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Sports Talk

Starting up in March, 2018, Sports Talk encourages sports fans (and others) to comment about anything sports related--teams, individuals, concerns, complaints, whatever. All that is asked is to be nice.

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2018 at 8:08am

Only golf I play is Wii Golf, and THERE I'm a scratch golfer (over nine lousy holes!).  If I were going to go out on a real course, I'd want to do it properly, but more importantly, I'd want to be GOOD at it ... and with all the variables entailed, the likelihood of my developing a handicap under 10 strikes me as being poor to non-existent.

I'll stick with the Wii!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2018 at 7:36am

Another mad weekend of basketball. We're down to the final 8 teams. I hate the term used--"elite eight". They always had "sweet sixteen", so they had to invent something new.

I watch all the games with the sound muted. I hate all the "jibber jabber" from announcers, especially the "color" commentators. Besides, one can't hear them over the courtside mikes picking up squeaking shoes and all the shouting through megaphones from the so-called cheerleaders, usually male. It's non-stop and very annoying. And so many time-outs with endless and repeated commercials. Pro games are even worse in every way.

On my 75th birthday, I'm getting to be a crotchity old man!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 21, 2018 at 7:26am

As you an tell, the Sports Talk avatar is pretty amateurish. I collected a bunch of items I had lying around the house and took a photo of them. I forgot a bowling ball. Couldn't find my old baseball mitt. But, I think you get the idea.

I used to be pretty good at basketball (Hey, I'm from Indiana!). But when I tried to shoot some hoops with my grandson recently, I was awful--all my shots came up short and/or off line. I was embarrassed. Golf is my game now. Even old men can play!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 19, 2018 at 7:53am

Whatever else Tiger Woods is, he's a competitor, and a keen one at that.  The last two tourneys he was in, Tiger was clearly in the hunt, and while his game off the tee let him down in the last couple holes yesterday, his putter was seriously dialed in.

The man has serious game, and he's fun to watch ... and I'd love to see him succeed again.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 19, 2018 at 7:38am

I stand corrected. Auto racing IS a sport!

Now to golf. I have never been a Tiger Woods fan. There are many reasons for that. (Perhaps I'm jealous because I can't play like him!) However, like evidently so many other people, I find myself rooting for him. TV coverage of him certainly indicated he's a powerful magnet--viewership was up dramatically.

I guess there's just something about his personality that rubs me wrong. Nonetheless, I'd like to see him make a comeback. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2018 at 9:14am

Trust me, Randall: the physical exertion needed to complete a race, never mind the mental focus and acuity to continually balance a car on the razor's edge of control, utterly qualifies those drivers as athletes.  Certainly the Goodwood events are more about and for car enthusiasts and history, but even there, driving skill and keen perception are mandatory elements to success

Those are the kinds of chops I wish I could have pursued a long time ago, but the opportunity and the time were never there, up until recently.  It doesn't change my apprehension and appreciation for the Unsers and the Andrettis and the Mears and the Foyt of the past, and Power and Castroneves and Patrick of today.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2018 at 7:49am

Don't know anything about the Goodwood thing, but I appreciate your comments, Loren. Other than the Indy 500 (just down the road), I don't follow auto racing. Besides, I'm not sure I consider it a sport.

How 'bout those 16 seeded UMBC kids upsetting #1 Virginia?! Free pizza at Little Caesar's on April 2, 11:30-1:00. Do I dare even try?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 17, 2018 at 8:36am

And while I think about it, there is some classic auto racing going on over by Lord March's digs.  That man loves him some old cars and motorcycles, as well as new cars and motorcycles, and at this moment, his Goodwood Member's Meeting is in full swing, albeit in the rain and/or snow!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 17, 2018 at 8:33am

Oh, hell, of course religion is hip-deep in sports!  How many times has the FFRF had to step in to squelch pre-game prayers, sponsored by multiple schools?  On top of that, do da name Tim Tebow strike a familiar note?  Thanking god for touchdowns, home runs, or shots sunk at the buzzer is all but Standard Operating Procedure.

And about as effective as a hole in the head!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 17, 2018 at 7:50am

If you think there is no religion involved with sports, think again.

While watching the NCAA basketball tourney, I saw Duke's Coach K silently pray and cross himself before a game. Loyola-Chicago has a 98 year old nun in a wheel chair that gives a pre-game prayer to the players. They upset the favored team, so, of course, the prayer worked. Today's another story. And, I read a player's grandmother's lips as she said "Praise the Lord" after a winning basket.

There are over 64 teams in the tournament. All but one will lose. If they all prayed to win, the percentage of success is pretty low!!

 

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