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Triumphant

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  March 26, 2012 01:32 PM

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...that's what fallen golf icon Tiger Woods was on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. It was Woods's first PGA Tour win in 30 months and his first victory on tour since his career was riven by a messy marital altercation and the ensuing revelations that Woods was a serial philanderer.

Say what you will about Tiger the person, but it would have been a shame if his immense talent was squandered because of his personal shortcomings. Tiger isn't the first athlete with a talent quotient disproportionate to his rectitude, and he won't be the last. That's not condoning his regrettable behavior, but accepting reality.

With Woods back to form we regain one of the most compelling storylines in all of sports, his quest to equal Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major tournament titles. Tiger has been stuck on 14 for four years. Oddsmakers have already made him the favorite for the Masters in April.

Now that Tiger is back, we're the real winners.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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