's hoping for that.more »