Updated: 7:22 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012 | Posted: 7:21 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012

Commentary: Tiger no sure bet to match Jack Nicklaus


Commentary: Tiger no sure bet to match Jack Nicklaus photo
Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference at a Fayetteville, Ark., on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after being released from a hospital after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, April 1.

By Brian Kollars

Sports editor

We took our first family trip to Washington, D.C. last week. The monuments are cool and words can’t describe the power of Arlington National Cemetery. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns is amazing, as is the view from JFK’s grave site. (Lots of cranes dot the skyline, which means more buildings for government bureaucrats, I suspect.) We visited the office of Congressman Mike Turner, but I was unable to offer legislation to help balance the budget because the politicians were on Easter break.

Tiger Woods was favored to win his 15th major today at the Masters and restart his charge toward Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career major triumphs. Instead, he’s spending the weekend taking The Man’s name in vain and resisting the urge to throw his clubs deep into the Augusta National pine trees.

Tiger hasn’t won a major since 2008 and appears to be just another pampered tour pro. In other words, no longer invincible. For crying out loud, he’s wearing old-man golf shoes! At least he did Friday; I have no idea what he put on his feet Saturday because he didn’t make the CBS telecast.

Joey Votto surprised a lot of Reds fans by signing a contract extension that will make him the richest baseball player not playing in New York or California. Some say he gave the Reds a hometown discount by “settling” for a 10-year, $225 million deal. Huh?

One intangible that kept Votto in Cincinnati was the size of the market. He’s a private guy who despises chatting with reporters. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Votto had no media obligations after the Reds’ Opening Day victory, so he skipped out of the clubhouse saying: “What a (media) market. I love it.”

Deshaun Thomas’ decision to stay in school means that Ohio State should be equipped to make another deep NCAA tournament run next season. The Buckeyes are losing Jared Sullinger and William Buford, but should have more depth in 2012-13.

Speaking of Sullinger, he had to declare for the NBA draft or risk dropping out of the top 10 in 2013. Kentucky’s Anthony Davis showed that Sullinger is not a dominant post, and every time the big Buckeye took a jumper he slipped a spot in the first round.

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Knucklehead of the week

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino wrecked his motorcycle last week, suffering broken ribs and broken vertebra. He said he was riding solo, but a police report indicated he had a passenger ... a tall blonde who is half his age. Petrino, married and a father of four, eventually admitted to an “inappropriate relationship” with the woman. She is engaged and recently was hired by Petrino to help with recruiting and other tasks.