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Comment by Randall Smith on Sunday

Just watched the highlights of the boxing match between Wilder and Fury. I ponder why I enjoy "the fights". I mean, it's a brutal sport and all. Plus I'm sort of a pacifist. Still, I watch. Perhaps it's because I watched the "Friday Night Fights" with my father growing up in the 50's. I even have and use a punching bag in my basement. It's good exercise and stress reliever!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 29, 2020 at 6:58am

I'm familiar with AA, not ZYZZYVA. Besides, with only one Z, plus a couple of blank tiles, that word would be difficult, but possible (!) to use. The game is too slow and stressful for me to play.

While I'm commenting, I will say that I'm a little tired of hearing all the Kobe Bryant "memories", etc. There was only a "blip" when the great Andre Previn died. Different exposures and fan base. Same with Stephen Hawkins.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2020 at 4:11am

And Scrabble does have some of the damnedest things in its word list, from AA, a form of dry, cindery lava, to ZYZZYVA, a tropical weevil! (There's also ZZZ.)

I've heard of expert Scrabble players not caring about the meanings of the words they use on the board. One responded to a question about a word, "What do you mean, what does it mean? This is Scrabble!"

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2020 at 1:15am

Seen someplace on the web:

If I were a spelling bee judge:

"Spell 'their'."

"Sentence, please."

"They're going to build their new house over there."

Comment by Randall Smith on January 28, 2020 at 7:17am

To which I say (Loren & GC), to each his own. It's nice to have choices. And boy do we have choices! Not like the old days with 4 channels. I think I'd prefer watching the Scrabble matches over the spelling bee, however.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2020 at 5:22pm

In the last few years, I have enjoyed watching the PGA quite a lot.  I'm no golfer, myself.  The closest I come to the game, other than the TV, is Wii Golf, where I'm a scratch golfer (on a nine-hole course!).

Saturday and Sunday, though, I was mostly devoted to watching the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, which proved out to be some damned fine racing in perfect weather conditions.  The contest between the GTLM BMW and the two Porsches was particularly close, up until the end.  Say what you like; far as I'm concerned, it's good stuff.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2020 at 4:07pm

Completely off topic: for a couple of years ESPN broadcast the finals of the National Scrabble Championship. Talk about something interesting to a niche audience!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 27, 2020 at 2:14am

Randy, is there any particular golfer you enjoy watching? The slow and tedious and time lining up the ball necessary or are they affectations? Are Japanese announcers or Brazilian or German or whatever easier for you to watch? 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 26, 2020 at 7:25am

Time to get on my high horse again: television golf.

I love the game of golf--been playing for 62 years (since age 13). However, I hate watching it on television--for many reasons. I was reminded why I loathe it when I tuned in for the first time this season yesterday (for a short while).

First off, it's so slow and tedious. Players spend way too much time lining up putts or addressing shots. I yell "HIT THE DAMN BALL!"  (Personally, I play very fast.)

Second, the announcers drive me crazy. Just shut up for once. Plus, I have an aversion to the British announcers. (Say par, not "pah".) 

On the whole, watching TV golf is just plain boring. I would think being there in person would be even more so. Following one group would be monotonous as would sitting in the bleachers. I don't ever need to see Tiger Woods just to say I've seen Tiger Woods (or anybody else for that matter).

Sure, because I love the game, I'll watch some of the big tournaments, mostly out of curiosity, and only towards the end of the televised event. Otherwise, I have better things to do. It'll be a long season--and it's only January.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2020 at 8:05am

The Chiefs / Texans game was a barn-burner, for sure, and I'm with you on KC spotting Houston 24 points to start, but Mahome sure brought 'em back with a vengeance.

As for the Seahawks / Packers game ... well, I'm just glad that the Seahawks got sent home empty.  I'm tired of 'em.  In any case, the NFC and AFC championship games should be VERY good!


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