July 18, 2017

146th Open Championship

The scores from our 2017 US Open pool:

James: -27 (Winner)
Marty: -4
Beck: +8
Cbell: +14
Abe: +27
Bill: +48
Jeremy: +53

All Time Major Winners, Updated:

2013 Masters- Abe
2013 US Open- Bill
2013 British Open- Paul
2013 PGA-  Adam

2014 Masters- Campbell
2014 US Open- Jeremy
2014 British Open- Paul
2014 PGA- Bill

2015 Masters- Jeremy
2015 US Open- Paul
2015 British Open- Paul
2015 PGA- Bill

2016 Masters- Jeremy
2016 US Open- Beckerman
2016 British Open- Bill
2016 PGA- Dan

2017 Masters- Paul
2017 US Open- James

2017 Open Rules:

The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+5 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-10 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

The draft order will be the reverse final standings of the previous major


Round 1
Jeremy- Rickie Fowler
Dante- Jordan Spieth
Bill- Adam Scott
Abe- Justin Rose
Bunny- Dustin Johnson
Beck- Sergio Garcia
Marty- Jon Rahm
James- Hideki Matsuyama
Dan- Brooks Koepka
Paul- Phil Mickelson

Round 2
Paul- Tommy Fleetwood
Dan- Brandt Snedeker
James- Henrik Stenson
Marty- Paul Casey
Beck- Justin Thomas
Bunny- Jason Day
Abe- Patrick Reed
Bill- Zach Johnson
Dante- Rory McIlroy
Jeremy-Thomas Pieters

Round 3
Jeremy- Marc Leishman
Dante- Alex Noren
Bill- Andy Sullivan
Abe- Ian Poulter
Bunny-Louis Oosthuzien
Beck- Matt Kuchar
Marty- Rafa Cab Bello
James- Bill Haas
Dan- Branden Grace
Paul- Lee Westwood

Round 4
Paul- Daniel Berger
Dan- Francesco Molinari
James- Matthew Fitzmagic
Marty- Shane Lowry
Beck-Kevin Chappel
Bunny- Charl Scwartzel
Abe- Kevin Kisner
Bill- Steve Stricker
Dante- Si Woo Kim
Jeremy- Ty Hatton

The Teams: 
Team Paul- Phil. Fleetwood, Westwood, Berger
Team Beck-  JT, Sergio, Kuch, Chappel
Team James- Matsuyama, Stenson, Haas, Fitzmagic
Team Marty-  Rahm, Casey, RCB, Lowry
Team Abe- Rose, Reed, poulter, Kisner
Team Bill- Scott, ZJ, Sullivan, Stricker
Team Dan- Koepka, Sneds, Molinari, Grace
Team Jeremy- Fowler, Pieters, Leishman, Hatton
Team Campbell- DJ, Day, Oost, Charl
Team Dante- Spieth, Rory, Noren, Kim


June 13, 2017

2017 US Open

Dustin Johnson: 29/4
Jordan Spieth: 9/1
Jason Day: 11/1
Rory McIlroy: 12/1
Jon Rahm: 18/1
Rickie Fowler: 18/1
Justin Rose: 20/1
Hideki Matsuyama: 28/1
Sergio Garcia: 28/1
Adam Scott: 30/1
Henrik Stenson: 35/1
Justin Thomas: 38/1
Brooks Koepka: 40/1
Thomas Pieters: 40/1
Branden Grace: 50/1
Jason Dufner: 50/1
Matt Kuchar: 50/1
Paul Casey: 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen: 55/1
Alex Noren: 60/1
Patrick Reed: 60/1
Charl Schwartzel: 62/1
Kevin Kisner: 63/1
Bubba Watson: 65/1
Daniel Berger: 65/1
Lee Westwood: 65/1
Martin Kaymer: 65/1
Shane Lowry: 75/1
Brandt Snedeker: 80/1
Billy Horschel: 85/1
Kevin Chappell: 85/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 85/1

All Time Major Winners, Updated:

2013 Masters- Abe
2013 US Open- Bill
2013 British Open- Paul
2013 PGA-  Adam

2014 Masters- Campbell
2014 US Open- Jeremy
2014 British Open- Paul
2014 PGA- Bill

2015 Masters- Jeremy
2015 US Open- Paul
2015 British Open- Paul
2015 PGA- Bill

2016 Masters- Jeremy
2016 US Open- Beckerman
2016 British Open- Bill
2016 PGA- Dan

2017 Masters- Paul


The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+10 will be added to any players score who misses the cut (this has been altered as a larger penalty for this tourney since the projected winner may be above par)

-10 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +10 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)

Moving on the the draft,


Round 1:
Dante- Dustin Johnson
Jeremy- Rory McIlroy
Beck- Jordan Spieth
Bill- Jason Day
James- Justin Rose
Marty- Rickie Fowler
Abe- Jon Rahm
Bunny- Sergio Garcia

Round 2:
Bunny- Hideki Matsuyama
Abe- Jason Dufner
Marty- Tomas Pieters
James- Books Koepka
Bill- Paul Casey
Beck- Justin Thomas
Jeremy- Alex Noren
Dante- Adam Scott

Round 3:
Dante- Henrik Stenson
Jeremy- Daniel Berger
Beck- Charl Schwartzel
Bill- Billy ho
James- Brandt Snedeker
Marty- Matt Kuchar
Abe- Patrick Reed
Bunny- Jimmy Walker

Round 4:
Bunny- Bubba Watson
Abe- Martin Kaymer
Marty- Kevin Chappell
James- Steve Stricker
Bill- Lee Westwood
Beck- Rafa Cab-Bello
Jeremy-Shane Lowry
Dante- Kevin Kisner

The Teams

Team Abe: Rahm, Dufner, Reed, Kaymer

Team James: Rose, Koepka, Sneds, Stricker

Team Jeremy: Rory, Noren, Berger, Lowry

Team Beck: Spieth, JT, Charl, Rafa

Team Cbell: Garcia, Matsuyama, Walker, Bubba

Team Bill: Day, Casey, Horschel, Westwood

Team Marty: Rickie, Pieters, Kooch, Chappell

Team Dante:  DJ, Scott, Stenson, Kisner

The Final Standings

James: -27 (Winner)
Marty: -4
Beck: +8
Cbell: +14
Abe: +27
Bill: +48
Jeremy: +53

April 5, 2017

2017 Masters

 Welcome to the 2017 Masters. The official start to the golf season. 

2016 Masters Blog 
2015 Masters Blog
2014 Masters Blog 
2013 Masters Blog 

(Hard to believe this is the 5th year NWOTB has "covered" the Masters, still no press passes) 

The 2017 Masters Tournament will be the 81st edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf's four major championships to be held in 2017. It will be held from April 6–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Obligatory picture of last years winner, Danny Willet. The first European to win the Masters since 1999:

The thing everyone remembers most, though, is Jordan Speith's epic collapse on the 12th hole on the back 9, which cost him his 2nd consecutive green jacket: 

And here's a snippet of the final leaderboard:

Some other random stuff: 

Last 11 winners were all under 40
Last 11 winners were not the defending champion
Last 11 winners were not the World No. 1
Last 11 winners had made the cut at Augusta the previous year

Here are the current OWGR going in to the tournament as well as all the winners on tour this season: 

Dustin Johnson looks unstoppable, winning everything as the #1 player in the world. But will Augusta tame his tee shot? 

Jordan Speith has finished 2-1-2 in his 3 Masters starts. Is that good? In my mind, he's the favorite. 

Rory McIlroy is playing excellent and still looking to close out the career grand slam with a green jacket. He certainly has a good chance this week 

Jason Day has been dealing with personal issues, so I could see him do anything this week. Cut or win, neither would surprise me. The last time we saw Day in the majors, he eagled 18 at the PGA and almost forced a playoff w Jimmy Walker. 

Matsuyama and Justin Thomas won everything in Decmeber and January... I love both of these guys so seeing them win a green jacket would be cool. 

Outside of that, Rickie Fowler is a darkhurse to me this week, he'e been playing well. John Rahm is the no name hot hand, and you can never count out former lefty champs Bubba and Phil. 

Now onto the fantasy side of things.  Our last event, the 97th PGA Championship, DAN won his first major. I didn't tally up all the results and we don't have full rosters, so for the draft order we are going to do reverse fantasy football standings. After this tourney, we will revert to normal reverse order from the last major. Paul and Sean get the last picks automatically as they did not play. 

All Time Major Winners, Updated:

2013 Masters- Abe
2013 US Open- Bill
2013 British Open- Paul
2013 PGA-  Adam

2014 Masters- Campbell
2014 US Open- Jeremy
2014 British Open- Paul
2014 PGA- Bill

2015 Masters- Jeremy
2015 US Open- Paul
2015 British Open- Paul
2015 PGA- Bill

2016 Masters- Jeremy
2016 US Open- Beckerman
2016 British Open- Bill
2016 PGA- Dan 


The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cumulative score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+5 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-10 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +5 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)


Round 1:

Dante- Dustin Johnson
LastPlace Abe- Rickie Fowler
Bunny- Jordan Spieth
Bill- Rory McIlroy
Adam- Bubba Watson
Beckerman- Justin Thomas
Jeremy- Hideki Matsuyama
James- Jason Day
Dan- Henrik Stenson
Paul- Phil Mickelson
Sean- John Rahm
Marty- Adam Scott

Round 2:
Marty- Justin Rose
Sean- Zach Johnson
Paul- Sergio Garcia
Dan- Louis Oosthuizen
James- Paul Casey
Jeremy- Brandt Snedeker
Beckerman- Patrick Reed
Adam- Alex Noren
Bill- Tyrell Hatton
Bunny- Matt Kuchar
LastPlace Abe- Adam Hadwin
Dante- Daniel Berger

Round 3:
Dante- Bill Haas
LastPlace Abe- Kevin Kisner
Bunny- Brooks Koepka
Bill- Thomas Pieters
Adam- Danny Willett
Beckerman- Jimmy Walker
Jeremy- Tommy Fleetwood
James- Matthew Fitzpatrick
Dan- Branden Grace
Paul- Lee Westwood
Sean- Marc Leishman
Marty- Emilano Grillo

Round 4:
Marty- Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Sean- Francisco Molinari
Paul- Charl Schwartzel
Dan- Jim Furyk
James- Bernhard Langer
Jeremy- Gary Woodland
Beckerman- JB Holmes
Adam- Russel Knox
Bill- Soren Kjeldsen
Bunny- Brendan Steele
LastPlace Abe- Russ Henley
Dante- Martin Kaymer

The Scores:

Paul -22
Campbell -4
Abe +12
Marty +14
James +16
Bill +17
Beck +28
Jeremy +31
Dan +35
Dante +40
Adam- ?

March 23, 2017

DDIHC- 2017 Championship Game Recap

Dead Dogg “Unleashed” – Don’t Call it a Comeback (even though it was)
By: Andy Haase #20

Back to Back Winter Champs  

The Doggs trotted into Game 10 of the D1 playoff bracket without a loss thus far giving them 2 cracks at division rival Coops in order to capture their second straight Winter Title.  Unlike Cinderella, they did not choke when they got to this ball and captured a 4-3 overtime win in what Michael Jackson would consider a “Thriller” in front of a not quite capacity crowd of 18.

Rodman Arena, 9:10pm puck drop

Confidence was not lacking from the Dogg locker room, all while realizing a tall task was in order to end the season that night as they faced a good skating team and an excellent goaltender.  The teams went scoreless well into a tentative first period by both teams until Coops broke through late in the first.  The Doggs tied it quickly as Marc Saulnier connected on a pass to James Brown found John Kotkowski who got open at the side of the net and buried it into an open right side for his second goal of the playoffs.  Marc’s addition to this line was a great adjustment (see what I did there?).  A late defensive breakdown in the first cost the Doggs and they went into the second down 2-1 not having played their best period.

Last year's trophy in the house

The second period was a continuation of the first as the Doggs squandered a power play early in the second and found themselves on their heels for a while until Coops struck again taking a 3-1 lead.  Teams traded power plays with no scoring all while Adam Beckvold blocking a shot and in Dikembe Mutumbo fashion waving “no-no” with his index finger.  OK, that didn’t actually happen, but it makes for a good story.  The Doggs picked up the intensity from there but could not break through during the rest of the period after strong urging from the fans in the Dogg House.

Heading into the third trailing 3-1, the Doggs maintained their intensity and after a shot by Eric Stevens, fresh off a suspension for being the third man into a wrestling match that involved two people, Shawn Civitarese battled for a rebound and knocked it home to cut the Coops lead to 3-2.  Civ played with that fire the entire game which really gave the Doggs a boost.  Mind you, that it’s the only time you should actually play with fire.  A short time later, it was déjà vu as Brian Abrahamson, fighting a sore shoulder through the playoffs, got the puck to James Brown who again found John Kotkowski open at the right side of the net who put it home to tie the game at 3 with about 10 minutes left in regulation for his second of the game and third of the playoffs.  After that, it was on like Donkey Kong, although no barrels were jumped in this game.  All while Dan Cosgrove posed as Donald Trump’s new wall, the Doggs had many great chances to grab the lead by John Kotkowski, Derick Slonina, James Brown, Paul Taylor, Evan Lum, Ian Stevens, Marc Saulnier and Andy Haase, but the Coops netminder had other ideas as he threw his glove, stick, toes, his truck, his house, and anything else he could get in the way to try and keep the game tied.  Neither team could solve the two goaltenders who refused to give in and the buzzer sounded forcing sudden death overtime.

The Doggs tightened their collars and went into the overtime with a bit of an edge having three forward lines and Coops showing a little bit of fatigue only having two.  However, up and down the ice two teams went trading chances and kept a good pace while the two goaltenders made plenty of quality saves to keep this game going.  It appeared the Doggs threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Coops netminder, but had they thrown the kitchen sink, he looked poised to stop that.  Also, that would probably be illegal according to the rule book.  Read your manuals, people!  Finally, with about 3 minutes to go, which is still enough time to cook up a batch of Minute Rice, James Brown pounced on a loose puck and with his third assist of the game found an open Derick Slonina who one timed the pass for the game winner, and Title winner for the Doggs.

This was an excellent team win for the Doggs as everyone appeared to have a hand in this victory.  Dan Cosgrove locked in and shut-out the Coops for the second half of the game and the OT.  Not to be outdone as Ian Stevens gutted out his performance with a pre-game shit-out while battling an illness.  Also, a shout out (Lot of outs here.  Must be a good poker hand.) to Dana Taylor for joining Jay Bouchard as the only two Dogg members in history to coach the team to a championship. The Doggs move to 7-0 all time in the Winter Playoffs and 2/2 in Winter Season championships. Is that good?




Lockeroom post game

Better Luck Next Year 

Andy Haase, writer of this blog. +1 in OT. 
Only missing Civ here for the 7 guys who were on both Championship teams 

The Bash Bros! 

OG Doggs


Double time

Captain Back to Back 

Group Shot post game 

4 some! 

You never forget your first (2015-16 team pictured) 

February 6, 2017

New England Patriots, 2017 World Champions

Wow.... what a game. What a season. The Patriots completed the largest comeback in NFL History last night, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the first Super Bowl to ever go to OT. Down 28-3 in the middle of the 3rd quarter, the Patriots somehow held the Falcons off the board for the rest of the game. The offense woke up, the later it got the better Tom Brady and his teammates performed.

Here are the best/ most critical plays from Super Bowl 51:

1. The Catch.
The Immaculate Gritception. Julian Edelman exonerated Pats fans like myself from years of nightmares after David Tyree's helmet catch and Mario Manningham's circus grab. Incredible catches that were completed beyond all odds.  Edelman's catch last night was correctly called on the field, and stupidly challenged by Atlanta. Not only was he able to come back to the back, but had the concentration to scoop it off a Falcons leg, while using his body to block out the defender from intercepting. He then had to re grip the ball, and with the smallest of margins he was able to do so without letting the ball touch the ground. Unreal.

It is somewhat of a shame that Edelmans catch will forever keep this incredible grab by Julio Jones in the shadows.... Julio was probably the best Falcon on the field last night. He was great, made multiple amazing catches- led by this one:

2. The Sack Fumble
Dont'a Hightower with what Belichick called the play of the game. At that point, it was 28-10 Falcons with 8:31 left in the 4th quarter. It gave the Patriots the break they desperately needed, a short field and chance for a quick score. This is the second Super Bowl saving play Hightower has made, he was the one who stuffed Marshawn Lynch on the 1 the play before the Butler Interception.

3. The 2 point conversions

I'm not quite sure anyone realizes yet just how important both 2 point conversions in the 4th were. Both were absolutely critical if we wanted to come back. After the TD's the team did a great job of hustling to the play and giving Pats Nation minimal time to dwell of the magnitude of the following attempts. Don't forget: It was a failed 2 point attempt last year in Denver in the AFCCG that led to the end of season loss.

The first conversion was an unconventional play.... direct snap to James White who scurried easily in between his blockers to the paint. Brady sold it well, but in reality the play call was what worked here. Just so happens this was basically the exact same play as Kevin Faulk’s two-point conversion in the 2004 Super Bowl vs the Panthers. Chilling.

The second 2 point conversion was also relatively easy... Amendola came in motion to Brady and with a quick snap, they ran a mini WR screen that worked to perfection. The play was also offside, so in essence it was a free play. The most important 2 point conversion attempt in franchise history and they nailed it.

4. Backing up the Atlanta Offense

There were multiple critical drives in the second half where the Patriots pushed the Falcons out of scoring range. The first was at the end of the 3rd quarter 2:06 left, after the Patriots failed attempt at an onside kick. The Falcons took over, up 28-12 at the Patriots 41 yard line. Basically a first down away from FG range. Well, on first down Austin Hooper made a 9 yard grab. Down to the NE 32 yard line. Then the next play, the Falcons were called for a hold. Then Ryan was sacked on 3rd down, getting dropped at mid field and being forced to punt. This all happened before the 4th quarter started.... if only the Falcons weren't stupid and simply just ran the ball to take down the clock, and convert the one first down they needed to add a FG and put the game out of reach.

Then in the 4th, the Falcons got the ball on their own 10 yard line. Up 28-20, they needed a drive to kill time and a FG to seal it. There was 5:56 left in the game. First play: Devonta Freeman 39 yard catch, a near back breaker for Pats fans. But it was still ok, as long as we kept them off the board. Two plays later was the 27 yard fire flames catch by Julio I pictured earlier. That play took the Falcons all the way to the 22 yard line of the Pats. For sure we were screwed. But no, the Falcons are who we thought they were. Matt Ryan took a 12 yard sack, and the next play the Falcons were called for holding and forced to punt from the 45 yard line. Just an unreal sequence of events that saved the Pats.

Was there ever any doubt? Once the Patriots won the coin toss.... I think everyone knew what was coming. Brady and the offense were ROLLING, and the Patriots had every ounce of momentum in the stadium. Brady went 5/6 on the drive, leading the team on a 8 play, 75 yard TD drive in just under 4 minutes. The Falcons players were dropping like flies throughout the second half, and they looked tired AF in that OT. We killed the Falcons.

Below are my favorite stats from the game:

246- Passing yards for Tom Brady in the 4th quarter. He was 13/15 for 246 and 2 TDs. Unreal.

14- Catches by James White, a Super Bowl record. Once again we see RBs highly involved with no Gronk in the Super Bowl.

20- Points James White scored in the game. Unreal effort by White. 3 TDs and a 2 point conversion. Brady is giving him the MVP truck, and James White is going to Disney World. The Belichick RB usage train keeps on rolling. For those who think White deserved the MVP... I would strongly disagree. While he was critical, the pick has to be Brady. Has to be.

466- Yards Passing for Brady. SB record. Tied for 2nd most in any playoff game ever. His record as a QB with over 50+ attempts in a post season grows to 5-1 while everyone else is 3-29. Unreal.

93- The Pats had 93 offensive plays in this game. Compared to the 46 for the Falcons.

0- The amount of time the Patriots led this game. They ended up winning by 6 points, their largest margin of victory in any Super Bowl

0- The amount of 1st quarter points by the Pats and Falcons. The Pats have now gone scoreless in the first quarter 7 Super Bowls in a row!!! They have also held their opponents to just 15 points in the first quarter, over those 7 games. Maybe next time we switch it up and try scoring early?

12-1 The record of teams who have a pick 6 in the Super Bowl. In maybe the darkest moment of the day, Robert Alford intercepted a sloppy Brady pass in the Red Zone in the second quarter, and returned it untouched to put the Falcons up 21-0. The Falcons are now the only team to have a pick 6 and lose the game in SB history, all 12 of the other teams were able to win the game. Take your time walking into the end zone though, Alford. You're now a part of history.

5- Belichick said today that winning the Super Bowl was great, but the team is now 5 weeks behind on the 2017 season. That's why he's the best ever.

All the records set in the Super Bowl by the Pats:

( I took out the stupid ones like, "most points in OT in Super Bowl history", since of course this was the first game to get to OT)

Most Points – 20, James White

Most Passes – 62, Tom Brady

Most Completions – 43, Tom Brady

Most Passing Yards – 466, Tom Brady

Most Receptions  – 14, James White

Largest Deficit Overcome By Winning Team – 25 points (Patriots)

Most First Downs By A Team – 37 (Patriots)

Most First Downs Passing By A Team – 26 (Patriots)

Most Offensive Plays By A Team – 93 (Patriots)

Most Passes By A Team – 63 (Patriots)

Most Completions By A Team – 43 (Patriots)

Most Passing Yards By A Team – 442 (Patriots)

Career Records:

Most Games – 7, Tom Brady

Most Games By A Head Coach – 7, Bill Belichick

Most Games Won By A Head Coach – 5, Bill Belichick

Most Games – 9 (Patriots)

Most Super Bowl Passes – 309, Tom Brady

Most Super Bowl Completions – 207, Tom Brady

Most Super Bowl Passing Yards – 2,071, Tom Brady

Most Super Bowl Touchdown Passes – 15, Tom Brady

Other Random Thoughts

Almost impossible comeback:

NBD But:

-Deflategate is now officially over. Goddell had to hand Brady the MVP and Lombardi trophy, we overcame the 4 game suspension and penalties, all for something that never actually happened.

-Remember when people said we couldn't win without Chandler Jones or Jamie Collins? Yea. Cash me Ousside.

-The Pats opened as 6/1 favorites to win Super Bowl 52, the line has already moved to 5/1

-Shoutout to my Mom who bet $20 on the Pats to win this year's Super Bowl back in March. Paid out $150.

Also Shout out to the following games from this season:

Pats 27, Texans 0
9/22/16 (Thursday Night Football)
Foxboro, MA

I'll never forget this game. The 3rd of the season, with Brady suspended. The Pats were 2-0 with Jimmy G, but he was unable to play in week 3 due to injury. Jacoby freaking Brissett is starting for the Patriots. The game is a "pick em" in Vegas. Everyone in New England knew it was an absolute joke. We had already killed the Texans franchise in previous years. They came back for more and got white washed. Shutout on national TV. GG.

Pats 41, Jets 3
Foxboro, MA

Wanted to be sure to get a Jets reference in this blog. It's a Super Bowl blog, so I know the Jets don't belong, but I can't pass up an opportunity to simply recognize the Jets went 5-11 and the Pats went 17-2 this year. Ho hum.

Pats 36, Steelers 17
1/22/17 AFCCG
Foxboro, MA

I have to mentioned the AFCCG. The Patriots destroyed the Steelers because they are a shitty franchise with a cheerleader coach. The game was never close. The Pats defense essentially held Big Ben to 10 points. Brady threw for 384 yards and 3 TDs. Typical Steelers. Losers.

Here's the whole season:

We're on to #6....