Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14

LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 29: Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 12th hole at the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open on January 29, 2010 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

On Paper
Phil Mickelson goes for 2 in a Row
Lefty is back and looks to make it two in a row on the PGA Tour. This week he goes in to the final round of the Northern Trust Open tied with Keegan Bradley. Phil Mickelson is looking to become the first PGA player to win back to back events since Tiger Woods in 2009. He and Bradley are sitting at -7 under. Phil is coming off a huge victory at Pebble Beach last week but this week the magic may not be there. There are 8 players within 3 strokes including Jonathan Byrd, Dustin Johnson, and defending champ Aaron Baddeley. Mickelson struggled yesterday by spraying the ball around the golf course but his great ability to scramble, including a par from someone’s short, showed that he again has confidence. The leaders tee off at 1:25 and coverage starts 3pm on CBS. If Lefty can reign in his wayward shots then he should come away with victory. If he shoots par he will not win today.
Phil Mickelson -10

Upset Potential
“***** in the Armor”
An ESPN headline stated, “***** in the Armor”, after the Knicks lost to the Hornets. This is a regularly used phrase but in this case was it used as a reference to Lin’s asian ethnicity? ESPN removed the post about 35 minutes after it’s release, according to Yahoo Sports. Yet, is this something people should really worry about? I have to believe it was a play on words and most likely poor judgment. I am just hoping, in our ultra sensitive society where every word offends someone, which we can determine no one was hurt and the person who made the mistake learns a lesson. I am sure the very selective ACLU will be on the prowl but if you ask Jeremy Lin he will probably snicker.

Don’t Bother
Referee Ego
Don’t bother trying to figure out what is happening to referee’s in the last few years. I think some of reaction is due to our ability to see instant replays and to be able to second guess their decisions immediately but there has been a decline in officiating consistency and an explosion on Refs in the limelight. The biggest and most notorious offender is Jim Burr, king of the bad hair and calls, but there are others. Yesterday was able to provide us another example at the NC State game. The official had big ears and couldn’t handle the unknown words of Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani. The refs have the ability to throw out fans but going direct to security is unheard of. I hope we find out what happened because if these two Wolfpack legends only criticized Karl Hess’ job then there should be a referendum on referees. ACC released a statement that the referee handled it incorrectly but nothing on the actual event that made Hess take his action.
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