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Young, inexperienced trio turn heads at Masters
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 As the giddy madness finally started to subside as they stood at the 18th green, a very mature thought raced through the mind of one of the youngest players in the Masters field.

Rickie Fowler sauntered over to another first-timer in the event, Austrialia's Jason Day, and offered a grown-up observation that belied their very few years. Nearby stood fellow young 'un and playing partner Rory McIlroy.

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"You know, this is a pretty cool place to be," Fowler said.

Pretty good piece of perspective for three guys whose combined age -- 66 -- is less than some past champions hanging around this week, like, say, Jack Nicklaus.

"We were just sitting there kind of enjoying it, and kind of out looking over the rest of the course," Fowler said. "It was exactly what I said -- a pretty cool place to be."

As though age and experience haven’t taken enough of a beating in golf of late, the Peach State morphed into a Peachfuzz State on Friday, as all three vaulted into the top seven after an electric day at Augusta National.

Twenty-five years ago, the 46-year-old Nicklaus won the Masters, a win for the ages. This week, the ink is barely dry on the birth certificates of several possible winners.

Leading the way, literally, is 21-year-old McIlroy, who has been sneaking up on a major championship for parts of three years now. He followed his opening 65 with a solid 69 on Friday and only has one bogey in 36 holes to cement a two-stroke lead heading into the weekend.

As if the child's play of hanging around for two days with Fowler, 22, and Day, 23, isn’t enough, the Northern Ireland star is staying at a rented home with three mates from his home track in Holywood, throwing around the football, decompressing and generally kicking back.

"I think it's a big help having the guys with me this week, especially in the position I'm in, because I can switch off," McIlroy said. "I'd rather talk about anything but golf whenever I leave this place."

There was plenty of youthful jabbering in his playing threesome, too. Fowler knew as soon as he saw the pairings this week that the trio would have an enjoyable two days together, but this was storybook fare. Day, playing in only his third major championship, shot an 8-under 64, the lowest round of the week. McIlroy showed zero nerves and clearly seems the man to beat. Is man the right word at this age?

"With Jason and I, it being our first Masters, Rory is basically a veteran, even though he's younger than both of us, I knew we were going to go out there and have a fun time," Fowler said. "It was nice for Rory to kind of pave the way with a good round yesterday and kind of get Jason and I pumped up a bit. We were just trying to chase him down and it helped us play well being around everyone playing well at the same time."

There was some osmosis-driven mojo going around. Fowler, who has played in only five majors, shot 69 and moved into a tie for seventh, the worst spot of the trio. Day, with the best round of the week Friday, jumped up to second and will play with McIlroy again Saturday. No reason why we shouldn’t expect more of the same.

"It was fantastic," said McIlroy, who is playing in his ninth major. "We sort of fed off one another and the crowd really got behind us on the back nine."

Or maybe it was a squadron of truant officers. At times, the three seem so young compared to their veteran brethren, it's comical. Fowler bought an American football at the Augusta Mall this week and has been trying to learn how to throw it. He posted a photo of himself on Twitter Thursday night that drew plenty of unsolicited comments from civilians. He looked like he was aiming for Mars.

"I might need work on my technique," McIlroy laughed.

His golf swing, not so much.

Fowler almost got run over out there, especially with Day lighting up the back nine with a 31 to jump everybody on the board but McIlroy.

"Being around good golf helps," Fowler said. "I was just trying to keep up with those guys."

Fowler is bucking some pretty serious history with his bid. According to Masters officials, the last player to make the tournament his first official tour victory was club pro Claude Harmon in 1948, but in less than two seasons as pro, the reigning PGA Tour Rookie if the Year has pretty clearly indicated that he is no shrinking violet.

"I'm in the field, I'm in position, I have a chance to win," Fowler said calmly. "That's my goal this weekend, put myself in position for Sunday. I think any place is a good place for a first win and I would love it to be here."

Day won last year at the Byron Nelson and was in contention at the PGA Championship -- an event McIlroy actually led on the back nine of the final round. McIlroy has a win on both the European and PGA tours, and finished third in the last two majors of 2010.

Day hit the shot of the day when he almost slipped and fell in the slippery pine straw at No. 9 but knocked his approach to two feet for an easy birdie.

"It's like skating on ice," Day said.

It might be thin ice the rest of the way for the comparatively inexperienced trio, but then again, they got this far with the training wheels barely removed. Day even quoted McIlroy when talking about the challenge that awaits all three of them.

"You know, obviously I've played two good rounds to get myself here in this position," Day said. "Obviously I'm not going to back down because I've got lack of experience.

"You know, I'm just going to go out there and try and stick to my game plan and not worry about the score. Like Rory said, you have to play the course; you're not playing the leaderboard. You're not playing anyone else.

"You're playing yourself and you're playing the course. So as long as you can stick to your game plan and just keep plugging along, you know, hopefully you'll walk down 18 having the lead."

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Don't eat the grass: Texas A&M faces a coach who is 'crazy' but loveable
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 Not even if the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas A&M comes down to a crucial play, like, say, the fourth-and-1 reverse call at Alabama's 26-yard line that goes for 23 yards and sets up LSU's winning touchdown.

Or, maybe like that fourth-and-3 fake field goal at Florida's 36, an over-the-shoulder toss that turns into a bounce pass and leads to a last-second victory.

Or like any of the 12 fourth-down plays he's ordered this season. LSU converted a staggering 11 of those calls. In his six years as Tigers coach, Miles has filled an inside straight 64 percent of the time (55-of-86) on what's supposed to be football's final card.

No. It won't happen again. Not under any circumstances Friday night at Cowboys Stadium.

"I'm not likely to eat that grass," he said after a 6 a.m. practice in Baton Rouge two days before Christmas. "It comes in big pieces. I'd have to eat a whole area of it."

Welcome to the wacky world of Les Miles, an Ohio native who played under Bo Schembechler at Michigan. A graduate with a degree in economics whose first job out of college was driving 18-wheel trucks hauling steel coils.

His thoughts can be quirky, his sense of humor dry. He's full of contradictions, of course. And his awkward sense of timing with a quip can mirror his time-management issues on game day. So much so that a website called thequotableles miles.com keeps a running tab of his best quotes, 533 at last count, since he arrived at LSU in 2005.

"We love him, but he is crazy," says wideout Russell Shepard. "He'll tell you he's crazy."

That 6 a.m. practice? It was a Miles audible, called late the previous afternoon. He wanted to give his players an early start home for the holidays. Before they could leave, though, Miles led a sing-a-long of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells.

Miles' Big Ten roots go back to an era when a team took on the personality of its coach like a Schembechler at Michigan, Woody Hayes at Ohio State, or Bear Bryant at Alabama.

Miles might be old-school in substance but he's no throwback in style. Fundamentals like blocking and tackling still apply. But, "I never view myself as anything other than a coach. I'm not the program," he insists.

"There are pieces of me that are stronger in this program. But it's the characteristics of the team, not necessarily my personality. As much as you hate to admit it, either you're coaching them or letting it happen."

Success at LSU
That approach has compiled a 61-17 record at LSU, including a 22-13 edge against Top 25 opponents and 4-1 record in bowls. As coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-04, he was 2-2 against Texas A&M.

Not that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would mind if Miles chomped on a piece of his turf at A&M's expense. Miles was the Cowboys' tight ends coach from 1998-2000 and remains close to Jones and his family, waxing fondly about their close-knit organization and his brief NFL experience.

"It's a wonderful place to represent," Miles said. "It's given me some experiences I never would have really had."

Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett was a backup quarterback in Dallas while Miles was there. He continues to follow Miles' career closely.

"He's one of those coaches that when you're a player, you interact with and you develop not only a coach-player relationship, but a life-long relationship," Garrett said.

Garrett doesn't see himself channeling Miles' fourth-down calls or his image as the crazed college football genius.

"Every week it seems they go down to the wire," Garrett said. "It's fun to watch, and he seems to handle those situations awfully well. He seems to find ways to win a lot of games."

Part of dealing with that pressure, Miles said, was putting that grass in his mouth prior to the fourth-down reverse against Alabama, a caught-in-the-act moment Miles never thought would go viral so fast.

"It's just a feel for the day, you're outside, the wind's blowing, you grab a little piece," he said. "It's not like a bunch. It's a blade of grass. You put it between your teeth. I don't chew or smoke. There's nothing else that I do. I may get down there once a game, maybe, grab a blade."

Next time, perhaps in the Cotton Bowl, Miles might not be alone.

"We'd eat it with him," Shepard said. "That's our man, and we're going to ride with him. Nobody knows what goes through Coach Miles' mind. One thing I know, he knows how to win football games." Cheap Jerseys cheap football Jerseys

Lions rocked hard in win over Dolphins
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 Steven Douglas Losey is a national rock ’n’ roll journalist from Coldwater who is a lifelong Lions and Tigers fan. He has written many stories from a fan’s perspective and covered Detroit sports for The Sporting News, Inside Hockeytown, the Free Press and many others. He offers his view of the Lions’ 34-27 victory Sunday over the Dolphins.

Read more: Lions rocked hard in win over Dolphins | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101226/SPORTS01/101226025/Lions-rocked-hard-in-win-over-Dolphins#ixzz19IK7X8EAAs Lions fans, we know of desperation drives falling flat but never, ever for the opposing team. For three quarters Sunday afternoon, the Lions looked as if they were playing not to lose, but when it mattered most DeAndre Levy took a Chad Henne interception 30 yards to pay dirt and the Lions sealed a 34-27 victory against the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
The Lions have had a 10-year lease on everything that went wrong for the Dolphins today: bad passes, shoddy clock management, interceptions, etc. But this wasn’t the same old Lions and fans seem to have a right to be giddy. Finally, Detroit looks like a team you expect to win each week, a team built around the personality of its coach, Jim Schwartz, tough, smart, wily and fundamental.
For the most part, the Lions played penalty-free and when was the last time a Lions team didn’t play their best game and came away with the victory?
As a fan it’s hard not to finally think that this team is over the hump, on the rise and, finally, looking like the football team we’d hope it would be.
What’s even more inspiring is the Lions have won three games in a row with the second- and third-string quarterbacks, backups all over the field on both sides of the ball and, lastly and more importantly, with the season dwindling down with nothing left to play for.
AC/DC once said, “For those about to rock, we salute you.” The Lions rocked hard Sunday, making the plays when they had to, and I salute them on behalf of all diehard Detroit Lions fans.


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