Saturday, March 31, 2007
Anyway, if you're interested, check out: Views From the Baseline
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
And as for golf, I missed out on seeing any of Jose Maria Olazabal or Miguel Angel Jimenez today. Hopefully I will see them tomorrow. I will have to remember to record the coverage.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Some notables competing at the Shell Houston Open this week: Brad Faxon, John Daly, David Howell, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rocco Mediate, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott and Jose Maria Olazabal. Maybe I'll get to see Jose Maria play and play well.
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa wins again at the Safeway International. Good for her. I hope she continues her success that she had last year.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Today, it occurred to me that the following phrase can be misinterpreted:
"_________ (Name of player) is serving with new balls."
Tennis related meaning: Every so many games, they have to retire the tennis balls they use and play new ones.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Tennis notes: Fernando Gonzalez was fun to watch today. He threw rackets and exhibited a lively temper, but didn't take it out on the ball boys and girls or the umpire. Rafael Nadal didn't even have to play his match. His opponent was unable to take to the court. Good for Nadal, bad for me. I never get to see him play. And Andy Roddick still makes me want to send him some Ritalin and some decaf coffee. Boy is he fidgety.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
About the post title: Love - Tennis, get it? Also, it's a shout out to John Daly's good friend, country singer Johnny Lee.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Henrik Stenson and Robert Allenby are leading after the first round at -5. Some other scores of note:
Brett Quigley +1
Steve Stricker +2
Johan Edfors +2
Anton Haig +2
Paul Casey +4
Yong Eun Yang +4
Retief Goosen +5
Phil Mickelson +5
You know I heard the PGA Tour had a line of wine, but it now looks like they have their own special brand of whine as well.
Here's my take on it: It's a WORLD Golf Championships event. NOT a PGA tour event. It's only right that select players from around the world are allowed to compete. It encourages world-wide competition and opens the doors to players on the other tours to see what the American PGA tour is like.
If Shaun Micheel wanted in to the WGC event, maybe he should have won something like Yang did when Yang beat Tiger Woods in Asia.
It sounded to me like some people were thinking that things like entry into the WGC event should be handed to them just because of what tour they play. I've thought for a while that the US tour is very pretentious and snobbish, but attitudes like this one make it more than just appear that way.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Golf Channel's Post Game Report: Well, it's Brandel's turn to be spotlighted here for his comments. He said Tiger Woods drove it well in last year's PGA Championship. The two spectators he hit with his wayward drives would have to differ with Brandel's memory of that event. And Brandel also said he hadn't heard one player complain about how the courses have been playing. Well, Brandel obviously didn't see Dean Wilson's comments as aired on the Golf Channel.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Off Topic: The Casino Royale movie was good. In the book, Vesper leaves Bond a letter and kills herself. I didn't read the whole book because it was very, very boring, but I don't think the whole 'her boyfriend was kidnapped' thing happened in the book. I think she was just a double agent in the book. M stole the show in the movie though. A personal note to me: Remember to turn off the screen saver if I'm watching a movie on the pc. I don't mind seeing the pictures of the Valderrama golf course that I have as part of my screensaver, but not when Bond is wearing his bathing suit. And for the guys out there - you all might want to skip the Bond torture scene when you watch the movie. I could have done without seeing that.
BY PAM HARBAUGH
When it comes to reviewing "Golf the Musical," there is an entire fairway of puns to plow, but the bottom line is the show is not up to par. However, the back nine, er, second act, is humorous.Starring four singing, dancing, joking performers dressed in various forms of golf attire standing in front of a large photograph of a golf course, the show is a musical revue. It is not a musical, which is supposed to have something called a "book," as in story line, characters, setting, etc.
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Friday, March 16, 2007
As for me, I did watch some of round 2 coverage today. Last night I watched the extra features dvd of the Casino Royale DVD set. The stunts they showed were pretty cool. Real stunts, not blue or green screen fake stuff.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
PGATOUR.com Senior Correspondent
ORLANDO, Fla. -- If you think it's hard to believe that Sergio Garcia is in his ninth year as a professional golfer, then try to imagine how the still-young but ever-wiser Spanish sparkplug feels.
"It's quite funny," Garcia mused Thursday after his opening 66 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. "I look back and I think ... it feels like I was 19 three years ago, but I've been out here almost nine years now. It feels like three years ago I just started, so it's gone really quickly."
"Anything that premiums accuracy off the tee, I think it's great. I've always said it; I enjoy the tournaments where the winning score is somewhere between 5 and 6 under and maybe 12 (under). Those, to me, are the best challenges for us, because you have to play well. It's not just a putting contest. It's nice to see the courses shaped up this way."
The courses have shaped up this way for several weeks now. PGA TOUR tests have been consistently more difficult, particularly during the Florida Swing. Garcia just smiled at that observation.
"Who cares? The game was not meant to be easy."
At least I got the Casino Royale DVD today. I can watch that tonight instead of the re-air.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Hmm.... they could be in Iraq getting shot at every day. They could be flipping hamburgers at a McDonalds. They could be working in a WV coal mine with bad safety equipment and little or no safety training.
"These Guys are Good"
Well, some of them are definitely good at being spoiled.
Here's a thought the whiners might not have had: Maybe Jack and Arnold are making the courses tougher to try to show the USGA that equipment changes aren't the only option out there to try to keep the game reined in. Maybe they are trying to actually SAVE some of the equipment attributes that the USGA is leaning toward addressing.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Congratulations to Mark Calcavecchia for winning the PODS Championship.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Carlos Rodiles, I believe, is the only spaniard playing there on the weekend. But the name of the week goes to Iain Steel, who sounds like a secret agent or a private eye.
Greatest quote from Johnny Miller this year (paraphrased): "Chris DiMarco hates my analyzing, he's really going to hate me now." LOLOL!!! (I say paraphrasing because I couldn't remember if it was analyzing or commentating or what word Miller used there, but he was analyzing DiMarco's swing.)
Proof that the Analyst Jinx is a true phenomenon: Twice now the analysts have commented on how great Billy Andrade is at putting, and twice Andrade has missed the putt.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Conspiracy Theory: Would people who control the invites to these Invitational events manipulate the invite process to protect certain players with regard to Fed Ex Cup points or World Rankings Points? Or Win Streaks?
Philosophical Question: Should Invitationals count toward official money, world rankings, and Fed Ex Cup points since not everyone gets an equal chance to participate?
I love listening to Bob Murphy. He's so folksy that you can't imagine him saying anything negative about anyone. And they could be having a major hurricane in Florida and Bob would find some way to put a happy spin on it. It was a really nice way to end my work week.
Some players to mention: Vaughn Taylor -4, Daniel Chopra -4, Arron Oberholser -3, Billy Andrade -3, George McNeill -2, JB Holmes -2, Sergio Garcia -1, Peter Lonard +1, Brad Faxon +2.
John Daly and Fred Funk have withdrawn due to their injuries. I can understand why Daly would show up to play, the tournament was nice enough to give him a sponsor's exemption and Daly was good enough to show up and try. But Fred needed to just stay home and work on the back. I think he said he was feeling great when the tournament started, but really, he should have taken the week off. It's not like he needs the money or anything.
Sergio's leading in greens in regulation this week so far. Thursday's stats were better than Friday's.
And finally, the Golf Channel had the decency to show Kirk Triplett today on the coverage. They should since he does commercials for the title sponsor. Kirk had to figure he'd get star treatment this week. I wonder if the Pods People are doing anything special for him.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
And Jose Coceres has to be one of those guys who wins fans everywhere he goes. He's having a great year so far and it's so neat to see him so spirited.
You have to feel for Boo Weekley. You can tell he's disappointed but still he's got that good ole boy smile and roll with the punches attitude.
And Camilo Villegas needs to take this knack he has for great playing in Florida and bring it to other states. Hopefully, he'll be winning soon on the PGA Tour.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
As for the Honda Classic, I don't know who to root for to win. I like Camilo and he would be a first time winner. Mark Wilson made a really big clutch putt in the first playoff hole to stay in it, making him someone you'd want to cheer for. Then you have Boo Weekley who's looking for redemption for the three putt on the 18th in regulation play. And finally, there's Jose Coceres who at 43 years old is someone anyone should be rooting for to win. Plus I like how he just makes up his mind and plays without a lot of waffling.
I guess I'll be recording the playoff tomorrow. It's supposed to start at 8:30am eastern time on the Golf Channel.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I'm just glad I got to see the course and all the scenery pictures. One of the best parts of watching the European Tour coverage is seeing what all the different countries are like.
So far there's only one thing annoying me: the overuse of the phrase 'the bear trap'. I get it. By now, we ALL get it.
And I noticed in the hit counter stats that someone came here looking for a reason for Nick Faldo's absence from the Golf Channel's coverage of the Honda Classic. I haven't seen anything official, but my personal suspicion is that when Johnny Miller covers the weekends, we probably won't be seeing Nick Faldo on Thursday or Friday. I think there was one exception which was the Matchplay, but with other tournaments that NBC provided weekend coverage for, I'm pretty sure we didn't see Faldo. Which would mean Faldo would be free for post game and pre game shows on the Golf Channel. There's no reason why Faldo Fans should be deprived of his ..... well, you get the point.