Our show this week focuses on a myriad of topics from the weekend. First, we talk about Tigers Woods winning the Memorial and try to figure out what in the world that means for Woods, golf and, most importantly perhaps, the U.S. Open.
Is Tiger a favorite now? He was a favorite at the Masters after winning a few weeks before that major and look what happened? In truth, we have no clue what will happen with Tiger the rest of this year and the uncertainty is great for golf. Tiger's dominance was one era of the sport, but his "will he or won't he show up this week" brilliance is, in its own way, even better.
Nick Tarnowski and I discuss the flap between Lil Wayne and the Oklahoma City Thunder front office (and fans). In short, the rapper wanted front row seats to Game 4 and was told no, so he told the Associated Press he thought he got snubbed because he's not white and the fans are.
“That’s not the point, though,” he told the AP of the ticket offers from Harden and KD. “It’s the players stepping up but of course the players aren’t white. I don’t want to be sitting there on behalf of you and I’m sitting next to a (person) that’s like `I don’t want this (guy) sitting next to me.’ (Forget) you … I’m in Forbes,” he said, laughing.
Our point? There is no such thing as "reverse racism." It's just racism, and Lil Wayne projecting his beliefs of how fans would treat him because they are white and he is not is just as irresponsible and dangerous as if the fans, themselves, actually behave that way.
We shift to baseball to end the show, talking about rooting against Johan Santana's no-hitter. As Phillies fans, why would we want the best pitcher on our biggest rival to throw a no-hitter? Does history trump fan loyalty?
More importantly, baseball needs to do something about getting the calls right. Too often, big calls that have an impact on the history of the sport are being botched by umpires. MLB can either install a tennis-like Hawkeye system for the foul line or do what the NHL does and have a central hub in the league offices where the league can correct any calls that are wrong. Santana technically got a no hitter in the box score, but the blown call down the line certainly justifies some type of "however."
Last, a fan in Philadelphia caught a home run ball on Saturday by lunging over the fence to bring the ball into the stands. It was a great catch, but for the wrong team. The Phillies fan caught a Marlins home run, which violates so many unwritten fans rules, it's uncanny someone in those seats doesn't have the presence of mind to realize.
That leads to a fun chat about fan rules (which I will be writing on this week.)
Thanks as always for listening.