Shanoff's W.U.C.: Tiger's Total Domination

Today's Calls: Tiger Woods vs. the Field, Yankees vs. Oblivion, Scott Kazmir vs. Fenway, DeMar DeRozan vs. Jordan Hill, Marshawn Lynch vs. Roger Goodell and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: "A tradition unlike any other." True: In what other sport is the game so thoroughly dominated by a single player that the rest of the field is basically irrelevant? ↵

↵

↵Tiger's year-long comeback culminates today and this weekend, when he will eclipse the Masters field for everything -- attention, results, whatever. ↵

↵

↵It is a tenuous position for the sport to be in; just look at how golf dropped off the radar last year the moment Tiger shut it down. No one really wants to see anything but Tiger. ↵

↵

↵On the other hand ... no one really wants to see anything but Tiger. ↵

↵

↵Tiger is the most must-see athlete in sports. Not LeBron. Not an NFL or baseball player. A golfer. Even if you don't like golf, you have to tune in to see Tiger. You will have one eye on the Masters results, because you want to see how Tiger will do. (Posting a Web cam at Amen Corner? Who cares? I want a camera on Tiger to follow online while I'm at the office.) ↵

↵

↵Chances are, Tiger will win -- you're really tuning in to see how, or perhaps for the shock value in the rare instance he doesn't win. ↵

↵

↵I can't think of another sport where given the choice between one specific player and "the field" almost universally results in people picking the specific player, every weekend. ↵

↵

↵The addiction to Tiger is simultaneously horrible for golf and the greatest thing ever to happen to it. That's why I will watch the Masters. ↵

↵

↵MLB Mania! ↵

↵

↵• The Yankees are 0-2: Time to panic yet? Perhaps. In Game No. 2, they lost to a pitcher making his MLB debut. ↵

↵

↵• Rays beat Red Sox: At what point will they rename it "Kazmir Park?" Because the Rays SP owns the Red Sox. ↵

↵

↵• Phillies rally: Speaking of 0-2, didn't I say yesterday not to worry about the Phillies? ↵

↵

↵• Manny being Manny: No, not being stupid. Delivering the key hit to win the game. ↵

↵

↵• Big Unit's SF debut: Not only did Yovani Gallardo out-pitch Randy Johnson, but also Gallardo became the first pitcher ever to hit a HR off Johnson. ↵

↵

↵• Fantasy Studs: ↵
↵Miguel Cabrera: 3/4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R ↵
↵Kosuke Fukudome: 4/5, HR, RBI, 4 R, SB ↵
↵Nelson Cruz: 2/4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB ↵

↵

↵NFL Draft: Maybe I was wrong about Matt Stafford's NFL potential. If a guy as smart as Jim Schwartz is on board with drafting Stafford as the No. 1 overall pick, the QB has got to have the goods, right? I guess the Lions can backfill their line issues with later picks -- or the inevitable No. 1 overall pick in 2010. ↵

↵

↵NBA Instant History: Think the Suns miss Mike D'Antoni? They are out of playoff contention. But the Mavs are in. The Blazers are up (and the Spurs are down). The Nuggets are rolling. The Celtics are limping. The Cavs are sizzling (at home, at least). One week until the playoffs. ↵

↵

↵NBA Draft: Three new big names join Blake Griffin in the draft pool, all of whom will likely join him in the Top 10: DeMar DeRozan, Jordan Hill, James Harden. (Tell you what: Classic PF, classic SF, classic C, classic SG. All those four need is a good PG and that would make a pretty good young five in the NBA.) ↵

↵

↵CBB Recruiting: Calipari at Kentucky has already generated a nice dividend for the Wildcats -- Cal's Memphis recruit DeMarcus Cousins has re-committed ... to Kentucky. ↵

↵

↵Suspension Watch: Marshawn Lynch given a 3-game ban for his off-field extra-curriculars. ↵

↵

↵The Last Word: "Always." -- Tiger Woods, when asked if he expects to win the Masters ... or perhaps any tournament. ↵

↵

↵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. ↵

↵

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

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.