Woods vs. McIlroy: golf's getting mean

Woods vs. McIlroy: golf's getting mean

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Smack talk at the Ryder Cup! This McIlRoy v. Woods thing is getting ugly . . . I guess. For golf, anyway.

McIlroy, of course, is the Tiger Woods of the European Tour -- the version that's whiter than a Guinness plant's company picnic and the one that hasn't actually won a major. Still, the kid's a great golfer and quickly moving in the right direction. He's tucked two third-place ties under his belt in the last month after competing in the PGA Championship and the British Open, so of course his confidence is growing.

But how about this little pimp slap he laid down on Woods:

I would love to face Tiger, said Northern Ireland's 21-year old contender. Unless Tiger's game rapidly improves in the next month or so, I think anyone in the European team would fancy his chances against him.

BOOM: roasted! And it gets better. Woods's response to McIlroy's desire to face him?

"Me too," purred Le Tigre.

Whoa! Can you even imagine what might happen on the course between those two? I mean, it sounds like blood is a-boilin', so they might, like, battle beneath the rim or drop gloves at center ice or grapple on the gridiron . . . well, I bet their caddies will exchange some really dirty looks.

And it's great that Phil Mickelson has stepped in to try and squash the drama. Why so wonderful? Because Mickelson took a sneaky little jab at Woods by omission in the process. "Rory is as classy a guy as there is," he said.

Zing! Good luck ducking all this golfer gunfire!

I don't know, maybe Mickelson is just mad that someone bought Tiger's sex tape before he could. Maybe McIlroy is mad that he couldn't get Irish hookers to sleep with him if he was the owner of a Guinness plant. What I do know is that this could be the most entertaining Ryder Cup in the history of the sport, so stay tuned.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!