Sunday, July 17, 2005

10 and Counting...


Tiger won his 10th major at St. Andrews today and did not resemble the Tiger of old but more like the Tiger of new which looks better. Any comments?

24 Comments:

Anonymous nn said...

Golf is still boring. How many more days until NFL preseason?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Watching you try to play football is boring NN...

On the subject at hand, what a great tournament, Tiger is just absolutely incredible and with that victory locks up Player of the Year on the PGA Tour for 2005. I don’t think that his tweaks of his swing make him better now than he was in 2000 – different maybe, but just as dominating. Amazing how a player has only played in 14 tournaments yet has won 6.6 million, leading money man on the tour. That is almost $500,000 a tournament he earns.

It was nice to see Monty finish in 2nd place overall, very fitting he finished in 2nd at St Andrews too, his home course. I would love to play that course, though I somehow think I’ll find atleast 10 of those crazy ass bunkers during my 1 round. That has been the key to Tiger’s success at The Old Course, his ability to play keep away from the bunkers. In 2000 when he was the Open Championship, he didn’t hit into a single bunker during the 4 rounds and I think this year he only hit into 5 – so a total of 5 bunkers during 8 rounds at a course with more than 110 bunkers scattered throughout holes 2-17. I think St Andrews has 112 bunkers within 16 holes, which is an average of 7 bunkers per hole…to avoid that many of them is remarkable.

Tiger’s ability to win this week came with a fast start, shooting a 66 and 67 heading into the weekend. I think part of why Tiger is so successful has to do with intimidation. Seeing his name on top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend plays mental games with other players, like all they can play for is 2nd place.

How about Nike advertising though – after seeing Tiger win the Masters (not to mention the incredible shot on #16 where Tiger chipped in off the green with the ball slowly turning over, stopping for a brief second or two showing the Nike swoosh then falling in), his 2nd place finish at the impossible US Open, now winning The Open Championship and is a front runner for the PGA Championship coming in mid-August.

I just wish Tiger would play at The International, though I will get to see Ernie Els and Retief Goosen this year. I do have tickets to this event so I will be looking to give them out.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous nn said...

Oh, SNAP!
I'd say something about your football team, Steve, but it looks as though you ate them.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Thats right, left some crumbs for you to eat since that's all you'll be doing for Mesa State...eating crumbs buddy-boy

2:46 PM  
Blogger RED said...

ooooh thems are fightin words! I see OWNAGE on the way

3:04 PM  
Anonymous nn said...

You know what's funny about you, Steve (aside from your uncanny resemblence to the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man), is that you often consider yourself to be above sophomoric antics like name-calling and personal insults, while if you review the comments in this section alone, I said nothing derogatory about anyone and you are the first to come back with a direct shot at me.

WTF?

The fact remains that you are the best football player to ever grace my presence. Nevermind my coaches who used to play in the NFL. You played coveted Div III football at a school so well-known, I can't even recall the name of it. And you totally dominated the whiner position in our JeffCo league. Seriously, there wasn't an individual in the county that could hold a candle to your incessant bellyaching.

Me? Well, up until flag ball with you a couple years back, I hadn't touched a football since eighth grade. So it's only expected that I just walk-on to a Div II (that's one step about Div III) team that, with the exception of last year, is arguably one of the best programs in that level of competition. There are a lot of high-school standouts that don't play college ball, but I'm sure ME making the team--reserve or not--has nothing to do with my potential or abilities.

Yes, I sure do suck. Thanks for pointing that out.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous rob c said...

STEVE U JUST GOT DOMINATED!!

3:26 PM  
Blogger RED said...

OWND! LOL!!!!!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I consider myself looking more like Grimace from McDonalds than I do Stay-Puff, but hey, either one works for me.

As far as me being above the "sophomoric antics" you claim, never once have I said that - that I can recall; and have no problem telling you what I think - ask Red!

Yeah, Div III school, small nerdy school in Illinois called Knox College, which we had 70 members of the team along with 20 "practice" players which usually included freshman and those who weren't quite athletically gifted enough to make the 70 man roster. Can't say my coaches played in the NFL, but I can say I played with a few Div III All-Americans as well as two players who had successful careers in the AFL, though it's not the high-and-mighty-program of Mesa State.

You making the squad as a reserve is a bonus and I can speak for plenty of people who know you...congratulations on that achievement...seriously! What that proves is your hard work in the weight room and on the field.

And thanks for giving me the whiner award, I couldn't have done it without having people like you on the team. I just hope Mesa State gets a player who actually works physically and mentally at getting better then what our flag football team had to deal with.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous rob c said...

WEAK.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

like you Rob

3:42 PM  
Anonymous nn said...

What our flag football team had to deal with? I'd tell you what our flag football team had to deal with, but the record speaks for itself:

Jeff-Co with Steve: 1-6
Let-it-Fly w/o him: 6-1, runner-up

'Nuff said.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

HAHAHA, two totally different leagues, totally different playing styles and as I recall, the time I played in the Air-It-Out our team also had success.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

and as I recall, the year I didn't play in the Jeff-co league, you guys did absolutely steller...didn't you win 1 game by forfiet?

3:49 PM  
Anonymous nn said...

In all seriousness, the only thing our flag team had to deal with was a semi-talented bunch of misfits, half of whom never came to practice (if you recall, I missed ONE practice in two seasons), compounded with people we hardly knew who only showed up for games and expected to play. We were like the Bad News Bears without Walter Matthau.

3:50 PM  
Blogger RED said...

We actually went 3-4 and won the 1st game in the playoffs.

3:51 PM  
Blogger RED said...

The Air it out was actually a lot more physically demanding then any of those flag games.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

HAHAHAHA...and that is giving us credit :-)

We did have a lot of BS to deal with, perhaps thats why I won the Whiner Award, got tired of the lack of committement...and I will give you that credit, you didn't miss, showed up on time and played wherever we asked you to play.

But yeah, that was why the team was 1-6 - we had a core group of people who cared but that core group wasn't enough to field an entire team.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous nn said...

I think the 3-4 was the season after Steve 'retired', no? Haha.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm sure it was Red, lot of running and playing that many games in two days is very demanding...I'm not ripping on it at all, remember I did do that once with you.

I'm just stating it was two totally different playing styles, where we had to have a team in the jeffco league, more organized as far as defense, plays and whatnot, plus making sure you had a full-team. Whereas the Air-It-Out, you just used that core group of players who wanted to do it and who made the committement.

As far as that 3-4 season...prove it? I thought that season was cut short because nobody paid $?

3:56 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

And if you guys had more success without me, then more power to you...why all the stupid phone calls and e-mails wanting me to play again?

I'm glad I went to play golf instead, won the Men's Club Championship by 8 strokes and really dominated in my field.

3:58 PM  
Blogger RED said...

yes we actually won the 1st playoff game during the 3-4 season. I actually even missed that game.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

So what season was cancelled half way? Because I thought I only missed 1 season - or was that all BS?

Doesn't matter...this is the bottom line...

Sport where I had to depend on other people - 0 Championships

Sport where it was in my control - 1 Championship

Perhaps I'm more of an individual sports person

5:30 PM  
Blogger Jamezwp said...

lol, championships shmanshiops.

9:51 AM  

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