Faceoff: The most beautiful time of year
PHERSY:Hey Feldy, I know you're a huge hoops guy, so we'll get to that in a moment. But man, could there be a better time of year? Baseball just started, national championship in hoops just went down and the Frozen Four is this weekend. Oh, and the Masters. It's going to be a fun weekend. But Feldy, before we get to those great events, your Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot. Since we last spoke, the Wild can't seem to lose. Is that a mirage or are you changing your mind about this club and predicting a deep playoff run?
FELDY:A week ago, we weren't convinced the Wild would even make the playoffs, now, they've wrapped up the top wild card spot in the West after taking points against L.A., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Boston in the past 10 days. The Wild will be competitive against the Blues or Ducks in the first round, but they still lack the grit and experience to take a seven-game series against either of those teams. ... Sticking with hockey, Phersy, the Frozen Four begins today and it's a loaded field. Who survives?
PHERSY: Union. Oh, did you want more than that? That Union club has the least amount of national appeal among the four finalists. But it's the most complete team. They have the skill to compete and yet, they're smart enough to slow it down and keep the puck deep. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if any of the four teams won it. Well, except for North Dakota, but that's only because I don't like you, Feldy. The Gophers have the talent, but not the coaching, and Boston College has the talent but lacks discipline. So, I'll stick with Union. ... Feldy, the Masters started today. It's a wide-open field. Who's your pick? Also, give me an off-the-grid pick, while you're at it.
FELDY:You know my sentimental favorite is Brandt Snedeker, but I know you WANT me to pick him so you can laugh at me when I cry when he doesn't win. So, I'm going with the easy pick, Rory McIlroy, because he's the best pick. He's coming off a final-round 65 last week and he knows how to win majors. A green jacket would put him, at just 24, three-fourths of the way to the career Grand Slam. As for a sleeper, Louis Oosthuizen is getting 60-1 odds. He has struggled lately, but he took Bubba Watson to a playoff at Augusta two years ago. ... Who do you have wearing the green jacket on Sunday?
PHERSY:Rory isn't the best pick, Feldy. Adam Scott is the best pick. If I had the first pick in a Masters draft, it would be Scott all day long. He's playing well and his game is made for Augusta. But, I'm not making Scott my actual selection to win this weekend. I'm going with Hunter Mahan. I just have a feeling on that one. My off the grid pick is Graham Delaet. I think he's at 66-1 the last time I checked. He's capable of going super low, but he's also capable of blowing him. If he can avoid a horrible round, he'll be in the mix come Sunday. ... Feldy, close it out with some Twins talk. I'm a mean guy, making you talk about that club.
FELDY:Some of us were genuinely surprised and somewhat excited the Twins started 3-3. Expectations are low, rightfully so, which is good for this team. If they can sniff around .500 in September, we'd have to consider the season a (relative) success. Chris Colabello's hot start gives fans some hope, but the pitching staff has been painful to watch. It makes me long for the days of Scott Baker. One quality start per week won't cut it. The team can have all the great position-player prospects in the world, but until they fix their pitching, it won't matter.