Remember the early week threat of a "doomsday scenario" at Merion? The idea that the 2013 U.S. Open could be a nightmare are now long forgotten after four wonderful days in Ardmore.
U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and runner-up-for-life Phil Mickelson both talked about what a wonderful hosting job Merion Golf Club and the Philadelphia fans did this week.
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Here's what Phil had to say following his disappointing final round:
Q. Playing here in the Philly area and hearing the happy birthdays all around, did you get a special feeling they were behind you?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, the people here have been fabulous. And to look at the members and what they've done and the homeowners, what they've sacrificed to allow this tournament to come back is pretty cool. The way the community has wanted this and supports this tournament, more so than just about any place we've ever been.
We've played U.S. Opens at great golf courses where the membership voted not to have us back. Here they want us back, they're opening their homes to the USGA for the infrastructure. Coming out when they can't really see too much, coming out to be a part of the tournament. It's great the way the city of Philadelphia has supported this tournament.
Justin Rose added that he tried to feed off the crowd energy and felt very supported by the crowd. You can watch him talk about it below.
Well struck, fellas.
At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.
The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky.
Their record by year:
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1
Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).
Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.
There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller.
But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times.
Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well...
Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself.
Get this guy to the All-Star team already.