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Austin Graham Sacks Up, Knocks it Down to Capture SCGA Title

Pride of the SC Muni.

Pride of the Pacific Golf Club, er, I mean, Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club.

You may remember a few years back when former San Clemente Triton golfer Austin Graham made mince meat of the South Coast League and was a serious CIF threat. Let’s just say he didn’t peak in high school.

Coming off a highly successful sophomore campaign at UC Davis, Graham is continuing his winning ways this summer, nabbing the Long Beach City Championship — including a career-best round of 62 — and on Sunday the prestigious 110th SCGA title. Yeah, the same trophy won by a certain young Mr. Woods several years ago.

After bogeying 16 in final round, he rolled in a clutch 30-foot birdie on 17 at the Wilshire Country Club to give him a one-shot lead. He finished with a 6-under 278, going 69-69-70-70.

Read more here.

Brenda Martinez Works the Europ-a-dopa

Ali-inspired?

Ali-inspired?

After finishing 8th in the NCAAs, UC Riverside’s half-mile miracle, junior Brenda Martinez, took her act to Europe for a six-meet tour of the continent. However, Pub Wisdom reckons Martinez got a hold of some footage shot on a different continent, of the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire, for inspiration prior to her first 800 meter event in Belgium.

Fresh off the plane in the final of her first meet, Martinez employed Ali’s classic rope-a-dope, hanging well back and letting others think they might have a shot, but with perhaps 300 meters left, she straight blew past the field, briefly settled into third, then put on the afterburners for a precisely timed move at the last second that gave her the win and a personal record. The field included the two runners that have claimed the last three NCAA 800 titles. Yep, she’s the real deal.

Watch the race it here. It’s worth the click. She’s got the white singlet on.

The Nation’s Hottest Runner?

UC Riverside phenom Brenda Martinez won her semifinal 1500 heat in the NCAA outdoor championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas to earn her spot in Saturday’s final. Impressive.  Did I mention she was hot?
Poetry in motion, coconut lotion...

Poetry in motion, coconut lotion...

Marry Me, Mixu

Mixu's Hibs: Double the drama.

Mixu's Hibs: Double the drama.

A week ago, I would’ve probably stuck him with a shiv if I saw him in the street. Today, I’d french kiss him and ask for his hand in marriage, so freely does my adoration flow… I’m talking about my main man Mixu Paatelainen, Hibernian manager and restorer of balance in the universe.

With Rangers just clear of the East Enders after their recent Old Firm win, Mixu’s men held the Light Blues to a 1-1 draw, allowing Celtic to retake tops in the SPL table and delivering a crushing blow to Gers fans who remember last season’s stinging goal-differential disappointment. But just when it seemed all was lost, Mixu’s Hibs flipt da script again, holding the other half of the Old Firm to a goal-less draw on the following matchday, thus catapulting Rangers tidily into the lead once more with one game to go.

And a stern test it will be at Tannadice as Levein’s Dundee United side has had pretty impressive form of late and will itself be stinging after three-nil humiliation at Tynecastle. But Rangers’ form has been tight of late as well, so it should be a fun one.

The Hoops will also have their hands full with visiting Hearts looking to make a statement on the last day of their impressive campaign.

Four in a row? Hell no!

No Keeping Up with this Keeper

Score one -- or ten -- for the keeper.

Score one -- or ten -- for the keeper.

Missed this gem in the fall, but just found it doing some digging in light of recent events involving current Rangers and former Scotland keeper Allan “The Playa” McGregor. This article spotlight’s one of McGregor’s love interests — one of at least 10 women with whom young Allan was romantically entangled during the previous year —  promoting a tell-all sexploitation interview. Wonder if that’s aired yet, and how it went over…

Nice to see opinions softening about the Loch Lomond Liquor Lockdown in general. What a mess.

No Longer Funny

Looks like Ferguson and McGregor are the ones in hot water now after antics from the bench against Iceland. Here’s the story. Banned from the side forever. Bad. Sad.

Shocking Development: Scottish Footballers Get Drunk

Fancy a dram, Georgie?

Fancy a dram, Georgie?

In what passes as news only in a Eugene Ionesco book, it’s been uncovered that Scotland skipper Barry Ferguson and keeper Allan McGregor — both Rangers regulars — posted up in the hotel bar into the wee hours after returning to the team’s Loch Lomand hotel following Scotland’s three-nil loss to Holland on the weekend.

What would actually be shocking is if the Scottish side wasn’t drowning its sorrows after that devastating blow. It’s shocking the entire team wasn’t in there. Apparently, George “Short Timer” Burley caught Ferguson and McGregor in the bar area well after curfew and blew a fuse. A heated argument ensued. The fallout resulted in the pair riding the pine during Scotland’s 2-1 win over Iceland.

It’s water under the bridge at this point, allegedly, and what appeared to be official perturbance over Burley’s handling of it was quickly smoothed but one can’t help wonder how much longer Burley will have the helm. It’s been a tumultuous tenure for Burley, with unfortunate injuries woes, defecting players and more, which makes it hard to make sense of whether he’s getting a fair shake or not. In the end, it’s all about the result, and on that note it has been an underwhelming picture.

Time will tell but I think they’ll can his ass as soon as this World Cup campaign is over if not much, much sooner.