Monday, June 21, 2010

Thoughts on the US Open

  • Graeme McDowell didn't really win the US Open, but he was the only one who didn't lose. That's not intended to take anything away from the guy, but Pebble Beach should, at this moment, be putting that trophy on her own mantle.
  • I have never felt so uncomfortable watching golf as I did watching Dustin Johnson implode on the front nine.
  • It was fun to see Tiger play like Tiger in the 3rd round on Saturday. And the response that he got from the crowd just goes to show you that people want to watch exciting golf and they will cheer for the person who makes it most exciting. His personal faults aside, there is still nobody more exciting than Tiger when he's 'on.' That shot on eighteen? Wow...
  • Television coverage of the US Open was fantastic! Six hours of coverage on Sunday instead of the usual three? Well done NBC, even if it did take you 12 minutes to show a live shot when that coverage started.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sad News

I was sorry today to read about the death of Manute Bol, the 7'7" basketball player from the Sudan.

While he had a bit of an odd career, and may be remembered more for some bizarre publicity attempts, (included a brief hockey career) I was always touched by his passion for his home country and his tireless humanitarian efforts on the country's behalf.

RIP

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ridiculous things that sports broadcasters say, cont.

"And England skated to a tie this afternoon at the World Cup"

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Wow. American misunderstanding of soccer is worse than I thought.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cranking the blogging wheel back into action...

I'm back!

And vuvuzela is my new favourite word!
  • I'm loving the World Cup. I haven't had a chance to watch much live action, but I've enjoyed reading about the games, following the stories and getting the opportunity here and there to listen to highlights.
  • The Jays are suffering from a little bit of a road slump that's troubling, against teams that they should be beating. Overall though, it's been exciting to see the team over achieve, demonstrate fanastic young pitching and not panic when games go awry. The power numbers are exciting and I love some of the new guys, John Buck especially.
  • Two games of golf under my belt for the year. Nice to be back outside in the sun swinging a club. Hoping to take a couple of lessons, perhaps, before the end of the summer to try and improve my game.
I'm looking forward to reflecting on the sports world again!