Rain Check Monday

And it did pour for a little while this afternoon here on the Island!

But no witty weekend recap due to a lot of work earlier today- congrats to the Penguins (who surprised me a little by winning Game 7 in Detroit) and Lakers (whose coronation was no surprise at all) or reaction to the U.S.’ loss to Italy, done in by one of their own (sort of). Good effort from our men though against one of the top 5-6 teams in the world, and if they can avoid going down a man against Brazil and keep something in the tank for the second-half, they just might be able to put up another fight against the Selecao later this week.

I’ll leave you with this image until I blog about it more at-length tomorrow or Wednesday. Have fun, gentlemen! It’s not that difficult, umm… right? That’s what this blogger thought
about two years ago. Oh wait, that was under pristine conditions and without 30,000 or more fans plus several million TV viewers… oops.

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This One’s For You, Roberto!

What a Masters. This one had me transfixed just about all afternoon, starting with Tiger and Phil’s rally, which ended up being little more than a sideshow, and ending with a final couple of holes and playoff full of twists and turns. Kenny Perry may have lost a two-shot lead with bogeys on 17 and 18, but you gotta give Angel “El Pato” Cabrera serious credit for hanging in there after some early dropped shots of his own. Even on the first playoff hole, he stayed in the tournament only by a lucky bounce off a tree on his second shot, a great chip to the green, and then finally draining an eight-footer for par. After Perry hit a couple of errant shots on the second playoff hole, Cabrera made a steady par to win it. Two career victories in the U.S. and both of them majors. On two of America’s most famous courses- Augusta and Oakmont (the latter arguably being the country’s toughest, to boot).

Roberto DeVicenzo (left) honored with fellow Argentine Antonio Cerda in 2008

Roberto DeVicenzo (left) honored with fellow Argentine Antonio Cerda in 2008

So 41 years after Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for a scorecard that was one shot higher than it should have been, costing him a playoff with Bob Goalby, Argentina has a green jacket it can call its own. In Angel Cabrera, it also has a player who now, with two majors to his name, vaults into the ranks of golf’s legends.

Angel Cabrera celebrated after his first major title; he won his second at the 2009 Masters

Angel Cabrera celebrated after his first major title; he won his second at the 2009 Masters