- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 15, 2008

The future of the Capitals has never been brighter. They now have - after last week’s handing out of hardware - a 22-year-old MVP, a 20-year-old Rookie of the Year runner-up and a (age withheld out of consideration for Bruce Boudreau) Coach of the Year.

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In fact, if I were the Caps’ equipment manager, I’d be stocking up on silver polish. Before Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Boudreau are through, the club is going to need a new display case.

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Don’t you just love headlines like:

“U.S. Open: Tiger’s to lose?”

I mean, come on, it’s not just the Open that’s Tiger’s to lose, it’s the world that’s Tiger’s to lose, the galaxy that’s Tiger’s to lose. The man is the Google of golf.

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Memo to Colin Montgomerie: You can’t whine about not getting invited to the Masters and then shoot 79-77 - 14 over, for those of you scoring at home - in the first two rounds at Torrey Pines. Not, at least, if you ever want to be taken seriously again.

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The Quote of the Week comes (via the New York Times) from Jim Hardy, 2007 PGA teacher of the year: “The most valuable shot in golf is the tee shot. Because most players are not just missing the fairway off the tee, they are barely keeping the ball on the planet. Other people might choose the putter, but for the average player, that putt they miss for a 10 is not what’s killing them.”

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A story in the latest Sports Illustrated on Nathaniel Crosby, the ‘81 U.S. Amateur champ, mentions that his famous father Bing “played in the [1950] British Amateur on the Old Course, losing in the first round to a St. Andrews carpenter as 20,000 looked on.” Naturally, the Sunday Column had to know more.

The 20,000 figure, it turns out, is an exaggeration. The Associated Press put the size of the crowd at “4,000, which broke all records for the first day of this tournament.” Bing-o was indeed eliminated in Round 1 - 3 and 2 by James K. Wilson - but he “played some respectable golf” in the wet and muddy conditions, the AP said. He even won the first three holes, but “a rash of sixes and fives [on the back nine] ran his medal score to some dozen shots over par by the time the match ended on the sodden 16th green.”

The famous crooner took his defeat with equanimity. “It’s a privilege to play here, and I’m really not disappointed,” he said. “The real reason I came was to see if I could get a new wig from the Labor Government.”

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