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Walsh: The Next 1-on-1 Matchups I Want to See for the ‘The Match: Part 2’

Nov 23, 2018 3:05 PM EST
  • On Friday, Tiger Woods will take on Phil Mickelson in a $9 million winner-take-all golf matchup.
  • PJ Walsh looks ahead to a sequel for "The Match" by proposing his three favorite potential matchups.

I don’t know what to make of Friday’s $9 million winner-take-all match between Phil Mickelson and Tigers Woods. At first, the thought of watching Tiger and Phil duke it out for big bucks seemed like incredible television.

However, the prize pool, side action and press conferences for “The Match” come across as too contrived for my taste.

And it’s not because I’m down on golf: Give me Mickelson and Woods in the final pairing Sunday at Augusta, and you’ll have to surgically remove me from my couch to get me to stop watching.

While remaining cautiously optimistic that “The Match” will deliver, I’ve already begun brainstorming on future sports-related head-to-head matchups that could provide even more entertainment value.

Kevin Durant vs. Draymond Green

The match: 1-on-1 basketball
The stakes: Loser leaves town

Tiger vs. Phil already has a WWE feel to it, so lets run with it. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are at each other’s throats and it’s not even December yet.

Give me Durant vs. Green in a 1-on-1 matchup with the loser agreeing to leave Golden State after the season and I’ll GLADLY plunk down the $19.99 pay-per-view fee.

Dustin Johnson vs. Brooks Koepka

The match: Match play
The stakes: Loser takes a polygraph

There aren’t not many storylines in golf that could draw my attention more than Tiger vs. Phil, but I’m still curious as to what the hell happened immediately following the 2018 Ryder Cup.

I want DJ to take on Koepka in match play with the loser agreeing to answer questions regarding their Ryder Cup spat while taking a polygraph.

In fact, I’ll pay double to watch the actual polygraph on pay-per-view, and with Paulina Gretzky potentially involved, this has TMZ appeal as well.

Michael Wilbon vs. Math

The match: “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader” TV show competition
The stakes: We shut up, or Wilbon shuts up

Woof, Wilbon. While we all know he’s wrong about analytics, he’s never going to admit it.

Therefore, I propose we bring back Jeff Foxworthy’s “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader” on pay-per-view for one night only.

Wilbon takes on elementary school math questions and, if he succeeds, the rest of us have to sit back and quietly take it whenever Mike rambles on about the importance of wins when voting for postseason awards.

However, if Wilbon is bested by fifth-grade math, he spends Five Good Minutes on “Pardon the Interruption” using analytics to explain why Felix Hernandez was the correct choice to win the 2010 AL Cy Young Award with a 13-12 record.

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Kevin Durant (35)

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