This is no time to panic when it comes to Jordan Spieth.
After all, he has already won two PGA majors and won’t turn 24 until next month.
Golfers can play for 25 to 30 years, make millions and never have to worry about concussions or brain damage later in life. Spieth is already approaching $30 million in tour earnings, and we’re not even talking about the truckloads of endorsement dollars he’s earned away from the course.
But it’s OK to ask tough questions of great players, right? In Spieth’s case, it’s this: When is the next major win?
The Texas ex shot a 69 in the final round of the U.S. Open over the weekend but finished 1 over par, 17 shots behind Brooks Koepka, who captured his first major title. Spieth tied for 35th — the fifth straight major in which he has finished outside of the top 10 and the third time he has finished outside the top 30. A third-round 76 killed any chance of being a Sunday threat.
This really isn’t a slump since Spieth is ranked sixth in the world, up three spots from his 2016 finish. He just isn’t as consistent a threat in the majors as he was two years ago.
It’s time to dispense with the “next Tiger” talk because Spieth is one of many extremely talented young golfers under the age of 30 on tour. They include Rickie Fowler (28), Rory McIlroy (28), Jason Day (29), Hideki Matsuyama (25) and the 27-year-old Koepka.
To these eyes, he’s slightly ahead of the eighth-ranked Fowler, who is still searching for his first major amid four top-five major finishes An argument can be made that Spieth is a prisoner of his own early success. He continues to put up solid numbers, but I can’t help but wonder if he will one day be known as a solid pro who caught lightning in a bottle during one glorious hot season.
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t obsessed with making money.
If that were the case, he would be silent about important issues surrounding the inhumane treatment of black males by some police personnel in this country over the years.
After a Minnesota police officer was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile — whose girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting — Kaepernick tweeted: “A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!” He added a photo of a police badge next to a “Runaway Slave Patrol” badge.
His comments notwithstanding, Kaepernick is obviously being blackballed because the same NFL owners who have signed domestic abusers, drug addicts and the like for millions of dollars shouldn’t be so hesitant to sign a non-lawbreaker, a nonviolent offender who threw 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions for a 2-14 team in 2016.
Sure, many Americans are upset with him for kneeling during the national anthem, but many of those same “patriots” have turned a blind eye to the senseless killings of many innocent men in this country. That’s telling.
While Kaepernick’s agent is up in arms, his client has sacrificed money to speak out on an important issue in our country, even if it is costing him millions of dollars. Meanwhile, guys like Brock Osweiler, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Fitzpatrick are cashing fat NFL paychecks.
Paul George to Cleveland makes sense.
He just informed the Indiana Pacers that the 2018 season will be his last with the franchise. Tough summer in Indy with Larry Bird stepping down as president and George sending the team the equivalent of a Dear John letter.
So if you’re Indiana, you unload George while you can get something for him. Sending him to Cleveland in a deal involving Kevin Love is a good option or maybe involving the Lakers in a three-way deal could help.
The Cavs have already inquired about a deal, so allowing George to go through a lame-duck season without getting anything for him moving forward is off the table.
The biggest question won’t be whether adding George will be enough for Cleveland to unseat the Golden State Warriors but whether LeBron James will finally admit to playing for a Super Team.