Thursday. Bring it

Alabama

My problem with college football, in general, has been that some of these coaches pad their schedules. We need more accountability when teams have an easier year and don’t play good teams. Plain and simple.

Aaron Rodgers Returning?!?

I personally don’t know why he’d want to come back and play. Green Bay isn’t going to make the playoffs and honestly – just my take – nobody is going to think you’re a better quarterback by coming back this season.

Justin Thomas has some Fun on Social Media

A fan sent him a nasty remark on Instagram. Frotunately, JT has a good sense of humor.

Tiger Woods Returns

Today’s the big day for Tiger Woods. His first step on the road to recovery. Can he win this coming season? I think it would be a huge victory if he can just play the upcoming season without getting injured.

Sunday FunDay

Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Group Photo

It was good to get everyone together. Big Thanks to Sharon and Mike for hosting us and making us feel like we are at home.  From Thanksgiving day to Cornhole Bags to racing at the dirt track – I had a lot of fun. Thanks for everything.

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Cornhole Fun.

Ohio State vs Michigan

I kept on screwing up when the day of the game was. My Friday totally felt like a Saturday and my Sunday today now feels like a Monday. So I literally was searching for the game on Friday. I enjoy a good rivalry but for the life of me I cannot understand people that post and share such banter like calling Ohio State the ‘Fuckeyes’. I could maybe loosely understand it if you were a nineteen-year-old college student but for it to be coming out of the mouth of forty-year olds – I just don’t get it.

Anyway – Ohio State won due to their play in the second half. I think the thing that I appreciate about the team. Meyer goes out of his way to play tough teams and wants to play them on their turf. 48-3 in conference games. That’s one hell of a record.

Cowherd had an excellent segment talking about just how good Urban Meyer is and how he’s different than Alabama’s head coach.

If you’re looking for highlights of the game: Here you go….

The coach also gave a decent press event afterward.

Brad Faxon: Tiger outdrove DJ Half the Time

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If it’s true – the big cat is back. I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs next week.

Last Note –

UCLA picks up Chip Kelly. I’d look for them to get their offense into high gear.

Thanksgiving

Yep. It’s that time of year. It’s upon us once again. Almost nothing better than spending it with good friends that you consider family. All the stories that make for a very exciting time. Most of the adults just enjoy telling stories of their kids. Which makes being a parent much more enjoyable.

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From last year….

Speaking of last year. We definitely had some legendary videos. I’ll share a few below.

These kids today! Wow! ASU kids know how to party.

Also this time of year I’m reminded of one of my favorite moments from ‘The West Wing’ – The Butterball Hotline.

Have a safe Thanksgiving everyone! Be safe!

Well Hello Tuesday

UCLA Fires Jim Mora

Yep. They let him go. Unsuccessful season after losing to USC. It appears even the quarterback saying he’d delay the NFL wasn’t enough to save the coach’s job. Now it appears they’re going after Chip Kelly hard. What’s the toughest job for Chip Kelly? Recruiting. UCLA has all of these tests and academic requirements that athletes still have to do to get into the school. You could be a young Tom Brady in the making and yet it’s still up in the air as to whether they can get you into the program.

Dan has a good take on it all.

Justice League Mini-Review

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I don’t understand why DC has such a hard time putting this together with a decent script. I don’t know if they’re just in a hurry or what they’re doing. Steppenwolf was such a boring villain. All he had was an axe and would throw around the Justice League members. You take a look at Superman (The Richard Donner films) and you always had a worthy villain. Lex Luthor or General Zod, etc. Then it flew off the train when you started putting inferior villains into the movies. Well, this was another example of that. Wonder Woman worked as they were largely able to shoot in Europe and Patty Jenkins had complete control. All of these stories leaking in that the CEO of Warner Bros told whoever that the movie had to be two hours and hiring a new director mid-way – all of these are issues that should have never happened.

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My mini- takeaway:

  • Ben Affleck did a good job portraying an older and wiser Bruce Wayne. Most of the Batman scenes were well done.
  • Gal Gadot steals the scenes largely in the movie.
  • Flash is around for comic relief and is character they could have done a better job of taking the wise cracking Flash to the screen. Best joke was perhaps Flash saying that he doesn’t understand ‘Brunch’

Golf Yesterday

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One of the oddest rounds of late. But it’s definitely one of my best since recovering from my wrist injury. What’d odd? I was on the driving range warming up and I was just striping the ball. One of my best warm-ups. I get out on the course and it’s +6 on the front nine holes. I made the turn and I was thinking ,”This wasn’t how I was hitting it on the range.” So I just relaxed and tried to slow things down. Boom! Back nine – one under par.

My buddy Doug – I’m not sure what happened. He shows up with no warm-up. No practice putting. Then he gets on the course and boom explodes for a 94. Gee – I wonder why?!?!

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Justice League Day

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I’m headed to the movies to see Justice League in 70mm. Highest quality negative with a minimal amount of crop applied to the film – but I always enjoy 70mm films. For camera buffs, it’s like watching medium format film.

I’m curious to see what the hidden content is at the end. It’s also going to be tough to avoid spoilers.

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Titleist new AVX Ball

I had a good discussion about this yesterday. Have you heard of the new Titleist AVX ball? It’s a new release from Titleist in only three states – California, Arizona, and Florida. We also don’t know if this ball will be around in the future as Titleist has said that it’s a test ball. My conversation that I had? It seems to be a long ball for just about everyone. But what do you call it? I heard it called yesterday,”The Titleist Pro V1 AVX”. That sounds like an awfully long name. I think my buddy Pete will like them because finally, they have a top-tier premium ball that comes in yellow.

NBA’s One and Done

I hope we’re getting rid of it. It’s kind of made a mockery of college basketball. If you’re going to go to college and play hoops, then you should stick around and do so. These coaches in colleges need teams that they can count on.

 

Bring on Tuesday

Justice League

Comes out this Thursday. I’m excited for it. I was one of the few that didn’t totally hate ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman’. It might be one of my first moviepass movies.

Congratulations to Bob Madsen

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Congratulations on Bob Madsen for being named Golf Teacher of the Year on Planet Earth. It turns out there are awards on the national level, the regional level, the sectional level, and who knows what else?!?! Still congratulations sir.

*Tiny Footnote to the photographer* Smiles involve teeth. Otherwise, you just look weird.

Cowboys Lost…

Looks like Steve A. Smith is quite happy about it.

iPhone X Popularity

It’s still my daily driver. The camera on the front and back are fabulous. No more home button is the future. I seriously wish the IPads had this now! Excellent video from Casey about the lines in New York City to get one.

But Perhaps the best Review…

Does come from iJustine. Well done on the review.

Also, Leo Laporte does an excellent review (ish)

Oh There you are Wednesday

Will Ferrell joins Dan Patrick

Also yesterday Reggie Miller was on talking about basketball. Definitely had some good takes…

Big Night for Democrats

I’ve never seen anyone with the stature of Chris Christie fall from being a State favorite so fast. Virginia was big. This is just the beginning with candidates running on Donald Trump’s unpopular approval rating. It’s hard to govern as President when you’re approval rating is steady at thirty-some percent. Democrats. I wouldn’t get cocky. You have your own problems coming up. You have to find a formidable candidate and then do your party a favor – revamp your entire selection process to make things legit and fair.

I’m posting this video on the back and forth with Chris Todd. I just enjoy seeing Corey all fired up.

Movie Moment….

I’ve always enjoyed this ‘Moneyball scene’. Especially relevant as a lot of teams are making moves to right their seasons from last year.

Lastly…..

Always good to get out for golf with the guys. Eric brought the comedy and Joel brought the banter. I just mix it up.

 

iPhone X Review: Way Cool But More

I’ve now played with the iPhone X for two days. First day was second hand with my wife’s and second day I got lucky and found a store with one in stock. At first, I was very reluctant as it does feel like a smaller phone than the 7 Plus. My initial thoughts before playing with the iPhone X –

  • The 5.8 inches is a trick as it’s not as wide as the iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus which makes it less than ideal for watching any video on it. It’s not 16:9 which makes the aspect ratio on the phone weird.
  • No touch ID. Why couldn’t Apple have really surprised people and put TouchID on the back? Top Android phones are doing this and I hope Apple does that with the X 2.
  • It’s still a 12-megapixel camera. How much does that mean? To moderately serious photographers – not much because the sensor on these phones is incredibly small. I almost wish they charged an ultra-premium for a ‘Photographers Edition’
  • OLED. Yes, you can rant about how awesome the colors look on it. But the problem with OLED is ‘burn in’. Same as with OLED televisions. Over a period of time eventually, most OLED panels get light to severe burn in. Will these panels be any different? We don’t know as this is Apple’s first edition using the panels from Samsung.

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Now my review based on my time using it. My big annoyance is still around. Every phone that Apple ships has ways of the iPhone charging faster. Yet Apple chooses not to include those cables for the fastest charging. Why?!? This time is no different.

This iPhone X has a better camera than the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. Hugely different? No. But you can notice it if you look at the colors and the sharpness around people. Again it’s a smaller sensor so for anything which you know you’ll really want to cherish, I’d use an actual camera. Remember those? Higher quality lenses with more megapixels.

It completely ditches the home button. Initially, I thought this was a negative. But then I remembered my complaints with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 5 was that the home button always made me feel like the device was very simplistic.

The iPhone X feels ahead of its time, perfect for a target audience of technology enthusiasts and obsessive photographers. Everyone else may want to wait awhile to buy as there is a slight learning curve. Actions that you’ve been using for 3/4 of a decade are now gone. You might as well get ready and learn them as this is the direction that Apple is headed.

Bottom line

In terms of features, the iPhone X is the most impressive smartphone ever made. It’s worth the $999 — but that doesn’t mean you should buy it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the iPhone X to my tech-crazed friends or photographers, but the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 are just as fast while being simpler and more familiar to use.

Then again, if you are willing to get up early to line up for a $999 phone, you are probably the target demographic for the iPhone X anyway. Make sure you grab a coffee while you wait in line.

It’s iPhone Day

Yep. If you got your iPhone order in about a month ago they should be delivering today. If you’re like me, and you got your order in about three minutes later, you should see yours at the end of the month. It’s amazing to me how much of Apple’s revenue is strictly from one product now. I’m kind of torn about my feelings on the new iPhone. I really wish that they had done facial recognition and allowed for the fingerprint reader – together. That would’ve been the ultimate – perfect world for me.

Thor: Ragnarok

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Out today. I’m excited about it. It’s one of those movies where if you’re a comic fan that you can see multiple times.

Clinton Corrupted DNC

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Well, now more evidence is coming to light that it looks like Hillary Clinton and the DNC conspired together to make sure that she was the candidate. If there was ever a time for a complete overhaul of the Democratic Party – now is that time. You can’t be a better option if that option has corruption happening at its base. It’s just flat wrong. For starters – I’d get rid of the superdelegates. Next – I might even go as far as to apologize to Bernie Sanders. Who it’s now very obvious that the system was completely rigged against.