The phrase “who is the best, the greatest, and the number one” has been a term used throughout my childhood. The original “KCMAC” used that phrase for years. He would tickle me as a child until I would give in and tell him he was the best, the greatest, and occasionally saying that MOM was number one. To find out who was the turkey back then, “KCMAC” would pin me down and if I wanted off my back then I guess I would be the turkey. Well in sports we have athletes who have demonstrated greatness, and athletes who may not have been so great. So I think some recognition is in order.
WHO’S THE BEST?
“The Best” so far goes to the Baylor Lady Bears basketball program who went an NCAA record 40-0. Baylor started and finished the season ranked #1 in the country with the help of All-American Brittney Griner, who is the most dominant center women’s basketball has ever witnessed. Oh, by the way, their starting five will be back to defend their title next year. Congratulations to Coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears for a magical season.
WHO’S THE GREATEST?
“The Greatest” goes to San Antonio Spurs, who for the second time this year has gone on a eleven game winning streak that suddenly ended Monday night against the Utah Jazz. Their streak ended because coach Greg Popovich arrogantly gives Tim Duncan, Manu Ginoboli, and Tony Parker the day off. I’m not sure if it was a wise thing to do considering they have the opportunity to get the number one seed in the Western Conference. The loss placed the Spurs one game out of first behind the Oklahoma City Thunder with 11 games to go. No one can really question the mind of Greg Popovich, who has been pushing the right buttons since 1999. We must remember the last time there was a shortened season the Spurs were holding the Larry O’Brien trophy!
WHO IS THE #1
As if you really have to ask. Who would of thought that a man named Bubba would be wearing the prestigious Masters’ green jacket! Bubba Watson is his name, a man who last month squandered a 3-shot lead in the final round of the Doral by losing to Justin Rose by a shot. This is a man that is self taught, never been coached, and was bold enough to go out there with a pink driver (dad died of throat cancer) to shoot a final round 68 to beat the likes of Mickelson, Westwood, and overcame Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden death playoff. Bubba Watson has overcome ADHD to win his first major tournament.
Who does the Turkey of the Week go too?
I would have said the mouth of the Ozzie Guillen for his ill-advised comments he made about his admiration of Fidel Castro. Of course he was misinterpreted when he said “I love Fidel Castro.” He basically said he admires Castro for staying alive/in power this long with everyone out to get him. He must have forgotten he was in Miami where there is a strong Latin community. Ozzie is the most defiant person in sports towards authority I have ever seen. He makes Charles Barkley sound like a role model. Ozzie being Ozzie, I guess that’s what Manny Ramirez would say. I thought he was finished as a coach on that remark. However he only got a 5-game suspension, which seems kind of light, especially when people were calling for his firing. Either way this is probably far from being over with and if his comments affect butts in the seats, he’s a dead man walking anyway.
The true “Turkey” this time around has to be former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino! Unfortunately he and his mistress was involved in a motorcycle accident on April 1, 2012. That motorcycle was coach Petrino’s skeleton in the closet. Yikes, Petrino is a married man and his mistress is engaged. He was fired “with cause” because of misleading University of Arkansas about his accident. His relationship with this woman, for whom he used athletic department funds to hire, was granted an unfair advantage, bypassing 159 other qualified applicants which was a conflict of interest. He never informs his athletic director that he gave his mistress $20,000 in cash prior to hiring her. Petrino’s April Fools joke is on him, as he will lose his multi-million dollar buy-out. Now that’s a REAL TURKEY!