No Cameras, Rand Paul, and Newsroom – My Favorite

No Cameras at Press Events

It’s just rather ridiculous that this is happening. You’re being paid by tax dollars and you were elected by the American public. Then you decide to not have public recordable press events?!? Cmon. We’re better than this. Imagine if the Obama administration had decided to close press events while putting together a health care bill? Can you imagine the uproar?

This journalist during a bit yesterday makes some very valid points speaking on behalf of newspapers and all tv outlets.

Rand Paul who I enjoy – most of the time – tried bringing up some valid points with Erin Burnett last night. My only question to him. Is there a model with a large country where what you’re proposing – does actually work?

One of my Fav Newsroom Scenes

Sloan’s boyfriend publishes pictures that were taken of her during a private trusted moment.

Last minute Additions….

Phil Mickelson gave some great parenting advice…

US Open Fun, John McEnroe and his mouth, Cubs vs Nationals

Excellent Tuesday.

US Open Fun

Anyone see that that the US Open trophy was used for some fireball shots in Vegas?

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We can’t forget the proverbial group shot.

Gang's all here 🏆😘

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Then there is always the day after….

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John McEnroe

He ran his mouth saying that Serena would be 700 on the Men’s circuit. He also brings up that he’d like to see the ladies be available to play with the men. He commented on this on the DP Show.

Cubs vs Nationals

We held on last night to win 5-4. Watching now the Jake Arrietta matchup with Sherzer (sp!). Definitely a good matchup.

Jake is sporting his new look.

 

Wonder Woman, Jordan Spieth Wins, Dan Patrick comments

Wonder Woman

Another big weekend for the Wonder Woman movie. It officially passed Man of Steel domestically and it’s on track to beat Batman vs Superman next. Not bad for a movie that had a fraction of the budget of Batman v Superman and Man of Steel.

Golf – Jordan Wins

Jordan Spieth holed out a bunker shot in the first playoff to win in dramatic fashion. Good thing they went with the body slam as earlier in the day they tried the ‘high-five’ and completely missed each other.

Dan Patrick had a good take on purists and the modern age of celebration in golf.

Also Dan had a great interview with Phil Mickelson talking about – oh I don’t know – anything that he might have done recently…

Golf at Aviara. Birthdays of Yesterday. Ron Howard. Basketball One and Done.

Aviara

Yesterday the guys and I went off to Aviara to have a nice round of golf. Course was in excellent shape and the layout was nice. Even nicer, they had a blue-white combo tee sheet that allows for a mid-shorter to longer tee range. So that fit perfectly with the group.

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After the round – a lot of guys that had a lot of fun.

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My round. I was just tired from this week. Between doing some photography and golf practice, I was just beat this week. Creatively my mind was zonked.

But still – definitely a lot of fun and I highly enjoyed the course.

Today I’m 40

Well, like Dr. Fisher said last week at my physical. It’s just another number and the body doesn’t know any different.

What’s odd though. I was around for both my parents turning forty. I remember theirs. It just makes me reminisce a lot of times of yesterday.

 

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Turning 11. Throwing my birthday party. Man – check out that outfit.

Other News…

Ron Howard has taken the helm for the Han Solo movie. We’ll see how this pans out.

Dan Patrick had a good take on college athletes playing one year and then done. Mostly referencing the NBA draft.

Up this Morning

Last day of being 39. No big deal. It just feels a bit odd. What I’m really wanting is the ability to call either of my parents. Now that’s a weird feeling. But I’m heading to a beautiful golf course to play golf with some friends. Scotty, Gary, Doug – it’ll definitely be a very exciting day. Even better with the ultra-discounted rate that we got on the golf. (Thanks, Bob Madsen)

Yesterday: I highly enjoy the round of golf that I got with Keith McKee. Always fun buddy.

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Moving onto something more pleasant.

Great start to the road trip!

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Cubbies steamrolled over the Marlins. The offense kicked into high gear.

I guess when you’re the President of the United States you can drive your golf cart onto the putting green. WTF?!?

Cubs and the US Open

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All this brew-ha-ha over his slide into homeplate. It’s baseball. It’s supposed to be a man’s sport. Give me a break with the coddling. Also we’re talking about the most heavily padded player on the field. No, I’m not wishing him injury but this is just being blown way out of proportion. It’s the baseball that I grew up watching. Catching is a tough business.

Now let’s get a bit technical. Tell me the rules and I can play the game.

The issue, obviously, is whether the collision was legal under the rules. The rule in question is 7.13, which holds thusly:

(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).  In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.

As is always the case in the rules, the official comment provides illumination:

Rule 7.13 Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13.  If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13.  A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher.  In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher

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MLB talked with him and Rizzo had this quote about this conversation

“It was not like I was going in with a cheap shot. I did not go in with my shoulder lowered like a linebacker and really took a shot. I went in like a last-second slide. I was not really sure what to do or where to go. That was (Torre’s) understanding of it, as well. I was not going in trying to end Austin Hedges’ career. We were both trying to make a play to win ballgames for our team. It was not like I was going in trying to hurt him.” – Anthony Rizzo

The whole thing is definitely being overblown. It was good hard baseball. A good throw from the center fielder. Good play by the catcher. Rizzo trying his best to score. This is what baseball is about.

Madden appeared on the Score 760 to discuss it.

US Open – Fox Screws Up Again

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I’m not sure why they feel it’s necessary to comment on who his girl friend is. Just say ‘there is his special lady…’ or even ,”I’m not sure who that is!” But why would you want to guess wrong on a nationally televised broadcast. At least Brad Faxon was there to correct it.

Video below of the incident:

Yes, his actual girl friend is Jena Sims. You may have seen her in some terrible films such as Sharnado 3: Oh Hell No.

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

It’s upon us. It’s that time of the year where we pay tribute to all the dads. Happy Father’s Day – Dad I wish you were around today and that we could play a round of golf.

I’m reminded, that while I do miss my dad, that I’m grateful to have a daughter that calls me ‘dad.’

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Happy Father’s Day – Dad

US Open

US Open is upon us as well and finishes on father’s day. This is definitely a US Open unlike any other. So many players in contention. Definitely anyone’s game.  Fifty years ago today Jack Nicklaus met Arnold Palmer and had one of their legendary matches.

I appreciate everything that the USGA is doing to honor ‘The King’. Today they’re giving everyone in attendance a replica of his 1960 player’s badge.

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Golf Yesterday at Sycuan

Pete and my buddy Gary took second. Two man scramble for the seniors and it’s really just such an advantage to have a low-handicap player to start with.

Doug and I got out for a fun round. His wife will nice enough to let him to get out for some golf. This week and next. Two rounds of golf in two weeks. Next Friday we’re at Aviara and got a great rate thanks to my coach, Bob Madsen.

@dbabington9 on the 13th hole today #GoTime #NoFear #bringonthebirdies

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Doug definitely had a good round going.

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Myself – just a casual 76 where I was just out there having fun. Not bad for playing from the tips.

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What do I take away from it? I didn’t get a single opportunity up and down. Four opportunities and didn’t get one up and down. Three putt on 16 was stupidity. So it’s another round that could have been much lower.