Shanoff's W.U.C.: Angel, Perry, Tiger, Cavs

Today's Calls: Angel Cabrera vs. Kenny Perry, Tiger vs. Phil, Celtics vs. Cavs, Dwyane Wade vs. Chris Paul, Josh Johnson vs. Johan Santana, Cubs vs. Brewers, Byron Leftwich vs. Tim Tebow, Lance Stephenson vs. Jonny Flynn and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: What? Tiger didn't win the Masters? ↵

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↵Wasn't really even in contention? In that case, we all should have been turned off -- or turned off the TV. ↵

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↵But even while Tiger wasn't really in the mix to win, there was actually enough to make the casual fan intrigued by Masters Sunday: ↵

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↵• The 3-way playoff: 3 non-Tigers = 1 Tiger? ↵

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↵• Kenny Perry's miss on 18: He's no Tiger. ↵

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↵• Phil's front-side 30: Almost...Tiger-ish. ↵

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↵• Tiger vs. Phil, head-to-head: Not. Quite. ↵

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↵• Katayamania: Shingo's Sunday pink > Tiger's Sunday red. ↵

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↵Some might argue that the emergence of other compelling story lines was better for golf than Tiger breezing to another title. I think the TV ratings will debunk that idea. ↵

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↵But as long as Tiger wasn't winning, at least the rest of the field did their best to keep things interesting. But if it takes a combo of a 3-way finale, the prospect of the oldest Masters champ ever (with distinctly opposite-Tiger bona fides) and Katayama's fashion flourishes to hold our attention ... ↵

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↵Well, let's hope Tiger reclaims his championship mojo at Bethpage in June. ↵

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↵NBA Instant History: The Cavs clocking the Celtics in Cleveland isn't symbolic -- it's foreshadowing. Without home-court advantage (and without a completely healthy team), there is no way the Celtics get past the Cavs. This will be a short-lived reign for the defending champs. ↵

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↵Notable: Dwyane Wade's double-nickel. Because when one of the best players in the league goes for a career-high scoring binge of 55, it's worth tipping your cap. (One more: CP3's 31 pts, 17 ast and 9 reb in a Hornets win over the Mavs.) ↵

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↵MLB Mania! ↵
↵• Josh Johnson beats Johan Santana ↵

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↵• Confirmed, head-to-head: The Cubs are the team to beat in the NL Central ↵

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↵• If the D'backs are going to topple the Dodgers, they need Dan Haren to -- oh, nevermind. ↵

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↵• Preseason Picks: Hey! The Indians finally won! ↵

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↵• Bobby Abreu: Offseason pickup of the year? ↵

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↵• Injury Watch: Brandon Webb ↵

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↵NFL Draft: If there are less than two weeks until the draft, let the character assassination begin! Are these players really trouble? Or are teams that covet them just trying to throw their rivals off? Let's stop playfully calling it "misdirection" -- most teams engage in flat-out lying. ↵

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↵NFL Offseason: Who else feels like Byron Leftwich is a stopgap for the Bucs before Tampa drafts Tim Tebow? ↵

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↵Coaching Carousel: Flip Saunders to the Wizards? He's not sexy, but he is a proven winner in the East. You know what will make Saunders look good? Healthy Arenas. Healthy Haywood. Butler and Jamison out for vengeance. '09 starters coming off the bench. Oh, and Blake Griffin. ↵

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↵CFB Spring Games: Georgia's offense looked clunky without Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno. In Ann Arbor, hey, at least they HAD a spring game this year. ↵

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↵CBB Recruiting: Should Lance Stephenson go to Kansas or St. John's? KU offers the chance for a title; the Johnnies offer the chance to be The Man in the biggest media market -- LeBron Lite. Both spots are one-year-only. Here's a deciding factor: If KU gets Xavier Henry, Lance should stay in NYC. ↵

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↵Frozen Four Miracle: Was this the greatest comeback in college sports championship-game history ... or the history of championship games in ANY sport? ↵

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↵The Last Word: Syracuse. The Orange tops Mike DeCourcy's early '09-10 Top 25 ... but only if Jonny Flynn skips the '09 NBA Draft. The very good chance to win a national title might just be enough to bring Flynn back, even though he is testing the draft. ↵

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↵That said: If Flynn is going to be a Top 15 pick (or even 1st-round lock), why shouldn't he turn pro? If Hansbrough or Lawson or Ellington or Green were guaranteed to be 1st-round picks, they would have gone pro -- and UNC '09 would not have happened. ↵

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↵(Hey, Ed Davis is staying in Chapel Hill to defend the title with a loaded incoming freshman class -- is he a Top 3 pick in 2010 Draft?) ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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