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Tiger

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by twonateshow

The word “Tiger” will never be remembered the same way.  Before, when you heard the world “tiger” you may have thought of the tasty breakfast cereal.  Or perhaps you thought of the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.  But whenever the word “tiger” is mentioned on tv, it is most commonly linked to an addictive professional athlete who took a liking to any woman other than his wife.

You no doubt have seen Tiger’s news conference video, the first public display since the “Tigergate” scandal outside his home on Thanksgiving:

Many journalists will argue as to whether or not Tiger’s speech was genuine.  Was Tiger sincere?  Was Tiger uncomfortable?  Was the hug he gave his Mom staged?  Will he return to professional golf?  I do believe that we must throw these media-induced sensational questions to the side and deal with the issue at hand: It is always difficult to watch a life that has gone astray.  Did Tiger make this mess?  Yes.  Does he deserve all the media attention?  Probably.  But the bottom line is, if you or I were in his position, we probably would have already been checked into the local mental hospital.  It will be interesting to see where his golf career ends up.  But for his own personal sake, I do hope that he has learned from his mistakes, and that he has placed boundaries in his life to keep him from making these same mistakes again.

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TGIF

Posted in 1, Golf, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

Remember the good old days when Friday meant more than just the end of school or work? It meant something far superior than that. It meant something that surpassed paychecks and not having to worry about homework. It meant something that had far more of an impact than a couple of days off from the daily grind. What did it mean, you ask? It’s simple.

Friday meant 2 hours of Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers and Step by Step. Now all we’re left with is some lousy made for TV movie. However, this actually has nothing to do whatsoever with my topic for today. It was just something I had to get off my chest.

So what I’d like to talk about today is a thoughtful yet ultimately unanswerable question. Those are the best, aren’t they?

If you’ve read my bio, you know I don’t exactly have the most prolific athletic history. When your most vivid memory of playing sports is remembering when you fell on your butt into a puddle of mud on the infield and then couldn’t sit in the car on the way home because of it, then it’s safe to say that your primary role in sports is that of a fan. But that’s nothing to be ashamed of because fans are important.

So with that in mind, which sport is the greatest fan sport? Meaning, which one offers the most to it’s fans in exchange for their rabid enthusiasm and a percentage of their paycheck? And since it’s Friday and no one wants to work anyways, I’m asking you guys to chime in big time and let me know what your thoughts on the issue.

But to get things started, I’ve created a list of pros and cons for each sport.

Baseball

Pros – 162 games over 6 months (not including the playoffs, which means you can watch your team play almost every night during the season. In the Braves case, between March 30 and September 28, there will only be 18 days where they won’t be playing a game.

Thanks to foul balls, home runs, and generous outfielders, it allows you the greatest chance to walk away from the game with a souvenir.

Cons – the potential of being put in a coma through A) a viscious line drive or B) the pitcher who just can’t seem to throw a strike anymore.

Having to constantly watch the players adjust their jock straps.

Football

Pros – The 16 game schedule allows for greater intensity because each game carries a lot more weight.

It’s always funny when an opposing players lifts his face out of the dirt and has grass stuck in his helmet.

Cons It gets a little tiresome to hear John Madden say things like, “Well the quarterback mongoose chaw kumquat gizzard oompa loompa….TOUCHDOWN!”

During the Super Bowl halftime show, you’re forced to either watch either some aging rocker who miraculously lived to age 60 or the latest teenaged sibling of another pop star. Would it be too much to ask for an act that’s somewhere in between?

Hockey

Pros – You get to hear the commentators say things like “That is what this game is all aboot.”

It proves that you don’t have to have your real teeth to be successful

Cons It’s easier to figure out the square root of 2928372934579827 than it is to learn how to pronounce half of the players’ names.

You don’t get to drive the Zamboni

Basketball

Pros Smaller arenas make it a lot easier for fans to be closer to the action. And the proximity of courtside seats enables Jack Nicholson to wear sunglasses inside and still see what’s going on.

It made Converse All Stars very famous in the 1950s.

Cons – You celebrate 3 of your own birthdays and your neighbor’s son’s bar mitzvah in the same amount of time it takes the teams to play the final 2 minutes.

Golf

Pros – You get to practice your polite clap, which incidentally also comes in handy at weddings, graduations, and when your friend asks you to come watch their interpretive dance routine.

You get to unload unwanted cameras by intentionally taking a picture during Tiger Woods’ backswing

Cons – With the price of oil, a golf cart is looking more and more like the only car you can afford.

Tennis

Pros – By the time you’re done watching a match, your neck can bench press 200 pounds.

Let’s face it, you never get tired of watching the ball boy frantically run from one end of the net to the other.

Cons – The women’s grunting scares you a little

You realize that the frumpy looking net judge has entirely too much power for someone sitting in a high-chair.

Curling

Pros – Makes death seem like not such a bad thing after all

Cons – Explains why the prices of brooms and kettles have more than tripled at your local Wal-Mart since the last winter Olympics.

So there you go, just a few things to consider as we discuss which sport is the best one for spectators. I look forward to everyone’s contributions! And long live Balki Bartokamous.

 

One of the most storied tournaments in the world…

Posted in Golf with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2008 by nathanelwell

Imagine yourself standing on a small grass box overlooking a narrow grass field and in the background lies the Pacific Ocean.  In your hand is a long titanium stick and at your feet is a small white ball.  What is your goal?  To hit the ball with the stick (straight I might add) and to hit it over 400 yards to a 4.25 inch diameter hole in the least number of hits possible.  You are wearing trousers and a polo shirt, maybe a hat, and maybe a metal bracelet that supposedly brings you balance (does it really?).  And to make matters worse, it could be 90 degrees outside.  After enduring 4 days of this torture, you turn in (and sign) a small card with a bunch of numbers on it.  In what man’s mind would an activity like this ever be sane or creative?  Now lets also imagine that in this same crazy activity, a $7 million purse is waiting for the participants, the winner taking over $1.25 million.  Now thats what I’m talkin’ about!

As the U.S. Open begins today at the treasured Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA, we will see a field of 156 golfers, all of whom (to a degree) hit the stick and ball very very well.  The U.S. Open has been notorious for fast greens, thich rough, and blown chances.  Both Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie needed a par to win or a bogie to tie on the last hole in 2006.  They both failed, and Geoff Ogilvy won the Open as the first Australian to win since 1995 (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…OY OY OY!!)

As the U.S. Open has been around for 113 years there has been a diverse history of victors.  Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open 4 times, all 4 times as an amateur.  Then came Ben Hogan, who won the Open 4 times.  The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus has also won the tournament 4 times.  And along came the Tiger, who has won the US Open twice, both on public courses.  Tiger has traditionally fared quite well on Torrey Pines – he has won 6 tournaments there as a professional, and he won the Junior World Championships when he was a wee laddy.  And there there is Lefty…  Phil Mickelson grew up in San Diego, and has dreamed for the U.S. Open to be at Torrey Pines.  Mickelson’s first challenge will be one of the partners he is matched with on Thursday and Friday – Tiger Woods.  Tiger has always done better under pressure against Mickelson.  The advantage for Mickelson could be that Tiger is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery after the Masters this spring.  But the disadvantage for Mickelson could be down the stretch. 

As the press pays constant attention to Tiger and Lefty (as I have right now), I’d like to rank my top 5 potential winners at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines:

1) Sergio Garcia

 Sergio has never won a Major tournament.  I saw him compete with Tiger at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, and he gave Tiger a major run for his money.  Fresh off his win at the Players Championship, expect Sergio to play hard.

 

2) Stewart Cink

 Stewart Cink has had 8 top ten finishes in Major tournaments over the last 10 years – 3 of them have been in the US Open.  

 

 

3) Colin Montgomerie

 Colin has had 5 top ten finishes in the US Open, but has always been bothered by the US fans.  Last year he was cut from 3 of the 4 Major championships.  He has always had the talent, but couldn’t seem to overcome the pressure around him.  Will Montgomerie prove himself this year at Torrey Pines?  He has never won a Major championship.

 

4) Vijay Singh

  Vijay has won 3 Major championships, and has placed in the top 10 at the U.S. Open 7 different times.  You won’t see him on the front pages of newspapers, but this guy can play.

 

5) Pat Perez

 Pat has claimed to have played Torrey Pines Golf Course over 1,000 times.  Need I say more?