Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 4th 2014 Contents Issue 134 • Friday, April 4, 2014
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Tiger Woods is getting old. At 38,
Woods' body is starting too look more
like a retired Hollywood stuntman
than a golfer who should be in the
peak of their career. That's a wrap---no
more titles and no more primetime. Ha.
Believe that malarkey and I got a
bunch of Florida lakeside real estate I
can offer you at a great deal.
The US media's love/hate relation-
ship with Tiger Woods has taken yet
another twist. But, more likely than
Woods' latests setback being the end
of the road is the fact that the biggest
draw in the world of golf has to take a
few weeks off. That's it, really. The
vast majority of people who undergo
this microdiscectomy surgery (see
sidebar) will recover full and pain-free
Yes, he's out next weekend's 2014
Masters Tournament, but don't buy
the hype of anything more permanent
Woods is currently chasing history:
At 14 major wins, he's 5 away from
breaking that record. The other is Sam
Snead's 82 career wins. Woods has 79.
Each year there are four majors and,
let's understand this: Woods didn't do
surgery so he could retire---he did it so
he could play pain-free. Pain free
means one less distraction at the end
of a long round. Pain free means a bet-
ter night's rest (providing there aren't
any white chicks in the hotel...)
Pain free means that ten more years
Woods had got 40 more bites to get 5
titles. So, don't get it twisted---Tiger's
tale is far from over.
In a microdiscectomy spine surgery,
a small portion of the bone over the
nerve root and/or disc material from
under the nerve root is removed to re-
lieve neural impingement and provide
more room for the nerve to heal.
A microdiscectomy is typically per-
formed for a herniated lumbar disc
and is actually more effective for
treating leg pain than lower back pain.
Impingement on the nerve root
(compression) can cause substantial
leg pain. While it may take weeks or
months for the nerve root to fully heal
and any numbness or weakness to get
better, patients normally feel relief
from leg pain almost immediately
after a microdiscectomy spine sur-
• See Dr Suppiah's explanation of the
surgery here: ow.ly/vlLAb
The Roller Sports Association of T&T had a road skate from Barataria to Chaguara-
mas on the Shouter Baptist Liberation Day holiday on Monday.
It was the first of several planned events in the lead up to their big Independence
Day road race. Check out the photos in the Facebook album of guys here: ow.ly/vlNP0
Not so long ago, a Champions
League duel at Old Trafford against the
champions of Germany and Europe
would have been a clash between two
titans. But not any more. Bayern Mu-
nich were coming to town after a 3-1
win at Hertha Berlin that gave them
their 24th lien on the Bundesliga with
a record seven games left in the sea-
Their hosts, on the other hand, are
faced with the prospect of finishing
outside of the top four for the first
time since the formation of the EPL.
It's no secret that Manchester
United are having a horrible season,
and have to accept that things are
going to be different from now on. No
one is saying relegation, but without a
place in next year's Champions
League, Man-U's already overex-
tended finances will take another
Factor in the fact that summer re-
strengthening is always costly, they
could have bought at least one stellar
starter with that lost CL revenue.
But back in Munich, it's business as
usual and Bayern's business is win-
ning football matches. Bayern are now
unbeaten in a record 53 Bundesliga
In the Champions League era, no
team has successfully defended the
crown and, in his debut season at the
club, former Barcelona boss Pep
Guardiola knows the real test is still to
come. Guardiola has lapped up silver-
ware throughout his managerial ca-
reer (he won 14 trophies with Barca),
and his first season at Bayern has
proved to be a record-breaking, tro-
phy-infested one as well.
Guardiola has orchestrated FIFA
Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup
success already and now adds the
Bundesliga title to his list of honours---
though he's not done there.
Already into the DFB-Pokal semifi-
nals and with an away goal already in
the bank against Man-U, who's to say
that the Spaniard can't work his way
to a quintet of trophies in year one?
Look out for the return leg in the Al-
lianz Arena on Tuesday, April 9.
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Poor Pakistan. On paper they looked
pretty good for Tuesday's World T20
match against the West Indies: Four
stingy spinners, led by Mohammad
Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, backed up by
the pace of Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal.
In-form Ahmed Shehzad coming off 111
versus hosts Bangladesh at the Shere
Bangla Stadium over the weekend.
West Indies started off with the "L"
against India and stormed to a moral-
boosting bumsie-winker against arch-
nemesis Australia. You never know with
the men in maroon.
Windies scored 84 runs in their first
15 overs. Aside from the few (remain-
ing?) die-hard fans, most would have
sworn that was a deathtrap they
stepped into when skipper Darren
Sammy chose to bat first.
The Pakistanis would have loved
themselves too, knowing that the only
thing their opponents hated more than
the treacherous spin was running be-
tween the wickets.
But history is often repeated by those
who forgot to heed its lessons: West In-
dies players love to swing that bat, and
so they did---smashing 82 off the last 30
balls of the innings. No Full Member
team had ever conceded so many in the
last five overs of a T20 game.
The last three overs alone went like a
highlight reel, with sixes smashed by
Sammy (42/20) and the man across
from him, Dwayne Bravo (46/26).
After that meltdown, Pakistan were
hoping for a good start. It wouldn't hap-
pen, and their big batsman Shehzad out
first ball from Krishmar Santokie.
Sammy would have felt confident
with his men being able to defend the
scoreboard, with the two top-ranked
bowlers in the format yet to touch the
ball. Samuel Badree, world #1 would go
on to claim 3/10 and #2 Sunil Narine
would add another 3/16, as the Pakistani
daydreams of a possible win went up in
Who knows what would happen in
Thursday's semifinal against Sri Lanka,
and whatever did (yeah, mixing tenses
like that happens when your deadline is
before the big match takes place and all
the wishful thinking and hope falls to
the wayside when the wrong team turns
up in the maroon kits.
On a good day, West Indies is a great
side. On a bad day...like old people say---
wet paper could cut you.
Dr Ara Suppiah, sports medicine
consultant demonstrates the
damage done to Tiger Woods disk
that prompted the back surgery.
Ever wondered what 82 per cent ball possession would look like? The blue lines
are the completed passes Bayern made against Hertha Berlin in the 3-1 win that
gave them their historic 24th Bundesliga title on March 25.
Darren Sammy, left, and Dwayne Bravo added 71 runs in 5.2 overs, as the West Indies
handed Pakistan a humiliating 84-run defeat in the World T20, Group 2 match in Mir-
pur, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.
Dion Sosa talks
Adams, T&T foot-
ball and the op-
tions available in
the world game
for this generation
of young T&T foot-
This week my TV show,
On The Record! features an
interview with football
coach and player agent Dion
Sosa. OTR first airs on WI
Sports at 8 pm Tuesday,
with replays all week. You
can also catch up with all
the first season and the
three episodes of this sea-
son on my YouTube channel.
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