By Matt McCoy

When the San Fransisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel will be looking on with pride. Four of Tressel's former players, Ted Ginn Jr., Larry Grant, Alex Boone and Donte Whitner, will be suited up for the Niners.

"It's exciting and those kids will be so wired up and excited to play in that game," Tressel said during his weekly 'Moment with Jim Tressel' on Channel 3 in Cleveland. "They've played in national championship games and the blessing they have is amazing and we're so proud of them."

This week's Tressel segment on WKYC (posted below) was decent. It also included Tressel's thoughts on what life is like for a coach prior to national signing day. As for a Super Bowl prediction, Tressel went with the 49ers "by a safety." 

 

Phil needed Carl Spackler's help

Golfer Phil Mickelson shot lower than his tax rate Thursday, firing an open round 11-under par 60 at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix. Only five players have ever carded a 59 in a PGA tour round and Mickelson was painfully close to joining the exclusive club. His 25-foot birdie attempt on his final hole looked to be dead on line but it circled the cup and hung on the lip.

"I'm ecstatic to shoot 60...I'm excited," Mickelson said after the round, "But you don't get chances to shoot 59 very often and to have that putt on line...I'm kind of mortified that it didn't go in."

I'm not sure what this says about me, but when I saw Mickelson's putt the first person that came to my mind was Carl Spackler. He's the hilariously dopey greenskeeper from the movie Caddyshack. Spackler, played perfectly by Bill Murray, helped Danny Noonan sink the winning birdie putt at the movie's climax when he tried to blow up the pesky gopher that made his home at the ficticious Bushwood Country Club.

All I could think was that Phil was a Spackler explosion away from a 59. If you didn't see the Mickelson putt, here it is, as well as what Spackler could have done for him.