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.

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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.

 

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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LA Lights up the Batsignal, Scramble, US Open, Tommy and Oxford

It’s Saturday morning. Good morning everyone. We’re off to the races.

Adam West

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I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the tribute that Los Angeles paid to the original Batman. The one that I grew up watching on the tv screen in re-runs. A little odd that I thought they were always live. RIP Adam. To the Batcave Robin….

Pete and Gary Scramble

My buddies Pete and Gary are off to be part of Sycuan’s two man scramble for seniors. By seniors – you have to be fifty or older. I’m a bit over ten years out so I won’t be taking part in that. Guys – play well. Try to limit yourself to just one bogey and you guys will be solid.

US Open

Damn this course is making it look easy at times for the boys. I thought this was supposed to be the most challenging course in the US and weren’t they also the same body that decided to cut down some of the rough because it was too penalizing. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the scoreboard.

Some of the best shots from round 2:

Tommy and England

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My step-son Tommy had signed up to go to this study abroad for a month thing at Oxford about six months ago. Then the ‘looney’ events happened in England and SDSU sent out this email saying that they were monitoring the situation but not cancelling the event. For whatever reason, Tommy got freaked out and no longer wants to attend. Originally, I had thought there was a small fear factor. But as I was crunching the numbers. Large amount of people – small amount of people effected. Give me numbers.

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The largest amount of people were effected in the 80s.

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Terror is killing far fewer people in the UK now than it was in the 1980s

I just have this feeling that he’s missing out and missing out on a good opportunity. What’s worse is when you ask him about why he no longer wants to go. You get vague answers and not very thought out responses. But at the end of the day, it’s definitely his decision and he has to live with it.

Lastly….

Anyone heard John Butler Trio play guitar. This guy can just flat out play…..

US Open and Doctor’s Visit

The US Open on Fox

While – yes – I have enjoyed the coverage. Some of the commentary is just completely silly. Azinger talking about how he doesn’t understand ‘Aimpoint’. That’s great but it’s your job to explain it to the viewer. Not just say ,”Hit the putt.” That’s not your job as a commentator.

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Also, Holly Sonders is being completely underutilized. Also to a point where I would find it insulting if I’m her. She should be an on the course commentator. Instead, you’ve got her stowed away doing one-minute segments every three hours or so. Why?!? That’s a waste of her talent and golf knowledge. Yes I’m sure Fox would love the ratings. But cmon.

Doctors Visit

I’m 40 in just under two weeks. So, my wife organized some blood work and check-ups beforehand. Maybe this was just her way of making me feel old. LOL. I love the first words out of my Doctor today….

“Forty is seriously just a number. The body doesn’t know it any different.”

I’m more concerned with this issue that I’ve been having when wearing contacts. After a few hours, I see this haze and my eyesight gets a bit blurry. I don’t think it’s ‘dry eye’. Maybe though?!? When I had an Optometry test they thought they saw something on my eye. So now I’m off to the next specialist in two weeks. The really odd part to me is when I wear my glasses that my eyesight is fully what it should be and I don’t see the haze or blurriness. Quite odd.

 

Good Morning

Good morning. It’s Thursday.

US Open 117 is upon us. Who’s your pick? I’d definitely like to see Jon Rahm pull out a victory. But this US Open, like all of the others, will definitely require some luck.

New Ping’s Spotted

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Me likey….

Yesterday’s Golf

Dylan and I played against Gary and my buddy Pete. They’re getting ready for a senior scramble tournament this weekend and Pete suggested, “How about Gary and I vs you two?” That was a mistake.  -1 and square making the turn to finishing -8. Cardinal rule. Make sure one of you has a safe shot.

My few tips for two man-scrambles.

  • Usually, have the lower skilled player go first. That way the higher skilled player can determine how much risk he wants to take on the next shot.
  • If one is a more skilled putter but a higher handicap player – have him putt last as to use his strengths. Let him see the line and give him a read off the first.
  • If player 1 is in danger – player 2 sometimes needs to down club and hit the safe shot.

 

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Ball behind coin sir. Behind coin. HaHa

 

US Open

Looks to be a tough test. That was the initial feeling. But after watching some of it – looks as if we may see some low numbers. My picks – Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. Rickie has the new girlfriend who’s ready to help pole vault him into the top position.

What I’m Watching…

Chips. You remember the tv show? Well they decided to weaponize it into a movie. Why is it so terrible? Oh yeah Dax Shepherd wrote and directed it.