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Add this to the list of things that your parents never tell you…

miniaturegolfThere is a professional tour for miniature golf.

MIND BLOWN!

The 2014 US Open Miniature Golf Tournament starts today in nearby Oceanport, New Jersey at the Bluegrass Miniature Golf Course.

And if we wanted to, you and I could play!

We just have to declare ourselves professionals and join the US ProMiniGolf Association.  (The fee is $25.)  Then there’s the US Open tourney fee of $100.  It’s a par 40 course without the typical windmills and clowns, and the winner takes home $3,500.

(So, don’t expect to see Tiger or Rory in the lineup.)

And get this — men and women play together.  In fact, the favorite is a 19-year girl from the Czech Republic who has won all the miniature golf majors this year.

This tour sounds way more fun than the PGA — am I right???

 

 

 

Leftovers

I am fascinated by The Golf Channel’s coverage of The Open at Royal Liverpool.

open coverage golf channelSo far this week, they have broadcast seven hours of ‘live’ coverage each day — followed by a repeat of that same coverage in the evening hours — and the golf tournament hasn’t even started yet.

That’s three days, 14 hours per day, of nothing but press conferences, talking heads and video of a practice round or two.

But no golf.

When the tournament begins on Thursday — at 4am ET, mind you — ESPN has the honors of showing actual rounds of golf.

Sucks to be the baby of the (cable) family, am I right?

 

Stars and stripes

I spend most Fourth of July holidays occupied by a very British tradition –

The Championships, Wimbledon

In recent years there haven’t been any American tennis players, male or female, in contention for the major titles.  This year’s champions are Serbian Novak Djokovic — yay! — and Czech Petra Kvitova.

But things may be changing in a few years.

The boys Wimbledon final was an all-American affair between qualifier Noah Rubin and six-seeded Stefan Kozlov.  Rubin won in three sets and the two players, who are friends off-court, posed for this patriotic shot with their trophies:
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Finally — some American fireworks in jolly ol’ England!

Cheers

In honor of the first day of the Championships Wimbledon, I have posted an amazing portrait of Queen Elizabeth:

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It was created from random, found objects by British artist Jane Perkins.

There are two reasons to celebrate the old country today!

The sporting life

I have been verbally spanked by more than one person for my lack of enthusiasm for the World Cup.

I’m not a soccer fan. To become an SSF (Sudden Soccer Fan) because of the frenzy surrounding the event doe not feel authentic to me.

Turns out it’s practically un-American.

world cupTo add insult to injury, I’m writing this post during the US / Portugal World Cup match.

Which I’m not watching.

Don’t get me wrong — I truly hope the US wins — but it’s still soccer.

I’m okay with getting the score later.
wimbledon imageIn other sporting news, the Championships Wimbledon begin tomorrow, where many Americans will be competing on its famous grass courts.

I love tennis and will be watching as much coverage as my schedule allows.  I won’t verbally abuse you, however, if you have other plans.

Sorry, Charlie

SPOILER ALERT — this blog talks about last night’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars.

In hindsight, it was inevitable.

charlie whiteHost Tom Bergeron and the judges were aghast that Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated just one week shy of the finals.

But with his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis also in the competition (paired with popular-bad-boy dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy), Charlie was dead in the water.  The two were bound to split their fans’ votes, and Maks is way more popular than Sharna.

Meryl wins.

The celebs that remain have their unique voting blocks as well.  Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) can’t go a show without evoking Jesus’ name, so she has the conservative right sewn up.  Singer James Maslow of the boy band Big Time Rush has the hottie vote.  And Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is dancing brilliantly on two artificial legs — artificial! — and paired with Derek Hough, who is popular enough to win with almost anyone.

So yes, strangely enough, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White was the clear underdog.

Costner can

Kevin Costner does good sports movies.

Field of Dreams.  Bull Durham.  Tin Cup.  And my personal favorite, For Love of the Game.

draft day posterSo his latest filmcentered on the day of the NFL draft — had me at the trailer.  Costner may not deliver in every film (Waterworld comes to mind), but when it comes to sports  –

I believe.

And Draft Day does not disappoint.

The NFL was squarely behind this movie, so all the teams are real franchises.  Costner manages the Cleveland Browns and wheels and deals with teams like the Seattle Seahawks.  There are so many cameos by NFL players and ESPN announcers, you kinda forget it’s a movie; it certainly looks like the actual draft that you’ve seen on TV.

The only clunky part for me is the romantic relationship.  While it can be an integral part in films like For Love of the Game, here Costner’s scenes with co-star Jennifer Garner grind the action to a halt.  While she certainly has reason to distract him, you have to wonder why a sports fan like her would.

It’s draft day, for cripes sake!