I was in Boston the past five days sans DVR. That meant no late night talk shows in the morning.
Oh, the humanity.
Since I can’t really stomach Today even more, I started channel surfing and discovered a different kinda morning show–
It’s a morning show on The Golf Channel.
They talk golf, and only golf. Just golf. Lots of golf.
I like golf, but even I was fascinated at the minutiae of golf they discussed. And maybe they were starting to feel the same way, too. Because earlier this week, they did a live shot from their own parking lot…
…to expose the bad parking job of Holly Sonders, one of the hosts.
What does this have to do with golf? On the surface, nothing. But to the Morning Drive team, it gave insight into her golf swing.
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Pro golfers are not shy about doing product endorsements, and during the Presidents Cup TV coverage this weekend, I’ve seen a plethora of them. But the awards for Funniest, Most Unique and Best Use of Likeable Personalities all go to the same advertiser –
Maybe they felt like they had to go above-and-beyond because their products aren’t of the golf world. If that’s their thinking, all I can say is…
Presidents Cup Captain Fred Couples
Champions Tour member Fred Funk
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I’ve been watching Golf Channel’s coverage of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
Best seat in the house if you don’t have a ticket, right?
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I’ve never watched Formula One Grand Prix racing, so I wondered if I could love the film RUSH as much as the critics.
Never doubt Ron Howard.
His retelling of the 1976 rivalry between racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda simultaneously celebrates the sport and rises about it.
Yes, there is amazing driving footage, and Howard chronicles the races and locations of their real-life points race. But the differences between these two men — in looks, personality and approach to the sport — and their very complex relationship is the most compelling part of this movie.
And when you see photos of the actual Hunter and Lauda –
You realize what a tremendous job casting director Nina Gold has done.
Wave the checkered flag, people.
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I have often argued that, when it comes to televised sports, golf is way more exciting to watch than baseball.
And now I’ve got numbers to prove it.
In a Wall Street Journal stop watch experiment, an average three-hour baseball game contained roughly 18 minutes of actual action. They defined action as anything going on — any pitch, any fake pitch, even the meandering home run trots around the bases.
The rest of the time was split, on average, between down-town between pitches (1:14:49), time between batters (33:39) and time between innings (42:41). And they clocked more than one game, guys.
(Then they probably fell asleep.)
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When I see a photo like this one, from this year’s British Open…
I can kinda imagine what the policeman at the precinct across the street from my apartment think when they see me, late at night, in my wild PJ’s walking Rory.
At the very least, it’s entertaining.
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You can take the girl out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the girl.
A scene from last Sunday’s The Newsroom on HBO — which took place in March, 2012 — had on a television set in the background playing footage of a UK Wildcats NCAA tournament game.
So of course, I had to mention it on Facebook. And my friend Dennison posted the quote at the top of this post in the comments section.
March Madness, baby.
That same quote came to mind just moments ago when Kentucky native (and UK grad) Josh Hopkins, who co-stars with Courtney Cox on Cougartown, tweeted:
Anybody in the Atlanta airport? 3 hour layover. Bored.
Only a Southerner would forgo his ‘star status’ and reach out to his followers on Twitter for some company.
‘Cause we’re friendly like that.
(And we win championships.)
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Golf is a mental game — everybody says so.
So it has been interesting to watch the course at Oak Hill beat the brains out of the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world.
Both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson started today’s final round of the PGA Championship well out of contention — Phil in second to last place. Many of the announcers said they were actually looking forward to watching the two, thinking they would be more aggressive and willing to let loose since they didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.
I’m not sure we’ve seen that.
What we did see was Tiger waving the white flag — ever so symbolically — even before he stepped up to the first tee. He traded the solid red shirt he traditionally wears on Sundays for a model with a gray back and collar.
Subtle, but telling.
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I got a lot of writing done yesterday. Part of the credit goes to the awesome background noise –
The PGA Championship
The sound of golf ranks second only to tennis as my preferred home office ambiance. But even then, the relaxing tones of the golf announcers’ voices and polite applause was broken by…
GET IN THE HOLE!
YABBA DABBA DOOO!
Mashed potatoes and Skittles — really? That doesn’t even make sense (not that the other ones do much either). They yell so loud and at the exact moment the club makes contact with the ball, I’m surprised more players aren’t affected.
If it were up to me, the course marshals would monitor the crowds and yank these offenders from the tournament. I don’t mean to censor free speech, but –
No food allowed on the golf course…ya know?
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I’ve watched a lot of tennis over the past fortnight — I’m watching it right now — and I’ve decided that we all need to take a lesson from players like Marion Bartoli and do a heck of a lot more fist pumping.
It just helped her win the Wimbledon ladies championship.
And we’re not just talking one fist pump after a great serve or a good point — sometimes she did four or five in a row. Which got me thinking…
Why not fist pump my day-to-day activities? Will that help me to do more? Achieve more? Win more?
Or even better, have great arms???
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