1. The No-Tiger Effect: How Woods' Absence Is Taking the Glow off Golf's Majors

    As golf prepares for a second straight major without its biggest name, exactly how much does the sport miss Tiger Woods ? Oh, only about as much as you’d miss your lungs if you woke up without them tomorrow...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 42,510 reads 98 comments

  2. Horse Racing Must Be Very Cautious About Tinkering with Triple Crown Format

    Let’s start with a simple truth about horse racing: It’s a sometimes dynamic sport that draws crowds of more than 100,000 to each of its Triple Crown events but is largely ignored the rest of the year...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 6,103 reads 33 comments

  3. Frustration Mounts as Tonalist Ruins California Chrome's 2014 Triple Crown Bid

    No sports fans are more conditioned to deal with an upsetting loss than those who follow horse racing. They've all torn up betting tickets they were certain would pay off, and they ...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 14,747 reads 29 comments

  4. Why We've Waited So Long for Another Triple Crown Winner

    Thirty-six years. That’s how long horse racing has gone without a Triple Crown winner, easily the longest drought since Sir Barton became the first thoroughbred to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1919...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 57,534 reads 31 comments

  5. Preakness Winner 2014: Breaking Down California Chrome's Triple Crown Chances

    If this were 1979, when horse racing had witnessed three Triple Crown winners in the previous six years, the analysts would be in unanimous agreement that California Chrome was about to claim his sport’s ultimate prize...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 45,250 reads 29 comments

  6. California Chrome in Great Spot for Victory in 2014 Preakness Stakes

    Nearly everything appears in place for California Chrome to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and ramp up expectations that this will be the year that horse racing finally gets its first Triple Crown winner since 1978...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 2,844 reads 1 comments

  7. Why the Preakness Is a Jewel of Its Own in the Triple Crown Season

    For some fans of horse racing’s Triple Crown, there might be a temptation to point out that "Preakness" rhymes with "weakness." Ah, the poor Preakness Stakes...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 3,825 reads 1 comments

  8. Is Martin Kaymer Back in Elite Form with Wild Win at 2014 Players Championship?

    The universe messed with Martin Kaymer Sunday at The Players Championship . Specifically, it was Mother Nature having some wicked fun on Mother’s Day...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 5,450 reads 4 comments

  9. Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II Is a Rematch Waiting to Happen

    Marcos Maidana didn ’t win the fight, at least not on the judges’ cards (117-111, 116-112, 114-114). But he made it crystal clear that Floyd Mayweather Jr...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 84,596 reads 629 comments

  10. Kentucky Derby Winner 2014: Breaking Down California Chrome's Triple Crown Odds

    I’m guessing scalpers in New York boosted prices on tickets to the Belmont Stakes within seconds of seeing California Chrome breeze to victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 65,752 reads 12 comments

  11. California Chrome Brings Renewed Attention to Horse Racing's Mating Game

    Imagine hearing that there is a hot baseball prospect on the horizon with fascinating family ties to Hall of Fame players. On his dad’s side, relatives include Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 15,601 reads 3 comments

  12. Will Some New Celeb Help Floyd Mayweather Jr. Top His Justin Bieber Entrance?

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they all have their exits and their entrances… When William Shakespeare wrote that line, he had ...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 16,641 reads 23 comments

  13. Kentucky Derby Is a Grand Slice of Americana That Everyone Should Sample

    “Have a good Derby.” That’s what the welcoming residents of Louisville, Ky. tell visitors all week as the anticipation builds for Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 9,746 reads 15 comments

  14. Jordan Spieth Shows He's Just What Golf Needs as Runner-Up at 2014 Masters

    As Bubba Watson sank his Masters-winning putt on Sunday, the most captivated spectator just might have been the 20-year-old who stood at the edge of the 18th green, hands on hips, taking it all in...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 30,383 reads 19 comments

  15. Manny Paquiao Shouldn't Eye Floyd Mayweather Superfight Despite Beating Bradley

    Did you hear it? I’m pretty sure I did. A collective groan from boxing fans coast-to-coast late Saturday night when HBO’s Jim Lampley signed off on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim ...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 50,127 reads 265 comments

  16. 20-Year-Old Jordan Spieth on the Brink of Masters History

    There are many sports records we think of as virtually unbreakable. Among them, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak and Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point night...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 8,495 reads 4 comments

  17. Bubba Watson's Back: 2012 Champ Takes Control at Masters with 5 Straight Birdies

    In addition to winning and slipping on the victor’s green jacket at the Masters two years ago, Bubba Watson made a little news off the course by purchasing a notable orange car ...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 9,674 reads 12 comments

  18. Masters Repeat Still a Long Way off for Adam Scott After Strong First Round

    Is it too early to discuss the possibilities of Adam Scott repeating as the Masters champion? Of course not. That’s the nature of modern sports...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 8,200 reads 3 comments

  19. Manny Pacquiao Knows He Must Prove He Still Has Killer Instinct vs. Tim Bradley

    A Manny Pacquiao highlight film easily could last hours, but perhaps the best moments of his career came during a 15-fight winning streak from 2005 to 2011...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 12,953 reads 102 comments

  20. Manny Pacquiao Is Fighting to Raise Spirits in Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

    Manny Pacquiao plans to take care of two things before he heads back to the Philippines to be with his wife Jinkee for the birth of their fifth child later this month. The first, of course, is to defeat Timothy Bradley Jr...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 17,121 reads 19 comments

  21. How the Masters Became the World's Greatest Golf Tournament

    With the approach of this year’s Masters, it’s once again time for Jim Nantz to whisper in our ears that we’re about to savor “a tradition unlike any other...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 25,592 reads 14 comments

  22. The Masters' Green Jacket Is as Historic as the Golfing Greats Who Wear It

    Although it looks like a garish garment that could have been purchased off the rack during a clearance sale, the green jacket that’s given to every Masters winner reigns as the ultimate symbol of golfing greatness...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 12,077 reads 1 comments

  23. Florida Again Meets Its Kryptonite as UConn Stuns Gators in 2014 Final Four

    As Florida took the court Saturday night there was a sense that the Gators had arrived in the Dallas area in Superman style—aloft and flying all on their own, no jet engines needed, capes fully extended...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 12,141 reads 5 comments

  24. Shabazz Napier Leads Iron-Willed UConn Past Michigan State and into Final Four

    Seven is supposed to be a lucky number, and 13 is supposed to be the unluckiest one of all. But Connecticut is the first ever No...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 16,407 reads 17 comments

  25. Florida Kicks Elite Eight Jinx and Heads for Final Four on a Roll

    The Florida Gators had one gigantic question hovering over them Saturday as they sought the Final Four berth that has been so elusive for their four starting seniors...

    Tom Weir Written by Tom Weir about over 3 years ago 22,775 reads 36 comments