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Breakfast with Benz

First call: Masters champ Patrick Reed won't take off his green jacket

| Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:33 a.m.
Houston Astros' owner Jim Crane presents 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed with a Houston Astros jersey before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Houston.
Houston Astros' owner Jim Crane presents 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed with a Houston Astros jersey before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Houston.

In "First Call" today, an official goes down, Patrick Reed really likes his Green Jacket, Marc-Andre Fleury impresses in front of Margot Robbie and the Caps can't get out of their own way.


Fashion Police

Masters champion Patrick Reed is taking a lot of gruff for wearing his Green Jacket in public as much as he is. For instance, he donned it courtside at Sunday's NBA playoff game between Houston and Minnesota.

If that wasn't enough, Mrs. Reed is taking heat for ... her hair?

People are starting to chronicle Reed's public appearances in the jacket like he is "Where's Waldo?" or something.

I don't have an issue with him wearing the jacket at the games for celebrity appearances. Hey, if Sidney Crosby shows up at a Pirates game a few days after winning the Cup, bring it. We celebrate that here all the time.

But at Chick-fil-A?

It'd sort of be like Frances McDormand showing up at a Denny's in Monessen with her Oscar, right?


Caps being the Caps

The always wildly talented Washington Capitals are close to making one of their wildly early exits from the playoffs again.

Sidney Crosby is going to have to try this one handed move from Columbus' Matt Calvert sometime. This is how he beat the Caps in overtime for a 5-4 Blue Jackets victory.

That allowed the Blue Jackets to go home for Game 3 up 2-0 in the series. And reviews of the Caps' performance have not been kind, as you can see from NBC Sports .

The Washington Post went so far as to question the team's collective intellect, saying dumb penalties are costing them.

And that's true.


Man down

Not only did the Capital lose to the Blue Jackets again, but they also lost Andre Burakovsky to injury.

It appeared to have been a left shoulder injury.

The other big injury of the night was lineman Steve Barton, who had to be carried off the ice after suffering a freak leg injury.

After a faceoff, he clipped skates with Columbus' Josh Anderson and fell awkwardly.

It's not the first time Barton has suffered a bad injury this year while officiating a Columbus game. Last time, it was Edmonton's Connor McDavid submarining him .

That was less than a month ago!


Knights up 3-0

Pittsburgh's "mistress team" out west has done it again.

If you are a Pittsburgher who has adopted the Vegas Golden Knights as your team to root for in the Western Conference, you are a happy camper this morning.

First of all, they won 3-2 Sunday night behind three goals in the third period to go up 3-0 in their quarterfinal series against Los Angeles. But they also did it on the backs of a few former Penguins.

James Neal scored this beauty in the third to give Vegas a lead with roughly six minutes left. Check out the hesitation move by Neal to create the space to attack the goal.

That paid off another great effort by Marc Andre Fleury. He stopped 37 of 39 Los Angeles shots. This read through traffic on Tyler Toffoli may have been his best effort.

The former Penguins goaltender has stopped 96 of 99 shots by the Kings over the first three games. The fourth game is Tuesday at the Staples Center.

Maybe Margot Robbie will be there again?

No offense to Neal and Fleury, but if Margot is really rooting for the Kings, I may need to reconsider my loyalty.

If Robbie becomes the Dyan Cannon of Kings games like Cannon is for the Lakers, that's a win for hockey.

Nay, that's a win for mankind.


Rule would complicate things

On Friday, I predicted that the new Alliance of American Football's answer to replacing the onside kick would be the football equivalent of the NBA's awful timeout-advancement rule.

This is what I meant. Replacing the onside kick with a free 4th-and-10 possession from the 20-yard line would create too many outcomes like this one in yesterday's the Celtics-Bucks playoff game .

Boston's Terry Rozier hits a great step back three-point shot to apparently give the Celtics a win.

But Milwaukee got to break the space-time continuum and advance the ball to half court just by calling a timeout. Khris Middleton responded by hitting a half-court prayer.

This new kickoff rule-change would basically do the same thing in the NFL. Sure, it'd create excitement. But it would also create a way for teams to stay alive in — or win — games they really deserved to lose.

In both cases, the rule would give too much artificial help to the trailing team.

Fortunately for the Celtics, they won in overtime anyway, 113-107.

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