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April 11, 2008

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pagar

Could it be an alarm clock, trying to wake up America to the danger this candidate brings to American politics.

DebinNC

In TM's NYT link, we find BO in IN at a "drop-by visit" to the Sunrise Cafe for a "pre-arranged conversation about the economy" with three out-of-work Hoosiers who "were selected by the campaign." Synthetic Man is going to use his artesian well of donations and try to win the election via an ad air war featuring contrived visits like this.

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GMax

Per the Jerusalem Post we get this:

An upcoming joint US-Israel report on the September 6 IAF strike on a Syrian facility will claim that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein transferred weapons of mass destruction to the country, Channel 2 stated Monday.

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cathyf

So, boris, any particular reason why you are playing with html codes today?

boris

For some time ampersand escapes work sometimes and not others.

One worked but the rest didn't so I gave up.

boris

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GMax

Mookie's brother in law and top aide shot and killed in Najaf today as he emerged from the Mosque. Think someone was trying to send a message to Mookie? I wonder how long it takes carrier pidgeon to fly to Tehran? Is he still hiding under the bed there? No he has a real reason to be concerned.

Elliott

The players are back on the course after a brief weather delay, but the forecast calls for windy conditions this afternoon at the Masters.

Zach Johnson has the best round going so far, he's 3-under after seven and has gotten back to 1-under for the tournament.

Jane

So here you are!

Elliott

Mr. Woods birdied the second hole and is now six behind the leader Trevor Immelman.

More importantly, he's a shot ahead of Andres Romero on the day after five holes.

Jane

More importantly indeed. And finally the live coverage is about to begin.

All the commentators think it is Mickelson's year Elliott. Not me. No not me.

Elliott

Usually, when all the commentators think something will happen it's a strong indicator that it won't. In this, case, however, they are correct.

Romero and Woods are now level on the day.

Elliott

Second round leaders and co-leaders third round results in recent years. I believe '98 was the last time a second round leader was under par in the third round.

2007: Tim Clark 80; Brett Wetterich 83.

2006: Chad Campbell 75.

2005: Chris DiMarco 74.

2004: Justin Rose 81.

2003: Mike Weir 75.

2002: Vijay Singh 72.

2001: Chris DiMarco 72.

2000: David Duval 74.

1999: Jose Maria Olazabal 73.

1998: Fred Couples 71; David Duval 74.

Jane

MY Tiger is now on the leaderboard after his second birdie today.

Elliott

And Romero just made birdie on 11 so he's only one behind.

Elliott

He's going to make birdie on 12, too.

Jane

Neck and neck.

The bigger story is that Tiger is now 1 - that's right, ONE behind Phil.

Elliott

It looks like someone should be able to reach double digits under par. Casey has gone out in 32 and tied Snedeker at 8-under. Woods and Romero would be well advised to make a few more birdies in order to have a decent shot tomorrow.

Elliott

We can go double or nothing on that, tomorrow. Romero is down the middle on 15. Come on, Andres!

Elliott

Phil's three putt, his second this week from inside 30 feet, means he is now tied with the world's number one player. But he's given himself a good look at birdie one nine.

More importantly, Andres Romero has an eagle putt that would put him at least one ahead of the aforementioned Imperator.

Elliott

Romero records his fourth birdie in five holes. Mr. Woods must make his ten footer to stay level.

Elliott

Even bigger story: UNO behind Andres (for today, but that's in jeopardy after Romero's tee shot into the right bunker on 16.)

Elliott

Big moment for Mickelson. He's one over par for the day, five behind Snedeker and now tied with Tiger, and has missed the green at 10. His magical run on the back nine on Sunday in 2004 began with a good par save on 10.

Jane

My gawd you are good at this Elliott. You were born to live-blog.

Speaking of which when is this week's debate?

Jane

My goodness, my guy has a tap in for a birdie. And no one here is trying to mud wrestle me for him!

Elliott

The debate is Wednesday. I'm afraid I'll miss tomorrow's event, The Compassion Forum: "Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face the hard questions on faith and politics."

Jane

Sheesh, I'm not sure I could bear that.

Elliott

Tiger his a fantastic shot out of the trees and pine straw on 18. He hasn't hit a good first putt and has 6 feet left for par. If he makes it, he'll have done what he needed to do to get back in it.

Elliott

Right in, as one expects from the best player in the world. A lot depends on how Casey, Immelman, Snedeker, and Casey finish up. If one of them can shoot two under on the second nine, Tiger will be looking at a four shot deficit at best. If they all falter a bit and the lead overnight is at 7 or 8-under, the entire commentariat will be predicting that Tiger will at last win a major without holding the third round lead.

Elliott

Romero gave it a sporting try but was vanquished in the end. Gloat away, Jane!

Elliott

I still think Mickelson (who has fallen back to 2-under) will beat Woods overall. Double or nothing, Jane?

Snedeker has made his first bogey of the day and the leaders are now a mere three strokes ahead of you know who.

Jane

Double or nothing on Mickelson, any day any time and place. And if you win I will tell you our nickname for him.

Elliott

Back to back bogeys by Snedeker followed by a ball into greenside water hazard on 13.

Casey made a wonderful save on 14, but missed a lengthy par putt on 15.

Flesch was over the green at 14 and has an eight footer for par.

But Immelman, who had as bad a start as anyone near the top of the leaderboard, is bucking the falter ball trend and should move to 9-under after a wonderful wedge shot on 13.

Elliott

Uncle Filthy?

Elliott

Speaking of Uncle Philthy: Birdie, Birdie, Chicken Curry!

Elliott

Tough wedge shot at 15 for Flesch. He has a tendency to flare them left a little.

Elliott

Not that one.

I watched Flesch play 9 holes at a tour event earlier this year and his ball striking is unbelievable.

Mickelson almost holed out his third shot and has a seven footer for a third straight birdie.

Meanwhile Immelman birdies 14 to reach double digits. Now can he stay there?

And Flesch and Mickelson both walk off 15 with pars. Too bad.

Jane

Nope. Tiger and Casey had the best day today. Both were 4 under.

What's the predicted weather forcast?

Elliott

Phil of it?

The wind that has been forecast over the past two days but hasn't materialized is supposed to arrive with a vengeance.

If Immelman becomes the first second round leader since Fred Couples in '98 to fire a sub-par third round, I'd say he gets best of the day.

Elliott

Sorry, Jane. I misread what you were saying. You're quite right. Tiger and Zach Johnson have the best rounds of day without adjusting for expectations.

Elliott

Mickelslob?

Elliott

Boo Weekly, another excellent ball striker, also had 68 and like Johnson is in at 2-under par.

Flesch, who's 67 yesterday is still the best round of the tournament, hit another terrific iron shot out of the right rough on 18 and has a short birdie putt to shoot 69 and move within two of Immelman.

Jim Nantz says gusts between 25 and 35 tomorrow.

Jane

You aren't close on the nickname - think physical appearance, but you sure have given me ideas should ours wear thin.

Jane

Boy the leaders are hot. Tiger has his work cut out for him. Big time. Immelmen is particularly impressive.

Elliott

Philiposuction? Philipid?

I'll keep guessing, confident in the knowledge it will be revealed in the fullness of time.

BTW, Uncle Filthy (or Philthy), which was coined by a friend of mine, is generally used to refer to his mad wedge skillz.

Elliott

As usual, picking against the commentariat was the way to go. Flesch, Immelman, Casey, and Snedeker all beat Mickelson by at least five shots today.

Immelman was tremendously fortunate on 15 and to his credit he made the most of it. If his ball had rolled all the way the lead might have been at 8-under and the situation would might have been a whole lot different. Excellent play after a shaky start. That should help him tomorrow.

Snedeker should take a lot of confidence from his recovery after three straight on 11-13.

It doesn't good look for Phil, but I am in the right place to Keep Hope Alive!

Elliott

I am off to ponder. I'm looking forward to the final round, but will be back earlier if I am struck by any momentous insights (or likely nicknames.)

Elliott

Jane,

It isn't, by chance, "Hefty?" I heard Jim Rome use that one a few years ago.

Jane

Nope. Much meaner.

Ann

Jane,

Does it have anything to do with Man Boobs? :)

That Trevor is pretty cute, too. (Or maybe too pretty) I like bigger guys, but his eyes are incredible.

I think I will add fashion commentary tomorrow if Elliott blogs.
(Where are the wives when these men get dressed?)
That was fun to read. Thanks Elliott!

Jane

Ann,

Yup. You are very close.

Oh and I can't wait for your commentary! Welcome aboard!

Ann

Thanks Jane

Is it .... Dolly Mickelson? ( Ha, only kidding) :)

Ann

Jugs?

Elliott

Some fashion input would be great, Ann. I am not at one with the style mavens as I thought Jillian had the best collection on Project Runway, which is leaving Bravo and moving to the Lifetime network in the near future. I'll have to pull a Barack and break a pledge.

The Masters website has four days worth of sartorial analysis from Golf Digest fashion editor Marty Hackel.

My next guess was going to be Chubby Hubby, but since Ann has helped narrow it down I'll have to go with "Double D" or "C-cups."

Jane

Since no one will ever find this thread today.....


mantitties

centralcal

Shame, shame, Jane!

only kidding! see people find a thread when something *interesting* is said.

Elliott

The final round of the Masters will commence shortly.

Trevor Immelman, who could become the first player with every round in the sixties and the second champion from South Africa, is at 11-under par after three rounds and holds a two-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker. Steve Flesch is at 8-under and and Paul Casey is at 7-under. All four seek their first major championship.

Tiger Woods begins the day in fifth place, half a dozen shots behind Immelman. The commentators have mentioned that the largest final round comeback at the Masters is 8, but in not one of Woods' 13 major championship victories to date has he trailed entering the final round.

Elliott

Prefacing this by saying I was not at all a schoolyard taunter, I'm thinking that "Chubby Haskel" might suit your purposes, Jane.

Jane

We need a better thread Elliott. If you have found one already, shout out

Ann

The 72nd Masters Tournament Blog is traveling to Instrumental Interlude: Tuba and Digeridoo.... A fitting thread indeed.

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