The eye of the Tiger is a little askew. After recovering from 2 back surgeries, Tiger Woods is playing in his first PGA Tour event in 17 months! The bad news: he’s off to a slow start. After Day 1 at the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods shot a 4 over par 76 and is tied for 133rd place, which means he has to play like gangbusters today to avoid missing the 36-hole cut. Fortunately, even if he does miss the final rounds, you’ll be able to get your Tiger-fix soon because he’s signed up for 3 more golf tournaments in the next 4 weeks.
Seen and Heard
A disgrace to the blue and white. Famed Duke Coach K had the whole basketball team over to his house to tell them that they’re temporarily banned from the locker room and from wearing the school colors, “until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program.” Coach K is still recovering from back surgery and the team has been in a tailspin since he’s been gone. They’ve lost 3 of their past 4 games, including a terrible home loss to NC State earlier this week—it’s the first time that’s happened since 1995.
Chicago Fire. Uh-oh, it looks like the Chicago Bulls are having some trouble getting along and they’re airing their dirty laundry in public. After a close loss Wednesday night to the Atlanta Hawks, both Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler complained that their teammates weren’t playing with enough fire in their bellies. Rajon Rondo didn’t much appreciate the dig, so he posted a long statement on Instagram not-so-subtly attacking Wade and Butlers’ leadership.
March Madness preview. Be sure to tune in for the best game of the regular season: #2 Kansas @ #4 Kentucky. Both teams lost earlier this week. Which team will make it a 2 game slide? Saturday 6pm ET on ESPN.
Australian Open. If you’re missing the mid-2000s, we have just the thing: tune in to see all the retro tennis action at the Australian Open this weekend:
- Serena v. Venus. The Williams sisters are at it again. This is their 9th time facing each other in the finals. Will Serena collect her 23rd Grand Slam win or will Venus get her first major victory since getting diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome? Saturday 3:30am ET on ESPN or the replay at 9am ET on ESPN2
- Federer v. the winner of Rafael Nadal/Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal and Dimitrov are playing at the time of this email, but we’re crossing our fingers for a classic Federer v. Nadal showdown. Sunday 3:30am ET on ESPN or the replay at 9am ET on ESPN2
Pro Bowl. If you’re going through football withdrawal waiting for next week’s Super Bowl, feel free to watch some of your favorite players in the Pro Bowl this weekend (the NFL’s All-Star game). It’s back to its classic AFC v. NFC format. Sunday 8pm ET on ESPN
All-Star Weekend. There will be plenty hockey festivities all weekend long, here’s what to watch:
- The NHL 100. A ceremony with the 100 greatest NHL players of all time unveiled by Jon Hamm. Friday 9:30pm on NBCSN
- Skills Competition. Saturday 7pm ET on NBCSN
- 3-on-3 Tournament. Sunday at 3:30pm ET on NBC