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Comment by Randall Smith on May 6, 2019 at 6:33am

Quite a weekend of upsets, particularly highlighting the Kentucky Derby and the PGA Wells Fargo golf tourney. 65 to 1 odds winner Country Time wins the K.D. in a disqualification. And a guy ranked 417th in the world beats a tough field by 3 strokes.

Oh, and the Cubs swept the first place Cardinals!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 15, 2019 at 7:56am

I watched almost all of the final day Masters coverage, and I have to say, Tiger Woods was just Mr. Steady throughout, particularly on the back nine.  He managed a par on 12 when Finau and Mollanari took a swim and got birdies where he needed them, which allowed him to relax, if only slightly on 18.

Frankly, I thought his play was brilliant, and I doubt mightily that we've heard the last of Tiger.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 15, 2019 at 7:13am

Ah Ha! So there's still hope for my degenerating golf game, eh? If Tiger can do it at his "advanced" age, perhaps I can too. Doubtful.

I continue to be surprised at the outpouring of support for Tiger. His personal life is (was) nothing to be proud of. His personality doesn't please many people. And, above all, in this racist society, he's black. But the crowds were adoring. I was glad he won.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2019 at 7:26am

"A game of inches", a phrase often heard in so many sports. I can certainly attest to that when my putt rims out. But, in this case, it's basketball.

How many times did the game come down to a matter of inches, whether literally or figuratively? Virginia's last two wins (over Purdue and Auburn) were nothing short of miraculous. I'd say luck had a lot to do with it. Of course, others would credit prayer. We know how foolish that is.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2019 at 7:03am

Heartbreaking--that's all I can say. Purdue loses in overtime.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 30, 2019 at 7:14am

Man, if Duke isn't the luckiest team in the world, I don't know who is. And, of course, they are the "Yankees" of basketball--hated by many. 

"My" team, Purdue, is in the "elite 8", but I'm afraid the end comes today. And the team I picked to win the whole thing--N.Carolina--lost last night. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 21, 2019 at 7:02am

Are you ready? Got your picks? (Not doing it this year.) Let the tourney begin! Like watching a fire burn or the results of a car crash, I will be an observer of many games. My team (IU) is not in the Big Dance (NIT, however), so I really have no team to root for, and, therefore, don't really care (maybe Purdue, since I live close to it).

I know one thing: the sound will be muted at all times. As I've said before, why listen to the obvious ("It's a 3 pointer!" "Out of bounds".)? And, besides, with obnoxiously loud "floor mikes" for crowd noise and squeaky gym shoes, it's impossible to understand what the announcers are saying. 

Despite all that, enjoy the games! Remember, in the end, there's only one winner and 67 losers.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2019 at 8:20am

What I "maketh" of that is that Baker Mayfield has a REALLY NICE TARGET to throw at.  Seems as though a lot of sports writers have the Browns winning (or at least being VERY competitive in) the AFC North.  I don't know as I want to go THAT far, but I think it may be safe to say that the Browns are no longer a safe "W" for the opposing team!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2019 at 6:59am

So, Odell Beckham is now a Brown. Wonder what Loren maketh of that?

Well, if you're a fan of college basketball, 'tis the season. Frankly, it has become less inducing to watch. I did watch much of Gonzaga and St. Mary's the other night, and noticed that St. Mary's had an all white team. In this day and age, so see even one white dude on the floor is a rarity. No big deal. Just saying.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2019 at 7:30am

I'm not particularly pleased about the new rule change in golf where the putter can leave the flagstick in the hole if he so chooses. I'll continue to take it out.

I await the day where caddies will be a thing of the past and golf carts will be used during professional tournaments. It certainly is the case at all golf courses I play on.

Besides mowing lawns, my first job was caddying, back when I was 12 years old. We had just moved to a house right across the street from a golf course. My father ordered me to "go caddy". I knew nothing about golf. But, to the day he died, I thanked him for getting me started in a life long hobby and love.

I could almost write a book about my experiences caddying. This was back in the 50's--no carts then. The pay was awful! Four hot hours of carrying a heavy bag for $1.75. Perhaps I'd get a 25 cent tip. I caddied for 4 years before being promoted to work in the clubhouse at $5 for 8 hours. And I loved it! Imagine.

Still, I learned to play the game and became fairly proficient becoming a "scratch" golfer (par shooter). I first shot my age at 66 and continue to do so regularly. (I'll soon be 76.)

For many years, I've told the clubhouse manager that if any boy (or girl) comes in and wants to caddy, let me know. I'll hire him. It's never happened.


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