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Puck's Babble
Posted April 6th, 2014 @ 7:16pm

Well, how about the hometown 9! I don't think anyone would have thought that the Ms would have opened the season with a 4-2 start. in fact, it's the first time Seattle has achieved that mark after the first six games since 2009, which was the first year for Jack Z and a first year skipper...Don something...

Anyways, that team finished 85-77 and I don't think anyone can convince you that the '09 edition led by Ken Griffey Jr. is better than this '14 squad led by Robinson Cano.  

Before Sunday's less than stellar performance from Erasmo Ramirez, the pitching for the M's has been the story in the first week of a very young season. In the first five, they amassed a 1.91 ERA. The starters had a 1.62 ERA and an opponents batting average .169...not bad for a group that ESSENTIALLY featured three rookies.  I know, I know...Ramirez and James Paxton have pitched before, but these are really first time starts for those three. 

No doubt that the highlight of the baseball weekend was the Saturday performance in the dump that is known as the Oakland Coliseum...I know it's called something else, but it's a silly name. Back to the highlight...The King, Felix Hernandez, was dominate once again

The King improved to 2-0, 1.88 ERA on the season after he went 8 1/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out.  Felix is off, obviously, to a great start and it's going to really fun to see what his record can be at the end of the season with an offense that looks like, at this point, one that's going to be able to put up some much needed runs. 

Over the Final Four...both games were fun to watch, although the first half of UConn and Florida was actually a little painful to digest.  But, despite the low scoring in the first half, it was impressive to see the Huskies put that run on in the end and then eventually pull away in the second half.  I'll tell you this...Ryan Boatright reminds me of a guy I used to watch all the time and he just happens to be my favorite all-time athlete...

Whatever Harrison brother he matches up with on Monday, Boatright is going to be in his grill all game and that very well could decide the championship. 

Of course, the game of the night was the second game in which the all-freshmen Kentucky squad rallied late once again and had their game decided at the very end...

So, like we called it...Kentucky and UConn for the National Title.  And, if there is any guy that tries to sell that they called that Final Four before the season, he's probably the same guy that wears earbuds at the driving range. 

Speaking of driving range and golf....How about the finish to the Shell Open on Sunday...

Matt Kuchar was cruising and really should have won , but on the final hole, with a one shot lead, Kuchar blew another opportunity to win for a second straight week.

 

Kuchar lost that one shot lead and Matt Jones forced a playoff when he made a 46-foot birdie.  If you thought that was the shot of the day, well, you probably turned off the tube and missed an incredible shot by Jones in the playoff...

 

With the win, Jones gets to go to Augusta and play in his first ever Masters...

 

I love this week because it's starts with the National Title game and it ends with the best golf tournament ever created. In fact, God actually created Augusta and he created the Rose Bowl.  When it all ends, and it will with some massive astroid!!! Those are the two landmarks that should not be touched and won't be.

As always, when it comes to the Masters I usually pick with my heart and my heart only beats for one guy....

Even if he doesn't win, he will be ok when he goes home at night....

"Good Night, and Good Luck." 

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