Monday, March 31, 2008
If you miss the 8:30 EST show, it will re-air at 11:30EST and throughout the night and morning. Or just go to my mom's house and I'm sure you will find her watching it on a loop.
FYI, the above picture is me looking like a complete scuzzbucket with Golf Central co-host Todd Lewis. Because really, for your first TV interview, it's usually ideal to spend the previous six hours sweating and then to top it off with an hour of standing in the rain.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
There are two contenders for insane golf story of the year. First is the story of Tripp Isenhour killing a hawk while filming a golf instructional video, a story that broke a few weeks ago. Second is from Tuesday when celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme was hit by a falling bullet while cooking at this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But who would have guessed the stories were related?
Turns out an arrest warrant has been issued in the Prudhomme case early today after police traced the bullet back to a redtail hawk who apparently was seeking revenge for the recent killing of his brother by Isenhour. Prudhomme was not the intended victim, according to a statement released by the hawk’s attorney, but said “my client’s talons make aiming a gun difficult, and, well, Prudhomme is a fairly big target.”
Besides the obvious attempted murder charge, the New Orleans District Attorney’s office said they are also considering an evading arrest charge, since after firing the shot, the hawk flew to Mexico. His attorney calls the charge “absurd,” claiming his client has merely following his Darwinian instincts to fly south for the remainder of winter.
Friday, March 28, 2008
According to the USGA, the course will be located "in beautiful western Kentucky (or Nevada)" and will feature "a classic woodsy design... or maybe a desert feel." Architect Pete Dye said while he hasn't had a chance to "design the thing," he was leaning toward an 18th hole that would measure close to 700 yards, or "enough for six or seven hospitality tents." For now Dye's time is focused on testing potential logos on consumers and so far people seem to be responding toward the one with a bird sitting on a tee.
Critics have complained that handing out majors to untested courses is a dangerous precedent, but Dye shook his head at the thought, calling the argument "offensive to the great people of Kentucky. Or Nevada."
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The book will chronicle not just Tiger's adventures, but mine as well. In truth the idea came from the many fans who wrote me after my ESPN Tiger piece in December to ask, "Are you going to be doing this all season?" "I wish," was the way I answered some of you. But when the Writers Guild strike showed no end in sight, I figured "Well why the heck not?"
And so back on January 24th, the insane journey began.
For now I'll keep you all updated of my travels. And if you have a spare couch, just remember I've got two small kids and an even smaller budget. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, feel free to join me. If you're going to be near any of the events Tiger has left in his season, let me know. I'd love the company, provided of course you can keep up with Tiger. And me.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
"The hat toss was disrespectful. He's trying to intimidate his opponents in victory, and prep them for failure at the next event. It was not necessary. He should have just handed the magic putter back, and tipped his hat to the crowd."
Somehow I don't think it was the throwing of his hat that intimidates his competition. I think it's the fact that he is capable of doing the impossible under pressure time and time again.
But should the hat toss be banned? Let's look at some other famous hat tosses and decide if we're dealing with something inherently aggressive...
Who: Odd Job
Hat Toss Facts: Used his steel-rimmed top hat to kill Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger.
Aggressive?: He did kill someone, so, yeah.
Who: West Point Graduating Class
Hat Toss Facts: For over a hundred years, graduating seniors toss their caps at the end of commencement. The caps are often lined with money and retrieved by local children who get to keep it.
Aggressive?: Yes, they're soldiers, but they're ultimately using their hats to give kids money... I'm going no on this one.
Who: Fred Funk
Hat Toss Facts: Upon sinking his par putt on the 18th hole at the Players Championship in 2005, Fred Funk slams his cap to the ground.
Aggressive?: This is Fred Funk we're talking about.
Who: Mary Tyler Moore
Hat Toss Facts: At the end of the opening credits of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary spins around and then tosses her beret into the air while the lyrics of the theme song say, "You're going to make it after all..."
Aggressive?: You're kidding, right?
Alright, after looking at history, I'm going to take the side that Tiger should be allowed to toss his hat again should he so choose. Unless of course it has a sharpened steel blade under the brim, but last I checked the Tour is currently doing random hat tests. I'm willing to risk it.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Bear with me...
1) Loch Ness is in Scotland. As is the birthplace of golf.
2) Both Tiger and the monster disappear for long stretches of time.
3) While they're gone, they spend most of their time underwater hunting fish.
4) And when they finally resurface, well, just look at their behavior.
There must be more similarities out there. Feel free to share any that come to mind.
Friday, March 14, 2008
But rather than air it tonight, the show's producer said they will probably be saving the piece for Tuesday's show when they do their weekly Tiger report. When I hear for sure what day, I will make sure you all know.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The picture on the left is a clue that just might help you decipher the subject matter. I'll give the official full scoop later this week -- and try to do it with some real fanfare to reward your patience.
7pm UPDATE: Yes, this is supposed to be blurry. Geez, if I didn't, then there'd be NO surprise...
As you can see, I've upgraded the picture of the couch from last time. My wife said the old one was "disgusting." This one happens to be a French Empire ormolu sofa couch, circa 1870. I can't imagine anyone has ever slept on it, but I'm willing to be the first.
--ORLANDO, FL (Cut this one a little close, but an old co-worker took me in and I'm currently sitting in a room surrounded by 500 DVD's and a few thousand comic books. If I was 14 years old, I might not leave.)
--MIAMI, FL (This is my new friend Craig who gave his word that he's "not creepy." How creepy can he be, he's writing a book about NY Governor Eliot Spitzer. On second thought...)
--LA JOLLA, CA (Two options here. Three if Phil Mickelson lets me stay at one of his houses. Fine, just two options.)
--DUBLIN, OH (I think)
--WASHINGTON D.C. (Staying with an Army man who works in the Pentagon. I would say more but it could jeopardize our national security.)
--BATTLE CREEK, MI
--PONTE VEDRA, FL
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I went to Yahoo Sports yesterday afternoon to check out the tee times for Thursday's first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and, well, the times for the first two guys off caught my eye. Click for a closer look.
I mean it's rude enough to put some guys off in the middle of the night, but to not even pair them with each other? That's pretty low. Even crazier, twelve hours after I first noticed the typo, the site still hasn't caught it. But they have added the Round 2 times behind it and I have some good news for Howell and fellow early riser Doug LaBelle II -- they can sleep in an extra 7 hours on Friday.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
...Also check out this funny post on AVERAGE GOLFER where he decodes why Phil will never be #2. I told him I was angry that he picked up on this before I did...