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I love Wimbledon. I look forward to it every year. I consider it a legitimate response to the question,

“What are you doing July 4th weekend?”

But this?



On the ball

For a sport with such small balls, golf is an unusually large target.

cu golf ballPeople who don’t watch it or understand the nuances of the game are quick to dismiss it as boring.

My mother never understood why I watched golf on TV as a young child. But if she sat with me for even 30 minutes, she would soon be ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over some of the precision shots the pros could pull off.

And in television golf tournaments, you see a lot of golf.  The cameras jump from tee to fairway to green, so you get to see sometimes 50+ different golfers swing the club or putt every 30 seconds or less.

So, contrary to what you might think, there is a lot of action in golf.

In contrast, televised baseball and football games — America’s sports — mostly involve standing around.  A Wall Street Journal study calculated that a baseball fan will see 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action over the course of a three-hour game. And the football audience?  A paltry 11 minutes per game.

So for pure entertainment value, swing for swing, I’d put the US Open Golf Championship up against a baseball game any day. I’ve watched both, and I feel pretty good about my chances.

Wheelie, Dad

Today people across the US celebrate those who fathered them (and deservedly so).

But did you know today is also Go Skate Day?


The holiday was started by the IASC (International Association of Skating Companies) to promote skateboarding around the world.

So, clearly you need to get the dads in your life skateboarding as part of the festivities.  Seriously — get a mental imagine.

It will be brilliant.

Happy Skating Father’s Day everyone!

Armchair quarterback

One of the first things I saw on television this morning was the commercial featuring “Mr. Hyperbole” Terry Bradshaw promoting the vaccine for shingles:

Since I have had the misfortune to have shingles twice at an unusually young age, I feel like I need to speak up — to confirm that what he’s saying is true (because his style of delivery can sometimes appear false).

Shingles is a bitch, pure and simple.

You have a horrible, itchy rash on your skin, just as Terry described.  But what makes it 10 times worse is that the pain runs far deeper.  It’s like your internal organs are on fire, and your muscles ache — all at the same time.  And you have the rash to deal with, too.

Quite simply, you are miserable.

I had my first case of shingles in my 20’s on my back, which is a fairly classic presentation.  It made breathing almost impossible. In my early 40’s, it reappeared on my shin, which is so unusual, it took ER doctors two days and a ridiculous amount of testing to diagnose.  I had phantom leg pain from that case of shingles for almost two years.

I wouldn’t wish shingles on my worse enemy, so if your doctor recommends the vaccine, give it serious consideration.

Terry and I aren’t lying.


american pharoah

Congratulations to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the first three-year old to do so since Affirmed in 1978.  And now his name will live forever along side that of past champions Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Citation.

He’s a Kentucky thoroughbred, of course.

Faux pas

Fashion has always been a big draw in women’s tennis. Many of the top players, including both Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, have their own clothing lines.

But the men?

More and more, they appear to be fashion victims of the labels who pay them to wear their clothing on court. And then at this week’s French Open, THIS happens…

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Who wore it better?

In that design, nobody wins.