Talking Points: Match play suggestion

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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We love the guys at Fark.com. From Monday's headlines: "Genius reporter asks: Does Golf Match Play need to be fixed so that #1 seeds never lose?"

This linked us to a story on USAToday.com that offered up the following:

"Even though the (Match Play Championship) delivered a compelling all-American final — Matt Kuchar defeated Hunter Mahan — most of the top seeds were gone early, including first-round exits by the top two players in the world, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

"That's not uncommon for this event — busting brackets is par for the course. But it brings up the annual debate: Does Match Play need an adjustment?

"There have been suggestions made that the tournament should alter the format to make it double elimination, meaning a winner could still come out of the loser's bracket."

If you think TV ratings might slip because No. 1 vs. No. 2 isn't going to happen, just imagine how many people won't want to turn in to watch the losers' bracket matches.

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Monday marked the first official day for high school spring sports practices in Washington.

Naturally, Monday featured chilly, wet and windy weather all around Southwest Washington.

Or to put it another way for spring sports around these parts — business as usual.

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photoLSU defensive lineman Barkevious Mingo at Monday's NFL combine.

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Even though Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was the center of attention at the NFL Combine on Monday in Indianapolis, someone else put on a show.

Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal declared LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo the Monday star of the combine.

This 6-foot-4, 241-pounder ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds, reached 37 inches in the vertical jump and went 10-8 in the broad jump.

Yes, he's already projected as a first-round draft pick.

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