Shinnecock Hills, the site of the 2018 US Open. (Roger Rowlett/ShareAlike 2.5)
I am still celebrating the historic Washington Capitals Stanley Cup win. I encourage everyone to watch some of the videos from the interwebs. You will be highly entertained.
But this week we shift gears towards another National Championship, the US Open, which is to be played out in the Hamptons at Shinnecock Hills. The focus will be on Tiger since he commands significant coverage as it has been 10 years since that last US Open win defeating Rocco Mediate…..but this isn’t about Tiger.
Credit: Keith Allison.
They finally did it! The Washington Capitals have advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Twenty long agonizing years for Caps fans filled with immense promise and expectation (full disclosure: die-hard Caps fan). The realization has yet to sink in for me, but come Monday night, the Capitals will play their first Stanley Cup game since 1998 (Editor’s note: die-hard Red Wings fan here. Sorry we beat you in ’98 and caused your lifelong misery). Storylines abound for this Cup Final: Ovechkin and Backstrom finally getting to the Finals. GMGM somehow getting an expansion Vegas Golden Knights team to the ultimate stage for a chance at Lord Stanley, something he failed to do with a loaded Washington Capitals roster for years. And “The Flower”, Marc-Andre Fleury, getting to showcase the huge mistake the Penguins made by letting him go.
Do you remember watching Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa destroying baseballs? Maybe I was naïve then, but I thought it was “real”….hey, I was 13. But as a collective group we were all transfixed on the home runs and the possibility of record breaking greatness. Well, the Maris record was “broken”, but greatness? Debatable. Since then we have gone from the Mitchell Report to a full fledged documentary that inadvertently stumbled onto a state-sponsored doping program (not a plug).
In between we have had significant denials. Authored books by Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis (full disclosure: I bought them both, and believed them… for a time) to some ridiculously can’t-make-up stories, as one such great ball player was caught with a whizzinator. Have fun on the Google machine with that one.