It’s been quite a week in Columbia. Rather than discussing spring practices and the recruiting victory of Drew Lock, we are left to wonder what will become of top playmaker Dorial Green-Beckham.
Will his misstep lead to the same result of the misstep of former basketball player Zach Price? That’s unlikely. However, the latest incident starring DGB has pushed him closer to the edge of disaster. At least, it should have.
Gary Pinkel has quite a situation to deal with. DGB is needed to help the Tigers reach the SEC title game this season. Nevertheless, he can’t be allowed to continue with this behavior. Even if it isn’t a distraction to the team at the moment, a repeat offense will be.
In fact, I don’t believe that DGB’s latest act of stupidity isn’t already a major problem, and Pinkel has tough decision to make. Does he keep DGB suspended until summer practices begin? Does Pinkel reinstate DGB in a week or two with a press conference, where DGB makes a statement about understanding and correcting the error of his ways? Does Pinkel dismiss DGB?
Everyone is watching: coaches, players, students, boosters, fans, media and recruits.
Will Pinkel make a misstep of his own?
Do not be fooled. No Tiger Woods at Augusta is a big deal. “A Tradition Unlike Any Other” applies as much to Tiger at any major golf event as it does to the hallowed course that hosts The Masters.
Even without the debacle of the last few years, we all knew Tiger couldn’t dominate forever. However, golf at every level, will take a long time to reach its peak again, once Tiger is gone for good.
None of the incredible players on tour can drive interest, ticket sales and television ratings like Tiger. After all, the biggest non-Tiger story leading into Augusta was the Golf Digest cover, pictures and article reaturing Dustin Johnson’s fiancée, Paulina Gretzky.
Not to be outdone, Caroline Wozniacki, girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, made a splash at The Masters Par 3 Contest with her pink hair. Granted, she didn’t show us any skin and the Wednesday tradition permits a laid-back atmosphere, but this is a different Masters in 2014.
Whether they will admit it or not, Augusta and CBS desperately need an over-the-top story, a controversy or a historic performance to help ratings on Saturday and Sunday. They also need Tiger back in 2015.
NASCAR At Night
For the first scheduled time in 2014, a Sprint Cup Series points race will take place under the lights. As I’ve said and written before, this should occur a lot more than it does.
Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, aka The Lady In Black, an eighth different driver will look to keep the Victory Lane parity alive.
If you aren’t much of a NASCAR fan, I recommend watching the Bojangles’ Southern 500. The track is unique, and the racing will be intense.
FOX will have coverage beginning at 6:00 ET.